Cruise News Today — July 4, 2023 [VIDEO]

Nassau Cruise Port is Still Cranking 

The Nassau Cruise Port is experiencing tremendous success, surpassing its 2019 passenger count, with over 2.2 million cruise visitors as of June. 

The port’s chief executive, Mike Maura Jr, revealed the impressive numbers, highlighting a strong occupancy rate of 109 percent and positive bookings for the rest of 2023. The past few weeks have been bustling with activity as the port unveiled its new 11-acre entertainment and Bahamian complex. 

After a $300 million redevelopment project, which included adding a new berth and refurbishing piers, the port can now accommodate up to six cruise ships per day, including iconic and Oasis-class vessels. 

Global Ports Holding, under a 25-year management agreement, played a key role in this transformation. According to Prime Minister Philip Davis, the redeveloped Nassau Cruise Port will not only boost the economy but also spur the overall development of downtown Nassau.

Royal Caribbean Returns to China 

Royal Caribbean is returning to China with Spectrum of the Seas, which will start sailing from Shanghai next April. 

This 168,666-ton vessel, the fifth-largest in the Royal Caribbean fleet, will offer 4- and 7-night voyages in East Asia to ports like Fukuoka, Okinawa, Nagasaki, and Osaka in Japan.  

Spectrum of the Seas, specially designed for the East Asian market, promises a unique experience filled with cultural exploration and culinary delights. 

Vandalizing Tours Caught and Busted! 

A visitor from the UK caused outrage when he was caught on camera apparently carving his and his girlfriend’s initials into Rome’s historic Colosseum. 

The perpetrator has now been identified by Italy’s culture minister, and it is likely that the case will go to trial. 

If convicted, the man could face a fine of at least 15,000 euros or up to five years in prison.

The Italian government is currently passing a bill to hold vandals accountable, ensuring that they personally pay for the damage they cause.

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