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Passengers of cancelled Alaska cruise voice emotions ranging from anger to acceptance

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Voyage cancellations of a Celebrity Cruises ship in Alaska have caused a lot of anger and frustration among would-be passengers. Many, like Phyllis McNamara of Indianapolis, had just arrived in Alaska this week when they learned their voyage was cancelled because of mechanical problems with one of its two propulsion motors. McNamara says her fourth vacation in her 68 years turned out to be a disappointing bust. The cruise is among six Alaska sailings on the 965-fooot Millennium that have been cancelled.

Remainder of cruise to Alaska cancelled after mechanical issues force ship to return to port

JUNEAU, Alaska - Celebrity Cruises announced Tuesday is was cancelling the remainder of a seven-night cruise to Alaska after mechanical issues forced a cruise ship carrying more than 3,100 passengers and crew members to return to port in Ketchikan. The cruise line said in a statement that passengers would receive refunds of their cruise fares and chartered air travel home. It also said it also was offering future cruise certificates for 100 per cent of the fare paid for this cruise.

Love Boat makes its final run to Turkish scrap heap

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular U.S. 1970s television show "The Love Boat," has sailed its final voyage to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, a shipping group said on Wednesday. Called the Pacific Princess when it was on the long-running comedy, the iconic 13,500-tonne, 171-m-long (561-foot-) vessel will be stripped for its metal and parts, said Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers' Association of Turkey.

QE2 ocean liner to be luxury hotel in Asia under new owners

By Praveen Menon DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai will spend another $90 million to refurbish the ocean liner QE2 before it steams out of the emirate in October to be moored in Asia as a 400-room luxury hotel, its new owners said on Sunday. The QE2, launched more than 40 years ago by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, will be owned by a consortium of investors under a Dubai-based entity called QE2 Shipping, Khamis Juma Buamim, the chairman of the new company said at a press conference.

Storied QE2 ocean liner set to depart Dubai in October to become Asian hotel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An official involved in the transformation of the storied passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 into a floating hotel says the ship will set sail in October for Asia to begin the $90 million overhaul. But full details remain under wraps. The Singapore-based group leading the project says only the QE2 will be refitted in a Chinese shipyard before being moored in an undisclosed Asian port as a 400-room hotel. The ship has sat idle in Dubai for more than 4 1/2 years after its purchase by the state investment company Istithmar World for $100 million.

Spain's Pullmantur rolls out year-round Caribbean cruises

Cartagena, Colombia, Jun 10 (EFE).- Spain's Pullmantur is making a big push to gain market share in the Caribbean cruise market. The cruise ship Monarch will be offering year-round voyages in the Caribbean from five ports, the company said. The Monarch, which can carry 2,769 passengers, has completed seven of the 53 voyages planned for the West Indies and southern Caribbean. The ship is one of the best options in the cruise market for tourists from around the world, especially Latin America, who want to explore the region.

Fire put out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship, no injuries

A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship early Monday, forcing the more than 2,000 guests aboard to gather at assembly areas while it was extinguished, the cruise line said. The company said the fire broke out at 2:50 am (0650 GMT) in a mooring area on the third deck of the Grandeur of the Seas as it was enroute to Coco Bay, Bahamas. The blaze was put out two hours later. "All 2,224 guests and 796 crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported," the cruise line said.

Cruise industry association announces member companies adopting passenger bill of rights

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The cruise industry said Wednesday that it's adopting a passenger bill of rights that guarantees the "safety, comfort and care" of guests. The bill of rights promises, among other things, full refunds for trips that are cancelled due to mechanical failure, and a backup power source on every ship to keep systems running in the event of a main generator failure.

Australia searches for cruise ship pair overboard

A massive air and sea search was under way Friday for an couple who fell overboard during a luxury cruise off Australia, as the cruise ship company involved said safety was its first priority. Police said surveillance footage shows Paul Rossington, 30, and Kristen Schroder, 27, going overboard just before 9:00pm (1100 GMT) on Wednesday when the boat was about 60 nautical miles off Australia's New South Wales coast.

Luxury cruise ship makes stop at Osaka

The luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess made a stop at Osaka on Wednesday as requested by the city government and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which are trying to attract foreign visitors. The 116,000-ton ship carrying about 2,600 passengers left Tianjin, China, last Friday and will get to the final destination, Alaska, in 16 days after stopping at places such as Osaka and Yokohama.
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