The Cruise Examiner for 17th October 2011 – Singapore Aims To Be Cruise Hub of Asia – Other Cruise News: 2010 Winners and Losers Among Cruise Ports – Princess Daphne Chartered to Ambiente – Canadian Pacific’s Keewatin To Return to Canada

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 17th October 2011

November 16 sees Singapore hosting the first Cruise Shipping Asia conference so we have a look at plans there for the opening of a second cruise terminal and projections that will see cruise passenger numbers at Singapore rise to 1.5 million by 2015. From May 2012, Royal Caribbean International will base their Voyager of the Seas there. Elsewhere, we look at the winner and loser cruise ports of 2010 (2011 will of course be different). And Classic International’s Princess Daphne returns to the German market on a three-year charter to the new Berlin-based Ambiente Cruises.

Meanwhile, as Canadian Pacific’s last remaining passenger ship, the Keewatin, is about to be returned to Canada, here are some of the contributions Canadian Pacific has made to cruising over the years. In 1931, it created the first dual-purpose North Atlantic liner and world cruise ship, with the 42,348–ton Empress of Britain, a concept that is followed today by Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. In 1964, it gave Princess Cruises its name when that company chartered CP’s Alaska cruise ship Princess Patricia to cruise to Mexico.  In 1972, it gave Carnival Cruise Lines its funnel design and logo, which were adapted from CP Ships’ Empress of Canada by changing the colours and making a circle out of a triangle. That ship, which was renamed Mardi Gras,  had been retired in 1971 as CP’s last North Atlantic liner, and every Carnival ship built since has  had an Empress Deck.


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Orion II Sets Off On Maiden Voyage From Vancouver / Will Be Replaced On The Great Lakes in 2012

Australian-based Orion Expedition Cruises’ new Orion II leaves Vancouver today on her 24-night maiden voyage to Otaru, Japan, in Hokkaido. Along the way she will make calls at several ports in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Russia’s Kuril Islands and Sakhalin. With her 64-person crew serving only 100 guests, this gives her one of the highest guest-to-crew ratios in the industry.

During 2010, the Orion II was operated by Travel Dynamics of New York, as the Clelia II (she was named after Clelia Haji-Ioannou, Stelios’s sister) on a summer-long season of Great Lakes cruises between Toronto and Duluth. The Orion herself, the ship Orion II joins in the Orion Expedition Cruises fleet, also operated summer cruises in the Great Lakes, so this is the second time that Orion Expedition Cruises have “nicked” a cruise ship from the Great Lakes.

All is not lost, however, as Travel Dynamics will soon be announcing another cruise ship for the Great Lakes in 2012, with a capacity for 130 passengers, or about a third more than the previous two ships. Details will follow shortly.

Fore more details on Orion Expedition Cruises, Travel Dynamics, small ship cruising,  or cruising the Great Lakes please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail