A Ten-Ship Weekend At Southampton – Mascot, Pathfinder or Ambassador? – Crystal Cruises Back In Dover

The Cruise Examiner for 21st August 2017

Pacific Princess

The 688-berth Pacific Princess has served as Princess Cruises’ flagship, mascot and its 50% Anniversary ship

This weekend at Southampton was one of the busiest of the season seeing five cruise ship visits on each of Saturday and Sunday, including the -ton Queen Mary 2,for a total of ten ships over the weekend, plus the -ton passenger-carrying container ship CMA CGM Corte Real on Sunday. Elsewhere, we look at fleets that feature one smaller ship in addition to their main fleet of larger cruise ships. Finally, Crystal Cruises has returned to Dover after a two-year absence.

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One Ocean To Acquire Hanseatic – Other Cruise News: MV Werften Delivers First Ship – TUI Discovery To Be Based At Newcastle

The Cruise Examiner for 7th August 2017

RCGS Resolute profile

One Ocean Expeditions has taken a long-term charter on the 146-berth RCGS Resolute, to enter service in November 2018

Last week, Canadian-based One Ocean Expeditions announced the acquisition of a third ship for its expedition fleet, while indicating that it would probably be doing more business in non-polar regions as well as in the Nova Scotia port of Sydney. Meanwhile, the Baltic shipyard MV Werften has delivered the first vessel under its new ownership by Genting Group of Hong Kong. The 106-berth Crystal Bach, which will cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube, will be the second ship in the Crystal River Cruises fleet, following the 154-berth Crystal Mozart on the Danube. Finally, Thomson Cruises has confirmed that it will base its 1,830-berth TUI Discovery at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2018.

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Crystal Cruises Slows Its Tempo – Dream Cruises’ First New Ship – Genting Malaysia Sells Cruise Shares To Golden Hope

The Cruise Examiner for 10th October 2016

Artist’s concept of the first Crystal Exclusive class ship, now due in 2012.

Over the past few weeks has come news that the various arms of Crystal Cruises are incurring delays or postponements in the delivery of new ships from what was originally announced. Now part of cruise operator Genting Hong Kong, Crystal shares quarters with Dream Cruises and Star Cruises in the pantheon of Genting cruise products.  Dream Cruises’ first new ship, the 3,400-berth Genting Dream, delivers in Germany this Wednesday. And out of Malaysia comes news of Golden Hope taking its interest in cruise operator Genting Hong Kong up to 64%.

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Twin Sister Ships For Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Other Cruise News: New Ship For Cruceros Australis – Ugliness of the Seas

The Cruise Examiner for 29th August 2016

Hapag-Lloyd newbuildings

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced plans for two 240-berth expedition cruise ships that will be the thrid and fourth in the world to be constructed to Polar Class. To be delivered in 2019, the as yet unnamed five-star ships will follow the Crystal Endeavour and Scenic Eclipse, due out in August 2018. Down Under in Chile, Cruceros Australis has meanwhile confirmed that it is building a 210-berth cruise ship at Chilean builders Asenav. And in general, we have a quick look at scrubbers on cruise ships.

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The Potential Effects of Brexit On Cruising – Other Cruise News: Genting’s German Shipyards – Southern Sea Cruises In China

The Cruise Examiner for 11th July 2016

Britannia of Southampton by Andrew S-W

Only P&O Cruises’ Britannia is registered in Southampton – Queen Mary 2 and the rest of the Cunard and P&O fleet are registered in Bermuda. Britannia is actually a Cunard name, dating back to 1840

This week, although it is early to say, we have a look at the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU on cruise shipping. Much of the reaction so far, as in many other industries, is wait and see, and react when necessary, but it will be a while before all of the effects are known. We also have a look at what is happening to Genting’s shipyards in Germany and report on some of the inital reactions to the opening of China COSCO Shipping-affiliated Southern Sea Cruises in China. 

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This Summer Book One Of Crystal’s New Getaway Voyages: Perfect For Those Who Just Want A Short Break Away

Tilbury to Bordeaux – 6th August 2016 – 7 nights in  Crystal Symphony – Cruise 6220A

Guests will love this beautiful Atlantic itinerary on board the magnificent 960-berth Crystal Symphony this summer. It includes opportunities to enhance the cruise itself with a journey to Paris,  a short distance from Honfleur, to see Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe; and the chance to explore Guernsey and see the unique pastel-coloured houses that line the streets and discover a wealth of activities centring around goldsmiths, silversmiths, woodcarvers and clockmakers.

Fares from £1,599 per person cruise only

  • 6th August – Tilbury, England (overnight)
  • 7th August – Tilbury, England
  • 8th August – Honfleur, France (overnight)
  • 9th August – Honfleur, France
  • 10th August – Guernsey/ St. Peter Port, Channel Islands
  • 11th August – St-Malo, France
  • 12th August – Cruising the West Coast of France
  • 13th August – Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux to Lisbon – 13th August – 5 nights in Crystal Symphony – Cruise 6220B

Or, this summer why not discover the resort towns that dot the coastline of Le Verdon. Where, in it’s harbour, stands the oldest lighthouse in France,  the Cordouan light, which boasts a petite chapel and royal chamber.

When in St-Jean-de-Luz, guests can venture into a town rich in historic Basque and stunning architecture, completed with cobblestone lanes, there really is plenty to explore!

Fares from £1,220 per person cruise only

  • 13th August – Bordeaux, France (overnight)
  • 14th August – Bordeaux, France
  • 14th August – Le Verdon/Bordeaux, France
  • 15th August – St-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • 16th August – Cruising the Bay of Biscay
  • 17th August – Lisbon, Portugal (overnight)
  • 18th August – Lisbon, Portugal

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Twenty-Five Years Of Cruise Line Branding – Genting’s World – Royal Caribbean Sells 51% Of Pullmantur – Two Orders For Vard

The Cruise Examiner for 16th May 2016

HAL the new

Holland America cleaned up its logo, changed its fonts and updated its tagline

This week we have a look at cruise line brands. Brands are supposed to differentiate products but with so many multiple and sub-brands these days, we wonder if they also serve to confuse. The branding of cruise lines did not really start in earnest until Carnival and Royal Caribbean started acquiring other cruise lines but has nevertheless been rampant now for a quarter century. Meanwhile, Genting Hong Kong last week confirmed an order for two 5,000-berth “Global” class ships (below) for Star Cruises in addition to its orders for Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises, with the latter set to accept its first ship later this year. In a counter-move to the many acquisitions of recent years, Royal Caribbean last week announced that it was divesting itself of 51% of Pullmantur Cruises in Spain, but remaining as owner of its ships. And Fincantieri’s Italian subsidiary Vard announced orders for two more expedition ships from unidentified owners.

Star Cruises newbuildings

Star Cruises’ 5,000-berth “Global” class ships will echo NCL’s original side-by-side funnel arrangements

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