- Weekend News 12-29-00
- Commodore Files for Bankruptcy
- Renaissance To Caribbean
- Weekend Cruise News 12-22-00
- NCL In Hawaii: No Dice?
- New Expedition Vessel To Alaska
- Costa Passengers: This Cruise Stinks!
- RCI's Sovereign Loses Power
- Stella Solaris Cancellations
- The SeaBreeze Sinks
- Weekend Cruise News 12-15-00
- New Children's Dining Program
- Weekend Cruise News 12-08-00
- Tropicale to Costa - Cruises Cancelled
- Mechanical Problems Cause Cancellations
- Weekend Cruise News 12-1-2000
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12-29-00 Weekend Cruise News
*** Despite the fact that Congress has passed a law prohibiting cruise lines with casinos from using Hawaii as a home port, Norwegian Cruise Lines is committed to sending the Norwegian Leo to Hawaii in December, 2001. NCL will remove the ship's casino and other forms of entertainment will be promoted on board. NCL plans to sail year round from Honolulu on cruises around Hawaii and Fanning Island.
***West Indies Cruises, operators of the Valtur Prima from Montego Bay, are offering a 15% discount to confirmed passengers on Enchanted Capri, Enchanted Isle and Crown Dynasty. The one catch is you'll be going to Cuba. Commodore Holdings, parent company of Commodore Cruise Line and Crown Cruise Line, has declared bankruptcy and the three ships will cease operations this weekend. Valtur Prima has been offering seven day cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to Havana and Isle of Youth, Cuba, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Calica (Mayan Riviera), Mexico, since December 1998.
*** American Hawaii Cruises has several special programs in effect for sailings of the Independence around the Hawaiian Islands. Independence began a new itinerary, November 11, which features overnight stays in both Kahului, Maui and Honolulu, Oahu. More than 80 Island Adventure excursions are offered to passengers on the 7-night cruises. Expanded wedding and honeymoon programs allow passengers to marry in some very exotic locales, including under a waterfall or on the rim of a volcano overlooking the Pacific Ocean, before honeymooning on board the Independence. Many theme cruises are planned for 2001 including Aloha Festivals and Hawaiian Heritage with Don Ho, Whales in the Wild, Beatlemania Live and Pearl Harbor Remembrance. Early booking discounts and a special Kid's fares of $189.00 are available for sailings in 2001. See your travel agent for more details on these promotional offers.
***Princess Cruises has announced expanded cruisetour options for 2001 in Alaska and Canada. In addition to the 4 and 5-day Denali National Park samplers, longer stays can be customized with passengers staying at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. New fly/drive packages offer rental car and hotel accommodation for a flexible go-as-you-please pre or post/cruise vacation. In conjunction with Glacier Bay Tours and Cruises, passengers can explore Glacier Bay National Park on a small vessel with guaranteed whale viewing. Back by popular demand are the 6-day Royal Heart of the Rockies tour which visits Banff, Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway, and the 11-day Royal Canadian Rail Adventure.
***Holland America Line's Ryndam will sail in Antarctic waters in 2002. The 21-day "South America and Antarctica" itinerary sails from Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso, Chile on January 4, 2002 with the reverse itinerary departing January 25, 2002. Sailing form Rio de Janeiro, Ryndam will call at Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina and the port of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. While cruising Antarctica, highlights include Elephant Island, Paulet Island, Deception Island, Hope Bay and Esperanza Station; Errera Channel and Paradise Bay; Anvers Island; Neumayer Channel; LeMaire Channel, and Petermann Island. Ryndam then sails via Cape Horn to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost town. Beagle Channel, Strait of Magellan, Darwin Channel and Chilean fjords will be visited with port calls at Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt before ending the cruise in Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile.
*** Silversea Cruises has announced the itinerary for Silver Wind's 2002 world cruise itinerary. The 95-day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to Monte Carlo calls at ports in the Caribbean, South America's East coast, the Southern Atlantic islands of Ascension and St. Helena, South Africa, the Spice Islands, East Africa and through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. Many overnight excursions and day trips from the ship are a part of the world cruise experience. These include two-day sightseeing excursions to Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina, and Ngorongoro Crater in East Africa. Four segments ranging from 14 to 32 days are available.
