The Cruise Examiner for 26th September 2011 – New Orders by TUI Cruises and Compagnie du Ponant – Other Cruise News: One Ocean Doubles Fleet – Happy Cruises Shuts Down – Cuba Cruise Delay
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THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin
New Orders by TUI Cruises and Compagnie du Ponant – Other Cruise News: One Ocean Doubles Fleet – Happy Cruises Shuts Down – Cuba Cruise Delay
As European cruising continues to grow, last week saw reports of two orders for new ships for European owners, one for two rumoured 98,000-tonners from Finland for Germany’s TUI Cruises and a confirmed order from Compagnie du Ponant for another 10,700-tonner, third in a series, from Italy. Meanwhile, Canadian operator One Ocean Expeditions is doubling its fleet and will be operating two sister ships from November 2012. In the not so good news category come reports that Spain’s independent Happy Cruises is shutting down and that Cuba Cruise of Toronto has delayed its planned start-up of seven-day cruises from Havana with the Louis Cristal until December 2012. Seeing as Happy Cruises may not now be sending the Gemini to Havana for a second season of Cuban cruises this winter, the timing of the latter announcement seems rather unfortunate, coming as it did only four days before Happy Cruises shut down.