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07-31-01 Carnival Spirit Mexico Cruises Carnival Cruise Line has announced two new Mexico cruises round-trip from San Diego slated for its newest ship, the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit in October, 2002. The six-day Baja voyage will sail from San Diego Oct. 19, 2002, and call at Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, Mexico. The eight-day Acapulco cruise will depart San Diego Oct. 25, 2002 and visit Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzillo. Prices for the six-day Baja California voyage begin at $649 per person, while the eight-day Mexican Riviera sailing is available starting at $799 per person. Back to Top
07-30-01 New Cruise Terminal for Long Beach Work has begun on Carnival's Long Beach cruise terminal adjacent to the Queen Mary hotel and attraction. Due for completion in early 2003, the new $40 million facility will be the home port for sister ships Elation and Ecstasy, currently sailing out of the Port of Los Angeles. The Elation sails every Sunday on seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera and the Ecstasy offers three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada and four-day cruises departing Mondays to Catalina and Ensenada. Passengers on Elation and Ecstasy will have the opportunity to tour the Queen Mary before or after their cruise.
"The Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary" includes a single cruise berth capable of handling vessels with a draft of up to 28 feet and a length of up to 1,000 feet. An embarkation/debarkation facility will be constructed within part of the existing Geodesic Dome, which formerly housed the Spruce Goose museum and attraction. A parking garage will house around 1,250 vehicles.
Carnival Corporation will manage and operate the new facility, which may eventually be used by vessels from the corporation's other cruise lines. Back to Top
07-27-01 Weekend Cruise News *** P&O Princess has entered into a contract to sell the Pacific Princess to an unnamed buyer. The vessel would be leased back through the 2002 Bermuda season and leave the fleet in the Fall of 2002, as previously announced. Originally built as the Sea Venture in 1971, Pacific Princess is best known as the "Love Boat" of the popular TV series. The selling price was not disclosed however the 20,636-ton, 640 passenger ship is valued at between $15 and $20 million.
*** Royal Caribbean International has extended sailings on the Viking Serenade through January 28, 2002. The vessel was scheduled to leave the fleet in November, 2001 to become the Island Escape for Island, a new cruise line joint venture between RCI and UK Tour operator, First Choice. The new line has been delayed until the summer of 2002. Viking Serenade will therefore continue sailing every Friday from Los Angeles for three nights to Ensenada and every Monday for four nights to San Diego, Catalina Island and Ensenada through January 28, 2002. On February 1, 2002, Viking Serenade sails her final voyage, a 13-night Panama Canal cruise from Los Angeles to Aruba.
*** It has been determined that a pregnant, humpback whale, found dead in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska, was the victim of a cruise ship collision. The incident prompted a statement by the National Parks Conservation Association, calling the proposal to allow an increased number of cruise ships into Glacier Bay National Park without including environmental protections, a tragedy. The amendment, proposed by Senator Stevens' seeks to overturn a February court mandate reducing cruise ship traffic to pre-1996 levels until completion of an environmental impact statement on ships in the park.
Collisions between commercial shipping and whales are called "ship strikes". A number of agencies are investigating ways to prevent these incidents around the world. Of particular concern is the right whale population of the North Atlantic shipping lanes.
***As part of a new enhancement program, passengers on board Seabourn Legend's Panama Canal cruises will receive a complimentary shore excursion to the Gamboa Rain Forest Resort. During the Panama Canal transit, Seabourn Legend will anchor off the new, ultra luxury resort, located in the heart of the Panamanian Rain Forest Reserve. Passengers will be transferred from the ship to the resort's marina , where they will be greeted by a marimba band and folkloric dancers. A variety of entertainment options are available during the day including guided nature walks in the surrounding forest, a swim in the resort's stunning two-level pool, Panama's largest, a visit to the butterfly farm, orchid garden and serpentarium, a cultural performance by members of the indigenous Embera tribe and a ride through the forest canopy on an aerial tram. Welcome drinks and a grilled luncheon, served poolside, are included . Cruises depart Fort Lauderdale for Caldera (San Jose) on January 27 and February 24, 2002 and from Caldera to Fort Lauderdale on February 10 and March 10, 2002.