*** The World of ResidenSea is on schedule for delivery in December 2001. The ultra luxury vessel will feature 110 residences which sell for between $2,000,000 and $6,840,000. Apartments range in size from 1,106 to 3,242 square feet and 75 percent have been sold or reserved. But you can book this ship as a passenger as well: 88 cabins will cater to friends, family and the high-end luxury market. A crew of 343 will operate the vessel which will sail around the world, attending such events as Carnival in Rio, the Cannes Film Festival, The British Open in Edinburgh and Monaco's Grand Prix. Back to Top
12-27-00 Commodore Files for Bankruptcy Commodore Holdings Ltd, parent company of Commodore Cruise Line and Crown Cruise Line, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today (Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000). The cruise line says it will cease operation of its three ships, the Enchanted Isle, the Enchanted Capri and the Crown Dynasty, at the end of this week at the termination of their present cruises. CruiseMates will bring further news on the bankruptcy as it becomes available. Back to Top
12-26-00 Renaissance To Caribbean Renaissance Cruises has announced that effective December 21, 2001, it will position R6, a 684-passenger vessel, on seven night Caribbean cruises. Using Barbados as a home port, the vessel will visit St. Martin, Antigua, St. Lucia and Grenada with three days at sea. The company will announce its air program and fares shortly. Reservations and additional information may be obtained by contacting your travel agent or Renaissance Cruises www.renaissancecruises.com. Back to Top
12-22-00 Weekend News *** Carnival Cruise Lines has finalized plans for the installation of Internet cafes throughout the fleet. Five ships are currently fitted with Internet access. The remaining nine vessels will be online by spring 2001. Internet services on board Carnival ships allow passengers to check and send e-mail, surf the Web and send video postcards. Carnival's Internet cafes feature private workstations with "flat-panel" computer terminals, all connected to a high-speed satellite Internet link.
***Silversea Cruises has commissioned a limited edition Silver Whisper Egg to celebrate the inaugural season of the line's newest ship which debuts in July, 2001. Artist Theo Faberge, the only living grandson of the Imperial Jeweler to the Romanovs, Carl Faberge will create the Egg in the style made famous by his grandfather. The crystal and blue enamel egg will contain a model of the Silver Whisper. Only 50 of the hand crafted Eggs will be created. They will be available for purchase to passengers on the "Romanovs Remembered", a special program in the Baltic aboard Silver Whisper July 27 to August 7, 2001.
*** Delta Queen Coastal Voyages' inaugural cruises will give passengers the unique opportunity to visit the "Big Apple" as a port of call on a cruise itinerary. Usually New York is the port of embarkation or disembarkation but with Coastal Voyages itineraries, New York is visited during some cruises, allowing a day to explore Broadway, Wall Street, the shops of Fifth Avenue , the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and the many other sites of the great city. Other cities visited by the new cruise line include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia; Charleston, SC; Montreal, Quebec; and Quebec City.
*** Carnival Spirit will be the first cruise ship fitted with "earth-friendly" smokeless diesel engines. Two of Carnival Spirit's six Wartsila engines will be modified with the new "smokeless" engine technology. The new power system, called EnviroEngine, has been developed in a year-long project between Carnival and Wartsila of Finland. The EnviroEngines will be particularly beneficial for use in port, as they produce no visible emissions even when lightly loaded for producing energy for lighting, air conditioning and other hotel systems. The EnviroEngine design is expected to be used for other vessels currently under construction, including 86,000-ton ships by Carnival Cruise Lines and for sister companies Holland America and Costa.
