Category: The Cruise Examiner

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Arctic Cruise Line – Other Cruise News: Churchill Cruises – Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

This week features a trio of “newbies” to expedition and adventure cruising. First up, with plans (but not yet orders) for newvbuidlings, is Arctic Cruise Line of Greenland, with a pair of 200-berth vessels that seem similar in apprearance to some of those being built now by Vard in Norway. Second is Churchill Cruises of Winnipeg, who have an agreement with Albatros Travel of Denmark that will see them offer a cruise in each direction between Greenland and Churchill in September 2019. And third is this e’ start-up of Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises out of Honiara.




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Seabourn Adds Cuba – Other Cruise News: Celebrity’s New Celebrity Edge – Silversea To Revamp Its Fleet

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw more news from Cuba. Seabourn will become the third member of the Carnival Corp & plc group to serve Cuban ports, when it joins Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line next November, sailing from Miami and San Juan. The first ship of the new Celebrity Edge class will be in service by the end of this year, and will be based in Europe next summer. Elsewhere, subsequent on joining the Royal Caribbean Cruises group, Silversea has announced a fleet-wide revamp of its fleet.




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This Week’s Story: With Two Ships, Victory Is Now The Largest Great Lakes Operator

by Kevin Griffin

Miami-based Victory Cruise Lines, the most recent specialist in luxury cruises on the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River, today welcomed the inaugural voyage of its new vessel, the 202-berth Victory II, to Detroit. Not quite completed in 2001, when parent company American Classic Voyages closed, she was to have been completed as the Cape Cod Light, the second ship for Delta Queen Coastal Voyages.




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Viking Cruises Orders Two Ships From Vard – Other Cruise News: Fincantieri To Build Two Princess LNG Ships – Celestyal Majesty To Go To Mano Cruises?

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw more news on several fronts. Viking Cruises has confirmed its order for two ships of a new series with Vard, while Fincantieri will built two LNG-powered vessels for Princess Cruises. In the realm of older non-balcony ships, Louis Group of Cyprus has sold its Celesytal Majesty to new owners said to be Mano Maritime of Israel.




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Virgin Voyages Names Scarlet Lady – Other Cruise News: Norwegian Joy To Join Norwegian Bliss To Alaska – Second New Polar Expedition Ship For Lindblad

by Kevin Griffin

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 from 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 year-round 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 Enudurance.




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Marriotti Damen To Build Expedition Ships For Seabourn – Other Cruise News: Prinsendam To Leave Holland America In July 2019 – Iona’s Grand Atrium

by Kevin Griffin

Last week it was announced that a new shipbuilding joint venture, Marriotti Damen Cruise, will build two 23,000-ton 264-berth PC6 luxury expedition ships for Seabourn, for delivery in 2021 and 2022. Meanwhile, the Prinsendam, once Seabourn Sun, is to leave the affiliated Holland America Line fleet in 2019. And P&O Cruises have released a rendering and some details of the new Grand Atrium proposed for the Iona, due in 2020.




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Oriana To Leave P&O In August 2019 – Other Cruise News: First Ever Cruise Ship To Great Yarmouth – AmaMagna Preview

by Kevin Griffin

Last week it was announced that the 1995-built Oriana would be leaving P&O Cruises in 2019 after a career of twenty-four years, possibly to cruise in Chinese waters. Elsewhere, Great Yarmouth has been added to the roster of UK cruise prost with the arrival of Seabourn as its first cruise line customer. Finally, we have an advance view of the double-width river cruiser AmaMagna on the Danube.




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CMA CGM Founder Jacques Saadé Passes

by Kevin Griffin

A pioneering entrepreneur among today’s container ship giants, Jaques Saadé was the founder and driving thrust behind the third largest of these companies, CMA CGM. The others, Maersk Line of Copenhagen, controlled by A P Moller and MSC of Geneva, controlled by the Aponte family, are the others. All three are family-controlled firms.




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Royal Caribbean Acquires Silversea – Other Cruise News: New Expedition Ship For Quark – Havana Expansion

by Kevin Griffin

The big question before last week was who would eventually take over Silversea Cruises, and the shoe has finally dropped. After some experimental financing through Chinese interests on recent years, Royal Cariibean Cruises has finally walked away with a two-thirds share of Silversea for about $1 billion. Elsewhere, Quark Expeditions has ordered a new 13,000-ton 200-berth expedition ship, and Turkish port operator Global Ports Holding has signed a 15-year contract to manage the cruise port in Havana.




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Holland America Acquires White Pass & Yukon Route – Other Cruise News: 105 Years Ago – The Endurance

by Kevin Griffin

Last week came news that Carnival Corp & plc, through a member of its subsidiary Holland America Group, was acquiring the 400,000-passenger White Pass & Yukon route, the narrow gauge railway that connects Alaska’s Inside Passage with Canada’s Yukon Territory over the Gold Rush route of 1899. Elsewhere, we look back a little more than a century to one of the world’s first expedition cruise ships, the Polaris of 1913, which in 1914 would become Shackleton’s Endurance.




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Thirty Years of Ponant – Other News: James Cook – The Voyages

by Kevin Griffin

From its beginnings in April 1988, when it was founded by several officers of the French mercant marine, Ponant has been the only cruise line to sail under the French flag. The line has introduced a new style of cruising, an amalgam of sea travel, exceptional itineraries and elegant hotel service aboard ships of an intimate scale. And now, by 2021, it will be the world’s largest expedition cruise company, with a full icebreaker, ten expedition ships and the line’s mascot, the original sailing ship Le Ponant.




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

by Kevin Griffin

Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line that does not enter service until 2020, has revealed some images of its proposed ships’ interiors. Meanwhile, P&O Cruises in the UK has announced the name Iona for its newest and largest ship, which also enters service in 2020. And this week we look at itineraries of the Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas.




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Hapag-Lloyd To Order A Third Hanseatic Class Ship – Other Cruise News: Azamara To Include South Africa – Recent River Line Changes

by Kevin Griffin

As the German and international cruise markets continue to grow TUI Group has chosen to order a third 230-berth “Hanseatic” class expedition ship, for delivery in 2021. And with the addition of a third ship, Azamara Club Cruises has announced that South Africa will be added to its itineraries in 2020. Finally we have a look at changes on the river cruise line scene in the UK.




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