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 Horizon  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
3 hours ago by arnekiel

20 Kilos: Drug Bust on the Horizon
The El Universal newspaper in Caracas reports that three people carrying 20 kilos of cocaine were arrested trying to smuggle the drugs aboard the Horizon cruise ship while in port in Margarita Island in Venezuela. The Horizon is currently in operation by French cruise line CDF Croisières de France. The articles, however, erroneously state that the Horizon is still operated as part of the Pullmantur Cruise Line. Another newspaper says that the ship was heading to the Dominican Republic with 1,600 passengers and 600 crew, when the authorities found 108 bundles of wrapped cocaine.

 Kocak  (Service Ship > Naval Naval Auxiliary)
3 hours ago by Timsen

65 personnel taken off grounded container ship
47 soldiers and 18 Marines were taken off the USNS "Sgt. Matej Kocak" by an Army landing craft until Jan 25, leaving 20 soldiers and eight Marines aboard for cargo custody and maintenance. The ship, which was carrying military equipment, personnel and ammunition, was outbound from Okinawa when it missed a turn and veered out of the shipping lane, grounding hard on coral reef and rock. The ship would remain in place while divers assessed the hull damage. The coral meant the Navy would have to take precautions to avoid any potential environmental damage.

 Britannia  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
3 hours ago by arnekiel

Rumor That HM Queen To Be Godmother To P&O Britannia
P&O Britannia is one of the most anticipated new cruise ship of 2015 especially for the UK as the ship is being purpose-built for the British market. Well now there is a rumor that Her Majesty The Queen is to be the Godmother the Britannia. According to posts on the Cruise Critic message boards a user named “A Floating Voter” posted “HM, accompanied by Prince Phillip, are to visit Hampshire on March 10th, this is shown on the Royal Diary dates. Britannia’s maiden voyage leaves Southampton on 14th March, — I’m on it !!! The dates may simply be coincidental but a naming ceremony just 4 days before the maiden voyage could be spot on.” This may be true as its also confirmed on the monarchy site. The P&O Britannia’s homeport is in Southampton, UK which is in the county of Hampshire. P&O Cruises were previously interested having the Duchess of Cambridge as Britannia s Godmother but once news of her pregnancy went public the dates no longer matched. The ship is a showcase to British cruising and is the largest ever ship purpose-built for the UK so having someone from the Royal family makes sense. It does seem that P&O Cruises wants a “Royal” Godmother but only time will tell if it will be Her Majesty The Queen. The last ship Christened by Queen Elizabeth II was the UK’s new Aircraft Carrier in July 2014. The new Flagship to the Royal navy is also named Queen Elizabeth. P&O Britannia will set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton on 14th March 2015. Before that the Christening will take place at Southampton Port on March 10th. The vessel is 142,000 gross tons and once it enters service will be carrying over 3,600 passengers.

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