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Carnival Says Crew Shortages are Caused By Backlogs and Delays in US Consular Processing of Visa

May 17, 2022

Carnival Cruise Line will pause some of the onboard events and limit the number of guests sailing on some ships due to crew shortages. In a post on social media Carnivals Brand Ambassador John Heald said that the company is unable to bring more crew on time because “of the situation with the United States Government who are themselves short staffed,”

Seafarers win commitment to mandatory internet access in MLC

May 17, 2022

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) announced that the Seafarers' section has won the right to mandatory Internet access in international law, implemented in the updates to the 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), but is disappointed that the majority of ship owners will continue to charge its crew.

Star Clippers Resumes Sailings With All 3 Tall Ships

May 17, 2022

For the first time in two years Star Clippers, the unique tall-ships continues the full sailing program with all the vessels in the Mediterranean.

 

Dubrovnik Welcomes Viking Mars

May 16, 2022

Dubrovnik Port Authority welcomed the newest Viking ocean vessel, Viking Mars, which arrived directly from the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.

Shakuem Griffin christens Margaritaville at Sea Paradise

May 16, 2022

NFL player Shakuem Griffin christened the new vessel Margaritaville at Sea, as the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. A party followed the ceremony on the deck by the pool.

Valiant Lady Sets Sail on "MerMaiden" voyage with Sir Richard Branson

May 16, 2022

The second lady of Virgin Voyages, Valiant Lady, left for the port of Barcelona on her "MerMaiden" cruise around the Mediterranean - with Sir Richard Branson on board. The founder of Virgin Voyages is on a 2,700-passenger ship for a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise visiting Toulon, Marina di Carrara, Italy, Ajaccio, Corsica; Cagliari, Sardinia and overnight in Ibiza, Spain.

Dutch government extends charter contract for housing Ukrainian refugees on HAL's Volendam

May 13, 2022

Holland America Line and the city of Rotterdam extended the charter contract for the cruise ship Volendam to house Ukrainian refugees through September 14, 2022.

MS Zaandam Returns to Service in Fort Lauderdale

May 13, 2022

Holland America Line’s Zaandam, the 10th ship in the fleet to resume cruise operations, returned to service on May 12, 2022 from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Zaandam embarked guests for a nine-day Atlantic Coast cruise to Montreal, Canada, that will position it in Canada/New England through October.

Viking Takes Delivery of Viking Mars

May 13, 2022

The delivery ceremony of Viking's latest ocean vessel, Viking Mars was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking Mars set off for Valletta, Malta, where Lady Fione Carnarvon the ship’s godmother, will officially name the vessel on May 17. The ship will then sail across the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Northern Europe before re-positioning itself at the end of the year for trips around Australia and New Zealand. 

Small Fire Breaks Out On The Norwegian Escape

May 13, 2022

A small fire broke out in the engine room technical area on the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship Norwegian Escape yesterday morning, after the vessel departed from Civitavecchia on a 10-day round-trip to Greek Isles and Italy. 

Code Bravo was sounded on the ship's PA system and the firefighting teams were quickly dispatched to the affected area. 

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