Cruise News Today — March 20, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean Hosts Most People on a Transatlantic Cruise

Royal Caribbean now holds another world record, aside from having the world’s largest cruise ship and 10 others. The line can now add the most people booked on a transatlantic cruise.

The company’s chief meteorologist James Van Fleet tweeted Sunday, “New record confirmed on a Trans Atlantic as @RoyalCaribbean Symphony of the Seas has arrived in Malaga, Spain from Miami, Florida with most people on board a vessel (Cruise Ship) with 7,604 Persons!”

Symphony will spend the spring and summer operating Mediterranean cruises before returning back to Florida this fall for six and eight night Caribbean voyages.

Carnival Cruise Line Not Bringing Back Topless Sundecks

If you’ve been hoping for topless decks to come back on Carnival ships, keep hoping.

Brand Ambassador John Heald addressed the topic and said it would not be returning. In the past, the upper deck of the ship was reserved for topless sun bathing but was removed right around the time cell phone cameras entered the chat.

Not all is lost, Virgin Voyages (unofficially) allows topless sun bathing in The Perch, and Costa Cruises does on its non-North American sailings, and AIDA Cruises has topless sunbathing spots as well.

Jacksonville Introduces Biometric Facial Screening

Getting off the cruise ship in Jacksonville, Florida is now faster thanks to the introduction to is biometric screening for roundtrip cruises.

This means that after debarking the ship, passengers pause for a photo that’s run through a database to compare it to their passport or visa photo, identifying them in seconds.

The technology is currently being used at 17 ports across the U.S. in states including Florida, New York, Texas, and California.

STORY: Debarkation to Speed Up in Jacksonville as Port Introduces Facial Biometrics Screening

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