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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great Video Celebrating the Life of the Queen Elizabeth 2

I hope you enjoy this video. It celebrates the life and times of the great Cunard Transatlantic Liner Queen Elizabeth 2. There is really not much one can say about this video other than it is well worth the 5 minutes required to view it. :-)


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Flashback: Remembering the Amerikanis.

I found this interesting video on the history of  Chandris Cruises' Amerikanis. It covers the life of the ship with many exterior and interior pictures. The video includes launching photos under her original name the  Kenya Castle. After 50 years of service in 2001, the Amerikanis was scrapped in Alang, India.



Amerikanis Quick Stats

 Tonnage:

19,904 GRT
Length: 576 ft
Beam: 74 ft 3 in
Draft: 26 ft 6 in
Decks: 8
Speed: 17.5 knots (service speed)
Capacity: 920
Crew: 400

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Olympia Greek Line Video

 Video:  TSS Olympia of Greek Line, Later the Caribe1, Regal Empress, Regal Prince,..)

I found this video of the TSS Olympia of Greek Line fame which is one of my favorite ships. The Olympia lived a very long and interesting life. Having been laid up in Greece after her Greek Line career, the ship was purchased by Commodore Cruises. She was rejuvenated and emerged with a very unique funnel (which was more like uptake pipes surrounded by a flowing rainbow.


Caribe 1 ex TSS Olympia After Commodore Cruises Refit.
Caribe 1 (ex TSS Olympia) After Commodore Cruises Refit.
Either way, this refit allowed the ship to live an extended life and sail under numerous names.

This video is from her early days of her Greek Line career and shows the chaos, bustle and confusion associated with embarking and disembarking passengers, cargo and luggage. It is a great flashback to yesteryear.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Orders Next Generation of Cruise Ships.


Norwegian Cruise Lines Orders Next Generation of Cruise Ship From Italy's Fincantieri - Delivery Scheduled for 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025

Nick's Cruise Corner Comment... Two Interesting comments about the press release below. #1) Norwegian Cruise Line traditionally orders their ship's from Germany's Meyer Werft and this is a definite departure from the standard with this order being placed with Fincantieri. #2 In an industry where ships are continuing to be bigger and bigger, these ships will be slightly smaller than the currrent Norwegian Breakaway class but still larger than most ships.

Here is the Norwegian Cruise Line Press Release.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH; together with NCL Corporation Ltd., “Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings”, “Norwegian” or the “Company”) today announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand.  Four ships are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.

The four 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests.  The new class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships and feature a host of innovative designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience.  A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment.  Details on the ships’ many innovative guest facing and first at sea features will be announced at a later date.

“This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “This order continues to highlight our disciplined newbuild program, extends our growth trajectory well into the future, enhances our already attractive earnings profile, and drives expected long-term returns for our shareholders.”

“For the past 50 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been focused on offering our guests the very best in cruising,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “It is with great excitement that we look ahead to our next 50 years, which includes this next generation of ships that will offer guests the innovative experiences that have come to define the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.”

“We are extremely excited to collaborate with Norwegian Cruise Line and this partnership allows us to include a new prestigious client in Fincantieri’s portfolio,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri S.p.A. “We are very proud of the innovative design of these ships and recognize the various stakeholders of the export chain who have contributed decisively to achieving this goal. The significant value of the order will provide substantial economic benefits by extending the employment horizon of our shipyards, and we are honored to support the growth of our country’s economy.”

The contract price for each of the four vessels is approximately €800 million per ship.  The Company has obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship delivered through 2025, subject to certain conditions.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Video of Cruise Ship in Rough Seas

I found this intersting video of  P&O Cruises Oriana in rough seas. This is the first time I have seen this video and hope you enjoy it.

Thank goodness not every day at sea is like this. :-)

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Monday, February 13, 2017

1991 Miami Cruise Ships :-)


While searching though some videos, I found this interesting video focusing on cruise ships docked at the Port of Miami in 1991. It is interesting to see these classic ships again.
I hope you enjoy this brief video..

