Category: The Cruise Examiner

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Third Strike For Princess Cruises – Other Cruise News: Canadian Arctic Closed For 2020 – Kind Tidings From A Good Customer

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at a third Princess ship affected by corona-virus (why is it only Princess as a brand that seems to have this draw?), as Ruby Princess is laid up at Sydney. The Canadian Arctic meanwhile will see no cruises this year unless one of the professional expedition companies manages to negotiate its way in. (more…)

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Government Support of Business and a Week Out – Surviving The Worst of Times

by Kevin Griffin

In a period of just three weeks, the Coronavirus C-19 has hit the world hard. Cruise ships taken out of service for 30, sometimes 60 days, ports refusing entry to cruise ships where there is any hint of fever on board, whole countries such as India and Canada banning cruise ships to protect their own populations, whole fleets of aircraft grounded, huge hospital ships deploying to New York and Los Angeles. Kevin Griffin has been writing the weekly “Cruise Examiner” column since 2008. He also owns The Cruise People in London, and is now called away to save his business and its jobs. Lots of things are happening to tight deadlines this week. So because of the various items delineated in his briefing below, there will be no “Cruise Examiner” this week. But we plan to return next week. (more…)

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Cruise Market Slammed By Coronavirus – Other Cruise News: Trump’s North Atlantic Travel Ban – Canadian Cruise Ban Threatens Alaska Trade Too

by Kevin Griffin

Yesterday, “USA Today” informed its readers that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all people avoid travelling on cruise ships, not just the most at-risk for the coronavirus.” Never in peacetime has there been such a disruption of sea travel as is occurring right now, with announcements of wholesale global suspensions, port bans for cruise ships and travel bans for individuals of many nationalities. (more…)

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US State Department Issues Cruise Warning – Other Cruise News: Viking To Announce Mississippi Plans In April – Victory To Promote Two Ships In Alaska

by Kevin Griffin

Last night, the US State Department issued a warning to its citizens, especially older ones or those with underlying health conditions, not to travel by cruise ship. How much this is exaggeration is not known, but more residents appear to have died in a single nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, than in the entire world cruise fleet. Meanwhile, domestically, after as many as seven years under study, Viking River Cruises is about to make a move into US-flag Mississippi River cruising. And Victory Cruise Lines is planning to offer a two-ship Alaska cruising operation in 2021. (more…)

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Virgin Fires The Cruise Director – Other Cruise News: Arena River Cruises – New Ships For APT River Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

According to Wikipedia, a cruise director is “a high-ranking or senior officer of a cruise ship with responsibility for all onboard hospitality, entertainment and social events, who acts as the public face of the company.” As far as can be determined, the first cruise directors seem to have appeared about a century ago on American banana boats. As the number of passengers carried rose from 12 to 30 to 60 and eventually to 120, the fruit companies had found that they needed to introduce more diversions to distract their paying passengers from being bored at sea. Elsewhere this week, we look at changes at Arena River Cruises and APT River Cruises. (more…)

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Some Diamond Princess Passengers Going Home – Other Cruise News: The Seven Seas Splendor Enters Service – First World Cruises To Call On Antarctica

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at how the coronavirus is continuing to affect cruise shipping, and particularly one ship berthed at Yokohama. On a more upbeat note we look at Regent Seven Seas’ new 750-berth Splendor of the Seas. And take a quick glance at the first World Cruises to call in Antarctica, back in 1999-2000. (more…)

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Visitors To China To Be Denied Cruise Ship Boarding – Other Cruise News: Affordable Yachting From Emerald – World’s Largest Cruise Ship

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at how the coronavirus is affecting cruise shipping and other passenger operations. On a more upbeat note we look at Emerald Yacht Cruises new 100-berth Emerald Azzurra. And take a quick glance at the Wonder of the Seas, which will be next year’s largest cruise ship in the world. (more…)

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Viking Octantis To Cruise The Upper Great Lakes – Other Cruise News: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Eyed For A Joint Venture – Two Ladies To Join Cruise & Maritime

by Kevin Griffin

This week we look at Viking’s first two expedition ships and the new itineraries that will be offered by the Viking Octantis starting in 2022. From Germany come reports that Royal Caribbean Cruises may take a half share in Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, in a similar manner to its 50% share it owns in TUI Cruises. And finally today, we look at the two lady names that have been chosen by CMV for its next two ships. Virgin will not be the only cruise line to have ladies in its fleet. (more…)

