The Allure of an Oasis of the seas

August 19, 2008

Royal Caribbean has named its two new Genesis class ships, or ULPS (Ultra Large Passenger Ship as I will call them), currently under construction at Aker Finnyards‘ Turku shipyard in Finland. The first ship, Oasis of the Seas, is due in Sept 2009 and will trade in the US starting December 12, 2009. It will service the Caribbean cruise market with one week in the Eastern Caribbean, the other week…

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Mighty cool show

August 14, 2008

I just finished catching the second half of Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ship. If you are in North America, I am pretty sure you can catch this new series on your local cable TV signal. In Canada its on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, 21:00 hrs – which I believe repeats every four hours after, for the duration of the day. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the show and…

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NCL faces charges over Norway

May 7, 2008

May 2, 2008 – The United States Attorney’s Office, for the Southern District of Florida, has charged cruise vessel operator Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) with gross negligence, stemming from the accident on the famed SS Norway while in the Port of Miami in 2003. Below is the official press release. R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Rear Admiral Robert S. Branham, Commander Seventh…

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“Fun Ship Freddy” sheds a tear

May 2, 2008

The 8,912 dwt, 1956 UK-built passenger ship “The Topaz ” was sold last week to Indian shibreakers at $670 per ldt, with delivery at Singapore. “The Topaz” was built as Canadian Pacific’s “Empress of Britain”, in 1975, when I was barely three years old, the ship was bought by cruise company upstart, Carnival Cruise Line. Back then they called her Carnivale, with that familiar namesake becoming synonym with the company’s…

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Turkey in Wonder of the Sky

April 11, 2008

Ex P&O’s Pacific Sky, now Sky Wonder and owed by Royal Caribbean International`s Spanish cruise unit, Pullmantur, has run aground in Turkey. Seems they were buffeted by strong winds on March 26, 2008 were hard aground; later re-floated on the 29th. You can read more about this incident on Ship Happenz blog. In the mean time here is a brief news story on it. Passengers of cruise liner “Sky Wonder”…

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Another Majestic morning

April 11, 2008

Below are a couple of press releases from Majestic America Line, which operates numerous paddle wheeler on United States rivers and other waterways. Seems they had an early morning fire in the engine room of the Queen of the West, which forced the evacuation of the passengers. One other notable incident of late with Majestic, was the grounding of the Empress of the North in Alaska, its fourth grounding since…

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Royal Caribbean news

March 4, 2008

Aker Yards denies rumours of delays in Genesis cruise projectsCraig Eason, 19 February 2008 Lloyds List BELEAGUERED Nordic shipbuilder Aker Yards has denied reports that its cruiseship projects are behind schedule, in particular the prestigious and lucrative Genesis vessels whose late delivery would trigger millions of euros in late payment fees, writes Craig Eason. Royal Caribbean Cruises commissioned the two ships, agreeing to a record €900m ($1.32bn) for the first…

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Gonna need one hell of a coat rack…

March 4, 2008

I had a good chuckle when I saw this article the other day… Ocean Ranger Cruise Ship Bill Introduced In CaliforniaEnvironment News Service, February 24, 2008 Sacramento, CA — Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an Ocean Ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a…

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