Category: The Cruise Examiner

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MSC Virtuosa Begins First UK Staycation Cruise – Other Cruise News: Ambassador Cruises Replaces CMV At Tilbury – The Cruise People Backs UK Staycation Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

On Thursday, May 20, MSC Cruises departs Southampton on the UK’s first so-called “staycation” cruise, restricting her calls to UK ports only, meanwhile new UK operator Ambassador Cruise Line has announced that it will acquire the 1,400-berth Ambience, and The Cruise People will be using in its office, London shopfront, blog and customer email campaigns. (more…)

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Norwegian Prima First Of The “Leonardo” Class – Other Cruise News: Carnival Cruise Line Holds Back On July Bookings – Costa Cruises Back In The Med

by Kevin Griffin

Norwegian Cruise Line’s next delivery, the first of a new class of six ships, is to be named Norwegian Prima when she enters service in August 2022. Meanwhile, Carnival has put a hold on bookings to most of its fleet while it works out its re-start plans. And Costa Cruises has returned to service in the Med. (more…)

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CDC Finally Relents On Cruising From US Ports – Other Cruise News: Hurtigruten Round UK Cruises – Princess Medallions Vs Covid-19

by Kevin Griffin

After many normally Us-based cruise ships moved their bases from US ports to Barbados, St Maarten, Nassau and Bermuda, the US Centers for Disease Control have allowed cruise ships to return to US ports starting in |July. Elsewhere, Hurtigruten is back with revised schedules and new dates for the Maud, sailing from Dover, and Princess Cruises is boosting its Medallion as a heathy anti-Covid device due to its contactless feature and elimination of queues. (more…)

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Cunard Announces Three Centenary World Voyages – Other Cruise News: Cruise Re-Starts Continue, Now With NCL – More UK Coastal Cruises By Viking

by Kevin Griffin

This month Cunard Line announced three centenary voyages that will celebrate Cunard’s first World Cruise by the Laconia in 1922-23. Cruise re-starts also continue, with three ships to be brought back into service by Norwegian Cruise Line and two additional UK cruises announced by Viking Cruises. (more…)

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Viking Cruises To Join Royal Caribbean At Bermuda – Other Cruise News: Scarlet Lady To Be Based In Portsmouth – Eighty Years Ago: Prince Philip To The Rescue

by Kevin Griffin

The return of cruising gained even more momentum last week, with Viking Cruises announcing its Viking Orion for Bermuda and Virgin Voyages its Scarlet Lady for Portsmouth. Finally, while Prince Philip was more a battleship and destroyer man, we revisit one of his merchant ship visits, eighty years ago. (more…)

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Celebrity Cruises Returns To UK With New Southampton Staycations – Other Cruise News: Saga Cruises Plans Summer 2021 Sailings From Tilbury – MSC Virtuosa To Be Based In Southampton – Southampton To Regain Royal Caribbean’s Anthem Of The Seas

by Kevin Griffin

The return of cruising gained much momentum last week, with four major cruise lines – Celebrity, Saga, MSC and Royal Caribbean – all announcing new domestic cruise plans for the UK this summer. (more…)

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Seventh Oceania Cruises Ship To Be Named Vista – Other Cruise News: Cruise Re-Starts Continue – More UK Coastal Cruises Likely

by Kevin Griffin

A brief look this week at Oceania’s seventh ship, the Vista. And as with last week, the return of cruising is gaining momentum with Royal Caribbean Group adding two more ships in the Mediterranean, while further operators examine joining the UK coastal trades to English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Manx waters. (more…)

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Adventures By Disney To Charter Small Ships – Other Cruise News: Princess Cruises Adds Short Cruises From Southampton – Hurtigruten To Add Portsmouth And Liverpool Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

Big and small ships feature this week, with an arm of Disney chartering two 264-berth Ponant ships for Antarctica sailings from Ushuaia and a third vessel for the Galapagos. Princess Cruises has meanwhile announced the addition of two larger 3,560-berth ships to the UK short cruise trade out of Southampton, while Hurtigruten have announced more plans for 2022. (more…)

