September 21, 2001
Originally, this fall was going to abound with the sound of new ship christenings, inaugurals and launch celebrations. These, like many other special events, have been postponed or changed. Among them? * Festivities for Princess’ Golden Princess, due for an October 10 and October 11 series of hooplas, will undergo a rescheduled christening next year, when the ship is slated to sail into New York. * Celebrity’s Summit officially launches October 1. The ship, due to undergo an extensive series of celebratory events in New York and Boston, instead went directly from its Atlantic crossing to Port Everglades. But there will still be introductory events; of particular note, Celebrity is transforming a preview cruise for travel industry types into a fund raiser for the American Red Cross. 200 cabins have been reserved on the trip (which leaves Port Everglades on September 28); anyone can book one (while supplies last). The price? Stateroom with a veranda will cost $1,000 while a standard ocean view is $500. All proceeds -- yes, all -- will be donated to the American Red Cross. In addition, Celebrity’s Summit will contribute all proceeds from its onboard casino during that two-night voyage. * Silversea’s Silver Whisper, which was already officially christened in Europe this summer, had intended to host a series of travel industry events in New York; those plans have been canceled and the ship will simply proceed with scheduled itineraries. * In the meantime, Norwegian Cruise Line maintains -- at this point anyway -- it will host a star-studded simultaneous christening for its two new ships -- Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star -- on November 17 in Miami.