Joy for Cunard; curse for Carnival Triumph

With Easter now behind us – luckily the threatened strikes by the French didn’t occur and disruption to many holiday travels were avoided – the school holidays in full swing, many are planning summer trips.  It is interesting to note that there has been a significant increase in the cruise being an option.  What was once considered a holiday for the elite, too expensive for families, and quite possibly dull by many, the cruise is now back on the agenda.  The cruise has always had a chequered history; from the glory days of the White Star Line and their magnificent ships – who can forget the Oceanic, the Britannic and her ill-fated sister ship, the Titanic? – the road to the 21st century has been a bumpy one… and for some, it still is.

The Carnival Triumph, the cruise liner that delivered a ‘holiday from hell’ for thousands of passengers in February, has been cursed again; this time, the ship broke free from its repair berth.  In winds of up to 70mph and sitting at the BAE shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, the ship was wrenched from its moorings and not only incurred damaged to its rear, but also crashed into another vessel sitting in the Mobile River before finally coming to rest.  During this tragedy, two men were reported to have been thrown from the ship into the water from a guard shack that was nearby; one was later rescued, however, the other work is reportedly still missing.  This event is yet another setback for beleaguered Carnival Cruise Lines and, having already lower their profit forecast and cancelled 10 cruises on this particular ship, they may have to cancel more as the damage sustained could push back the ship’s return to duty.

On the other side of the coin is Cunard who are reportedly getting ready for a ‘year of celebrations in 2014’, marking the achievements of both the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, who will reach 10 years of service, and their flagship, the Queen Mary 2, who will make are 200th Atlantic crossing.  Cunard also mark another anniversary next year – the 100th anniversary of the first sailing of the four-funnelled Aquitania; she sailed her maiden voyage to New York in May 1914.

The Queen Mary 2’s milestone Atlantic crossing will be from 6th to 13th July, and you can imagine the celebrations that will take place on board at that time!  She will also make two further celebratory crossings next year, stopping at Halifax in Canada – the birthplace of Samuel Cunard - along the way.  But the spotlight will shine brightly on Cunard’s celebrations on 9th May 2014, when its three ships – the Queen Victoria will be docking overnight ahead of her 23rd May around-Britain trip, her first 2-day call in port in almost 50 years! – will dock in Liverpool.

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