Sunday, September 30, 2012

Virtual National Cruise Vacation Week Calendar 2012


Resources to Help You Explore the World of Cruise Vacationing


October is National Cruise Vacation Month and we will be sharing useful information with our readers on this blog, our Facebook page, and website. We'll add links to this calendar to help you find related information.

First-time Cruisers and Seasoned Cruisers alike should find something of interest in the calendar.   Simply click on a calendar day entry to start your exploration.   If there are specific topics you'd like to see us cover, contact us.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Azamara Club Cruises 2014 Deployment


YOU'LL LOVE WHERE WE TAKE YOU

Offering more late-night and overnight stays in port, the award-winning Azamara Club Cruises  announced the 2014 deployment of its twin boutique ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.

Up-market travelers can choose among 72 new voyages, ranging from four to 17 nights and visiting 240 fascinating destinations in 66 countries throughout Europe, the Far East, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Western U.S. coast.

The cruise line’s new 2014 program enables guests to experience the nightlife of compelling destinations around the world that larger ships cannot reach, and includes a record-45 maiden port calls, such as the UNESCO World Geopark Langkawi, Malaysia; Maura in the Sultanate of Brunei; and the charming island-village Vila do Abraao, a favorite Brazilian getaway.

“Azamara’s staff and crew stand ready to deliver our authentic and personable service along with immersive experiences to up-market travelers,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “One hundred percent of Azamara’s 2014 voyages feature late night and overnight stays in port to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the nightlife of some of the world’s most vibrant places. There is no better way for travelers to immerse themselves in a destination than with Azamara.”


DESCRIPTION SAIL DATE(S) 2014 ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Azamara Journey
12- to 17-night East & South China Seas
January - April Alternating departures from Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai and Chennai. Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Halong Bay, Borobudur,
Parambanan and Sangiran.

Azamara Journey
Repositioning cruise
April
Repositions via the Indian Ocean
and the Suez Canal to arrive for its Europe season
Azamara Journey
4- to 14-night  Europe
Summer voyages, ranging throughout the Mediterranean,
North and Baltic Seas (some examples follow)

Azamara Journey
10-, or 12-night Baltic
July all feature three full days at St. Petersburg, Russia
Azamara Journey
14-night Food and Wine cruise

August
departing Southampton, U.K., on August 20, which features two-night stays at Nantes (Loire Valley) and Bordeaux, France.

Azamara Quest
10- to 14-night Sea of Cortez and Central America voyages
January - April Los Angeles, California - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Manzanillo. Mexico - Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo), Mexico - Huatulco, Mexico - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - Acajutla, El Salvador - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua - Caldera, Costa Rica (Ports vary by itinerary)
Azamara Quest
10- to 12-night trans-Panama Canal voyages

January, March a pair of trans-Panama Canal voyages between Miami,
Fla., and Costa Rica

Azamara Quest
8-night Coastal Wine Cruise
February
Santa Barbara, California - Monterey, California - San Francisco, California - Ensenada, Mexico - Los Angeles, California
Azamara Quest
11-night less-trodden, jewel islands of the Caribbean
March St. John, U.S.Virgin Islands - Iles Des Saintes, Guadeloupe - Roseau, Dominica - Gustavia, St. Barts - Charlestown, Nevis - Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. - Miami, Florida

Azamara Quest
15-night trans-Atlantic voyage Miami to Nice
March Miami, Florida - Ponta Delgada, Azores - Gibraltar, United Kingdom - Cartagena, Spain - Mahon, Menorca, Spain - Cannes, France - Nice, France
Azamara Journey
Azamara Quest rendezvous in St. Tropez and Monte Carlo
May 19 for the first time, guests aboard both ships can join in the excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Azamara Quest
7- to 12-night Europe
Summer mainly in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean and Black seas

Azamara Quest
11-night Mediterranean Easter sailing
 
April sailing, departing April 11, offers guests an overnight at Civitavecchia, the gateway to Rome for an opportunity to attend Palm Sunday mass in the Vatican, and at Livorno for Easter Sunday in Florence.

