Cruise Ship News Archive - 2000
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Industry News - [28 Dec 2000]
The "Dolphin IV"
has been sold, to pay for debts, by a Panamanian court. For about
The "Superstar Leo" is going to be
renamed to "Norwegian Leo", for use by Norwegian Cruise Lines
in Hawaiian service.
Commodore Cruise Lines, has closed it's doors.
Until the completion of the Chapter 11
reorganization, in the spring of 2001.
Their ships will remain in lay up, in the New Orleans, LA, USA port, until
Industry News - [26 Dec 2000]
The P&O group is forced to sell its share in
a bulk goods carrier business. And loses half of the bulk carrier
The Norwegian Cruise Line is moving its "m/v
Norwegian Sea", from the Port of Houston, TX,
to Miami, FL.
Hawaii is in play for cruise activity. Norwegian
Cruise Lines, and United States Lines have made it known they want to have
their vessels in the warm Hawaiian waters.
The Commodore Cruise Line, Crown Cruise Line, and
their parent Cruise Co., have filed for Chapter 11.
All sailings are cancelled.
The Australian government is fighting to keep its
shipyards open. Government officials want to close them. Many
jobs are at stake on this decision.
Industry News - [22 Dec 2000]
Imperial Majesty Cruise Lines, will operate the "Big
Red Boat I" and the "Big
Red Boat II" from the now deceased
Premier Cruise Line.
There is a rumour circulating that the sunk former
Premier liner "SeaBreeze I"
may be refloated.
The UK shipyards
of Vosper ThomeyCraft, will make 650
The UK shipyards
of Cammell Laird are in discussion with Luxus to build 2
new 28,000 DWT cruise ships.
Contract discussion's continue with the Costa Line,
and Cammell Laird to lengthen their "Costa Classica".
Korean shipyards of Hitachi Zosen are reporting record
builds for the 2000 fiscal year.
Industry News - [20 Dec 2000]
Japanese citizens can now enjoy luxury cruising.
The "Fuji Maru", was opened to 200 public guests for inspection.
Six crew members of the "Broto", were
picked up after their cargo ship started to take on water. The ship
was rescued also.
Ebert & Roeper will host movie critic show aboard
the "Disney Wonder", in February, on the 1st to the 4th,
Industry News - [18 Dec 2000]
A tug boat and a dredge barge collided in the Houston
Ship Channel, on Monday morning, at about 6:00
AM CDT. Only one casualty was reported. All others are
reported safe at a local area hospital, after being thrown overboard.
The tug and the barge did not sink. The channel was re-opened
at 7:50 AM CDT.
Royal Caribbean International has received an extension
from the shipyard of Mayer-Werft in Papenberg. This will allow the
line sufficient time to make a final decision on whether or not to place
final orders for two (2) more Radiance
class vessels. If RCI does agree
to move forward, the two new builds will arrive in 2005
The "m/s Sovereign of The Seas", had
to cut short a cruise, after the ship lost partial power. The power
failure happened at 11:30 PM EDT.
The ships was 50 nautical miles off
the coast of Florida. The ship returned to Port Everglades
early at 6:00 AM EDT to offload passengers,
and make repairs.
Industry News - [16 Dec 2000]
The former Premier Cruise Liner "SeaBreeze
sank on Sunday at about 11:30 AM EDT.
The ship called in a S.O.S. saying
they had an engine failure, and were taking on water in the engine room.
Her 34 crew was rescued by the US
Coast Guards helicopters. The ship was 200
miles off the east coast of Virginia. The ship was in rough seas,
when she began to sank. The actual cause of the sinking is not yet
known. She lies in 4,300 feet
The "m/s Costa Riviera" had a mutiny
on Sunday, when she began to list. It is reported that she was awash
with sewage and diesel fuel. Passengers were rioting on the ship
to force the ships crew to do something about the problems. Passengers
were reporting, the ship was a "health hazard", and "...the ceiling in
one cabin had collapsed".
Industry News - [15 Dec 2000]
The Panama Canal Authority, is discussing an option
to possibly widen, and add to the existing Miraflores Lock system.
The proposed idea, would leave farmers in the area homeless, and flood
of acres of land. The authority says the existing lock system is
becoming inadequate to handle the growing shipping traffic and demands
on the locks. There is a need for a system to provide fresh water,
and widen the canal system, so that new larger ships may make use of the
availability of the canal, to pass from one ocean to another.