***QE2 had an unusual stowaway on the June 18 transatlantic crossing. A homing pigeon lost its bearings during a race and flew 500 miles out to sea at an average speed of 50 mph, before landing, exhausted on the QE2's bridge. The pigeon was transferred to the kennel area on board, and was cared for by a crew member for the next 10 days, during the crossing, and return trip to Southampton. The UK Pigeon Racers' Union identified the pigeon by the number on its tag as belonging to Ron Horrocks, from Cleethorpes, Lincs. The bird was freed in Southampton, completing the journey home, 11 days behind the other competitors.
***Carnival's first alternative restaurant, the Nouveau Supper Club on board Carnival Spirit, has been a huge success with 700 passengers enjoying the upscale cuisine each week. The line has now implemented a $20 reservations fee which includes the gratuity, for dining in the restaurant. The Nouveau Supper Club's menu includes a choice of nine different starters and salads, prime aged beef and stone crab claws from Miami Beach's legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant - the first time the delicacies have been featured on board a cruise ship.
***Princess Cruises started using shore power while docked in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday. The line announced last year that it would be arranging to use local surplus hydroelectric power provided by Alaska Electric Light & Power while in port. This allows the Princess ships to turn off their diesel engines and cut smoke emissions while in Juneau where smoke haze from cruise ships is a serious concern.
Four of the five Princess ships this summer are using the South Franklin Street Dock, where a sophisticated power distribution system has been built. Power from a special transformer installed ashore will be used to supply electric power for the running of all onboard services during the day-long calls. Each Princess ship has been specially outfitted to connect the ship's electrical network to the local electrical network ashore. The first program of its kind in the world, the project required an investment by Princess of $4.5 million, and the coordination of technical resources around the world as well as in Juneau.
***The "Celebration of Light fireworks competition gets underway in Vancouver on Saturday. On the evenings of July 28, August 1, 4 and 8, passengers on ships sailing from Vancouver to Alaska may have the good fortune of lingering in English Bay to view the spectacular display, before heading north to Alaska. Last summer, Vision of the Seas arrived in Vancouver ahead of schedule on Saturday evening in order for passengers and crew to view the fireworks. This year's competitors are South Africa, China and Spain with the grand finale and announcement of the winner, on August 8. Back to Top
07-23-01 American Classic Cash Shortage? American Classic Voyages may be headed for financial trouble. At least that's what an analyst informed Crain's Chicago Business, noting that the company is facing a cash shortage in 2002 due to pricey shipbuilding costs and a downturn in the Hawaii market. The company has already laid off hundreds of employees as a cost cutting measure. The company's shares traded at less than $3 per share last week, after a peak of $32. Philip Calian, ACV's CEO, said the company "[Has] no need for additional cash right now and has no plans to seek it. We are tightening the hatches on costs and taking other steps to make sure the need doesn't arise."
ACV owns Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, American Hawaii Cruises (Independence) and United States Lines (Patriot). New vessels planned for United States Lines and DQ Coastal Voyages, have been delayed. Back to Top
07-20-01 Weekend Cruise News ***Silver Cloud has emerged from a major drydock refurbishment at Italy's T. Mariotti Shipyard, bringing her suite interiors in line with the style of Silversea's newest vessels, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. The ship's upgrades and enhancements include new furniture in the suites including sofas, chairs, tables, vanity stools and headboards, new "soft" goods including bedspreads and draperies, the addition of new plus new carpet in the suites and a number of public areas. Silver Cloud was Silversea's first vessel, entering service in 1994. The second vessel, Silver Wind, which joined the fleet in 1995, is scheduled for a similar refit in mid-October.
***Carnival Triumph will sail to Bermuda in 2002, the first time Canival has called at the islands since 1999. Three sailings are planned. The first is a six-day cruise from Charleston, S.C., departing May 29, 2002, followed by two seven-day sailings from Norfolk, Va., departing June 5 and 12, 2002. The 102,000-ton Carnival Triumph will call at King's Wharf, Bermuda, an area with pink-sand beaches and good shopping and sightseeing opportunities.
