Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Atlantic Superior - no cruise
Atlantic Superior did not return to Montreal with its load of gypsum, but instead went to Baltimore - almost repeating its maiden voyage. It will not carry on to the west coast however, but will put in a few trips for sister company CSL International. It will likely return with coal for the Strait of Canso and may take a few more bites out of the mountain of gypsum in Dartmouth. Its layup and retirement are therefore put off for a while.
It is not true that it will fill in for Grandeur of Seas on a few trips to the Bahamas. That ship, based in Baltimore, had a fire on its after deck in the area of its mooring winches en route to Coco Cay, Bahamas on May 27. It was re-directed to Freeport, where the passengers were disembarked, and where it will remain for repairs. All sailings until July 12 are cancelled. While Atlantic Superior might be a fun replacement for die hard ship enthusiasts, the more sophisticated cruise customer might be disappointed with some of the amenities.