March 11, 2013 |
BARCELONA, Spain - Frank Del Rio won't use the L word to describe his cruise ship the Riviera - or its almost identical two-year-old sister, the Marina. He prefers the term upper premium over luxury to describe the experience of a transatlantic voyage on one of Oceania Cruises' newest 1,250-guest vessels. "We underpromise and overdeliver," said Del Rio, chairman and chief executive officerof Oceania parent company Prestige Holdings. The Miami-based Oceania Cruises, which caters mostly to active baby boomers, prides itself on providing a luxury experience, even if they won't call it that.
November 19, 2012 |
LANDOVER, Md. - There are different levels of bad, as the Eagles are learning now on a weekly basis. They look different, and they smell different, and they come with different sets of consequences. And this is the fear: That things are getting so bad, the team is not going to be able to get a good reading on rookie quarterback Nick Foles by the end of this lost season. The Eagles are a certified disaster - 3-7, losers of six in a row, certified - and there is no turning back, not now. The injury-wracked offensive line has made offense difficult - and at least there is an explanation for that.
July 20, 2012 |
Few symbols of power and national confidence are as concrete as the skyscraper — or the ocean liner. Now all but forgotten, grand ships such as the SS United States epitomized the spirit of the American Century. "It was a time," says Philadelphia author Steven Ujifusa, "when Americans thought big ... and ‘made in the USA' really meant something. " Ujifusa, 33, is the author of A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States (Simon & Schuster, $29.99)
July 13, 2012 |
This is getting to be routine. About four years ago, Chris Squire of the veteran progressive-rock band Yes called to explain why and how Benoit David had replaced original lead singer Jon Anderson in the then-40-year-old outfit. Recently, Squire, the group's charter bassist, was back on the blower, this time talking about David's replacement, Jon Davison, who over the next five days, will be introduced to local fans as Yes performs Friday at Tropicana Atlantic City and Wednesday at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
April 15, 2012 |
One hundred years ago this weekend, the world was stunned by the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew who went down with the RMS Titanic. Among the victims from the Philadelphia area were businessman George Widener, owner of the Ritz Carlton, and his son Harry. The Wideners had close personal and business connections with the family of William Francis Gibbs. Such a tragic loss hitting so close to home may have inspired Gibbs, then a 25-year-old naval architect, to begin designing his ultimate super-ship, which would launch 40 years later.
April 9, 2012 |
LONDON - A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers - not including crew - as the Titanic did, cast off from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.
December 19, 2011 |
THE SMELL of burning rubber was overwhelming in the ancient Silverliner II railcars as SEPTA's crowded Paoli/Thorndale local left Suburban Station during a recent evening rush hour. The ventilation system wasn't ventilating. The seats, which had been beaten into pancakes since their 1960s debut, slanted visibly toward the floor, encouraging riders' butts to surrender to the laws of gravity and slide off. By the time the Regional Rail train reached Overbrook, several riders had asked the conductor about the smell.
October 10, 2011 |
Friday evening got off to a comically inauspicious start when Herbie Hancock, after warmly welcoming the audience to the Kimmel Center and flattering Philadelphia on its love of culture and rhythm, broke his microphone stand. Grasping it, he joked, "If I was a rock star, I'd throw this out into the audience. " The stand stayed firmly on the stage, but while he may not be a rock star, Hancock, now 71, certainly looked the part by the end of the night, striding on stage for an encore playing his funky Headhunters hit "Chameleon" on his Roland AX-Synth keytar.
March 19, 2011 |
The Coast Guard's Barque Eagle, a tall ship built by the Germans in 1936 and taken by the United States after World War II, kicked off its 75th anniversary tour at Penn's Landing yesterday. The ship - originally known as the Horst Wessel - first set sail as United States property on May 20, 1946, when it left from Bremerhaven, Germany. Shockingly, even though the crew was formed with 10 U.S. and 10 German sailors only months after the war ended, tensions were subtle, said Emil Babish, a sailor who was on the maiden voyage.
July 1, 2010 |
She was built in 1952 as a giant luxury passenger liner, bigger than the Titanic. She was fast, the fastest liner to cross the Atlantic, a record she holds even now. She was considered not just exquisite transportation but potential weaponry, designed to be quickly converted to a troop carrier. Thursday night, the storied-but-suffering SS United States will be lit during a ceremony at her berth on the Delaware River. It's a special event her supporters hope is a signal of brighter days ahead.