National Geographic Endurance – SkySea Golden Era To Go To Marella – UK Christening For MSC Bellissima

The Cruise Examiner for 26th March 2018

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Lindblad Expeditions’ Polar 5 vessel National Geographic Endurance will carry 126 passengers

Last week, at the keel-laying of Lindblad Expeditions’ new 12,300-ton 126-berth expedition ship, it was announced that she would be named National Geographic Endurance, after Shackleton’s vessel. She could prove to be the first of three such Polar 5 sister ships, higher-rated than any expedition ship other than Ponant’s planned Polar 2 icebreaker. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean has decided to close its SkySea joint ventuire with China’s CTrip and their SkySea Golden Era will be transferred to TUI’s UK affiliate Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer 2. Finally, MSC has announced that it will christen its 4,500-berth MSC Bellissima in Southampton on March 2, 2019.

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Marella Cruises Replaces Thomson Name – Five Home Ports For SkySea – Voyages To Antiquity Cancels Caribbean Program

The Cruise Examiner for 16th October 2017

Marella Discovery

The 1,830-berth Marella Discovery (ex-TUI Discovery) is one of four balcony-rich ships obtained from Royal Caribbean Cruises

Last week, Thomson Cruises, now the UK’s second-largest cruise line, announced that it was taking on a new name, Marella Cruises, in order to differentiate itself from the German-based TUI Cruises. This will also mean a new naming scheme for the TUI Discovery and other UK ships that had been earmarked for TUI names. Meanwhile, poor bookings have seen Voyages to Antiquity cancel its 2017-18 Caribbean season for the 350-berth Aegean Odyssey, which was to have called on Cuba. And in China, the 1,814-berth SkySea Golden Era has sailed on her two-hundredth cruise for SkySea Cruises, the joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises and China’s Ctrip.

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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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The New Look In Cruise Ships – New Thomson Ships To Take TUI Names – Rolls-Royce And Passenger Ships

The Cruise Examiner for 25th April 2016

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Hurtigruten has ordered two 600-berth bluff-bowed coastal ships from Norway’s Kleven Verft and placed options for two more

The arrival of AIDA Cruises’ new AIDAprima in Hamburg last week has served to introduce a new concept to the world of cruising – the return of the straight bow that was so popular on the ocean liners of a century ago. With sister ship AIDAperla and four similar-looking but larger 5,000-berth ships now on order for AIDA and sister company Costa Cruises, plus four more ships for Hurtigruten and the recently-ordered Crystal Endeavour, AIDAprima is the first of almost a dozen ships now being built to this new design. Meanwhile, TUI subsidiary Thomson Cruises has announced that its newest ships will carry TUI names in future. And we have a brief look at Rolls-Royce’s marine involvements.

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Hamburg Cruise Days 2015 – Other Cruise News: Hamburg’s Third Cruise Terminal – A Visit To TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4

The Cruise Examiner for 14th September 2015

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TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4 passes Hamburg’s Hard Rock Café on her way upstream to join Saturday night’s Cruise Days parade

Seven cruise ships participated in the Hamburg Cruise Days that finished yesterday, an event that followed directly after this year’s Seatrade Europe convention in that famous port city. This week we take a closer look at what is going on in Hamburg – the market, the events and the industry. We examine the Hanseatic port’s third cruise terminal, opened just three months ago, and visit the German cruise fleet’s largest vessel and flagship, Mein Schiff 4, with her American captain.

TUI Group’s Expanding Cruise Fleet – Metropolitan Touring’s New Santa Cruz II – MSC Cruises, Number 1 In Europe

The Cruise Examiner for 17th August 2015

Santa Cruz II

Metropolitan Touring’s Santa Cruz II will carry 100 passengers around the Galapagos Islands in all-outside accommodations

This week we look at TUI AG and its various cruising arms – the TUI Cruises joint venture with Royal Caribbean Cruises and its wholly owned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Thomson Cruises brands. Elsewhere, Quito-based Metropolitan Touring will soon take delivery of the stabilized Santa Cruz II, its most luxurious ship yet. And MSC Cruises has now claimed the number one spot in terms of capacity offered in Europe.

Saint Laurent First Cruise Ship At Montreal – TUI, Royal Caribbean, Hapag-Lloyd and Thomson – Viking Star Christened In Bergen

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 18th May 2015

Aerial Splendor of the Seas in Buzios (Brazil)Last week saw the opening of the St Lawrence cruise season at Montreal and the first cruise into the Great Lakes by Haimark Line’s newly-acquired 210-berth Saint Laurent. We also have a look at the goings on at TUI Group and its cruise arms, TUI Cruises, Thomson Cruises (the 356-balcony Thomson Discovery, ex-Splendour of the Seas, is shown above) and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. And Viking Cruises’ first upper premium ship, the 930-berth Viking Star, was christened at Bergen last night.

