Search for passenger who fell over board suspended
The US Coast Guard was searching for Thomas McElhany, a 26-year-old man, who went overboard from the "Carnival Victory" at FLorida Keys 35 miles south of Islamorada on Dec 14, 2018, 35 miles south of Islamorada. The Coast Guard 7th District command center received a call from the cruise ship stating a passenger had reportedly went overboard. Coast Guard asets searching were: A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry the Coast Guard Cutter "Charles David, Jr." (WPC-1107) the Coast Guard Cutter "Charles Sexton" (WPC-1108), the Coast Guard Cutter "Cochito" (WPB-87329). The cruise ship’s next port of call was Miami where it called at 8.45 p.m. the same day. The search was suspended on Dec 15. Crews had searched for approximately 32 hours covering 2,086 square miles.
Carnival reveals inaugural voyages for Carnival Radiance
Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Radiance is to offer Mediterranean voyages and the company’s first Cuba sailings from the US ports of New York, Norfolk and Port Canaveral when she launches after a US$200 million dry dock in Cadiz, Spain in 2020. Currently sailing as Carnival Victory, Carnival Radiance will be renovated and relaunched on 29 April 2020 with a 10-day Mediterranean voyage from Barcelona, Spain to various destinations in the region. The ship will then embark on a 13-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York to begin her inaugural season in the city. Once in New York, Carnival Radiance will offer a series of cruises to Bermuda and the Canadian ports of Saint John and New Brunswick, as well as the line’s first New York-Cuba voyages. The latter itineraries will include overnight stays in Havana and The Bahamas. The vessel will then repositioning to Norfolk, Virginia to offer additional voyages to Cuba.
Mechanical problems slow down cruise
Mechanical problems were affecting the speed of the "Carnival Victory" after its departure from the port of Miami on Oct 22, 2018. The cruise ship was supposed to sail from Miami to Key West arriving in the morning of Oct 23 around 7:30 a.m., and then sailing on to Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Miami in October 26, but Carnival stated that an unspecified issue was affecting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. Although technicians were doing the necessary work, the ship would operate on a modified itinerary. The ship would sail to Nassau in the Bahamas where it would arrive at 10:00 a.m. on Oct 23 and it would spend the next day at its private destination in Princess Cays in the Bahamas. The "Carnival Victory" would then spend a day at sea on Oct 25 and would return to Miami in the morning of Oct 26. The ship was sailing at an average speed of around 11-12 knots. Carnival was offering a $50 onboard credit or a refund for anyone who wished to cancel the cruise.Upload News