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Exclusive first preview of 9-1-1 season 7: 'I'm on a cruise ship, there was an explosion'

We last saw Angela Bassett's Athena and Peter Krause's Bobby headed out on a cruise. Now the Fox-turned-ABC drama has one going down.

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"I can't believe we're doing this!"

Athena ( Angela Bassett ) and Bobby ( Peter Krause ) were quite excited to head out on their delayed honeymoon cruise in the 9-1-1 season 6 finale in May — but now, in a season 7 preview clip exclusive to EW, the middle of the ocean appears to be the last place you'd want to be.

"I'm on a cruise ship, there was an explosion," a passenger tells a 9-1-1 operator in the first peek at the upcoming season of the first-responder drama, which makes the move from Fox to ABC when it returns March 14.

It's not yet clear if this is the same cruise ship that Athena and Bobby headed out on, but it doesn't bode well that the show made a point to tell viewers that the couple didn't inform anyone about their last-minute trip. (Classic 9-1-1 mistake!)

This cruise ship disaster has been a long time coming, with showrunner Kristen Reidel teasing a honeymoon hazard way back at the end of season 5 .

"I mean, dinners don't go well on  9-1-1 . Proposals don't go well on  9-1-1 . So I would expect that yes, at some point next season, you will definitely see some portion of that vacation and it will be very  9-1-1, " she told EW in May 2022.

And Reidel wasn't alone in predicting a cruise mishap.

"Bobby feels like, 'Hey, maybe it's finally time for us to go on a honeymoon.' And he chooses to surprise Athena with an idea for a vacation — and what could possibly go wrong if they get on a cruise ship?" Krause told EW a few weeks prior to the season 5 finale .

It may have taken them a season longer than we'd expected, but it seems the high seas are finally set for high drama.

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The 118 Family Shows Up For Bobby and Athena's Sinking Ship in '9-1-1' Season 7 Trailer

9-1-1 Season 7 premieres in two weeks on ABC.

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  • The 9-1-1 Season 7 trailer previews a major emergency at sea involving the 118 members.
  • The emergencies in the trailer mirror past high-stakes situations, putting beloved characters in mortal danger.
  • The trailer emphasizes the show's core elements of big swings and strong character bonds.

The full trailer for 9-1-1 Season 7 is here. It showcases the major emergency The 118 will deal with in the season premiere, involving two of their own. ABC has teased the emergency a lot , but now we see its full scale in the newly released footage. The emergency happens at sea, and it involves terrorists who board the cruise ship Athena ( Angela Bassett ) and Bobby's ( Peter Krause ) are on to celebrate their belated honeymoon, leading to a confrontation with the passengers. Things go from bad to worse as the ship starts sinking.

The emergency threatens to be one of the biggest 9-1-1 has ever dealt with. That's a tall order given that the events in Season 3 included a tsunami almost claiming Christopher ( Gavin McHugh ) and Buck's ( Oliver Stark ) lives. Both emergencies have a lot of similarities, from the ocean to the chaos that unfolds amidst the emergency. They also place the 118 directly in the line of fire by having beloved characters in the thick of it. While 9-1-1 is not known for needlessly killing off its main characters , one cannot ignore the fact that Athena and Bobby's lives are in mortal danger.

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The trailer does not reveal much of what the season will entail apart from the inaugural emergency . Bobby and Athena finally go on the honeymoon they have been putting off, but even before they leave, Athena has reservations because she feels like something is wrong. Regardless, she and Bobby go on the cruise and appear to be having a good time until tragedy strikes. The trailer opens with them lounging on the ship and Bobby suggests the pool. Athena goes to their cabin to get her swimsuit, but before she returns, terrorists board the ship and hold everyone hostage. Chaos ensues as everyone goes into self-preservation mode, but Athena works to save the ship.

In L.A. Maddie ( Jennifer Love Hewitt ) notices that the cruise ship is not showing up on its proper course and tells Chimney ( Kenneth Choi ) that the ship might be missing. Things go from bad to worse when a bomb explodes on the ship's side and compromises it , and the boat starts taking on water. There, it begins to sink. The 118 team prepares itself to help when they learn of the predicament Bobby and Athena are in. As the 118 takes an L.A. Fire helicopter out, Athena and Bobby work to keep everyone safe, but will their efforts be futile when the water becomes too much and threatens to end their lives?

The trailer leans into what makes 9-1-1 the show it is by taking big swings while not forgetting the important element of the bond between these characters. From couples like Bathena and Madney to strong friendships akin to family, the trailer promises a return to the 9-1-1 we know and love.

