Twenty-Five Years Of Cruise Line Branding – Genting’s World – Royal Caribbean Sells 51% Of Pullmantur – Two Orders For Vard

The Cruise Examiner for 16th May 2016

HAL the new

Holland America cleaned up its logo, changed its fonts and updated its tagline

This week we have a look at cruise line brands. Brands are supposed to differentiate products but with so many multiple and sub-brands these days, we wonder if they also serve to confuse. The branding of cruise lines did not really start in earnest until Carnival and Royal Caribbean started acquiring other cruise lines but has nevertheless been rampant now for a quarter century. Meanwhile, Genting Hong Kong last week confirmed an order for two 5,000-berth “Global” class ships (below) for Star Cruises in addition to its orders for Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises, with the latter set to accept its first ship later this year. In a counter-move to the many acquisitions of recent years, Royal Caribbean last week announced that it was divesting itself of 51% of Pullmantur Cruises in Spain, but remaining as owner of its ships. And Fincantieri’s Italian subsidiary Vard announced orders for two more expedition ships from unidentified owners.

Star Cruises newbuildings

Star Cruises’ 5,000-berth “Global” class ships will echo NCL’s original side-by-side funnel arrangements

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First Class & Cabin Class On The Rivers – How Small Is Small? The 500/700-Passenger Ship – Cruise Line Stocks

The Cruise Examiner for 15th February 2016

Seabourn Encore at seaRecently, Scenic and its sister line Emerald Waterways have been in the news, especially with Scenic’s planned expansion into ocean cruising in 2018. This week we have a closer look at their river operations in Europe. Elsewhere, with Seabourn president Rick Meadows in Europe, we look at their new 604-berth Seabourn Encore (above), due out in January, and how she compares with other ships such as Regent’s 750-berth Seven Seas Explorer, which enters service this summer. Finally, we have a quick look at what’s happening with cruise line stocks.

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The Seven Seas Explorer – Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation – Silversea Yet To Order Against Chinese Finance

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd February 2015... ..

Seven Seas Explorer

With Crystal not having taken delivery of a new ship for a dozen years now, Hapag-Lloyd having bedded in its STX-built 2013 vintage Europa 2 and Fincantieri completing the last of Ponant’s four 264-berth luxury cruisers as well as preparing to deliver the new Viking Star this spring, it appears that the Italian shipbuilder now dominates the market for ultra-luxury cruise ships. With Regent’s latest ship on the way for delivery in 2016, two new 604-berth ships for Seabourn and a potential new order from Silversea for three ships of similar size, Fincantieri has this market wrapped up for now. Today, we examine this situation in a little more detail.

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Vancouver To Regain Its Lead Over Seattle? – Explorer of the Seas To Australia – Bermuda Forecasts 21,000 More Cruisers This Year

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th April 2014..

Zuiderdam Lion's Gate

As the Alaska trade prepares for its first sailings later this month, our main subject this week is the ongoing contest between Vancouver and Seattle. Since coming out of nowhere almost fifteen years ago to capture more than half the Alaska cruise trade in just a few years, an equilibrium seems to have been reached whereby Vancouver will see almost 40% more sailings than Seattle but the average passenger turnaround per ship on Seattle sailings will be more than a third higher than Vancouver’s. Elsewhere, the news has finally broken that after her 2015 season in the UK, Explorer of the Seas will join Voyager of the Seas to become one of “Australia’s two mega liners” during the southern hemisphere cruising season. And as the Bermuda season opens, it forecasts 356,000 cruisers this year, a rise of 21,000 over 2013.

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Crown Princess Trapped by Storm – The Winter Season Of Liner-Style Voyages – Four-Night Sampler Cruises On Top-Rated Europa 2

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 28th October 2013.

Crown PrincessAfter P&O Cruises’ Ventura left Southampton for Barbados at 5 pm on Friday, Princess Cruises’ near sister Crown Princess (above) was due to leave 24 hours later. However, Princess Cruises decided to hold her back due to the impending arrival in the early hours of Monday morning of a storm called St Jude. We have a look at what other ships in Southampton did. Elsewhere, November usually marks the great peregrination of cruise ships from Europe back to the Caribbean for the winter, while January sees the annual Australasian departures, so we have a look at opportunities here. Finally, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have announced four 4-night opportunities to cruise in the top-rated Europa 2 in the Baltic next June.

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Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2013 Now Available – What Goes at Classic International? – Reader Offers, Cruise Agent – Mistral Cruises

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          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 24th September 2012

The 28th edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships has just appeared in Kindle format and hard copies will be available from next Monday. We look at some of the updates to this year’s issue, which now evaluates 284 cruise ships. Top-scoring ships include Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 in Grill class, the Celebrity Solstice class and of course the ships of Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal, Regent and Oceania – the latter an anomaly as its pay extra ships Riviera and Marina have somehow managed to outscore Regent’s all-inclusive Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager in all categories. And new designs to come next year? Europa 2, Norwegian Breakaway and Royal Princess (iii).

Meanwhile, three out of the five-ship fleet of Classic International Cruises have been arrested in Marseilles and Kotor, while a fourth, the Princess Daphne, continues to trade for Ambiente Kreuzfahrten of Germany.

We also look at how one major cruise agent has been able to stand up to the Carnival UK commission cut to 5% and even see a hefty increase in its profits while doing so.

And finally, Mistral Cruises will be the new kid on the block in Croatia in 2014 with its 34-berth Mistral, which has until now been operating as the Callisto for Travel Dynamics International.

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Caledonian Sky Enters Service – Other Cruise News: Could Greek Cruises Get Cheaper? – Riviera Confirms Oceania Cruises’ Superb Positioning in the Marketplace

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          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 14th May 2012

.Present-day view of London’s West India Docks from Caledonian Sky‘s Lido Deck.
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After two and a half years sailing out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Genoa as a sheik’s private yacht, Noble Caledonia’s latest acquisition, the Caledonian Sky, was shown off to the public in London last week. Having undergone conversion back to a cruise ship at Gothenburg over the winter, the former Hebridean Spirit was on show to invited Noble Caledonia clients and trade visitors. The Cruise Examiner therefore took advantage of the opportunity to have a look at her on Friday in London’s West India Docks. Elsewhere, with some observers pointing to the chances of Greece having to leave the euro as 50% to 75%, we speculate as to what that might do to cruising in Greece. Finally, with the christening of Oceania Cruises’ new Riviera in Barcelona on Friday we look at Oceania’s rather successful positioning in the marketplace.

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