Cruise Ship News

Title: Maryland School Will Use Cruise Ship As Dorm 
Date: October 26, 2011
Source: CBS News 

Abstract: Living in luxury while in college. That will be the answer to a moldy, smelly problem at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Vic Carter reports at the waterfront campus in St. Mary’s City, a rented cruise ship will be turned into a dorm.

You can’t see the mold but students say you can certainly smell it. It’s in the ceiling.

It’s so bad that students were moved out of the dorms to hotels more than 20 miles from campus.

“If I was one of those students, I’d be pissed. It’s far. It’s like a 40-minute commute,” said Randall Hause, St. Mary’s sophomore.

School officials have been scrambling for a better solution. Enter the Voyager, a luxury cruise ship that will dock on Friday on the St. Mary’s River. This weekend, 250 students will make the move.

“They’ll have the full run of the ship,” said Dr. Joe Urgo, President.

“I think it’s pretty sweet,” said Fletcher Sims, student.

Another plus for the school: it will cost less than all those hotel rooms.

School administrators will do their best to help students make the move to their new digs and they hope to have the mold problem resolved before next semester (CBS News, 2011).

Title: Cruise Docks In Boston With 2 Dead Passengers
Date: October 28, 2011
Source: Fox News

AbstractA cruise ship turned into a potential crime scene Friday after docking in Boston with two dead passengers, though authorities later announced that they had not found evidence of foul play.

Police responded to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal after the Norwegian Cruise Line ship docked at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The two passengers died Thursday, but their deaths are not considered connected.

Massachusetts State Police said Friday afternoon that one of the passengers was a 67-year-old woman from Rhode Island who appeared to have died of an apparent medical condition. The other passenger was a 23-year-old man from New Hampshire, and his death is not being considered suspicious.

No names were released.

The FBI assisted in the investigation because the deaths occurred outside state waters, reported.

A message was left Friday with Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (Fox News, 2011)

Title: Design For Titanic II To Be Unveiled In NYC
Date: October 3, 2012
MyFox NY

Abstract: The plans for a ship that has been dubbed Titanic II will be unveiled in New York, according to Australian billionaire Clive Palmer said.

Palmer, one of Australia's richest men, announced plans in April to construct the replica Titanic with exactly the same dimensions as the original.

He will release the design on the Intrepid Museum on Manhattan's West Side during a gala on Dec. 4, according to AFP.  The dinner menu will reportedly be the same menu as Titanic passengers were served on the day it say on April 15, 1912.

He plans on having the ship built in China before an initial passenger trip from Southampton in England to New York.

The ship is planned to be the same dimensions of the original and would have the same class separations as the original.

Unlike the Titanic, Palmer has said the new ship would have more safety features and air conditioning.

On Monday, Palmer announced the appointment of Steve Hall, co-author of 'Titanic the Ship Magnificent' as design consultant and historian for the project to ensure the new ship will be a modern replica of the original vessel.

The original Titanic sank on its initial voyage, killing more than 1,500.

Palmer said the rebuild was a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic.

"These people produced work that is still marveled at more than 100 years later and we want that spirit to go on for another 100 years," he said (MyFox NY, 2012).