Friday, April 5, 2013

Royal Princess Meets Regal Princess

Royal Princess, which was returning from sea trials this week, and will enter service in June, passed by Regal Princess (which will enter service next year) in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone this week. This is the first time the twin ships have been in such close proximity.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Carnival Triumph Breaks Moorings

Last update April 3, 7:48pm

During high winds in Mobile this afternoon, Carnival Triumph broke its moorings at the BAE shipyard and drifted across the river, coming to rest against a cargo vessel. Tugboats and the US Coast Guard were called to the scene. The ship has now been secured, and tugboats remain alongside Carnival Triumph as a precaution.

A gash can be seen open on the ship's starboard aft side near near the stern well above the water line. Carnival says damage to the ship is limited.

Some outlets were originally reporting that two crew members had fallen into the water during the incident. Carnival says all Triumph crew members and contractors working aboard the ship have been accounted for. It is now understood that two shipyard employees unrelated to Carnival Triumph were blown into the water during the high winds. One was quickly recovered, but crews are still searching for the other one.

Details will appear in the April 3 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Royal Princess: The Ship with Something Extra

When Royal Princess takes to the sea in June, it will have something no other Princess ship has: seven horns programmed to play the first two bars of "The Love Boat" theme. They say it will get limited usage, perhaps just when leaving port, but it's sure to be a hit with Princess fans both aboard and on shore. In this video, you can hear the first public demonstration last week in the Monfalcone shipyard.