Cruise News Today — May 11, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Harbor Pilot Dies After Falling Into Ocean

A tragic incident occurred on May 5th, as a 69-year-old harbor pilot fell into the sea and died while boarding Diamond Princess in Nagasaki. A harbor pilot is used to guide ships into ports.

The incident happened when the pilot was climbing the ladder to board the ship from a pilot boat, which is standard procedure as the pilot prepares to take control of local navigation. The crew of Diamond Princess reacted swiftly, deploying a rescue boat to retrieve the pilot. Sadly, he was declared dead two hours later, despite wearing a life jacket.

The Japanese Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fall, although media outlets suggest the pilot boat shook, causing the accident. The harbor pilot, Yoshihiro Osuga, had over 15 years of experience.

River pilots play a crucial role in guiding ships in local navigation and possess knowledge of local waterways.

Diamond Princess was operating an 8-day cruise from Yokohama when the incident occurred.

STORY: River Pilot Tragically Dies While Boarding Cruise Ship

Disney Magic Emerges From Renovations With Newly Themed Lounge & New Entertainment Experience

Disney Magic is back in service after a three-week renovation at Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport.

The ship now has a new ‘Encanto’ entertainment experience, as well as a ‘Soul’ themed jazz lounge. Additionally, the concierge lounge on Magic now has a new Moana theme, and all concierge suites have been refurbished.

Disney Magic is currently sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico and will soon be homeported in Miami for the summer.

STORY: Disney Cruise Line Debuts New ‘Encanto’ & ‘Soul’ Experiences On Board

The Queen Mary Resumes Hotel Operations

After a three-year hiatus the Queen Mary hotel is back in business, welcoming guests for overnight stays on May first.

The permanently docked ship, located in Long Beach, California, was closed to hotel guests for three years due to the pandemic and critical repair work. The current starting price per night for an interior stateroom is $169, or $179 for a cabin with a porthole.

The reopening of the hotel comes just a month after three guided tours resumed on board on April first. The tours are one hour each and cost $10 per person.

STORY: Queen Mary Hotel Reopens Its Doors After Three-Year Hiatus

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