Cruise News Today — July 25, 2023 [VIDEO]

Carnival Guest Jumps off the Ship 

Another guest jumped off a cruise ship. 

During its return to Jacksonville, Florida, the Carnival Elation cruise ship experienced a distressing incident when 30-year-old male guests jumped overboard about 95 miles east of Melbourne. 

The ship’s crew was informed by his traveling companion later in the day after he had been missing for a significant period. 

The line contacted authorities, which sent three aircrews into the air. 

Onboard security cameras confirmed that the passenger deliberately jumped off the ship’s side. 

Carnival confirmed in a statement, “Carnival Cruise Line can confirm that a male guest jumped overboard from Carnival Elation while the ship was returning to Jacksonville, Fla. on Sunday.”

The Carnival Elation continued to its home port, and the US Coast Guard launched a search operation off the Florida coast to locate the missing passenger.

At the time of the broadcast, the man has not been found. 

Bahamas Tax Hike

The Bahamas tax hike for January 1 of next year. 

On Monday, letters from the cruise line started going out to guests, with Celebrity Cruises being among the first. 

The tax hike raises the fee for Freeport, Nassau, and Bimini cruise passengers. 

The initial tax hike for cruisers was supposed to go into effect this month.

However, the Bahamian government said the cruise industry influenced the decision to defer the tax increase until 24.

Free Onboard Credit

If you are an AARP member, you could score yourself some onboard credit. 

Holland America has introduced an exclusive onboard credit offer tailored for AARP members, granting up to $200 (USD) per stateroom. 

The credit can be used on any sailing; the exact amount depends on the voyage’s duration and stateroom type. 

The credit can be used for shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, souvenirs, and photography. 

This offer can be combined with other special deals and discounts.

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