January 29, 2002
Cruise ships continue spawning. Following the debut of Carnival Pride earlier this month is Princess’ Star Princess. The third in the behemoth Grand Princess family, the 109,000 ton ship will be home porting on the West Coast -- the biggest cruise vessel to do so. Star Princess was delivered last Friday from Italian shipyard Fincantieri and has set sail for Singapore, where she’ll launch her first maiden voyage. After a bit of cruising in the Far East, the ship heads transpacific where it will spend the spring offering week-long Mexican Riviera voyages. This summer, Star Princess will enjoy the distinction of being the largest ship in Alaska. Next up? Sea Dream II, the former Sea Goddess vessel that was acquired from Cunard Line by cruise line vets Atle Brynestad and Larry Pimentel, is in the throes of completing a redesign and will be unveiled in early February. Along with sister Sea Dream I, II is part of the two-ship SeaDream Yacht Club. Sea Dream I is already hosting passengers on Caribbean itineraries and will undergo a similar refurbishment this spring.