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

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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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New P&O Flagship To Follow AIDA/Costa Design – Other Cruise News: Celestyal Cruises Plans Newbuildings

The Cruise Examiner for 12th September 2016

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P&O’s new 180,000-ton 5,200-berth flagship will be one of seven LNG-powered vessels to be built by Meyer shipyards in Papenburg and Turku, two each for AIDA, Costa and Carnival and one for P&O.

Last week came an announcement from P&O Cruises that it was ordering a new 5,200 lower-berth cruise ship that will have 42.5% more lower berth capacity than the line’s latest ship, the 3,647-berth Britannia, but 10% less space per passenger. Oddly, the announcement seemed to come from P&O Cruises’ Facebook page rather than a press release and the accompanying illustration depicted only the forward end of the ship  (see the Costa image above for a full-ship depiction of one of this class). At the same time, Celestyal Cruises is talking about building a pair of 60,000-ton 1,800-berth ships that would be designed for 3- and 4-night cruising, and making some other changes in its operations as two ships return from charters with Thomson Cruises in 2017.

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The New Look In Cruise Ships – New Thomson Ships To Take TUI Names – Rolls-Royce And Passenger Ships

The Cruise Examiner for 25th April 2016

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Hurtigruten has ordered two 600-berth bluff-bowed coastal ships from Norway’s Kleven Verft and placed options for two more

The arrival of AIDA Cruises’ new AIDAprima in Hamburg last week has served to introduce a new concept to the world of cruising – the return of the straight bow that was so popular on the ocean liners of a century ago. With sister ship AIDAperla and four similar-looking but larger 5,000-berth ships now on order for AIDA and sister company Costa Cruises, plus four more ships for Hurtigruten and the recently-ordered Crystal Endeavour, AIDAprima is the first of almost a dozen ships now being built to this new design. Meanwhile, TUI subsidiary Thomson Cruises has announced that its newest ships will carry TUI names in future. And we have a brief look at Rolls-Royce’s marine involvements.

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German Cruise Market Set To Hit 2 Million This Year – Winter Finishes Without A Single Florida-Cuba Cruise – China’s Norwegian Joy

The Cruise Examiner for 14th March 2016

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The AIDAprima was completed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and left Nagasaki for Hamburg today

At the ITB travel show in Berlin last week it was confrmed that Germany is now Europe’s largest cruise market and second in the world after the United States. Not only that, but with the addition of the new AIDAprima and Mein Schiff 5 this year, the number of German cruisers is expected to reach 2 million. Meanwhile, across the seas in Florida, winter will end next week without a single cruise having departed that state for Cuban waters. Eighteen cruises had been planned for the 2016 winter season but not one has yet departed. Finally, we have a brief look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s new China ship, the Norwegian Joy.

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Germany’s New Flagship – Scenic To Enter Ocean Cruising – Columbia Cruise Services Takes On New Business

The Cruise Examiner for 18th January 2016

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Germany’s new flagship, the 125,000-ton 3,286-berth AIDAprima, is to be based in Hamburg

As a small fire struck the much-delayed AIDAprima in Nagasaki last week, we have a look at the role the new ship will play n the German market, where she will become the largest cruise ship in the market for the next three or four years, filling a role similar to the Britannia in the UK. Down Under, meanwhile, we have news of yet another river cruise operator expanding into ocean cruising, with a recent order in Croatia for a 16,500-ton 228-berth luxury expedition vessel to be named Scenic Eclipse (below). Finally, we have a quick look at recent activities at Columbus Cruise Services as it reaches its first anniversary of being based in Hamburg.

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Crystal River Cruises To Open In 2016 – Phoenix Reisen To Charter Deutschland – AIDA Cruises Announces AIDAbella for China

The Cruise Examiner for 9th November 2015.

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Artist’s conception of one of the new Crystal River Cruises river yachts

This week sees two former Deilmann ships going to new operators. First, the Danube river cruiser Mozart has been purchased by Crystal Cruises for its nacent river yacht operation and second, the ocean-going Deutschland has been chartered from its US owners by Germany’s Phoenix Reisen for five summer seasons. Crystal has also announced orders for two new river yachts from Lloyd Werft. At the same time, AIDA Cruises followed Carnival Cruise Line last week with an announcement that it would be basing its AIDAbella year-round in Shanghai from the spring of 2017.

Dual-Fuel LNG Ships For Costa Group – Other Recent LNG Installations – Converting Cruise Ships to LNG

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd August 2015

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In many ways, Costa’s new pair of 180,000-tonners will resemble AidaPrima, now being completed in Japan

Last week’s big news was that Meyer Werft is to build two new next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises, which will be the world’s first, and most certainly the largest, to run on LNG. While these will be built at its Turku shipyard, two similar ships will be built at Papenburg for sister company Aida Cruises. By burning LNG, large passenger ships are able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 25%, Nitrogen Oxides by 85 to 90% and Sulphur Oxides to practically nothing. LNG is a clean fuel, producing very low particle emissions, no visible smoke and no sludge. And as a bonus it is cheaper than marine diesel oil. There are problems however. LNG’s volume is 1.8 times that of diesel fuel, and with the necessity of using highly-insulated cylindrical tanks, the space required for bunker storage is almost four times what is required for conventional square tanks.