Snorkeling tourist on cruise out of Port Canaveral killed by shark in Bahamas
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Investigators in the Bahamas are trying to understand what led to a deadly shark attack. Read: Shark attacks, kills Pennsylvania woman snorkeling in BahamasPolice said a 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was killed after leaving on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship out of Port Canaveral. Read: Woman bitten by shark in Volusia County, officials sayAccording to officials, the American tourist was snorkeling when she was attacked. Officials said the woman was snorkeling near Rose Island, a popular tourist spot. Authorities said she was attacked by a bull shark and died before she made it to a hospital.wftv.com
Cruising toward recovery: Royal Caribbean sees financial rebound, soon eliminating pre-cruise tests
VIDEO: Cruising toward recovery: Royal Caribbean sees financial rebound, soon eliminating pre-cruise tests Cruising toward recovery: Royal Caribbean sees financial rebound, soon eliminating pre-cruise testsBREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Royal Caribbean is sailing toward a rebound. As cruise companies continue to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean said it’s still managing rising costs due to inflation. Beginning Aug. 8, pre-cruise COVID-19 testing for vaccinated guests on voyages of five days or less will no longer be required. READ: Disney Cruise Line releases fall 2023 cruise scheduleRoyal Caribbean said it saw about a 10% lift in summer bookings after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended its voluntary COVID-19 program for cruise ships. READ: Golden Girls-themed cruise returns for 2023Port Canaveral officials, cruise passengers welcome end to CDC’s COVID program for cruise ships The CDC's COVID-19 program for cruise ships is officially over.wftv.com
Consumers still waiting on refunds for COVID-19 cruise cancelations
She’s still waiting for a refund two years after the cruise was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Royal Caribbean cruise was canceled due to COVID-19. According to Meyett, Royal Caribbean offered future travel credits, but since COVID-19 remained a health issue, she doesn’t want to cruise again. Action 9 has handled more than 40 complaints about cruise refunds since March 2020, from consumers who felt credits instead of refunds was not fair. The company told us it sent Meyett’s cruise money to AAA, and she should get her full refund from them.wftv.com
How the ban on Russian oil imports could impact gas prices, Russia's war in Ukraine
Helima Croft, head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, joins "CBS Mornings" to discuss the Biden administration's ban on oil imports from Russia, and how it could impact the U.S. economy and Russia's war in Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
World’s biggest cruise ship ready to set sail from Florida
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise enthusiasts anxious to get up close and personal with the world’s largest passenger ship — your wait is almost over. On March 4, Royal Caribbean will debut its brand-new ship, Wonder of the Seas. READ: FDOT announces opening date for I-4 Ultimate express lanesThe 1,200 foot ship will embark from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage. Royal Caribbean said on its website that Wonder will initially set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on seven-night excursions to the Caribbean and its own private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas. pic.twitter.com/NbO0Pr8x6j — Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) February 21, 2022Beginning in May, the cruise ship plans to head to Barcelona and Rome to kick off summer vacations in the Mediterranean.wftv.com
Hong Kong bans flights, imposes other COVID-19 restrictions
Hong Kong Cruise Passengers look out from the Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship docked at Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam also announced that restaurant dining will be forbidden after 6 p.m. for two weeks starting Friday. Hong Kong has reported 114 omicron variant cases as of Tuesday, with most being imported. Hong Kong officials have moved swiftly to block the spread of the variant, locking down residential buildings where people have tested positive and mass-testing thousands of people. The ship returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday morning and passengers were being held onboard while they awaited testing.wftv.com
Thousands held on Hong Kong cruise ship for COVID testing
HONG KONG — (AP) — Thousands of passengers were being held Wednesday on a cruise ship in Hong Kong for coronavirus testing after health authorities said nine passengers were linked to a recent omicron cluster and ordered the ship to turn back. The ship was ordered to return after nine passengers were identified as close contacts of an infected patient who was linked to a new omicron cluster. The ship returned to Hong Kong on Wednesday morning and passengers were being held onboard while they awaited testing. Over the past week, Hong Kong authorities have locked down several residential buildings linked to emerging omicron clusters as it sought to prevent the spread of the coronavirus variant in the city. Royal Caribbean said guests who were on-board the affected ship would receive a 25% refund on their cruise fare.wftv.com
Hong Kong bans flights, imposes other COVID-19 restrictions
Hong Kong authorities have announced a two-week ban on flights from the United States and seven other countries and are holding 2,500 passengers on a cruise ship for coronavirus testing as the city attempts to stem an emerging omicron outbreak.
