Grand Princess Gets a Refit

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 0 comments
Princess cruises' Grand Princess will be in a dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas for 24 days whilst she is refitted to add some of the cruise line's trademark features. One major change will be the removal of the Skywalker's night club perched high on the stern of the vessel, as it reportedly does nothing for fuel economy! Additions are to include a nightclub called One5 Lounge, a pizzeria and tea lounge, and 7 new suites. other key areas on the ship will be renovated.

Until May 4th, cruisers and anyone interested can follow the refit by way of an online video diary. The diary is hosted by Cruise Director Martyn Moss.

Skywalkers photo by JeanBaptisteM via Flickr Creative Commons

"We have seen from past refits that passengers love to keep up-to-date with what is happening on board and, as a British favourite, the Grand Princess video updates are set to be 'must-see' viewing,"

Pieter Van der Schee told The Mirror.

Grand Princess photo by Trondheim Havn via Flickr Creative Commons

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Royal Wedding to be celebrated by Queen Elizabeth-and Mary and Victoria

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Royalists who have booked a cruise that clashes with the wedding of the century (so far) need not fret- Cunard Cruise Lines are doing what they can to make sure any monarchy enthusiasts on board won't miss out on the excitement.

On April 29th, as Kate and Wills tie the knot, the Queen Victoria will be crossing the Mediterranean, and the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary II the Atlantic. The wedding ceremony will be broadcast live to passengers in their 800-1,000 person capacity Royal Theatres, reports Time Magazine. There will also be a commemorative Royal Wedding dinner with white-iced fruitcake for dessert.

Cunard line says their passengers are likely to have an 'above average interest' in the events of April 29th and want to ensure that they don't miss a minute of it because they are not on shore.

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Pacific Dawn Tour helps out in Canterbury

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The Pacific Dawn, alongside at the Port of Tauranga on the 31st of March, hosted 84 visitors as a fundraising effort for the victims of the Canterbury earthquake. The group purchased tickets to take a tour on the ship and get a taste of the luxury of cruising, as well as doing some good- the entire cost of the ticket was donated to the Red Cross.

Photo by Miles Goodhew via Flickr Creative Commons

The guests were given lunch and shown the public facilities of the 11-deck, 245 metre long ship, as well as a peek into some of the cabins. These types of tours are rare due to security reason, P&O's New Zealand Manager Shannon Currie told

"We receive many requests from people wanting to have a look around our ships while they are in port, but unfortunately for operational reasons it isn’t usually possible. This is due to security concerns, particularly post 9/11"

He said that the response to the opportunity was fantastic, and it was a pity that they could not do it more often as it would encourage more people to book a cruise. One of the tour group remarked

"It was an opportunity that you don’t get often and I think they should do it more often because it would help people decide to take a trip on one."

The Dawn Princess offers a jogging track, 9 bars and lounges, superb restaurants, whirlpool spas, library, duty-free shopping, medical centre and a gym and health spa. With a first-hand look at those facilities, it's a fair bet that some of the tour group will be back on board for a cruise in the future!

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