Boutique River Cruises For America – Other Cruise News: New Ships For March – Another Order For Princess

The Cruise Examiner for 4th April 2016

 

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Four sumptuous Panorama Staterooms overlook the wake of the twin-screw river cruiser Louisiane

This week, we look at a new product that is being introduced to America’s great Mississippi River system. The New Orleans-based Great Northern & Southern Navigation Company LLC, or French America Line as it will be called, will introduce the new 150-berth river cruiser Louisiane. The new vessel has been designed to supply a level of service not seen before on American rivers. We also have a look at last month’s two new ocean ships, Holland America Line’s Koningsdam and Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea. And finally, comes news of another new ship for Princess Cruises, in addition to the recently-announced Majestic Princess.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                (See previous columns)

China’s First Purpose-Built Cruise Ship – Viking Star To Offer Transatlantic Voyage – Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project

The Cruise Examiner for 14th December 2015

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ 930-berth Viking Star will cross from Bergen to Montreal in September 2016

After several years of discussion and development, China is finally close to ordering its first purpose-built cruise ship, which could be delivered in 2010 under the auspices of the recent Carnival-inspired round of negotiations with China State Shipbuilding and shipyard group Fincantieri of Italy. Meanwhile, like Royal Viking in the 1970s, Viking Ocean Cruises is expanding its itineraries to North America and the Caribbean, starting with a Transatlantic voyage to Montreal in 2016. And in the Far East again, Japan’s Peace Boat organisation, which has for several years been chartering cruise ships for round-the-world itineraries, has announced that it intends to build a ship of its own, known as the Ecoship project.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                 (See previous columns)

The Trend To Mid-Size Ships: Saga Orders A Vessel From Meyer Werft

The Cruise Examiner for 5th October 2015

Saga image courtesy Meyer Werft

Artist’s concept of the new Saga ship seems to indicate a wraparound promenade deck

Last week came news from Saga that it had ordered a 55,900-ton cruise ship from Meyer Werft in Papenburg, builders almost three decades ago, in 1986-92, of such well-respected ships as the Homeric, Crown Odyssey, Horizon and Zenith. The new Saga ship, for delivery in 2019, plus a possible sister for 2021, will join the eight “R” ships that set the precedent for this size of cruise ship in 1998-2001, along with Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera from 2011-12 and the Viking Ocean Cruises trio of 2015-17. Compared to the ultra-luxury ships that have tended to occupy this size bracket in the past, these ships will prove that there is a market to be met between the mass market ships carrying thousands of passengers and the ultra-luxury ships carrying just hundreds. This new class of ship will bring back passengers whose needs have not been met by the very large mass-market ships, no matter how many attractions.

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.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

Three New Cruise Ships For 2015 – Other Cruise News: Dynamic Dining Not Yet A Complete Success

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 20th April 2015

Viking StarToday sees the christening in Southampton of Royal Caribbean’s new 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas, while Viking Ocean Cruises’ 47,842-ton Viking Star (above during trials) leaves Venice on her way to her own christening in Bergen next month. The 10,992-ton Le Lyrial will meanwhile make her own maiden voyage from Venice on May 9. This week we compare the three ships, each part of a quartet, while we also assay the implementation of Royal Caribbean’s new Dynamic Dining concept.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

Viking Star Undergoes Sea Trials – Haimark Line To Commence Service In May – Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 9th February 2015

This week we feature video footage that has just been released by Viking Cruises of their 930-berth Viking Star undergoing sea trials in the Aegean in December. She is due to enter service officially in May. At the same time, US-based Haimark Line will introduce the 210-berth coastal cruise ship Saint Laurent to summer service in the waters of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence. And finally, Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats has been released for 2015

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                                (See previous columns)

 

 

Viking Star Floated Out At Marghera – A Return To Seagoing Tradition But Every Cabin With A Balcony

Viking StarLast week, Viking Cruises floated out its first ocean-going cruise ship, the 47,800-ton 930-berth Viking Star. This event marks the introduction of one of the most important cruise ships in some years. In one way, she marks a return to the roots of traditional cruising, where destinations and the sense of being at sea, rather than at some fun fair, are an important part of the cruise product. At the same time, she is a step forward as every passenger cabin on board comes with a balcony.

The ceremony took place on Monday, June 23, at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice. With four sister ships now under construction, Viking Star will be the first to debut, in May 2015 with maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic. The next to be introduced will be the Viking Sea and Viking Sky, while the fourth ship has yet to be named.

“Today is a proud day for our entire Viking family, as we are one step closer to launching a new era of ocean cruising,” said Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen last week. “Viking Star’s maiden season was sold out before she even touched water, which just demonstrates how enthusiastic our guests are for destination-focused ocean cruises.”

Following a two-day process that floated the Viking Star, she was moved to the nearbyfitting dock for final completion. At 745 by 95 feet, these new ships will be slightly larger than one of the world’s most famous cruise ships, the Green Goddess, otherwise known as Cunard Line’s 34,183-ton Caronia of 1949, which measured 715 x 91 feet and also carried 930 passengers.
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The new Viking ships will feature many premium amenities and services, including

– all cabins have a private balcony
– a two-deck high observation lounge at the forward end
– a complete walk-around promenade deck beneath the lifeboats and tenders
– the main dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open
– al fresco dining is available
– the first true infinity pool at sea
– the spa has been banished from deck 9 on top to deck 1 below.

Fort further details on booking a cruise on Viking Cruises new ocean ships please call The Cruise People Ltd in Europe on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. or in North America 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

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