Cruising is great I am sure you all agree!! But do you know about some of these Old cruise (or naval) customs which are still carried out today?
I had to start with the one I am sure you all know – I remember my first experience of the Baked Alaska being paraded around the restaurant by the restaurant staff and chefs all singing and with the pudding seemingly on fire. I actually didn’t know what was going on at first as the lights dimmed and everyone went quiet. It is a bit of an event and it goes back to the early 20th century, when ships first acquired refrigeration. It was such a huge event and ultimately, it stuck. Sadly it seems to have been phased out on many ships…some people may see this as a good thing.
I have just had a fantastic 2 night cruise on the wonderful Eclipse.
The mini cruise was part of my month long 40th Celebrations and was a little getaway for me and my partner. It is the first time in 14 years that we have been away without the children and although we missed them we had such a great few days.
CMV you say? Cruise and Maritime Voyages to give them their full name.
So last week they took delivery in Singapore of what will be their new flag ship and in fact the biggest ship in their fleet and in my opinion a game changer for them. she arrived ‘dressed’ in P&O Cruises Australia livery as Pacific Pearl at the end of her farewell voyage from Australia. She will have a quick refurb and some adaptions to the lounges ready to set sail as MV Columbus on 11 June 2017 after her official Naming Ceremony in London Tilbury on Thursday 8th June 2017.
I am sure most of you have heard of the P&O cruise ship Oriana, some of you may have been on board the ship. But upon my recent visit to my local maritime museum with my youngest daughter, I took a look at an early Oriana which was built in my home town (well it was a trade off – there is a park next to the museum, plus she gets to colour whilst I look around). Oriana was sister ship to the Famous Canberra
My hometown of Barrow-in-Furness has a rich maritime history and has built many cruise liners over the years. The SS Oriana was built by the then Vickers Armstrong in Barrow for Orient Lines (ORIENT STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY LTD.) . Oriana was the largest ship to built at the Barrow yard, it would also be the last ship they constructed for the Orient Steam Navigation Company.
I have been in the cruise industry now for around 16 years and one thing that I always remember is the excitement over P&O Launch. Normally P&O would release their programme for the coming year in March / April time (May at one time I recall). The new Programme or brochure would normally be for Sailings April to end of March (so this launch following the traditional path would normally be April 18 to March 19 for instance).
I am sure you have heard about the protests over the last few years and the subsequent ban then reinstating of large ships from berthing in the lagoon in Venice. Environmentalists say that the sheer number and the size of the new mega ships is causing untold pollution issues in the Venetian waters.
Great news for fans of Carnival Cruises, having announced last year that they will return to Europe for the 2018 summer season with a brand new ship, more details have been released. For the inaugural season of its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will carry out Port-Intensive European Cruises Round-Trip from Barcelona.