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

The Cruise Examiner for 21st August 2017

Pacific Princess

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 -ton 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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Fincantieri Takes 66.66% Of STX France – Carnival Maritime Opens Third Centre – European Cruise Market To Grow 60% In A Decade

The Cruise Examiner for 22nd May 2017

STX France

Fincantieri has acquired a two-thirds shareholding in the famous STX France shipyard at St Nazaire

Last Friday it was announced that Fincantieri was acquiring a 66.66% shareholding in STX France, a company that will no doubt soon be renamed. The balance of the shares are held by the French State. At the same time, following the opening of Fleet Operations Centres in Hamburg and Seattle, Carnival Maritime has started hiring for a third such centre in Miami to manage the twenty-five ships of original group member Carnival Cruise Line. Meanwhile, Cruise Industry News Annual predicts 60% growth in the European cruise market over the next decade.

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Queen Mary 2 Refit A Success – Louisiane Headed For New Orleans – Adventure of the Seas Acquires 100 More Cabins – New TUI Names

The Cruise Examiner for 4th July 2016

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The Queen Mary 2 undergoes her 25-day drydocking at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, a painting by Robert Lloyd

Now that Queen Mary 2 has completed her first Transatlantic voyage since her 25-day drydocking in Hamburg, we bring you the latest report from on board. Elsewhere, French America Line’s Louisiane has begun her 5,000-nautical mile journey from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans in preparation for her entry into service on the Mississippi this autumn.  And on the other end of the scale, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas is to gain another 100 cabins in a refit later this year at Freeport, Bahamas. Finally, a quick footnote on upcoming changes at TUI Cruises and Thomson Cruises.

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Port Out Southampton Home, An Exhibition – Queen Mary 2 Refit Completes In Hamburg – A Note On Airline Seat Pitches

The Cruise Examiner for 20th June 2016

Queen Mary 2 refit

A painter puts the final touches to the hull of Queen Mary 2 at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg

This week we have a look at a 15-month exhibition being mounted by Southampton’s SeaCity Museum on the subject of ocean liners. This Thursday, meanwhile, sees the largest ocean liner ever built go back into service when Queen Mary 2 leaves Southampton for New York after a 25-day refit at Hamburg’s Blohm & Voss shipyard that is estimated to have cost about $55 million. She will have room for 75 more passengers and at least a dozen more pets. Finally, we look at the subject of seat pitch on cruise line flights.

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Carnival’s Big Advertising Deal – Queen Mary 2 Begins Blohm & Voss Refit – New Orders For Royal Caribbean And Celebrity

The Cruise Examiner for 30th May 2016

Carinthia Lounge QM2

Artist’s impression of the new Carinthia Lounge that will replace the present Winter Garden on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2

Last week, Carnival Corp & plc announced that it had awarded a major advertising contract to PHD to act as its international media agency of record for the seven of the ten brands that comprise its Anglo-American English-speaking market. The brands that are not included are AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises, which work in different language markets in Europe, and P&O Cruises Australia, which is based in a different geographical market. Meanwhile, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 arrived at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg for a 25-day refit that will see new cabins and facilities added. Among the changes is the new ocean liner-style Carinthia Lounge, named after one of the first Cunard ships to offer World Cruises and a regular in the 1930s on the New York-Nassau run. And Royal Caribbean has ordered another “Oasis” class ship as well as two more “Edge” class ships for its Celebrity Cruises brand.

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UK Distribution: Costa Direct & An Independent Cunard – MSC Doubles Its Cuba Fleet – Diamond Cruise Acquires Former Explorer

The Cruise Examiner for 28th December 2015

Cunard Line 2015

   Will Cunard Line get more independence? – Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria

Two different parts of Carnival Corp & plc are taking totally opposite actions in the UK market this month. While Costa Cruises announced that it will be cutting travel agents out of its UK marketing efforts in February, Cunard Line is about to be given a degree of independence from its big sister P&O Cruises in order that it can improve its relations with travel agents. Elsewhere, MSC Cruises has announced a doubling of its Havana-based fleet in 2016 while Diamond Cruise is set to introduce a former Celestyal ship on cruises out of Shanghai.

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Hamburg Cruise Days 2015 – Other Cruise News: Hamburg’s Third Cruise Terminal – A Visit To TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4

The Cruise Examiner for 14th September 2015

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TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4 passes Hamburg’s Hard Rock Café on her way upstream to join Saturday night’s Cruise Days parade

Seven cruise ships participated in the Hamburg Cruise Days that finished yesterday, an event that followed directly after this year’s Seatrade Europe convention in that famous port city. This week we take a closer look at what is going on in Hamburg – the market, the events and the industry. We examine the Hanseatic port’s third cruise terminal, opened just three months ago, and visit the German cruise fleet’s largest vessel and flagship, Mein Schiff 4, with her American captain.