- RCI Grandeur Being Repaired in Curacao
- RCI Grandeur Loses Power at Sea
- Princess Adds To Canada Program
- Weekend Cruise News 10-27-00
- Carnival Streamlines Destiny Embarkation
- Renaissance Asia Cruises
- Weekend Cruise News 10-20-00
- Cruise West Expands To Asia
- Princess Adds Live Wedding Cam
- Weekend Cruise News 10-13-00
- Celebrity Delays Infinity 1 Month
- New Holland America Cruises From San Diego
- NCL to Send the Norway to Asia
- Weekend Cruise News 10-6-00
- Veendam Loses Power Near Portland
- Norway Crew Member Arrested
10-31-00 RCI Grandeur Being Repaired in Curacao Grandeur of the Seas has been towed to Curacao where repairs are being made to the electrical board which caused the ship to lose power early Tuesday. All air conditioning, lighting and plumbing functions were fully restored by 10:45am but power to the propulsion system was still out. Once power is restored the ship is expected to remain on its original itinerary including a day at sea and visits to St. Maarten and St. Thomas before returning to San Juan on Saturday. Passengers are said to be in good spirits. Back to Top
10-31-00 RCI Grandeur Loses Power at Sea Royal Caribbean International's 2,040-passenger Grandeur of the Seas lost power today (Oct. 31) while cruising 7.5 miles outside Curacao, near Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean. Officers immediately connected to emergency generators to provide lighting and soon air conditioning, lighting and plumbing functions were restored. Tugboats from nearby Willemstad, Curacao will tow the ship into port by 2:00 p.m. today. Royal Caribbean is flying its own technicians to Curacao by chartered jet. The company has yet to announce whether passengers will fly home or be able to continue on their cruise if the ship is repaired. Back to Top
10-30-00 Princess Adds To Canada Program In 2001, Princess will double the number of ship sailing on the annual New England/Canada Fall foliage cruises and add a new itinerary. For the first time, two ships will be positioned in this area, the Royal Princess and Crown Princess. Royal Princess will sail the line's traditional 10-day route between New York and Montreal, visiting Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Quebec with cruising on the Saguenay River. Crown Princess' new itinerary from Boston includes new ports -- Portland, Maine and Sydney, Nova Scotia -- plus Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax and Quebec. For additional information contact local travel agents. Brochures may be obtained by calling (800) PRINCESS. Back to Top
10-27-00 Weekend Cruise News ***Explorer of the Seas arrived in her home port of Miami on Wednesday. The largest cruise ship in the world at 142,000 grt, Explorer of the Seas is home to a $10million art collection which includes a $600,000 celebrity art section featuring works by Tony Curtis, Anthony Quinn, Billy Dee Williams, Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Henry Miller and Peter Falk. Explorer of the Seas is also equipped with the cruise industry's first oceanographic and atmospheric laboratories, which will be staffed by research scientists from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Entertainment options onboard RCI's newest vessel include an ice skating rink, a rock climbing wall 200 feet above sea level, an inline skating track, a golf course and golf simulator; a basketball court and one of the largest casinos afloat.
***The cruise lines of P&O have been demerged and now operate as P&O Princess Cruises, plc. The recent announcement that Crown Princess will be transferred to Aida cruises in 2002 is one example of the new company's plan to move ships between brands in response to the needs of cruise passengers. Princess has an intensive newbuild program, with six ships to be delivered by June 2004 which allows flexibility within the fleet. P&O Princess, plc includes P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Swan Hellenic, and in Germany, Aida Cruises and Seetours International. The new company began trading on the New York and London Stock Exchanges under the symbol POC, on Monday, October 23.
***Silversea Cruises has joined British Airways in raising funds for UNICEF. Passengers on board Silversea ships will be able to donate their unused local currency at the Purser's Desk, in specially printed UNICEF envelopes. The money collected will be sent to UNICEF via British Airways from Silversea's worldwide ports or call. British Airways has the same program on board its international flights.
