Virgin Voyages Reveals Public Areas – Other Cruise News: P&O Cruises’ Iona – This Week’s Voyage: From Baltimore

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 28th May 2018

P&O Iona

Like the 3,647-berth Britannia, P&O Cruises’ 5,200-berth Ilona will be UK-flag, registered in Southampton

Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line that will offer its first sailings in 2020, has revealed some images of its proposed ships’ interiors (click on For This Week’s Story below to see them). Meanwhile, P&O Cruises has announced the name Ilona for its newest and largest ship (above), also entering service in 2020. And this week we look at itineraries of Royal Caribbean International’s Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas.

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Hapag-Lloyd To Order A Third Hanseatic Class Ship – Azamara To Include South Africa – Recent River Line Changes

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM   BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 21st May 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to build a third 230-berth “Hanseatic” class expedition cruise ship for 2021 delivery

As the German and international cruise markets continue to grow TUI Group has chosen to order a third 230-berth “Hanseatic” class expedition ship, for delivery in 2021. And with the addition of a third ship, Azamara Club Cruises has announced that South Africa will be added to its itineraries in 2020. Finally we have a look at recent changes on the river cruise line scene in the UK.

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The Marella Explorer Class – Norwegian Bliss Becomes Largest Cruise Ship To Transit Panama – This Week’s Voyage: m.v. Sirena

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COMBY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 14th May 2018

Marella Explorer

The 1,924-berth Marella Explorer was built as Celebrity’s Galaxy and later became TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1

As the first of two sister ships delivers this week to TUI UK’s Marella Cruises, we have a look at the original Celebrity Cruises trio of Century, Galaxy and Mercury. Elsewhere, the Norwegian Bliss has today set a record for largest cruise ship to transit the Panama Canal. And Oceania’s Sirena offers an interesting Calfornia itinerary for December 2019

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Antarctica Passenger Record For 2017-18 – Solid Growth at Lindblad – This Week’s Voyage: Sapphire Princess UK to Canada and US 2019

 THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 7th May 2018

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 270-berth Hanseatic Inspiration is one of a new generation of expedition ships that enters service in 2019

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) reported a record of 51,700 cruise and expedition visitors to Antarctica in 2017-18, a new record. The 1st Quarter Earnings report from Lindblad Expeditions came as evidence of this. Elsewhere, Princess Cruises is reporting strong demand for its UK to Canada and New England cruise in 2019 with the 2,670-berth Sapphire Princess.

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CMA CGM Offers Twice Monthly Direct Cargo-Passenger Sailings From New York To Southampton

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Update 23rd May 2018: The CMA CGM Alcazar and CMA CGM Chateau d’If are to be transferred to the Victory Bridge service from Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico) and return via Houston and New Orleans back to Le Havre (see map below).

Map of the Victory Bridge

News, 5th May 2018: In April, CMA CGM opened its new Independence Bridge service between the US East Coast, New York, Southampton and Continental Europe. Of five ships engaged in the service, two, the CMA CGM Alcazar (above) and CMA CGM Chateau d’If , offer a double-bedded Owners cabin and a Single cabin, with space for three passengers.  Summer sailing dates from New York are May 30, June 20, July 4 and 25 and August 8 and 29.

The voyage from New York to Southampton takes 10 days and fares are  €1,515 per person for the Owners cabin and  €1,615 for the Single cabin. Sole use of the Owners is  €1,715.

From Southampton, the ships continue to Le Havre 2 days later, Antwerp 3 days later, Rotterdam 4 days later and Bremerhaven 7 days later. From the US Coast, sailings leave Charleston 7 days before New York, Savannah 5 days before and Miami 3 days before.

Map of the Independence Bridge

Fares are set according to the number of days spent on board and are  €140 per person per day for the Owners cabin,  €150 for the Single cabin and €160 for sole use of the Owners, plus €45 evacuation insurance and a €70 booking fee.

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage with CMA CGM or for further information please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

SunStone Firms Second Ship Contract – Antarctica 21 Rebrands – EYOS Luxury Yacht Departure For Antarctica

The Cruise Examiner for 30th April 2018

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Last week SunStone Ships firmed up the second of a planned ten expedition ship orders from the China Merchants shipyard near Shanghai. In Chile, Antarctica 21 revealed its new branding and released a new image of the newbuilding Magellan Explorer (above). And EYOS Expeditions is planning an Antarctica explorer yacht voyage with the 30-berth Legend for January 2019.

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Norwegian’s “Leonardo” Class Ships – Emerald Expands Into Coastal Cruising – APL Expands Transpacific Passenger Business

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd April 2018

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Emerald Waterways will introduce the 36-berth Adriatic Princess II in 2019

Last week Norwegian Cruise Line chief Andy Stuart spoke to Cruise Critic about the new Italian-built “Leonardo” class project of four 3,300-berth ships on which the line also has further options. On coastal and inland waterways, meanwhile, Emerald Waterways is adding a 36-berth yacht, the Adriatic Princess II, on the Dalmatian coast in 2019. And APL has now built up its passenger-carrying container ship fleet to fourteen ships.

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