Cruise News Today — June 2, 2022 [VIDEO]

Work is Underway on Carnival Freedom’s Funnel Repairs

Work is well underway on the fire-stricken funnel on Carnival Freedom. The starboard side of the ship’s iconic “whale tail” funnel caught fire in Grand Turk last week, and it was put out with no injuries reported.

Initial repair work began while Freedom was still docked in Grand Turk, and now further repairs are being done in Freeport, Bahamas.

The vessel was on a five-night cruise out of Port Canaveral when it caught fire.

Passengers stayed onboard the ship pierside in Grand Turk two additional nights while waiting for sister ship Carnival Conquest to come pick them up.

The next available sailing to book on Carnival Freedom is now June 11.

ORIGINAL STORY: Carnival Cruise Ship Catches Fire While Docked In Grand Turk [Photos]

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Drop FCC Expiration Dates

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have dropped future cruise credit expiration dates.

For both future and current credits on guests’ accounts, credits will never expire.

However, credits over 100 percent received due to the cruise industry shutdown will maintain their expiration date. This means that the 100 percent credit of the original fare paid won’t expire, but the percentage over 100 will.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Drops Future Cruise Credit Expiration Dates

Royal Caribbean Shares New Video of Mysterious Sphere

As construction continues on Royal Caribbean’s first Icon-class ship, the line has shared video of the mysterious sphere that will be found onboard.

The line posted a YouTube video that shows additional construction on a sphere structure for Icon of the Seas, a first for Royal Caribbean. Aside from photos and video, Royal Caribbean has not shared any details on what the top deck installation is — or what it is called.

Icon of the Seas will be powered by liquefied natural gas, and is set to debut next year.

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