Thousands reject CDC advice, board cruise ships for vacations amid rise in COVID cases
Cruising into the new year, thousands of passengers are rejecting the CDC's advice not to sail as COVID-19 cases reach record numbers. The CDC issued this guidance despite every passenger 12 and older being required to be vaccinated.
CDC is investigating more than 80 cruise ships for COVID-19 cases. Here’s what that means
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has color-coded dozens of cruise ships according to how many COVID-19 cases are reported on board, placing at least 89 under investigation or observation ahead of the new year.
‘It was the worst Christmas,’ says COVID-positive passenger disembarking cruise ship
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Holbrook family of Michigan stepped off Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas frustrated and angry after the cruise ship they were on returned to Port Everglades from its eight-night voyage. Christopher Holbrook, 49, tested positive for COVID-19 while aboard and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in his room in isolation. “It was the worst Christmas,” Holbrook said ...news.yahoo.com
Coronavirus: 44 people test positive for COVID-19 aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Symphony of the Seas Stock photo of Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas docked in Barcelona, Spain, on July 29, 2018. Forty-four passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19 before the ship docked in Miami on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, following a weeklong excursion. (frantic00/Getty Images)MIAMI — Nearly four dozen people aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19 before the vessel docked in Miami on Saturday evening. The designation means at least one-tenth of 1% of passengers tested positive, the Sun Sentinel reported. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean advised passengers to visit a certified testing center within three days of disembarkation from the ship, per CDC guidance, USA Today reported.wftv.com
Cruising the world: Royal Caribbean to embark on 274-day sailing
World cruise FILE PHOTO: The Serenade of the Seas will be embarking on a world-wide cruise at the end of 2023. >> Read more trending newsThe cruise line announced the “longest and most comprehensive” cruise around the world. The “Ultimate World Cruise,” as it is being billed, will stop at more than 150 locations as the Serenade of the Seas sails around the globe, USA Today reported. The booking for the full cruise is open now for Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond members and members above that status. Bookings for individual expeditions will open in December, USA Today reported.wftv.com
Summer Gas Prices – What to Expect. – WFTV
Clark just returned from the first cruise to sail out of a US Port since the pandemic began. Clark explains what factors are behind the price of gas and how long the pricing pain is likely to last. Sign up for Clark's free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices[ Watch the video ][ This article was originally published on Clark.com ]The post 07.08.21 Clark Cruise Report / Summer Gas Prices – What to Expect.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Unvaccinated passengers barred entry over Royal Caribbean COVID-19 protocols
Unvaccinated passengers barred entry over Royal Caribbean COVID-19 protocols FILE PHOTO: More than a half dozen Royal Caribbean passengers were left on the dock Friday in Seattle because they were not vaccinated and not allowed to board the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship. (Andrey Moisseyev/Getty Images)SEATTLE — More than a half dozen Royal Caribbean passengers were left on the dock Friday in Seattle because they were not vaccinated. The group said they brought proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours, which was what they thought was the requirement. In May, the cruise line said any Alaska-bound passengers boarding in Seattle would have to be vaccinated starting Aug. 1, KIRO reported. “They said vaccinated and unvaccinated is welcome,” she said.wftv.com
2 Royal Caribbean lines to resume Caribbean cruises in June
People line up to get on a Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, relief boat that is sailing to Ft. Lauderdale, Sept. 28, In San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMIAMI – Two Royal Caribbean cruises will resume in June, ending a yearlong hiatus, but passengers 18 and older must test negative for COVID-19 before getting on a ship. The company's Celebrity Cruises subsidiary said Friday that its Celebrity Millennium ship will relaunch on June 5 from St. Maarten. With the Caribbean such a popular destination, “It’s not entirely surprising to see both Celebrity and Royal Caribbean finding a way to return to the region,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor or Cruise Critic, a website that reviews cruises. Shares of Miami-based Royal Caribbean rose more than 2% Friday.
Royal Caribbean extends sailing suspensions for majority of fleet until June 1
MIAMI – Royal Caribbean announced to customers in an email Tuesday that it will be extending its sailing suspensions for the majority of its fleet until June 1 as it continues to make “return to service preparations.”The cruise line’s most recent plan was to resume its broader global operations on May 1, News 6 partner Local 10 reports. [TRENDING: Video: Arrest of Naked Cowboy at Bike Week | 36,000 Fla. Republicans leave GOP | Man rescued 135 miles off Fla. coast]AdThe change in plan excludes sailings onboard the Quantum, Spectrum, Voyager and Odyssey of the Seas. “Our plan is to resume operations for most of our fleet on June 1st, 2021,” the email stated. “Our primary goal continues to be a seamless and healthy return to service. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our guests back!”The cruise line stated that it has assembled a “Healthy Sail Panel” of experts who are working closely with governments and “leading health authorities” to “pioneer innovative ways to guide the cruise industry’s path forward in response to the pandemic.”For those who have had their vacations canceled due to the changes, the cruise line is offering three options:Receive a 125% future cruise credit to book a new cruise by April 30, 2022Select a new sail dateReceive a 100% refundCustomers with further questions may call the cruise line at 1-866-562-7625.
