Cruise ship delayed in port due to yacht fire
The "Grand Classica" was delayed on May 7, 2019, in Palm Beach after a 125-ft-yacht was on fire nearby. The yacht was ablaze at the nearby Boat Yard in Riviera Beach in the morning. Large flames were raging from the yacht causing toxic smoke to impact the entire area including the cruise dock. The "Grand Classica" had to stay away from the dock causing the disembarkation of around 600 passengers to be delayed. the ship was originally scheduled to arrive at 8:00 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard permitted the port entry at 10:45 a.m. The next scheduled cruise was to depart with no delay though the yacht fire was expected to continue into the night. However, fire crews had it under control. It was not known what caused the fire and an investigation was underway. Report with photos: https://www.cruisehive.com/cruise-ship-delayed-due-to-fire-near-port-of-palm-beach/31549
Cruise ship denied entry to Havana
The "Grand Classica" was denied entry in Havana in the morning of Feb 15, 2019. It left the port of Palm Beach on its maiden voyage to Cuba. The plan was to get to Havana at 7 a.m. Friday. Some people would get off the ship, and some Cuban nationals would temporarily board. Viva Travels had chartered the Grand "Classica". They said despite prior approval from the Cuban government, they were denied entry for unknown reasons and insted headed to the Bahamas before returning to the Port of Palm Beach, completing their 4-day cruise.
Man died after falling on board
Christopher McGrory, 29, a passenger of the "Grand Classica", died after being medevaced from the cruise ship which sailed from Palm Beach to Freeport. The man was at a bachelor’s party in advance of his Dec. 1 wedding. He fell on board in the night hours when the ship was 13 miles east of the port.The U.S. Coast Guard received a call on Oct 18, 2018, around 8:15 p.m. The man was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where hospital staff pronounced him dead. The ship then resumed its itinerary to Grand Bahama Island.Upload News