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.

 

The Carnival Conquest Arriving at Port Everglades

Deep in the night when you are still asleep and trying not to think about having to leave the ship, you cruise comes to an end as the slow process of docking takes place in the dark.  Here the Carnival Conquest glides to dock at Port Everglades as seen from the Hilton at the Fort Lauderdale marina.  The hotel offers some of the best views in the area of cruise ships.  Sailed on the Carnival Conquest?  Share a review and tell us about it!

Twilight of the Gods: 747s Begin Final Exits From U.S. Fleets

747 SP
Photo Credit: Christian Volpati

United has set the date to retire their last 747s. Delta is close behind. It is not an exaggeration to say it is the end of an end of an era. The 747 was a monument to classic American aviation design and construction. The spacious frame allowed designers to gave rise to lasting changes in what was possible in passenger travel. the aircraft became an icon of popular culture and fiction. It became the flagship aircraft of a nation. Variations studied the stars and the atmosphere. One carried the first airborne laser weapon system. It's extended body carried whole fuselages of new airliners-some of which will ironically be why the type is retired. And the 747s status as a powerful cargo hauler is unmatched.

Read more: Twilight of the Gods: 747s Begin Final Exits From U.S. Fleets

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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

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