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SeaDream Innovation Cancelled – Other Cruise News: Bankrupt Shipyard Building Scenic Eclipse II – Ritz-Carlton Yacht To Be Four Months Late – Havila Shipping Delays – More Ex-UK Cruises From Hurtigruten

by Kevin Griffin

With almost forty new small ships and expedition vessels being built in shipyards that are new to building cruise ships, it is not surprising that there have been some serious delays and cost-over-runs. But why SeaDream cancelled the order or its 220-berth SeaDream Innovation is not fully known yet. And while the Scenic Eclipse was delivered a year late, Scenic Eclipse II is being built in a bankrupt shipyard. Elsewhere, two ships ordered in Spain by Havila Shipping have been so badly delayed that the owner is looking to charter two ships from elsewhere to fill in for the new ships on the Norwegian coast. And after a series of winter cruises announced for the Maud from Dover in 2021 comes news that the Fridtjof Nansen will offer a series of ex-UK cruises in 2020 as she’ll be delivered a month before intended. (more…)

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CMV To Acquire Two More Ships For 2021 Season – Other Cruise News: Bremen To Become Viva Cruises’ Seaventure – Valiant Lady To Be Virgin’s Second Ship

by Kevin Griffin

Cruise & Maritime Voyages last week announced the acquisition of two more ex-Carnival Group cruise ships to become fleet-mates of the three they already own – the Columbus, Magellan and Vasco da Gama. Elsewhere, it has now been announced that Scylla Cruises’ Bremen, to be renamed Seaventure, will be operated by Viva Cruises starting in May 2021. And Virgin will name its second new ship the Valiant Lady. (more…)

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Ponant Orders Two Option Three Ships for Paul Gauguin – Other Cruise News: New For The Adriatic: The Picasso – Luxury Helicopters At Sea

by Kevin Griffin

In an interesting twist this week, Ponant has announced an order for two expedition cruise ships from its newly-acquired Paul Gauguin Cruises brand, with an option for a third. Elsewhere, a 159-berth Adriatic cruise ship that has been five years being built, may be about to enter service with a new brand called DIV Cruises. And we have a brief look at the 6- and 8-passenger helicopters that are now being added to the Scenic Eclipse and Crystal Endeavor and planned sister ships. Each ship will have two helicopters. (more…)

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Croisières Maritimes et Voyages (CMV) – Other Cruise News: New In 2020: The Sea Cloud Spirit – St Hilda Sea Adventures Expands

by Kevin Griffin

The latest announcement, following the demise of Pullmantur’s Croisières de France brand in 2017, is the establishment of another French cruising company, to be called Croisières Maritimes et Voyages. And around the same time Sea Cloud Cruises will introduce their third ship, the Sea Cloud Spirit. Elsewhere, St Hilda Sea Adventures in Scotland has now added a third ship to bring its fleet to three small ships. (more…)

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Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen Named in Antarctica – Other Cruise News: Marella Cruises To Sail From US Ports – Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Returns

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw Hurtigruten’s new 530-berth Roald Amundsen christened in Antarctica, thus becoming the first ship to be named there. Also last week, Marella Cruises began accepting bookings on its new US-based program with the 1,8s0-berth Marella Discovery. And finally this week we report on the return of CMA CGM’s new Europe-Australia cargo-passenger service. (more…)

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Stern’s Guide to The Cruise Vacations 2020-21 – Other Cruise News: The Trials Of One Ocean Expeditions – Saga’s Spirit of the Rhine

by Kevin Griffin

This year marks the 30th Anniversary Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Ships. Meanwhile, after the withdrawal of the two Russian ships on which the company had built its success, Canada’s One Ocean Expeditions is going through a test for its survival. This week we also look at Saga’s third newbuilding, this time a river cruise ship. (more…)

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The Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020 – Other Cruise News: A New Small Ship St Lawrence Route – A Half Dozen New Ships For 2020

by Kevin Griffin

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the first appearance of the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Meanwhile, in the small ship trades, CroisiEurope has announced a different itinerary in the St Lawrence for its 124-berth La Belle des Océans than had been expected. And at the other end of he scale, we take a quick look at some of the giants planned for 2020. (more…)

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