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Carnival Splendor Adrift after Engine Room Fire

Posted by thetraveldoctor on November 9, 2010


Carnival Splendor At Sea

Carnival Splendor At Sea

Early in the morning of Monday November 8, the Carnival Splendor experienced an engine room fire. The ship had left the port of Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon headed for a 7 night Mexico cruise.

The fire was contained to the engine room  and extinguished and no passenger or crew members were hurt. But the Splendor lost all power and was adrift in the Pacific about 200 miles south of San Diego off the northern Baja California coast. Currently the ship is running on auxiliary power which allowed the toilets and cold running water to be restored but there is no air conditioning or hot water on the ship.

Two Mexican seagoing tugboats contracted out of the port of Ensenada are expected to reach the cruise ship some time on Tuesday November 9th. The tugs, which will be escorted by a Coast Guard Cutter will tow the ship to the Port of  Ensenada Mexico. The tugs have to move slowly because the Splendor is so large.

Passengers will be taken by bus back to the Port of Los Angeles. Carnival will be offering the passengers a full refund and a voucher for a free future cruise according to a Carnival spokes person.

UPDATE! The Splendor is being towed to the Port Of San Diego in California instead of the Port of Ensenada in Mexico. The ship is expected to arrive in San Diego late afternoon on Thursday, November 11. This will make it easier for the passengers to leave the ship due to custom regulations.

The Carnival Splendor is now docked in San Diego California. The ship was pulled and pushed into the Port of San Diego by six tugboats and escorted by US Coast Guard Cutters. The Splendor reached the dock at approximately 8:30AM PST on Thursday November 11. The first passenger were able to leave the ship at 9:30AM.

The Splendor cruise director, John Heald, posted in his Carnival Blog “While still a day from port, I don’t smell of roses at the best of times but as the laundry is not working and I only have two pairs of  underpants left, I smell like Paris on a hot summer’s day. That’s Paris the city not Paris the person.” Well said John!

And then there is always someone that knows how to make a quick buck. Lissa Letts of Overland, Kansas drove to San Diego to meet the ship to sell passengers T-Shirt that said “I Survived The 2010 Carnival Cruise Spamcation.” Passengers paid $20 for each shirt, and they went like ” A Ship on Fire!”

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Is the Allure of The Seas A Clone of Oasis of The Seas?

Posted by thetraveldoctor on June 19, 2010


Central Park on Allure Of The Seas

Central Park on Allure Of The Seas from the interior Staterooms

The Allure of The Seas is due to set sail on its maiden voyage on December 1, 2010. This inaugural cruise is billed as a “4 Night Labadee Extravaganza” cruise. This cruise will include 2 days at sea and a day at Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s beach port.

The Allure of The Seas will make Fort Lauderdale Florida at Port Everglades its home. But the question on everyones mind is this. Is the Allure a carbon copy of the Oasis Of The Seas? Well, looking at the two ships brochures, you find that the layout of both ships are identical. But the Allure will be different in its Boardwalk neighborhood. Instead of the Seafood Shack, the Allure’s Boardwalk will have a Mexican restaurant, Rita’s Cantina. A specialty hot dog counter called the Boardwalk Dog House, will be located where the doughnut shop is on the Oasis. So where is the popular doughnut shop on the Allure going to be? Well, it is next to the premium ice cream shop. I have no idea where the ice cream shop is, but that’s ok. I am getting confused now.

There is going to be a first in shopping on the Allure as “Guess” clothing opens up it’s first Clothing Store at Sea! Guess will be located on the Royal Promenade, where the Focus photo store is on the Oasis and the Focus Photo Store will move to the new photo gallery area on the Allure. Are you throughly confused now? Don’t be. If you have sailed on the Oasis then you will be able to navigate your way around the Allure without much trouble.

So is the Allure Of The Seas a Clone of the Oasis Of The Seas? I will leave that up to you, the passengers to tell me.

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Disney Names New Ships

Posted by thetraveldoctor on April 6, 2009


 

Disney Ship in Port

Disney Ship in Port

Disney Cruise Line has named it’s two new ships. The cruise line began construction on the two new ships in March. The ships are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The delivery dates for the ships are 2011 and 20012. The new ships will weigh in at 128,000 GRT’s and will have 1,250 staterooms. The new ships will be named The Disney Dream and The Disney Fantasy. A Disney spokesperson called the names “a natural choice for our ships.”