***P&O Princess has announced the formation of a new cruise division, A'ROSA, a premium, destination-oriented line catering exclusively to German-speaking passengers. This will be P&O Princess's second division designed for the German cruise market. The successful AIDA cruise line offers a more action oriented cruise while A'ROSA will offer relaxing vacations with an emphasis on fitness, health and beauty. The first ship for A'ROSA will be the A'ROSA BLU, currently sailing as the Crown Princess. She will be refitted before commencing Canada/New England and European cruises for the new line in the summer of 2002 followed by winter Caribbean cruises. As part of the new line, two river cruise vessels A'ROSA BELLA and A'ROSA DONNA will carry 200 passengers each on seven and 14 day cruises on the Danube and elsewhere in Europe.
*** An excursion boat capsized off Cabo San Lucas last Friday, claiming the lives of three passengers from Carnival Cruise Line's Elation. Paulina Armijo, 54; Dorothy Farnman, 32, and Elizabeth Steven, 64 drowned while 14 other passengers were rescued when the boat overturned in rough seas. The 18-foot boat was on an excursion to Los Arcos, the Baja California landmark near Cabo San Lucas.
***The National Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the fire on board Carnival's Ecstasy as she departed Miami, July 20, 1998. Probable cause of the fire is cited as the unauthorized welding by crewmembers in the main laundry that ignited a large accumulation of lint in the ventilation system. Read the report online at the NTSB web site.
***Holland America Line will send the Rotterdam to Boston and New York for Canada/New England cruises in 2002. Increasing the number of HAL sailings in the region to 17, Rotterdam will sail seven to 10-night cruises from May to October next year. The seven-night cruises between Montreal and Boston, June 22-August 3, 2002, call at Quebec City; Charlottetown PEI; Sydney and Halifax, NS and Bar Harbor, Maine. The ten-night sailings between New York and Montreal, Sept 12-October 12, 2002 add calls at Newport, RI and Boston. For a complete list of Rotterdam's sailings see CruiseMates' Holland America Line itineraries page.
***Carnival Spirit's show lounge, Pharaoh's Palace, has a state-of-the-art audio system for the hearing impaired. The unique system uses infrared technology. Passengers wear headphones to connect to the high-tech audio system which amplifies sounds throughout the theater. The three-deck-high Pharaoh's Palace currently has three different Las Vegas-style revues during the seven-night cruise; "Singing with the Big Band," "Standing Room Only" and "High Spirits". The lounge is also used for variety shows, bingo, big band music, game shows and ballroom dancing as well as orientation sessions, debarkation briefings and "travel talks" on shore excursions and various ports of call. Headphones are available for use throughout the voyage at no charge through the ship's pursers office. The system also works for those who prefer to bring their own headphones.
***Windjammer has a golf cruise planned on board Yankee Clipper, December 3-8, 2001. The pre-Christmas cruise gives golfers a chance to play on the islands of Grenada, Tobago and Trinidad. Package prices include greens fees, cart and transportation between the vessel and the golf courses which are the Grenada Golf & Country Club; Tobago's Hilton Golf Course, the newest PGA Official championship course in the Caribbean and St. Andrews Golf Course in Trinidad. A competition to see who can whack biodegradable golf balls the farthest out to sea from the top deck of Yankee clipper is also planned during the special golf themed cruise.
***Orient Line has combined cruise segments and pre/post cruise tours to create a selection of extended vacations, called "Grand Voyages". The cruise-tours are from 24-40 days in length. They include the exotic destinations of the Middle and Far East, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific as well as the Panama Canal, Caribbean and Europe. Itineraries include the Marco Polo sailing on the 32-day Grand Amazon from Barcelona to Manaus, on the Amazon in Brazil, November 14, 2001 and Crown Odyssey sailing the Grand Pacific from Auckland to Los Angeles for 34 days, February 10, 2002. For a complete list of "Grand Voyages", see CruiseMates' Orient Lines itineraries page. Back to Top
07-13-01 Cunard Sells Sea Goddess Vessels Cunard Line Limited has announced the sale of Sea Goddess I & II, which have sailed under the Seabourn Cruise Line flag since 1999, to a Norwegian investment group. The new owners will take delivery of the ships on Aug. 31, 2001. Passengers booked on cruises aboard Seabourn Goddess I or II departing on or after September 1st are being offered incentives to sail aboard one of Seabourn's other ships. Those holding reservations on 2001 departures on Seabourn Goddess I or II may choose any other Seabourn cruise in the same sailing region up to 14 days in length (excluding holiday sailings) in 2001 at no additional fare.
