Monday, March 5, 2012

Cruise News Daily Headlines for March 5, 2012

* Revitalizing Rhapsody 
As you read this, a $54 million month-long revitalization of Rhapsody of the Seas is underway in Singapore. It will be similar to the sweeping changes that were aboard Splendour of the Seas last November, bringing some of Royal Caribbean's current features aboard the 15-year-old vessel.
   The work is taking place at the Sembawang Shipyard, and it is the largest refurbishment ever to take place in Singapore, employing more than 800 workers.

* Fuel Continues to Be Drained from Costa Concordia 
Before Smit Salvage began the operation, there was intense media attention on the process of removing the fuel from Costa Concordia. There now seems to be little interest in the ongoing process, which is now entering one of the more interesting phases.

* Norwegian Crew Member Arrested 
A 29-year-old assistant cruise director aboard Norwegian Star was arrested yesterday while the ship was in Tampa. Federal authorities are charging that the man had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl from Minnesota during the ship's January 29 sailing. Allegedly the two subsequently exchanged e-mails containing sexually explicit photos of each of them.
   At the moment, the man has only been officially charged with the possession of child pornography.

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