QM2 Cruise Ship Forced to Skip Port Stop Due to Suez Canal Delays
Queen Mary 2 has been forced to skip the port of Aqaba for Petra because of delays in the Suez Canal. The Cunard Line flagship, which is on a on a 113-night world cruise, will instead call in at Muscat, Oman, on Tuesday, January 27.
The delays were due to dredging in the Suez Canal, which led to a partial collapse of a precipitation basin, preventing ships from passing through. A spokesperson for Cunard said: "Due to the enforced delay in the transit of the Suez Canal, unfortunately Queen Mary 2 will no longer be able to call at Aqaba. A call at Muscat; Oman, will be added on Tuesday January 27." The ship is 13 days into its World Cruise, which departed Southampton on January 10, 2015.
Families of Turkish sailors who died in the collision of two vessels on Dec. 28, 2014 in Italy are preparing to file a lawsuit against Italian authorities for negligence.
Three Turkish sailors aboard the Turkish-flagged Gökbel are still missing while the bodies of three others were recovered from the site of the collision off the port of Ravenna in Italy.
The body of Zeynel Üstün, 46, was found in an unrecognizable state some 25 days after the collision when it washed ashore 300 kilometers away from the site of the accident.
Ulvi Üstün, the brother of the victim, claimed that Italian port authorities were at fault for the collision, in particular, the operator responsible for directing the sea traffic arriving at and departing from the port. Üstün said that they have hired a lawyer and will file a lawsuit of negligence against Italian officials after they received the body of his brother. "We will not let them to cover it up," he said.
The Turkish-flagged vessel was leaving the port when it collided with the Belize-flagged Lady Aziza. The Turkish ship sank, while the other vessel was heavily damaged in the accident.
Disney Cruise Line Ship Rescues Five Cuban Nationals Sailing In Raft
The Disney Cruise Line has come to the rescue yet again. Just about two weeks after rescuing a passenger that fell off of a Royal Caribbean ship, the Disney Magic has helped out once more by picking up five Cuban nationals that were out sailing around in a homemade raft concisting of mostly metal barrels.According to the Disney Cruise Line Blog, the Disney Magic happened upon a raft floating approximately 23 miles off the coast of Cuba. It was around noon Eastern Time when The Disney Cruise Line ship saw the raft floating and slowly approached it to help.
The raft appeared to be made mostly of metal barrels or oil drums and was soldered together with metal bars. The thin raft had jugs of water and some personal belongings in the raft with the five Cuban nationals.
When the Disney Magic came upon the raft, they slowly pulled up to it and lowered the side door of the ship to access those on board.
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U.S. naval ship grounded off Japanese coast CNN Video
(CNN)An American naval cargo ship has run aground off the Japanese coast, east of Okinawa, and efforts are underway to refloat it, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.
"The safety of the civilian crew members and the environment are our top priorities. So we're taking this situation very seriously and will continue to investigate the situation until it's resolved," said Cmdr. William Marks, spokesman for the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet.
Last mission for storied class of warships
The U.S. Navy identified the ship as the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak. The Navy said it was stuck 6 nautical miles off Uruma, on the island of Okinawa.
"The ship is stable right now," Marks said. "Any water found in the ship is just from the normal tide going in and out."
Tugs were at the location, assessing the best way to free the vessel in conjunction with the Japanese.
"The U.S. Navy is working closely with Japanese authorities to assess the situation and determine the best course of action to refloat the vessel," the Navy said. "No leaks from the hull have been found and no damage to the surrounding area has been reported."
The ship carries 131 crew members -- 38 civilians and 67 Army and 26 Marine Corps personnel, the Navy said. All were unhurt and still on board, it said.
The Military Sealift Command operates more than 100 noncombat, civilian crew ships that service the Defense Department in specialized missions, according to its website. edition.cnn.com/2...
Celebrity Century to become the SkySea Golden Era - To start Service from Shanghai in May 2015
The Celebrity Century will become the SkySea Golden Era this May, as she transfers to the new SkySea brand, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ctrip and Stone Capital.
Cruise Industry News can reveal that the Century will undergo a significant refurbishment at Singapore’s Sembawang facility.
Among the changes on the vessel will be a complete rethink of the restaurants, aiming them at the Chinese market. Also being added will be an ice bar, trampoline at sea, and mini-golf.
Ctirp, China’s largest online travel platform, has a 35 percent stake in SkySea, while Royal Caribbean has an equal 35 percent share. Stone Capital has a 30 percent share and is a Shanghai-based private equity firm that invests for China’s wealthiest families and entrepreneurs.
The ship’s inaugural season will see it homeport in Shanghai from May to October.
Queen Victoria Started World Voyage after Drydocking in Hamburg
The Queen Victoria sailed past a fusillade of fireworks to mark the start of her 2015 World Voyage and show off her new look. The ship set out from Southampton in tip-top form having just returned from an intensive 20 day refurbishment at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg. Nine brand new single staterooms were installed as part of the refurbishment. In addition to refreshing existing furnishings, enhancements have been made to the outdoor spaces, beverage provision in the ship's informal Lido restaurant and eight brand new internet stations have been installed on the upper floor of the library. 2,000 contractors representing thirty different nationalities worked a total of 600,000 man hours around the clock to replace all 215,278 square feet of carpet in the passenger areas. They also renewed all 3,167 mattresses on board and replaced over 19,685 square feet - 3.75 miles - of pipe work insulation. 2,695 gallons of paint were used inside and out, enough to paint 54 Boeing 737's. "The results of Queen Victoria's refit are a true testament to Cunard's ability to respond to passenger input. We are delighted to incorporate their wish for more outdoor space with enhancements to the Upper Grill Terrace and additional areas for sunbathing. We also provided more single staterooms for our single travelers. It's this commitment to our passengers that keeps Cunard's 175 year heritage going strong," commented Rick Meadows, President of Cunard, North America.