Norwegian To Add Hamburg And Southampton In 2017 – Other Cruise News: River Lifts And Elevators

The Cruise Examiner for 1st February 2016

Norwegian JadeLast week Norwegian Cruise Line was full of announcements for next year. First, it will base its Norwegian Jade (above) in Hamburg starting in 2017, second it will return to Southampton next year in an effort to double its UK trade and third it will base its mammoth Norwegian Getaway in Copenhagen, offering an increase of 36,000 berths there on a seasonal basis. Meanwhile, we look at the recent addition of lifts and elevators to river cruisers in Europe.ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans.

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The Queen To Christen P&O’s Britannia – Other Cruise News: Six New Vikings For The Mississippi

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd March 2015

Britannia P&O

The newly-delivered Britannia in P&O Cruises’ new red, white and blue colours

When Queen Elizabeth II christens P&O Cruises’ Italian-built Britannia next week, she will become the second P&O ship to be named by Her Majesty, joining the German-built Oriana, which she named in 1995. Between 1947 and 2010, the Queen has also named four ships of the sister Cunard Line. Over in New Orleans, meanwhile, US cruise circles are abuzz with Viking River Cruises’ plans to introduce half a dozen new 300-passenger vessels, or 1,800 more berths, to the Mississippi River between 2017 and 2019.

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No More North Pole Departures After 2015 – Royal Caribbean Signs With Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s Italian” – The Introduction of Hagenisms

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The Cruise Examiner for 31st March 2014..

50 Years of Victory at the North Pole - Poseidon ExpeditionsAfter 2015, there will be no more nuclear icebreaker trips to the North Pole so passengers wanting to visit the North Pole are urged to book now or miss the boat entirely. Northern polar trips in future will concentrate on the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada and the Northern Sea Route above Russia. Between Quark Expeditions and Poseidon Expeditions there will be a record total of six departures for the North Pole in 2015. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean International scored a coup last week by engaging British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to install the first “Jamie’s Italian” restaurants at sea on board the first two “Quantum” class ships, debuting this year and next. Finally, in view of last week’s Guinness Book of World Records christening of eighteen Viking Cruises river cruisers in a single week, we remember the introduction into the English language of the “Hagenism,” named for Viking CEO Torstein Hagen, by the US edition of Travel Weekly a year ago.

Photo: Poseidon Expeditions’ 2013 Voyage marking the 100th trip to the North Pole by nuclear icebreaker

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Oasis of the Seas To Drydock in Europe in 2014 – Quark Expeditions Introduces New Ship in 2014 – Viking River To The Mississippi in 2015

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 1st April 2013

Oasis

The Oasis of the Seas will operate two Transatlantic crossings and three cruises from Barcelona in 2014

Royal Caribbean International last week announced two Transatlantic crossings and a short three-cruise European season for its Oasis of the Seas, in September and October 2014. In some ways this is reminiscent of the way Norwegian Cruise Line used to bring the s.s. Norway to Europe from time to time, but on the other hand it may be an experiment, seeing as Royal Caribbean has recently ordered a third Oasis class ship at STX France. Elsewhere, Quark Expeditions has announced that it will be adding the 114-berth Sea Explorer to its fleet in 2014, to work alongside sister ship Sea Spirit. Meanwhile, Viking River Cruises, in addition to expanding into ocean cruising, has announced that it intends to put a European-style river cruiser into service on the Mississippi River in 2015.

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Cunard Line Announces 2014 Programme – Viking River Names Ten Ships In One Day – Un-Cruise Adventures Acquires Eighth Vessel

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 25th March 2013

Aquitania

Cunard Line’s Aqutania departed Liverpool on May 30, 1914, on her maiden voyage to New York

Cunard Line last week announced itineraries for its three Queens on cruises that will see the ships call at 167 ports worldwide. Special events include the 10th anniversary of Queen Mary 2’s entry into service and the 100th anniversary of the Aquitania’s maiden voyage from Liverpool. Last Wednesday, meanwhile, Viking River Cruises named ten new river cruisers, four in Amsterdam and six in the Neptun shipyard in Roctock. And from across the water comes news that Un-Cruise Adventures is about to acquire its eighth vessel.

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The New All-Inclusive Crystal (Crystal Serenity Part 2) – Viking Plans Six-Ship Ocean Fleet – Viking River Orders Ten More Longships

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          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 10th December 2012

Crystal SerenityThis week, The Cruise Examiner, having just disembarked from the Crystal Serenity in Barcelona yesterday, brings us Part 2 of his report on the new all-inclusive Crystal Cruises. Elsewhere, Viking attracted all the attention last week with an agreement from Viking Ocean Cruises to build two more 944-berth ocean cruise ships at Fincantieri, with an option for a further two. This could bring its new fleet of ocean cruisers to six ships by 2020. Sister line Viking River Cruises meanwhile surprised all with an order for a further ten new Viking Longship class river cruisers. These will be built by river cruise shipbuilder Neptun Werft, a 162-year-old Rostock shipyard that has built over 1,500 ships in its time, including a few U-Boats.

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