9-1-1 Season 7 premieres on March 14 at 8 PM ET on ABC. Previous seasons are available to watch on Hulu. Watch the trailer below.

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What cruises are best for families?

The best family cruises in 2024 / 2025 tend to be Disney cruises with plenty of offerings for kids and adults alike, though MSC cruises are known for their iconic Children Cruise Free promotion. Disney cruises, specifically, are essentially a Disney theme park on a boat with live shows, rides, and attractions with your kids' favorite characters.

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Cruise prices can vary quite a bit, with cheap cruises and especially luxurious all-inclusive cruises available. Budget lines can offer cruise tickets as low as $50 per night in some cases, while the more high-end experiences can reach up to $1,000 per night and more.

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Several different cruise lines have a lot to offer, such as Viking cruises , which are known for traversing oceans and rivers with a style that blends outdoor and indoor splendor. Celebrity cruise line is more upscale with luxurious features like WiFi, included beverages, champagne, and suites with panoramic views. Other top cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International , Carnival Cruise , Disney Cruise , and Norwegian Cruise .

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A cruise is generally designed to offer the most relaxing experience possible. Despite the size of the ship, it's possible to feel the wave. Many passengers report that the movements help them sleep. Additionally, many fun cruises offer live stage performances, several restaurants, and shopping opportunities. When the ship is in international waters, you may even be able to enjoy a bit of tax-free shopping.

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Cruise travel is great if you're looking for some varied fun. Compared to a plane or a train, cruises have their own attractions and can be considered an integral part of cruise vacations. Plus, a cruise can hit several different destinations as well, with plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and scenic locales. It's certainly worth it for a unique experience no other method of travel can match.

Which cruise line is the cheapest?

The actual cheapest cruise available depends on a variety of different factors. Still, Carnival Cruise tends to be very affordable overall, most of the time with great options like the Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Horizon . Royal Caribbean is also another fantastic cruise line offering great deals if you are watching your budget.

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What do I need to know when I book a cruise?

To book a cruise, you'll need to know where you'll be setting off from and where you'll be going, in addition to how many people will be with you and the features of the specific cruise you book. Keep in mind that you'll want to factor in spending money in your budget for the cruise's restaurants and shops in most cases.

Where should I go on a cruise in 2024 / 2025?

Plenty of incredible cruise destinations are accessible such as cruises to the Bahamas and cruises to Mexico . You may also be interested in cruises to Alaska or cruises to Europe for something outside of the Caribbean.

What countries are best to visit by cruise ship?

A lot of countries are accessible via a cruise, but the best include a cruise to Australia . However, a cruise to Australia is quite a long trip at sea and really allows you to take in everything the cruise ship has to offer.

Can I get last-minute cruise deals?

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Are cruises all-inclusive?

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Is food free on a cruise?

Food is sometimes free on a cruise, but there are often specialty restaurants that aren't included with the general booking that you'll have to pay for separately. Check the details of each cruise before you book in the "What's included" section after clicking the cruise on your search results page.

What cruise lines are adults only?

Several lines offer adults-only cruise experiences, including Viking cruises , Carnival cruises , and Princess cruises . With an adults-only cruise, you can relax in a tranquil and laid-back setting without kids running around and enjoy all the cocktails you want.

What cruise lines are considered to be the most luxurious?

Viking cruises are considered exceptionally luxurious, with smaller ships and larger cabins that make them feel more exclusive, but Celebrity cruises offer luxury cruise lines too. Booking a luxury cruise means you can expect high-end amenities including gourmet restaurants, sizable suites, top-tier performances, massive pools, and much more.

What are the best cruises for couples?

Viking Cruises have much to offer for a more romantic experience. Holland America Line cruises can be quite refined and romantic as well, with an adult-oriented experience that's sophisticated rather than rowdy. Romantic cruises offer exceptional service as well as cozy suites for you and your partner to enjoy that's complemented by delicious food often themed around the cruise destination.

Why should I go on a cruise for my honeymoon?

Going on a cruise is a great way for you and your new spouse to be pampered with luxury while also being able to explore a new destination. Whether you're taking a cruise to Hawaii or a cruise to Bermuda , a particularly romantic experience is almost guaranteed thanks to the sheer number of things to do.

Are there any Christmas cruises?

Yes, quite a few cruise lines operate around Christmas, and you can find them easily by entering travel dates around Christmas into your 2024 cruise search. Some of the most popular Christmas cruises are available with Carnival and Disney.

Do I need a passport to go on a cruise?

Whether or not you need a passport depends on where you're going and the kind of cruise it is. Any US territory like Bermuda and Puerto Rico won't require a passport, of course, but you also don't need one if you're on a closed-loop cruise. This is a cruise that begins and ends at a US cruise terminal, even if there are stops in other countries on the way.

