Guest Who Went Overboard From Carnival Valor Rescued
Call it a Thanksgiving miracle.
A guest that went into the Gulf of Mexico from Carnival Valor on Wednesday evening was found in stable condition by the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday afternoon around 2:30 pm local time.
A statement from Carnival said the guest was last seen leaving the bar to use the restroom and he never returned. After never showing up in his stateroom, his sister notified the ship on Thursday. The captain immediately turned the ship around and started looking for the guest.
After combing over 200 miles of the gulf, the man was plucked out of the water by a Coast Guard Jayhawk Helicopter and taken to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.
Valor is on a five night cruise from New Orleans, scheduled to return on Monday morning.
Brilliant Lady Floated Out in Italy
Virgin Voyages fourth ship, Brilliant Lady, was floated out at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard today.
Brilliant Lady follows Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady, which are already in service from PortMiami. Resilient Lady enters service early next year, with Brilliant Lady coming in late 2023.
Each ship is a carbon copy of each other, coming in at 110,000 gross registered tons, carrying 2,700 guests, and catering to an adults-only crowd.
Construction Begins on Silver Ray
Construction has begun on Silversea Cruises’ second Nova-class ship, Silver Ray. A steel cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to mark the occasion.
Silversea says that the Nova-class ships will be some of the most environmentally-conscious ships ever built, featuring hybrid technology that uses fuel cells, batteries, and engines that use liquefied natural gas. Silver Ray is scheduled to debut in summer 2024.