NewsBrief: Prinsendam Sailing Shortened, Seabourn Bans Select Balcony Smoking & More

Prinsendam In Drydock, Greek Cruise Shortened

A 14 night cruise through the Greek Isles aboard Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam has been shortened to allow for necessary repairs to one of the ship’s stabilizers. The sailing, which is scheduled to depart on October 14th, will now sail a shortened itinerary. The Prinsendam will remain in Athens for 6 days while technicians perform necessary maintenance to the stabilizer. Guest who choose to cancel their cruise will receive a full refund, while those who sail will receive a 50% refund. In addition, all guests whether sailing or not will receive a 25% future cruise credit.

Seabourn Bans Smoking On Select Balconies

Following Disney, Cunard, and P&O, Seabourn is the latest cruise line to alter their balcony smoking policy. The smoking ban on Seabourn will not be ship wide, but confined to specific categories of balcony staterooms. The main category affected is the category B suites found onboard the Seabourn Legend, Pride, and Spirit. It is due to these balconies “in hull” design that has warranted the cruise line to ban smoking on these balconies. A spokesperson for Seabourn explained that in the case of these balconies, keeping the smoke out of these suites was ineffective. Guests in other categories will still be able to smoke on their balconies.

Sun Princess Drydock Begins To Wind Down

As the Sun Princess’ drydock comes to an end, her new spaces have begun to show throughout the ship. Throughout her drydock, Princess Cruises has kept an online journal, chronicling her transformation. The online journal can be viewed here: http://www.princess.com/learn/ships/sp/drydock/index.html#.UhGo25JQGSo. During the ship’s two week drydock, many new spaces were refreshed and installed including a new atrium with Princess’ signature International Café, a new sushi and seafood venue, an updated Horizon Court buffet, and a refreshed Lotus Spa.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.