Originally launched in 1984 and 1985 as Sea Goddess I & II, the 4,260-ton identical twins were later acquired by Cunard Line. Following the merger of Cunad and Seabourn, they were assigned to the Seabourn fleet. Their departure will return Seabourn's operating base to a uniform fleet of three identical yacht-like ships, consisting of the 100-couple, 10,000 ton Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend, which entered service in 1988, 1989 and 1996 respectively. Back to Top
07-13-01 Weekend Cruise News ***The delay in delivery of Olympic Explorer has caused Royal Olympic to alter the winter Caribbean/South America program. The line will now send Olympic Countess to join Olympic Voyager in the region. When Olympic Explorer joins the line, new itineraries will be announced for the vessel. The new schedule has Olympic Voyager sailing in the Caribbean and to the Amazon River and Panama Canal. Following a 12-night cruise round trip from Ft. Lauderdale to the Panama Canal, Voyager sails to the Amazon River, for 18 nights sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Houston , January 17, 2002. February and March cruises depart from Houston. These sailings include seven and nine-night Western Caribbean and a 12-night Panama Canal cruise. Olympic Countess will sail a Caribbean/Panama Canal cruise and Caribbean/Orinoco River cruise round trip from Ft. Lauderdale next December and January. These sailings will be followed by a 58-night circumnavigation of South America departing Ft. Lauderdale January 18, 2002 which is available in three 19 and 20-night segments: Ft. Lauderdale to Valparaiso Chile, through the Panama Canal; Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro and Rio to Ft. Lauderdale.
*** Carnival Spirit's first season in Alaska has been highlighted by the on board naturalist program. The only responsibility of the full-time marine biologists and naturalists is to conduct lectures and point out the magnificent scenery and native marine, plant and animal life during the voyage. Naturalists are often on the bridge, providing a birds-eye view for describing the passing scenery and pointing out wildlife over the ship's public address system. Whenever possible, the captain will decrease the ship's speed or even deviate the vessel's course to maximize guests' viewing opportunities. The naturalists carry beepers and are on call should shipboard personnel spot any flora or fauna that may be of interest to passengers.
***CostaAtlantica and CostaVictoria will be back in the Caribbean next winter with special amenities for passengers who book a suite. Referred to as "La Dolce Vita - the suite life - Italian Style", suite passengers enjoy VIP check-in and disembarkation with floral arrangement, sparkling wine and cold canapes in their suite upon arrival. Amenities during the cruise include personalized butler service, daily fresh fruit basket, full-course in-suite dining, special Captain's cocktail party, complimentary evening for two in the ship's specialty restaurant, terry-cloth robes, plush slippers and toiletries. Costa sails to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale next winter.
***Celebrity Cruises has announced its schedule in Europe for 2002. The fourth Millennium-class vessel, Constellation will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean sailing new 10-night itineraries, round trip from Rome and seven-night cruises round trip form Barcelona. Millennium returns to the Mediterranean for 12-night cruises between Barcelona and Istanbul. Mercury replaces Galaxy in Northern Europe, sailing round trip from Copenhagen on 10 and 11-night Baltic cruises. Two Norwegian Fjords and British Isles cruises are scheduled to sail from Copenhagen June 17 and August 26. Mercury calls at Western European ports en route between Copenhagen and Barcelona April 24 and September 16. Mercury's Fall Mediterranean cruises include 10 and 11-night cruises round trip form Barcelona. For a complete list of Celebrity's sailings see CruiseMates' Celebrity Itineraries page.
***View the Solar Eclipse this December 14 on board Crystal Symphony off Costa Rica. Passengers and crew on board Crystal Symphony will experience the dramatic annular or �ring' eclipse as the ship sits in perfect alignment with the sun and moon. Crystal is expanding programming on the Panama Canal/Caribbean Eclipse cruise with a visiting astronomer and viewing tools on board. Crystal Symphony will view the eclipse during the December 6, 15-day Panama Canal cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles. Other ports of call are Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia and Acapulco, Mexico.