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Germany Surpasses UK In Cruise Passenger Numbers – Other Cruise News: Lindblad Expeditions To Float

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 16th March 2015

Aida Prima

Aida Cruises’ new 3,250-berth Aida Prima will become Germany’s largest cruise ship when she enters service in September

Just as P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean International introduce two new ships to the UK market comes news from Germany that it has finally surpassed the UK in terms of the number of ocean cruisers it produced in 2014. With Germany’s 1.77 million ocean cruisers in 2014 to the UK’s 1.64 million (a drop), the market is now the largest in the world outside the United States and 8% larger than the UK. With Aida and TUI both in the course of introducing new tonnage, Germany will have introduced five large new ships (with 14,000 berths) by the end of next year compared to the two (with 7,827 berths) that are now being introduced in the UK. Meanwhile, a new merged Lindblad Expeditions will float in the US later this year, with the news breaking at the same time of plans to order at least two new expedition ships for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

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Star Cruises Owner To Acquire Crystal Cruises – Other Cruise News: TUI Cruises To Acquire Splendour of the Seas

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 9th March 2015

Crystal Serenity and Symphony

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are being sold by NYK to Star Cruises parent Genting Hong Kong

Surprise news arrived last week when NYK announced it was selling Crystal Cruises to Star Cruises owners Genting Hong Kong, and that a third ultra-luxury ship would be built. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that it was transferring its Splendour of the Seas to affiliate TUI Cruises for operation by TUI Group’s UK affiliate Thomson Cruises, something that will introduce hundreds of balconies to the UK operator’s fleet for the first time.

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Cruise Ship Deployment In The 21st Century – Deutschland’s Uncertain Future – Bridgepoint Among Bidders For Riviera Travel

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 17th November 2014... ..

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P&O Australia courtesy P&O Cruises Australia

Holland America Line’s Ryndam and Statendam will soon join P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden

This week, for something a little different, we look at how whole fleets of cruise ships, or at least sets of sister ships, have moved from one operator to another and how, many times, the new operator has been a subsidiary or affiliate of the original operator. Cruise ships have become chess pieces, played upon a big board of new and upcoming markets. With the lack of a quorum last week, no solution has yet been found for the Deutschland’s financial problems. And Ponant owner Bridgepoint was among the bidders this weekend for river cruise operator Riviera Travel.

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The “99,000-Tonners”: Mein Schiff 3 and Koningsdam – Chinese Finance For Silversea Three – Carnival Develops Its China Hand

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 27th October 2014... ..

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Mein Schiff 3 © Frank Behling

ms Mein Schiff 3 – the first 99,000-tonner

This week we examine a new class of ship that is presenting itself – the “99,000-tonner” – embodied in Mein Schiff 3 and Koningsdam Not a mega ship, but still larger than we are used to, these new ships seem to offer the prospect of trying to fill a gap in the quality end of the premium cruise market. Elsewhere, while Silversea has not said anything, news has leaked from China about a potential €800 million financing deal for three new ships to be built by Fincantieri. And in a continuation of this “Marco Polo” theme, Carnival Corp & plc has announced an agreement with China State Shipbuilding Corporation to design the optimum cruise ship for China, an agreement to which Fincantieri might also become a party.

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TUI Orders Two Ships As Meyer Takes 70% Of Turku Yard – Rivages du Monde Expands – Xiamen Cruise Ship Won’t Be Built

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 11th August 2014..

 

Saint Laurent for'dThe destiny of the Turku shipyard, once Wärtsilä Marine, then Masa-Yards, then Kvaerner Masa-Yards, then Aker Yards Oy, and now STX Finland Oy, is about to be determined by an offer from Meyer Werft to take a 70% shareholding, alongside the Finnish government. Coincidental with this announcement comes an order for two 2,500-berth cruise ships from TUI Cruises, with options for two more, that will allow Germany to surpass the UK as the world’s second largest cruise market. From the growing French market comes news that Rivages du Monde is expanding into ocean cruising and has also developed a new St Lawrence product (above) for 2015. Meanwhile, Xiamen Shipbuilding’s plan to build China’s first 100,000-ton cruise ship has disappeared along with that of the Titanic II.

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