Azamara Quest
7-, 9-, and 12-night Black Sea voyages
July - August
voyages sail from Istanbul. The August 20
voyage takes guests on a comprehensive 12-night itinerary throughout the region, including a call at
Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 winter Olympic Games.
Azamara Journey
Holiday Sailings
November depart from Spain’s Costa del Sol to the beautiful
Brazil via the Canary Islands. Travelers can celebrate Christmas and the New Year as they sail from
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro.
Azamara Quest
Holiday Sailings
November retrace the Spice Route to the Far East and ring
in the New Year in Hong Kong.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Celebrity Reflection Sea Trials

Celebrity Reflection courtesy Meyer Werft Shipyard
Celebrity Reflection
Conveyance

On September 16th, the last Celebrity Solstice-class ship left the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Pagenburg, Germany. Celebrity Reflection is on her way,  down the River Ems (backward, mind you) and out to the North Sea. Her final destination for these sea trials is  Emshaven, The Netherlands. 

This marks the completion of the construction period for Celebrity Reflection.  After the completion of the sea trials, the ship will be formally turned over to the owner, Celebrity Cruises in the traditional christening ceremony.

 Inaugural Sailing:  From Amsterdam on October 12th

Celebrity Reflection Conveyance Photo Albums

Celebrity Cruises is posting pictures of the ship and the sea trials on their Facebook page.  We fell in love with the Solstice-class when we were on a pre-inaugural of Celebrity Solstice.   The final ship in the series is now almost ready to be put into service complementing her sister-ships.

Photos and Stories:

Celebrity Cruises blog                       

     

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tropical Storm Miriam Forms in East Pacific

Tropical Storm Miriam 2012
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Tropical Storm Miriam
Latest to Form in East Pacific 
Now a Major Hurricane

200 PM PDT WED SEP 26 2012

...MIRIAM MOVING GENERALLY NORTHWARD AND STEADILY WEAKENING...
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See where ships are relative to tropical storms
Interactive tracking map (real-time ship tracking)
TD 13-E formed Southwest of mainland Mexico Friday night and has grown into a tropical storm today.   It is expected to continue increasing until becoming a hurricane.  There are currently no coastal watches or warnings related to the storm.  There are no cruises impacted at this time either.


SUMMARY OF 200 PM PDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...20.8N 115.4W
ABOUT 380 MI...615 KM WSW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 350 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...994 MB...29.35 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH...95
KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING
THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND MIRIAM IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A REMNANT LOW
ON FRIDAY.
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
SURF...SWELLS GENERATED BY MIRIAM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE SOUTH
AND WEST COASTS OF THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL BAJA PENINSULA TONIGHT
AND THURSDAY BUT WILL BEGIN TO GRADUALLY SUBSIDE ON FRIDAY. THESE
SWELLS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS. 
PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE

Historical Data:         Storm Archive                Graphics Archive                                         

800 PM PDT FRI SEP 21 2012
 
...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS SOUTHWEST OF MAINLAND MEXICO...
 
800 AM PDT SAT SEP 22 2012
 
...TROPICAL DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM MIRIAM...
  
800 AM PDT MON SEP 24 2012

...MIRIAM BECOMES A MAJOR HURRICANE...
 
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Lifeboat Drill for Training

Updated Policy
Life Boat Loading
for Training Purposes


On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC) announced that the cruise industry has adopted an additional safety policy. This policy, which exceeds current international regulatory requirements, addresses issues related to the loading of lifeboats by crewmembers for training purposes. It is an outcome of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, which was launched in January 2012 following the Costa Concordia accident.

Life Boat Loading for Training Purposes Policy
  • full loading of a lifeboat at least once every six months for crew training purposes
  • the lifeboat must be filled to capacity with crew members
  • maneuvered in the water to facilitate familiarization with lifeboat operations
  • mandatory attendance for all crew members involved in operating or loading of lifeboats 
The new policy is for all oceangoing members of CLIA and ECC, and is effective immediately. Smaller ships with less than 300 crew members will conduct similar training as appropriate.

“The cruise industry continues to work on a global level to improve the safety of passengers and crew, which is our number one priority,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA.

“Since January of this year, and in keeping with our efforts to continuously improve operational excellence, the global cruise industry has voluntarily adopted seven wide-ranging safety policies. We remain fully committed to exploring further enhancements in a number of areas that will add to the industry’s excellent safety record.”

