Friday File: Bridges, some with stories

When you cruise, there are bridges and there are bridges. On some cruise ships you can be lucky enough to visit “the bridge” and see how the captains and crews operate these massive floating hotels in seemingly the smallest of spaces. Failing that, there are bridges your ship sails under — and that’s what “bridges” means to most of us. Here’s a look at some that we’ve photographed in our travels…

Nassau

To get to Paradise Island in Nassau, we thought about walking across this one…okay, one of us did, while the other one got cold feet in anticipation of getting wet feet.

Golden Gate

When you leave San Francisco, in your wake is the picturesque Golden Gate Bridge…picturesque if it’s a sunny day like this one was from the stern of the Norwegian Sun.

Lisbon-25th of April Bridge-1

Not a Golden Gate double-take…but a Lisbon lookalike, the 25th of April Bridge, commemorating the Carnival Revolution, a 1974 blood-less coup that freed Portugal from dictatorship.

Americas

In the heart of the Panama Canal is the Centennial Bridge, built in 2004 to relieve traffic congestion by carrying four times as many cars as the 40-year-old Bridge of the Americas.

Vancouver-LGB

Vancouver’s famous Lions Gate Bridge welcomes ships into Burrard Inlet, providing the tide’s not too high, which it apparently always is for Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships.

New Orleans-1

The Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans is a 2-for-1, the world’s fifth-longest cantilevered bridges and the most heavily traveled in the Lower Mississippi River.

Verrazano

Explorer of the Seas looked like its top would scrape against the bottom of the Verrazano Bridge that connects Brooklyn and Staten Island…unlike some ships, there were 15 feet to spare.

In the news…

• Princess praised for handling 135 cases of norovirus on Star Princess
• Royal Caribbean, Celebrity to bump daily gratuities as of June 1
• Study shows cruise ship amenities driving industry's market growth  

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Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas
7 nights
November 29, 2015
Galveston (return): Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Inside: $510
Cost per day: $72
www.royalcaribbean.com

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