The Cruise Examiner for 10th October 2011 – Icebreaker News – Other Cruise News: Norwegian Breakaway Year-Round From New York – Carnival Europe, Australasia and Asia Account for 40% of Revenue

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 10th October 2011

Kapitan Dranitsyn to return to Arctic service with TUI's Quark Expeditions

With the public having expected no longer to be able to book passage on a conventional icebreaker once Quark Expeditions’ Kapitan Khlebnikov finishes her final passenger season in January 2012, come two pieces of potentially good news  for icebreaker aficionados. While Toronto-based Quark Expeditions has announced that it will reintroduce the Kapitan Dranitsyn to its fleet in July of 2012, there are reports that G Expeditions, as Gap Expeditions has recently restyled itself, also based in Toronto, may be having a look at the troubled icebreaker Polar Star. The latter has been stranded at a shipyard in the Canary Islands since her previous operators, Polar Star Expeditions, found themselves unable to pay the bill after she suffered damage in the Antarctic in January.

NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway before application of her hull art by New York artist Peter Max.

Meanwhile, over at the mainstream lines, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that its new 144,017-ton 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, now under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, will be based year-round in New York from May 2013. As the largest cruise ship to be based there year-round, her first program will be 7-day summer cruises to Bermuda, making her the  largest regular trader there as well.

And as the cruise world continues to grow outside of its long-established North American base, 40% of Carnival Corp & PLC’s third quarter 2011 revenue is reported to have come from Europe, Australasia and Asia.


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