Norwegian Cruise Ships May Serve as Migrant Housing
It looks as if New York City may be turning to Norwegian Cruise Line for help in dealing with an influx of migrants in need of housing.
The New York Post reports that the city is close to signing a deal which would see them leasing one of NCL’s ships for up to six months to serve as temporary housing. There’s no word on which Norwegian ship might be used or exactly where it would wind up docking during the leasing period.
As for how much the deal would cost, exact figures weren’t released.
The paper reported that if a deal could be struck, it would wind up costing less than a currently-under-construction tent city, which will cost approximately $15 million a month to operate.
Carnival Splendor Arrives Home to Australia
Carnival Splendor is back home. The vessel arrived in Sydney, Australia on Friday, marking the first time a cruise ship has entered Australian waters with international guests in nearly three years.
Splendor was welcomed to the country with a special escort by P&O Cruises Australia’s ship Pacific Adventure.
The ship spent the summer sailing from Seattle to Alaska.
Splendor’s first voyage from Sydney was on Saturday, October 1. It will offer a variety of Australian sailings year-round.
Viking Takes Delivery of Second Expedition Ship
Viking took delivery of its second expedition ship, Viking Polaris, during a ceremony this week at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Norway. The ship was christened yesterday in Amsterdam.
Sister ship Viking Octantis, which has spent the summer sailing in the Great Lakes, was also officially be named and christened on Friday.
Both vessels will spend the winter season in Antarctica before the Great Lakes next spring.