MARGARET AWAMURA INOUYE, the wife of Sen. Daniel
Inouye (D-Hawaii), was named godmother of the Pride of Aloha and
will christen the vessel, the former Norwegian Sky, during a
ceremony in Honolulu on July 4. Daniel Inouye, in early 2003,
introduced the federal legislation that allowed Norwegian Cruise
Line to reflag the Pride of Aloha, along with the Pride of America
and a third, as-yet unnamed ship, into the U.S. register.
NCL'S FORMER HAWAII-BASED SHIP, the Norwegian
Star, emerged from drydock with artwork on its hull -- stars and
streamers along the ship's bow that NCL said was an homage to "the
long-time cruise tradition of passengers throwing streamers from
the bow as the vessel pulls away from the dock." NCL also changed
some of the Star's interior spaces by adding a Cagney's Steakhouse,
a casino and a "sleek, hip" bar called the Pearl Martini Lounge. A
new nightclub, meanwhile, replaces the private Karaoke rooms. The
Star started its Alaska season on May 30.
PRINCESS CRUISES ...
... ADDED MORE than 50 new shore excursions to
its Europe cruise season this year. Highlights, the line said,
include a two-day tour of St. Petersburg, Russia. Several "deluxe"
tours, which take only a few people to unique venues in various
cities, were added in Athens; Berlin; Cannes and Nice, France; and
... TOOK DELIVERY of the Sapphire Princess from
the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. The
Sapphire Princess will arrive in Seattle June 7 and join its
sister, the Diamond Princess, for a series of summer cruises to
Alaska. A christening ceremony will be held June 10.
FESTIVAL CRUISES filed for bankruptcy in Genoa,
Italy, last week, a spokeswoman for the company told
TravelWeekly.com. Festival was marketed in the U.S. as First
CRUISE NEWS IN BRIEF:
• Cruise Planners, a franchiser of home-based cruise sellers,
endorsed Amadeus Cruise as its preferred booking tool.
• Carnival began promoting pre- and post-cruise hotel packages in
Mobile, Ala., at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club &
Spa in nearby Point Clear, Ala. Carnival begins year-round cruises
from Mobile in October on the Holiday.
• Silversea Cruises said it will offer nine "Silver Odyssey"
cruises next year, which adds up to nine consecutive segments of a
100-day cruise from San Diego to Venice, Italy, on the Silver
Shadow. Guests on the cruises will receive fare discounts and
onboard credits depending on the length of their voyage.
• Royal Caribbean Cruises promoted Mike Sutten to vice president,
chief information officer from vice president of the company's
information technology development group.