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by Kevin Griffin

Since the introduction of the first of the big ships, with the Sovereign of the Seas in and the first 100,000-tonner with the Carnival Destiny in there has been a substantial evolution in ship design among smaller vessels. The Cruise Examiner first covered these trends on May 12, 2008, in an article entitled “The Middle Way – A Return to Medium-Size Ships?”   and a follow up three years later, “The Market for Middle Size Ships,” on May 30, 2011. However, these ships came in to the 30-50,000-ton range whereas the latest crop are mostly Polar Class 6 vessels in the 15-30,000-ton range. Le Commandant Charcot is an exception, a real Polar Class 2 icebreaker.

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UnCruise Offers Early Booking Savings for Clients and New 2020 Alaska Brochure



UnCruise Adventures (Logo)Travelers making advanced vacation plans for next summer can save up to $1,200 on an Alaskan adventure cruise with UnCruise Adventures. The award-winning cruise line is offering clients an early bird savings on weeklong 2020 Alaska cruises aboard the Legacy, Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer.

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MSC Cruises Takes Unprecedented Commitments By Signing The Marseille ‘Blue Charter’



MSC Cruises (logo)As part of the cruise industry’s commitment to sustainability, Mr Erminio Eschena, Director of Institutional Affairs and Industrial Relations, MSC Cruises France, joined other industry leaders and the Port of Marseille on 17 October in signing the ‘Blue Charter’, a voluntary commitment to reduce air emissions in the area.

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Skagen, Denmark, recognises the crew as passenger visits hit new highs

Cruise Skagen 2019

Understanding the role of crew as ambassadors for the destination, Skagen arranges complimentary sightseeing bicycles for crew members. In addition the Seaman’s Mission offers free transport from the pier to the Swedish Seaman’s Church, where crew members can use free WiFi, coffee and complimentary bibles.

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Missing Cruise Workers Cause Major Rule Change



Oceania Cruises' Insignia in ManhattanA new rule will prevent cruise ship crew members from disembarking in New York City and New Jersey unless they’ve completed at least five contracts. While there’s a good reason behind the rule handed down by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it will have a negative impact on many of the people who work hard to make your vacation the best it can be. (cruiseradio.net)

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Victoria council supports motion to curb cruise ships




The Ogden Point cruise ship terminal (Courtesy Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)The City of Victoria passed a motion Thursday that would regulate the number of cruise ships entering the harbour due to environmental concerns.The motion makes four recommendations, including a request the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority halt any increase in ship visits until the city is satisfied efforts to address emissions and waste issues have been addressed. (cbc.ca)

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Rockland, Maine, grapples with cruise ship capacity




With Rockland residents and businesses divided over existing limits on cruise ships, City Council has formed a harbor-management committee to make recommendations on how it might retool the city’s cruise ship policy. The policy, enacted in August 2018, imposes limits on the number of large cruise ships allowed to unload passengers in Rockland. (mainebiz.biz)

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Glittering Sands Opens to Cruise Passengers




Glittering Sands in Anse La Raye, St. Lucia, has opened to cruise guests. Earlier this week, over 50 cruise ship passengers visited the beach facility which employs over 20 locals. The new attraction is about an 18-minute ride from the cruise port in Castries. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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