Seabourn’s New Order Changes The Balance With Silversea – QE2 On The Way To Asia – Anthem of the Seas For Southampton?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st October 2013.

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Two Queens: Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 (right) seen together in New York on April 25, 2008

Last week Seabourn announced that it was ordering a fourth ship of the Seabourn Odyssey class, which will serve to replace most of the capacity lost by the sale of its original trio to Windstar Cruises, with deliveries over 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, Silversea has increased its fleet of expedition ships to three. Elsewhere, QE2 Shipping has placed a contract with COSCO Shipyard Group for conversion of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen above in New York with her replacement Queen Mary 2) into a 400-room floating hotel, to be based at an as yet unnamed major city in Asia. Meanwhile, rumours seem to indicate that Royal Caribbean intends to replace the Independence of the Seas at Southampton in 2015 with the new Quantum class ship Anthem of the Seas.

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How Berlitz Rates The Ships For 2014 – Star Orders New Ship From Meyer Werft – Names For Seven New Cruise Ships

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th October 2013.

 

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The new Star Cruises ship replaces an earlier concept for a SuperStar Sagittarius (ii).

Last week we posted the arrival of the 2014 issue of the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward. This week, we have a look at how the new guide rates those ships, with the top five scores in each category. Elsewhere, after standing by the sidelines for many years while concentrating on its half-interest in Norwegian Cruise Line, Genting has finally ordered a large new cruise ship for its Star Cruises operation. And among them, Norwegian, AIDA and Royal Caribbean International have together revealed seven new cruise ship names.

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Enjoy Learning Something New About Cruise Ships With Guest Columnist Danielle Fear

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 19th August 2013

DanielleThis week, Kevin Griffin is away working on a cruise ship project, so he has invited guest columnist Danielle Fear to make a contribution. Here are some Cruise Ship Fun Facts that Danielle recently ran in her own blog at Cruise Miss. We all enjoy learning something new and a little off-beat so we hope our regular readers will enjoy. Readers will find Danielle’s blog at www.cruisemiss.com.

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Seabourn’s Six Ships Bring You The Utmost In Dining Style & Flexibility

Seabourn QuestDINING WITH SEABOURN

No ordinary cuisine…

  • “A la Minute,” prepared to guest order
  • Best executive chefs, members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • The finest quality ingredients, which are selected with care
  • Galley tours are available
  • Shopping with the Chef – you can join the chef for his shopping!

No ordinary restaurants…
Dining Options

  • Each ship offers a choice of dining venues to suit your mood of the moment.
  • No matter where you dine, you will find award-winning cuisine, attentive service and standards of excellence rivalling the finest restaurants around the globe.
  • You can dine in their suite or on your veranda, with Seabourn’s compliments.
  • On Seabourn, there is never an extra charge for any dining choice, something that is not true on all luxury lines.
  • Generous seating in the dining venues means Seabourn guests have the true privilege of choice for every meal.

Most restaurants are open-seating, inviting guests to dine where, when and with whom they wish. Complimentary fine wines with lunch and dinner. Open bars available throughout the ship, and guests’ in-suite bars stocked with their preferences.

The Restaurant

  • A beautiful open seating venue where guests are seated as they wish by a Maître d’Hotel.  
  • A broad menu of delectable choices is prepared to order by talented chefs.
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations not required.

Restaurant 2 & Veranda Café/The Colonnade

  • Restaurant 2 provides innovative, small plates, tasting menus with a contemporary flair
  • Restaurant 2 is open for dinner only, by reservation.

Veranda Café/The Colonnade

  • Popular, more casual options for lavish buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, enjoyed indoors or overlooking the sea.  
  • Hot and cold dishes are prepared to order.
  • The Veranda Café is available aboard Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.  
  • On Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest (above), The Colonnade offers nightly themed dinners, with service indoors and out.

Sky Grill/Patio Grill

  • The perfect place for a casual lunch where chefs serve up casual fare, al fresco.  
  • The Sky Grill is offered on Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.  
  • The poolside Patio Grill is aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, and serves freshly-baked pizza all afternoon.