***The Britanis has sunk, 50 miles off Cape Town while under tow to a breakers yard in India. One of the oldest passenger ships in existence, Britanis entered service in 1932 as Matson Lines' Monterey for the San Francisco-Honolulu run. During her illustrious career she was host to celebrities and politicians as well as serving as a troop ship in World War II. More recently Britanis sailed for Chandris Fantasy cruises before suffering severe damage during a fire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1994 while under charter to the U.S. Government. Recent efforts to save the ship and turn her into a hotel in San Francisco had failed. Britanis developed a leak in the aft section while enroute from Salvador, Brazil to Cape Town. The damage was deemed too costly to repair and she was allowed to sink.
***A new cruise ship order has been placed with Harland & Wolff of Belfast, Ireland, builders of the Titanic. Luxus Holdings of Miami has signed a letter of intent with the company for two futristically designed 28,000 grt. passengers ships.
***Crew still on board the ships of Premier Cruises have had mixed success in receiving back wages, severance and repatriation costs. Assisted by the International Transport Workers' Federation, (ITF) the crew of the SeaBreeze filed suit in Halifax, Nova Scotia to receive payment ahead of other creditors. Canadian courts have succeeded in recovering $1.4 million for the SeaBreeze crew. ITF are assisting the crews of the Rembrandt, Big Red Boat I (Oceanic) and Big Red Boat III (IslandBreeze) which are tied up in the Bahamas. The chartered Big Red Boat II (Edinburgh Castle) remains in New York where owners have delayed a sale until November 6. Seawind Crown is in Barcelona and little has been done to assist the crew of the vessel. They have started their own web site (www.help260seawindcrew.com) in the hope of drawing attention to their plight. The crew have been stranded for 40 days and are having to rely on provisions donated by other ships and the port. Back to Top
10-26-00 Carnival Streamlines Destiny Embarkation Carnival Cruise Lines has succeeded in streamlining the embarkation process for Carnival Destiny sailings from San Juan, by utilizing wireless technology. A hand-held computer system is used by roving embarkation agents who can greet guests at the airport, in hotels, at bus terminals and any other locale in San Juan. By entering the passenger information and issuing a boarding pass on the spot, passengers are then free to board Carnival Destiny as soon as they arrive at the pier. The success of the program has prompted Carnival to consider using the system at other home ports. Back to Top
10-23-00 Renaissance Asia Cruises Renaissance Cruises has announced its 2001/2002 Asia itinerary, scheduled Nov. 14, 2001 through February 23, 2002. Sailing between Singapore and Hong Kong, the 15-day, four-country Far East voyages will feature an overnight stay in each port including the first and last. Additional ports of call include Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Guanghou (Canton). Per person, double occupancy rates start at $1,999; low-cost air addons are available. Renaissance's Asia voyages are scheduled on the 685-passenger R1 and R8, which features single, open seating in four restaurants, a casual dress policy and a no-smoking policy. Reservations and additional information may be obtained by contacting local travel agents; or, visit www.renaissancecruises.com . Back to Top
10-20-00 Weekend Cruise News *** Explorer of the Seas arrived in New York City on Wednesday following a transatlantic voyage. At 142,000 grt and carrying 3,114 passengers, RCI's newest vessel is the largest cruise ship in the world. She is being well received by the media and travel agents. Sister to Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas has a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and a 1,350 seat theatre. Godmother is athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee who will christen the ship at naming ceremonies in New York on Saturday.
*** United States Lines acquired its new ship on Wednesday when the Nieuw Amsterdam was transferred to the new line from Holland America. The ceremony took place about 17 miles off the Oregon coast. Renamed ms Patriot, the ship will undergo extensive refurbishing at Cascade General shipyard in Portland, Oregon before heading for Honolulu to sail year-round on 7-night Hawaii cruises, commencing December 9. The classic liner, Independence of sister company, American Hawaii Cruises will continue to sail year 'round 7-night cruises from her new homeport of Kahalui, Maui from November 11, 2000.
*** Construction of St. Maarten's megapier is nearing completion. Vessels will start to dock at the new facility from December with the official grand opening set for January 27, 2001. Some ships will still have to anchor at Philipsburg on Wednesday and Thursday which are the busiest days for cruise ship visits to St. Maarten.
*** Holland America Line will send its newest ship, the Amsterdam to Europe next summer along with the Rotterdam and Noordam. A total of 52 cruises will be offered sailing on 27 fabulous itineraries ranging from 10 to 22 days in length. The ships will cruise the Baltic, Mediterranean, Greek Islands Western Europe, Holy Land and Black Sea. New ports of call include Ceuta, Morocco; Loutraki, Greece; Pithagorian, Samos in the Greek Islands and Cartagena, Spain. The Flagship Forum Lecture Series will operate on all cruises in Europe with respected authorities speaking on European history, art and architecture, archaeology, literature and music. The Europe season will operate between the April and November transatlantic cruises.
