President Of Panama To Christen New Coral

Monday, November 18, 2002
Mireya Moscoso, president of the Republic of Panama, will christen Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Coral Princess, in a historic ceremony in the Panama Canal. The first cruise ship christening ever in the Canal, this unique “lockside” naming will take place as Coral Princess transits the Canal’s Gatun Locks on January 17, 2003. The ship will be in the Canal as part of it regular cruise itinerary, on a sailing that departs from Ft. Lauderdale on January 13. “In our 32 years of Panama Canal cruising, we’ve established a strong and beneficial relationship with Panama, so we feel President Moscoso is the perfect person to christen this ship, which was built specifically for Canal transits,” said Phil Kleweno, president of Princess Cruises. “As we offer more Panama Canal sailings than any other line and even plan to double our number of Canal cruises next year, we are delighted to have President Moscoso become the ‘godmother’ of Coral Princess and to host the first naming ceremony in the Canal.” Panama’s first female head of state, President Moscoso took office in September 1999 and has since become a popular leader who has worked to strengthen her country’s social and educational programs. Shortly after her election, she experienced her first Canal transit aboard another Princess ship, Sun Princess. The selection of President Moscoso to christen Coral Princess follows P&O Princess’ long history of selecting illustrious women to become the “godmothers” of its new ships, including Queen Elizabeth of England, Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, among others. “Passengers aboard that sailing are certainly in for a special treat,” noted Kleweno. “We’ve never before christened a ship while it was in transit, so the passengers have a unique opportunity to become part of this historic event.” The naming ceremony will also be broadcast over the ship’s onboard television system. The event will take place while the ship is in the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks, one of three sets of locks that make up this engineering marvel, which took more than 30 years to build and was completed in 1914. The Gatun Locks are made up of a series of three locks which connect the Caribbean with the massive Gatun Lake in the middle in the Canal. The Canal’s locks lift and lower ships a total of 170 feet as they move over the Panama isthmus – a 51-mile transit in total. Coral Princess’ inaugural season begins December 14 and will consist of a series of roundtrip Panama Canal sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Passengers will enjoy calls at the ports of Limón in Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess’ private island Princess Cays, as well as the Panama Canal transit and cruising of the Canal’s Gatun Lake. The 88,000-ton Coral Princess was designed to provide passengers the many amenities of the line’s larger vessels on a ship built for Panama Canal transits. Coral Princess’ 1,970 passengers will enjoy a variety of Personal Choice Cruising options, including multiple dining and entertainment venues. The ship features three distinctive show lounges, including the two-story interactive Universe Lounge equipped to offer full television production capabilities and high-definition projection. The ship’s Personal Choice Dining lineup is comprised of two main dining rooms, the popular Sabatini’s Italian trattoria and the new Bayou Café, the first New Orleans-style restaurant at sea. Other new features include Churchill Lounge, a cigar lounge with its own humidor, and Crooners, a 1960s-era martini bar – both firsts for Princess. The ship also continues Princess’ emphasis on affordable balconies, as 83 percent of all outside staterooms feature a private veranda.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Globus Maritime Reclassifies Board Member

Globus Maritime Limited, a dry bulk shipping company, announced today that when Georgios Karageorgiou, a Class I director of Globus Maritime Limited  resigned on December 28,

Antietam, McCampbell Build Relationships at IFR 2016

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived Feb. 4 in India

COSCO Plans European Transhipment Hub

China's COSCO is forging ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub, reports Reuters. The state owned shipping giant is expected to make an offer for

Cruise Ship Trends

World's Richest Travellers Prefer Panama

According to AFP Relaxnews, Panama saw the most growth in interest among the world’s richest jetsetters for travel this winter and spring.   Panama saw the most

SS United States to Sail Again

Crystal Cruises reaches deal to restore the record-breaking and storied SS United States to a fully operational modern luxury cruise ship   Crystal Cruises has

Royal Caribbean Posts 4Q Profit

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd reported 2015 results and provided guidance for 2016. Continuing on its Double-Double trajectory, the company’s adjusted earnings for 2015 were $4.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0755 sec (13 req/sec)