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* Bermuda Pier Work Now Won't Be Completed until December
In a story that was unfolding last week, it's becoming obvious that the
government of Bermuda has been promising what they cannot deliver in the
way of a completed pier at which Norwegian Breakaway can dock during the
island's summer cruise season. It seems to be part of the attitude we are detecting from
the island that despite the lip service about delivering an upscale
product to visitors, as long as visitors continue to come, the government
really doesn't care what the visitors experience. That attitude now seems
to be extending toward the cruise lines which call there.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know June 10 - CND subscribers also read
about crossing the Atlantic ... and Norwegian CEO staying around.
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* Ready to Begin - Cue the Music June 7 - Royal Princess made her
triumphant arrival into Southampton this morning in much less than perfect
weather, but once she arrived, she proved herself to be worthy of the name
Royal Princess. More
* Poll Shows Cruise Lines Have an Image Problem June 7 - Harris Interactive last month
polled 2,052 adult Americans about their feelings regarding their feelings
about going on a cruise and found, not surprisingly, that the cruise
industry now has an image problem. In general, people apparently have
concerns about safety and reliability. CND sees a little more to it,
* Belize Rejects NCL Proposal June 6 - Several weeks ago we told you
about Norwegian Cruise Line seeking approval to build a private island
experience in Belize on a small island, called Crawl Caye, off the
Placencia Peninsula in the southern part of the country. The government has rejected the proposal based on the
environmental impact large cruise ships would have on that area and
potential damage that could be done to the barrier reef.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know June 6 - CND subscribers also read
about something missing from the Tonys ... Duck! ... and Steiner extends
* Premium Onboard Experiences Evolving June 5 -
When alternative dining experiences in premium restaurants first began to
appear on cruise ships, it didn't take too long for some people to say it
was a way that cruise lines were just trying to maneuver people into
paying for meals. As time has gone on, that line of thought has dissipated
and the premium dining and imbibing experiences have become accepted, and
many people enjoy them several times during their cruise. For many though, it has become so accepted that these
experiences are something that they simply must check off their list of
doing everything there is to do on their cruise. As they have become a
major profit source for cruise lines, some of the restaurants have become
too expensive to just to check off a list.
We've begun to notice the start of a trend, however, that may
be responding to that. More
* Other Things You'll Want to Know June 5 - CND subscribers also read
about a first
timer ... and they're on
* Cunard and P&O Top Management Reorganized June 4 - Cunard announced some sweeping
management restructuring at Cunard and P&O Cruises this morning that
will have Peter Shanks and Carol Marlow departing Carnival UK at the end
of September. Gerard Tempest, chief commercial offer, will now head up
both brands. He will continue to be a member of the Carnival UK executive
team lead by CEO David Dingle. More
* Celebrity Cancels Second Galapagos Cruise June 4 - Celebrity Cruises has had to
cancel the June 9 sailing of Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos due
to the temporary suspension of their license to enter the National Park.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know June 4 - CND subscribers also read
about the Canadian porn season ... and a different type of medevac.
* Celebrity Xpedition Temporarily Prohibited from Galapagos June 3 - Celebrity Cruises canceled
this week's cruise aboard Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos Islands
when their license to enter Galapagos National Park was suspended. The
length of the suspension is still unknown, but Celebrity is still hoping
to resume operation with the June 9 sailing. Was it some safety regulation the ship was in violation
of? Or was it not meeting some rigorous environmental standard? Nope. They
had about 25 pounds of frozen lobster to serve to passengers, and that's
what's disrupting hundreds of passengers' trips to the Galapagos.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know June 3 - CND subscribers also read
... Mariner arrives in Asia ... Shanghai keesp growing ... and medevac
* More Trouble for Carnival's Reputation May 31 -
According to would-be passengers posting on Cruise Critic's message
boards, Carnival is canceling their bookings on Carnival Sunshine. The
cancellations have been on sailings since the refit ship left the yard in
Italy, and seem to be ongoing. The sailings themselves aren't being
canceled, but individual passengers are being bumped from the cruises. The
staterooms are being used for contractors who are aboard still finishing
work from the conversion of the ship from Carnival Destiny when many new
features were added to the ship.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 31 - CND subscribers also read
about Piraeus' new terminal ... end may be nearing for the SS United
States ... and a second pier for St. Kitts.
* Fincantieri Delivers Royal Princess May 30 - The Princess Cruises fleet is one ship bigger
tonight. Fincantieri delivered the 141,000-ton Royal Princess to Carnival
Corp today at their Monfalcone yard. More
* Royal Caribbean Orders Third Quantum-Class Ship May 30 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ordered a third
Quantum-class ship from Meyer Werft for their Royal Caribbean
International brand today. More
* Crossing Paths in Time May 30 - This Saturday marks a special anniversary in New
York Harbor. June 1 is the seventy-seventh anniversary of the
original Queen Mary's arrival there at the completion of her first
transatlantic crossing. Coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally), her
successor and Cunard's current flagship, Queen Mary 2, will arrive in
New York this Saturday, 77 years to the day after Queen Mary arrived for
the first time on June 1, 1936.
* Royal Caribbean Cancels Five More Sailings May 29 - Grandeur of the Seas moved
across the Freeport harbor this afternoon to the Grand Bahama Shipyard,
and at about the same time, Royal Caribbean was releasing a bushel of bad
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 29 - CND subscribers also read
about Costa celebrating Italian Republic Day ... and another special
day in Italy.
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referenced and was sent to subscribers.
June 7 - Royal Princess makes maiden arrival at Southampton. More/Larger
May 18 - Royal Princess has completed sea trials and has
returned to the yard where final preparations are being made for its handover. More/Larger
May 15 - Carol Marlow and David Dingle under the first section
of P&O's newest ship. More/Larger
Apr 25 - Norwegian Breakaway was handed over to Norwegian
Cruise Line today by Meyer Werft, giving us our first opportunity to see the
Mar 28 - Regal Princess sits ready for her float out at the
Fincantieri yard in Monfalcone. More/Larger
Mar 15 - Queen Elizabeth met Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor
on Tuesday evening. More/Larger
Mar 13 - Norwegian Breakaway leaves Meyer Werft. More/Larger
Mar 11 - The Wellness Oasis aboard AIDAstella delivered today
in Emden. More/Larger
Feb 26 - Norwegian Breakaway with its Peter Max hull art made
its debut at Meyer's Papenburg yard this morning. More
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