Friday, September 22, 2017

Carnival Cancels San Juan Sailings

The Port of San Juan is still closed, and from news reports, conditions in San Juan and all of Puerto Rico do not look hospitable for tourists in the near future. Flights in and out of San Juan's main airport were to resume today on a very limited basis. 

In addition, Carnival Cruise Line said today their cruise terminal at the Port of San Juan also received extensive damage during Hurricane Maria. With that in mind, the line canceled Carnival Fascination's next three sailings, September 24, October 1 & 8.

Details appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Pieces Will Soon All Fall into Place

Yesterday, Meyer floated the first engine room module of AIDAnova, which will be the first cruise ship powered by dual-fuel engines that can operate on clean-burning LNG both at sea and in port.

This ship is being built a bit differently than most built at Meyer Werft. Some of the larger pieces are being built at Neptune Werft in Rostock (owned by Meyer) and then floated to Meyer Werft in Papenburg where they will be assembled into the full ship inside the giant covered building dock.

The complete story appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily.

The first piece of the FERU in the drydock before it is lowered into the river
AIDAnova's first FERU lowered into the river and floating for the first time.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Changes in San Juan & Havana Operations

From news reports, it appears the entire island of Puerto Rico has sustained substantial damage, with serious damage in San Juan, including to the infrastructure. Of particular concern is the island's lack of electricity, which some estimates say will be months before it's fully restored.

San Juan was removed from ships' itineraries this week since Maria was bearing down on the islands during the first part of the week, but now that it's past, cruise lines have begun to decide what to do about the ships that are based there and due to turn around this weekend.

Details appeared in the September 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Incident on Aurora

Passengers are reporting a brief fire aboard P&O's Aurora yesterday (September 20) as it was west of the Azores, which resulted in a short power outage, but P&O only confirmed the temporary power failure to CND in a statement last night.

Passengers were reporting a fire in the engine room, but that was later clarified (unofficially) by a staff member who said the incident was in the engine control room.

The complete story appeared in the September 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another Crystal Floats down the River

Crystal River Cruises took delivery of its second Rhine-class newbuild, Crystal Mahhler, today in Germany at the MV Werften yard and christened the vessel at the same time.

The event was much more low-key than last month's christening of the first newbuild, Crystal Bach.

The complete story appeared in the September 20 edition of Cruise News Daily.