Norwegian Coast Service To Be Revised – Symphony of the Seas Delivered – Voyage of the Week: One Ocean’s RCGS Resolute

The Cruise Examiner for 4th April 2018

Havila coastal ships for Norway

Havila Shipping will build four new coastal ships for the Norwegian coast run, to enter service starting in 2021

The Norwegian Government has announced that effective January 2021 it will reorganise its subsidised coastal voyages by dividing contracts between two operators, the exisiting company, Hurtgruten, and newcomer Havila, who will build four new ships, with dimensions of 410 x 66 feet. Elsewhere, the world’s largest cruise ship, the 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas, left Malaga on a sampler voyage on Saturday before setting out on her maiden voyage from Barcelona this Friday. Finally, for our special voyage this week we have chosen One Ocean Expeditions’ newest addition, the RCGS Resolute, which has been chartered by UK-based Exodus Travels for a special Antarctica voyage in November.

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Marella Cruises Replaces Thomson Name – Five Home Ports For SkySea – Voyages To Antiquity Cancels Caribbean Program

The Cruise Examiner for 16th October 2017

Marella Discovery

The 1,830-berth Marella Discovery (ex-TUI Discovery) is one of four balcony-rich ships obtained from Royal Caribbean Cruises

Last week, Thomson Cruises, now the UK’s second-largest cruise line, announced that it was taking on a new name, Marella Cruises, in order to differentiate itself from the German-based TUI Cruises. This will also mean a new naming scheme for the TUI Discovery and other UK ships that had been earmarked for TUI names. Meanwhile, poor bookings have seen Voyages to Antiquity cancel its 2017-18 Caribbean season for the 350-berth Aegean Odyssey, which was to have called on Cuba. And in China, the 1,814-berth SkySea Golden Era has sailed on her two-hundredth cruise for SkySea Cruises, the joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises and China’s Ctrip.

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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

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 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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An Ebb In Cruise Ship Size To 3,300 Berths – Cunard and P&O Cruises To Report To Seattle – Costa Chooses Tarragona

The Cruise Examiner for 27th March 2017

Project Leonardo

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new 140,000-ton ram-bowed “Leonardo” class ships will carry 3,300 in lower berths

As we reported in August 2014, 4,000 lower berths seemed to be developing as the new norm for cruise ships. But things have changed once again. With Norwegian’s reveal of its five new “Leonardo” class ships, today’s target size has come down to 3,300 berths, compared to the 4,000 plus of its previous ships. With the exception of Celebrity, whose exisiting “Solstice” class and planned “Edge” class ships are almost the same size, other lines such as Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are doing much the same. On the management side, it has been announced today that Carnival UK will have a new boss from May, when Josh Weinstein moves from Miami to Southampton as president. In a significant reorganisation, Carnival UK will now report to group chief executive Stein Kruse in Seattle. Finally, Costa Cruises is adding another Spanish base port, in Tarragona.

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Norwegian’s New Class Of Ships – Other Cruise News: More Cuba Cruises – The Quintessential One

The Cruise Examiner for 20th February 2017

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The 722-foot Quintessential One has been designed for a dozen residences and 508 passengers in a hotel section

First mooted in the Italian press last October as an order for six 130,000-ton €700 million ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, announcement was made last week for four, with an option for two more, 140,000-ton ships of a slightly larger size and cost. Elsewhere, there has been more news of approved US sailings by mainstream cruise lines to Cuba. viceroy-of-indiaAnd from London comes news of a new 722-foot super yacht to be called Quintessential One. Her traditional lines make her look like a 21st Century version of P&O’s Viceroy of India (left) but with engines aft. This is fitting in a way as the latter ship was largely designed by P&O chairman Lord Inchcape on his private yacht in Monaco

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Millennials And Cruising – Russians Acquire Cruise Ship For Crimea – Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats

The Cruise Examiner for 30th January 2017

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Beginning life as P&O’s Eagle in 1971, the former Royal Iris is now to go under Russian flag to serve Crimea

Recently there has been more attention paid to the younger passengers, the so-called millennials, and their role and interest in cruising. So this week we take a quick look at what is happening in the cruise market for 18-34-year olds. The Russians, meanwhile, are busy getting back into the cruise business with a newly-acquired cruise ship to serve Crimea. And the latest edition of Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges is now available.