***Holland America Line has announced details of the globetrotting itineraries for the Prinsendam (Ex Seabourn Sun) which debuts June 3, 2002. The gala 10-day maiden voyage sails from New York to Southampton (London), with calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia; Cobh (Cork), Ireland; and Plymouth, England. Summer will be spent sailing 13 and 14-night cruises in Western Europe, the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords. Prinsendam will be in the Mediterranean in September, before sailing to Australia, via the Suez Canal, Middle East, India and Singapore. Six 16-night cruises between Sydney and Auckland depart between November 20, 2002 and February 12, 2003. Prinsendam then returns to Singapore for Far East cruises in March and April 2003. The vessel will visit Cambodia; Vietnam; Shanghai and Beijing, People's Republic of China; South Korea; and Japan with a maiden call at Phu My, Vietnam where a tour to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is available.
***NASCAR Winston Cup champion, Rusty Wallace will sail on two Carnival cruises in 2002. The racing themed cruises are on board Imagination, May 9, 2002 (four-day Western Caribbean) and Carnival Triumph, December 7, 2002 (seven-day Eastern Caribbean). The Rusty Wallace cruises successfully debuted last month on Fascination. The December 9, 2001 cruise on board Sensation, from Tampa, is nearly sold out. Passengers have the opportunity to interact with Wallace during a "Get Acquainted with Rusty" cocktail reception, as well as during exclusive question and answer and autograph sessions. "Racing-themed" contests and raffles are also held with prizes including complimentary race passes and authentic racing shirts, along with an opportunity to serve as an honorary member of Wallace's pit crew for an upcoming race. Back to Top
07-11-01 Celebrity Reverses Pool Charge Decision In response to a barrage of email from dissatisfied Celebrity cruisers, the cruise line has reversed its decision to charge a $20 fee for use of the thelassotherapy pool on the Millennium, Infinity and Summit. Their official response follows.
"During the past week, your dialogue with us has been focused primarily on our decision to introduce a fee for use of the Thalassotherapy pools on our Millennium-class ships (currently, Millennium and Infinity). And your feedback has led us to conclude that our decision was wrong. We made a mistake. As a result, we are reversing that decision. Effective immediately, there will be no charge for use of the Thalassotherapy pools on our Millennium-class fleet of ships." Back to Top
07-11-01 Killer Bees Stow Away A swarm of 8,000 to 10,000 killer bees stowed away on Princess Cruises' Grand Princess during a recent seven-day Caribbean itinerary. The swarm boarded the ship in Cozumel, Mexico and were discovered on the outdoor basketball court when the ship docked in Ft. Lauderdale. The area was cordoned off and no passengers or crew were stung. Since 1983, swarms of killer bees have been discovered 28 times in Florida. The last time one was found at Port Everglades was in 1999.Back to Top
07-11-01 Celebrity Adds Pool Charge We've seen an escalation of extra charges being levied aboard ship, but this is a first. Celebrity Cruises has added a $20 charge for the use of the ship's solarium and outdoor thalassotherapy pool on Infinity. We expect the same charge will be added to Millennium, when she returns to the US this fall. Back to Top
07-11-01 Violence In Jamaica Days of violence shaking Kingston, Jamaica, appear to be subsiding, according to Associated Press. At least 22 people have been killed since Saturday during a streak of violence that threatens the country's tourist industry. Police moved into a tough Kingston neighborhood Saturday to disarm gangsters who had waged two months of shootouts that had already left 37 people dead. The island has one of the highest murder rates in the world due to local drug gangs. Cruise ships, however, don't normally visit Kingston, using port facilities in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay instead. Back to Top
07-06-01 Weekend Cruise News ***Delta Queen Coastal Voyages' next vessel, Cape Cod Light, has been delayed to April 20, 2002. Originally scheduled for August 4, 2001, the delay has created many changes in Coastal Voyages' itineraries. The Eastern Seaboard departures from Aug. 4 to Dec. 8, 2001 are available on board sister ship, Cape May Light.
