Seeing Cuba The Small Ship Way – The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – Newbuilding Magellan Explorer For Antarctica XXI

The Cruise Examiner for 26th June 2017

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Victory Cruise Line’s Victory I, seen here as Saint Laurent at Montreal in 2015

Last week, we received word from Victory Cruise Lines of Miami that it had received approval to cruise to Cuba and that president and ceo Bruce Nierenberg is now in Cuba making arrangements. Victory operate the 210-berth Victory I, which is presently sailing the Great Lakes. Victory’s Nierenberg advises us of the relatively new line’s plans for Cuba. Elsewhere, Ritz-Carlton has announced that it will enter the yacht cruise business with three new 298-berth cruising yachts of 623 feet each. Meanwhile, Chile’s Antarctica XXI has announced a 70-berth 298-foot newbuilding, the Magellan Explorer, for its Antarctic fly and sail business.

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Cruise Lines Escape US-Cuba Travel Ban – The Flying Clipper Is Launched – Ex-Russian Ship Converted To Expedition Vessel

The Cruise Examiner for 19th June 2017

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Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas arriving in Havana for the first time, on April 23, 2017

On Friday, in the “Little Havana” neighbourhood of Miami, surrounded by Cuban Americans, President Donald Trump’s words for Cuba were “we will enforce the ban on tourism.” However, his edict will have very little effect on the cruise lines that have been able to return to Cuba in the last year thanks to a loosening of regulations by former president Barack Obama. In Croatia, meanwhile, the world’s largest sailing ship, the 300-passenger Flying Clipper, was launched for Star Clippers. Finally, Sunstone Ships’ 230-berth Ocean Atlantic has recently re-entered service as an expedtion ship.

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Holland America Line Adds Cuba – Other Cruise News: Black Sea Cruises To Start Up June 11 – Turkey’s Etstur Charters Aegean Queen

The Cruise Examiner for 29th May 2017

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Holland America Line’s 1,348-berth Veendam, a regular to Bermuda and Canada, will now also enter the winter trade to Cuba

Last week it was announced that Holland America Line is the latest cruise line to acquire rights to sail to Cuba, with its inaugural voyage set to be performed in December by the Veendam. Elsewhere the new Black Sea Cruises sent its recently-acquired Knyaz Vladimir on a trial voyage before placing her into service in two weeks. And Turkey’s Etstur has announced another season of Greek Isles cruises, this time using the Louis Group-owned Aegean Queen.

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Norwegian’s New Class Of Ships – Other Cruise News: More Cuba Cruises – The Quintessential One

The Cruise Examiner for 20th February 2017

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The 722-foot Quintessential One has been designed for a dozen residences and 508 passengers in a hotel section

First mooted in the Italian press last October as an order for six 130,000-ton €700 million ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, announcement was made last week for four, with an option for two more, 140,000-ton ships of a slightly larger size and cost. Elsewhere, there has been more news of approved US sailings by mainstream cruise lines to Cuba. viceroy-of-indiaAnd from London comes news of a new 722-foot super yacht to be called Quintessential One. Her traditional lines make her look like a 21st Century version of P&O’s Viceroy of India (left) but with engines aft. This is fitting in a way as the latter ship was largely designed by P&O chairman Lord Inchcape on his private yacht in Monaco

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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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The New Hurtigruten Ships – Other Cruise News: Titan Enters River Cruising With Serenade I – Grand Circle To Cruise To Cuba

The Cruise Examiner for 25th July 2016

Similarities in ship design a century apart

This week, we have a closer look at the first two new Rolls-Royce-designed Hurtigruten ships, recently ordered at Norway’s Kleven shipyard. Some of their features actually date back to ships in the Canadian coastal trades a century ago. Canada Steamship Lines’ Noronic, for example, was introduced in 1914 with covered observation area above a straight bow, rounded wheelhouse and funnel aft. But the new Hurtigruten ships will also include Rolls-Royce’s Unified Bridge concept, which will provide a more comfortable, clutter-free, safer and more efficient working environment on the bridge. We also look at Titan River Cruises, which will charter its own ship, the Serenade I, from Spring 2017. And Grand Circle Cruise Line of Boston plans to run its m.v. Clio between Miami and Cuba starting in January 2017.

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German Cruise Market Set To Hit 2 Million This Year – Winter Finishes Without A Single Florida-Cuba Cruise – China’s Norwegian Joy

The Cruise Examiner for 14th March 2016

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The AIDAprima was completed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and left Nagasaki for Hamburg today

At the ITB travel show in Berlin last week it was confrmed that Germany is now Europe’s largest cruise market and second in the world after the United States. Not only that, but with the addition of the new AIDAprima and Mein Schiff 5 this year, the number of German cruisers is expected to reach 2 million. Meanwhile, across the seas in Florida, winter will end next week without a single cruise having departed that state for Cuban waters. Eighteen cruises had been planned for the 2016 winter season but not one has yet departed. Finally, we have a brief look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s new China ship, the Norwegian Joy.

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