Norwegian Encore gangway collapses
The footbridge of Still Norwegian buckled and collapsed on Tuesday while the ship was docked in Panama, injuring several passengers.
A guest tweeted that a walkway from deck six to the pier two decks below had collapsed while passengers were on it. Several guests were taken to hospital in ambulances via stretchers and wheelchairs. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. local time when the alpha code was called for the pier, which is the code for a medical emergency.
Still Norwegian is currently on a 21-day repositioning trip from Seattle to Miami. At the time of the broadcast, NCL did not release a statement and the ship was still docked in Panama.
The last major cruise ship gangway collapse was in 2009 on an MSC ship in Spain, sending a guest overboard.
Tropical Storm Nicole hits cruise ports
Tropical Storm Nicole has already begun to impact Florida cruise ports, resulting in cruise ship itinerary changes.
Both based in Jacksonville Carnival Exhilaration and Central Florida Liberty Carnival dropped Nassau and headed for Cozumel to avoid the storm. Disney and Norwegian are also swapping Bahamian ports or opting for days at sea to stay far enough away from the storm.
Nicole is expected to become a hurricane tonight as it hits southern Florida, then weakens, tracks north and leaves Florida early Friday morning.
Allure of the Seas Arrival in Galveston
Allure of the Seas arrives in Galveston this morning, marking the first time an Oasis-class vessel will be homeported in Texas. The ship’s arrival also serves as a grand opening for Royal Caribbean’s new $125 million Galveston terminal.
In addition to Seduce, which is one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the terminal will accommodate Adventure of the seas from this month, and The shine of the seas from January. All three ships will operate cruises in the Western Caribbean.
Carnival Ecstasy is coming to Scrapyard
carnival ecstasy arrived for scrapping in Turkey on Monday, marking the end of a 31-year run with Carnival Cruise Line. It took the ship three weeks to sail from the Gulf Coast to the scrapyard, including a two-day stopover in Miami to disembark crew and equipment.
Ecstasy was Carnival’s only Fantasy-class ship so far to have a farewell cruise, with guests and employees saying goodbye to a ship full of memories. The only two Fantasy-class ships still in service are Carnival Paradise and Joy.
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