Six of the Cape Cod Light's Belize, Mexico and Honduras cruises from February 9 to March 24, will now be offered on board the Cape May Light. The remainder of the Coastal Voyages' Latin American cruises have been canceled. This includes the Costa Rica and Panama Canal program of Cape May Light.
Cape Cod Light will sail on April 20, 2002 round trip from Charleston, SC on a seven-night "Grand Antebellum Adventure" cruise followed by summer sailings on the Eastern Seaboard.
***Costa Cruises has announced the names of four ships entering service in 2002 through 2004:
- Holland America Line's Westerdam will join the Costa fleet in the spring of 2002. She will emerge from a refit as CostaEuropa, sailing 10 and 11-night Mediterranean cruises.
- Sister ship to the Costa Atlantica, the new CostaMediterranea will enter service in the summer of 2002. Sailing in Europe in the summer, the vessel will be based in Ft. Lauderdale for winter Caribbean cruises.
- CostaFortuna and CostaMagica will enter service at the end of 2003 and 2004 respectively. Costa's largest ships, at 105,000-tons and carrying 2,720 passengers, these two will sail in Europe for the summer and move to the Caribbean for the winter.
***Pacific Princess, the original Love Boat of the popular TV series, will return to Bermuda for the 2002 season. Repeating this year's three-port schedule, Pacific Princess will call at St. George's, the oldest and most historic settlement on the island, the capital of city of Hamilton and the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, now a maritime museum, craft market and arts center. This will be the last season for Pacific Princess as she leaves the Princess fleet in the fall of 2002.
***Orient Lines' Marco Polo will have special guests, Jack Hanna and his daughter Kathaleen on board for the 11-day Antarctica cruise-tour, February 3, 2002. The renowned wildlife conservationist and television personality will film two episodes of his Animal Adventures series during the cruise-tour. Hanna will also take part in the on board lecture series during the voyage. The 20,502-ton Marco Polo has a 27-foot draft and an ice strengthened hull making it an ideal cruise ship for Antarctic sailings. Passengers go ashore via Zodiac landing craft, accompanied by expert field guides. Orient Lines' Antarctic expeditions were designed by the late Lars-Eric Linblad, widely regarded as the father of Antarctic exploration.
***Renaissance Cruises has a new VIP Speaker Series. A number of special guests from the world of politics, sports and entertainment will join cruises in Tahiti and Europe this year. Guests include movie and TV star Robert Vaughn, Olympic Gymnast, Cathy Rigby, Astronaut, Scott Carpenter and Press Secretary to former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Marlin Fitzwater. For a complete list of cruises with VIP speakers, see CruiseMates' Theme Cruise page.
***Scotland now has an international cruise ship named the Hebridean Spirit. The Glasgow-registered vessel, sailed from Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland last Tuesday on her maiden voyage. The 4,200 vessel is the former Renaissance Six of Renaissance cruises. She sailed for Sun Cruises and Star Cruises before being bought this year by Hebridean Island Cruises of Scotland.
Hebridean Island Cruises is known for its "Off the beaten track" itineraries to the Scottish Isles and Norwegian coast. With Hebridean Spirit, the line moves onto the international scene with summer cruises in the Baltic, fall in the Mediterranean and Greek Isles and winter in the Indian Ocean. Spirit will retrace her steps to northern Europe for the summer of 2002, including a visit to Norway's North Cape next June.
***Princess has gone digital with the introduction of new photography departments on board Golden, Grand, Sun, Dawn, Sea, Ocean and Royal Princesses. Employing the new, environmentally friendly Canon HyperPhoto digital imaging system, a vast array of photo services are available on board including digital processing and printing and photo re-touching. The lab can produce prints from passengers' own digital cameras as well as transfer film onto CD. A number of personalized articles, including calendars, greeting cards, posters, canvas portrait prints, business cards, photo album pages, collage prints, panoramic prints and post cards can be created in the digital photographic lab.
The newest ship in the fleet, Golden Princess, features a digital portrait studio where passengers can schedule a portrait sitting at their convenience, choosing from a variety of backdrops and poses. Results can be viewed instantaneously on a video screen. Other services include having your image digitally added to a variety of fun scenes, and a full retail center offering photo products and one-hour film processing. Back to Top