*** Cruise lines continue to change their itineraries due to recent events in the Middle East. RCI has altered the itinerary of Legend of the Seas' November 18 cruise. The 17-night cruise, part of the Royal Journeys program, will not make port calls in Haifa and Ashdod, Israel, or Aqaba, Jordan. Instead, the ship will visit Kusadasi, Turkey, on Nov. 19, and Santorini, Greece, on Nov. 20, and spend an additional day at sea. Passengers will be notified by their travel agents about the change. Any questions regarding the changes can be directed to the RCI help desk at 1-888-263-3484. NCL's Norwegian Dream dropped Haifa and Ashdod from its October 15 cruise and is monitoring the situation for future cruises.
*** Baseball fans following the World Series will be interested in Norwegian Cruise Line's Baseball cruise on board the Norway, December 9. Hall of Fame members Lou Brock, Fergie Jenkins, Brooks Robinson "Brooksie", Bob Feller and Earl Weaver will be on board the 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami. Baseball legends joining the cruise include Dave Winfield, Jeff Reardon, Tony Oliva, Rick "Goose" Gossage and Eldon Aucker. Dave Campbell of ESPN will be the announcer for the cruise. More details can be found at the Norwegian Cruise Line web site at www.ncl.com.
*** The Mississippi Queen of Delta Queen Steamboat Co. celebrates her 25th birthday in 2001. The 382-foot-long, 416 passenger paddlewheeler was designed by the Late James Gardner, designer of Cunard's QEII and was built in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The world's biggest calliope, or steam-powered piano, is found on board with 44 gold-plated, solid brass pipes. Mississippi Queen makes an inaugural call at historical Charleston, West Virginia next August as part of Delta Queen Steamboat Co.'s expanded itineraries for 2001. Two Veterans' reunion cruises will be held on board, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. These cruises will combine Big Band music with personal insights from veterans of America's wars. Mississippi Queen hosts many other theme cruise throughout 2001. See a complete listing on CruiseMates Theme Cruise page.
*** Royal Carribbean International is redesigning its menus for all ships under the guidance of Rudi Sodamin, master chef and director of culinary development. With a culinary team from 50 nations, new dishes have been created for specific itineraries, using ingredients found locally. Some menus give interesting culinary information from a particular region. The new Culinary Series menus are available for purchase in souvenir versions.
*** Holland America Line is adding Internet centers to all its ships by the end of 2001. Their newest ship, the 1,380 passenger Amsterdam is equipped with an Internet and computer center offering passengers Internet access, e-mail, video mail, word processing and computer games. Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam, Maasdam and Statendam also have well equipped Internet centers. Ryndam is having a center insalled this month, Westerdam in September 2001, Veendam in October 2001 and Noordam in December 2001. All future HAL ships will have Internet center, business center and computer learning facility, plus Internet/e-mail data ports in all staterooms. Back to Top
10-19-00 Cruise West Explands to Asia It was a big event when Cruise West (formerly Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West) expanded its programs to Mexico, it was a major event. But now, the small family-owned company -- best known for small ship Alaska cruises -- will take an enormous leap. Beginning in 2001, Cruise West expands its operations to Southeast Asia and the Far East with a series of three linked cruises. For it's far East itineraries, the cruise line purchased Renaissance Cruises' 100-passenger Renaissance V and is renaming it Spirit of Oceanus.
