January 27, 2014 |
A possible outbreak of norovirus that has sickened more than 600 passengers and crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has prompted company officials to cut the trip short, the company said late Sunday. The ship, Explorer of the Seas, is heading back to its home port, Cape Liberty, N.J., two days earlier than anticipated, even after the vessel has undergone sanitation procedures at two ports as passengers grew ill. In a statement, Royal Caribbean said a spike of "gastrointestinal illness" over the weekend led to ending the cruise early. "After consultation between our medical team and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we think the right thing to do is to bring our guests home early, and use the extra time to sanitize the ship even more thoroughly," the company said. Royal Caribean said its doctors suspected norovirus was behind the outbreak.
January 27, 2014 |
It's bad enough that it's Monday, but after what happened at the Vatican on Sunday, I'm feeling especially blue on this Monday. You've probably seen the pictures and/or the video: Pope Francis punctuated his plea for peace in the restive Ukraine by having two youngsters release a pair of snow-white doves from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Unfortunately, what came next was straight out of “Mars Attacks!” PHOTOS: Pope Francis' small steps to lift liberals' hearts First, a crow attacked one of the doves.
May 27, 2013 |
Another month, another troubled cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas -- and its 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members -- saw their trip come to an abrupt end after the ship's aft mooring deck burst into flames not far from the Bahamas early Monday morning. Royal Caribbean reported that two passengers fainted but that no one was hurt in the fire. The company said it was working on arrangements to return its passengers to Baltimore. The ship never lost power and made it to a nearby port in Freeport in the Bahamas, about 75 miles east of Palm Beach, Fla. The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was on a seven-day trip that included stops in Florida and the Bahamas.
May 14, 2013 |
"Legally Blonde" is headed for the high seas. Norwegian Cruise Lines will bring the Tony-nominated Broadway musical on board its Getaway, a 4,028-passenger ship set to debut in January 2014. And "Blonde" isn't the only musical to sail. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Getaway's sister ship, Breakaway, will stage "Rock of Ages" and Royal Caribbean recently held auditions for its "Hairspray" and "Chicago" productions. The 2001 movie-turned-musical "Legally Blonde" premiered on Broadway in 2007 and played 595 performances before closing in 2008.
September 13, 2012 |
Barbie joins Princess Fiona and the "Shrek" clan as the latest kiddie character to invade Royal Caribbean International cruises. The iconic doll from Mattel will become the centerpiece of a "cruise experience" for girls 4-11 on the entire 22-ship fleet starting next year, the company said. The Barbie Premium Experience starts with staterooms decorated with Barbie pink everything -- pillows and blankets, toothbrushes and tote bags. Then there's a dress-up fashion show, mermaid dance class and a Tiaras & Teacups party featuring pink pastries and pink lemonade.
June 12, 2012 |
It was a theatrical entrance even for the Tony Awards. Actor Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage two hours into the awards ceremony telecast Sunday on CBS. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promotedRoyal Caribbean...