In-Suite

  • Seabourn guests may order a meal from The Restaurant menu and have it served in their suite or on their veranda.
  • The meal can be served course by course, with white linens, fine china and silver settings.  
  • As are all dining experiences, this option is complimentary.  
  • A menu of other in-suite treats is offered for service around-the-clock

To learn more about a Seabourn cruise, please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

New Media: The Big (And Little) Cruise Lines – SeaDream Wins the YouTube Competition – But Do YouTube Viewings Generate Bookings?

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With nearly all cruise lines now having their own YouTube accounts, it is worth looking at the number of views each has attracted in its initial efforts, from mid seven digits down to low four digits, as at mid-day February 14, 2013:-

Princess Cruises (5,481,289)
Royal Caribbean International (4,287,689)
Carnival Cruise Lines (2,745,277)
Norwegian Cruise Line (2,064,530)
P&O Cruises (1,548,271)
Cunard Line (1,480,265)
Holland America Line (1,140,017)

MSC Cruises (740,467)
Celebrity Cruises (638,858)
Azamara Club Cruises (313,628)
Costa Cruises (276,417)
SeaDream Yacht Club (233,115)
Silversea Cruises (166,966)
Oceania Cruises (111,591)

Voyages of Discovery (93,588)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (64,577)
Seabourn (55,563)
Paul Gauguin Cruises (54,632)
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (39,624)
Swan Hellenic Cruises (28,111)
Louis Cruises (27,236)
Crystal Cruises (15,532)

Voyages to Antiquity (1,380)

Aside from the big numbers up top, the most notable of all these entries is SeaDream Yacht Club, which is punching way above its weight with over 1,000 views for every berth it has in its two-ship fleet. Compare this with only 7.5 views for every lower berth on Crystal and you will see what we mean.

But do YouTube viewings generate bookings? The question is probably of the same relevance today as asking if colour magazine advertisements generated business in their time (which is now largely past). Where Twitter and Facebook are probably not very productive, Blogs and YouTube videos are capable of conveying some of the actual experience of these products. Many of these videos can be found on our Cruise Lines Video Links Page.

Then if you want to know more about the art of cruising call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In North America call 1 800 961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca

The World of Cruising According to Condé Nast – Argentina and Falklands Conflict Calms – And A New Home For Queen Elizabeth 2

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 4th February 2013

Silver SpiritCondé Nast Traveler rates both the 540-berth Silver Spirit (above) and the 2,092-berth Queen Elizabeth as medium-size ships, while Berlitz more logically calls the Silver Spirit small and the Queen Elizabeth large.
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Last week, US-based Condé Nast Traveler magazine released the results of its 2013 best cruise ships poll, dividing the fleet into small, medium and large cruise ships plus river cruisers. Among the winners are names such as Azamara, Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, Oceania, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silversea, as well as some lesser known cruising names such as Grand Circle and National Geographic. Meanwhile, from Silversea comes news that the situation in Argentina seems to be calming down, with their ships again calling on both Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Elsewhere, we have news of a new future for the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2, in a major Asian city yet to be announced.

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The Growth of Cruising: A Twenty-Five Year Comparison – Norwegian Cruise Line Float – The New SuperStar Gemini

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 28th January 2013

Royal PrincessIn 1984, Princess Cruises introduced the 44,348-ton Royal Princess, at 761 x 96 feet and 1,200 passengers.

Riviera - OceaniaIn 2011-12, Oceania Cruises introduced the 66,048-ton Marina and Riviera, at 777 x 105 feet & 1,250 passengers.

Twenty-five years ago, the main players in the cruise industry operated a fleet of around forty ships offering berths for some 37,000 passengers. Today, the same players operate a fleet of around 125 ships capable of carrying in excess of 250,000 passengers at any one time. Not only has the industry grown almost seven-fold during that period but it has in effect divided into the best and the biggest, with seven or eight lines offering the best in service and experience and another seven or eight offering another type of seagoing experience, on very large scale ships at affordable prices. This week, we look at this phenomenon. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Holdings has floated at a 30% premium and another SuperStar Gemini has made her début.

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