Post by Northern Exploration on Mar 27, 2009 6:48:16 GMT -8
With the economy being what is, cruise lines for the first time have been cancelling or delaying new ships. After the downturn following 9/11, orders were kept and the industry took advantage of their strong bank accounts and financing in place to prepare for the return to normal travel and perhaps even gain an advantage over competitors. Long story short, more cruise ships are now going into dry dock for extensive refits rather than be sold to other (lesser) cruise lines and replaced with new ships. Whether Victoria will see the bigger refits or will continue with the routine ones, remains to be seen. But it bodes well for the local industries because the builds are done overseas and more refits means more jobs in North America.
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service
Cruise line makes more room in Vancouver for 2010 Olympics
12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, May 10, 2009 Mary G. Ramos
More than 1,000 additional hotel rooms and suites will float into Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Norwegian Cruise Lines' ship Norwegian Star will dock in North Vancouver during the Games Feb. 12-28, offering three- and four-day packages that include all shipboard meals and free shuttle service from the ship to the Sea Bus terminal for transportation into downtown Vancouver.
The ship offers 13 dining areas, eight lounges, a spa and nightly entertainment. Packages range from $1,050 to $8,800 per person depending on cabin and number of nights. Fees and taxes will add $100 per person per day.
I wonder where exactly the Norwegian Star will exactly be docking in North Van, especially since it mentions that a shuttle service will be required between the ship and the Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal.
A good friend of mine has been trying to negotiate a place in North Van to dock their floating fishing lodge for the 2010 games. After all, the lodge spends 5 months in the Charlottes and 7 months under the Alex Fraser Bridge. . .might as well try and generate some revenue if you can.
Post by Northern Exploration on May 11, 2009 13:25:44 GMT -8
Shuttle service is vague enough the ship could be anchored in the harbour and a boat shuttle used . Seriously, I would think one of the shipyard piers could be even used if a van/bus service shuttled people to the Sea Bus.
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service
U.S., Canadian authorities search for a 67-year-old woman missing from the Sapphire Princess cruise ship sailing from Ketchikan to Vancouver, B.C.
By Kristin Jackson
Seattle Times Travel staff
U.S. and Canadian ships and aircraft are searching for a passenger who is missing from a cruise ship traveling from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Vancouver, B.C.
The 67-year-old woman was reported missing to the U.S. Coast Guard about 11 a.m. today.
The woman, a U.S. citizen, was noticed to be missing when she didn't leave the Sapphire Princess after it arrived in Vancouver this morning. The Princess Cruises ship left Ketchikan on Monday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard said its search area begins in Ketchikan and runs 86 miles south to include Dixon Entrance, Tongass Narrows and the northern end of Hecate Strait; it's using a plane, helicopter and boat. Canadian authorities are searching along the British Columbia coast from Hecate Strait south about 500 miles to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise ship has been searched by crew; no signs of the woman were found, said the Coast Guard, and her belongings were found in her stateroom. Her name is being withheld until next-of-kind are notified.
In August, another passenger went missing from an Alaska cruise ship. Amber Malkuch, of Arlington, Snohomish County, who was traveling aboard Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship, was found dead in the waters off Alaska's Douglas Island. Foul play was not suspected.
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing cruise ship passenger.
Coast Guard officials say recent information from Princess Cruise Line officials indicates that 67-year-old Edelgard Carney of Sutter Creek, Calif., reportedly went overboard in Canadian waters.
The Coast Guard began searching Wednesday when the ship arrived at the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Carney did not leave the ship. The search was concentrated between Ketchikan and Vancouver.
The Coast Guard says Carney is now reported to have fallen from the cruise ship Sapphire Princess early Tuesday morning, about 200 miles south of Ketchikan, or 57 miles east of Graham Island in Canada.
The Coast Guard searched more than 800 miles of ocean in two days. The Coast Guard says it will assist Canadian authorities if needed.
Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Oasis of the Seas
October 28, 2009
Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Oasis of the Seas After nearly six years in the making, Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the world's largest cruise ship, the 225,282 grt Oasis of the Seas, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland.
Kicking off the 12-day countdown until her U.S. debut into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, Oasis of the Seas will be departing Turku on Friday, Oct. 30 with Captain William S. Wright at the helm.
