Cruise News Today – June 6, 2023 [VIDEO]

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A Princess cruise ship came to the rescue of a boat in distress in Glacier Bay. 

At approximately 9 am while en route to Glacier Bay, the Sapphire Princess was called on by the US Coast Guard to assist the Wilderness Discoverer, a small expedition ship from UnCruise Adventures, being disabled following an engine room fire. 

Sapphire Princess dispatched a water shuttle to transfer all 51 of the passengers and 16 crew from the Wilderness Discoverer to the Princess ship. 

None of the guests were injured, and the line is getting the guests to the destination. 

Sapphire Princess is sailing on a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska itinerary that departed from Vancouver on May 31.  

Invergordon, a prime cruise port in Scotland, recently faced controversy regarding its long-standing tradition of ships sounding their horns when departing. 

A complaint from a local resident triggered an official request to end the practice. Although the complaint was singular, it prompted the port authority to seek broader public opinion, with a petition supporting the tradition gathering over 1,200 signatures. 

The port authority underscored the value of community input in the decision-making process and urged for more feedback to be submitted before June 29, stating their intent to respect community wishes in their advice to cruise ship operators.

The port is a gateway for the Scottish Highlands and is frequented by cruise lines such as Viking, AIDA, Holland America Line, and Mein Schiff. 

An elderly Canadian resident’s dream of experiencing a cruise ship was brought to life on Holland America Line’s Zaandam. 

The 87-year-old Leonard Wood, a resident of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, known for his fascination with cruise ships and habit of photographing himself in front of almost every ship, was invited onboard the Zaandam by the ship’s officers and crew for a memorable tour and birthday party. 

The surprise was orchestrated when two family friends reached out to Holland America, expressing Wood’s interest in seeing the inside of a cruise ship. 

Last week, Wood and his family were not only given a comprehensive tour, including the bridge but also enjoyed a surprise birthday celebration at the Pinnacle Grill restaurant, complete with a ship-themed birthday cake. The story proves that you’re never too old for dreams to come true. 

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