Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: May 15, 2007

ALL 206 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.

PRINCESS 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 ceremony.

ROYAL 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.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

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