Category: The Cruise Examiner

The colum is published weekly at the internet cruise news website CyberCruises.com.

The UK Shows: Cruise Lines at the Daily Mail Cruise Show – Cruise Lines at the Daily Telelgraph Travel Show

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Show season is with us in London yet again and here is this week’s report. The most interesting comparison is between this weekend’s Daily Mail Cruise Show and next weekend’s DailyTelegraph Travel Show, which features a Cruise showcase. And the most interesting finding is the lines or operators that are exhibiting at both shows.




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China’s Arctic Policy And Aurora’s Greg Mortimer – Other Cruise News: St Helena’s Last Voyage – Voyage of the Week

by Kevin Griffin

A fortnight ago China, as a Near Arctic State, released its new Arctic Policy, which happens to coincide with the construction of up to ten polar expedition ships by the China Merchants shipyard near Shanghai. The first of those ships will be Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer, one of four such ships now being built for SunStone Ships of Miami. In another realm, the supply ship St Helena made her last departure from the island of St Helena on Saturday, now that the once-distant island is served by a new airport. And this week we look at an extended 27-night two-ship three-voyage cruise being offered by Imagine Cruising in the UK on board Queen Mary 2 and Anthem of the Seas.




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Crystal Cruises Downsizes New Cruise Ships – Other Cruise News: Scenic Eclipse II Announced At Scenic Eclipse Launch – Rumours MSC About To Join The Luxury Market

by Kevin Griffin

Last week Crystal Cruises confirmed that its three new cruise ships would be smaller than 100,000 tons and carry more like 800 than 1,000 passengers. Meanwhile, at the launch of Scenic Eclipse in Croatia, Scenic announced a sister ship to be named Scenic Eclipse 2. And from Italy came news that MSC was considering entering the luxury ship market with four newbuildings.




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P&O Orders New LNG Ship For 2022 – Other Cruise News: Cartoon Network Brings Back Kiddie Cruising – CroisiEurope To Sell Jacques Cartier

by Kevin Griffin

There was more news last week from P&O Cruises ordered a second 5,200-berth LNG-fuelled mega cruise ship for the UK market. Meanwhile, Oceanic Group of Singapore has announced that it will intoduce a dedicated Cartoon Network cruise ship from Singapore. And in Europe, CroisiEurope has announced that it will be packaging the 68-berth Jacques Cartier, a small cruise ship that will sail between Quebec City and Toronto.




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Twenty-Seven Expedition, Adventure and Small Ships Now On Order, Mainly From Smaller European Shipyards

by Kevin Griffin

Today, instead of the usual column, we have decided to update earlier news on new orders for expedition, adventure and small ships. This number has now reached twenty-seven vessels, twenty-three from European shipyards and four from China. Thirteen of these ships, will be completed in Norway, seven of which are due from Fincantieri affiliate Vard and the others from Kleven and Ulstein.




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Roald Amundsen To Transit Northwest Passage – Other Cruise News: Azamara Pursuit Maiden Voyage From Southampton – Uljanik Shipyard In Difficulties

by Kevin Griffin

Announced before Christmas, Norway’s Hurtigruten is to join the cast of lines transitting Canada’s Northwest Passage, following in the steps of the Crystal Serenity, The World of Residensea and a number of smaller ships doing the full passage in recent years. The 530-berth Roald Amundsen will be the third largest passenger ship to do so when she sails through in August 2019. Meanwhile, Azamara Club Cruises’ new 684-berth Azamara Pursuit is being refitted at the historic Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast before departing on her maiden voyage from Southampton on August 1. And finally, Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard in Pula is looking to restructure. Uljanik is building the 228-berth Polar 6 expedition ship Scenic Eclipse.




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China Market Could Shrink 15% In 2018 – Other Cruise News: Two Megaships Planned For Alaska – Caspian Sea Cruise Ship Agreement

by Kevin Griffin

Noises from China have been speculating that that market is becoming overtonnaged and those noises have been followed more recently by annoucements of transfers of ships to other markets. Last Thursday, Tom Hancock gave probably the best summary to date of elements that are affecting the China market in The Financial Times. Meanwhile, as a result of that softness in the China market, two fairly new megaships will be finding their way to Alaska over the next year or two. Elsewhere, Russian and Azerbaijani cruise companies have come to an agreement to introduce cruise ships to the Caspian Sea.