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The World’s First Cruise Ships – The New Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Royal Caribbean To Donate $5 Million To World Wildlife Fund

The Cruise Examiner for 25th January 2016

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As Hapag-Lloyd Kreutzfahrten renamed itself Hapag-Lloyd Cruises last week, it celebrated the 125th Anniversary of its first cruise, which was offered on the 7,241-ton Augusta Victoria (model, top) in 1891. On the occasion of this event we look back at some of the world’s earliest cruise ships and cruise operations, which date back to the early 1880s. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean Cruises and the World Wildlife Fund have announced a $5 million cooperation program to help ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans.

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More Ships For China – Other Cruise News: Norwegian’s “Feestyle Cruising” – Record Cruise Day For Dublin

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 27th July 2015

Quantum of the Seas © Hafen Hamburg

Royal Caribbean International’s 4,180-berth Quantum of the Seas is now the largest Chinese-based cruise ship

Carnival Corp & plc announced last week that it would soon have six ships based in China, three year-round and three on a seasonal basis. On top of this, a member of the 3,560-berth “Royal Princess” class, will be designed and built specifically for the Chinese market. Royal Caribbean Cruises, by comparison, will soon have five ships based in China. Generally larger than those sent by Carnival, they will include the 4,180-berth Quantum of the Seas (seen above in Hamburg) and Ovation of the Seas, as well as the 3,114-berth Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas. With Norwegian Cruise Line having increased gratuity levels twice this year, as well as adding a room service charge and switching to a la carte pricing in many of its alternative restaurants, we have a look at its new version of “feestyle cruising.” And Dublin sees 13,000 cruise visitors in a day.

Three New Cruise Ships For 2015 – Other Cruise News: Dynamic Dining Not Yet A Complete Success

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 20th April 2015

Viking StarToday sees the christening in Southampton of Royal Caribbean’s new 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas, while Viking Ocean Cruises’ 47,842-ton Viking Star (above during trials) leaves Venice on her way to her own christening in Bergen next month. The 10,992-ton Le Lyrial will meanwhile make her own maiden voyage from Venice on May 9. This week we compare the three ships, each part of a quartet, while we also assay the implementation of Royal Caribbean’s new Dynamic Dining concept.

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The Other Anthem of the Seas, Behind The Scenes – Montreal and Quebec After More Turnarounds

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 13th April 2015

Anthem of the SeasLast Friday saw the delivery of Royal Caribbean’s new 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas (above), but rather than repeat what everyone else is saying about the new ship’s passenger features, today’s Cruise Examiner goes behind the scenes to look at her efficiencies. Meanwhile, as Australia rapidly outstrips Canada in terms of the number of cruise passengers each country produces, the St Lawrence ports of Montreal and Quebec will be seeking more embarkations with the help of $55 million from the Quebec government.

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Star Cruises Owner To Acquire Crystal Cruises – Other Cruise News: TUI Cruises To Acquire Splendour of the Seas

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 9th March 2015

Crystal Serenity and Symphony

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are being sold by NYK to Star Cruises parent Genting Hong Kong

Surprise news arrived last week when NYK announced it was selling Crystal Cruises to Star Cruises owners Genting Hong Kong, and that a third ultra-luxury ship would be built. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that it was transferring its Splendour of the Seas to affiliate TUI Cruises for operation by TUI Group’s UK affiliate Thomson Cruises, something that will introduce hundreds of balconies to the UK operator’s fleet for the first time.

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