Category: The Cruise Examiner

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

Norwegian’s “Leonardo” Class Ships – Other Cruise News: Emerald Expands Into Coastal Cruising – APL Expands Transpacific Passenger Business

by Kevin Griffin

Last week Norwegian Cruise Line chief Andy Stuart spoke to Cruise Critic about the new Italian-built “Leonardo” class project of four 3,300-berth ships on which the line also has further options. On coastal and inland waterways, meanwhile, Emerald Waterways is adding a 36-berth yacht, the Adriatic Princess II, on the Dalmatian coast in 2019. And APL has now built up its passenger-carrying container ship fleet to fourteen ships.




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Crystal Accepts Fifth River Cruiser – Other Cruise News: Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel Opens In October – Princess To Carry 200,000 From Australia In 2019/20

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw the delivery of Crystal River Cruises’ fifth ship and fourth newbuilding in eight months, when the 106-berth Crystal Ravel was delivered in Wismar, Germany. Elsewhere, Cunard’s former North Atlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is finally advancing towards opening this October as a floating hotel in Dubai. And Princess Cruises, with its Majestic Princess, Golden Princess, Ruby Princess and Sun Princess, prepares for a 200,000-guest season in Australia and New Zealand in 2019-20.




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ACL’s New Trans-Atlantic Passenger Service – Other Cruise News: Viking To Enter The Expedition Market? – Voyage of the Week: Bravo Music Cruise Sails In May

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw the return of regular cargo-passenger service between Europe and New York, as well as Canada, with Atlantic Container Line inaugurating weekly passenger service on its new G4 roro container ships, carrying up to twelve passengers each. From Norway meanwhile came news that Viking Cruises was planning to order two “special” cruise ships from shipbuilders Vard. Finally, for this week’s voyage we look at Cruiseco’s Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts on board Celebrity Silhouette in May.




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Norwegian Coast Service To Be Revised – Other Cruise News: Symphony of the Seas Delivered – Voyage of the Week

by Kevin Griffin

The Norwegian Government has announced that effective January 2021 it will reorganise its subsidised coastal voyages by dividing contracts between two operators, the exisiting company, Hurtigruten, and newcomer Havila, who will build four new ships. Elsewhere, the world’s largest cruise ship, the 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas, left Malaga on a sampler voyage on Saturday before setting out on her maiden voyage from Barcelona this Friday. Finally, for our special voyage this week we have chosen One Ocean Expeditions’ newest addition, their RCGS Resolute, which has been chartered by UK-based Exodus Travels for a special Antarctica voyage in November.




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National Geographic Endurance – Other Cruise News: SkySea Golden Era To Go To Marella – UK Christening For MSC Bellissima

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, at the keel-laying of Lindblad Expeditions’s new 12,300-ton 126-berth expedition ship, it was announced that she would be named National Geographic Endurance, after Shackleton’s ship. She could prove to be the first of three such Polar 5 sister ships, higher-rated than any expedition ship other than Ponant’s planned Polar 2 icebreaker. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean has decided to close its SkySea joint ventuire with China’s CTrip and their SkySea Golden Era will be transferred to TUI’s UK affiliate Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer 2. Finally, MSC has announced that it will christen its 4,500-berth MSC Bellissima in Southampton on March 2, 2019.




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More Ships For Fewer Than 1,000 Passengers – Other Cruise News: UK Cruise Market Misses Two Million – CMV Acquires Pacific Eden

by Kevin Griffin

While recent news indicates that Viking Cruises’ ocean fleet may eventually number sixteen 930-berth ships, there is the possibility of four 700-berth ships being built for MSC Cruises, and four more 600-berth vessels for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. These would be in addition to the pair of 999-berth ships being built by Meyer Werft for Saga. The latest statistics for the UK cruise market revealed paltry growth last year, at 0.5%, for a total of 1,959,000 Brits taking a cruise. Germany surpassed two million cruisers in 2016. Finally, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced yet another acquisition, whose name will be announced tomorrow.




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Viking Orders Six Ocean Ships – Other Cruise News: Ponant Orders Two More Explorers – Star Order To Go To Dream Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

Eight more cruise ships were ordered last week, bringing the total now on order to 100 according to Seatrade Cruise News. Viking Cruises ordered six 930-berth ocean-going cruise ships from Fincantieri for delivery between 2024 and 2027. In addition, Ponant ordered two more of its 184-berth “Explorer” class expedition ships for delivery in 2020. And Genting Hong Kong meanwhile announced the move of its first “Global” class cruise ship order from Star Cruises to its more upmarket Dream Cruises brand.




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AIDA Orders Third LNG Ship – Other Cruise News: Riviera To Add Two River Cruisers And Titan One – This Week’s Voyage

by Kevin Griffin

Carnival Corporation last week ordered a third mega-cruise ship from Meyer Werft in Germany. One of nine LNG-powered ships, she will join the AIDA fleet in 2023. Elsewhere, UK-based river cruise lines Riviera and Titan will be adding another three ships in 2018-19. And for this week’s voyage we have a look at Norwegian Bliss’s maiden Transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York next month.




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Silver Spirit Goes To Palermo For Lengthening – Other Cruise News: Vancouver Considers An Outside Cruise Berth – Delos Shipping Acquires Deutschland

by Kevin Griffin

A week from today, Silversea’s nine-year old 540-berth Silver Spirit will enter dry dock in Palermo to commence her stretching to become a 608-berth Muse-like vessel, with more capacity and updated facilities. With the recent increase in ship size, meanwhile, Vancouver is considering a new facility outside its main port area, which the new mega ships can not access because of the height restiction of the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Elsewhere, little-known Dallas-based Delos Shipping has acquired the Deutschland.




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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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