Cruise News Today — May 19, 2023 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Chief Meteorologist Let Go

No more meteorologist for Royal Caribbean.

The company’s former chief meteorologist, James Van Fleet, announced on Twitter on Thursday that he is no longer with the cruise line, and no replacement will be hired. His last day with Royal Caribbean was April 30th.

Van Fleet began working for Royal Caribbean in January 2017 and was the first meteorologist employed by any cruise line. In addition to his work directly with Royal Caribbean, he used social media to keep guests and fans updated about things like weather-related ship delays and port cancellations.

We wish James fair winds and following seas in his next chapter.

Norwegian Spirit 2024 Alaska Bookings Canceled

Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled its Alaska schedule on Norwegian Spirit next summer due to a full ship charter.

All cruises on Spirit previously scheduled to depart between July 3rd and September 18th, 2024 have now been canceled. Affected guests will receive a full refund and a 50 percent future cruise credit that can be used on select Alaska sailings this summer.

When a ship is chartered, a company or group has booked an entire ship for its own use, and the ship is no longer open to the public for bookings during the charter period.

Four other Norwegian cruise ships are still scheduled to sail in Alaska next summer: Norwegian Encore, Bliss, Jewel, and Sun.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels 2024 Alaska Sailings For Full Ship Charter

Carnival Dream Crew Rescue 17 People

The crew of Carnival Dream played a heroic role in the rescue of 17 people who were stranded off the coast of Belize after their boat overturned while en route to Cozumel.

The officers aboard Dream noticed a distressed group of people and immediately sprung into action, alerting the Belize Coast Guard and deploying one of their tenders into the water. They collaborated with locals to successfully rescue all 17 individuals, who were all in good health following the incident. The group of people were transferred to the Belize Coast Guard.

The ship initially left from Galveston, Texas on May 14th for a six-night cruise.

STORY: Carnival Dream Assists in Rescue of 17 People Off The Coast of Belize

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