Carnival Cruise Lines, is going to enjoy a new first.
Their new "m/v Carnival Spirit" will have the cruise industry's
new smokeless diesel engine system. She
will be fitted initially with two of the injection systems. She is
expected in late
Other vessels can be easily modified to use this new system.
Off the coast of Norway, a cargo ship filled with
tons of frozen fish, ran aground, after an engine failure. She was
then adrift. In high winds and turbulent seas, she drifted into an
inlet, and run aground. Her
member crew was safely able to be air lifted by helicopter. No injuries
were reported. The ship "Green Alesund" was being towed
by two tug boats.
The cargo ship "Rokuei Maru", from
Japan, is transporting the remains of "spent" nuclear fuel (plutonium)
to a processing facility. Be careful!
A US Navy "slave
chaser" from 1850 that was wrecked
on an uncharted reef, has been found. The "Yorktown",
built in 1840, in Norfolk, VA, USA.
Her items will be auctioned off in London next week.
Industry News - [13 Dec 2000]
The US Navy's
"USS Cole" has returned to her home port of Pascagoula, MS;
for repairs to the bomb blast that harmed her and 17
members of her crew. Welcome home, and our condolences.
The Merseyside shipyard gives the axe to the jobs
of 250 of its workers, after talks
with Costa Crociere fall through. The shipyard of Cammell Laird was
supposed to have done a lengthening to the "Costa Classica",
but this is not to be the case.
Industry News - [11 Dec 2000]
A young man, age 27,
and his younger friend, age 15, were
picked up by the "m/s Sunbird", earlier this week, when they
were spotted drifting 200 miles into
the Caribbean. They were originally from Grenada. This ship's
hospital staff treated them for dehydration, and severe sunburn.
The two boys were taken to the island of Barbados.
In a scathing report posted by the American Bureau
of Shipping (ABS), and a number of
other maritime authorities. The newly filed report suggests that
the "S.S. Sun Vista" (former "m/v Galilee")
was in poor condition, and should not have been making cruises. The
report states that her machinery, and safety features were in questionable
shape, for a ship of her age. The "S.S. Sun Vista",
Sun Cruises Lines; sank on the 20th of May 1999, off
the coast of Malaysia.
Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Tropicale"
will be transferred to Costa Cruises in February of 2001.
On Sunday, the 10th, the container ship "BBC
Brazil", was attacked by 30+ foot seas, and suffered a 6 foot crack
in her hull. She was forced to leave the Cabot Straits, for
safety of Cape Breton, to make repairs.
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and your party.
Industry News - [9 Dec 2000]
Industry News - [6 Dec 2000]
It has been reported that ISP,
International Shipping Partners has made a play to acquire the former Premier
Cruise Lines ship "SeaBreeze I".
Industry News - [4 Dec 2000]
Carnival Cruise Lines' "m/v Carnival Triumph'
to carry an atmospheric / oceanographic device to monitor the conditions
of the worlds oceans.
Costa Cruises is going to aquaria the Holland America
Liner "Westerdam", at the end of her 2001 season, and she
will be renamed to "Costa Hiomerica".
Star Cruises has sold two of it's ships; the "Renaissance
she was sold to the Cruise West group, and will sail as the "Spirit
of Oceanus". The "Renaissance VI",
has been sold to Hebridean Island Cruises, and she will sail for them as
the "Herbridean Spirit".
The Seabourn liner "Seabourn Sun" has
cancelled her 9 Dec 2000 cruise. The reason has not yet been disclosed.
The Seabourn Cruise Line is a division of the Cunard Line, which is owned
by the Carnival Cruise Lines.
Royal Olympic Cruises liner "Stella Solaris",
had to cancel a voyage because of engine troubles. Passengers will
receive a full refund, and 50% off
of their future cruise..
The former Premier Cruise Lines' "SeaBreeze
who is currently under arrest in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been sold to
a New York bank, which has sold the vessel for scrapping in India or Pakistan.
Industry News - [2 Dec 2000]
The Captain of the NCL liner "m/v Norwegian
Dream" is being criticized for his poor judgement at sea.
