Thursday, August 16, 2018

Doggone from Royal Caribbean

Fido (as well as Kitty, Porky and Mr Ed) is going to have to stay home. Even though you might be an emotional wreck sailing without him, Royal Caribbean has decided they have enough animals aboard their ships if you count service animals (like Seeing-Eye dogs) and the ones at the bar.

They have changed their policy and no longer allow passengers to bring emotional support animals of any kind. Animals which are “trained to perform a function for a person with a disability” are still allowed, of course, with proper documentation and arrangement.

The complete story appeared in the August 16 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Almost Ready

In less than a week, AIDAnova should be “out the door” at Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The yard has scheduled the ship to leave the covered building dock next Tuesday, August 21.

It's a big deal because AIDAnova is a big ship, 180,000 gross tons, and the first of class, powered with LNG.

Details appeared in the August 16 edition of Cruise News Daily.

There's No Time to Enjoy the View

Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships. On its eastern Caribbean itinerary, one of the ports of call is St. Thomas. With a very narrow channel, sailboats anchored in the harbor, a tight turn and just six feet of water below the keel, it's very challenging to maneuver the giant ship into “everyone's favorite port.” In the video below, the master explaining just how it's done every time the giant ship arrives.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Terminal to Increase Quebec's Capacity

Quebec is set to scoop up a lot of business, especially large-ship business, within two years' time. The port announced they will build a second cruise terminal, this one 100,000 square meters, to handle simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation (for turnarounds) of ships carrying 4,000-5,000 passengers.

The complete story appeared in the August 15 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

P&O Reveals Refurbished Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria is on her way back from dry dock in Singapore to her home port in Brisbane. During her time in dry dock, she received her new P&O Southern Cross livery as well as refurbishment to a number of areas of the ship.

Details appeared in the August 15 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Pacific Aria in its new Southern Cross livery

The Dome

The aft Oasis Pool
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