Norwegian Coast Service To Be Revised – Symphony of the Seas Delivered – Voyage of the Week: One Ocean’s RCGS Resolute

The Cruise Examiner for 4th April 2018

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Havila Shipping will build four new coastal ships for the Norwegian coast run, to enter service starting in 2021

The Norwegian Government has announced that effective January 2021 it will reorganise its subsidised coastal voyages by dividing contracts between two operators, the exisiting company, Hurtgruten, and newcomer Havila, who will build four new ships, with dimensions of 410 x 66 feet. Elsewhere, the world’s largest cruise ship, the 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas, left Malaga on a sampler voyage on Saturday before setting out on her maiden voyage from Barcelona this Friday. Finally, for our special voyage this week we have chosen One Ocean Expeditions’ newest addition, the RCGS Resolute, which has been chartered by UK-based Exodus Travels for a special Antarctica voyage in November.

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Roald Amundsen To Transit Northwest Passage – Azamara Pursuit Maiden Voyage From Southampton – Uljanik Shipyard In Difficulties

The Cruise Examiner for 15th January 2018

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The 684-berth Azamara Pursuit joins sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest in August

Announced before Christmas, Norway’s Hurtigruten is to join the cast of lines transitting Canada’s Northwest Passage, following in the steps of the Crystal Serenity, The World of Residensea and a number of smaller ships doing the full passage in recent years. The 530-berth Roald Amundsen will be the third largest passenger ship to do so when she sails through in August 2019. Meanwhile, Azamara Club Cruises’ new 684-berth Azamara Pursuit is being refitted at the historic Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast before departing on her maiden voyage from Southampton on August 1. And finally, Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard in Pula is looking to restructure. Uljanik is building the 228-berth Polar 6 expedition ship Scenic Eclipse.

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Norwegian Joy Christened For China Trade – Fram To Sail Atlantic Canada & New England Waters – Cruiseco’s Ex-UK Music Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd July 2017

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The two-deck high Ferrari-branded racetrack can clearly be seen aft of the funnel on the new China-dedicated Norwegian Joy

Last week, in Shanghai, Norwegian Cruise Line christened its first purpose-designed cruise ship for the China market, the “Breakaway Plus” class Norwegian Joy, or Xǐ Yuè Hoo in Chinese. With a Ferrari-branded go-kart racetrack on board, this ship offers a number of new attractions for the Chinese market. Elsewhere, Hurtigruten has announced a half dozen Atlantic Canada and New England cruises that include Newfoundland and the Gulf of St Lawrence for Spring 2018 in its 318-berth Fram. These waters were cruised a century ago by Bowring’s Red Cross Line. And, after its successes with music cruises in Australia, Cruiseco continues to grow with a series of UK music cruises from UK ports.

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Hurtigruten’s Fram Now Offers Atlantic Canada and New England Cruises, With Calls In Newfoundland And The Gulf of St Lawrence

FramHurtigruten, which has been running the legendary Norwegian coastal voyage since 1893, will add Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St Lawrence and New England to its itineraries starting in April 2018.

Following the 2017-18 winter season in Antarctica, the 318-berth Fram will depart Miami in early April and sail up the East Coast to offer April and May sailings between New York and Halifax. Key ports include New York, Boston, Newport, St John’s NF and Halifax.

One of the more interesting itineraries will be round trip from New York on April 15, a 15-night voyage calling at Newport, Boston, three ports in Maine, Halifax, St John’s NF, St Pierre, Louisbourg, Portland and New York. This voyage can also be booked as a 7-night voyage from New York to Halifax or as an 8-night voyage from Halifax to New York on April 22.

On April 30, the Fram will depart New York on a 10-night cruise to Yarmouth, Charlottetown PEI, Bonaventure Island, Percé and Havre St Pierre in Quebec, Bonne Bay NF, the Magdalen Islands and Halifax.

The Fram, which was built in 2007 at Fincantieri, will offer six Atlantic Canada and New England cruises before returning to her usual Iceland, Greenland and Northern Europe itineraries for the summer.

She will return to Halifax in October after her usual expedition voyages to northern waters. On October 8, she will offer a 12-night cruise from Halifax to Miami with calls in five New England ports including Boston, an overnight in New York City and a call in Charleston before arriving at Miami.

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A century ago the Red Cross Line offered similar cruises between New York, Halifax and St John’s NF.

For more details of Hurtigruten’s Atlantic Canada and New England cruises please apply to The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Boom In Expedition Ship Orders – Other Cruise News: A’Rosa Plans New River Ships – Swan Hellenic: Minerva Or Another?

The Cruise Examiner for 13th February 2017

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has ordered two 16,100-ton 240-berth expedition cruise ships

Over the past year there has been a boom in expedition ship orders, with sixteen vessels now on order and options placed for at least five more. Of these, half a dozen will be Polar Class 6, built for summer/autumn operation in medium first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions, in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Elsewhere, Rostock-based A’Rosa Cruises may be about to order additional river cruisers, while Swan Hellenic is looking for a replacement ship for the Minerva.

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MSC Cruises To Return To The UK – Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen – Saga Confirms Second New Ship

The Cruise Examiner for 21st November 2016

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Last week came news from MSC Cruises that it would be returning to the ex-UK market in 2017/18 with its 2,550-berth MSC Magnifica, to be based in Southampton in 2018. Elsewhere, Hurtigruten has announced that its new 530-berth expedition ship Roald Amundsen (above) will be based at Punta Arenas, Chile, in 2018, while its 254-berth Fram and 600-berth Midnatsol will work from Ushuaia, Argentina. Meanwhile, Saga is reported to have confirmed a second order for a less than 1,000-berth ship from Meyer Werft in Papenburg.

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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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