The Cruise Examiner for 19th September 2011 – After Private Islands, Do The New Cruise Ports Really Appeal? – Other Cruise News: The Fall of Far East Cruises – The Rise of Chinese Cruising

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin

After Private Islands, Do The New Cruise Ports Really Appeal? – Other Cruise News: The Fall of Far East Cruises – The Rise of Chinese Cruising

Photograph of Falmouth court house by Brian Elliott Photography

In 1977, Norwegian Caribbean Lines, as Norwegian Cruise Line was then called, started a new trend when it opened its own private island at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Now, more than three decades later, cruise lines are opening their own new cruise ports at places such as Grand Turk, Costa Maya, Roatan and the newest, Falmouth, Jamaica, whose newly refurbished courthouse is shown here. We have a look at a recent Cruise Critic poll on the subject of these ports and the comments of Arthur Frommer. Meanwhile, the number of European cruise lines that have cancelled their 2011/12 Far East programs has now risen to three, with Classic International Cruises’ Funchal and Swan Hellenic’s Minerva undergoing major refits and Compagnie du Ponant withdrawing its Le Diamant. And Chinese owner Xiamen International Cruise has ordered China’s first cruise ship, and a 100,000-tonner at that.

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