Norwegian Encore’s gangway collapses
The gangway from Norwegian encore bent and collapsed Tuesday when the ship docked in Panama, injuring several passengers.
One guest tweeted that a gangway from deck six to the pier two decks below collapsed while passengers were on it. Several guests were taken to the hospital by ambulance on stretchers and wheelchairs. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. local time when code alpha was called for the pier, which is the code for a medical emergency.
Norwegian encore is currently on a 21-day repositioning voyage from Seattle to Miami. At the time of broadcast, NCL has not issued a statement and the ship was still in Panama.
The last major cruise ship gangway collapse occurred on an MSC ship in Spain in 2009, throwing a guest into the water.
Tropical Storm Nicole affects cruise ports
Tropical Storm Nicole has already begun to affect Florida cruise ports, resulting in changes to cruise ship itineraries.
Both based in Jacksonville carnival mood and Central Florida Carnival Freedom have dropped off Nassau and are heading to Cozumel to avoid the storm. Disney and Norwegian are also swapping ports in the Bahamas or opting for days at sea to stay far enough away from the storm.
Nicole is expected to become a hurricane by tonight when it hits south Florida, then weakens, slices north and exits Florida early Friday morning.
Allure of the Seas arrive in Galveston
Allure of the Seas arrives in Galveston this morning, marking the first time an Oasis-class ship has called homeport in Texas. The ship’s arrival also serves as the opening ceremony for Royal Caribbean’s new $125 million Galveston terminal.
In addition to Curls, The terminal will house one of the largest cruise ships in the world Adventures of the Seas from this month, and shine of the seas from January. All three ships will operate cruises in the western Caribbean.
Carnival Ecstasy arrives at the junkyard
Carnival Ecstasy arrived at the scrapyard in Turkey on Monday, marking the end of a 31-year career with Carnival Cruise Line. It took the ship three weeks to sail from the Gulf Coast to the scrapyard, including a two-day stop in Miami to disembark crew and equipment.
ecstasy was the only Carnival Fantasy-class ship to date to have a farewell passenger cruise, where guests and staff alike bid farewell to a ship steeped in memories. The only two Fantasy class ships still in service are carnival paradise and Enthusiasm.
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