Seabourn Encore Named In Singapore – Other Cruise News: “No Leisure Group” – Star Cruises From Taiwan

The Cruise Examiner for 9th January 2017

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The Hebridean Princess is now owned by the newly-formed Hebridean Island Cruises Ltd (incorporated October 19, 2016)

Saturday saw the naming in Singapore of the 604-berth Seabourn Encore, latest addition to the world’s fleet of ultra-luxury cruise ships. As promised last week, we bring you an update on the liquidation of Britain’s All Leisure Group, including the acquisition of the 50-berth Hebridean Princess by a newly-incorporated company called Hebridean Island Cruises Ltd. And finally, Star Cruises has announced a new series of 5-night cruises from Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Manila for the 1,870-berth SuperStar Virgo.

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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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As The US Recognizes Cuba We Look At Cruising To The Largest Island In The Caribbean – And Two New Ships For Grand Bahama

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Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Dream arriving in Havana, where she began calling in 2011

 

Last week, as a result of a number of meetings in Canada that were arranged through the Vatican, President Obama surprised the world by announcing that after more than half a century, the United States would resume diplomatic relations with Cuba. Today, we have a look at what’s been happening in the cruise business in Cuba. Meanwhile, Costa Cruises’ Costa Celebration arrived in Freeport last Thursday to replace the damaged Bahamas Celebration on the Palm Beach-Freeport route – under her last name of Grand Celebration. What could be more appropriate?. Arriving in port that same week was the S F Alhucemas, a full-hulled replacement for the Fort Lauderdale-Freeport catamaran ferry. Both services will offer cruise and stay packages in conjunction with resort hotels in Grand Bahama, all backed by a $3 million advertising campaign by the Bahamian Government.

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Seabourn Goes To Antarctica, The Right Way – Discovery To Replace Ocean Countess – MS Hamburg To Sail To Antarctica

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Seabourn Quest © Robin West

Last week came news from Seabourn that it would be sending the Seabourn Quest to the Antarctic in 2013/14. This is a first for the line, although its now parent company Holland America Line, has been sending ships to the Antarctic for some time now. The difference is that Seabourn will make actual landings, instead of just cruising by. The whole idea of going to Antarctica without making any landings can best be compared to a date without a goodnight kiss! The surprise news also broke over the weekend that Voyages of Discovery will be chartering its Discovery to Cruise & Maritime Voyages as a replacement for the Ocean Countess. Voyages of Discovery, meanwhile, will take delivery of its newly-refitted single-sitting Voyager (above) in early December. Finally, Plantours is planning a return to the Antarctic in 2013 with its newly acquired MS Hamburg.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Sells Out Its Winter Program – Other Cruise News: Portsmouth International Port – London’s Cruise Port of Tilbury – Saga and Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' 800-passenger Ocean Countess and Marco Polo operate no fly voyages from half a dozen UK ports.

This week, we look at a small two-ship cruise line that has managed to sell out its 2012 winter program, half of which are cruises going north of the Arctic Circle in February and March! Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been making good progress since it was formed in 2009 as the cruise-operating arm of Cruise & Maritime Services. The line carried 36,000 cruise passengers in its 800-passenger Marco Polo and Ocean Countess in 2010 and  another 44,000 this year.

We also examine Portsmouth and Tilbury, two of the UK’s second tier cruise ports. Portsmouth, where the Leading Cruise Agents of the UK held their November meeting, opened a new dedicated passenger terminal in May whereas Tilbury’s London Cruise Terminal, the base for Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo, was first opened in 1930 and converted to a cruise ship terminal in 1995.

.And we remind Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation that Saga’s minimum age is 50, not 60, while Quest for Adventure will accept any passenger older than 20.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th September 2011 – Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Other Cruise News: Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Fails the Avis Test: Update

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by Kevin Griffin

Three Ships In, One Out For UK’s Smaller Fleets – Minerva To Get An Upgrade – East of Aden for Voyages to Antiquity – Royal Caribbean Update

The Voyager has had balconies added and will join the Discovery at Voyages of Discovery

Last week was a big news week for the UK’s small to medium-size cruise ship lines, with announcements that both Voyages of Discovery and Noble Caledonia will be doubling their single-ship fleets, with the Voyager and Caledonian Sky, while Saga’s introduction of the Saga Sapphire will see its smallest ship, Spirit of Adventure, returning to the German market as FTI Berlin. Meanwhile, Voyages of Discovery’s sister line Swan Hellenic has announced plans for a major refurbishment of its Minerva, which will receive more balcony cabins, a forward-facing observation lounge and a new walk-around promenade one deck up from the new balcony cabins. Elsewhere, Voyages to Antiquity will be going year-round rather than seasonal in 2012/13 by adding winter itineraries to the Aegean Odyssey‘s program of summer Mediterranean cruises. And lastly, Royal Caribbean has done an about face on credits for the 130 passengers it left behind from the Serenade of the Seas last month in San Juan.

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