Olympic Fever Spreads to Cruising
The cruising industry has been getting into the sporting spirit, along with the rest of the world!
A number of cruise ships sailed into London in time to soak up the Olympic Games atmosphere. Silversea's Silver Cloud arrived last Wednesday night, after a 15-night journey from Copenhagen, sailing through the heart of the city. The 296 passengers on board this luxury ship were treated to a special sailing under the Tower Bridge, which was already lit up the famous five-rings logo, afterwhich the ship moored next to the Royal Navy's HMS Belfast.
Peter Deilmann's ms Deutschland, the largest vessel to ever come into West India Dock, has taken up residence for 3 weeks while it houses the official partners of the German team, as well as the Champions Club, where athletes are expected to celebrate and relax after their events.
Fred Olsen Cruise Line's Braemar and ex-Happy Cruises' Gemini (currently for sale) are at Royal Albert Dock, hosting thousands of bus drivers and secutiry staff. And, Caledonian Sky, co-owned by Australia's APT, has been chartered as a floating hotel.
For those that can't be in the thick of things, cruise ships around the world are also tuning into the spirit of the Games. MSC's fleet is broadcasting live coverage of 29 sports, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Olympic-themed entertainment includes onboard parades of different nationalities and singing anthems around the pool. Guests can place
bets on the finals and participate in football, ping pong, darts and shuffleboard tournaments, as well as fully-clothed relays in the pool. MSC's cocktails have also been renamed, such as the "Tour de France' Aperol Spritz" served during the cycling.
Celebrity Cruises will broadcast online via satellite competitions in swimming, diving, gymnastics, rowing, cycling, athletics and basketball, as well as daily surveys of the best moments of all other sports. Major events will be repeated for American passengers so they can watch the competitions as a more convenient time of the dya.
Passengers can watch from their cabins or several bars onboard Celebrity ships in Alaska, Bermuda, Scandinavia, Russia, the Mediterranean and along the Adriatic Sea. The only exception is Celebrity Xpedition, which sails year-round in the Galapagos.
Royal Caribbean is recruiting former Olympians, figure skater Michelle Kwan and diver Greg Louganis, for a "deck-athlon" aboard Oasis of the Seas. The two Americans will compete in 10 events, including surfing the FlowRider, climbing the rock wall, zip-lining across the Boardwalk, skating in the ice rink, diving at the AquaTheatre, playing mini-golf, basketball and blackjack, and decorating cupcakes.
The contest is being televised in the US and the public can vote for the winner on Facebook.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 31 July 2012