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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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

Norwegian Joy with go-kart race track

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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