In the accident last year, that his ship had in the English Channel, when
it struck the "Ever Decent".
Premier Cruise Lines, "m/s SeaBreeze
has been sold to a New York City bank for $1.75
million dollars, in a sealed bid.
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL),
has passed a mandate as recommended by the United States NationalTransportation
Safety Board. That all cruise ships who serve US waters must
have the "smoke alarms" installed. This is in the aftermath of several
incidents, involving fires aboard cruise ships that caused crew or passenger
The port of Dubai, has received it's first passenger
cruise ship, the "Ocean Majesty" on Friday. The port
has been planning to open to the cruise market for about three years now,
and has taken it's first reward.
The workers of the Bath Iron Works Shipyard, in Maine,
USA are facing layoff's at the end of an 8 week job strike.
The now deserted shipyard of Harland & Wolff,
in Belfast, Ireland is serving as a movie set for a film named "Puckoon".
The yards workers, are now serving as extras, painters, set & prop
Industry News - [29 Nov 2000]
A Chinese cargo ship sinks, there are
of her crew feared missing. The "Zhezhou 606" sank
in rough seas, at the mouth of the Yangtze River, in China. Only
1 survivor was found, and he reports
that their ship was tossed, taking on water, and sank quickly.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO)
is going to make a ruling, on weather ships will be compelled to install
a "black box" or not. This decision will change the way a maritime
tragedy is investigated. The IMO
is also looking into the option of requiring a ship identification system,
as well. If this goes forward, the rule will take effect on July
A federal court, has ruled against the state of Maryland,
who had been illegally discriminating against the organization of 'Project
Life'. The non-profit organization acquired an old hospital ship,
and had planned to use it to operate a drug abuse facility, was denied
a parking place by the Maryland State Port Administration. But the
Federal court has ruled it as a "illegal" act, which violates the "Federal
Americans with Disabilities Act". The Project Life may now use
their former hospital ship[ "Sanctuary".
Industry News - [17 Nov 2000]
Costa's technicians were escorted from the property,
when a deal to lengthen the "Costa Classica", fell through.
Her sister "Costa Romantica", was scheduled to be lengthened
next year. The dispute apparently is between the UK shipyard of Cammell-Laird
at Brinkenhead. The reason for the cancellation of the contract is
that the yard was not on the schedule.
"m/s Patriot", the former "Nieuw
Amsterdam" of Holland-America Line, arrived in Los Angeles, for
her one day press cruise.
The Premier Cruise Line ships are to be sold.
"Rembrandt", "Big Red Boat I",
and "Big Red Boat III"
will be sold by tender, as pursuant to the order of the court.
The vessels are currently being berthed in Freeport, Bahamas.
Industry News - [13 Nov 2000]
The cargo ship on the Great Barrier Reef, is now
floating again. It took four tugs at high tide to remove her from
the reef. It is reported that she is carrying "dangerous" cargo items.
She is being towed to Sydney, Australia.
The Exxon / Mobil
Corp is under fire from the ecological groups, for ordering the construction
of a single hulled design.
The company states that they feel there is no problem
in doing this. And they report that the market is currently using
about 70% single hulled designs.
The many oil spills, and other tanker related disasters, would have been
greatly lessened if a double hull design was in use.
On the 14th of November there was a collision in
the Pearl River, between a Norwegian ship and a Chinese tanker. The
tanker sank following the collision, and the Norwegian ship went on to
its destination. The Hong Kong authorities are already investigating
An Iranian shipyard is slated to be given an opportunity
to construct some container ships, and some passenger ships.
The Dubai Drydock has been awarded a contract to
maintain two container ships.
There is more reports coming around about the saga
of the former Premier Cruise Lines. Some of the lines ships
have been sold. The order is from the Federal Bankruptcy courts.
The Dutch have shown an interest in the former Holland
America liner "Rotterdam" (V 1959).
The ship is laid up at Freeport, Bahamas. The "S.S. Rembrandt"
is currently up for sale.
The remaining Premier fleet is here: "Seawind
Crown" - Barcelona, Spain; "SeaBreeze" - Halifax,
Nova Scotia; "Big Red Boat I"
- Freeport, Bahamas; "Big Red Boat III"
- Freeport, Bahamas. The "Big Red Boat II"
has been chartered out to Big Red Boat II
Ltd. And will operate from the Port Canaveral, FL area. She
has sailed from New York to her new home port of Port Canaveral for maintenance,
and then off to charter service.
