Cruise News Today – June 20, 2023 [VIDEO]

Titanic Excursion Gone Wrong

An exploration gone wrong. 

A submersible carrying five people has gone missing on its voyage to the site of the Titanic. 

The last contact with the vessel was 45 minutes into the dive. 

Search and rescue teams from the US and Canadian coast guards are undertaking efforts to rescue the submersible team, including one pilot and four “mission specialists.”

The search is being made more difficult as the vessel is thought to be the size of a small car, whose presence is virtually undetectable. 

Experienced in successful dives to the Pacific deeps, British businessman Hamish Harding is confirmed to be on the submersible, with investigations underway to locate and rescue the passengers.

The sub has four days of emergency oxygen onboard. 

This dive was part of an 8-day excursion costing 250,000 per person by Oceangate. 

Good luck and search and rescue teams. 

Norwegian Ends Some Stage Shows

Citing an effort to elevate and update its entertainment offerings, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced many of their theater production shows will go dark. 

An email from the crew revealed that several existing shows would be discontinued to pave the way for developing new productions. 

The discontinued shows include Swing, World Beat, Velvet, What the World Needs Now, Footloose, Showdown, and Six on various ships, starting as soon as next month. 

The company believes that these changes, part of a broader strategic initiative, will ensure effective and profitable operations and enhance guests’ experience by exceeding their expectations. 

Details on the new show offerings will be revealed in the coming months.

Carnival Revamps Menus 

Carnival Cruise Line has announced an extensive revamp of its main dining room menus, introducing nearly 60 new entree presentations on rotation across its fleet. 

Initiated in consultation with Chief Culinary Officer Emeril Lagasse, the enhancement begins with a pilot on Carnival Dream from June 17 and will be extended fleetwide by the fall. 

The revised menus aim to provide greater variety, incorporating dishes from the line’s popular specialty dining restaurants and responding to guest preferences with larger portions for select entrees, as well as a more comprehensive selection of vegetarian options and entrée salads.

Icon of the Seas Update

And Royal Caribbean released some of the first sea trial photos of Icon of the Seas testing out its systems. 

The ship will spend a week at sea before returning to Myer Turku for additional outfitting. 

Also, a clarification yesterday, I read the prompter wrong; Icon of the Seas will debut in Port Miami next January, not Everglades. 

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