***Crystal Cruises has announced plans for the 2002 world cruise. Crystal Symphony departs on the 100-day "Grand Pacific Circle" adventure on January 17, 2002. The voyage takes her from Los Angeles, to 33 ports in 20 countries. Sailing round trip from Los Angeles, ports of call include Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Valparaiso and Easter Island, Chile; Pitcairn Island; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Papeete and Moorea, Tahiti; Raratonga, Cook Islands; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Hayman Island, Cairns and Darwin, Australia; Bali and Semarang, Indonesia; Singapore; Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, China; Seoul, South Korea; Hiroshima, Osaka, Yokohama and Shimizu, Japan; Oahu, Maui and San Francisco. Back to Top
12-21-00 NCL In Hawaii: No Dice? Norwegian Cruise Line's plans to position a ship year-round in Hawaii may be scuttled. Congress has quickly passed a measure prohibiting cruise ships with casinos to home port in the 50th state. The bill, which President Clinton is expected to sign, won't affect American Hawaii Cruises or the new United States Lines since their ships (the Independence and Patriot) lack casinos. Moreover, ships only using Hawaii as a port of call won't be affected either since they simply have to close their casinos while in port. But Norwegian Cruise Line would have to remove the ship's casino entirely to base its ship there. Back to Top
12-21-00 New Expedition Vessel To Alaska Society Expeditions, a leader of 24 years in operating small vessels designed for nature lovers, has recently acquired the 160-passenger World Discoverer. In 2001, the ship will operate 12- to 19-day itineraries on a season of exotic Alaska and Russia Far East voyages. The ship has 86 outside staterooms and suite range from 215 to 375 sq. ft. Passengers will go ashore aboard Zodiacs in isolated locales and all cruises are accompanied by lecturers.
Departing May 26, 2001, Society's "Spring Bird Migrations" voyage sails for 19 days from Japan to the Kuril Islands, Kamchatka, the Russian Commandorsky Islands, Aleutians and Pribilofs (the Galapagos of the North), through the Bering Sea islands to Nome, Alaska. A bird watcher's delight, these islands and uninhabited shores are prime habitat for important rookeries and nesting grounds of numerous ocean bird species. Orcas, sperm whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters as well as brown bear and arctic fox will likely be sighted.
"Bridging The Bering Strait" expeditions sail June 13 and July 23, 2001, examining ancient and isolated outposts on Alaskan and Russian islands. Meet Inupiaq and Yup'ik Eskimos and glimpse into their cultures. Seek polar bears above the Arctic Circle, and visit remnant WWII installations. Glacier-edged mountains spike the landscape of the "Gulf of Alaska and the Inside Passage" voyages. Myriad wildlife enriches the scene as the ship cruises to most major glaciers between Seward and Misty Fjords. Voyages depart June 29 and July 12, 2001.
On the August 25, 2001 "Voyaging the Sea of Okhotsk", the ship will be the first expedition vessel to cruise Eastern Russia's Sea of Okhotsk and to be granted permission to call on Iony Island, site of an isolated bird sanctuary and the Magadonski Wilderness Preserve. Explore Kamchatka's eastern coast over which Steller's sea eagles soar. Birch forests offer haven to Russian brown bears. The Kuril Archipelago steams with volcanic activity, while Sakhalin Island shares its rich Russian culture.
Cruise rates for the Alaska/Russia season begin at $5,339 per person double occupancy. Cruise prices include shore excursions, gratuities, port charges, beverages (house-wine and select soft drinks at meals). Reservations and additional information may be obtained by contacting Special Expeditions at their web site: www.societyexpeditions.com. Back to Top
12-20-00 Costa Passengers: This Cruise Stinks! The 11-day Mediterranean cruise of Costa Cruises' CostaRiviera was halted due to the stench of sewage aboard ship. The ship, which had just left a month-long dry dock, developed plumbing problems shortly after leaving Savona, Italy, resulting in 70 passengers disembarking in Naples because their cabins smelled of sewage. Costa cancelled the voyage the following day, promising all passengers a full refund and a 50% discount on a future cruise. Built in 1963, CostaRiviera was last refurbished in 1999 and is marketed primarily to Europeans. Back to Top
12-20-00 RCI's Sovereign Loses Power Royal Caribbean International as announced that Sovereign of the Seas, which temporarily lost power Monday night, will make an unscheduled stop at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. The cruise line will cancel Sovereign's regularly scheduled four-night voyage, which would have departed Port Canaveral today (May 19, 2000). The ship, with 2,478 guests and 920 crew members, was approximately 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale when an electrical transformer on the port side of the ship failed, disrupting the distribution of power to certain areas of the ship. In spite of the failure, the ship has three of its six diesel generators functioning, as well as two of its four main engines and its emergency generators. The ship is now expected to resume service on Thursday, December 21. Back to Top
12-19-00 Stella Solaris Cancellations Royal Olympic Cruises has canceled Stella Solaris' itineraries from Jan. 5 to April 5, 2001, due to "reduced performance of one of the vessel's turbines." The ship will resume cruises to the Greek Islands and Turkey on April 6. Back to Top
12-17-00 The SeaBreeze Sinks off Virginia The Seabreeze 1, one of the former ships of the now defunct Premier Cruise Lines, is reported to have taken on water and has most likely sunk Sunday morning off the coast of Virginia. No passengers were onboard, and 34 crew members were rescued by the coast guard. No one was lost, but there were minor injuries.
