Cruising: What A Difference Thirty Years Makes – Other Cruise News: Classic International Australia Calls In Administrators – New Liner Service Between Europe and Australia?


          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 5th November 2012

The Port of Miami in 1982 (left) and 2012 (right), with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships in each view

For something different this week, we look back thirty years. Examining the third weekend of January, at the start of the Caribbean high season in the traditional cruise trades from Florida and Puerto Rico, we compare what is on offer now to the same weekend in 1982. Last week, we announced that Classic International’s Australian arm had succeded in finding a replacement ship for the arrested Athena. This announcement appears to have been premature, however, as only two days later Classic’s Australian went into administration. Finally, we look at what would normally be considered a hare-brained idea – a passenger liner service between Europe and Australia – although the design for the two ships is reportedly to be entrusted to one of the world’s pre-eminent naval architects.

THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                       (See previous columns)