Welcome to a cruise news roundup, a quick overview of some of the more interesting people, programs, and events being talked about in the world of cruising:
- Carnival Cruises may be barred from U.S. ports for a period of time, after allegations of their ships illegally dumping waste at sea. The company is already on a probation of sorts after previous similar incidents. The U.S. government’s move would mostly affect travelers coming and going from Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. A decision will be made at a court hearing in June. A company spokesperson noted that these incidents are not in keeping with the Carnival Cruises’ current policies and procedures.
- The Carnival Fantasy assisted the U.S. Coast Guard with a rescue at sea recently. It picked up 23 people from a boat in the Gulf of Mexico that had been drifting for days.
- Privacy advocates raise the alarm about the potential dangers of increased usage of facial recognition software in airports, ports, and among cruise ships for embarking/disembarking faster and without documents in hand, although companies that develop this technology say that images used for cruise ship passengers are deleted after every trip.
- If you’ve ever wondered what a cruise ship wedding is really like, get a sneak peek at several Disney Cruise ship weddings as photographer Jess Collins shares insider details of these exciting celebrations of love at sea.
- Carnival has partnered with Michaels, the arts and crafts store, to roll out hands-on “Make It with Michaels” programs for kids and adults alike on board all its ships. Participants can create souvenirs to take home, like keychains and picture frames.
- If you’re a big fan of cruising who hoped to do more of it in your retirement, Storylines Cruise Line might have just the solution for you to cruise through it, literally, with its Home at Sea program. Residential cruise condo sales are underway and the program kicks off in 2020 in the UK and Mediterranean.
There’s quite the combination of eye-openers and feel-good stories here, plus some good news for folks planning to cruise (or retire) someday soon. Next time, look for more top news and notable people, places, and events you’ll be thinking about as you plan your next cruise.