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A UK View On Cruise Line Restarts – Other Cruise News: Albatros Expeditions Single Fares – Transatlantic Container Ship Single Fares

by Kevin Griffin

Malcolm Ginsberg, editor in chief of the UK’s Business Travel News today sent us his summary of restart prospects for the UK this summer. Elsewhere, we have a quick look at solo travel, with Albatros Expeditions offering dedicated single cabins and also male and female share cabins. (more…)

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The Sunday Times Pushes The Boat Out – Other Cruise News: The Cruise People Introduce A Life Coach – Australian Cargo-Passenger Restart Planned For 2022

by Kevin Griffin

In January, we commented on The Sunday Times carrying the first real cruise supplement in almost a year. Yesterday, it ran an item on some of the five- and six-digit cruise fares that are now being booked for the post-Covid market. Elsewhere, cargo ship passengers will have to wait almost a year before they can sail between Europe and Australia again. And in a changing market, The Cruise People introduce a life coach who their customers can contact for a free trial. (more…)

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Canada Crashes Northern Cruise Market Again – Other Cruise News: Valentine’s Cruise For 2022 – UK No-Fly Tall Ship Cruises This Summer

by Kevin Griffin

Two weeks ago, Canada once again put a ban on cruise ships entering Canadian waters, primarily to prevent that country from acquiring more unwanted cases of Corona-19 from outside of Canada. But not only do these decisions affect Canada and the Vancouver-Alaska trade, but also the Seattle-Alaska trade, Great Lakes cruising, the Canada/New England cruise trade and cruises in the Canadian Arctic. This week, we also look at a Valentine’s Day cruise for 2022 and some no fly tall ship cruises from Harwich for this year. (more…)

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Sunday Times’ 12-Page Cruise Supplement – Other Cruise News: Royal Caribbean To Base Grandeur of the Seas In Barbados – New US Inbound Flight Requirement

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at more positive developments. From London’s Sunday Times came suggestions of dozens of cruise, mostly by smaller ships. While no cruise ships are operating from the USA at the moment, plenty is available for European cruisers. And in one effort to avoid the malign influence of the Centers for Disease Control, Royal Caribbean is going to base a ship in Barbados, beyond the CDC’s control. (more…)

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CLIA UK Writes to Foreign & Commonwealth Office – Other Cruise News: Sky Princess Extends Her UK Season – Empress of the Seas Goes To India

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at more positive developments. From London comes news that CLIA is proposing to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office that it loosen its ban for passengers sailing on members’ cruise ships from the UK. Elsewhere, the Sky Princess is to expand her UK season this autumn. And Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas is moving to a new base in India. (more…)

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New Zealand To Be Next Restart Market – Other Cruise News: American Queen And Victory Cruises Announce 2022 – Cruise Ships To Be Inspected At Los Angeles

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at more positive developments. From New Zealand comes news that Ponant will be operating one of its ships exclusively in New Zealand waters and for New Zealand locals this year. This follows earlier market openings in Germany, Norway, Italy and Singapore, among others. In US waters meanwhile American Queen and Victory Cruise Lines have announced 2022 itineraries and recent indications are that two dozen cruise ships will hopefully be “checking in” at Los Angeles this winter for the 2021 Alaska an coastal trades. (more…)

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China Merchants and Viking Form Joint Venture – Other Cruise News: Delays To Return Of American Cruises – European Cruises Cancelled Over Christmas

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at one positive development and two delays. From China, the country that gave us the present Coved Pandemic comes a new join venture from China Merchants and Viking Cruises. Elsewhere, strict requirements from the US Centres for Disease Controls see further return to service delays by US-based cruise lines and the closure of many European ports because of European Coved lock-downs is causing the cancellation of remaining 2020 cruises, with returns planned in 2021. (more…)

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