Cruises will trace the coasts of Southeast Asia, China, Korea, northern Japan and the Russia Far East. The three new itineraries are: 14-night Bangkok-to-Hong Kong cruise visiting Thailand, Vietnam and southeast China; 14-night Hong Kong-to-Japan cruise visiting Vladivostok in Siberia; China, Korea and the 18-day Hokkaido, Japan-to-Alaska voyage visiting Russia's Kurile Islands. For a brochure, call Cruise West at (800) 426-7702 or visit their web site at www.cruisewest.com. Back to Top
10-17-00 Princess Adds Live Wedding Cam If you're planning on tying the knot at sea aboard a Princess Cruises ship, your friends scattered from Albuquerque to Tonga can also attend. Princess' Grand Princess and new Golden Princess are the only ships with a full wedding chapel and legal services performed by the ship's Captain. Now, the cruise line is giving the bride and groom the chance to invite their shoreside friends to watch the nuptials live via web cam.The Wedding Cam will beam a live picture from the ship's wedding chapel that can be accessed by clicking on a special link at www.princess.com www.princess.com. The image will refresh once a minute, allowing viewers to follow the proceedings as they happen. The camera will be used only when a couple chooses the option prior to their ceremony. If you're planning on getting married at sea, Princess will take care of all the details with several different wedding and reception packages that include flowers, music, a photo package, champagne, cake and other extras. For additional information, see your travel agent or visit Princess' web site: www.princess.com. Back to Top
10-13-00 Weekend Cruise News *** Princess Cruises is making a birth announcement: the names for five upcoming vessels. The ships and inaugural dates are: Star Princess, sister of Grand Princess, March 2002 inaugural; Coral Princess and Island Princess, 88,000-tons and scheduled to debut October, 2002 and June 2003, respectively. The 113,000-ton Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess are being built in Japan, slated to debut in July 2003 and May 2004, respectively.
*** Premier Cruises' bankruptcy proceedings are taking place in New York. The Government of Bermuda rather than the principal creditor, DLJ appointed a liquidator and initiated the proceedings. DLJ holds mortgages of $50 million while Premier has a debt of $72 million with only $2million in assets. A priority for those handling Premier's affairs is the reimbursement of passengers owed refunds by the line. For the latest information and details on making a claim see the links from the home page of the Federal Maritime Commission site at www.fmc.gov.
*** Viking River Cruises will offer three Russia itineraries in 2001, and will renovate two vessels scheduled for this region, the Viking Kirov and the Viking Pakhamov, including the addition of 14 deluxe cabins, two suites and several single cabins. The two ships will sail on 12-, 13- and 16-night itineraries from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers plus Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. The cruises will be marketed only in the U.S., with all on-board announcements and shore excursions in English. Fares are all inclusive and include round-trip airfare from New York, the cruise, shore excursions and transfers. For additional information, call Viking River Cruises at (877) 66-VIKING (toll free) or visit the website at www.vikingrivercruises.com.
*** Holland America's newest ship, the ms Amsterdam, will be home to an environmental project of the Seakeepers Society. HAL is a founding member of the non-profit group, dedicated to monitoring the quality of the world's oceans. Seakeepers' Ocean Monitoring & Testing Module, developed by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, will be installed on board the 61,000-grt ms Amsterdam by October 30 and will be used to continually gather a wide variety of data about weather and ocean conditions. The ocean-monitoring program was first proposed two years ago and already more than 50 vessels have the unit installed.
*** Orient Lines invites Jewish passengers to savor superb kosher cuisine on board five special Kosher Cruises. Marco Polo and Crown Odyssey have kosher kitchens on board. Renowned kosher chef Malcom Green will prepare gourmet kosher delights under the supervision of Rabbi Shmuel Weiss, a mashgiach certified by the rabbinate of the State of Israel. The theme cruises feature a group host, special lectures, entertainment and shore excursions. The five scheduled departures are December 7, Grand Orient; December 11, Bali & Beyond; December 13, South American Holiday; December 28, Antarctica and the Falklands; January 4, 2001 Australia, Bali and the Java Sea. More information can be obtained from travel agents or Orient Lines, (800) 333 7300.
*** Seabourn Cruises sends its luxury small ships to the Caribbean this winter on cruises of 4- to 14-days in length. The 208-passenger yacht-like Seabourn Legend and the 116-guest casual luxury yachts Seabourn Goddess I & II visit the popular islands of the Caribbean but because of their size, they can also call at more unusual ports including Nevis, several ports in the Grenadines, St. Barths and Margot on French St. Martin.
