The terrible news we heard this week was of another unfortunate death on a cruise ship.
In the early hours of Wednesday the 14th of August, the alarm was raised onboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Symphony of the Seas. Somehow an Australian man had fallen into the sea. Royal Caribbean said the ship immediately turned around after realizing the man had gone overboard and launched a rescue boat.
The shocking news in the cruise world this week was the “alleged riot” onboard the P&O Britannia.
During a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords, just hours after ship Britannia left Bergen, an incident took place late at night in the buffet. Allegedly guests used plates and furniture as weapons due to someone wearing a clown suit.
The big news from Virgin Voyages this week is the announcement of the captain of their 1st ship, Scarlet Lady.
The honour goes to Canadian woman Wendy Williams. Williams has more than 28 years of experience working on ships at sea, including more than a decade as a deckhand in commercial fishing off the western coast of Canada and as a ferryboat captain. She has also spent 15 years in various roles on the bridge of cruise mega ships and new her position with Virgin Voyages will be her first promotion to the rank of master of a cruise ship.
In an age of trying to save the planet, cutting back on air pollution and greenhouse gases, it is pleasing to see a major cruise line do its bit.
The Norwegian cruise line, Hurtigruten, has announced that it has signed a seven & a half year deal with Biokraft to supply climate-neutral liquified biogas (LBG).
The big cruise story this week was the totally unexpected news from Royal Caribbean. Despite the fact that lots of customers had already made their bookings for 2020, Royal made the surprising decision to pull Independence of the Seas out of Southampton and relocate her to Fort Lauderdale.