Sunday, May 3, 2015

Three Cunard Queens Meet at Southampton

Crowds watch Cunard's Three Queens depart Southampton
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Cunard's fleet met at Southampton today to mark the start of the line's 175th anniversary year celebration.

At the end of the day, they sailed out of Southampton in formation. The photo above show spectators watching at Calshot as Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth sail for New York, Guernsey and Hamburg respectively.

Photos courtesy or Cunard and James Morgan. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Three Cunard Queens Celebrate the Royal Birth

Cunard’s Three Queens heading for Southampton

Cunard Line's Three Queens - flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – are sailing together today (Saturday) toward Southampton where on Sunday they will arrive together to mark the start of Cunard’s 175th anniversary year.

Today, however, at noon they welcomed the new Royal Baby with a simultaneous sounding of the ships’ whistles (foghorns).

Cunard said that following the time-honored Magpie rhyme beginning "One for sorrow, Two for joy," the fleet sounded their whistles three times in unison, "Three for a girl (Four for a boy)."

Commodore of the Fleet and Master of Queen Victoria, Christopher Rynd said: “Cunard’s Three Queens are gathering in Southampton on Sunday to inaugurate the company’s 175 anniversary year in the UK. How wonderful to have the opportunity, at the same time, to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal baby girl, the fourth in line to the throne. On behalf of everyone at Cunard we would like to wish their Royal Highnesses all the happiness that a new arrival brings.”

Photo courtesy of Cunard Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thanks, but No Thanks

Ports around the world are vying for the opportunity to host a cruise ship, and more than anything they’d like to host one for a series of turnarounds. Now imagine one of the world’s largest cruise lines coming to a port unsolicited and offering them that opportunity for what will be their newest ship, and second largest type in the world carrying 5,000 passengers. Who would turn down an opportunity like that?

Auckland, New Zealand. That’s who!

It seems Auckland has decided to tell Royal Caribbean they can't host four turnarounds of Ovation of the Seas during the 2016-2017 season.

The complete story appeared in the May 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Life without Blue Men

Norwegian Epic arrived at its new home port of Barcelona this morning, but this is more of a change for the ship and Norwegian than its usual spring arrival in the Mediterranean.

Since it entered service, Norwegian Epic has split its time between seven-day winter programs in the Caribbean and seven-day summer programs in the Mediterranean. This summer will be no different, but this year when the fall comes, Norwegian Epic will be staying in Europe, because it will be permanently homeported at Barcelona. But that’s not the only change for Norwegian Epic. 

The complete story appeared in the April 30 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Passenger Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

Proving that the wheels of justice turn slowly, back in 2011 we reported on the case of a 20-year-old woman who was detained on St Maarten when a cabin steward aboard Carnival Dream found the dead body of a newborn infant under a bed in her stateroom.

Now three and a half years later the woman, now 24, is pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in a plea bargain in US district court in Indiana.

Details appeared in the April 30 edition of Cruise News Daily.