*** Renaissance Cruises took delivery of R7, its newest 698 passenger "OR-Class" vessel this September. The ship will make year-round 10- to 15-day Mediterranean and Baltic voyages, including Rome-to-Athens, Lisbon-to-Barcelona and Dover-to-Stockholm. Back to Top
10-11-00 Celebrity Delays Infinity 1 Month Royal Caribbean Cruises, parent company of Celebrity Cruises and in conjunction with shipbuilder Chantiers de L'Atlantique, has decided to delay the launch date of Celebrity's Infinity by four weeks. As a result, the ship's February 3, 2001, maiden voyage will be rescheduled until March 3 and Infinity's first three cruises, February 3, 17, and 28, will be rescheduled to March 3, 17, and 28, respectively. Guests on these three cruises will have guaranteed space on the March sailings and will receive a 50-percent refund for the inconvenience caused by the change in dates. Guests who are unable to rebook on the March sailings will be provided a full refund and a 50-percent discount on a future Celebrity cruise.
Infinity's cruises originally scheduled on March 10 and 24 will be cancelled. Guests booked on these sailings will receive a full refund, plus a 50-percent discount on a future Celebrity cruise.
A special help desk has been set up to assist travel agents who have guests affected by these changes. Travel agents needing to assist individual guests may call 1-888-701-7192 Back to Top
10-10-00 New Holland America Cruises From San Diego In 2001, Holland America will offer an expanded number of Mexico Pacific Coast cruises from San Diego aboard Ryndam and Statendam plus, the city will be a port of embarkation for a fall, 2001 South America cruise. The company will add new seven- and 10-day Ryndam cruises to Mexico. The 1,266-passenger ship will depart San Diego Oct. 8 and 18, 2001, to visit Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan and then call at Pichilingue (La Paz), Santa Rosalia, Loreto and Cabo San Lucas in Baja. Cruise rates start at $1,499. The Ryndam also sails a 10-day cruise from Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 28, which includes San Diego and the Baja ports, with starting rates of $1,289. The Statendam will be home-ported in San Diego for its round-trip 2001 Mexico cruises. The ship will offer six departures in the winter/spring - Jan. 2 and 27, Feb. 6, Mar. 3 and 13, Apr. 7 - and four in the fall - Oct. 14 and 24, Dec. 3 and 13, 2001. All of the cruises will call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo (with Ixtapa tour option) and Puerto Vallarta; cruise fares start at $1,695.
Before or after their Mexico cruise, passengers can take advantage of Holland America's optional tour packages, including a trip from San Diego to Mexico's extraordinary Copper Canyon. The four-day/three-night tour takes guests by air and motorcoach into the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The highlight is a train trip aboard the luxurious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, which traverses Copper Canyon and passes through more than 70 tunnels as it winds its way from nearly 8,000 feet to sea level in less than six hours. Cost is $1,695 which includes transportation, hotels and most meals.
San Diego will be an embarkation port for a fall, 2001 cruise to South America. Departing Oct. 28, 2001, the 17-day voyage visits Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Esmeraldas, Ecuador (Quito tour option); Guayquil, Ecuador (Cuenca tour option) Callao, Peru; (Lima and Cuzco/Machu Picchu tour options); General San Martin, Peru (Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines and Paracas National Reserve tour options); Arica, Chile (Lauca National Park tour option); and Coquimbo/La Serena,Chile; rates begin at $2,679.
Fares are per person, double occupancy and include port charges and taxes. Reservations and additional information may be obtained from local travel agents. For a brochure, call Holland America at 877-724-5425 or visit www.hollandamerica.com. Back to Top
10-9-00 NCL to Send the Norway to Asia
Norwegian Cruise Lines announced several changes to its fleet this morning, but most striking is the news that they will be sending the Norway, the NCL flagship for two decades, to Asia to serve for Star Cruise Lines. The ship will be re-deployed in September of 2001.
Prior to her redeployment, NCL plans a summer season of 7-day, alternating eastern/western Caribbean "farewell cruises," including a 16-day transatlantic voyage, featuring special onboard amenities and programming designed to celebrate the ship's legendary heritage and place in maritime history. Three weeks in dry-dock in Europe will follow before her 3-week cruise to a homeport in Asia-Pacific to be announced at a later date.
