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Latest News...Carnival Cruise Line's celebratory cruise following the christening of its new flagship Mardi Gras last Saturday made its first stop with a call in San Juan, Puerto Rico today. As part of the day's festivities, the reigning Miss Universe, Puerto Rico, Estefania Soto-Torres and the incoming Miss Universe, Puerto Rico, Michelle Colón welcomed some very special guests to their home island: Miss Universe...
Latest News...Carnival Cruise Line today christened Mardi Gras at Port Canaveral, Fla. at a "Universe of Fun" celebration befitting of the world's most fun cruise ship, in the first ship naming ceremony held in the U.S. since the cruise industry's restart this summer. Carnival's Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O'Neal attended the festivities and cut the ribbon of his first Big Chicken restaurant at sea...
Latest News...On Nov. 25, Disney Cruise Line's brand-new cruise ship float will embark on its maiden voyage in New York City as part of the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The imaginatively designed "ship" has been christened "Magic Meets the Sea" and is inspired by the fantastical style of the Disney Wish, which sets sail in summer 2022. "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a treasured tradition at the heart of family holiday celebrations,...
The Governor of Venice, Italy, Luca Zaia, announced on Friday the reinstatement of a ban on cruise ships above 40,000 from Saint Mark's basin and the Giudecca Canal in Venice. In making the announcement the Governor said that the "unanimous decision" was made by an international committee of experts looking into ways to preserve the buildings in the sunken city and surrounding lagoons. Last year, over 650 cruise ships passed through the city.
In March, An Italian court had issued a ruling that temporarily suspended certain restrictions on large cruise ships that visit Venice that had gone into effect in January. That ruling was in response to an appeal made by Venezia Terminal Passeggeri (VTP), the group that runs the port of Venice along with several other companies that do business with the cruise lines. The court said that the suspension would be in effect until a hearing is held on June 12th.
The reinstated restrictions will reduce by 20% the number of ships over 40,000 tons that are authorized to cross the Giudecca canal. Another restriction that is scheduled to go into effect in November of 2014 would ban all ships over 96,000 tons from the same route.
The restrictions were put into place following the capsizing of the Costa Concord in January 2012 which killed 32 people off the coast of Tuscany. Those seeking the restrictions were concerned about the potential damage that would be caused if ships as large as the Costa Concordia began visiting Venice on a regular basis. Environmentalists have warned that the ecosystem and lagoon that surrounds Venice, including the centuries-old pilings that support the city could be damaged by the large cruise ships.
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