The Oasis of the Seas is 361 meters long and 66 meters wide at its widest point and, at the highest, it rises 72 meters above the sea level. The gross tonnage is 225,000. At the best, the vessel can accommodate 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The ship features 16 passenger decks and 2,704 staterooms.
Oasis of the Seas is equipped with a total of six Wartsila 46 engines, three 12-cylinder and three 16-cylinder engines, generating more than 96 MW. Cruising speed is 22.6 knots.
An architectural marvel at sea, she spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature the cruise line's new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
Oasis of the Seas introduces many other industry "firsts" including the first park at sea, a thrilling zip line that races diagonally nine-decks above an open-air atrium, an original handcrafted carousel, 28 multilevel urban-style loft suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, an aquatic amphitheater-- called the AquaTheater--that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling ocean front theater by night; and what's described as "an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of a guest's cruise vacation."
The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on November 30 during a one night inaugural celebration-fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
I can't imagine being on a ship with 6,000 or so other people. Friends just went on a small ship cruise of the mediterranean. That sounds like much more my style. I think they said there was only 400 people on the ship.
I always chose to stay at a particular brand of hotel in NYC. Instead of staying at the largest convention hotel in midtown NYC, I stayed downtown because it was much less crowded and humane in scale. I have friends who hate hotels and stay in small B & B's. That as well doesn't feel like my style either.
So different strokes for different folks. For routine cruisers, the larger and the more choice of restaurants and activities the better. The one neat thing that I find intriguing about this new ship is the outdoor ampitheatre. The rest just sounds like Vegas on the water to me.
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service
Post by M/V LeConte on Nov 27, 2009 0:49:35 GMT -8
Hmmm... I think this falls under news more than photos, though there are great photos.
Princess Cruises is doing a complete makeover of the Tahitian Princess (soon to be the Ocean Princess). They have put together a Journal to show the work and their progress. I am always amazed at how much they can get done in such a short period of time!
A FLORIDA jury today found Rolls-Royce guilty of fraud, ordering the propulsion pod manufacturer to pay $24.9M to cruise giant Carnival Corp.
Carnival launched a $100M-plus suit against Rolls-Royce and partner Converteam in December 2008, alleging ongoing and serious problems with the Queen Mary 2’s Mermaid pod system. In December 2009, Carnival upped its claims to $130M-plus.
In August 2010, Converteam settled with Carnival, paying $17M. But the cruise owner’s suit against Rolls-Royce proceeded. A jury trial began in December and a verdict was reached today.
The jury determined that Rolls-Royce “knew or should have known” that statements it made to Carnival were false. It found that Carnival suffered $16.8M in damages from Rolls-Royce’s “fraud in the inducement” or “negligent misrepresentation”. Of that total, $11.9M was for the cost of QM2 replacement bearings through the date of the trial, and $4.9M for the cost of future bearings.
The jury also found that Carnival suffered damages from Rolls-Royce’s installation of defective replacement bearings, awarding the cruise owner $8.1M for breach of warranty ($1.4M for work in 2006 and $6.7M for 2008 work).
The combined $24.9M award and the finding of Rolls-Royce’s guilt represents a victory for Carnival, but the figure is less than half the $56M sought by Carnival during the trial.
It's just the tip of the iceberg in a long list of sanitary problems that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspectors discovered earlier this month on Cunard's famed Queen Mary 2.
In what is an extremely rare occurrence for modern day cruise ships, the U.S. health agency failed the 2,620-passenger vessel during the surprise inspection, which was conducted after the ship docked in New York on June 10.
As part of its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC conducts unannounced inspections of passenger ships docking in U.S. ports twice a year and grades them on a 100 point scale. A score below 86 is considered failing. The CDC gave the Queen Mary 2 a score of 84.
The CDC report on the inspection cites dozens of violations including "extremely dirty" water in the ship's Minnows splash pool and "numerous food safety violations" in an area where food is stored for the King's Court buffet.
The report also notes that lines dispensing draught beer in several bars including the pub were "heavily soiled," and the agency found food and clean bar utensils stored in a locker near the splash pool alongside dirty pool towels.
"These food items and food utensils were stored along with clean and soiled pool towels, dirty drink glasses, a blue tarp, and a variety of maintenance tools, such as screws and tape," the report notes.
The report uses the word "filthy" multiple times.
In a statement sent to USA TODAY, Cunard suggests the Queen Mary 2's poor showing during the inspection was an aberration, noting the ship has scored above 95 during most previous CDC inspections.
