(12:02 p.m. EDT) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting snippets we think you might like to know about.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled its January 4, 2015 Eastern Caribbean sailing of Celebrity Silhouette so the vessel can go into dry dock for maintenance, Cruise Critic members report. Passengers were given a full refund of their cruise fare, or offered a chance to rebook on Celebrity Reflection and other Silhouette sailings, along with $200 or $400 onboard credit, depending on cabin category. In addition, Celebrity is paying $200 to reimburse for flights ($300 for international air).
Fans of the Dallas Cowboys will soon find themselves experiencing a little bit of the "Fun Ship" vibe when they go to home games at AT&T Stadium. As the official cruise line of the Dallas Cowboys, Carnival will tour the parking lots offering tailgaters a variety of giveaways and prizes. Starting next year, Carnival will homeport three ships in Galveston year-round.
Galapagos or Bust
Small-ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures will visit the Galapagos Islands in 2016 for the first time in the company's history. The nine-night journey starts with two nights in Quito, before embarking on a seven-night sailing visiting six islands, departing from San Cristobal aboard the 48-passenger La Pinta. The line, known for expedition-style sailings in Alaska, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, coastal Washington and British Columbia, will also add new Costa Rica/Panama sailings in 2015.
A River Christening
AmaWaterways celebrated the christening of its newest ship, AmaSonata, this week. Doing the honors was the river ship's godmother, Brenda Kyllo of the Canadian Automobile Association. Celebrations included a traditional Bavarian lunch with music and dancing, and a fireworks display. The 164-passenger AmaSonata is one of four sister ships; it boasts a heated pool with swim-up bar, a salon and onboard massages.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor; Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor; and Jasmine Shaddock, Cruise Critic U.K. Contributor