Three New Mississippi Riverboats – Ponant Names Its “Four Explorers” – Two More Cuba Sailings From Fathom

The Cruise Examiner for 19th September 2016

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French America Line’s 150-berth Louisiane, due to enter service next month, is one of three new ships for the Mississippi.

This week we cover three new riverboats on the Mississippi, American Cruise Lines’ 195-berth America, French America Line’s 150-berth Louisiane and American Queen Steamboat Company’s 166-berth American Duchess, announced last week. Also announced last week were Explorer names for Ponant’s four 184-berth newbuildings: Le Bougainville, Le Champlain, Le Kerguelen and Le Lapérouse. Finally, earlier this month, Fathom announced two more Miami departures for Cuba with its 710-berth Adonia.

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Cruise “Bill of Rights” Uncalled-For – Lindblad Expeditions To Cruise The Northwest Passage – Who Owns The American Empress?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 27th May 2013

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Last week, the new US-led global CLIA surprised everyone by announcing a new cruise passenger bill of rights. Brought out in reaction to a press release by a US senator, these new rules should instead have been announced as a cruise line code of conduct. Who are the people demanding this bill of rights? They come down to a single grandstanding senator. CLIA should be spending its time on more important things than introducing a toothless code that is not a law and has no remedies. Today we look at this issue in more detail. Elsewhere, Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it will be returning to the Northwest Passage in 2014. It was Lindblad that ran the first passenger ship across the full Northwest Passage in 1984. Meanwhile, the American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the aquisition of the 223-berth Empress of the North, which it will rename American Empress for operation on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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