Industry News - [6 Nov 2000]
It it rumoured that the former Premier Cruise Line
ship "Big Red Boat II"
is sailing from New York to the Bahamas. To join some of her sisters.
Earlier this past week, P&O/Princess Cruises,
made an announcement that it will be postponing the construction of a new
vessel. This comes in the wake of an election, and falling stock
Industry News - [3 Nov 2000]
Cunard announced from London today, that they
have signed the contract with Alstom-Chantiers to begin building their
new project "Queen Mary 2" trans-Atlantic ocean liner.
She will debut in the fall of 2003.
The crew of Royal Caribbean's' "m/s Splendour
of The Seas" was given an award this past week for their heroic
rescue of the 11 crew members, who
were stranded, when their 250' cargo
ship, "Capricorn" that sank, last December.
Norwegian Cruise Lines is not planning to renew the
contract for Steiner-Leisure. Steiner-Leisure used to handle all
of the shipboard spa services.
Industry News - [31 Oct 2000]
The British shipbuilder Cammell-Laird, has received
an order for two cruise new ships, the first to be built in the UK in
over 25 years. The yard has applied
to the British Ministry for financial aid to start the project.
On the 12 of
October, the "m/s Universe Explorer" was in a collision with
the "Lilium", a container ship. Neither ship was in
any danger of sinking. The damage to both ships is at 40'
above the waterline. No injuries were reported. The accident
had happened in Vietnamese waters, so their government is investigating.
Industry News - [27 Oct 2000]
The former P & O liner "Oriana"
of 1960, is up for sale. Or rather,
a share of it's interest is up for sale. The vessel is in Shanghai,
China. She was serving as a floating hotel/casino ship.
The "Regal Empress" of Regal Cruises
suffered a delay. A passenger thought that the ship was aground,
and called on a cell phone to say that the vessel was aground on a sandbar,
and the Coast Guard came to investigate. The actual problem was the
one of the ships engines, had dropped a piston, and the ship stopped for
repairs. The vessel, it's crew and passengers were in no danger at
any time, while the ship was at anchor.
Industry News - [22 Oct 2000]
The "S.S. Catalina" was almost re-floated.
The SSCPA needs more funding, ALOT more! If they are to raise her
successfully. If you can help, or know someone who can, ask them
to participate. Visit
Catalina.Org for details.
The ill fated crew members of the former Russian
nuclear submarine, "Kursk" have started to be removed from
their watery graves. A dead officers note tells, that the crew was
alive and that they could have been saved, if their Naval authorities had
allowed outside help, to affect a proper rescue, they would have lived.
Industry News - [20 Oct 2000]
Well, do to absolute stupidity, and carelessness
on the part of her former owners. The "S.S. Britanis",
has sunk. She is 50 nautical
miles west of Cape Town. South Africa. She had developed a 30
degree list and sank. She went finally down at
7:04 PM-GMT Cape Town time. This is very saddening.
She will be missed. She is slated not to be raised, and to become
an artificial reef.
On the 17th of October the "m/v Explorer of
The Seas" leaves her pier to cross the Atlantic, and come to New
York. Her trip was filled with 40 foot seas, and broken windows.
Oddly, just like the P&O "m/s Oriana" about four weeks
As of October 15th, the announcement by Star Cruises,
to trade their "Superstar Leo" for "S.S. Norway"
has come. The "S.S. Norway" is supposed to be used
as an Asian based "gambling ship". We want Star to know, we highly
object to this distasteful practice of trading ships, and the whole inferior
move idea. "S.S. Norway" fans write Star Cruises and
The stranded crew of the "T.S.S. Seawind Crown"
is stranded in barcelona, Spain. They have been there for about a
month now. They remain under "seizure" by the port authority.
And the crew is needing to be paid, and given tickets to fly home.
The situation onboard the ships is deteriorating badly. And the crew
is in danger of having a mutinous riot. They need your help, legally,
politically, and financially to over come this terrible problem.
On the 4th of October the "m/v Explorer of
The Seas" leaves her builder for Southampton. For her press revue.
