Can't Dock Here
Princess Cruises has canceled the April 29 Bermuda port of call for Emerald Princess because of ongoing wharf work. The ship was scheduled to dock at Heritage Wharf, local Bermuda news source Bernews.com reports. Two other cruise ships scheduled to call at Heritage Wharf will be required to anchor offshore and tender passengers to the dock. Oceania's Riviera, for instance, will arrive April 11 and will anchor at Grassy Bay, while MSC Poesia, which arrives April 16, will anchor in the Great Sound. Norwegian Dawn's scheduled visits for May 5 and 12 might also be affected if construction on the wharf is not complete.
Princess wants passengers to get in a party mood while sailing on its newest ship, Royal Princess, scheduled to debut in June. When it debuts, the ship will boast four new production shows, several lounges and a brand new dance club, Club 6. Among the new shows on offer in the ship's Princess Theater will be "Sweet Soul Music," a Rhythm and Blue tribute; "What the World Needs Now," celebrating the music and style of the 1960s; "Colors of the World," which takes passengers on a musical tour of the destinations visited by Princess ships; and "Spectacular," a musical revue. Another new evening option will be the Water and Light Show, a Las Vegas-style water ballet that incorporates dancing fountains, music and laser lights.
Two river ship operators have announced their newest ship godmothers will be Hollywood actresses. The AmaVida, AmaWaterways' latest ship, will be christened by Sharon Stone, while Queen Isabel, the newest ship in Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' fleet, will be named by Andie MacDowell. And that's not all the two river ships have in common. Both will be inaugurated March 22, 2013, and both will sail the Douro River in Portugal.
Barge operator European Waterways has completed a $400,000 fleetwide renovation including deck and cabin refurbishments, new furniture and expanded Wi-Fi access.
A Precious Delivery
MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ship, MSC Preziosa, from STX France shipyard. The traditional handover was conducted in Saint-Nazaire as the French flag was lowered to the sound of the French national anthem. Once MSC Cruises gave command of the ship to its newest captain, the Italian flag was raised and the Italian national anthem played. The ship will be christened by Sophia Loren on March 22 in Genoa. The 4,345-passenger cruise ship boasts the longest single-rider body waterslide at sea.
-by Dori Saltzman, News Editor