Cruises out of Port Canaveral could return in July
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Disney, Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean all announced this month the companies will wait even longer to restart, Port Canaveral officials now predict cruises might return in July. Port Canaveral commissioners approved a revised port budget to update its losses to $43 million. Fortunately, with savings built up from record years before coronavirus, Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray is confident the port will outlast the pandemic even all the way into next year. Port officials said it is most likely the beginning of the restart will feature one ship per cruise line and each ship will operate at 50% capacity. The first cruises will be crew members only, the next set of cruises will be volunteers, all before regular passengers can get a ticket.
Grandfather who held toddler before fatal cruise ship fall pleads guilty
ORLANDO, Fla. – The grandfather of a 1-year-old girl who died after falling 150 feet from a cruise ship has pleaded guilty to a charge of negligent homicide. Investigators say Salvatore Anello was holding Chloe Wiegand when she fell from Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship last July. | President Trump returning to Central Florida]Authorities say Anello rested the little girl against an open window while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico, causing her to fall. Anello told investigators he believed the window was closed and that Wiegand slipped from his hands. Anello’s attorneys say he will not serve any prison time but will serve probation.
Royal Caribbean hopes to resume cruises by September
Royal Caribbean hopes to resume cruises by September. The goal for the cruise line is to resume operations on Sept. 16. [RELATED: Cruise lines suspend US sailing until mid-September over COVID-19 concerns]This order ends on July 24. Royal Caribbean announced not all sailings will take place in September. The cruise line announced Odyssey of the Seas from Nov. 5- April 17, 2021, will be canceled.
Carnival announces layoffs and furloughs as cruise industry works to stay afloat
MIAMI, Fla. – Carnival Corp. will implement layoffs, furloughs, reduced workweeks and salary reductions across the company, the Miami-based company announced Thursday. It’s the latest move in hopes of keeping the cruise industry financially afloat after it was rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, and it follows similar announcements by other lines. The report says that Carnival had about 120,000 workers worldwide before the start of the coronavirus outbreak and that furloughed employees could potentially return when cruising resumes. “Taking these extremely difficult employee actions involving our highly dedicated workforce is a very tough thing to do. Norwegian Cruise Line has furloughed 20% of its staff and has warned that it could face bankruptcy.
Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean taking temperature of all cruise passengers before setting sail
If a guest’s temperature is above 100.4°F (38° C), the passenger and their party will undergo a secondary health screening, according to the cruise line. CORONAVIRUS: Royal Caribbean announced the company is adding mandatory temperature screenings before passengers board cruise ships. Carnival Cruise Lines also implemented screen procedures prior to guests boarding, including taking passengers’ temperatures. Click here for a full list of guidelines the cruise line has implemented amid the spread of the virus. Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with cruise line representatives in Florida on Saturday to talk about ways to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading on cruise ships.
Carnival cruise ships collide in Cozumel
COZUMEL – A Carnival Cruise Line ship named Carnival Glory collided with the Carnival Legend Friday, then narrowly missed a Royal Caribbean ship. Passengers aboard a nearby Royal Caribbean ship watched in shock as the stern of the Carnival Glory drifted into the pointed bow of the Carnival Legend. “Carnival Glory just crashed into Carnival Legend and almost crashed into Oasis of the Seas at the Cozumel cruise port,” Bruin said on the video. Carnival Glory just crashed into Carnival Legend and almost crashed into Oasis of the Seas at the Cozumel cruise port. Carnival Cruise Line said both ships should be able to continue sailing.
Parents of toddler who fell to her death sue Royal Caribbean
The Indiana parents of a toddler who plunged through an open widow on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico have filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises. The parents accuse the company of negligence in Chloe Wiegand’s death by allowing a window to be opened in July. The girl’s grandfather, Salvatore Anello, has been charged in Puerto Rico with negligent homicide. Anello insists he’s colorblind and didn’t know the 11th-floor window was open. He says he believed he was lifting the girl so she could bang on the glass like at a hockey game.