Silver Spirit Goes To Palermo For Lengthening – Vancouver Considers An Outside Cruise Berth – Delos Shipping Acquires Deutschland

The Cruise Examiner for 26th February 2018


Delos Shipping LLC of Dallas has acquired the 552-berth Deutschland from Absolute Nevada LLC

A week from today, Silversea’s nine-year old 540-berth Silver Spirit will enter dry dock in Palermo to commence her stretching to become a 608-berth Silver Muse-like vessel, with more capacity and updated facilities. With the recent increase in ship size, meanwhile, the Port of Vancouver is considering a new cruise ship docking facility outside its main port area, which the new mega ships cannot access because of the height restriction imposed by the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Elsewhere, Dallas-based Delos Shipping has acquired the Deutschland (seen above in Phoenix Reisen colours)

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Azamara Pursuit To Join Two Sisters – Cruising To Chicago In 2020 – Silver Spirit To Be Stretched To 691 Feet

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd October 2017


Chicago’s Municipal Pier, opened in 1916, and known as Navy Pier since 1927, no longer greets cruise ships

Last week Azamara Club Cruises announced that it was acquiring the newest of the eight “R” class ships, thus giving it a fleet of three sister ships. She will be named Azamara Pursuit. Still in the all-inclusive arena, Silversea has announced that it will lengthen its Silver Spirit so as closely to approximate the size of its flagship, the Silver Muse and her planned sister ship Silver Moon. The Azamara Pursuit and lengthened Silver Spirit will both be delivered in March 2018. Meanwhile, Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic Inspiration and Ponant’s Le Champlain are due to be introduced to the Great Lakes in 2020, and pre-bookings can now be made with both lines. But the question arises as to where they will berth in Chicago.

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Silversea’s Silver Spirit, Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, Business Class Flights, February 13, 2016, 20 nights in a Veranda Suite from £9,645


Buenos Aires to Valparaiso On Board Silversea Cruises’ m.v. Silver Spirit



Business Class travel from the UK to Buenos Aires (1 Night hotel stay) ~ Embark Silver Spirit (Overnight on board) ~ 2 Days at Sea ~ Puerto Madryn (Argentina) ~ Day at Sea ~ Stanley (Falkland Islands) ~ Day at Sea ~ Ushuaia (Argentina – Overnight onboard) ~ Punta Arenas (Chile) ~ 2 Days cruising the Chilean Fjords ~ Laguna San Raphael (Chile) ~ Puerto Chacabucco (Chile) ~ Puerto Montt (Chile) ~ Day at Sea ~ Valparaiso (Chile) ~ Transfer to Santiago (2 Night hotel stay) ~ Fly Business Class Santiago to the UK

Silversea Features

* Intimate ship for just 296 guests

* Spacious ultra-luxury suites – over 85% with private verandas

* Butler service in all suites

* Complimentary drinks in-suite and throughout the ship

* Gratuities always included

* Open sitting dining

* In-suite dining and 24-hour room service

* Transport into town if pier is outside of walking distance

* WiFi for the duration of the cruise

* Select Shore Excursions

Package Includes

  • 17 Nights Ultra-Luxury South America cruise Buenos Aires to Valparaiso aboard Silver Spirit
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Raft of Silversea inclusions as detailed above under Silversea included features
  • Business Class travel from the UK to Buenos Aires returning from Santiago, available for departures from London, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham
  • One-night pre-cruise stay at the 725 Continental Hotel in a double executive room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Buenos Aires Airport to hotel
  • Private car transfer Buenos Aires hotel to port
  • 2 Night post-cruise stay at the Hotel Gen in Santiago in a classic Double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer port of Valparaiso to Santiago Hotel (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Private car transfer Santiago hotel to Santiago airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Flight taxes

Fares from £9,155 in a Vista Suite, £9,645 in a Verandah Suite or £13,920 in a Silver Suite, all per person in double occupancy with Business Class flights.

For further information on Silversea Cruises or any other Cruiseco cruise package please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

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

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at 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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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 by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st October 2013.


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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