The 600 ft. SeaBreeze I, which is owned by International Shipping Partners of Miami, was about 200 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia, when a call came in to the coast guard from the ship at about 11:30 am saying it had lost an engine and was taking on water in the engine room. U.S. Coast Guard rescuers plucked 34 crew members from the cruise ship as it was tossed by 30-foot seas buttressed by 50 mph winds. The ship's fate was unclear Sunday night. Initially, it was reported to have sunk just after the last crewman was rescued. But the crew of the last Coast Guard aircraft on the scene said it was still afloat, though leaning heavily to one side, when they left the area.
The SeaBreeze had been en route from Boston to Charleston, S.C., when it ran into trouble. Two Coast Guard helicopters rescued the crewmembers, hoisting them from the deck in baskets. They were flown to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Some crewmembers suffered from hypothermia, and one man with possible cardiac problems was taken to a hospital. All other crew members were checked by Navy medical personnel and released. Back to Top12-15-00 Weekend Cruise News *** Here is a Christmas rescue story we love: two men, trying to sail from Aruba to Barbados in a 12 ft. wooden boat, had been adrift for ten days. The Captain of a British ship spotted them by chance, and pulled them from the seas off Grenada. "It was a miracle we saw them as the boat was too small to be picked up by radar," he said. "They'd have died if they'd been in the water much longer." The two fishermen were treated for dehydration and blisters. Passengers were so moved by the plight of the two boys that they started a collection for the two rescued sailors and hundreds of dollars will be donated when the ship returns to Grenada.
*** PRINCESS has expanded cruisetours on their exotic itineraries for 2001 and 2002. Regal Princess will once again head for China, Australia and the South Pacific. Passengers can spend extra time in Beijing with options to visit the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. An overnight tour to Xian to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda is available as well as a four night Yangtze River cruise. In Australia, tours extend your vacation to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and the Great Barrier Reef. Pacific Princess covers India and Africa with pre or post cruise safaris in Kenya. Tours in India take you to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a visit to the Taj Mahal. A longer tour to Nepal is also offered. Royal Princess will repeat her South American itineraries including the Cape Horn/Strait of Magellan cruises and Amazon River. Royal Princess embarks on her second world cruise from February 11 to April 24, 2002, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Athens via the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, China and the Middle East.
***MAY 5, 2001 marks the inaugural sailing of Cape May Light, the American-built vessel for the new cruise line, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages. The 226 passenger ship will sale from Norfolk, Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on a 7-night voyage. After sailing through the world's largest Naval Installation in Norfolk, calls will be made at colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia, Cambridge and St. Michaels, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland, home of the U.S. Naval Academy and Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. Additional sailings of this unique itinerary will take place on May 19, June 2, October 27 and November 10, 2001.
*** ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL have had the option date extended to June 27, 2001 for the fifth and sixth of their Radiance Class ships. The options on the fifth ship was to expire last Monday however the extension from Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany allows RCI more time to consider the purchase of the two additional ships which would be delivered in 2005 and 2006. The first of the Radiance-class ships, Radiance of the Seas is scheduled to enter service April 7, 2001 followed by Brilliance of the Seas in July 2002 and two as yet unnamed, in 2003 and 2004. This new class of ship is 88,000grt and carries 2,000 passengers. Expanded entertainment options similar to those found on Voyager and Explorer of the Seas are planned for the new ships. Radiance of the Seas will sail in Alaska in the summer of 2001.
*** CRYSTAL CRUISES has added casual dining on deck as fifth dinner venue aboard the Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. On select evenings during a cruise, the Trident Grill around the Neptune Pool will extend its hours and offer an informal menu in a casual, open-air atmosphere.
