Virgin Voyages Names Scarlet Lady – Norwegian Joy To Join Norwegian Bliss To Alaska – Second New Polar Ship For Lindblad

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd July 2018

The Scarlet Lady serves as a logo and the name of Virgin Voyages’ first ship

Last week saw the floating out at Genoa of Virgin Voyages’ first ship, and the announcement of Scarlet Lady as her name. The name was used before by one of Virgin Atlantic’s original 747 jumbo jets, an aircraft that has only recently been retired after a long career with Virgin. Also last week it was announced that Norwegian Cruise Line would move its Norwegian Joy, a “Breakaway Plus” class vessel initially tasked for the China market, to work with sister ship Norwegian Bliss between Seattle and Alaska. Meanwhile, in news from New York, Lindblad Expeditions has announced an order for a second newbuilding polar expedition ship to join the National Geographic Endurance.

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National Geographic Endurance – SkySea Golden Era To Go To Marella – UK Christening For MSC Bellissima

The Cruise Examiner for 26th March 2018

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Lindblad Expeditions’ Polar 5 vessel National Geographic Endurance will carry 126 passengers

Last week, at the keel-laying of Lindblad Expeditions’ new 12,300-ton 126-berth expedition ship, it was announced that she would be named National Geographic Endurance, after Shackleton’s vessel. She could prove to be the first of three such Polar 5 sister ships, higher-rated than any expedition ship other than Ponant’s planned Polar 2 icebreaker. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean has decided to close its SkySea joint ventuire with China’s CTrip and their SkySea Golden Era will be transferred to TUI’s UK affiliate Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer 2. Finally, MSC has announced that it will christen its 4,500-berth MSC Bellissima in Southampton on March 2, 2019.

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Lindblad Orders X-Bow Ship – New Chinese Cruise Ship Concept – Shell Cruising With LNG And Carnival

The Cruise Examiner for 13th November 2017

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Lindblad Expeditions has ordered a 138-berth X-Bow ship, with options for two more

Lindblad Expeditions has now joined Aurora Expeditions in ordering a new 138-berth X-Bow expedition ship in Norway. The similar Aurora ship is being built in China. Elsewhere, current ferry builder Guangzhou Shipyard has exhibited a new design for a mid-sized cruise ship at the China Cruise Shipping event in Sanya last week and Carnival Cruise Line and Shell have announced an agreement for LNG bunker barge fuelling of two new ships in order for Carnival Cruise Line.

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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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RMS St Helena Sailings Extended As Airport Delayed – Other Cruise News: National Geographic Quest – Iceland Pro Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 13th June 2016

St Helena © Peter van den Berg

RMS St Helena makes an appearance in London on June 7, 2016, on her final UK voyage before being sold.

This week the news is all about small ships.  First, the 128-berth St Helena and Ascension supply ship RMS St Helena visited London during her last UK visit before leaving service. At the same time, however, because wind shear is preventing safe landings at the new St Helena airport, her contract has been extended for three more voyages from Cape Town. Next up, Lindblad have revealed preliminary itinerary details for their latest ship, the 100-berth Quest, which is due to enter service a year from now. And finally, the 224-berth Ocean Diamond has started her second season for Iceland Pro Cruises out of Reykjavik.

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The Northwest Passage: Yet Another Cruise Ship For 2017

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd May 2016

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The Seven Seas Navigator is a cruise ship that was built on an ice-strengthened hull

The fabled Northwest Passage took three years to cross when Raould Amundsen first traversed it from east to west in his Gjoa in 1903-06 and Henry Larsen of the RCMP made it the other way in the St Roch in 1940-42. A century later, however, large passenger ships such as the 43,524-ton residence ship The World and the 68,870-ton cruise ship Crystal Serenity are threatening to turn it into a tourist playground. Last week came news that yet another cruise ship, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 28,550-ton Seven Seas Navigator, would join the Crystal Serenity in making the passage in 2017. While Crystal sail from Seward to New York, Regent will be sailing from Seward to Montreal.

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MSC Cruises To Introduce Its New Seaside Class In North America – Overnight Sidewheelers Return – New Lindblad Ships To Be US-Flag

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd March 2015

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Artist’s impression of MSC Seaside, which will resemble Miami Beach in more ways than one.

MSC Cruises has been trying to bust the US market for more than a decade now but has not yet been able to do it in a meaningful way. But two-and-a-half years from now, it will introduce its best ship, the 4,140-berth MSC Seaside, first of a brand-new design, into service from a modernized dedicated pier in Miami. Elsewhere, sidewheel paddle steamers now cruise only two of the world’s rivers, the Nile and the Murray, but that number is about to double when the 96-berth Loire Princesse is added to the Loire next month and the Elbe Princesse to the Elbe next spring.

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