The Evolution of Cruise Ship Design – Noble Caledonia Goes To Three Ships – Louis Expands in France and Canada

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MSC Seaside design

The illustrations for the new MSC “Seaside” class from Fincantieri have provoked some discussion on recent changes in cruise ship design, which we examine today. Elsewhere, Noble Caledonia last week also announced that it was acquiring a third unit of the original eight-ship 114-berth Renaissance small ship class, and the third of four sister ships from the Apuania shipyard south of La Spezia. Meanwhile, Louis Cruises is out to triple its French business to 10,000 passengers and has announced a second season for the Louis Cristal on charter to Cuba Cruise from Havana.

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APT, AMA Waterways and Noble Caledonia – Grand Mistral To Become Costa NeoRiviera – Australia Liner Profile Revealed

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The Cruise Examiner for 23rd September 2013

Project Orient

From starting a bus service in Melbourne in 1924, APT has come a long way in 85 years since it was formed in 1927, now having significant holdings in fifteen-ship river operator AMA Waterways and seven-ship small ship operator Noble Caledonia. As many will not have heard of them, we have an initial look this week at who they are. Meanwhile, Costa continues to cannibalize its Spanish subsidiary Iberocruceros by taking another of their ships for its own fleet. And finally, we have a look (see above) at what Project Orient’s mooted new Europe-Australia liners will look like.

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Caledonian Sky Enters Service – Other Cruise News: Could Greek Cruises Get Cheaper? – Riviera Confirms Oceania Cruises’ Superb Positioning in the Marketplace

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     The Cruise Examiner for 14th May 2012

.Present-day view of London’s West India Docks from Caledonian Sky‘s Lido Deck.
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After two and a half years sailing out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Genoa as a sheik’s private yacht, Noble Caledonia’s latest acquisition, the Caledonian Sky, was shown off to the public in London last week. Having undergone conversion back to a cruise ship at Gothenburg over the winter, the former Hebridean Spirit was on show to invited Noble Caledonia clients and trade visitors. The Cruise Examiner therefore took advantage of the opportunity to have a look at her on Friday in London’s West India Docks. Elsewhere, with some observers pointing to the chances of Greece having to leave the euro as 50% to 75%, we speculate as to what that might do to cruising in Greece. Finally, with the christening of Oceania Cruises’ new Riviera in Barcelona on Friday we look at Oceania’s rather successful positioning in the marketplace.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th September 2011 – Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Other Cruise News: Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Fails the Avis Test: Update

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Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Update

The Voyager has had balconies added and will join the Discovery at Voyages of Discovery

Last week was a big news week for the UK’s small to medium-size cruise ship lines, with announcements that both Voyages of Discovery and Noble Caledonia will be doubling their single-ship fleets, with the Voyager and Caledonian Sky, while Saga’s introduction of the Saga Sapphire will see its smallest ship, Spirit of Adventure, returning to the German market as FTI Berlin. Meanwhile, Voyages of Discovery’s sister line Swan Hellenic has announced plans for a major refurbishment of its Minerva, which will receive more balcony cabins, a forward-facing observation lounge and a new walk-around promenade one deck up from the new balcony cabins. Elsewhere, Voyages to Antiquity will be going year-round rather than seasonal in 2012/13 by adding winter itineraries to the Aegean Odyssey‘s program of summer Mediterranean cruises. And lastly, Royal Caribbean has done an about face on credits for the 130 passengers it left behind from the Serenade of the Seas last month in San Juan.

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