Cruise

  • OCEANIA CRUISES: Riviera takes to the water

    OCEANIA CRUISES: Riviera takes to the water

    24th August 2011

    Oceania Cruises’ new 1,250-passenger Riviera was floated out of her construction dock at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa on 16 July and moved to her fitting-out berth. All the signature features of her sistership Marina, which debuted last January,…

  • LOUIS CRUISES: Louis in Cuba

    LOUIS CRUISES: Louis in Cuba

    24th August 2011

    It is being reported that Louis Cruise Lines has joined forces with a Canadian company called Cuba Cruise to operate Louis Cristal (1980/25,611gt) as Cuba Cristal for a series of 15 weekly cruises around Cuba from Havana this winter. The…

  • CASPI CRUISES: Israeli Caspi goes nowhere

    CASPI CRUISES: Israeli Caspi goes nowhere

    24th August 2011

    Israeli-based Caspi Cruises has ceased operations, with both Mirage I (1973/14,264gt) and Rio (1971/16,710gt) arrested and laid up at Ashdod on 17 May and 19 June respectively. The 320 crew members of Rio, formerly Louis Cruises’ The Aegean Pearl, refused…

  • SEADREAM: Only one London Olympic ship?

    SEADREAM: Only one London Olympic ship?

    10th August 2011

    SeaDream Yacht Club has cancelled its second season in Northern Europe in 2012 with SeaDream II (1985/4,260gt), citing its failure to secure a charter for the London Olympics as a key factor in the decision. The vessel was scheduled to…

  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Serenade for Dubai

    ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Serenade for Dubai

    3rd August 2011

    Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Serenade of the Seas (2003/90,090gt) is to replace sister-ship, Brilliance of the Seas (2002), in Dubai for the winter of 2012/13 on completion of a season of 12-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. The 2,000-passenger vessel sails…

  • CUNARD AND P&O: World cruises aplenty

    CUNARD AND P&O: World cruises aplenty

    27th July 2011

    Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have released details of their 2013 world cruises. On 10 January 2013 both Queen Victoria (2007/90,049gt) and Queen Mary 2 (2003/148,528gt) will set sail from Southampton at the start of their respective voyages. Queen Victoria…

  • PORT ACCIDENT: Blast rocks Gibraltar

    PORT ACCIDENT: Blast rocks Gibraltar

    27th July 2011

    A slops treatment tank exploded in Gibraltar on 31 May, close to where Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas (2008/154,407gt) was docked. There were no fatalities, but 12 of the 4,153 passengers aboard, the majority of whom were from the…

  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Voyager of the Seas to China

    ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Voyager of the Seas to China

    27th July 2011

    Royal Caribbean International is to operate the 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas (1999/137,276gt) for the Asian market in summer 2012. She was scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean next summer, but after the end of her winter Caribbean season from…

  • TUI: Escape going into lay up

    TUI: Escape going into lay up

    27th July 2011

    TUI’s Island Escape (1982/40,132) is to be laid up from November to March 2012, with the company citing poor demand as the reason for the withdrawal of the ship, which caters specifically to the British market. The 1,500-passenger vessel will…

  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Year-round from the Big Apple

    CARNIVAL CRUISES: Year-round from the Big Apple

    27th July 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line has been operating from New York year-round since 2003. At the time, Carnival Cruise Line scoffed at the idea, saying passengers would prefer to join their ship in Miami and have more time in the sun. Eight…