Three Cruise Lines To Return To British Shores In 2017 – MSC Orders Four LNG-Powered Cruise Ships – Ovation of the Seas Arrives in Southampton

The Cruise Examiner for 11th April 2016

Norwegian Jade

The 2,466-berth Norwegian Jade returns to round-trip cruising from Southampton in 2017

With the UK market now having been overtaken as the largest in Europe by Germany, it nevertheless grew 9% last year, hitting a record of about 1.8 million Brits having taken a cruise in 2015. With this in mind, three cruise lines that have in the past offered UK departures, namely MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Thomson Cruises, have announced that they will be returning in 2017. Meanwhile, in France came big news of an order for four 200,000-ton 5,500-lower-berth giants from STX in St Nazaire. Regarded as important economic news in France because of the jobs involved, François Hollande participated in the announcement from L’Elysée. Finally, the newly delivered Ovation of the seas arrived in Southampton yesterday.

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Be Among The First To Sail The Ovation Of The Seas, Singapore To Australia, November 30, 2016. You Can Be In Sydney By Christmas

Ovation Cruiseco charterThrough its membership in Cruiseco, The Cruise People is pleased to be able to offer its clients a once in a lifetime opportunity to be among the first to sail on board Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s third Quantum Class vessel, on its inaugural voyage to Australia.

The 4,180-berth ship will depart Singapore on November 30, 2016, with a spectacular itinerary showcasing four beautiful Australian ports including Fremantle, Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney.

Amber Wilson, Cruiseco’s International Marketing Manager, said: “Sailing on an inaugural voyage into Australia is an extremely special and memorable occasion. We are thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to do just that with Cruiseco’s exclusive Ovation of the Seas charter. Cruising through Australia’s crystal waters is a lifetime goal for many UK travellers, and with the added advantage of concluding the voyage in Sydney, within view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, I encourage guests to book early to secure their spot before cabins sell out.¨

The following itinerary options are available for Ovation of the Seas‘ debut Australian voyage, with fares shown per person based on twin share:

  • Singapore to Fremantle: 6-night voyage, with fares starting from £530.
  • Singapore to Adelaide: 11-night voyage, with fares starting from £1,025.
  • Singapore to Hobart: 13-night voyage, with fares starting from £1,220.
  • Singapore to Melbourne: Ovation of the Seas will not visit Melbourne, but guests wishing to travel from Singapore to Melbourne can disembark in Hobart and fly to Melbourne. Fares for this 13-night option start at £1,275 per person, including transfers to Hobart airport and a one-way economy class flight from Hobart to Melbourne.
  • Singapore to Sydney: the full 15-night voyage, with fares starting from £1,415.

For further details on any of these cruise options please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

More Ships For China – Other Cruise News: Norwegian’s “Feestyle Cruising” – Record Cruise Day For Dublin

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 27th July 2015

Quantum of the Seas © Hafen Hamburg

Royal Caribbean International’s 4,180-berth Quantum of the Seas is now the largest Chinese-based cruise ship

Carnival Corp & plc announced last week that it would soon have six ships based in China, three year-round and three on a seasonal basis. On top of this, a member of the 3,560-berth “Royal Princess” class, will be designed and built specifically for the Chinese market. Royal Caribbean Cruises, by comparison, will soon have five ships based in China. Generally larger than those sent by Carnival, they will include the 4,180-berth Quantum of the Seas (seen above in Hamburg) and Ovation of the Seas, as well as the 3,114-berth Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas. With Norwegian Cruise Line having increased gratuity levels twice this year, as well as adding a room service charge and switching to a la carte pricing in many of its alternative restaurants, we have a look at its new version of “feestyle cruising.” And Dublin sees 13,000 cruise visitors in a day.

Cruiseco UK Conference – UK Rock The Boat Cruise – Representation For P&O Australia – Exclusive Cruiseco Charter Of Ovation of the Seas

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 25th May 2015

Rock the Boat

This week, The Cruise Examiner reports on a two-day Cruiseco UK conference held on board Celebrity Cruises’ 2,750-berth Celebrity Eclipse this weekend. In a day full of news, announcement was made yesterday of the first Cruiseco UK “Rock the Boat” cruise for September 2016, UK representation for P&O Cruises Australia, and a multi-million dollar exclusive charter of Royal Caribbean’s 4,180-berth Ovation of the Seas from Singapore to Sydney in November 2016.

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Chinese Cruising Gets Serious – Other Cruise News: Carnival Corp & Plc Orders Nine Ships

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 30th March 2015

Duchess of Richmond

The Duchess of Richmond, one of nine ships ordered by Canadian Pacific in 1926, in the Caribbean

Last week big news broke from both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp & plc. Royal Caribbean for its part will be sending its newbuilding “Quantum” class ship Ovation of the Seas to cruise from China next year, bringing the Royal Caribbean International fleet based in that country to five ships sailing from four ports. Meanwhile, for its part, Carnival Corp & plc has announced orders for nine new ships, five from Fincantieri and four from Meyer Werft. As yet, their distribution has not been announced but they are to be delivered between 2019 and 2022 and will be not only for European and North American brands, but also for China. Another company that once ordered nine ships at once was Canadian Pacific, in 1926. Carnival’s first two cruise ships were former Canadian Pacific “Empresses” and every Carnival Cruise Line ship since has had an “Empress” deck, while Princess Cruises took its name from Canadian Pacific’s coastal fleet of “Princesses” that used to cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.

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