Mariotti Damen To Build Expedition Ships For Seabourn – Prinsendam To Leave Holland America In July 2019 – Iona’s Grand Atrium


The Cruise Examiner for 9th July 2018

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Seabourn to expand into expedition cruising with newbuildings

Last week it was announced that a new shipbuilding joint venture, Mariotti Damen Cruise, will build two 23,000-ton 264-berth PC6 luxury expedition ships for Seabourn, for delivery in 2021 and 2022. Meanwhile, the Prinsendam, once Seabourn Sun, is to leave the affiliated Holland America Line fleet in 2019. And P&O Cruises have released a rendering and some details of the new Grand Atrium proposed for the Iona, due in 2020.

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A Ten-Ship Weekend At Southampton – Mascot, Pathfinder or Ambassador? – Crystal Cruises Back In Dover

The Cruise Examiner for 21st August 2017

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The 688-berth Pacific Princess has served as Princess Cruises’ flagship, mascot and its 50% Anniversary ship

This weekend at Southampton was one of the busiest of the season seeing five cruise ship visits on each of Saturday and Sunday, including the -ton Queen Mary 2,for a total of ten ships over the weekend, plus the passenger-carrying container ship CMA CGM Corte Real on Sunday. Elsewhere, we look at fleets that feature one smaller ship in addition to their main fleet of larger cruise ships. Finally, Crystal Cruises has returned to Dover after a two-year absence.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Sells Out Its Winter Program – Other Cruise News: Portsmouth International Port – London’s Cruise Port of Tilbury – Saga and Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' 800-passenger Ocean Countess and Marco Polo operate no fly voyages from half a dozen UK ports.

This week, we look at a small two-ship cruise line that has managed to sell out its 2012 winter program, half of which are cruises going north of the Arctic Circle in February and March! Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been making good progress since it was formed in 2009 as the cruise-operating arm of Cruise & Maritime Services. The line carried 36,000 cruise passengers in its 800-passenger Marco Polo and Ocean Countess in 2010 and  another 44,000 this year.

We also examine Portsmouth and Tilbury, two of the UK’s second tier cruise ports. Portsmouth, where the Leading Cruise Agents of the UK held their November meeting, opened a new dedicated passenger terminal in May whereas Tilbury’s London Cruise Terminal, the base for Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo, was first opened in 1930 and converted to a cruise ship terminal in 1995.

.And we remind Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation that Saga’s minimum age is 50, not 60, while Quest for Adventure will accept any passenger older than 20.

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