Cruise

  • COSTA CRUISES: Cruise ships avoid Egypt

    COSTA CRUISES: Cruise ships avoid Egypt

    23rd March 2011

    A number of cruise ship itineraries were adjusted to avoid Egypt during the country’s political turmoil in January. Costa Cruises’ Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt), which was operating cruises from the Egyptian port Sharm el Sheikh, moved base to Aqaba, while the…

  • ROYAL OLYMPIC: Last Epirotiki ship for scrap

    ROYAL OLYMPIC: Last Epirotiki ship for scrap

    23rd March 2011

    The sole remaining ship of the once large Epirotiki/Royal Olympic cruise fleet has been sold to Turkish scrappers. Hermes (1978/2,174gt) was laid up in Piraeus in 2006 after nearly 30 years operating day cruises to the islands of Hydra, Poros…

  • MONACO GRAND PRIX: Something for the weekend

    MONACO GRAND PRIX: Something for the weekend

    23rd March 2011

    A larger than usual number of cruise ships is heading for Monaco during the weekend of 28/29 May for the Formula One Grand Prix. They will be docked or anchored in Monte Carlo or nearby in Nice, Cannes and Villefranche.…

  • OCEANIA CRUISES: Marina is first newbuild

    OCEANIA CRUISES: Marina is first newbuild

    23rd March 2011

    Oceania Cruises took delivery of its first newbuild, Marina, on 19 January at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The 66,000gt 1,250-passenger ship is the first of a pair of sisters, with Riviera due to enter service in April 2012…

  • LOUIS CRUISES: Louis sells Aquamarine

    LOUIS CRUISES: Louis sells Aquamarine

    10th March 2011

    Louis Cruise Lines has sold Aquamarine (1971/23,149gt) for US$23,375,000 to Mexican company Corporation de Cruceros Nacionales, which has renamed the vessel Ocean Star Pacific. She was scheduled to sail from Piraeus for an unknown destination on 22 December 2010. Aquamarine…

  • CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    10th March 2011

    Celebrity Infinity (1995/ 90,228gt) is to be upgraded with many of the features of the popular Solstice class ships and follows sistership Celebrity Constellation (2002/90,280gt), which underwent the same work last year. This includes the installation of a new accommodation…

  • DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney’s new Fantasy

    DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney’s new Fantasy

    10th March 2011

    Disney Cruise Line has announced that the 122,000gt Disney Fantasy, the second of its two new ships being built by Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard, will enter service on 7 April 2012. She will sail on alternating weekly itineraries from Port…

  • BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    10th March 2011

    Blue Ocean Cruises’ new Indian venture came to an abrupt end on 16 November 2010, when its newly-refurbished Ocean Life (1981/12,811gt) developed a crack on the port side of her hull, which resulted in water penetrating a number of lower…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    10th March 2011

    Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas (2001/90,090gt) is being given a multi-million pound overhaul in May prior to making her debut in Australasia in October as part of a fleetwide ‘Royal Advantage’ renewal programme. This includes the creation of four…

  • HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    10th March 2011

    Germany’s giant travel and shipping group TUI AG has announced expansion plans for one of its companies, the long-established Hapag Lloyd. A 39,500gt newbuild, to be named Europa 2, will be constructed by STX Europe at its St Nazaire yard…