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City By The Bay, Concerts By The Bay

Golden Gate BridgeIn San Francisco, there's a lot of optimism about cruising. In September, the new James R. Herman Cruise Terminal will welcome its first ship and, the optimists hope, open the door to a new era of cruising for the city by the bay.

The first ship will be the Crown Princess. It will be followed by the Star Princess, Norwegian Jewel and Silver Shadow. They will be docking at Pier 27, not far from the old pier (35), which was deemed to be not just old but also small and hard to access. Pier 27 will be much more than a cruise-ship terminal.

In fact, San Francisco is banking on it…in more ways than one.

Pier 27 is designed to be an events center. Unfinished, it was the concert venue for the America's Cup last summer and the Port of San Francisco is planning on booking 67 concerts and corporate events in the fiscal year that starts July 1, and hopefully more. Complemented by 74 ship calls, that will be considered only a start towards paying the debt incurred by building the terminal.

Break even is about 90 ships and "dozens" of events.

Curiously, there are no Carnival ships scheduled to appear at Pier 27. This is not a surprise, since  Carnival ships don't visit San Francisco. But it's curious, because the port is trying to attract concerts…and Carnival has introduced a highly successful series of port concerts called Carnival Live.

Next year maybe?

Today at Phil Reimer's portsandbows.com: The Oceania fleet now more 'complete'

Celebrity Constellation
12 nights
August 13, 2014
Amsterdam (return): BerlinStockholmHelsinkiSt. PetersburgTallinnCopenhagen
Inside $1,599
Cost per day: $133
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Tiring Refrain About Ship Accidents

Is it just us, or do media people seem to get some vicarious satisfaction out of reporting the misfortunes of businesses often associated with the rich and famous…businesses like Disney…and Starbucks…and the cruise industry?

"Another cruise ship accident…"

This came a couple of days ago, on CNN. The accident was a minor collision between the Silver Shadow and a Vietnamese container ship, near Halong Bay in Vietnam. The Silver Shadow suffered a few dents, the container ship started to roll before righting itself, and nobody was hurt.

Yes, it could have been much, much worse. But it wasn't.

The collision was essentially caused by heavy fog, according to reports. While the elements can never be used as an excuse, these things do happen, to ships of all shapes and sizes, in wherever there is fog.

But the bottom line is it wasn't serious, yet CNN devoted three minutes of valuable air time telling its world that there had been "another cruise ship accident."

Maybe that it involved a cruise ship was enough to attract this type of overkill, or maybe it's because we're in that three-month gap between two real tragedies: the Costa Concordia and the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

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