Norwegian Cruise Line's Nowegian Breakaway Undergoes Extensive Refit.

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced the completed refurbishments of three ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star, further showcasing its commitment to extraordinary quality and the guest experience. 
As part of The Norwegian Edge®, the company’s program designed to elevate the standard of excellence across its fleet, the revitalized ships now feature new designs and venues including Los Lobos Cantina, an upscale Mexican restaurant; the adults-only enclave, Spice H2O; and Syd Norman’s Pour House – an American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge, which makes its debut aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
“What a year this has been for us at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, the brand’s president and chief executive officer. “Not only did we introduce our latest and record-breaking ship, Norwegian Bliss, and announce the redeployment of her sister ship Norwegian Joy, but we are now unveiling our newly revitalized ships, 
Norwegian Breakaway, Sun and Star. This is a…

Beautiful Sunday In New York - Great Day to VIsit the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island.

As mentioned in my previous blog article, this Sunday turned in to a relatively nice day with periods of  torrential rain, other time great, bright sunshine with amazing white clouds.

As usual I looked for a vantage point to photograph the cruise ships departing / arriving and chose Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Liberty State Park offers the opportunity to take great photos of the New York Skyline in the late afternoon. Liberty State Park is one of two locations in the port, where visitors can board a ferry to the State of Liberty and/or Ellis Island. (The second embarkation point for Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Ferries is Battery Park in Lower Manhattan).

I arrived at the park at about 4:15 PM to witness hundreds of people filing off of ferries carrying tourists from the attractions. The ferries are operated by Statue Cruises (a division of Hornblower Cruises & Events).

Seeing this made me appreciate the historical significance of these attractions and the draw of touri…

Princess Cruises Sea Princess Steams Toward New York.

Just about the time this article is published (1:30 AM on 8/14/2018), Princess Cruises' Sea Princess will be in New York Harbor.

The ship is visiting New York as part of her World Cruise. The Sea Princess departed Halifax, Canada on August 12 bound for the Big Apple.

The remaining part of her World Cruise is a 36 Day segment sailing from New York visiting
New York | Charleston, South Carolina | Miami, Florida | Key West, United States | Limon, Costa Rica | Panama Canal Full Transit, Panama | Manta, Ecuador | Lima (Callao), Peru | Easter Island, Chile | Pitcairn Island (Scenic Cruising) | Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia | Raiatea, French Polynesia | Cross International Date Line | Auckland, New Zealand | Sydney, Australia.

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Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape Departure Delayed Due To Fueling.

Sunday (yesterday) was a unique day in New York with scattered thunderstorms and frequent breaks of sunshine, bright blue skies and fluffy clouds. During the key departure hour (4 PM) the Celebrity Summit actually departed a little early leaving at 3:50 PM under bright sunshine.

I was anxiously awaiting the departure of the Norwegian Escape at 4 PM but at 5 PM I was still waiting. It appears that the re-fueling of the ship for her 7 day cruise to Bermuda was running drastically behind. Refueling usually takes 4-6 hours.  It was not until about 7:50 PM where the Norwegian Escape pulled away from the pier and headed down the Hudson River.

The departure delay is NOT expected to impact the ship's schedule since 2 days are allowed for the 1 - 1.5 day trip to Bermuda. Refueling delays are not common and I can say I was disappointed because the 4 hour delay was too long to stay to see the ship depart.

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Flash Back - One of My Favorite Ships - French Line's ss France.

Originally built in 1962 for the French Line, the futuristic liner ss France was the longest liner of the day, measuring 1,032 feet and weighing 66,000 tons. The elegant 3 class ship had her trademark majestic winged funnels; elegant furnishing and white glove service.

A victim of many strikes by the seaman union; the increased popularity of air travel; and mounting losses due to increased fuel prices, fuel hungry engines and low passenger counts. The ss France was laid up in 1974 awaiting a buyer.

The ship was eventually purchase by Norwegian Cruise Line, who renamed her Norway and brought her to Bremerhaven, Germany for an extensive conversion to a 1 class cruise liner. Totally refitted from stem to stem the ship reemerged as the Norway with all cabin remodeled, all public rooms renovated, an extensive platform lido area was place on the stern ideal for her new role as a Caribbean Cruise ship.

The Norway sailed numerous years for Norwegian Cruise Line, occasionally visiting New Yor…

Flash Back - Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2

In a flash back to the past, I found this photo of Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2 (built 1969).  Affectionately known as the QE2, the ship was a regular fixture on the Transatlantic route - sailing between New York and Southampton, England - with an occasional call at Cherbourg, France.

The QE2 underwent a number of refurbishments and extensive refits to extend its life, but this photo show the QE2 in her original glory. The QE2 is still in existence, permanently docked in Dubai as a hotel and convention center.

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Unique Panama Canal Cruise From New York In January, 2019.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a 19- day repositioning cruise between New York and Los Angeles, via the Panama Canal, onboard the Norwegian Gem. The itinerary details shown below lists some of the unique ports of calls not normally visited on cruises departing from the Port of New York. The cruise is extensively focused on  the Southern Caribbean, the North Coast of South America, Central America, the Canal and the West Coast of Mexico (Destinations made popular by the TV series - "the Love Boat". The cruise depart New York on January 2, 2019 and ending in Los Angeles, California on January 20th.

The sailing will be conducted on the popular Norwegian Gem which has a strong following among Norwegian Cruise Line fans. The ship offers a rock climbing wall, water slides, extensive spa facilities, casino, pools, hot tubs and many dining establishments / freestyle dining.

Here are the itinerary details.

DayCruise PortsArriveDepart Wed New York, New York (EMBARK) --- 5…