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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Seabourn Encore Named In Singapore – Other Cruise News: “No Leisure Group” – Star Cruises From Taiwan

The Cruise Examiner for 9th January 2017

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The Hebridean Princess is now owned by the newly-formed Hebridean Island Cruises Ltd (incorporated October 19, 2016)

Saturday saw the naming in Singapore of the 604-berth Seabourn Encore, latest addition to the world’s fleet of ultra-luxury cruise ships. As promised last week, we bring you an update on the liquidation of Britain’s All Leisure Group, including the acquisition of the 50-berth Hebridean Princess by a newly-incorporated company called Hebridean Island Cruises Ltd. And finally, Star Cruises has announced a new series of 5-night cruises from Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Manila for the 1,870-berth SuperStar Virgo.

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All Leisure Cancels Voyager And Minerva Cruises – TUI Group Cruise Business Up – UK Minor Cruise Ports On The Rise

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd January 2017

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Swan Hellenic’s Minerva was one of two All Leisure ships to have cruises cancelled this week

Today we have surprise news from All Leisure Group, who have just cancelled cruises scheduled to leave this week on Swan Hellenic’s Minerva from Marseille and on Voyages of Discovery’s Voyager from Port Kelang. Speculation has the two ships going to other operators and rumours so far have centred on Phoenix Reisen or Saga Cruises for the Minerva (both of which companies have operated this ship before) and an Asian operator or Celestyal Cruises for the Voyager. Meanwhile, TUI’s cruise business continues to thrive and we have a look at the latest cruise port news from Holyhead and Poole, two smaller cruise ports in the UK.

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As The US Recognizes Cuba We Look At Cruising To The Largest Island In The Caribbean – And Two New Ships For Grand Bahama

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Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Dream arriving in Havana, where she began calling in 2011

 

Last week, as a result of a number of meetings in Canada that were arranged through the Vatican, President Obama surprised the world by announcing that after more than half a century, the United States would resume diplomatic relations with Cuba. Today, we have a look at what’s been happening in the cruise business in Cuba. Meanwhile, Costa Cruises’ Costa Celebration arrived in Freeport last Thursday to replace the damaged Bahamas Celebration on the Palm Beach-Freeport route – under her last name of Grand Celebration. What could be more appropriate?. Arriving in port that same week was the S F Alhucemas, a full-hulled replacement for the Fort Lauderdale-Freeport catamaran ferry. Both services will offer cruise and stay packages in conjunction with resort hotels in Grand Bahama, all backed by a $3 million advertising campaign by the Bahamian Government.

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Two New-Look Ships Re-Introduced On Friday – Other Cruise News: South Africa Liner Voyages – Rhapsody of the Seas Enters Sembawang Shipyard

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The Minerva and Costa neoRomantica were both reintroduced to service on Friday March 2, 2012

Two cruise ships re-entered service after extensive refits last Friday, with Swan Hellenic reintroducing its Minerva with a new forward lounge, a new promenade deck and more balconies, and Costa Cruises’ renaming its Costa Romantica as Costa neoRomantica, with two extra half-decks, 111 new cabins and 120 new balconies, as well as a complete interior redesign. This week, we also look at the South Africa route, where this year’s first northbound sailing has already left Cape Town, and next year MSC Cruises will send MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia south. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas has entered Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore for a month-long mid-life refit, before heading for Alaska this summer.

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The Cruise Examiner for 19th September 2011 – After Private Islands, Do The New Cruise Ports Really Appeal? – Other Cruise News: The Fall of Far East Cruises – The Rise of Chinese Cruising

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After Private Islands, Do The New Cruise Ports Really Appeal? – Other Cruise News: The Fall of Far East Cruises – The Rise of Chinese Cruising

Photograph of Falmouth court house by Brian Elliott Photography

In 1977, Norwegian Caribbean Lines, as Norwegian Cruise Line was then called, started a new trend when it opened its own private island at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Now, more than three decades later, cruise lines are opening their own new cruise ports at places such as Grand Turk, Costa Maya, Roatan and the newest, Falmouth, Jamaica, whose newly refurbished courthouse is shown here. We have a look at a recent Cruise Critic poll on the subject of these ports and the comments of Arthur Frommer. Meanwhile, the number of European cruise lines that have cancelled their 2011/12 Far East programs has now risen to three, with Classic International Cruises’ Funchal and Swan Hellenic’s Minerva undergoing major refits and Compagnie du Ponant withdrawing its Le Diamant. And Chinese owner Xiamen International Cruise has ordered China’s first cruise ship, and a 100,000-tonner at that.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th September 2011 – Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Other Cruise News: Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Fails the Avis Test: Update

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by Kevin Griffin

Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Update

The Voyager has had balconies added and will join the Discovery at Voyages of Discovery

Last week was a big news week for the UK’s small to medium-size cruise ship lines, with announcements that both Voyages of Discovery and Noble Caledonia will be doubling their single-ship fleets, with the Voyager and Caledonian Sky, while Saga’s introduction of the Saga Sapphire will see its smallest ship, Spirit of Adventure, returning to the German market as FTI Berlin. Meanwhile, Voyages of Discovery’s sister line Swan Hellenic has announced plans for a major refurbishment of its Minerva, which will receive more balcony cabins, a forward-facing observation lounge and a new walk-around promenade one deck up from the new balcony cabins. Elsewhere, Voyages to Antiquity will be going year-round rather than seasonal in 2012/13 by adding winter itineraries to the Aegean Odyssey‘s program of summer Mediterranean cruises. And lastly, Royal Caribbean has done an about face on credits for the 130 passengers it left behind from the Serenade of the Seas last month in San Juan.

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