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.
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.
December 19, 2012 |
Carnival Cruise Lines will redeploy an 855-foot-long cruise ship from Miami to Long Beach in 2014, doubling the number of cruise trips to the Southern California terminal. The Miami cruise line announced Wednesday that the Carnival Imagination will arrive in Long Beach in January 2014, raising to three the number of Carnival ships operated from the terminal. The ship should double the number of calls to the port to about 224 and draw an additional 480,000 passengers per year. Carnival is the only cruise line operating from Long Beach on a year-round basis.
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.
February 25, 2013 |
When two "queens" meet, expect some whistles and fireworks. Cunard Line plans a royal rendezvous next month when the modern ocean liner Queen Elizabeth visits the Queen Mary, a former Cunard ship that has been retired for 45 years. The Long Beach landmark, whose art deco cabins now serve as hotel rooms, once sailed the North Atlantic as a sister ship of the Queen Elizabeth from 1947 to 1967. The deal: The public is invited to stroll onto the Queen Mary for free to watch the historic rendezvous that includes a whistle salute between the two ships, live entertainment and fireworks.
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.