Porthole Cruise News Briefs – Feb. 20, 2015
- Cunard will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth with a special black-tie Big Band Ball on October 3. The evening will begin with a commemorative menu at a black-tie gala dinner. Then there will be tributes to swing and jazz, performed by a 14-piece band and vocalists in the Queens Ballroom. The five-night cruise from Southampton, UK, visits Amsterdam and Bruges (Zeebrugge) from October 2 to 7….
- The American Queen steamboat is showing off a new paddlewheel, among other improvements made during a six-week layup in New Orleans. The refurbishment also included new and upgraded mahogany accents and regal red carpeting on the entry staircase. The ship just launched its fourth season of cruises on the Mississippi….
- For those who grew up in or are otherwise obsessed with the 1960s, pack your bell bottoms for the new Flower Power Cruise. On board performing (and we admit this made us giddy) will be Micky Dolenz from The Monkees, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Guess Who, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, and The Turtles, among others. Other cruise highlights will include a Psychedelic 60s Dance Party and a Make Love Not War vow renewal ceremony. The 5-day Western Caribbean sailing, embarking Fort Lauderdale on February 29, 2016, is on Celebrity Constellation….
- Boutique river line Uniworld said cruises to its new destination of India would launch with a 13-day India’s Golden Triangle & Sacred Ganges cruise from New Delhi to Kolkata, embarking January 9, 2016, on the new, all-suite, 56-passenger Ganges Voyager II….
- Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, was floated out at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The 4,180-passenger ship debuts this spring.
— Fran Golden
Photo: Cunard Line
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