Virgin Voyages Names Scarlet Lady – Norwegian Joy To Join Norwegian Bliss To Alaska – Second New Polar Ship For Lindblad


The Cruise Examiner for 23rd July 2018

The Scarlet Lady serves as a logo and the name of Virgin Voyages’ first ship

Last week saw the floating out at Genoa of Virgin Voyages’ first ship, and the announcement of Scarlet Lady as her name. The name was used before by one of Virgin Atlantic’s original 747 jumbo jets, an aircraft that has only recently been retired after a long career with Virgin. Also last week it was announced that Norwegian Cruise Line would move its Norwegian Joy, a “Breakaway Plus” class vessel initially tasked for the China market, to work with sister ship Norwegian Bliss between Seattle and Alaska. Meanwhile, in news from New York, Lindblad Expeditions has announced an order for a second newbuilding polar expedition ship to join the National Geographic Endurance.

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Virgin Voyages Reveals Public Areas – Other Cruise News: P&O Cruises’ Iona – This Week’s Voyage: From Baltimore


The Cruise Examiner for 28th May 2018

P&O Iona

Like the 3,647-berth Britannia, P&O Cruises’ 5,200-berth Ilona will be UK-flag, registered in Southampton

Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line that will offer its first sailings in 2020, has revealed some images of its proposed ships’ interiors (click on For This Week’s Story below to see them). Meanwhile, P&O Cruises has announced the name Ilona for its newest and largest ship (above), also entering service in 2020. And this week we look at itineraries of Royal Caribbean International’s Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas.

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Virgin Voyages: Adults Only – Other Cruise News: Coral Adventurer Itineraries – Queen Mary’s New Paint Job

The Cruise Examiner for 6th November 2017

Virgin Voyages trio of 2,860-berth “Lady ships” will feature silver-grey hulls with red accents.

Last Tuesday in Genoa, Virgin Voyages unveiled more details of its trio of 110,000-ton 2,860-berth new generation cruise ships. The most important announcement was that to the relief of many they will be adult ships. No waterslides, no bumper cars, no cartoon characters and no one else’s children. Still in the adult world, Coral Expeditions has announced its opening itineraries for its 120-berth Coral Adventurer, due out in 2019. And guest writer Shawn Dake from Long Beach tells us how the Queen Mary in Long Beach, which still accommodates regular guests, is getting a long overdue lick of paint after fifty years in Long Beach..

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An Ebb In Cruise Ship Size To 3,300 Berths – Cunard and P&O Cruises To Report To Seattle – Costa Chooses Tarragona

The Cruise Examiner for 27th March 2017

Project Leonardo

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new 140,000-ton ram-bowed “Leonardo” class ships will carry 3,300 in lower berths

As we reported in August 2014, 4,000 lower berths seemed to be developing as the new norm for cruise ships. But things have changed once again. With Norwegian’s reveal of its five new “Leonardo” class ships, today’s target size has come down to 3,300 berths, compared to the 4,000 plus of its previous ships. With the exception of Celebrity, whose exisiting “Solstice” class and planned “Edge” class ships are almost the same size, other lines such as Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are doing much the same. On the management side, it has been announced today that Carnival UK will have a new boss from May, when Josh Weinstein moves from Miami to Southampton as president. In a significant reorganisation, Carnival UK will now report to group chief executive Stein Kruse in Seattle. Finally, Costa Cruises is adding another Spanish base port, in Tarragona.

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The New Virgin Voyages – Other Cruise News: Louisiane Sets Sail – Hanjin Shuts Down In Europe

The Cruise Examiner for 24th October 2016


In an announcement that did not give too much away the Virgin Group announced last week that its new three-ship cruise operation would now be called Virgin Voyages. Meanwhile, French America Line’s 4,225-ton 150-berth Louisiane (photo © Times-Picayune) entered service from New Orleans on Saturday. And container operator Hanjin Lines, some of whose ships carried passengers, has announced that it is closing its Europe-Asia business.

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