Sure, all ships have fog horns -- but one vessel in particular is kicking off 2008 by sporting a different type of horn. Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas was outfitted with 140-foot-long, 600-pound longhorns in honor of its arrival in Texas' Galveston on Sunday and the start of its winter season in the Western Caribbean.
Voyager is the biggest ship sailing from the cruise port -- and the largest ever to homeport on the Gulf Coast for a full season.
The horns, which were affixed to the ship earlier this month, did not go unnoticed prior to Voyager's arrival in Galveston. In fact, rumors have run rampant on our message boards during the last week or so with Texans and non-Texans alike postulating burning questions ("Are they permanent?" -- the answer is no) and debating the origin of the horns ("They're not really longhorns, notice the angle!" -- we're not going to go there).
At a special introductory ceremony Sunday, the cruise line announced a weeklong charity auction on eBay to raise money for the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, which provides support to ill children and their families. The highest bidder will get the longhorns when they are detached in April (the end of the ship's Galveston run) -- and a seven-night cruise for two; all proceeds will go to the foundation. For more information, click here.
Cruise Critic member Rancher Dave is already planning for victory: "I'm trying to figure a way to integrate them into a 2008 Christmas Display."
Voyager of the Seas will be stationed in Galveston until April 27, when it heads back to Europe. The ship will alternate between two seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries; one calls at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, the other at Cozumel, Roatan and Progreso.