Industry News - [12 Oct 2000]
Princess Cruises, has announced that they will be
building five new ships, expected for delivery in 2004. The new builds
will be built at a yard to be selected. The new builds are to be
named: "Coral Princess", "Diamond Princess",
"Island Princess", "Sapphire Princess", "Star
Princess". We are looking forward to their arrival.
Industry News - [9 Oct 2000]
The "S.S. Britanis" is now in the African
waters off the Cape Town coast. She was towed there across the Atlantic
by her tug "Irbis", in late September.
A youth activities Coordinating aboard the "S.S.
Norway" was arrested by the FBI
and charged with sexually assaulting a 12
old girl, while the ship was out at sea.
Industry News - [4 Oct 2000]
Word has it, that the Norwegian Cruise Lines' "S.S.
Norway", will be moving to Asia in the fall of 2001. The
port will be named later. Everybody firmly protest this, make
them keep her here! She is special, and totally irreplaceable!
Industry News - [3 Oct 2000]
Holland America's "m/s Veendam" suffered a short overnight
power failure, during a return trip from Portland, OR.
The power was out for about 3 hours over night. It went out at around
Two major United Kingdom shipyards to lay-off workers. The shipyards
of Harland & Wolff, and Vosper ThomeyCraft will lay-off workers.
H&W will cut its work force by
half, as will ThomeyCraft. The work cuts will be active by the end
of the year, and early in 2001.
Industry News - [2 Oct 2000]
Princess Cruises, has announced they will operate
their fleet off of the local power, when the ship are in the Juneau
port area. In a bold move, the company wants to comply with the residents
of the Juneau, Alaska area by shutting the engines of its fleet off, when
they are in port.
The Carnival Corp., who know wholly owns the Costa
Cruises, has signed a letter of intent with Fincantieri Cantieri Navali
S.p.A shipyard in Genoa, Italy to build to 105,000
GRT vessels, that will be similar to the "Carnival Triumph"
type of ship.
Industry News - [30 Sep 2000]
Another chartered Greek ferry sinks, with
passengers and 7 crew. One US
elderly passenger dies after the sinking. Greek authorities have grounded
the Greek fleets. The vessels operating licenses have been suspended
until the fleet owners bring the fleets up to code. This suspension
is for 20 days. If the operators do not comply, the licenses will
be revoked permanently. The vessel was the "Zeus III".
Carnival's "m/s Celebration" has made
its first inaugural trip from its new home port of Galveston, Texas.
Skipper in Greek ferry sinking with 66 counts.
Additional charges are pending, and the other crew members will be also
Industry News - [29 Sep 2000]
In Olbia, Sardinia, ten ancient Roman ships were
found, they are believed to be from the 5th century. Archaeologists
are working to study the wrecks. It is believed they were burned
and plundered by the conquering Europeans.
Two cargo ships collided yesterday off the coast
of Sweden, the Bahamas registered "Geta", collided with the
German registered "Graneborg". The ship was on its
way from Karlshamn, Sweden, to Gdansk, Poland. The
six crew members of the stricken "Geta" were rescued by Coast
China to build a waterway to Hong Kong. The
project will link China's Shenzhen City in south China's Guangdong rovince
and neighbouring Hong Kong. The project will reportedly be underway
by the end of this year.
Industry News - [28 Sep 2000]
The P & O liner "m/s Oriana", while
en-route to a yacht in distress, was struck on her port side, by a 40
foot tidal wave The subsequent proved dangerous, it broke the windows of
three staterooms, and injured 3 passengers, and 1 crew member. The
wave was so intense it flooded staterooms, and flowed down the ships central
stairway. She was 600 mi.off the coast of Cork, Ireland, at the time
of the accident.
The "Big Red Boat II",
rumours of its possible move to Europe, are reportedly false.
The "Crown Princess" is scheduled to
be transferred to the Aida Cruises operator in 2002.
The "Carnival Victory" had an accident
with a Pier and caused about $800 worth of damage to it. The ships
suffered only minor damage. Apparently, Carnival chose not to use
the aid of a tug to depart. This incident took place in New York
on the 24th.
