Cruise

  • PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    23rd March 2011

    Princess Cruises’ 13-year old Grand Princess (1998/108,806gt) has lost her distinctive ‘shopping trolley’ profile during a major refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard between 11 April and 4 May. Skywalkers Nightclub, above the ship’s stern on Deck 18 and weighing 211…

  • PULLMANTUR: Future of Atlantic Star

    PULLMANTUR: Future of Atlantic Star

    23rd March 2011

    Spain’s Pullmantur Cruises is believed to have been sold the 1,550-passenger Atlantic Star (1984/46,087) to Greek-based Kyma Ship Management. She has been laid up in Marseille since August 2009, but returned to service briefly during September and October last October,…

  • 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…

  • ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS: Odyssey is Europe-bound

    ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS: Odyssey is Europe-bound

    10th March 2011

    The Bahamas-registered expedition ship Clipper Odyssey (1989/5,218gt) will be sailing in European waters this year for the first time since she entered service in 1989. Chartered by Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions, but managed by Miami-based International Shipping Partners, the 110-passenger vessel…

  • CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    10th March 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is to base one of its ships in Australian waters on a full-time basis, reflecting the growth of interest in cruising in the region. Although parent company Carnival Corporation owns P&O Australia with four ships serving…

  • NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    10th March 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line is basing four ships in Europe during 2012-13, including a second vessel on a year-round basis. The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic (2010/155,873gt) returns for a second summer in the Mediterranean operating weekly from Barcelona to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno,…

  • 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…