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Delta Queen Reborn As Chattanooga Hotel

Posted by thetraveldoctor on February 11, 2009


 

The Delta Queen On The Mississippi

The Delta Queen On The Mississippi

A welcome befitting a Queen, the 82 year-old Delta Queen Steamboat arrived in Chattanooga on Wednesday February 11. Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the Queen to Chattanooga which will be it’s new home as it will become a floating hotel.

 

Ambassadors International, which owns the Delta Queen has chartered to Harry Phillips, owner of Chattanooga Water Taxi and Fat Cat Ferry. Mr. Phillips has hired  Sydney Slome, owner of Chattanooga’s Stone Fort Inn, to manage the Delta Queen Hotel. The hotel is slated to open to the public in April. The hotel will have 87 cabins and can hold 174 guests.

The Delta Queen was built in 1926 and has a steel hull and a wooden superstructure. Currently the Delta Queen cannot legally operate overnight cruises at present because its congressional exemption from fire safety laws was allowed to expire on Oct 31, 2008. 

The Delta Queen will host Dixieland jazz bands, cabarets and musical revues. Tours of the vessel will also be available.

So if you are planning on visiting Chattanooga this summer, you may want to book a cabin on the historic Delta Queen.

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The Real S.S. Minnow Sailing Again on 3 Hour Tours

Posted by thetraveldoctor on August 14, 2008


 

The Original S.S. Minnow

The Original S.S. Minnow

The Real S.S. Minnow will start sailing from Vancouver on 3 hours cruise tours. That’s right, the Original S.S. Minnow that was used during the opening scene of Gilligan’s Island TV show’s second season will be sailing again.

 

The boat made famous for running aground on the shores of an uncharted desert isle in the 1960’s sitcom is now owned by Ken Schley, one of the owners of the Quality Foods grocery chain. Stay tuned and I will keep you advised when you can book a tour on the S.S. Minnow.

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Seniors Save Big on Royal Caribbean

Posted by thetraveldoctor on August 10, 2008


 

Brilliance of The Sea at anchor

Brilliance of The Sea at anchor

I have been sailing with Royal Caribbean since the late 70’s. I am always look for ways to save money and take as many cruises as possible. You may not know that Royal Caribbean offers Senior Citizen fares for people 55 years of age and older. Now these reduced fares are not available on all ships on all sailings but the sailings they do offer them on can save you hundreds of dollars. If you book your cruise through a travel agent that knows their cruises, they can help you save big bucks. If you want to save $300 to $500 per person, look into the Senior Fares on Royal Caribbean. You can check out the senior deals at www. royalcaribbean.com and maybe I will see you on your next Royal Caribbean Cruise!

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Are Cruise Ships Getting Too Big?

Posted by thetraveldoctor on August 3, 2008


 

Relaxing on Royal Caribbean

Relaxing on Royal Caribbean

This past week I have been reading up on Royal Caribbean’s new ship the Oasis of The Sea. This engineering marvel will weigh in at 220,000 GRT when it debuts in December of  2009. It will tower over the sea 16 stores. It will host 5200 people every week for 7 night Caribbean cruises out of the Port of Miami. The Oasis of The Sea will be the World Largest Cruise Ship ever built.

I am looking forward to seeing this ship. As a veteran of 86 cruises and 30 of them on Royal Caribbean, I am questioning if cruise ships have gotten too big? With more than 5200 people on board, will there be quiet places to relax? Will there be places to meet new people and make new friends? Will there be massive lines for everything? Will you need a segway to get around?

I love a smaller ship after sailing on all size ships. The reasons I like the smaller ships, you are able to make friends with the crew and passengers much quicker on a small ship. The walk from your cabin to the pool or anywhere else on the ship is much shorter then on the large ship and the smaller ships are able to get into some seculded ports that are not available on the large ships. But there are lots of pluses for sailing on a large ship and that is why the cruise lines keep building them.

The jury is still out on what people will like and dislike on the Oasis of The Sea, but I am sure the Royal Caribbean will do a “Royal” job on this new vessel.

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