Crystal River Cruises To Open In 2016 – Phoenix Reisen To Charter Deutschland – AIDA Cruises Announces AIDAbella for China

The Cruise Examiner for 9th November 2015.

River Yacht © Crystal Rover Cruises

Artist’s conception of one of the new Crystal River Cruises river yachts

This week sees two former Deilmann ships going to new operators. First, the Danube river cruiser Mozart has been purchased by Crystal Cruises for its nacent river yacht operation and second, the ocean-going Deutschland has been chartered from its US owners by Germany’s Phoenix Reisen for five summer seasons. Crystal has also announced orders for two new river yachts from Lloyd Werft. At the same time, AIDA Cruises followed Carnival Cruise Line last week with an announcement that it would be basing its AIDAbella year-round in Shanghai from the spring of 2017.

Star Clippers Orders Its First Ship In 15 Years – Riviera Travel’s New “Author” Ships – Absolute Nevada Takes Deutschland

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The Cruise Examiner for 1st June 2015

Star Clippers

Star Clippers has recently announced plans for a 300-berth square-rigged ship (above) that will be designed after one of the world’s two largest square-rigger, the France II. Now under construction at Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia, she will join the fleet in 2017. Elsewhere, UK-based Riviera Travel is in the course of doubling its fleet of owned river ships to four, with the Jane Austen and the Charles Dickens, while Germany’s 550-berth Deutschland has gone to US buyers Absolute Nevada, who will charter her to Semester at Sea as the World Odyssey.

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Un-Cruise Adventures, Small Ships In Alaska And Elsewhere – Other Cruise News: Deutschland Goes To Semester at Sea

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The Cruise Examiner for 11th May 2015

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Kayaking is just one of the many activities offered by Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures on its Wilderness Explorer

This week, The Cruise Examiner reports on a twenty-hour voyage on Un-Cruise Adventures’ 74-berth Wilderness Explorer, one of nine ships now operating in the Un-Cruise fleet in the waters of Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, the Galapagos, Costa Rica and Panama. Elsewhere, Semester at Sea is taking on the former Peter Deilmann’s Deutschland as a replacement for the Explorer, which begins service in the Mediterranean as Celestyal Odyssey next month.

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New Cruise Destination: The Coast of West Africa – Other Cruise News: Costa Takes Delivery of Costa Fascinosa and Names New CEO

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          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 7th May 2012

The Ocean Princess departed Cape Town today for West Africa © Ian Shiffman

Today’s departure of Princess Cruises’ 688-berth Ocean Princess from Cape Town on a 28-night West African Adventure cruise brings attention to a new cruise destination that is slowly attracting more attention from international cruise lines. West Africa now attracts calls by Crystal Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, G Adventures, Noble Caledonia, Phoenix Reisen, Princess Cruises, Saga, Silversea Cruises, Travel Dynamics International and Variety Cruises, to name just some of the more obvious. Among these, Fred. Olsen is a newcomer, and will be making regular calls next winter with its 930-berth Braemar, while Saga will have three of its ships on the coast over the next year and Travel Dynamics International is bringing in a larger vessel with the 100-berth Corinthian. Meanwhile, as Costa Cruises takes delivery of its newest ship, the 3,016-berth Costa Fascinosa, it announces some changes to its safety regime as well as the appointment of Michael Thamm as new ceo of the Costa Cruises Group.


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The Cruise Examiner for 13th June 2011: Cruise Passengers Welcome on m.v. Explorer’s Semester At Sea – Other Cruise News: Two Expedition Ships Carry New Colours – Prince Philip Turns 90

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by Kevin Griffin

Cruise Passengers Welcome on m.v. Explorer’s Semester At Sea – Other Cruise News: Two Expedition Ships Carry New Colours – Prince Philip Turns 90

And now for something totally different. We look at two cruises that are being offered to the public on Semester at Sea’s 24,318-ton world cruiser m.v. Explorer, which offers two world cruises a year as well as a number of shorter enrichment voyages, on which passengers may book as well as university students. And we look at two expedition ships, the Orion II and Hanseatic, which both left port on Friday under new colours. Finally, Prince Philip turned 90 on Friday and we have a look back at his maritime background, which has included yet another kind of cruising.

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