Commenting on the new policy Manfredi Lefebvre, ECC Chairman said:

“The Cruise industry’s Operational Safety Review demonstrates our on-going determination to ensure that cruise ships remain the safest vacation option and the safest part of the shipping industry. This policy, like all the policies that have already been developed by the Operational Safety Review, exceeds current international regulatory requirements and has been externally verified by world renowned independent experts.”

He added: “Our industry is committed to improving our safety performance in the short, the medium and the long term I believe our approach supports the goal of European Commission of re-launching their ‘Quality Shipping Campaign’ as set out in its Maritime Policy 2009-2018.”

Related Posts & Information:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Godmothers Named for Norwegian Breakaway

Rockettes - courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Rocketttes Named Godmother
Norwegian Breakaway

There is a lot of tradition that is followed even today when a new ship is placed into service.  One of the most important milestones is the christening, where the Godmother breaks a bottle of champagne against the hull of the ship.

When Norwegian Breakaway is christened next May,  she will have not one, not two, but several Godmothers.   The world famous Rockettes, iconic dancers of New York, will do the honors.  MSG Entertainment, owner of the Rockettes, announced Norwegian Cruise Line will be the official cruise line of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall and an official partner of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 

"I strongly believe that the Rockettes, one of the most beloved and recognizable New York icons, are the perfect choice to serve as the ship's godmothers," Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's CEO, said in a prepared statement. 

Most ships have one Godmother, but some ships have had more than one.   

Rockettes Will be Onboard

The Rockettes role won't end with the breaking of the bottle against the hull.Two dancers from the famed troupe will sail aboard each of the first six sailings of Norwegian Breakaway, and the first sailing of each month thereafter. While onboard, the two Rockettes will lead exclusive Rockette-themed fitness classes and will participate in photo ops, as well as meet and greets with passengers. The Rockettes also will be showcased via a historical retrospective in the ship's library.

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for their entertainment, with acts like Second City, Blue Man Group and others gracing the stages onboard.   The Rockettes is the perfect addition to the lineup for a ship that makes New York its home.

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Look for Azamara Club Cruises Ships


Azamara Journey
& Azamara Quest
Refurbishment

Azamara Club Cruises announced that both of its ships will be undergoing some major changes late this year an early next year.   The most noticeable change will be the switch from a white hull to dark blue hulls.

Dry Dock Schedule:

Azamara Quest (8 Nights) November 7, 2012
Navantia Shipyard in Cadiz, Spain

Azamara Journey (7 Nights) January 6, 2013
Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard


According to Edie Bornstein, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Azamara, the new dark blue hulls will "better reflect the elegance onboard."

Here are the details of the refurbishments, which will be made to each ship:
  • Caviar and champagne bar will be added within the specialty restaurant Aqualina
  • New Chef's Table concept featuring three wine menus (Italian, French and Californian)
  • The Casino Bar will be expanded and enhanced with new furniture 
  • New steam room and showers; new Life Fitness cardio equipement in the Spa & Fitness center
  • New carpets, upholstery and color palette in public spaces
  • New mattresses and upgraded balcony furniture will be added to cabins
  • Resurfaced pool with new sun loungers and pool towels 
About Azamara Club Cruises

Even before the refurbishment, intimate elegance is what you'll find aboard the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.. With slightly more than 690 guests you'll discover unparalleled service with one staff member to every two guests. Enjoy an evening cordial while listening to the dazzling finger work of the pianist at the Drawing Room, meet new found friends for a signature cocktail at the Discoveries Lounge, immerse yourself in the thalassotherapy pool and let the invigorating waters rejuvenate your being or enjoy breathtaking views of far away lands while feeding your hunger at the Windows Cafe. With impeccable service, scrumptious cuisine and longer stays at out of the way destinations - discover what it means to sail with Azamara Club Cruises.

Azamara JourneyAzamara Quest
Ship Statistics30,277 GT, 694 passenger capacity, 593 feet length, 95 feet beam Builder: Chantiers de I'Atlantique   Completed in 2000, Refurbished 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Carnival Beards Make More Changes

Future Carnival Vacation
Certificates Eliminated

Those that travel frequently are aware that loyalty has its rewards. Many of you may have gotten to your destination without incurring airfare costs by turning in miles.

The cruise industry also has loyalty programs and other incentives.

