Cruise News Today — June 21, 2022 [VIDEO]

Global Dream 2 to Be Sold For Scrap

What was supposed to be the highest guest capacity cruise ship in the world is now being sold for scrap.

Genting Hong Kong’s 9,000-guest Global Dream 2 was under construction at the MV Werften shipyard in Germany. But Genting went bankrupt, affecting Dream Cruises and the shipyard — both of which it owned.

Sources say that sister ship Global Dream is nearly 80 percent complete, and will likely be finished and sold. However, since Global Dream 2 was not nearly as far along in construction, it will be only sold for parts and materials.

It’s a sad ending to what would have been a record-breaking cruise ship.

MSC Marks Milestones For First Two LNG Ships

MSC’s upcoming flagship MSC World Europa has successfully completed her first set of sea trials. The ship was put through a series of trials that tested the engines, maneuverability, fuel consumption, safety systems, and speed.

World Europa is powered by liquefied natural gas, making it MSC’s first LNG ship and the largest LNG cruise ship in the world. It’s set to debut this December.

In related news, the final ship in MSC’s Meraviglia Plus-class, MSC Euribia, has been floated out at the shipyard in France. It will also be powered by LNG. Euribia is scheduled to join the fleet in June 2023.

STORY: MSC World Europa Completes First Sea Trials, MSC Euribia Floated Out

Carnival Helps Autistic Teen Get Home From Aruba

And finally, a heart-warming conclusion to a vacation ending gone wrong.

An autistic teen and his family’s Aruba vacation ended in difficulty last month when the teen became upset and violent after boarding the plane home. Because of the outburst, the airline removed the family from the plane, and the teen refused to board another flight.

After several weeks of being stuck in Aruba, Carnival Cruise Line was contacted through their partnership with KultureCity, a nonprofit focused on sensory accessibility.

The cruise line allowed the family to board Carnival Horizon on May 31 during a scheduled call in Aruba, and take the ship back to Miami. Then, KultureCity volunteers drove them back to their home in New Jersey.

Carnival was the first cruise line to be certified as “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity in 2019.

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