Industry News - [25 Sep 2000]
Tuesday a ferry struck a rock and sank. This
rock has a beacon on it that can be seen about seven miles. The crew
has been placed under arrest by the Greek authorities. The ferry
had over 510 passengers and crew onboard
at the time of the sinking. The ferry now lies on the bottom of the
Aegean Sea. Of the many survivors 40
souls may have died. The ferry is a 450';
GRT. It was the "Express Samina" and hit the
Portes Islet rocks and sank.
Industry News - [22 Sep 2000]
The National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA)
has assisted in the rescue and refloat of a national treasure. The
"CSS Hunley" a vessel from the American Civil War of the
1860's has now been salvaged.
She was sunk on 02/17/1864. She
was archeologically raised on 08/18/2000.
Nice job guys!
The "R.M.S. Carpathia" has been officially
declared found. The shipwreck is on the east coast of Ireland.
And is sitting in 514 feet of
water. The NUMA agency is planning to release a video documentary
to the Canadians very soon. A side scan sonar wreck survey has already
Where are they now? The former ships of the
Premier Cruise Lines. The former fleet is scheduled to be sold at
public auction for the payment of the former lines debts. Pricing
for the fleet is slated to between $13 and $25 million dollars.
- "Big Red Boat I"
is in Freeport, Bahamas.
- "Big Red Boat II"
is in the Navy Homeport of Staten Island, NY..
- "Big Red Boat III"
is in Freeport, Bahamas.
- "Rembrandt" is in Nassau, Bahamas.
- "SeaBreeze I"
is in Halifax, Nova Scotia under arrest.
- "Seawind Crown" is at Palma, and
was seized by the Pullmantours operator there.
Industry News - [16 Sep 2000]
Industry News - [14 Sep 2000]
Premier Cruise Lines has officially stopped all public
service. It's fleet has been impounded by their local port authorities.
Almost 3,000 passengers were stranded
in foreign countries on late Thursday night. The passengers and crews
were forced to evacuate the vessels that they were travelling on.
The line is co-operating with their insurers, and mortgage holders.
This move comes after news of the lines insolvency. Armed escorts
were sent to remove all monitory funds from the fleet. The lines
lending holder is paying for the passengers flights back to their original
Industry News - [12 Sep 2000]
There is a report that the Premier Cruise Lines has
ceased its operations. And that all of their fleet has been ordered back
to their home port locations. This is coming as quite a shock.
Cape Canaveral Cruise Lines has pulled their "Dolphin
IV" out of active service.
She is currently in drydock for repairs. The company indicates
that the ship had a corroded tank problem. And that they are seeking investors
to acquire another vessel by October this year. We hope all goes well.
Industry News - [8 Sep 2000]
Princess Cruises has floated out their new "m/s
Golden Princess" at the Fincantieri Shipyards in Italy. She
is expected for a May 2001 delivery. Congrats & Welcome!
Industry News - [7 Sep 2000]
For those of you that are following the life saving
efforts for the "S.S. Catalina", she will be refloated on
either late Friday or early Saturday. She must be moved out of the
Ensenada harbour before the end of September. Good luck!
Princess Cruises "TSS Fair Princess"
to be sold for $15.5 million dollars.
She will become a casino/hotel in Hong Kong.
Carnival Corp. names new "Spirit" class ship, the
Carnival Miracle. We anxiously await her arrival...
Industry News -
A new plan of possible salvation has come for the
"S.S. Britanis" she is under tow by her tug Iris. Hopefully
all of the plans will successfully work out.
Celebrity Cruises says that they will be sending
their "m/v Millenium", back to her builders for repairs in
November. This is being done to offset a problem with an unknown
vibration, while the ship is at sea. She will have a special buffer
Industry News -
The "S.S. Britanis" is anchored off
Brazil, while she is inspected by her insurers, after repairs for leakage
in her aft areas. She is on route to be scrapped. Once she passes
the Cape of Good Hope, it will be too late. Someone hurry, and please
save her! This 1931 built beauty is in danger!
Industry News -
Carnival Corp. has purchased the remaining half of
its ownership in Costa Cruises. This will give the Carnival
Corporation a full arm of control on Costa, and its affairs.
This is all subject however to the approval of the shareholders of the
original seller, British operator Airtours.
Reports indicate, that the new Holland-America vessel
"m/s Amsterdam" will be joining her sisters in the Holland-America
fleet shortly. Congrats and Welcome!
