Cruise News Today — October 19, 2021 [VIDEO]

MSC Cruises to Pay River Line Millions Due to Collision

After a navigational incident that caused MSC Opera to crash into a Uniworld river boat in 2019, MSC Cruises is now forced to pay the river cruise line $2.7 million in damages.

The accident was due to a mechanical issue that occurred when the ship was attempting to dock in Venice, causing it to crash into the much smaller River Countess.

Previously, MSC had already agreed to pay for ship repairs and revenue that Uniworld lost.

River Countess was out of service for repairs for three months following the crash. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured or killed.

STORY: MSC Will Pay River Cruise Line $2.7 Million After 2019 Collision

Carnival Returns to Two Caribbean Islands

Carnival Freedom arrived in St. Maarten and St. Thomas last week, marking the first time Carnival has been to those ports since the 2020 shutdown.

The ship was operating an eight-night eastern Caribbean itinerary that departed October 9 from Miami.

Additionally, Carnival Magic made the line’s first return call to Princess Cays last week — a private island in the Bahamas primarily used by Princess Cruises.

STORIES: Carnival Returns to Two More Caribbean IslandsCarnival Cruise Line Returns to Princess Cays

Istanbul Welcomes Viking Sky

Istanbul’s cruise port, Galataport, has welcomed its second cruise ship since the industry shutdown last year.

Viking Sky arrived to the port on Friday, October 15 during a 28-day cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul. There were around 500 passengers onboard.

The cruise began on September 19, and concluded on October 17.

The arrival of Viking Sky is an important milestone for Istanbul, marking the revitalization of cruise tourism for the city and its surrounding area.

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