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Carnival Splendor Suffers Engine Loss.

The Carnival Splendor returned to Miami without further incident after losing sufficient power to run a full speed.  Ship-board services were not impacted but without enough power to sail at normal speeds Carnival Cruise Line canceled stops at St. Thomas and Amber Cove.

The Splendor takes on supplies after the 2010 engine room fire which knocked-out all power.

Passengers on the cruise were provided a $100 onboard credit, a 50% refund on the cruise and a 50% toward a future cruise.  Due to the ongoing repairs this weeks cruise has also been changed with stops in Grand Cayman, Belize City, Mahogany Bay, and Cozumel canceled and replaced with a short sailing to the Bahamas, featuring an overnight port in Nassau and a full day in Freeport.  Passengers on this cruise will receive the same compensation as those on the previous weeks.  
The Carnival Splendor suffered a loss of power in 2010 while operating out of the west coast.  The ship needed to be towed it back to San Diego and U.S. Navy helicopters to fly food and supplies.  The ship is a variant on the Concordia class used by Costa Cruises, the namesake of which sunk in 2012 with the loss of 32 lives.  In December 2016 Carnival announced its intention to transfer the ship to Princess' Australian fleet in 2019.

Symphony of the Seas - the Fourth Oasis Class.

Leave it to the wonders of social media to break the news that Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis class will be named "Symphony of the Seas."

Symphony of the Seas, as seen by Lloyd Marchand

An image shared online by "Lloyd Marchand" shows the aft portion of the ship still being assembled at STX France was photographed and the news has spread widely online.  What you are able to see here is actually several things.  The ship is put together in large "blocks" which are in-turn moved with large cranes and lowered into position where they welded into place.  There are at least three blocks in this picture.  The middle block is where you see the name highlighted against the bear steel.  It is the section hosting the Aqua Theater, one of the signature features of the Oasis class.  Behind this block appears to be a section intended for the bow of the ship.  Finally a larger and flat section is seen in front of it that might be related to the lifeboat deck.

 

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The Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Headline News - UPDATED 4:45 p.m. PM EST

At approximately 2:25 EST a passenger from an arriving flight from Canada emerged from a bathroom at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2.  In his possession was a gun he had stowed in checked baggage.  He shot and killed five as well as wounding nine others.  He was taken into custody by Broward County Sheriffs shortly afterward.

Fort Lauderdale airport is presently shut-down and passengers are being screened at various locations.  Aircraft awaiting news on when the airport will reopen are being directed by the tower to contact a phone number but not given direction on if or when they can depart.  Arrivals are being diverted back to their points of origination in some cases or to nearby airports.

Departures of ships from Port Miami and Port Everglades were delayed.  The Caribbean Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam were in-port at Port Everglades.  The Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Norwiegan Sky, MSC Divina, Navigator of the Seas and Insignia are docked at Port Miami.  Enhanced security is in effect at both ports.

A hotline for information about Friends & Family at #FLL is available: 866-435-9355 or 954-831-4000. For additional information: http://bit.ly/2hYJgey  As of 8:45, passengers with personal automobiles were being allowed to leave the airport, passengers without were being bussed to Terminal 4 for pickup.  As of Saturday evening Terminal 2 remained closed to operations but passengers were being channeled through other terminals.  Anybody attempting to fly into our out of the airport was encouraged to arrive early and call ahead to their airlines.  

Near 10 p.m. the Caribbean Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam began their departures.  

The assaluant was a U.S. Army veteran whose family says was suffering from mental issues before the incident

Introducing Carnival Aficionados, Hosted by Karen Ward!

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A year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Ward, a savvy and veteran cruiser aboard the ships of Carnival Cruise Line.  It did not take long to realize she does not simply enjoying taking a cruise but makes each one a total experience.  For years now, she has hosted her entire family of 35 on an annual cruise, handling every detail of the planning all the way down to scavenger hunts aboard ship.  Now I'm excited to introduce Karen Ward as our blogger for Carnival Aficionados!  The latest feature on our cruise community, you can follow her adventures at sea and more at www.CarnivalAficionados.com!  Join me in welcoming Karen and support the Carnival Aficionados blog by joining us today!