PRINCESS MARGRIET of the Netherlands will be the
godmother to Holland America Line's Oosterdam, which was delivered
to the cruise line last week. The naming ceremony will take place
July 28 in Rotterdam, Holland -- where HAL was founded in 1873 --
on the company's original pier. HAL's ship, the Rotterdam, which
the princess named in 1997, also will be on hand for the
festivities. The Oosterdam begins service August 3 from Harwich,
England, and will sail to the Baltic region.
GLORY DAYS: Carnival Glory's got a ticket to
ride. Astronaut Sally Ride, the ship's godmother, officially named
the ship July 14 at Port Canaveral, Fla. The 110,000-ton,
2,974-passenger vessel sailed into its new homeport on Friday,
becoming the largest cruise ship based at Port Canaveral. Beginning
July 19, the Carnival Glory will sail its year-round seven-day
MEANWHILE, Italian shipbuilder Fincatieri in
Genoa, Italy, Thursday laid the first in a series of about 50
building blocks for the 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor, the sister
ship to the 110,000-ton Carnival Glory. It is expected to enter
service in December 2004.
THE MARINER OF THE SEAS, Royal Caribbean
Int'l's latest Voyager- class vessel, will arrive in the U.S.
earlier than expected. The ship's maiden voyage from Port
Canaveral, Fla., was moved up a week, to Nov. 16. The first cruise
will be a one-time-only voyage to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and St.
Maarten. On Nov. 23, the 3,114-passenger ship will begin sailing
alternating eight-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE will use Norfolk, Va., as
a homeport for the first time, providing a base for the Maasdam and
a departure point for 16 Caribbean cruises in 2004. "Norfolk is
conveniently situated within a few hours' drive of millions of
people who will be able to drive to the Maasdam and spend more time
cruising and less time traveling to and from a port," said senior
vice president, marketing and sales David Giersdorf. The 10- and
11-day sailings will visit the eastern and southern Caribbean,