* Coast Guard Issues Report on Carnival Splendor Fire
The US Coast Guard issued their report today on the November 2010 fire aboard Carnival Splendor off the west coast of Mexico which disabled the ship, left it without any power, and it was subsequently towed back to San Diego, arriving three days later.
* A Success for Cayman?
We reported last week that a high-level tourism delegation from the Cayman Islands made a trip to Miami to meet with cruise line officials to talk about how committed the government is to building berthing facilities for cruise ships. They are hoping to stem their constantly decreasing numbers of cruise passengers. Cruise lines don’t want to tender at ports from their large ships, which are now the norm in the Caribbean, so those are bypassing the island. The government is hoping to eventually woo them once their cruise port is underway, but in the interim, they are hoping to at least not have any more ships withdrawn from the island. Ideally, they’d like to have more.
That’s what Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell says he got. At a news conference in Miami, he said a cruise line has agreed to have a ship add Grand Cayman to its itinerary, but neither the line nor the ship was named.
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