Australian River Cruisers In Europe – MSC Armonia Returns To Sea – Saga To Sell Through Travel Agents

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 29th September 2014... …

Scenic Diamond

The Scenic Diamond is only one of about 30 Australian-owned river cruisers soon to be sailing the rivers of Europe

APT, Scenic and Evergreen may be new names to many, but together they are deep in the Australian psyche and are investing €360 million in European river cruise vessels. We have a quick look today at their latest moves. Meanwhile MSC Cruises’ MSC Armonia will finish her lengthening at Palermo in a few weeks, after which she will be able carry 400 more passengers. MSC has announced some special events for her November positioning voyage from Genoa to Las Palmas. And Saga in the UK is preparing to welcome bookings from travel agents instead of relying solely on direct sell as in the past.

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The Evolution of Cruise Ship Design – Noble Caledonia Goes To Three Ships – Louis Expands in France and Canada

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The Cruise Examiner for 9th June 2014..

MSC Seaside design

The illustrations for the new MSC “Seaside” class from Fincantieri have provoked some discussion on recent changes in cruise ship design, which we examine today. Elsewhere, Noble Caledonia last week also announced that it was acquiring a third unit of the original eight-ship 114-berth Renaissance small ship class, and the third of four sister ships from the Apuania shipyard south of La Spezia. Meanwhile, Louis Cruises is out to triple its French business to 10,000 passengers and has announced a second season for the Louis Cristal on charter to Cuba Cruise from Havana.

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Image courtesy of Fincantieri

APT, AMA Waterways and Noble Caledonia – Grand Mistral To Become Costa NeoRiviera – Australia Liner Profile Revealed

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The Cruise Examiner for 23rd September 2013

Project Orient

From starting a bus service in Melbourne in 1924, APT has come a long way in 85 years since it was formed in 1927, now having significant holdings in fifteen-ship river operator AMA Waterways and seven-ship small ship operator Noble Caledonia. As many will not have heard of them, we have an initial look this week at who they are. Meanwhile, Costa continues to cannibalize its Spanish subsidiary Iberocruceros by taking another of their ships for its own fleet. And finally, we have a look (see above) at what Project Orient’s mooted new Europe-Australia liners will look like.

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