Icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot – Norwegian Cruise Line And TUI Cruises Each Order Two Ships, All From Fincantieri

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 16th July 2018

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Ponant’s icebreaker is to be named Le Commandant Charcot

Last week saw the christening of Ponant’s latest expedition ship Le Lapérouse in Reyjkjavik, along with the announcement that the line’s new Polar Class 2 icebreaker would be called Le Commandant Charcot. Also announced were two more ships of the “Leonardo” class for Norwegian Cruise Line and two ships of a new class for TUI Cruises, all to be built by Fincantieri.

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National Geographic Endurance – SkySea Golden Era To Go To Marella – UK Christening For MSC Bellissima

The Cruise Examiner for 26th March 2018

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Lindblad Expeditions’ Polar 5 vessel National Geographic Endurance will carry 126 passengers

Last week, at the keel-laying of Lindblad Expeditions’ new 12,300-ton 126-berth expedition ship, it was announced that she would be named National Geographic Endurance, after Shackleton’s vessel. She could prove to be the first of three such Polar 5 sister ships, higher-rated than any expedition ship other than Ponant’s planned Polar 2 icebreaker. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean has decided to close its SkySea joint ventuire with China’s CTrip and their SkySea Golden Era will be transferred to TUI’s UK affiliate Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer 2. Finally, MSC has announced that it will christen its 4,500-berth MSC Bellissima in Southampton on March 2, 2019.

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Viking Orders Six Ocean Ships – Ponant Orders Two More Explorers – Star Order To Go To Dream Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 12th March 2018

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The 930-berth Viking Sky at Montreal, one of what will eventually be a class of sixteen ships.

Eight more cruise ships were ordered last week, bringing the total now on order to 100 according to Seatrade Cruise News. Viking Cruises ordered six 930-berth ocean-going cruise ships from Fincantieri for delivery between 2024 and 2027. In addition, Ponant ordered two more of its 184-berth “Explorer” class expedition ships for delivery in 2020. And Genting Hong Kong meanwhile announced the move of its first “Global” class cruise ship order from Star Cruises to its more upmarket Dream Cruises brand.

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Ponant Orders A Polar Icebreaker – Magellan Goes To Mexico – Carnival Australia Hits 1 Million Passengers

 

The Cruise Examiner for 25th December 2017

Image result for ponant icEBREAKERLast week Ponant announced its latest order, in this case for a 30,000-ton 270-berth Polar Class 2 icebreaker (above) capable of taking passengers to the geographic  North Pole. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages is sending its 1,250-berth Magellan to Mexico for the winter of 2019 and Carnival Australia’s seven brands have carried a million passengers this year.

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Sail From Boston To Panama On Ponant’s Le Soléal This October – From €1,250 For 7 Nights – No Single Supplement

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Ocean Voyage: Boston to Colon, Panama

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  • Boston – Colon
  • Le Soléal (264 passengers)
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Boom In Expedition Ship Orders – Other Cruise News: A’Rosa Plans New River Ships – Swan Hellenic: Minerva Or Another?

The Cruise Examiner for 13th February 2017

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has ordered two 16,100-ton 240-berth expedition cruise ships

Over the past year there has been a boom in expedition ship orders, with sixteen vessels now on order and options placed for at least five more. Of these, half a dozen will be Polar Class 6, built for summer/autumn operation in medium first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions, in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Elsewhere, Rostock-based A’Rosa Cruises may be about to order additional river cruisers, while Swan Hellenic is looking for a replacement ship for the Minerva.

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