March 1, 2012 |
You would think Costa Allegra passengers, stranded at sea for more than two days and enduring overflowing toilets, no power, cold sandwiches and beastly heat, would want to go home immediately and put the nightmare behind them. Not so. A statement from Costa Cruises says about 70% of the 627 passengers have taken the Italian-based cruise line up on its offer of a free two-week stay in the Seychelle Islands. Passengers disembarked the crippled ship after reaching Port Victoria on Mahe, the Seychelles' main island, midday Thursday local time.
March 1, 2011 |
Queen Mary, meet Queen Victoria . That's pretty much how the introduction would go if these two Cunard ships -- one docked in Long Beach, one on its way to the Panama Canal -- could speak. Instead, the ships will exchange a whistle salute amid fireworks when they "meet" Thursday in Long Beach Harbor. Admission to the Queen Mary, usually $24.95 plus tax for adults, will be free to mark what Cunard calls a "royal rendezvous. " Queen Victoria is expected to sail into Long Beach Harbor between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. and rendezvous with its sister ship between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. The ship opens to visitors for free at 10 a.m.; guided tours and dining, however, are not free.
October 11, 2009
Cruise lines: A Sept. 27 article on the debut of various luxury cruise ships incorrectly reported that the Celebrity Equinox's inaugural cruise would be in April. That ship is already in service. The story should have said the Celebrity Eclipse, a 2,850-passenger, 122,000-ton vessel, would begin duty April 29 with a four-night Southampton, England, round-trip cruise to Cork, Ireland. The Eclipse, a sister ship to the Equinox, is the third vessel in Celebrity's Solstice class, which was christened in July.
April 13, 2012 |
Friday the 13th seems to be a good day to write about the Titanic-- not just because we find the number 13 creepy but because the cruise was then underway, 100 years ago, with not a hint (at least, not to the passengers) of trouble in sight. It was the most luxurious ship of its day -- a fact that it certainly didn't try to hide. Indeed, some would say the boasting about the megaship -- remember, they said it was unsinkable -- may have tempted fate. Meanwhile, we'd like to tempt you to take this quiz and find out how much you really know about this maritime nightmare.
September 6, 1998
The Carnival Ecstasy, site of a widely publicized fire July 20 off Miami, will return to service Sept. 18 rather than Sept. 11, as previously announced. A dozen cruises were canceled after the fire, which sent scores of passengers to treatment for smoke inhalation, and the ship has been undergoing repairs in Newport News, Va., ever since. The fire has cost Carnival up to $24 million in repairs and lost revenue, according to spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz.
March 6, 2012 |
Disney's newest cruise ship, the Fantasy, sailed into its home port of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday in preparation for its maiden voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on March 31. For fans hoping to be among the first on board, cabins are sold out for the initial seven-night sailing, but there is still space available on Fantasy for April cruises. The sister ship to the Disney Dream, which launched last year, features Dumbo the flying elephant on its stern. So how big is this ship?