As part of an ongoing preventative maintenance program,
the "m/s Elation", will be excused from service on the late
end of October through to the first part of November. This is in
response to the problems that occurred with the sister ship "m/s
Paradise" back in July. The ships AziPod drive system will
be the main focus of the work.
Divers are still attempting to rescue the stricken
submarine in the former Soviet Union. Many efforts to help rescue
the men trapped beneath the waves have failed. We wish them the best
of luck, and our hearts go out to their families.
On friday last (08/18) the Carnival ship "m/s
Holiday", had a woman disappear at about 11:00
AM. She was later found at about 1:30 am. The woman's
body, was picked up by the rescue party sent to locate her. Our condolences.
This past week, the Carnival Corp. took delivery
of it's newest vessel; the "m/v Carnival Victory". Congrats
|A Public Safety Service Announcement Courtesy
Century Ocean Liners
Passengers Jumping From Cruise Ships -
To all passengers onboard cruise ships.
DO NOT JUMP or attempt to leave the vessel, in any other fashion,
whilst it is in motion, if you try any other method, other than that of
disembarkation at the pier, no one can be responsible for your life.
The water wake and undertow of a cruise ship will ABSOLUTELY
pull you under the water and against the ships hull. A ship is travelling
at a speed of 15-20 knots, or about
20-25 mph, it doesn't seem like much,
but its very dangerous! You will be crushed, drowned and killed if
you try this foolish act. The passenger deck space of most modern
cruise ships is well OVER 60
feet up from the water. The propellers are usually over 20
feet in diameter, and typically weigh around 20-110
tons each, and are turning over 50-75
RPM. There is NO way you can survive a fall into these conditions.
Please DO NOT try to do any of this.
This is REAL LIFE,
not the movies. If you jump off of a ship you will lose your life.
The propellers will cut you to ribbons, and the odds are very likely
you will impact the rudder(s) and die. SO DON'T DO THIS!
Industry News -
Industry News -
A Russian nuclear submarine is trapped below the
waves at a depth of about 480'.
She is currently experiencing a problem and is not able to surface.
Apparently, the US sub rescue ships are not compatible with their Soviet
counterparts. The crew is reportedly still alive, and is working
to remedy the problem. A rescue attempt is being made by the Russian
Carnival's "m/v Elation" had a missing
passenger, on the 31st of July. The 42 year ol man was found absent
at about 2:30 AM, the next morning,
he had not been seen since 11:30 pm the prior evening, in the ships casino.
No trace of the missing male passenger has been found. The FBI is
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is reporting that the
"m/s Explorer of The Seas" will be in New York on October
16th. For her inaugural festivities. She is identical
to her sister "m/s Voyager of The Seas". Congratulations!
We look forward to seeing and sailing aboard her very soon.
Industry News - [25
This past week the "Global Mariner"
was sunk in a collision with the "Atlantic Crusader".
No fatalities were reported.
The original "Union-Castle Line" has
decided to return to business, after a 23 year sabbatical. Welcome
The "R.M.S. Titanic" yields yet another
incredible find, a leatherette perfume case, with it's contents in tact,
and soft scent of the original perfume still remains... Wow!
Problems with the damping systems, that are on the
"m/v Millenium", of Celebrity Cruises, may force her
to return to her builders in St. Nazaire, France. The company's officials
are working closely with experts from the Chantiers de l'Atlantique
shipyard who built her to resolve this issue.
Carnival's "m/v Tropicale",
had an engine room fire, and thusly the ship was left without power, and
was adrift. She had to be towed back to port for repairs. Her
passengers were sent home with a refund, and a discount...
Industry News - [20
The "m/s Deutschland" passengers are
killed, when their flight on the Air France Concorde crashes into
a Paris hotel.
The 109 passengers and 9 crew are killed. Mostly
German residents, the flight crew, and one American citizen.
If you need to contact the Concorde's operator, go to [Air
France]. Or call 1-(800): 874-0097 (US). And in
France at +33-1-4337-3150. For info on Concorde flight AF-4590.
Our condolences to all.
Congratulations go out to Celebrity Cruises, for
their new comer "Summit". Welcome! She will debut
in the fall of 2001.
The "S.S. Bluenose" is going to the
breakers. And a possible late bidder may save her life. If
not she will be broken up in Tuxpin, Mexico.
