Virgin Voyages’ first cruise has yet to set sail — but the company is announcing already announcing a second ship!
The adults-only cruise line headed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson has announced that their second ship will be named “Valiant Lady,” and will sail three itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain starting in May 2021.
Unlike Virgin’s first boat, dubbed “Scarlet Lady,” which doesn’t set sail for the Caribbean until April 2020, Valiant Lady will be headed to Europe, making stops in France, Italy and Spain along the Mediterranean coast.
Each of the planned seven-night itineraries will board in Barcelona, just steps from Las Ramblas, and feature an included overnight in Ibiza before taking off on their respective journeys.
The FBI has confirmed the arrest of a man on a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel who they say chased a woman throughout the ship before breaking her arm and jaw.
Jeff Smiley III was arrested on Nov. 6 after the Norwegian cruise vessel had reached the pier in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was charged with two counts of assault, including assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction, and assault resulting in a substantial bodily injury to a spouse or intimate partner.
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Over the weekend, as the storm hit the Bahamas in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called “a historic tragedy,” claiming five lives on the Abaco Islands and flooding neighborhoods, outrage brewed on Twitter about conditions on the private island Castaway Cay. The Disney Cruise Lines port located 30 miles from Abaco is home to 60 full-time employees.
“My sister is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane. We were told they would evacuate and they didn’t. Left them behind!! Why??,” Twitter user Meg Green wrote in a deleted-tweet, according to the Miami Times.
Later, she reportedly tweeted, “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane? I do.”
Carnival Cruise Line is taking “corrective action” after the Carnival Fantasy, the oldest of its Fantasy-class cruise ships, failed to pass a recent inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Out of a possible score of 100, the Fantasy only managed to earn a 77, partially due to “brown water” being discharged from hoses in the medical area, soiled cutlery mingling with the “clean” cutlery, and bread products teeming with flies, according to the inspection report.
The number of cruise ship passengers is up more than 12 million from a decade ago. ‘We’re still just scratching the surface,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s parent company. He knows a growth industry when he sees one.
A woman went overboard from the Norwegian Epic cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend, and in a grim development, officials called off the search for her on Sunday.
The ship was crossing the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Cannes, France, to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, but turned around and docked in the middle of the ocean to launch a search party where the passenger, identified as a 63-year-old Korean woman, was last seen.
Winslow Umberger knew something was wrong when the horizon disappeared.
Umberger, 66, and her husband Charles were enjoying a leisurely lunch onboard the Viking Sky, a luxury cruiseliner making its way south along the Norweigan coast. There had been some turbulence, sure, but as a ship captain’s daughter, Umberger didn’t think much of it until an enormous wave sent the contents of the kitchen flying in a thunderous crash.
The waitstaff scurried around “like sandpipers” trying to collect the debris, Umberger said. It was almost comical until the captain’s first “mayday” sounded over the intercom. The ship rose and fell on swells so high that Umberger couldn’t see the horizon.
“It’s kind of surreal — you take these drills on boats, but you don’t ever expect to put those life jackets back on.”
Judy and James Franklin have discovered how to happily navigate the ebb and flow of life — through 56 years of marriage, in sickness and in health, this retired couple has sailed on approximately 100 cruises.
The Franklins’ first cruise, in 1972, was a splurge for James, a private first class in the Army at the time, and Judy, then a nursing student. “The installment plan was very helpful when we were starting out, but at this time in our lives, we pay the cruise off when we book it,” says James, who goes by Jim.
The couple, who are based in Seminole, Fl., spends anywhere between $25,000 to $35,000 for about 6 to 10 cruises per year, depending on the length of the cruise, which can range from a week to up to about five months. Their destinations have included the Caribbean, South Pacific, South America, the Baltics, Greenland, Scotland, Ireland, and Russia. When possible, they’re accompanied by some of their three children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.