Lindblad Orders X-Bow Ship – New Chinese Cruise Ship Concept – Shell Cruising With LNG And Carnival

The Cruise Examiner for 13th November 2017

Lindblad Ulstein order

Lindblad Expeditions has ordered a 138-berth X-Bow ship, with options for two more

Lindblad Expeditions has now joined Aurora Expeditions in ordering a new 138-berth X-Bow expedition ship in Norway. The similar Aurora ship is being built in China. Elsewhere, current ferry builder Guangzhou Shipyard has exhibited a new design for a mid-sized cruise ship at the China Cruise Shipping event in Sanya last week and Carnival Cruise Line and Shell have announced an agreement for LNG bunker barge fuelling of two new ships in order for Carnival Cruise Line.

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The Tampa to Havana Route – AidaNova’s Virtual Keel Laying In Hamburg – Irma Plays Havoc With Cruise Ship Schedules

The Cruise Examiner for 11th September 2017

Empress of the Seas arriving Havana for the first time April 23, 2017 - Caribbean News

Empress of the Seas arrives in Havana in 2017 on a route that was first opened in 1885 from Tampa and Key West to Havana

Governor Cobb with Havana Special at Key West

Governor Cobb with Havana Special at Key West in the 1920s

This year saw two ships come back after sixty years to revive a long-standing route that had first been opened 132 years earlier – that between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The 1,600-berth Empress of the Seas and 2,052-berth Carnival Paradise succeed to a route that had been started by Henry Plant with his Mascotte of 1885 and Olivette of 1887. The latter was the ship that took Churchill to Cuba in 1895 and the route was operated uniquely by one predecessor for more than seventy years befre being abandoned for sixty more. Meanwhile, last week in Hamburg saw the virtual keel-laying for AIDA Cruises’ 183,000-ton 5,200-berth AidaNova. On the other side of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma has led to the cancellation of seventeen cruises counting for 40,000 lower berths from Florida ports.

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Harmony of the Seas Enters Service – Koningsdam Christened In Rotterdam – Carnival Vista’s New Attractions

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd May 2016

Harmony of the Seas arrives Soton

Royal Caribbean’s 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas arrives at Southampton last week

This week we have a look at three brand-new ships, the largest yet built for each of Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Harmony of the Seas arrived for the first time in Southampton last week, and we compare her not only with her earlier sister ships, but also with the US Navy’s “Nimitz” class aircraft carriers and with the 18,000 TEU container ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which also carries a few passengers. We also have a look at Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, which was christened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands last week. Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Vista, also entered service earlier this month.

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Amber Cove Lands Fathom’s Adonia – The River Cruise Line’s New Flaghip Serenity – China’s Yangtze River Cruise Trades

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The Cruise Examiner for 8th June 2015

Adonia

The 710-berth Adonia will join Carnival’s new Fathom brand,” sailing between Miami and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic

Last week saw the announcement of a new cruise brand from Carnival Corp & plc, called Fathom, with word that it will be assigned P&O Cruises’ Adonia to sail weekly from Miami. As the new Fathom ship, she will spend three days each week at Carnival’s new cruise terminal at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic while her passengers engage in “social impact activities” ashore such as teaching English in schools, helping to cultivate cacao plants and building water filtration systems. Elsewhere, UK-based The River Cruise Line has chartered a new flagship, the Serenity, while we also have a look at the Yangtze River cruise trade in light of last week’s local disaster.

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