Carnival Cruise Lines, had some stowaways on two
of their ship, the "m/v Ecstasy", and the "m/v Sensation".
Each had stowaways on board. The "m/v Ecstasy" had
a group of ten Haitian nationals and the "m/v Sensation"
had a nine year old male, who was Autistic stowing away on board.
All of the Haitian nationals were handed over to the
Immagration and Naturalization Service (INS),
in Miami, FL. The young boy was returned to his family.
The "Delta Queen" was raided this past
week. ATF, state troopers, and
local city police boarded the ship and took more than 3,600 bottles of
alcohol, that was reported not properly paid for. The line owner
says it is something they have never heard of. The incident, occurred
whilst the ship was on a "Civil War" cruise in Tennessee.
Industry News -
The "m/v Paradise" from Carnival Cruise
Lines, had one of its AziPod drive units fail. And will make a brief
stop at the Newport News Shipyard, in Virginia for repairs. She will
return to service on the 13th of August 2000.
There is renewed hope and interest in the "S.S.
Britanis", there are two possible California business' interested
in the old girl. Way to go! Let's save the precious treasures!
The "S.S. Funchal", had a power failure,
while at Gibralter, and had to cancel its cruise. She will return
to service on the 26th of July.
Industry News - [14
A Norwegian ferry sinks; only 10 survivors found.
492 feared to be dead.
The "Chaya Bahari" is now gone.
The "S.S. Britanis" is being towed
to Pakistan this week for scrapping. She will has left Tampa and
Cunard's "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2",
had an accident in New York, as she collided with a pier and 2 ships there.
There were no reports of any serious damage or injuries.
Also, "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2", was
found to be carrying some strayed Pigeons, who were involved in a cross-channel
race. The Pigeons were subsequently missing for some four weeks now.
Industry News - [29
The former "Transval Castle", while
being assisted by a tug, which was at her stern, was sunk when it came
into contact with one of the ships propellers. Which apparently must
have cut the bottom of the tug open. That propeller was also subsequently
damaged by the incident. The trip for Premier Cruise Line's "Big
III" was cancelled
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's m/s "Voyager
of The Seas", carried the worlds record for a commercial passenger
vessel this past week. The record is 3,608 passengers. Her
max occupancy is 3,475.
Harland and Wolff Limited. of Belfast, has obtained
talks to build some new ocean liners and cruise ships.
The "Orient Princess", is no longer
serving as a floating gambling center. She has been placed under
arrest by the government at marker buoy
She used to serve in this role in Hong Kong.
The "Big Red Boat III"
gets off to a slow start for Premier. But we will give her a chance.
Industry News - [12
Niew Amsterdam has a small fire in the crew quarters,
the fire was contained and extinguished. She returned to port for
repairs. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
P&O's "Oriana" was involved with
a rescue at sea. The container ship "Orsay" sank during
a storm, and stranded 9 of it's crew in the ocean. Oriana picked
them up and took them to shore.
P&O's m/v "Aurora", has a breakdown
on her maiden voyage. Returns to port for repairs, apparently she
had overheated an engine bearing. And she has had this fixed.
And is readying for her next cruise.
On April 1st, the news reports that Cunard's project
"Queen Mary 2", will be built in France. By the yard
that made the "T.S.S. Normandie" for the French Line.
Chantiers de l'Atlantique, got the contract.
On Mar 22nd, the former "S.S. Stefan Batory"
arrives in Turkey, to be scrapped. This job will take about 6 months
to complete. She will be missed.
On Feb 24th, the former "Edinburgh Castle",
becomes Premiers "Big Red Boat II".
Industry News - [1
Carnival's "Celebration", had a fire
in a generator room, 100 miles, off
the coast of Montego Bay, while she was bound for the island. She
was on a regular 7 day cruise.
The fire was quickly extinguished, and power and propulsion was quickly
restored, and she went on to Montego Bay as planned. Her passengers
were disembarked, and their tickets were promptly refunded, and they were
flown back home to New Orleans, LA.
Welcome to the 21st century!
Other Industry News -
for information on the project "Queen Mary 2" that the Cunard
Line is working on.
In The News -
There are rumours going around, that the "S.S.
United States" may be sold again. Its a real shame, they
just won't fix her up, fit her out, and return her to service. That
would be really nice.
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