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Three New Ships For Silversea – Other Cruise News: Rocky Mountaineer Welcomes Brits – Cruise Connections Via Reykjavik




by Kevin Griffin

Last week, with the backing of new majority owners Royal Caribbean Cruises, Silversea announced orders for three new ships, two of a new “Evolution” class for its worldwide fleet and one ship for local use in the Galapagos Islands. This week we also have two cruise-related stories coming to you from the realms of rail and airline activity.

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The Seattle Cruise Boom – Other Cruise News: 170 Years Of Fred. Olsen Ships – Celebrity Apex Christening For Southampton



by Kevin Griffin

This year, the Port of Seattle will handle 1,092,345 passengers, compared to 6,615 in 1999, a remarkable turnaround in two decades from no cruise business at all. This week we look at what Seattle does. Elsewhere, Fred. Olsen’s full fleet of four ships assembled in Cadiz last week to celebrate 170 years of passenger service. And it has been announced that the 2,900-berth Celebrity Apex will be christened in April 2020 in her new home port of Southampton.

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River Cruise Popularity Booms In The UK – Other Cruise News: How To Cruise Cuba: Some Alternatives – What Will Become Of The Sea Cloud Hussar?



by Kevin Griffin

Last week CLIA UK and Ireland released its River Cruise Report, with a new record of 210,400 UK travellers having taken a river cruise in 2017. We have a look at the variety of cruises now available in Cuba. And in Spain, the fate of the Sea Cloud Hussar seems more uncertain than ever.

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Azamara Pursuit is Christened – Other Cruise News: Pacific Jewel To Zen Cruises – Cagliari Cruise Port




by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw the 702-berth Azamara Pursuit christened at Southampton as the third member of the Azamara Club Cruises fleet. Meanwhile, Down Under it has been announced that the 1,708-berth Pacific Jewel would be going to new owners in India next year. And we have a quick look at Cagliari Cruise Port in Sardinia.

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Keel Laid For Crystal Endeavor – Other Cruise News: The Crystal Diamond Class – AIDANova Floated Out At Papenburg

by Kevin Griffin

Last week saw three pieces of news from Germany, first with the keel-laying ceremony for the 200-berth Crystal Endeavor at Stralsund, and second with a reveal of the rendering of the new downsized 65,000-ton (as oposed to 100,000-ton) Crystal Diamond class ships. Elsewhere in Germany, the LNG-powered AIDANova was floated out at Meyer Werft in Papenburg.

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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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