17 FEB 2017: The Sun Princess returned to Brisbane on Wednesday after sailing around New Zealand for 14 days with more than 140 passengers infected with noro-virus symptoms. The ship had undergone intensive cleaning prior to the voyage when it earlier returned from Papua New Guinea with 90 passengers suffering from the same infection. The Sun Princess sailed yesterday for a ten night cruise to the South Pacific after yet another intensive round of cleaning and disinfecting.

Luxury liner bumps into concrete carrier

Luxury liner Seabourn Encore collided with a concrete carrier, berthed beside it when it broke its moorings last Sunday in the Port of Timaru, New Zealand.  The cement carrier had damage to the hull, but Seabourn continued on its voyage to Akaroa later that night.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) and Timaru's PrimePort have confirmed they will carry out investigations into the incident.

Captain Martin Harper, the investigator in charge, said the TAIC's role was to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident and not to ascribe fault.

Dream Renovations

The New Orleans-based Carnival Dream recently completed an extensive make-over which took place in Freeport, The Bahamas.  The 130,000-ton ship yesterday resumed its year-round schedule of seven-day Caribbean cruises from the Big Easy.

The new spaces include:

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Barbeque Smokehouse:  Designed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, the open-air free-of-charge venue offers a variety of BBQ favourites with a menu that includes Championship Pork Butt, Blue Ribbon Chicken, smoked Andouille sausage and Sliced Smoked Round of Beef, and Fieri’s own take on traditional sides.  The eatery complements the popular Guy’s Burger Joints featured on Carnival Dream and 13 other Carnival ships.
BlueIguana Cantina: A complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
Alchemy Bar: A “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge with mixologists dressed in lab coats who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop.
Pizzeria del Capitano: Here, guests can enjoy five different varieties of hand-tossed, artisanal-style pizza, including Margherita, quattro formaggio, mushroom, prosciutto and pepperoni – all free of charge 24 hours a day and made in a traditional pizza oven.
Bonsai Sushi: A full-service sushi restaurant offering delicious Asian-inspired delicacies - sushi, sashimi, bento “ships” for two and more, along with popular beers and cocktails from the region - all enjoyed amidst a contemporary décor inspired by the Far East.

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