Until this announcement from Carnival Corporation, passengers on most Carnival Ships could stop at the Future Carnival Vacation Desk, fill out a form, pay a minimal deposit, and get a certificate to use on a future Carnival cruise. As a reward, you would earn an onboard credit when redeeming the certificate at a later date.

The certificates had an expiration date, several years into the future, which would allow you ample time to decide on when and where you wanted to cruise. There was no need to determine that while on your current cruise.

Effective with sailings on or after September 27, 2012, Carnival has discontinued the program.  Certificates that are out in the field will be honored through the expiration date on the form.

Guests can still book a confirmed booking while on most Carnival ships.  NOTE:  There are no Future Carnival Vacations desks on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Victory.

Receive Up to $200 OBC

3,4, or 5 day cruise 6 day cruise 7,8,9, or 10 day cruise 12+ day cruise
$50 OBC per stateroom $75 OBC per stateroom $100 OBC per stateroom $200 OBC per stateroom

There has been quite a buzz in the online communities since Carnival made this announcement. The attractive benefit of the previous program was that you didn't have to decide destination or timeframe ahead of time. You just had to decide that you wanted to do another cruise in the future on Carnival, and when the time was right, call you agent to make a confirmed booking. The OBC can be combined with other offers, but in reality, there is little benefit to tying up your money in advance, and it could actually become a disadvantage if you were to find some different cruise that you'd rather take. Be sure to be familiar with all the restrictions before you decide to book under the new program.

Tropical Storm Lane in East Pacific

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Tropical Storm Lane 
Latest Hurricane in East Pacific
800 PM PDT MON SEP 17 2012

...LANE EXPECTED TO WEAKEN ON TUESDAY...

 
TD 12-E formed in the tropical Eastern Pacific Saturday morning and grew into Tropical Storm Lane.  It is not a threat to land at this time.  This is another storm that is south of Baja California and my grow into another hurricane.

SUMMARY OF 800 PM PDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...18.4N 127.5W
ABOUT 1180 MI...1895 KM WSW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...989 MB...29.21 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. 
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 80 MPH...130 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  LANE IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE.  LANE SHOULD WEAKEN INTO A TROPICAL STORM ON
TUESDAY...AND FURTHER WEAKENING IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY.

Historical Data:        Storm Archive                  Graphics Archive                   

800 AM PDT SAT SEP 15 2012

...NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC...
...NO THREAT TO LAND... 
 
200 PM PDT SAT SEP 15 2012
 
...TROPICAL STORM LANE FORMS IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC...
...NO THREAT TO LAND... 
 
200 AM PDT MON SEP 17 2012

...LANE BECOMES A HURRICANE AND TURNS NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD...
 
 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Expert Findings Released on Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia & Lifeboats    Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Expert Panel
Reports Findings
Concordia Tragedy

The panel of experts, that were appointed by the Italian courts to review evidence in the events of the January 14th tragedy which took the lives of 32 people, have released their findings to the court.   A 270 page document was filed with the court on Tuesday and published by Italian media on Thursday.



Captain, Crew, & Costa Cruises to Blame

As expected, the primary blame for the tragic accident falls on Captain Schettino, who has already been condemned in the media as "Captain Coward" and other names. He is charged with several counts including negligent homicide, causing a shipwreck, and abandoning ship before the complete evacuation of the 4,200 passengers and crew. He claims he was commanding the situation from the life boats and denies any wrongdoing.

In the report, the panel also puts blame on the crew for "blunders, delays and security breaches that contributed to the disaster". Early reports from passengers had indicated that the crew was disorganized during the evacuation, which seems to validate the findings.

Costa Crociere, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation plc, is accused of "delaying the emergency alert sent to coastal authorities". In a statement, Costa placed the blame on Francesco Schettino, the ship’s captain: "It is also clear from the records that the communication made by the Master to the crisis department were on the whole not timely, partial and confused, not allowing it to scale a clear perception of the seriousness of what was actually happening."

In response to allegations that the crew was inadequately trained, Costa said: “The alleged defects in the certifications of some of the crew concern only a few individuals who are not key to emergency management”.

A court hearing is scheduled for October 15th to determine if the captain and any of the co-defendants should be put on trial. 

Continuing Coverage

Salvage operations are underway to remove the ship from the coastline of Giglio, Italy.  That operation, which began in June, will last about a year according to current estimates.