*** PASSENGERS SAILING on board the QE2 or Caronia in 2001 or on world cruises in 2002 will be eligible for a "Private Sale" of inaugural season sailings on board the new Queen Mary 2. The advance purchase of QM2 voyages will extend for a month ahead of sales being open to the public. At 1,132 feet long, 135 feet wide and 150,000 gross registered tons, QM2 will be the largest, longest and widest passenger vessel ever built. She will carry 2,620 guests, served by nearly 1,300 crew. Accommodations will range from 194 square feet to 5,000 square feet or even larger, with 77 percent offering ocean views, and nearly three-fourths having large private balconies. Back to Top12-12-00 New Children's Dining Program With roughly 120,000 children sailing each year, Royal Caribbean is giving them an extra treat by adding an "Adventure Ocean" dining plan. Available on all ships fleet-wide, the program gives children the option of dining with their new shipboard friends and the ship's youth staff from a complete child's menu in either the Windjammer Cafe, Solarium or Johnny Rockets restaurant. Available on select evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, the service is scheduled three times on a seven night cruise and once or twice on shorter voyages. Back to Top 12-8-00 Weekend Cruise News ***UNITED STATES LINES' first ship, the 1,212, ms Patriot has arrived in Honolulu. On Saturday, Patriot begins weekly cruises, round trip from Honolulu to Nawiliwili, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; and Kona, Hawaii. Patriot (the former Nieuw Amsterdam of Holland America Line) underwent a $21million refurbishment in preparation for the new Hawaiian sailings. New ship features include a Hawaii Destination Learning Center, innovative children's and teen's activity centers, and upgraded conference and meeting facilities.
***ROYAL CARIBBEAN has introduced youth staff dinners as part of their Adventure Ocean children's program. On selected evenings, children may dine with their favorite youth staff members, between 6pm and 7pm. The event takes place in the Windjammer Cafe, Solarium or Johnny Rockets restaurant. Some ships will provide table-service while others will offer a buffet. A special child's menu has been developed for the new program.
***TWO SHIPS are out of service with mechanical difficulties: A problem coming out of drydock cancelled the Dec. 1 and Dec. 10 Stella Solaris sailings. A propeller problem on the Seabourn Sun prompted an early drydock to fix the problem. The December 7 cruise was cancelled but the December 21 holiday sailing is scheduled to sail.
*** P&O is extending its smoke-free main dining room policy to include the Arcadia and Victoria. The widespread acceptance of the Oriana/Aurora trial and positive feedback from passengers led to the decision. There will continue to be designated smoking areas aboard P&O Cruises' vessels in bars, lounges and deck areas. Smoking is also permitted in cabins.
***COSTAATLANTICA is the first Costa ship to offer Internet access to passengers. New 17" flat screen computers have been installed on board and Internet access is available in some staterooms and all suites. Passengers can bring their own laptop or rent a PC for their stateroom from the Purser's Office.
***WINDSTAR'S WIND SURF is undergoing a major remodeling which will add a business center, redesign the floor plan of the lounge and casino, relocate the stage and dance floor and add new fabric and carpets in red, yellow, tan and blue. Passenger capacity has been lowered to 308 from 312 to allow the installation of a new gangway to speed embarkation and disembarkation. The refit is scheduled to take 18 days and will be completed next week.
***HOLLAND AMERICA'S AMSTERDAM will sail around the world in 2002. The three month Grand World Voyage departs in January, 2002 from Los Angeles, sailing across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, the Far East, Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to end in New York. This will be the 37th world cruise for HAL since 1958.
***THE TOWN OF HAINES, ALASKA has been removed from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' itineraries for 2001. Rising operating costs, including fuel expenses forced the decision. Excursions to Haines and surrounding area will be conducted from Skagway.