"The poor assessment on 10 June resulted largely from one small area of the ship's overall operation," the line says in the statement. "All the issues raised in the report were immediately addressed and have now been corrected."
The statement adds that in the wake of the inspection managers on the ship and on shore have redefined certain roles and responsibilities to clarify accountability, and the company's training schedule has been stepped up.
"The company is confident that failings of this nature will not occur again, and that the ship's VSP scores in future will return to the customary consistently high level," the line says.
No other cruise ship from a major line has failed a CDC inspection over the past three years, according to a search of CDC records. Over the same period dozens of ships have scored a perfect 100 during inspections.
The Queen Mary 2's failing grade was first reported today by CruiseCritic.com.
There are some pictures of smoke that was pouring out. Also picture of the passengers getting off in lifeboats.
Not sure if this correct place for this News item.
I just caught this story on our CBC's The National. Two crew members were the ones killed apparently (obviously as freeland's post refers to the engine room being the suspected source). For me this story has interesting timing as, after a long hiatus from our forum, one of the first and few posts that I read recently was Neil's reference to this route being on his bucket list which prompted me to do some research on the ships, route, etc.
I'm curious though certainly not griping, would such a posting be most appropriate here or under a ferry-related thread? This seems to be a tough call as the service is both a cruise-ferry as well as a vital link for some communities such as with our northern ferry service.
... The MS Nordlys, which tilted critically at an angle of 21.7 degrees in the morning, had slowly righted itself and was listing at 16 degrees in the evening as additional pumps spewed water from the slanting ship's bowels, officials said. ...
This is a far rosier picture than was just painted on Global News' Noon News Hour (which I primarily watch simply because it's the only local television news at noon for the region), which reported that 21.7 degrees was still the degree of list.
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The Love Boat goes to the breakers The famous cruise ship Pacific Princess IMO 7018563, which was the backdrop for 1970s and 80s television program "Love Boat" is to be sent to the breakers.
The 376 metre vessel, renamed Princess in 2002, was sold to Turkish demolition company Cemsan, Italian newspaper has reported.
The sale of the Princess came after its owner failed to pay an Italian company six million euros for asbestos removal and refurbishment, and also the cruise ship had been the centre of a law suite for fraud in a US court.
The "Love Boat" was shown on American television in the 1970's and early 80's.
About the ship: The Pacific cruise ship was built in 1971 by the North Rhine steel plants in Emden as the "Sea Venture" for Flagship Cruises. Between 1975 and 2002, she went to Princess Cruises as the "Pacific Princess" where it acquired fame as the setting for the TV series Love Boat.
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The tragedy of the Costa Concordia highlighted the problem of having so many 'hotel' staff on board cruise ships- people who have no training in or knowledge of seafaring practises.
Here's another likely example. Passengers on board this Princess ship alerted somebody- who knows if it was a cleaner or a waiter- about an overturned fishing boat with survivors on board, and the message was never relayed to the bridge, and two of three people died.
One of the suggestions that I have seen in regard to the Costa Concordia tragedy is that many of the newer cruise boats are simply too large to safely & efficiently evacuate should the need arise. Some 'experts' have suggested that cruise ships have grown too large. The trend to ever larger boats may be about to change. We will see, I suppose...
Alternatively, Metro Vancouver taxpayers will need to cough up a few $ billion to replace the LGB with a new 10-laner offering an additional 10 metres of clearance over sea level at the First Narrows. This should accommodate ever taller ships for at least the next 25 years?
:)continuing of the size of new generation cruise vessels, not only are they oversize for many ports, they are potental "poseiden" capsizing hulls, packed (oftentimes 5,000 plus) with out-of-shape seniors, as I am now myself! they are extremely lucky that the Costa disaster happened close onshore, and if not the death toll could have been in the thousands, and the captain was not as chivilrous as Cptn. Smith of Titanic fame! :omrdot.
Obvously in jest, as it would never happen. THe environmentalists were squealing like stuck pigs when 10 feet on either side of the existing causeway was taken for widening and improving the Stanley Park causeway as part of the rebuilt of the Lions Gate in the late 1990s. Plus on the north end is Squamish First Nations land so they would want compensation.
Downtown Vancouver does NOT need more traffic. The enviromentalists were not only "squealing" about the widened causeway, they were also concerned about the increase in traffic, and they're right.