Cruise

  • COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    28th April 2011

    Despite recent political unrest in Egypt, Costa Cruises will maintain a year-round presence in the Red Sea in 2012. Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt) will be deployed in the region between December 2011 and March 2012, as will Grand Voyager (2000/24,391gt), operated…

  • SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    28th April 2011

    Saga Cruises’ new acquisition is to be named Saga Sapphire when she enters service on 23 March 2012 after a major refit. The 37,301gt ship is currently sailing as Bleu de France for CDF Croisieres de France, a subsidiary of…

  • CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    28th April 2011

    The 18,455gt casino ship Long Jie (1972/18,455), which first entered service 39 years ago as Royal Caribbean’s Sun Viking, has been sold to Chinese interests, renamed Oriental Dragon and will operate cruises from Shanghai to Korea and Hong Kong. She…

  • PRINCESS CRUISES: New Royal Princess unveiled

    PRINCESS CRUISES: New Royal Princess unveiled

    28th April 2011

    Princess Cruises unveiled details of the new 141,000gt, 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, due to enter service in spring 2013. She is the first of a new series and not an evolution of the successful Grand class ships, although certain signature elements…

  • HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    28th April 2011

    Spanish operator Happy Cruises has chartered the former Delphin Voyager (1990/21,884gt) for weekly Mediterranean and Adriatic cruises until October, using Venice, Piraeus and Istanbul as base ports. She takes over the published itineraries of one of Happy’s other two chartered…

  • HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS: 20 new itineraries for 2012

    21st April 2011

    As well as 20 new itineraries, Hebridean Islands Cruises’ 2012 Cruise Directory has amended many itineraries and added destinations such as the Western Isles and Ireland’s southern coast. There are also new Footloose walking itineraries, accompanied by three experience guides,…

  • 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…