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This Family-Friendly Cruise Could Knock Disney Off Its Pedestal, But It Costs $1,000 a Night — Here's Why The line offers on-board activities and excursions that appeal to adults and kids alike.

By Amanda Breen • Mar 1, 2024

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  • Fares aboard the 922-passenger Explora I start at $1,000 per person per night.
  • Its complimentary, year-round staffed kids club, Nautilus Club, hosts children ages six to 17.
  • Families can enjoy off-ship activities like 41-foot super-raft rides around Kona.

Disney Cruise Line is the best cruise line for families, according to U.S. News and World Report .

But for families who want fewer character breakfasts and more fine dining , MSC Group Inc.'s 922-passenger Explora I is making waves, Bloomberg reported.

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With fares starting at $1,000 per person per night, the cruise boasts Michelin-starred chefs and four swimming pools across its more than half acre deck, but its major selling point for those with young kids in tow is its complimentary, year-round staffed kids club, Nautilus Club.

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The club hosts children ages six to 17 and is open from 9 a.m. to midnight every day. The counselors, "who speak multiple languages for an international crowd," lead activities and run additional playtimes for kids 3 to 5.

The ship also helps arrange kid-friendly shore excursions enjoyable for parents too, including private tours of Mazatlán in an open-air car or 41-foot super-raft rides around Kona for the "ultimate blend of luxury and adventure," per the company's website .

You won't find any kids menus at the restaurants serving food that's "largely European and indulgent," but they do provide highchairs, according to Bloomberg .

Related: Wealthy Travelers Are Flocking to a New Luxury Cruise Ship With a Rolex Store, Crystal-Infused Water, and a $190 Tasting Menu. See Inside.

"Other cruise lines cater to a wealthy segment of retirees from North America," Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the cruise division of MSC Group, told the outlet. "I want the busy guy in finance who says, 'Dammit, look at this: I can go with my family, I can take a week and enjoy Greece or the Caribbean.'"

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What is the best month to take a cruise? We broke it down by region.

Certain times of year may seem like no-brainers for travel, like spring break or summer vacation.

But the best times to take a cruise can vary depending on where you’re going.

Mike Harris, director of sales at online travel agency The Cruise Web , said there are “a lot of factors that go into any vacation, but especially one where you're traveling overseas, or if you're going to a destination that does have varying weather patterns.”

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Other aspects like wildlife activity and pricing can also change throughout the year. Some places even have set seasons when cruise ships visit. We break down the best times to visit some of the most popular cruise destinations below.

When is the best time to take an Alaska cruise?

The Alaska cruise season runs from May through September, but the optimal window depends on your priorities, according to Harris.

“So, if you really wanted to see wildlife, which is a big reason why people want to go to Alaska, usually July is going to be the best for that,” he said. “It's when the bears are really active.”

Late June and August can also make for good wildlife viewing, said Deborah Banks, a travel adviser and franchise owner at Cruise Planners with her husband Isaiah.

May and September feature lower prices and colder temperatures, in the 50 to 60-degree range compared to the mid-60s to low 70s Harris estimated (though it can vary depending on where in Alaska you are). September is also “fantastic” for viewing fall foliage. “(There’s) colder weather, but you're getting some really cool, unique scenery later in the year too,” he said.

Banks warned that there can be drawbacks to going on the early or late side. “(The) early season may see some icy conditions, and late season may increase the chance of rougher seas and less predictable weather,” she said in an email. Some tourist services may not be fully operational.

When is the best time to take a Caribbean cruise?

While the Caribbean is a year-round cruise destination , December through April is the best time to go, according to Banks. “This is the dry season with calmer seas and more comfortable weather,” she said.

Harris echoed that, noting that winter is a particularly good time to take those sailings. “Chances are where you're coming from, it's very cold, so it's a good change of temperature,” he said. 

The Caribbean is also popular with families, so going outside of the summer months can mean more availability and better fares – though ships are likely to be crowded during other school holidays like spring and winter breaks.

Banks also recommended avoiding hurricane season, which runs from June through November. 

But operators can monitor for bad weather in advance, and ships have stabilizers that reduce the impact of rough waters, Harris noted. And unlike resorts on land, ships can reroute as needed. “The nice thing about cruising is that they can sail somewhere else,” he said.

When is the best time to take a Mediterranean cruise?

Banks said May through September offers “warm weather, calm seas, and plenty of sunshine.” That said, some of those months may not be your best bet if you don’t like the heat.