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Ponant Orders A Polar Icebreaker – Other Cruise News: Magellan Goes To Mexico – Carnival Australia Does 1 Million Passengers

by Kevin Griffin

Last week Ponant announced its latest order, in this case for a 270-berth Polar Class 2 icebreaker capable of taking passengers to the North Pole. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages is sending its 1,250-berth Magellan to Mexico for the winter of 2019 and Carnival Australia’s seven brands booked a million passengers this year.




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Viking Ocean Confirms Two Orders, Two Options – Other Cruise News – The Grand Classica From West Palm Beach – One Ocean’s Canadian Circumnavigation

by Kevin Griffin

This weekend saw two items of news from Viking Ocean Cruises. First, the Viking Sun sailed on the line’s first World Cruise, four months plus from Miami to London. And second, Viking has firmed up orders for its seventh and eighth ships and confirmed options for two more that would bring its ocean fleet to ten ships. Elsewhere, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line reinstates its West Palm Beach to Freeport service this Saturday and has announced that its second ship, to be named Grand Classica, will enter service in April. Finally, One Ocean Expeditions has announced a 56-night “circumnavigation” of Canada, tying its summer Canadian Arctic itineraries with the Akademik Ioffe with a Trans-Canada rail adventure from Vancouver to Halifax that uses Fairmont Hotels ashore.




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MSC Seaside Heads For Miami – Other Cruise News: Cruise Passenger Growth At Montreal – Hamburg-Süd Ships To Drop Passenger Trade

by Kevin Griffin

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship heads for her christening by Sophia Loren in Miami next week, we have a look at her on board offering. Montreal meanwhile reports a record cruise season, with 114,517 visitors. And Maersk Line’s December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd sees the latter’s cargo ships leaving the passenger trades.




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MSC Cruises Plans Two Seaside Evo Ships From Fincantieri – Other Cruise News – New Sky Princess To Debut In 2019 – Northern Sea Wolf Passes Panama

by Kevin Griffin

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, is being prepared to enter service later this month, an order has been placed for two “Seaside Evo” ships that will carry an extra 420 passengers. Elsewhere, Princess Cruises has announced that its fourth ship of the “Regal Princess” class will be named Sky Princess when she enters service in 2019. And in British Columbia, the third of their northern tourist ships, the Northern Sea Wolf, has now passed through Panama and will arrive soon for conversion into a day cruise ship between Vancouver Island and Bella Coola in the Great Bear Rainforest.




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World Dream Christened In Hong Kong – Other Cruise News – Celebrity Orders Galapagos Newbuilding – Celestyal Aegean Itineraries

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, Dream Cruises christened its new 3,352-berth World Dream at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Also last week, Celebrity Cruises announced that it would be introducing a newly-built 100-berth cruise ship to the Ecuadorean-flag Galapagos Islands fleet on 2019, and that a sister ship was planned to follow. Meanwhile, Athens-based Celesytal Cruises has confirmed that the Thomson Majestic would be joining the Louis-owned Celestyal Cruises fleet as Celesytal Majestic.




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Lindblad Orders X-Bow Ship – Other Cruise News: New Chinese Cruise Ship Concept – Shell Cruising With LNG And Carnival

by Kevin Griffin

Lindblad Expeditions has now joined Aurora Expeditions in ordering a new 138-berth X-Bow expedition ship in Norway. The similar Aurora ship is being built in China. Elsewhere, current ferry builder Guangzhou Shipyard has exhibited a new design for a mid-sized cruise ship at the China Cruise Shipping event in Sanya last week and Carnival Cruise Line and Shell have announced an agreement for LNG bunker barge fuelling of two new ships to be built for Carnival.




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

by Kevin Griffin

Last Tuesday, Virgin Voyages unveiled initial 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 noone 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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