Cruise News Today — May 24, 2023 [VIDEO]

Carnival Cruise Guest Dies While Swimming in South Pacific

A Carnival Splendor guest died on Saturday while swimming off the coast of Mystery Island in the south Pacific. The incident happened during the ship’s most recent nine-night voyage, which departed Sydney, Australia on May 15th.

Carnival issued a statement, saying that it is “deeply saddened by the death of a guest on Mystery Island, following what appears to be a medical situation whilst swimming. Our Care Team are supporting the guest’s family along with other guests during this difficult time.”

Another passenger on the sailing told Australia’s 7 News that the guest died while snorkeling, though this information hasn’t been confirmed. Carnival Splendor returned to Sydney this morning as scheduled.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Passenger Dies While Swimming During Port Call

Royal Caribbean Lifeboat Falls Into Water Upside Down

A lifeboat from Navigator of the Seas fell into the water upside down on Monday while it was undergoing maintenance.

A portside lifeboats detached during safety system maintenance while the ship was docked in Mazatlan, Mexico. No one was injured during the incident, but photos showed significant damage to the lifeboat.

Navigator’s itinerary wasn’t impacted by the accident, and it left Mazatlan as scheduled on Monday evening. The ship is currently on a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles.

Royal Caribbean Poised to Become World’s Largest Cruise Brand

Royal Caribbean International is poised to be the largest cruise brand in the world by 2029. This is according to the 2023 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

The cruise line will have an annual global capacity of about 6.5 million passengers in 2029, compared to 5.4 million for Carnival Cruise Line. Not accounting for any unannounced ships that may be scrapped or sold, Royal Caribbean will have 30 ships sailing in 2029, compared to 27 for Carnival.

MSC Cruises is forecast to be third largest, followed by Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, and Celebrity.

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