Star Cruises currently plans to transfer the SuperStar Leo to the NCL fleet in December, 2001 to be positioned in Hawaii offering permanent 7-day year-round itineraries. The ship's 7-day cruise will include the four main islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai plus a stop at Fanning Island, an exotic Micronesian island to the south of Hawaii. Back to Top
10-6-00 Weekend Cruise News 10-6-00 The ships of Princess Cruises will turn off their engines while in Juneau, Alaska next summer. Power will come from shore, supplied by Alaska Electric Light and Power Company instead of the ship's electrical generators. The decision comes in response to concern for the accumulation of smoke from cruise ships in Juneau. The new program is unprecedented in the cruise industry in North America and will require a multimillion-dollar investment in new technology and equipment.
Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas will be equipped with a high-tech atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory, to be operated by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Passengers will have an opportunity to observe the lab in action through two interactive exploration centers, participating in laboratory tours, viewing informative feature films, and enjoying special guest lectures and interactive sessions with scientists. Research will be conducted to identify and track pollutants in the air and sea, measure the flow of currents to understand the balance and distribution of heat on the planet, collect data to use in ocean and hurricane models, and monitor populations of organisms living in the sea. The lab will be operational in January 2001. Explorer of the Seas enters service on October 28.
Costa Cruises are planning to have two 105,000 grt 2,720 passenger vessels constructed by Italian shipbuilders, Fincantieri. A letter of intent has been signed. The new vessels would debut in late 2003 and late 2004. The newbuilds will be constructed at the Genoa Sestri yard, north of Genoa, where the famous liners Rex and Michelangelo were constructed. These two new ships are in addition to the CostaAtlantica's sister ship scheduled to enter service in 2003.
Grab your blue suede shoes and poodle skirts for Westerdam's 50's Sock Hop cruises, scheduled from January 6 to April 13 and October 27 to December 16, 2001 on 5 and 8-day cruises. Along with the golden oldies music featured on board will be a passenger lip-synch show, 50's trivia contest and movies capturing that era including "Grease" and "American Graffiti". A lavish production show is also themed specifically for the Sock Hop cruises.
Cruise ships have been calling at Beirut, Lebanon in place of Haifa, Israel this week due to Israeli-Palestinian clashes. The Costa Romantica and Costa Allegra called at Beirut this week. Other lines have notified the Port of Beirut that they will call there should the unrest in Haifa continue.
Sky Princess is currently on her final voyage for Princess cruises, sailing from San Francisco to Sydney. The 46,392grt 1,200 passenger vessel will be renamed Pacific Sky. She will replace the aging Fair Princess for P&O Holidays, sailing year round from Sydney to ports in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Norwegian Capricorn, a division of Norwegian Cruise Line, has pulled out of Australia. Their ship, the 28,000 grt Norwegian Star sailed from Sydney on Monday for the last time heading for Asia. The change is one of many in place since NCL was acquired by Star Cruises of Malaysia earlier this year. Norwegian Star was a floating hotel for Sports Illustrated during the Sydney Olympics.
The 2000 Alaska season is almost over for the Port of Vancouver. Statendam and Ryndam sailed from Canada Place on Sunday, the last cruise ships scheduled to sail from the downtown pier this year. Construction of the extension to Canada Place, which will allow a third megaship to berth, is well underway with completion due in 2003. Back to Top
10-3-00 Veendam Loses Power Near Portland The Holland America Lines' Veendam lost power in the main electric generator for three hours today while on course for San Diego, the Coast Guard reported. All of the onboard electricity for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting or running water was affected, however power to the engines and ship to shore communications were not affected. The Coast Guard maintained contact with the 720-foot Holland America Line ship at 15-minute intervals as a precaution. An auxiliary power source was being used for navigation and a few other basic functions. The 55,000 ton Veendam, built in 1996 and used on cruises to Alaska in the summer, left Portland late Monday after a scheduled stop. The ship's engineers completed repairs on the problem while en route to San Diego, the ship was not in any immediate danger. Back to Top
10-3-00 Norway Crew Member Arrested The FBI reports that a 30-year old children's actives coordinator, sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norway, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female passenger. The NCL crew member was arrested this Saturday (Sept. 30) when the ship returned to Miami, its home port. According to an FBI spokesperson, the girl was lured into the crew member's cabin, where she was molested. The ship's personnel had already taken the crew-member into custody, turning him over to FBI agents who boarded the ship upon arrival in Miami. NCL has issued the following statement: "An incident such as this is wholly unacceptable. NCL maintains a strict policy for reporting all incidents involving potential criminal violations ... We are cooperating fully in this investigation." Back to Top