Monday, September 17, 2018

Celebrity Reveals Edge's Grand Plaza

It's less than three months before Celebrity's “transformational” Edge enters service, and the line is continuing to reveal aspects of the ship. At the end of last week, it was The Grand Plaza, the “heart and soul” of the ship, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku.

The complete story appears in the September 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Stamp of Approval

If anyone is mailing you something from Australia, check the stamp. They may be mailing you a tiny picture of P&O's Pacific Explorer.

The Australian postage stamp is actually celebrating Norfolk Island which is a popular cruise destination, but it prominently features the P&O Australia ship, which is a regular visitor there.

Details appear in the September 17 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Majestic Princess Lands in Sydney

Majestic Princess arrived at Sydney for the first time on Saturday morning (their time) and became the largest ship Princess has ever operated in Australia at 143,700 tons.

The complete story appeared in the September 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

This B-roll includes several views of Majestic Princess arriving, including a spectacular "captain's eye" view from the bridge for the pre-dawn approach and berthing at the terminal.

Delayed Turnaround

Hurricane Florence will delay the turnaround of Grandeur of the Seas at on Saturday. To avoid the storm, Royal Caribbean will hold the ship at Port Canaveral until Saturday.

It will then set out for Baltimore, now scheduled to arrive on Sunday (September 16). They will delay the sailing of Saturday's cruise until Monday (September 17) and make it into a five-night cruise. It will sail to Halifax spending the day on September 19, and returning to Baltimore on Saturday, September 22, so it will be in position for the next cruise.

Other details appeared in the September 14 issue of Cruise News Daily.

An Award-Winning Performance

Last year, you may remember, we wrote about Carnival Elation picking up the captain of a shrimp boat that was sunk during Hurricane Irma. The other man aboard the boat was lost at sea, and the captain barely made it into the lifeboat.

For their bravery and humanitarian assistance, Captain Gigliotti and the crew of Carnival Elation were recognized this week with the Cruise Line Humanitarian Assistance Award from the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS), an organization whose mission is to provide worldwide support and assistance to volunteer maritime rescue services and recognize and honor extraordinary maritime rescues.

The complete story of the rescue appeared in the September 14 issue of Cruise News Daily.