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Cruise Radio News Brief | Week of March 3, 2019

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1. Carnival Cruise Line’s upcoming ship Mardi Gras will feature a new restaurant called Emeril’s Bistro 1396 in partnership with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. To be located in the French Quarter zone of Mardi Gras, the bistro will specialize in cajun cuising, with the menu offering items such as oyster and cochon de lait po-boys, muffaletta sandwiches, gumbo, jambalaya, and sides like Creole potato salad, and red beans and “jazz-man” rice.

Lagasse’s New Orleans-style flavors will feel right at home in the French Quarter of the Carnival Mardi Gras. (Rendering via CCL)

2. Norwegian Cruise Line says that a gust of wind is to blame for a scary incident on Norwegian Escape. Just before midnight on Sunday March 3, a sudden gust of wind estimated at 100 knots blew across the ship, causing it to heel to one side. While there was no structural damage, the interior of the ship didn’t fare as well, with chairs, tables, and dining wear falling and breaking. Several people also reported injuries from falling as well.

3. The Princess Cruises ship Regal Princess rescued survivors of plane crash that occurred just off the coast of Grand Turk as the ship was en route to St. Thomas. Regal Princess immediately responded to the U.S. Coast Guard’s call and adjusted course. Thankfully, all were rescued and returned safely to the ship.

Crew members from the Regal Princess were on hand to help rescue the victims. (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruise Line)

4. Princess Cruises recently celebrated Ilene Weiner, their most-traveled guest at 2,500 cruising days. After 30 years of cruising and 282 cruises on Princess ships, Weiner has no plans of stopping her cruising anytime soon.

5. Carnival Cruise Line celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 115th birthday in style last week by inviting guest celebrity Joey Fatone (of N’SYNC fame) and more than 100 kids from the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club aboard the Carnival Splendor for a Seussical-themed day of festivities. In addition to the fun and games throughout the day, Carnival made a $10,000 donation to the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club so that the kids’ fun, learning, and engagement can continue.

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