June 4, 2006 |
WHY do cruise lines charge so little for their repositioning cruises? Savvy travelers can find prices as low as $53 to $60 a day for everything: transportation, accommodations, meals, entertainment and more. It's because a repositioning cruise spends many days at sea without port stops and is therefore anathema to many American travelers. People flock to the port-a-day sailings that dock every morning in a nondescript seaside city that's decked out like a shopping mall.
February 5, 2003 |
An outbreak of viral infections similar to those that hit cruise ships in the Caribbean and Alaska cut short a Hawaiian cruise Tuesday, with nearly 2,000 passengers from the Sun Princess ready to be flown home from Honolulu. Only about 100 passengers stayed with the ship as it left for Los Angeles shortly after noon Tuesday, said Princess Cruises spokesman Tom Dow in Honolulu. They included about 50 passengers who were still sick and another 50 who apparently feared flying more than the illness.
August 2, 2004 |
A small cruise ship catering to eco-tourists was seriously damaged after running aground in the Aleutian Islands. The accident Saturday night punctured the 340-foot Clipper Odyssey's forward fuel tank, a Coast Guard official said. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Roddy Corr said about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the ruptured tank. Fishing boats and a freighter transported the 122 passengers and 31 crew members to Unalaska, Lt. Asheley Bodkin said.
May 31, 1990 |
Radisson Hotels International plans to operate a $125-million luxury cruise ship--the company's first--with prices to match. It hopes that the 354-passenger vessel with unusually large guest suites and other amenities will appeal to travelers willing to pay $600 a day. Diamond Cruise Ltd. of Helsinki, Finland, will own the ship, which will be launched in 1992. Radisson, part of the Hospitality Group of Minnetonka-based Carlson Cos., will manage it.
September 15, 1996 |
The Federal Aviation Administration has dropped a new security order that required airlines to search the bags of passengers arriving from cruise ships. The order was dropped after it caused long lines and big delays at Miami International Airport. It required airlines to inspect any baggage that had been out of owners' sight.
September 17, 2001 |
The Coast Guard stopped a Royal Caribbean cruise ship from coming into Miami while it swept the port after finding a security breach in the Port of Miami's passenger terminal. The three-hour delay reflected heightened security at airports and ports around the country since four passenger planes were hijacked Tuesday. The Coast Guard said an open door was discovered leading to secure areas late Saturday. Officers conducted a security sweep overnight.
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September 4, 2005 |
Nineteen crew members injured in a gas leak Friday aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise liner were released from the hospital Saturday, and all but one returned to the ship to begin a voyage along the Baja coast, a spokesman for the cruise line said. Three crew members were killed by hydrogen sulfide gas in a sewage pipe they were trying to repair aboard the Monarch of the Seas. One injured crew member remained in a hotel Saturday for observation, said cruise line spokesman Michael Sheehan.
November 19, 1988 |
Exploration Cruise Lines, which operates five ocean cruisers, has filed for protection from its creditors and has canceled all voyages not under way in a legal dispute with its parent company, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Voyages to Tahiti and the Caribbean scheduled to end this weekend will be the company's last cruises for now. New cruises due to start this weekend from San Francisco, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Panama and Mexico have been canceled.
June 7, 2004 |
The cruise ship Island Princess left Whittier after the vessel was scrubbed down following an outbreak last week that sickened more than 400 passengers and crew members. The Princess Cruises ship was heading to Vancouver, Canada, with a new set of passengers, cruise line officials said. On the previous voyage, 375 passengers and 49 crew members complained of Norwalk virus-like symptoms, said Julie Benson, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman.
June 24, 2001
Here is a listing of cruise lines, their ships, telephone numbers and Internet addresses. Many cruise companies prefer to sell cruises through travel agents. So when it comes to actually booking a cruise, it's best to do so through an agent who specializes in cruises. Abercrombie & Kent: (800) 323-7308 http://www.abercrombiekent.