Carnival Celebration Successfully Completes Sea Trials
Carnival Celebration has successfully completed her sea trials in the Baltic Sea. The sister ship to Mardi Gras set out on her first round of trials on September 5th from Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Officers, technicians, and engineers were on board to test the ship’s technical, mechanical, and navigational systems.
On November 6th, Carnival Celebration will depart on a transatlantic voyage from Southampton to Miami. She will set sail on her inaugural six-night voyage from Miami on November 21st before beginning a schedule of mostly seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises.
Carnival Celebration is Carnival’s second Excel-class ship following Mardi Gras. A third sister vessel, Carnival Jubilee, is set to begin sailing from Galveston next year.
Port of San Diego Gears Up For Busiest Cruise Season in 12 Years
The Port of San Diego is gearing up for its busiest cruise season since 2010, which is set to begin on September 19th. 140 cruise calls are scheduled, which is up 40 percent from last year. All are at or near full capacity, which will bring around 460,000 passengers to the port.
The first cruise call will be Windstar’s Star Breeze on September 19th, followed by Disney Wonder’s arrival on September 23rd. Princess Cruises will be homeporting in San Diego for the first time ever this season with 13 planned calls.
San Diego is California’s third busiest cruise port after Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Sexual Assault Reported By Norwegian Breakaway Crew Member
Massachusetts State Police and FBI agents were called to Norwegian Breakaway on Tuesday evening while the ship was docked in Boston. They were looking into a report of sexual assault involving two people who work aboard the vessel.
The alleged incident happened while the ship was sailing between Providence, Rhode Island and Boston. Norwegian Cruise Line has not commented on the situation as of the time of recording.
Today the ship is scheduled to call in Saint John, New Brunswick.