The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and features, including outstanding articles and features.

Go on board the latest Royal Caribbean cruise ship Odyssey of the Seas to find out all she has to offer.

On the historical side, we look back at freighter travel from times past as the trade makes a comeback after concerns of Covid, while a series of historic photographs show some classic ships off Portishead in the Bristol Channel in the last century.

On the naval front, the leading examples of a new breed of European surface combatants, very different from those of the Cold War.

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Features

ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS – Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of the fifth and final 169,300gt Quantum class cruise ship. Andy Hernandez recently travelled on this latest newbuild, Odyssey of the Seas, to find out what she has to offer.

JAPAN’S TRAIN FERRIES – The Japanese Government Railways operated 60 train ferries from 1919 until 1988, when they were replaced by bridges.

FREIGHTER TRAVEL – A look back at freighter travel from times past as the trade makes a comeback after the concerns associated with Covid-19.

TRINITY HOUSE SHIPS – The tenders and ships operated by Trinity House, which maintain aids to navigation around England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

BELFAST BULKERS – Photos of a variety of bulkers calling at the Northern Ireland capital.

EUROPEAN FRIGATES – The leading examples of a new breed of European surface combatants, very different from those of the Cold War.

PORTISHEAD CLASSICS – A series of historic photographs of some classic ships off Portishead in the Bristol Channel taken by the late Derek Chaplin.

SOLENT HOVERCRAFT – A look at Hovertravel’s current ten-minute dashes across the Solent between Southsea and Ryde using hovercraft.

 

News regulars

Waterfront – Details of shipping casualties and incidents from February, Africa Mercy resumes service, new naval barge, and giant ferries for Baltic.

Ferry – New E-Flexer Salamanca on a tour of ports, former Galloway Princess gets new lease of life, and Inisheer on the way.

Under Sail – Norwegian barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl, and British ships restart operations.

Cruise – Sea Cloud Cruises changes hands, and Hurtigruten’s green converts.

Naval – New tanker USNS John Lewis on trial, German frigate programme milestones, and Anson makes first dive.

Cargo – Concordia looks to convert tankers, old Dole ships sold for scrapping, and Arklow Shipping expands with newbuild.

Newbuild – Dedicated yacht mover for superyachts, Yang Ming’s new boxboat YM Together, and hybrid coastal tanker.

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