MSC Orders Two “World” Class Cruise Ships – Ups & Downs In World Cruise Markets – Southampton Sets Cruise Ship Record

The Cruise Examiner for 12th June 2017

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia arriving at Le Havre for her recent naming by Sophia Loren

Last week came confirmation from MSC Cruises that it had ordered two new “World” class cruise ships, among the largest in the world, with an option for two more, from STX France. Seeing that there will soon be 120 cruise ships in the world measuring over 100,000 gross tons,This news is not shocking, but the order will bring the number of ships over 200,000 tons to eight, including five operated by Royal Caribbean International and one by Star Cruises. While vessels grow in size, we also have a look at rising (and in some cases falling) markets in the cruise industry. And finally we note that Southampton last week received a record fifteen cruise ships in three days.

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Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Montreal’s 375th – Other Cruise News: – Oceania Chooses New York – Azamara Adds Alaska In 2019

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd April 2017

QM2 at Quebec

Queen Mary 2 at Quebec. The numbers cruising the St Lawrence are expected to exceed 350,000 this year.

This year sees the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s founding as a nation, so on this event we also look back fifty years to the special 100th Anniverary sailings that were offered in connection with Expo ’67 in 1967 that included stays on board. Ships such as the Shalom, Maasdam, FranconiaArgentina, Brasil and South American all offered stays at Montreal, as did the s.s. France and Michelangelo at Quebec.This year will also see a boom for cruising the St Lawrence, with traffic up more than a third on last year. Elsewhere, Oceania Cruises will be basing its Insignia at New York for the late summer this year as well as the summer of 2018. Finally, in a first for the line, Azamara Club Cruises has announced a series of eleven Alaska cruises based on Vancouver for its Azamara Quest in 2019.

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Holy Land, Cyprus & Greece On Oceania Cruises’ Riviera, Athens To Athens, Ex-UK April 16, 2017 – From £2,460pp In Double Occupancy
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China Closer To Building Cruise Ships – MSC Cruises Adds More China – NCLH Management Triumvirate

The Cruise Examiner for 26th September 2016


Carnival’s four new Shanghai-built Hong Kong-owned ships will be based on the Carnival Vista platform

Last week came news that the Carnival-China State Shipbuilding-China Investment cruise shipping joint venture would order two option two 133,500-ton cruise ships from the Fincantieri-China Shipbuilding joint venture. The four ships are to be built by China Shipbuilding’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard in Pudong. These vessels, along with a number of existing ships to be transferred in from the Carnival fleet, will form the basis of a new Chinese brand to be based in Hong Kong. Just before this announcement, MSC Cruises said that it would be sending its 3,274-berth MSC Splendida to work out of China in 2018. Meanwhile, over at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, each of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises has now been given its own president and ceo.

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The Trend To Mid-Size Ships: Saga Orders A Vessel From Meyer Werft

The Cruise Examiner for 5th October 2015

Saga image courtesy Meyer Werft

Artist’s concept of the new Saga ship seems to indicate a wraparound promenade deck

Last week came news from Saga that it had ordered a 55,900-ton cruise ship from Meyer Werft in Papenburg, builders almost three decades ago, in 1986-92, of such well-respected ships as the Homeric, Crown Odyssey, Horizon and Zenith. The new Saga ship, for delivery in 2019, plus a possible sister for 2021, will join the eight “R” ships that set the precedent for this size of cruise ship in 1998-2001, along with Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera from 2011-12 and the Viking Ocean Cruises trio of 2015-17. Compared to the ultra-luxury ships that have tended to occupy this size bracket in the past, these ships will prove that there is a market to be met between the mass market ships carrying thousands of passengers and the ultra-luxury ships carrying just hundreds. This new class of ship will bring back passengers whose needs have not been met by the very large mass-market ships, no matter how many attractions.

Norwegian Week – Other Cruise News: Genting Looking At Lloyd-Werft – Astor Returns To Australia In 2016-17

The Cruise Examiner for 10th August 2015

Pride of America

Tying in two of this week’s stories, Norwegian Cruise Line’s US-flag Pride of America was completed by Lloyd Werft in 2004.

Last week saw much news emanating from Norwegian Cruise Line. As well as producing a tidy profit, it announced returns to markets such as Asia and Australia, where it is opening new offices in Sydney and Hong Kong, as well as to South America. Meanwhile, minority Norwegian owner Genting Hong Kong, now owner of the Crystal and Star brands, is having a look at buying part of the Lloyd Werft shipbuilding business in Bremerhaven. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced that Astor will return to Australia in 2016-17, this time sailing in both directions via Panama.

Special Cruiseco Package 17 Nights From £2,495 on Oceania Cruises’ m.v. Riviera, Eastern Mediterranean, Rome-to-Rome, May 30, 2015

Riviera Oceania CruisesItinerary

Fly UK to Rome (2-night hotel stay) ~ Transfer to Civitavecchia and embark Riviera ~ Milazzo (Italy) ~ Argostoli (Cephalonia – Greece) ~ Gythion (Greece) ~ Cruising the Mediterranean Sea ~ Haifa (for Jerusalem – overnight on board) ~ Port Said (for Cairo) ~ Alexandria ~ Cruising the Mediterranean ~ Chania (Crete) ~ Cruising the Mediterranean ~ Valetta (Malta) ~ Cagliari (Sardinia) ~ Rome ~ Disembark and transfer to airport for return flight to the UK .

Oceania Cruises Experience

* Mid–size elegant ship catering to no more than 1,250 guests
* Free unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
* Multiple open sitting gourmet dining venues at no additional charge
* Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique destinations
* Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
* Luxurious yet relaxed country club ambiance
* Spacious sumptuously-appointed suites and staterooms, 85% with private verandas
* 24-hour Butler Service in all suites
* Canyon Ranch spa treatments and cuisine
* Dedicated concierges for personalized service
* Staff selected from internationally-acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
* The comfort of smoke free environments throughout the ship
* Never a crowd and no waiting in queues
* With open-sitting in all our restaurants, dine where, when and with whom you please
* Cuisine never prepared en masse, every dish created à la minute just for you

Package Includes

  • 15-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on board Riviera round trip from Rome
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Raft of Oceania exclusive inclusions as detailed above under Oceania Cruises Experience
  • Round-trip economy class flights to Rome, available for departures from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Anglo Americano hotel in Rome in a standard double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Rome Fumicino airport to Hotel
  • Private car transfer Rome hotel to the port at Civitavecchia
  • Private car transfer Civitavecchia to Rome airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Bonus : Free Crew Gratuities

Fares per person

Fares from £2,495 inside, £2,720 outside, £3,040 veranda or £3,260 level veranda, all per person in double occupancy.

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