Three New Ships For Silversea – Other Cruise News: Rocky Mountaineer Welcomes Brits – Cruise Connections Via Reykjavik

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 15th October 2018

 Rocky Mountaineer’s Gold Leaf service is the premium option. The food, wine, service and upper level glass domes give the best view one can get of the Canadian Rockies

Last week, with the backing of new majority owners Royal Caribbean Cruises, Silversea Cruises announced orders for three new ships, two of a new “Evolution” class for its worldwide fleet and one ship for local use in the Galapagos Islands. This week we also have two cruise-related stories coming to you from the realms of rail, with Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer and airlines, with Icelandair from Reykjavik.

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Royal Caribbean Acquires Silversea – Other Cruise News: New Expedition Ship For Quark – Havana Expansion

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 18th June 2018

Brodosplit signs €110 million contract for polar cruise ship

Brodosplit in Croatia is to build a new 13,500-ton 200-berth expedition ship for Quark Expeditions

The big question before last week was who would eventually take over Silversea Cruises, but that shoe has finally dropped. After some experimental financing through Chinese interests in recent years, Royal Caribbean Cruises has finally walked away with a two-thirds share of Silversea for about $1 billion. Elsewhere, Quark Expeditions has ordered a new 13,000-ton 200-berth expedition ship, and Turkish port operator Global Ports Holding has signed a 15-year contract to manage the cruise port in Havana.

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

The Cruise Examiner for 26th February 2018

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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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Bravo UK: A Cruise Of The Performing Arts – Other Cruise News: – Silversea To Issue Bonds – G Adventures Acquires Swan Hellenic

The Cruise Examiner for 6th February 2017

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Celebrity Solstice will offer a 7-night Bravo performing arts cruise from Southampton in May 2018

In late January, Cruiseco UK and Choose Your Cruise announced a cruise of the performing arts on board Celebrity Cruises’ chartered “Solstice” class ship Celebrity Silhouette. To be named Bravo, the cruise will sail from Southampton on May 19, 2018. This cruise follows four similar cruises scheduled from Sydney since 2014 in Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas. Topping the bill of twenty-five acts in the UK next year will be Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE and English tenor Alfie Boe. Elsewhere, Silversea has become one of the first cruise lines to issue bonds, in a $550 million refinancing package. And Toronto-based G Adventures is now set to resurrect Swan Hellenic for a second time, in 2018.

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Silver Muse 16-Night Voyage 6718 Southampton To Montreal, September 12, 2017

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Ship: Silver Muse (40,000 tons, 596 passengers)

Cruise Line: Silversea
Departure:  September 12, 2017
Duration: 16 Nights
Ports: Southampton, Falmouth, Waterford, Cobh, Galway, St John’s NF, St Pierre & Miquelon, Sydney NS, Charlottetown, Gaspe, Saguenay, Quebec, Montreal
Airport gateway (Arrival) : London
Airport gateway (Departure) : Montreal

 

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Day Destination Arrival Date/Time Departure Date/Time
1 Southampton 12/09/2017 17:00
2 Falmouth 13/09/2017 08:00 13/09/2017 20:00
3 Waterford 14/09/2017 09:00 14/09/2017 22:00
4 Cobh (Ringaskiddy) 15/09/2017 08:00 15/09/2017 18:00
5 Galway 16/09/2017 09:00 16/09/2017 18:00
6 Day At Sea 17/09/2017 00:00 17/09/2017 00:00
7 Day At Sea 18/09/2017 00:00 18/09/2017 00:00
8 Day At Sea 19/09/2017 00:00 19/09/2017 00:00
9 Day At Sea 20/09/2017 00:00 20/09/2017 00:00
10 St John’s NF 21/09/2017 08:00 21/09/2017 18:00
11 St Pierre 22/09/2017 09:30 22/09/2017 18:00
12 Sydney NS 23/09/2017 08:00 23/09/2017 16:00
13 Charlottetown, PEI 24/09/2017 08:00 24/09/2017 17:00
14 Gaspe 25/09/2017 08:00 25/09/2017 13:30
15 Cruising Saguenay River 26/09/2017 08:00 26/09/2017 08:00
15 Saguenay 26/09/2017 13:00 26/09/2017 21:00
16 Quebec City 27/09/2017 09:00 27/09/2017 18:00
17 Montreal 28/09/2017 07:00

 

Image result for victoria pier montrealCABIN PRICING

Departing Southampton September 12, 2017, 19 night holiday includes:

  • 16 night ultra-luxury Transatlantic cruise aboard Silver Muse from Southampton to Montreal
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Private car transfer Port of Montreal to hotel
  • 3 night post-cruise stay at the 5-Star Loews Hotel Vogue
  • Private car transfer Montreal hotel to airport
  • Maritime guided sightseeing cruise of Montreal
  •  One-way economy class air travel from Montreal to London Gatwick
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes

 

Fares are per person, twin share ( Returning to London Gatwick )

Suite Type Fare
Vista Suite £7,560
Panorama Suite £8,050
Classic Veranda Suite £8,535
Superior Veranda Suite £8,825
Deluxe Veranda Suite £9,215
Silver Suite £12,615
Royal 1 Bed Suite £15,240
Grand 1 Bed Suite £16,600
Owner 1 Bed Suite £18,645

For further details and availability  for this cruise, please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com

 

Genting Hong Kong Buys Lloyd Werft – Other Cruise News: Silversea’s Fourth Expedition Ship – Queen Mary 2 Refit Details

The Cruise Examiner for 21st September 2015

Silver Cloud (expedition ship)Following on the order for five Crystal ships from Lloyd Werft and reports in August, it has now been confirmed that Genting Hong Kong is taking a majority interest in the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven. And last Friday, Silversea announced that it would convert its 296-berth Silver Cloud to a 200/260-berth Ice Class polar expedition ship (above). Finally, Cunard Line has confirmed the appointment of SMC Design as lead contractor for the 25-day Queen Mary 2 refit scheduled to take place at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg next spring.
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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

Silver Spirit20-NIGHT ULTRA-LUXURY SOUTH AMERICA CRUISE PACKAGE

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

WITH BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHTS ex-UK February 13, 2016

Itinerary

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 cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

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

          THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com

          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 2nd January 2012: Happy New Year from The Cruise Examiner – Top Ten Cruise Predictions For 2012 and Beyond

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          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 2nd January 2012

Viking Line’s new LNG-powered cruise ferry, to be delivered by STX in 2013 (photo courtesy STX/Viking Line)

Those involved in the cruise industry over the past few decades have been lucky to work in one of the most dynamic industries on Earth (or water). Not that other industries are not dynamic but this is one of the most interesting. Since the dawn of modern cruising just over forty years ago, ships have grown in size from 19,000 tons to 250,000 tons and their capacities from about 1,000 passengers to over 6,000. Growth has been constant, especially in the past decade, where markets such as the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Australia and now China are all substantially adding to the overall numbers taking a cruise every year. With the dawn of a new year we have a look at some of the things that will affect cruising in not only the year to come but the years beyond. For our top ten predictions for 2012 and beyond take the left hand link below.
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