We continue to follow all the events around this tragic accident in our anchor article:

Costa Concordia Listing after Deadly Accident

Cruises Impacted by Protests

Egyptian Sphinx - Courtesy Azamara Club Cruises
Middle East Protests
Impact Cruises

Once again cruises to Egypt and Tunisia are being rerouted to avoid any potential security risks to passengers, ships, and crew.

A wave of anti-American unrest swept through the Middle East on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack.  Uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia were sparked by the inflammatory anti-Muslim video, and there was further unrest Thursday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, where protesters had scaled the walls Tuesday.

The fatal attack on the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans has prompted the deployment of two warships to the area.

Cruise lines are closely monitoring the situation and two changes have already been announced. We will update this article with additional details as they become available.  Consult with the individual cruise lines if you are traveling to this region.

Latest Changes

Silversea has cancelled Silver Cloud's September 30 visit to Tunis, Tunisia, replacing it with a stop at Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago.

Oceania's Marina will no longer visit Alexandria on October 3 or Part Said on October 4. Instead the ship will add Antalya, Turkey and spend an extra day in Ashdod, Israel on October 4. 



Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Quest's scheduled stop in La Goulette (Carthage), Tunisia on October 31 wil be replaced with a full-day visit to Minorca in the Balearic Islands on November 1.


Protests in Egypt
September 20, 2012

Royal Caribbean International continues to closely monitor the situation in Egypt. At this time, Royal Caribbean has not changed the itinerary of any upcoming sailing that includes a port call to Egypt. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any modifications to upcoming itineraries. The safety and security, of our guests and crew members is always foremost in our minds.

Protests in Egypt
September 13, 2012

Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the protests currently taking place in Egypt.

In an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel Mariner of the Seas’ next port call to Egypt. Mariner of the Seas, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, on Saturday, September 15, will no longer call on Alexandria, Egypt, on Tuesday, September 18. Instead, the ship will now call to Sicily (Messina), Italy, on Sunday, September 16, and Valletta, Malta, on Monday, September 17.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make additional modifications to upcoming itineraries.

Holland America Line

Holland America's Ryndam, which was scheduled to dock September 14 in La Goulette (Carthage), Tunisia, will visit Sardinia, Italy, instead. 

Cunard Line

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth will skip its scheduled September 15 call in Alexandria and replace it with a visit to Rhodes on September 16.

Celebrity Cruises

Protests in Egypt

September 20, 2012
Celebrity Cruises continues to closely monitor the protests currently taking place in Egypt. At this time, Celebrity Cruises has not cancelled any port calls to Egypt. We will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any modifications to upcoming itineraries.
September 13, 2012
Celebrity Cruises is closely monitoring the protests currently taking place in Egypt. At this time, Celebrity Cruises has not cancelled any port calls to Egypt. We will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any modifications to upcoming itineraries.

Travel Warnings & Alerts

U.S. State Department has not issued any Travel Warnings or Alerts, but the embassies in seven countries advised Americans to be vigilant. U.S. embassies in Armenia, Burundi, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia and Egypt, posted the notices but don't report any specific threat.

Useful Links:

U.S. Department of State - International Travel

When traveling in a foreign country, it is wise to know about the location of U.S. Embassies

U.S. Embassies (Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions)
State Department's travel registration website - register travel  with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate

State Department’s Country Specific Information 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tropical Storm Kristy Forms in East Pacific

Tropical Storm Kristy
Click (here) for Interactive Map


Tropical Storm Kristy
Forms in East Pacific
200 PM PDT SUN SEP 16 2012

...KRISTY WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION...
 Tropical Storm Kristy is currently far south of Baja California and no immediate threat to land.  Watches and warnings may be posted later in the week depending on the progress of the storm.



SUMMARY OF 200 PM PDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...25.0N 118.5W
ABOUT 560 MI...905 KM WNW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
 

 
INTERESTS IN SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
KRISTY. ANY DEVIATION TO THE NORTH OF THE FORECAST TRACK WOULD
REQUIRE A TROPICAL STORM WATCH OR WARNING FOR A PORTION OF EXTREME
SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH...55 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND
KRISTY IS LIKELY TO BECOME A REMNANT LOW MONDAY MORNING.
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
SURF...SWELLS GENERATED BY KRISTY WILL STILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THESE SWELLS
COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS.
PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
Historical Data:    Storm Archive    Graphics Archive
 
800 AM PDT WED SEP 12 2012
 
...NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS SOUTH OF MANZANILLO MEXICO...
...NO THREAT TO LAND...
 
