October 28, 2009
UPDATE 1:25PM: Here is RCI’s press release of the event. Its a PDF that can be found here. I took the liberty of saving the PDF as images so they can be easier to view. See below:
UPDATE 1:17PM: Some pics from the Handover Ceremony.
UPDATE 1:06PM: BREAKING NEWS: Oasis may infact call in Southampton after all. So far this rumor is unconfirmed but comes from a reliable source. The second I get more info, I’ll post immediately. That is if this rumor is true.
She is now a member of the Royal Caribbean International fleet. I’ll post further readings here as they make their way over from freezing Finland. Richard Fain said on his blog that he could see his breath walking through central park last night!
October 27, 2009
For those unaware, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis will be officially “handed over” tomorrow.
The Hand Over Ceremony, as its called, is a traditional ceremony where the line takes delivery of the ship from the ship yard. At this point, and while a ship is being built, she is owned by the shipyard. Due to the staggering cost of cruise ships now-a-days, the line may or may not pay small ‘monthly’ fees to help with some payment.
The ceremony is technically STX representatives and RCI executives, along with all their lawyers. They sit at a table and sign the legal documents. RCI get the ship and STX Yards get the $1.4 Billion (USD). There is also a tradition where the STX house flag is lowered and the Royal Caribbean house flag is raised.
Stay tuned tomorrow!
October 24, 2009
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October 22, 2009
…for the Princess brand. Maritime Industry insider, Lloyd’s List, is quotes as saying
Carnival is in advanced talks with German Meyer Werft for an order of two new cruiseships for its Princess brand, Italian and German shipping sources have said.
The word “advanced” is the key here. The article goes on quoting a Meyer Werft official that didn’t go into specifics, but stated that Meyer Werft ARE in discussions with potential customers. He didn’t go into further detail.
If true I expect these to be slightly larger than the Coral/Island Princess. Meyer Werft are constrained by size due to its location. Based on that fact alone, I don’t see Carnival ordering anymore Grand Class (or whatever you want to call that class) ships. I can see it as pretty much the answer Carnival has for the successful Celebrity Solstice class. Princess designs are a little dated by now and therefore I predict that it will be a slightly trendy ship (think more like Celebrity). That way, those that want a very traditional will have Holland America to go to.
Feel free to express your thoughts or predictions here.
October 22, 2009
Taken Thursday morning from the Crystal Symphony. She is sailing on an 11-night Fall Jubilee voyage from New York to Montreal. Today is the second day of her stay at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston. Joining her is Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, which is towering over everything in the port today. Check her out below from Sea Tow Boston’s controllable Harbor Cam:
October 22, 2009
***Make sure you go over to my new site for the latest updates on the schedule. Cruiseind.com***
***Here is the direct link to the updated schedule Oasis’s new schedule***
So here is what I have. It is still a work in progress as I figure more information out. If anyone can help out, I appreciate it. Changes will be made in bold.
|October 28, 2009||Turku, Finland||RCI Takes Delivery|
|October 29, 2009||Turku, Finland||Oasis Leaves STX Yards|
|October 30, 2009||Sea|
|October 31, 2009||Sea||Passes Under Great Belt Bridge in Denmark 9:30|
|November 1, 2009||Sea|
|November 2, 2009||Sea||Southampton, England|
|November 3, 2009||Sea|
|November 4, 2009||Sea|
|November 5, 2009||Sea|
|November 6, 2009||Sea|
|November 7, 2009||Sea|
|November 8, 2009||Sea|
|November 9, 2009||Sea|
|November 10, 2009||Sea|
|November 11, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Maiden Arrival in US|
|November 12, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Installation of Central Park|
|November 13, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Installation of Central Park|
|November 14, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 15, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 16, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 17, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 18, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 19, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 20, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Good Morning America will Broadcast live from the ship|
|November 21, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 22, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 23, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 24, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 25, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 26, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 27, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||2-Night Invitation Only cruise|
|November 28, 2009||Sea|
|November 29, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|November 30, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Christening and Charity Cruise|
|December 1, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
|December 2, 2009||Sea|
|December 3, 2009||Labadee|
|December 4, 2009||Sea|
|December 5, 2009||Port Everglades,FL||Maiden Voyage|
|December 6, 2009||Sea|
|December 7, 2009||Sea|
|December 8, 2009||St. Thomas|
|December 9, 2009||St. Maarten|
|December 10, 2009||Sea|
|December 11, 2009||Nassau|
|December 12, 2009||Port Everglades,FL|
October 20, 2009
UPDATE 10/24: Check out the comments section of the post to see another account. This time from Lisa. Thanks Lisa.
UPDATE 10/21: Another cruiser from that voyage was able to provide us with their take in the incident:
We were with Carlene and yes it was a “Thank you God” moment–He is always there to protect us. The talk on the ship was it list 30 degrees and it seemed like it was for about 45 secs then it started to upright itself. When I heard my room steward say” That scared me” I knew something wasn’t right. I was amazed at how quick everything was returned to normal.
Thank you Carl& Johnny Beth!
As Carlene Kelley commented on my Caribbean Princess Lists on Oct. 17, Carlene Writes:
I was on board! It was scary and a major happening on our trip. The pools on the 16th floor or deck emptied as witnessed by two of our traveling companions. The entire display of framed oil paintings dropped like dominoes. It was amazing how the crew recouped and had dinner for us that night! I was impressed!! To those of us on board, it was rather harrowing even though I know it could have been a lot worse! It was a “Thank You Lord” moment!
A big thanks goes out for providing us with the scary account.
If Carlene is reading, how many degrees do you estimate the list was?
October 18, 2009
Check out the rough weather that the Caribbean Princess is still in.
Make sure to check out the post below.
October 17, 2009
Yesterday the Caribbean Princess encountered a minor, quick list while cruising Canada & New England. The 113,000 grt ship got caught in rough weather in the Atlantic when she leaned a bit. The extent of the list is unknown. As is duration. But be advised this is not a serious situation. No passengers were hurt, and one crew member had a very minor injury.
From Cruise Critic:
Currently onboard, off the coast of New England. We’re in a storm, with gale-force winds up to 70 knots. We listed a bit this morning … several waiters in the Horizon Court fell, carrying trays of food or other dining supplies. A piano in the Explorer’s Lounge slid off the stage, and was totaled. The galley and backstage tours were cancelled. The captain (Marco Fortezze) has slowed down;
October 16, 2009
The Norwegian Epics Inaugural Schedule can be found here. CruiseInd’s Norwegian Epic Page
Nothing too surprising except for the overnight stays. She pretty much goes from one port to another. Some even while cruising. Whereas Freedom stayed in ports for 1-2 nights sometimes.