Cruise News Shorts: A New L.A. Ship, a Yacht Makeover and More Cruise News

August 30, 2013

(2:14 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 cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

Celebrity Spotting

In 2014, star gazers should be on the lookout for a new celebrity in Los Angeles. Starting in March, Celebrity Century will embark on a series of eight seven- to 13-night roundtrip sailings from the City of Angels. Itineraries will visit a combination of Mexico, the Pacific Coast and Canada. Celebrity has previously sailed from San Francisco and San Diego, but not Los Angeles.

Project Prettify

Windstar Cruises is sending its two smallest yachts in for cabin makeovers to the tune of $3 million. Wind Star's 72 cabins will be renovated during a dry dock this November, while Wind Spirit's 73 rooms will undergo refurbishment April 2015. Planned enhancements will replace desk and vanity combos with sofas with built-in tables, as well as new, larger dressers. Cabins on both ships were previously updated with new leather headboards, arm chairs, linen wall coverings, lighting fixtures, window coverings, wool carpeting and bed cushions in 2012.


Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, is taking steps toward fuel cleanliness and will install scrubbers on two unnamed vessels. The line's agreement with scrubber manufacturer Poly Shield includes installations on up to seven additional vessels as well. The scrubbers should put the ships into compliance with emission regulations going in effect January 2015.

Six Peas in a Tampa Pod

As if Tampa didn't have enough cruise choice, Royal Caribbean is bringing a second ship to the port in 2014. This will bring the total number of ships sailing out of Tampa to six. Beginning November 15, the 2,000-passenger Vision of the Seas will offer seven-night cruises to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan and Belize.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor and Gina Kramer, Associate Editor