Cruise Line Offers Free Buffet to Federal Employees

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We are currently in the longest government shutdown in history, and while many in the travel industry are pressuring lawmakers to end the shutdown, some are offering a helping hand in the meantime.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is providing a free lunch buffet and an afternoon of fun for federal workers aboard one of their ships between January 21 and January 31 (unless the shutdown ends before that time).

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The only days the deal is not available are Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

Unfortunately, not every federal worker in the U.S. will be able to take advantage of the deal, since the participating ships, the Grand Celebration and the Grand Classica, are located at the Port of Palm Beach at 1 East 11th Street in Riviera, Florida.

To join in, federal workers just have to make a reservation with the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Customer service desk at 800-374-4363. When they arrive at the pier, they’ll need to provide their federal ID at the visitor check-in.

While it doesn’t make up entirely for a lack of a paycheck, those who take advantage of the deal will enjoy a filling lunch and an afternoon aboard a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ship which may just be enough to escape from the government shutdown nightmare for a few hours.

Runaway Cruise Ship Strikes New York Bridges

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After being dislodged from their moorings by heavy ice sheets, eight vessels, including a cruise ship and a restaurant barge, hit a few bridges on the Hudson River in New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tweeted: “Heavy ice flows on the #HudsonRiver caused by recent warming and heavy rains dislodged 8 vessels from their docks early this morning. DEC, state and local officials quickly responded and secured the vessels.”

Cruise Liner Captain JP, a few tugboats, a restaurant barge called the Rusty Anchor, and a few other barges were among the vessels that drifted down the Hudson River.

Captain JP struck the Congress Street Bridge and then wedged itself against the Livingston Avenue bridge in Albany. It was dislodged by tugboats and then towed up the Hudson. The Rusty Anchor and other boats were secured at the Port of Albany.

Police closed the Congress Street Bridge, Troy Menands Bridge, the Patroon Island Bridge, and the Dunn Memorial Bridge temporarily on Friday as crews worked to secure the vessels.

Though no injuries were reported, with the shutdown of five bridges, commuters saw a bit of a delay.

Carnival Cruise Line Adding Five San Francisco Sailings to 2020 Schedule

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Carnival Cruise Line recently revealed it is adding five voyages from San Francisco to the Carnival Miracle’s previously announced inaugural schedule in 2020.

With the added journeys, the Carnival Miracle will now offer a total of 27 voyages, including four-day sailings to Ensenada, Mexico; 10-day cruises to Alaska; and 15- and 16-day voyages to Hawaii.

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The itineraries will sail between March and September 2020, and all voyages are now open for reservations.

“After seeing the incredible reaction to Carnival Miracle’s initial San Francisco sailings announcement last month, we knew we had to continue to Choose Fun and bring even more options to the West Coast,” Carnival president Christine Duffy said in a statement. “And what better time to announce this amazing news than while the Carnival AirShip is flying over the city?”

Carnival already carries more passengers from California than any other cruise operator and will expand operations with the debut of the Carnival Panorama from Long Beach in December 2019, new cruise programs from San Diego starting in December 2019 and San Francisco in 2020.

The cruise line made the announcement the same day the Carnival AirShip blimp debuted in San Francisco.

Carnival Miracle’s five new voyages from San Francisco include:

—August 20, 2020, and September 3, 2020: four-day sailing to Ensenada, Mexico.

— August 24, 2020, and September 7, 2020: 10-day sailing to Alaska throughout the Last Frontier calling at Juneau, Skagway and Icy Strait Point.

— September 17, 2020: 16-day Carnival Journeys sailing to Hawaii calling at Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Hilo, and Kauai.