More Ships For Fewer Than 1,000 Passengers – UK Cruise Market Misses Two Million – CMV Acquires Pacific Eden

The Cruise Examiner for 19th March 2018

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The Pacific Eden (ex-Statendam) will carry 1,150 passengers, including 100 passengers in single cabins

While recent news indicates that Viking Cruises’ ocean fleet may eventually number sixteen 930-berth ships, there is the possibility of four 700-berth ships being built for MSC Cruises, and four more 600-berth vessels for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. These would be in addition to the pair of 999-berth ships being built by Meyer Werft for Saga. The latest statistics for the UK cruise market revealed paltry growth last year, at 0.5%, for a total of 1,959,000 Brits taking a cruise. Germany surpassed two million cruisers in 2016. Finally, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced yet another acquisition, whose name will be announced tomorrow.

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New Cargo-Passenger Service: Europe to Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia by m.v. Polar Chile, Every Six Weeks

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The brand-new Polar Chile was just completed in 2018

The newly-built 52,000 dwt ton Peter Doehle-owned container ship Polar Chile has now entered service in the EMCS trade between London, Continental ports and Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. Ports of call are Antwerp, London and Hamburg and thence to Altamira and Veracruz in Mexico, Puerto Moin in Costa Rica and Cartagena in Colombia, after which the ship returns to north Europe with a call at Marin-Pontevedra in Spain. With a round trip of 42 days, a sailing is offered every six weeks.

For travellers to Mexico this service has the huge advantage to non-US and Canadian citzens of not calling in US ports such as Houston or New Orleans and thus avoiding the need to have a full US visa. The first passenger sailings leave London on April 11 and May 22.Polar Chile accomodationsThe The Polar Chile offers an Owners Cabin and two Single cabins, with fares starting at €90-95 per day plus port charges and fees. Yellow fever is required for this voyage.

For further details or bookings please call Miri Lopussa at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

Viking Orders Six Ocean Ships – Ponant Orders Two More Explorers – Star Order To Go To Dream Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 12th March 2018

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The 930-berth Viking Sky at Montreal, one of what will eventually be a class of sixteen ships.

Eight more cruise ships were ordered last week, bringing the total now on order to 100 according to Seatrade Cruise News. Viking Cruises ordered six 930-berth ocean-going cruise ships from Fincantieri for delivery between 2024 and 2027. In addition, Ponant ordered two more of its 184-berth “Explorer” class expedition ships for delivery in 2020. And Genting Hong Kong meanwhile announced the move of its first “Global” class cruise ship order from Star Cruises to its more upmarket Dream Cruises brand.

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AIDA Orders Third LNG Ship – Riviera To Add Two River Cruisers And Titan One – This Week’s Voyage: Norwegian Bliss Transatlantic

The Cruise Examiner for 5th March 2018

Norwegian Bliss

The 4,004-berth Norwegian Bliss, seen here completing at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, enters service next month

Carnival Corporation last week ordered a third mega-cruise ship from Meyer Werft in Germany. One of nine LNG-powered ships, she will join the AIDA fleet in 2023. Elsewhere, UK-based river cruise lines Riviera and Titan will be adding another three ships in 2018-19. And for this week’s voyage we have a look at Norwegian Bliss’s maiden Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York in April.

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