UK Cruise Market Stagnates, Ports Gain, Airports Lose – Lindblad Buys Orion Expeditions – Travel Dynamics Revives An Old Tradition

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 11th March 2013

A Week's CruiseLast week, the Passenger Shipping Association delivered its final set of annual UK cruise statistics before becoming CLIA UK. The presentation confirmed that there had been essentially no growth in the market, while prices have been dropping. At the same time, the market is changing. While a planeload a day no longer fly to their ships, an extra shipload is sailing from the UK every week. In the expedition sector, Lindblad Expeditions announced the acquisiition of Orion Expedition Cruises of Australia. And New York-based small ship operator Travel Dynamics International is reviving the Great Lakes tradition of cruising to Mackinac Island, with a 4th of July cruise from Chicago in its 130-berth Yorktown. [brochure above, Goodrich Steamship Lines, cruising from Chicago to Mackinac Island in 1913].

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The Cruise Examiner for 13th June 2011: Cruise Passengers Welcome on m.v. Explorer’s Semester At Sea – Other Cruise News: Two Expedition Ships Carry New Colours – Prince Philip Turns 90

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by Kevin Griffin

Cruise Passengers Welcome on m.v. Explorer’s Semester At Sea – Other Cruise News: Two Expedition Ships Carry New Colours – Prince Philip Turns 90

And now for something totally different. We look at two cruises that are being offered to the public on Semester at Sea’s 24,318-ton world cruiser m.v. Explorer, which offers two world cruises a year as well as a number of shorter enrichment voyages, on which passengers may book as well as university students. And we look at two expedition ships, the Orion II and Hanseatic, which both left port on Friday under new colours. Finally, Prince Philip turned 90 on Friday and we have a look back at his maritime background, which has included yet another kind of cruising.

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Orion II Sets Off On Maiden Voyage From Vancouver / Will Be Replaced On The Great Lakes in 2012

Australian-based Orion Expedition Cruises’ new Orion II leaves Vancouver today on her 24-night maiden voyage to Otaru, Japan, in Hokkaido. Along the way she will make calls at several ports in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Russia’s Kuril Islands and Sakhalin. With her 64-person crew serving only 100 guests, this gives her one of the highest guest-to-crew ratios in the industry.

During 2010, the Orion II was operated by Travel Dynamics of New York, as the Clelia II (she was named after Clelia Haji-Ioannou, Stelios’s sister) on a summer-long season of Great Lakes cruises between Toronto and Duluth. The Orion herself, the ship Orion II joins in the Orion Expedition Cruises fleet, also operated summer cruises in the Great Lakes, so this is the second time that Orion Expedition Cruises have “nicked” a cruise ship from the Great Lakes.

All is not lost, however, as Travel Dynamics will soon be announcing another cruise ship for the Great Lakes in 2012, with a capacity for 130 passengers, or about a third more than the previous two ships. Details will follow shortly.

Fore more details on Orion Expedition Cruises, Travel Dynamics, small ship cruising,  or cruising the Great Lakes please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.