PASSENGERS on Majestic America Line's Empress of the North
were tendered by the Alaska ferry Columbia to Juneau, Alaska, after
the ship ran aground en route to Glacier Bay from Juneau on May 14,
according to Dan Miller, spokesman for the Seattle-based cruise
line. There were no injuries. The 360-foot Empress of the North
incurred damage to the hull and began taking on water, causing it
to list, Miller said. The water intake was stopped quickly by the
ship's pumps, he added. "The main concern was making sure our
guests were safely transported back to Juneau," he said. Passengers
initially were evacuated to local vessels before transferring to
the Columbia. Arrangements were being made for passenger
accommodations and transportation home, the line said. Following
the incident, the line said the Empress of the North was en route
to Juneau under its own power.
CRUISES named its newest ship, the 116,000-ton,
3,100-passenger Emerald Princess, in a ceremony in Piraeus, Greece,
near Athens on Mother's Day, May 12. The ship was christened by two
onscreen mother-daughter duos, Florence Henderson, best known as
Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch," and her television daughter Susan
Olsen, who played Cindy Brady; and Marion Ross, also known as
Marion Cunningham on "Happy Days," and her onscreen daughter Erin
Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham. Princess executives, local
dignitaries and passengers on a 12-day Mediterranean voyage onboard
the vessel attended the event.
" Princess' most traveled passenger, Lorraine Artz, will
name the Royal Princess on June 14 in Portofino, Italy. Artz spends
ten months of every year on Princess vessels; before it was
transferred to P&O Cruises she spent 17 years sailing with the
former Royal Princess. "Cruising is my life," she said.
" Costa Cruises named French actress Marion Cotillard as
godmother of its newest vessel, the 112,000-ton, 3,800-passenger
Costa Serena, which will be christened in Marseille, France, on May
19. Costa also said that Gerard Holtz, a French television
journalist, would be master of ceremonies during the event, and
that the Marseille Opera Chorus would perform during the
CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL has named Karin Stahre-Janson
captain of the Monarch of the Seas, making her the first woman in
the industry to command a major cruise ship, the line said.
Stahre-Janson recently completed her first tour of duty as master
of the vessel; she resumes the job in August. Before her promotion,
Stahre-Janson served as first officer, chief officer and staff
captain on several Royal Caribbean vessels.
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