“It can definitely be super hot,” Harris said. “Like, if you go to Venice in July, you're gonna be sweating.” If you’re looking for milder temperatures, consider visiting as early as April or in October after fall rolls around.

But if you have your heart set on a voyage outside those months, don’t worry: ships cruise the Mediterranean the whole year. The region may see less predictable weather and rougher seas from November through March, but that “can vary by exact location,” Banks added.

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When is the best time to take an Antarctica cruise?

Antarctica is an increasingly popular destination , but cruise ships only visit for about half the year.

The destination’s cruise season runs from October or November through March, encompassing its summer.

Even then, the weather can be highly unpredictable and the environment changes throughout the season. Travelers have a better shot at seeing penguin chicks starting in December.

“Outside of these months, the region is largely inaccessible to cruise ships because of extreme cold and ice buildup,” Banks said.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What is the best month to take a cruise? We broke it down by region.

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High school sports | nikki haley wins the district of columbia’s republican primary and gets her first 2024 victory, high school sports, high school sports | xaverian gets the early jump, cruises past st. john’s (shrewsbury), hawks win 4-1, face franklin next.


CANTON – Stellar depth, speed and goaltending have made the Xaverian boys hockey team dangerous this season – something Catholic Conference foe St. John’s of Shrewsbury was well-aware of after two matchups in the regular season.

Add rapid scoring bursts to the repertoire in their third meeting Sunday night in the Div. 1 state tournament second round, and the Hawks are one step closer to reaching TD Garden for a third straight year.

Jack Fitzpatrick’s goal in the opening 42 seconds was the first of four different scorers for No. 4 Xaverian (17-4-1) at a packed Canton Ice House, pairing with two more within an 11-second span later on to fuel a 4-1 win over the No. 13 Pioneers.

Colvin Callahan (goal, two assists) finished off the day with a third-period insurance goal, and Cole Pouliot-Porter’s 16 saves nixed a St. John’s comeback. The Hawks hope to get much of the same against a scary No. 12 Franklin in the state quarterfinals, while the Pioneers’ season ends at 11-9-2.

“We got fortunate to get one early, that is a super talented team (in St. John’s),” said Xaverian coach Dave Spinale. “Beating a team three times in one season in the league – I don’t want to say it’s unheard of, but it’s super difficult. So, I was really proud of our guys for staying focused and being able to finish on their chances.”

Senior goalie Dylan Fanale (23 saves) had moments he stood on his head for St. John’s in place of an injured Dante Sousa, including 12 saves in the first period. But Xaverian tallied a goal early, and it made a big difference.

Callahan ripped a shot from the right point in the opening minute that got to Fanale’s pads. Fitzpatrick got to the long rebound in front and finished it off for the 1-0 lead.

“That just gets the boys going, gets the whole arena going,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re just playing ahead the whole game, and that’s huge, playing with a lead off the rip. … The goalie was kind of out of position, I just batted it out of the air and banged it in. It was kind of sick.”

St. John’s kept the deficit at 1-0 through the end of the first. Fanale withstood a bevy of golden opportunities Xaverian produced as it banged on the door, while the Pioneers’ potent attack pieced together seven shots on Pouliot-Porter.

After nearly 20 minutes of a one-goal game, Jesse Peck found sophomore Joe Von Handorf with one defender to beat at the left wing for the Hawks. He got around the edge before swooping in front of Fanale for a 2-0 lead with 9:19 left in the frame.

Only 11 seconds later, Callahan set up Jack O’Neil for a shot past the glove to build the big lead.

“It changes everything in terms of, like, the bench just kind of settles in,” Spinale said. “We’re not gripping our sticks as tight. We’re making sure we have F3, and it just really helps us get into what we want our flow of the game (to be), which is just high-pace, high-tempo, and getting pressure on pucks and defending.”

Callahan said the team never treated the three-goal lead as overly safe, and St. John’s showed why when Daniel Menyalkin buried a power-play goal a couple minutes later to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Much of what St. John’s head coach G. Michael Mead emphasized to the team was to force Pouliot-Porter to make saves. The Pioneers had stretches where it really threatened in front, but Pouliot-Porter stymied what got on him and several looks went wide of the net.

The Hawks’ defense otherwise delivered what it needed to, and Fitzpatrick capped off the effort with a steal at the blue line and a perfect touch pass ahead of Callahan. Callahan finished off the breakaway for the 4-1 lead with 4:56 to all but seal it.

“It’s definitely important (to get three points), but I feel like it’s a good team effort,” Colvin said. “I wouldn’t have had that goal without (Fitzpatrick), the assists kind of just come. I feel like the team effort is all you need in a game like this, especially after playing them two times.”

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