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Norwegian Ship Hot Topic Again


Rightly or wrongly, today we feel a need to come to the defense of a ship we love (Norwegian Epic) and a country we love (France).

The Epic was built in France three years ago. Among the ship's crosses-to-bear, and there were many, was that three fires broke out during construction. Nobody came right out and said so, but there was a sense the Epic's problems began when Norwegian decided to built its 11th ship in France. Most cruise ships are built in Germany and Italy.

Yesterday, a fire broke out on Norwegian's Getaway, which next year will become the line's 13th and finest ship. Is anybody superstitious about 13?

The effect of the fire was minimized almost as quickly as the "blaze" was extinguished. It was made to sound minor, but was major enough for there to be "significant smoke formation" and for the fire department to be called and for all shipyard visitors to be evacuated.

One more thing…

The Getaway's being built in Germany.

Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
18 nights
April 24, 2013
Sydney, Noumea, Ile des Pins, Port-Vila, Suva, Apia, Pago Pago, Lahaina, Honolulu
Inside: $1,085
Cost per day: $60


Get the Camera, Here Comes the Ship!

What is it about new ships? They emerge from a shipyard like some 200,000-ton baby from a womb, and out come the cameras. A baby is born after being carried in the safety of water and a cruise ship is born to carry thousands of people safely on water, yet they have the same attraction for shutterbugs.

The picture you see is Celebrity’s Silhouette, as it backed out of the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany this week. It is said residents of Papenburg lined up to see cruising’s newest baby, the fourth ship in Celebrity’s five-ship Solstice Class.

While we never use our own actions to explain or justify the actions of others, we’ve been the “baby photographers.” When the Allure of the Seas came to North America from Europe last November, we were standing on the top deck of another ship, Navigator of the Seas, watching the newest mega ship’s arrival in Fort Lauderdale.

In hand we had not one camera but two. Part of it is taking pictures of cruise ships is just something we do. And part of it is that’s just what cruise ships do to people.

Who knows why?

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