Two “Icon” Class Ships For Royal Caribbean – Europe’s Largest River Cruiser, AmaMagna – Disney Magic Set For Quebec City & Bermuda

The Cruise Examiner for 15th May 2017

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AmaWaterways’s 194-berth AmaMagna is to enter service on the Danube in 2019

In its latest move to greener ships, Royal Caribbean Cruises has confirmed orders for the first two of its new “Icon” ships to be built by Meyer Turku. For delivery in 2022 and 2024, the new ships will fall somewhere between the “Oasis” class and the “Quantum” class ships in size. Disney Cruise Line, meanwhile, has announced new sailings to Quebec and Bermuda, both new destinations for the line. The 1,754-berth Disney Magic will open up both these new routes in the autumn of 2018. And finally, after christening the AmaKristina last week, AmaWaterways has announced that it will build Europe’s largest river cruiser (above), to be called AmaMagna, Regina Magnafor delivery in 2019. The AmaMagna is not the first European cruise ship to carry this name. The last was Chandris Cruises’ Regina Magna (right), which was converted to cruise from Southampton in 1972. Previously she had operated as North German Lloyd’s North Atlantic liner Bremen. In 1988, the Chandris family founded Celebrity Cruises, which is now owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises. The Chandris “X” is still carried by Celebrity ships today.

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Royal Caribbean’s New LNG Orders – Damen Reveals New Expedition Cruise Ship Design – More New Ships For Norwegian?

The Cruise Examiner for 17th October 2016

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Damen Shipyards Group’s contribution to expedition cruise ship design

Last week came news that from Royal Caribbean that it would be introducing a new class of mega 200,000-ton cruise ship to carry 5,000 passengers. But this class will be different because it will be dual-fuelled, relying mainly on LNG for its main proplulsion units by Caterpillar MaK. The first two ships are to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. Meanwhile, the Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen has released details of a new expedition cruise ship design (above) that joins three or four others that are also now on the market. And from Italy come rumours of a new multi-ship order for Fincantieri from Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Legend of the Seas To Become TUI Discovery 2 – Celebrity’s Exclusive Charter Flights – First Carnival Newbuild Goes For Scrap

The Cruise Examiner for 6th June 2016

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Canadian North’s 136-seat 737 C-GPNL landing at Miami in March 2015 in Celebrity Cruises colours

Last week came news that Royal Caribbean would be selling its 1,800-berth Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises, following in the wake of the Splendour of the Seas, which was delivered to Thomson last month and will make her maiden voyage this weekend under the name TUI Discovery. We also have a look at Celebrity Cruises’ dedicated charter flight programs in two different markets, the UK and Canada. And finally, the first of Carnival Cruise Line’s purpose-built cruise ships to go for scrap is the Henna, built in 1986 as Carnival’s third new ship, the Jubilee. She operated for several years as the Pacific Sun for P&O Cruises Australia before going to work for HNA Cruises in China for the last three years of her thirty-year career.

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Harmony of the Seas Enters Service – Koningsdam Christened In Rotterdam – Carnival Vista’s New Attractions

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd May 2016

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Royal Caribbean’s 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas arrives at Southampton last week

This week we have a look at three brand-new ships, the largest yet built for each of Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Harmony of the Seas arrived for the first time in Southampton last week, and we compare her not only with her earlier sister ships, but also with the US Navy’s “Nimitz” class aircraft carriers and with the 18,000 TEU container ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which also carries a few passengers. We also have a look at Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, which was christened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands last week. Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Vista, also entered service earlier this month.

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Norwegian Introduces All-Inclusive On Norwegian Sky – Other Cruise News: Royal Caribbean Drops Last Minute Discounting

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The Cruise Examiner for 4th May 2015

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Earlier this month, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it would be introducing a new all-inclusive policy to its 3- and 4-night Miami-Bahamas cruises on the Norwegian Sky (above), with effect from 2016. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean International has introduced a new policy of no cruise discounting within 30 days of sailing. Applied first in North America this policy will probably follow later in Europe. Both moves are innovations.

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New Cuba Cruise Season Opens – More Reports From China – And Individual Ship News

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 24th November 2014... ..

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Louis Cruises’ Louis Cristal departs Piraeus this Friday for Havana and her second season with Canadian operator Cuba Cruise

Last week saw the beginning of a new Cuba cruise season, with regular callers Thomson Cruises, Cuba Cruise and Star Clippers now being joined by small ship operator Variety Cruises. Meanwhile, the competition heats up in China as both Carnival Corp & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises make another move. And finally, Costa abruptly withdraws the Costa Celebration while Semester at Sea announces the withdrawal of its Explorer and her charter to Celestyal Cruises from next June.

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Carnival Plan Evokes Return To The 1930s In Hispaniola – Major Changes At Pullmantur – Book Review: Great French Passenger Ships

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The Cruise Examiner for 20th October 2014... ..

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This week we look at how Carnival Corp & plc’s investigation into developing a new two-berth cruise port at Haiti’s Tortuga Island, together with its Amber Cove development in the Dominican Republic, take us back to the 1930s. Both are on the island of Hispaniola and relatively close to Miami, especially in these days of high fuel costs. We also look at how Pullmantur is extending its reach far beyond Spain, while at the same time watering down its much-vaunted “All-Inclusive” plan. Finally, for a change, we review Bill Miller’s most recent book, Great French Passenger Ships, just published by The History Press.

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