Port Everglades Condos Give Independence of the Seas Send-off

Port Everglades features a narrow channel for ships to enter and exit the port.  Along the northern edge of the channel homes and condos have given rise to a local tradition.  Each day as ships sail past, Fort Lauderdale residents and condo owners gather and enjoy the "Elephant Walk" of ships departing.  In this case, as Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas sails past, bringing up the the end of the Elephant Walk, the passengers get a kick out of the festivities.

The Cruise Aficioandos Podcast and VLOG: Labadee, Haiti.

The Cruise Aficionados Podcast, all VLOG style!  Visit Labadee, Haiti and get a peak at one of the best beach days in cruising!

Exhaust Scrubbers to Mien Schiff 7 and 8.

TUI cruises, part of Royal Caribbean’s extended family of cruise lines, is installing exhaust scrubbers produced by the Valmet.  "We are proud to continue the supply of our technology to the TUIC fleet. Our scrubber system will ensure for the ships a modern, reliable exhaust gas cleaning system," said, Anssi Mäkelä of Valmet.  The scrubbers will be installed in the Mein Schiff 7 and 8 which are being builtl in the Meyer Turku yards in Finland. 

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Carville and Matalin take to the sea.

Carville and Matalin take to the sea.

James the “Ragin’ Cajun,” Carville and Mary Matalin, two of the brightest political operatives of the last twenty years will take the seas aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 this summer.  With the days before the major American political party conventions the married couple will present “Perspectives on the Modern Presidency” and a questions and answer session afterward.

Anthem of the Seas Weathers Huge Storm.

Damage on the Anthem of the Seas. *Credit @Flatgreg

 *BREAKING NEWS UPDATED* Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas encountered heavy seas and wind-gusts up to 74 mph this past Sunday.  Waves resulted in upturned furniture and cosmetic damage about the ship. Passengers were restricted to their staterooms during the storm which did NOT interrupt viewing of the Superbowl. She has returning to Bayonne with the rest of the cruise now canceled.  More details tongiht and on the Royal Caribbean Fan blog  *Twitter Picture courtesy of @Flatgreg.

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