200 PM PDT WED SEP 12 2012

...TROPICAL STORM KRISTY FORMS SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF CABO CORRIENTES
MEXICO...  
 
                             

Tropical Storm Nadine in Atlantic

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Tropical Storm Nadine
Forms in Atlantic
Becomes 8th Hurricane of Season

REMNANTS OF NADINE ADVISORY NUMBER  88
1100 AM AST THU OCT 04 2012
 
...BYE BYE NADINE...
...WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP ITS BEEN... 




TD-14 has become Tropical Storm Nadine.  Nadine is lingering a long time in the Atlantic and has prompted tropical storm warnings for the Azores.  Wind and rain were forecast for the Azores for the second time for this storm.  The storm is the longest for the 2012 Atlantic Season and may be among the longest storms in history.

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...40.0N 26.7W
ABOUT 85 MI...140 KM NNE OF LAJES IN THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 24 MPH...39 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
THE WEATHER SERVICE OF PORTUGAL HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM
WARNING FOR THE AZORES.
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
 
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN
THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. THE REMNANTS OF NADINE ARE FORECAST TO PRODUCE GALE-FORCE
WINDS DURING THE NEXT 12 HOURS OR SO.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...GALE-FORCE WINDS IN GUSTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE IN THE
AZORES...BUT SHOULD GRADUALLY SUBSIDE LATER TODAY.
 
RAINFALL...THE REMNANTS OF NADINE ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL
RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OR LESS OVER PORTIONS OF THE
AZORES THROUGH THURSDAY, OCT 4TH.
 

Historical Data:          Storm Archive              Graphics   Archive   

1100 AM AST TUE SEP 11 2012
 
...NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE CENTRAL TROPICAL ATLANTIC
BUT NOT A THREAT TO LAND...
 
1100 PM AST TUE SEP 11 2012
 
...DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS INTO TROPICAL STORM NADINE OVER THE OPEN
TROPICAL ATLANTIC... 

1100 PM AST FRI SEP 14 2012

...NADINE BECOMES THE EIGHTH HURRICANE OF THE ATLANTIC SEASON...
                             

1100 PM AST TUE SEP 18 2012

...NADINE WEAKENS A LITTLE AS IT INCHES CLOSER TO THE AZORES...

1100 AM AST THU SEP 20 2012
 
...NADINE CONTINUES TO PASS SOUTH OF THE AZORES...
 
 
1100 PM AST FRI SEP 21 2012
 
...NADINE BECOMES A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE...
...REGENERATION POSSIBLE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS...
THIS IS THE LAST PUBLIC ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM UNLESS REGENERATION OCCURS. 
 
1100 AM AST SUN SEP 23 2012
 
...LONG-LIVED NADINE BECOMES A TROPICAL STORM AGAIN...
 

800 PM AST WED OCT 03 2012

...NADINE EXPECTED TO BRING TROPICAL STORM OR GALE CONDITIONS
TO THE AZORES TONIGHT OR EARLY THURSDAY... 
 
ONCE AGAIN ...
 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot Day 2012


President Proclaims Patriot Day, Day of Remembrance

Patriot Day - 9/11By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. President Obama officially proclaimed September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day.

Patriot DayIn his remarks, the President said “On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders — and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.”

He continued, “More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. ”

He called us to service, by saying “Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country’s darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives — and each of us can do something.”

Remembering 9/11/2001

Each year we recall where we were when learning about the terrorist attacks.   We were on the inaugural voyage of Norwegian Sun, thousands of miles from home in Paris, France.   Our tour bus was filled with our fellow passengers, the majority of whom lived in New York.  The transatlantic cruise, we were on, was originally scheduled to conclude in New York but ended in Boston instead.

What was to have been a celebration of our 25th Anniversary, quickly became a very unique experience as we observed the hospitality and caring from so many people across the globe as our journey home continued.

See our article from last year, FDNY May We Never Forget, on the 10th anniversary, as we recalled our journey back to New York to visit the site of the World Trade Center attacks.  Should your cruise vacation plans include New York, we recommend spending some time at the WTC Memorial and other historic sites in the city.