Cunard’s Amazing Transatlantic Fares – Slow Cruising With The Costa NeoCollection – Venice Bans Megaships From Its Lagoon

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 11th November 2013..


Costa neoRiviera
.With Cunard quoting Transatlantic fares as low as $599 per person and £299 in the UK, we have a look at those available in the next couple of months, including a New Year’s sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton in the Queen Victoria for less than $60 a day in a balcony cabin. We also look at what a bargain they are today compared to thirty-five years ago, in 1978. Elsewhere, Costa Cruises has announced a “slow cruising” product to be known as its Costa neoCollection, with the 1,248-berth Costa neoRiviera (above) and 1,578-berth Costa neoRomantica. In Venice, meanwhile, a ban on sailing past St Mark’s Square has been placed on ships above 96,000 tons, one that will directly affect eight vessels making more than 150 calls in Venice in 2014.

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Two New-Look Ships Re-Introduced On Friday – Other Cruise News: South Africa Liner Voyages – Rhapsody of the Seas Enters Sembawang Shipyard


          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 5th March 2012

The Minerva and Costa neoRomantica were both reintroduced to service on Friday March 2, 2012

Two cruise ships re-entered service after extensive refits last Friday, with Swan Hellenic reintroducing its Minerva with a new forward lounge, a new promenade deck and more balconies, and Costa Cruises’ renaming its Costa Romantica as Costa neoRomantica, with two extra half-decks, 111 new cabins and 120 new balconies, as well as a complete interior redesign. This week, we also look at the South Africa route, where this year’s first northbound sailing has already left Cape Town, and next year MSC Cruises will send MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia south. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas has entered Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore for a month-long mid-life refit, before heading for Alaska this summer.

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