***OLYMPIC VOYAGER flagship of Royal Olympic Cruises, has arrived in Ft. Lauderdale for its inaugural season of Caribbean and South America cruises. The 25,000 grt ship is the fastest in its class in the world, capable of speeds up to 28 knots. Inaugural ceremonies will take place tomorrow in Fr. Lauderdale. Back to Top12-5-00 Tropicale to Costa - Cruises Cancelled Carnival's Tropicale is being transferred to Costa Cruises in February, 2001. This means the cancellation of the recently announced Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral which were scheduled to commence March 26. Instead, the 36,674-ton Tropicale will sail to Genoa in February for a refurbishment and refit before being placed in European service. Passengers already booked on the two and three-day Bahamas cruises will receive a full refund plus a $100 per cabin future cruise certificate redeemable on any of the line's three-, four- or five-day cruises in 2001. Back to Top 12-5-00 Mechanical Problems Cause Two cruise ships, Royal Olympic's Stella Solaris and Seabourn's Seabourn Sun, have suffered mechanical problems, resulting in the cancellation of voyages. The Seabourn Sun's Dec. 7, 2000 cruise has been cancelled and the company says the vessel will depart on the Dec. 21 voyage as scheduled. Royal Olympic cancelled the Dec. 1, 2000 transatlantic crossing of Stella Solaris and haven't decided if the Dec. 22, 2000 Christmas Cruise will go off as planned. If you are booked on this cruise, keep in touch with your travel agent. Back to Top
12-1-00 Weekend Cruise News *** TOP OFFICIALS of U.S.-flag cruise operator American Classic Voyages for the first time broke out what the company will spend--$260 million--to build its two 1,900-passenger ships for Hawaii cruises in 2003 and 2004. During a meeting Tuesday with analysts aboard the 1,212-passenger Patriot, docked in Los Angeles for promotional events for travel agents, ACV said that it also will spend $26 million to build the Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light, two 224-passenger coastal ships that begin service in May and August of 2001, respectively.
*** PRINCESS CRUISES recently made the unprecedented move of debuting three brand-new production shows simultaneously aboard Crown Princess and Regal Princess. The latest lineup features contemporary productions designed to give Princess passengers a wide array of choice in evening entertainment to customize their onboard experience to their personal interests and needs.
The three revues feature a fresh look at some favorite genres -- classic rock 'n roll, Broadway musicals and country music. They incorporate a number of innovative techniques on par with top Broadway or Las Vegas productions including video displays and surround sound, and are the line's first shows to implement live video projection.
*** THE BAHAMAS SUPREME COURT ordered the Premier Cruise Lines ships Rembrandt, Big Red Boat I (formerly the Oceanic) and Big Red Boat III, currently docked in Freeport, to be sold by tender, with offers due by Dec. 14. A U.S. bankruptcy court earlier had cleared the sale, ordering proceeds to be returned to the court for distribution to creditors. Meanwhile, another former Premier vessel, the Big Red Boat II, is in Port Canaveral, Fla., following its long arrest in New York. Miami-based Int'l Shipping Partners is managing the ship for the Progress Group, an investment company. An ISP official said the vessel could begin short- term charter operations by December.
*** WINDSTAR unveils email services at sea. All four of Windstar's ships now offer email services to passengers24 hours a day on computers available to all passengers from embarkation until 9:00 pm the evening before disembarkation. Computers are in the onboard library. Email messages are sent out and received periodically throughout the day, so the company recommends 24 hours for a complete communication (transmission and response) to occur.
Incoming messages can be sent to: Wind Surf: firstname.lastname@example.org Wind Song: email@example.com Wind Spirit: firstname.lastname@example.org Wind Star: email@example.com
Incoming messages should be addressed to the guest and stateroom number, email will be hand delivered to the passenger cabins. Prices are as follows:
Outgoing: $7.50 for up to 5000 characters $2.00 for each additional 2000 characters $2.00 for each additional address
Incoming: $5.00 for each incoming email message $5.00 for each incoming file attachment
*** SABATINI'S, one of two specialty restaurants aboard Grand Princess recently unveiled a new style of authentic Italian trattoria dining. Courses arrive fresh from the kitchen; salads are tossed tableside and soup is ladled into fresh bread bowls. Complementing the seafood menu specializing is a refined yet casual atmosphere that includes extensive personal attention from the ship's top European waiters and even a song from the pizza chef.
Cuisine features a selection of Italian antipasti, complemented with exclusive garnishes like Sevruga caviar, delicious pizza freshly baked on site, homemade pastas, soups and breads are presented. Passengers need only choose their main course from a menu of tantalizing seafood dishes including lobster, langoustines, tiger prawns, Chilean sea bass and scallops, as well as prime meat dishes. Dessert trays feature the best of Italian pastry treats. This new dining concept prompted a number of changes to the restaurant including a new kitchen, new dishware and table settings, and a specially trained service team.
Sabatini's is open for both lunch and dinner service. As the restaurant has proven quite popular, advance reservations are encouraged and the per passenger cost is $15. Back to Top