Two “Icon” Class Ships For Royal Caribbean – Europe’s Largest River Cruiser, AmaMagna – Disney Magic Set For Quebec City & Bermuda

The Cruise Examiner for 15th May 2017

AmaMagna

AmaWaterways’s 194-berth AmaMagna is to enter service on the Danube in 2019

In its latest move to greener ships, Royal Caribbean Cruises has confirmed orders for the first two of its new “Icon” ships to be built by Meyer Turku. For delivery in 2022 and 2024, the new ships will fall somewhere between the “Oasis” class and the “Quantum” class ships in size. Disney Cruise Line, meanwhile, has announced new sailings to Quebec and Bermuda, both new destinations for the line. The 1,754-berth Disney Magic will open up both these new routes in the autumn of 2018. And finally, after christening the AmaKristina last week, AmaWaterways has announced that it will build Europe’s largest river cruiser (above), to be called AmaMagna, Regina Magnafor delivery in 2019. The AmaMagna is not the first European cruise ship to carry this name. The last was Chandris Cruises’ Regina Magna (right), which was converted to cruise from Southampton in 1972. Previously she had operated as North German Lloyd’s North Atlantic liner Bremen. In 1988, the Chandris family founded Celebrity Cruises, which is now owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises. The Chandris “X” is still carried by Celebrity ships today.

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The Two River Amadeus’s – Other Cruise News: The Brazilian Cruise Slump – Royal Caribbean To Return To New Orleans

The Cruise Examiner for 8th May 2017

When Ama Waterways first opened in 2002 it was known as Amadeus Waterways, but changed names in 2008 to Ama Waterways. Meanwhile, Lüftner River Cruises has since adopted for itself the name Amadeus River Cruises. We have a look at both operators today. Meanwhile, with cruising booming worldwide, the Brazilian market has taken a tumble seeing passenger figures tumble as the number of passengers handled at Santos drops by more than 40%. Finally, Royal Caribbean is to return to New Orleans on 2018. .

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Ten Ships For Viking Ocean – Other Cruise News: Viking Ocean’s Resident Historians – First Carnival Newbuild To Go For Scrap

The Cruise Examiner for 1st May 2017

When Viking Ocean Cruises introduced the 930-berth Viking Star (above) in 2015, it was projected that the line could build up to six sister ships of the same design. But with last month’s order from Fincantieri for two more plus an option to build another two, this could take the Viking Ocean fleet to ten ships by 2024. In other news, Viking is introducing resident historians to lecture on board its first three ocean ships. And as time passes one of Carnival Cruise Line’s early cruise ships has become the first of the line’s newbuilds to go for scrap.

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New Southeast Asia /Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Opened With Four Former Round The World Container Ships

CMA CGM Alcazar

CMA CGM subsidiary Australian National Line has opened a new Southeast Asia / Australia passenger service using four 5,100 TEU container ships transferred in from the Pacific Express 3 round-the-world service to join the AAX service.

The CMA CGM White Shark opened the new service, with a first sailing from Singapore on April 14, followed by the CMA CGM Alcazar (above) on April 21 and CMA CGM Blue Whale on April 29. The CMA CGM Tarpon will follow, with her first sailing due to leave Singapore on May 12.

AAXThe AAX service offers weekly sailings from Singapore and Port Kelang, and in the opposite direction from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle, with most being able to accept passengers for the full 35-day round voyage. One-way passages can also be booked and fast connections made at Singapore for the UK and Europe.

While the Panamanian-flag CMA CGM Alcazar carries three passengers in an Owners and a Single cabin,  the British-flag trio each carry six passengers in three Double cabins. The British-flag trio feature swimming pools, while the CMA CGM Alcazar offers a sauna instead.

Typical fares are Singapore-Fremantle or vice versa in 9 days for €990 (about £870) per person double or €1,080 (£950) single, Singapore to Sydney in 15 days for €1,650 pp (£1,450) double or €1,800 (£1,580) single and Sydney to Singapore in 20 days for €2,200 pp (£1,930) double or €2,400 (£2,105) single. Please call or email for fares between other piorts.

For further details on this new Australian connection by CMA CGM please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

January And Off Season Sailings To Australia – New Yachts On The Dalmatian Coast – Princess Cruises To Trim China Plans

The Cruise Examiner for 24th April 2017

Canberra

The 1,750-berth 820-foot Canberra was built for P&O’s Australian trade in 1961 and served the company until 1997

CMV Columbus

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ latest addition, the 1,400-berth 810-foot long Columbus, will sail to Australia in 2018

Years ago there used to be year-round passenger sailings between Europe and Australia, serving every type of passenger from First Class travellers to emigrants going Down Under to make a new home. Fifty years later, as we see,it is still possible to sail to Australia but one must choose among just a few sailings each year, most of them part world cruises, or container ships that sail once or twice a month with just a few passengers. This week we also have a look at three new yachts that are now cruising the Dalmatian Coast for Riviera Travel. And Princess Cruises has announced that it will send its new China-dedicated ship Majestic Princess to Australia and New Zealand for the Austral summer of 2018-19.

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Cruise Hawai’i With Norwegian’s New Premium All Inclusive Fares On Spirit of America, November 10, 2017, 8 Nights ex-UK from £2,686 pp

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For further information on any of these specials please contact The Cruise People Ltd at88 York Street London W1H 1QT. Telephone +44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or Email PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Riviera Travel Introduces Three Dalmatian Coast Yacht Itineraries With The 38-berth Admiral, Aquamarin And Corona

Admiral

The 141-foot 38-berth Admiral sails from Split to Dubrovnik and back in 7 nights

Riviera Travel brings us three interesting small ships this summer on the Dalmatian Coast in the 38-berth Corona, Admiral (above) and Aquamarin, the first two built in 2015 and the latter this year.

With a dedicated Riviera brochure, “The Dalmatian Coast by Yacht,” these 141-foot yachts offer 7-night cruises from Dubrovnik to Split return (Corona, £1,399 per person), Split to Dubrovnik return (Admiral, £1,499 per person) and Split to Zadar return (Aquamarin, £1,599 per person), including flights from London.

The yachts are operated by the Katarina Line, which operates about sixty small cruise vessels of differing types and grades from yacht to gulet along the Croatian coastline. Katarina is based in Opatija, Croatia.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.