Fire Breaks Out on Under-Construction Icon of the Seas
A fire broke out on board Icon of the Seas at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland on Thursday, where the world’s largest cruise ship is currently under construction.
According to Finnish website Yle, the fire broke out in one of the ship’s upper deck staircases.
All of approximately 2,500 workers were evacuated from the ship, and it was extinguished by the shipyard’s fire department. Just over an hour after the fire broke out, work was resumed on the rest of the ship.
No injuries were reported, and material damages appear to be minor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Carnival Opens Bookings For Four Special Sailings in 2024
Carnival Cruise Line has opened bookings for four special sailings aboard Carnival Panorama and Splendor in 2024.
Carnival Panorama will offer an 18 day voyage from Long Beach to Tokyo, as well as a 25 day cruise from Singapore to Long Beach. Carnival Splendor will sail a 15 day cruise from Sydney to Singapore plus a 16 day voyage from Singapore to Sydney.
The cruises will include two brand-new ports for Carnival: Panorama visiting Manila, Philippines, and Splendor visiting Tanjung Priok in Indonesia.
Seven Seas Grandeur Floated Out
Regent Seven Seas’ new ship Seven Seas Grandeur was floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy last week. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, the dry dock was flooded and the 55,000 vessel touched water for the first time.
The final stage of construction will focus on interior work including suites, lounges, and restaurants.
Seven Seas Grandeur is the sixth ship in the Regent fleet, and is scheduled to debut this November. Her inaugural season will include 18 Caribbean and Mediterranean voyages plus two transatlantic crossings.