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss to Reposition to Miami Seasonally


Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss to Relocate to Florida for the Winter.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss to Relocate to Florida for the Winter.

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Norwegian Bliss, the brand's sixteenth ship, will set sail for the Cruise Capital of the World after her inaugural summer season in Alaska, to seasonally homeport in Miami in winter 2018.

Beginning on November 17, 2018, Norwegian Bliss will sail seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Bliss' custom design will offer guests the freedom and flexibility to "imagine Bliss" and create their ideal experience at sea, with a wide variety of accommodations including luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian®, Studio staterooms for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and new connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families traveling together.  Norwegian Bliss will also feature two observation lounges, including one exclusive to guests of The Haven, perfect for whale watching in Alaska or taking in sunsets in the Caribbean.

 "We are incredibly excited to announce that we are once again bringing our newest and most innovative ship to Miami, with the arrival of Norwegian Bliss in November 2018," said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. "As the Caribbean is our most sought-after winter destination, there was no question that Norwegian Bliss would sail from Miami. This incredibly dynamic ship will offer stunning ocean views from almost every venue, spacious and thoughtfully designed accommodations that fit with every cruiser's needs, and a variety of exciting and engaging venues that will continue Norwegian's history of innovation in providing the ultimate dining and entertainment experiences at sea."


En route to Miami following the completion of her Alaska cruising season, Norwegian Bliss will sail one five-day Pacific Coastal sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles on September 30, with an overnight stay in Vancouver and calls in Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco. Norwegian Bliss’ seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises will feature calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, adding Ensenada, Mexico on its eight-day itinerary. For those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience, Norwegian Bliss will depart Los Angeles on November 3 for a 14-day journey to Miami through the new locks of the recently expanded Panama Canal, with calls in Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia.

The same features that make Norwegian Bliss the ideal ship for the ultimate Alaska experience will also allow guests to experience the Caribbean like never before. The crown jewel of these features is an incredible 180 degree Observation Lounge, located at the front of the ship on deck 15. Spanning 20,000 square feet, the sprawling Observation Lounge will be a breathtaking experience, offering floor-to-ceiling windows that will be the perfect spot from which to take in the stunning sunset views of the beautiful islands of the Caribbean during her winter season or the awe-inspiring glaciers and vistas of Alaska in the summer. The lounge, designed with rich woods and a silver and gray color palate, will offer an abundance of plush, modern seating including couches and chaise loungers to take in the view, along with a 360 degree polished aluminum and quartz-topped central bar where guests can enjoy fine cocktails and spirits.

In the spirit of Norwegian's long history of innovation, Norwegian Bliss will have accommodations for everyone on board, with options ranging from staterooms designed for solo travelers, family-friendly connecting staterooms, ultra chic suites and more. Norwegian's signature ship-within-a-ship concept, The Haven by Norwegian®, will once again adorn the top of the ship with 80 ultra-luxurious suites. The exclusive key-card access three-story enclave on decks 17 -19 will be a secluded paradise with a private restaurant with outdoor terrace, private lounge with a dedicated mixologist, courtyard area with retractable roof that features a pool, two whirlpools, sauna, spa treatment rooms and sunbathing deck. All suites in the Haven will enjoy the services of a butler and a private concierge, as well as priority access to reservations, VIP embarkation and disembarkation, exclusive reserved seating in the ship'stheatre and much more.


Guests staying in The Haven on Norwegian Bliss will take in luxury, style and stunning views with their very own exclusive two-story Haven Observation Lounge, a brand new feature for The Haven, which will feature expansive 180 degree views from two decks, the same as the ship’s officers’ experience from the Bridge, and beverage service.

Each suite in The Haven by Norwegian® will feature crisp ultra-luxurious modern furnishings in rich wood tones, accented by custom stonework, marble-topped nightstands and vanities, and indulgent linens. Suite options will include the largest and most luxurious suites onboard, The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suites, which will have a new look and feel with an indulgent cream and gray color scheme, include captain’s views and two spacious balconies.  Additional Haven suites include The Haven Two-Bedroom Family Villa, The Haven Courtyard Penthouse, The Haven Deluxe Spa Suite, The Haven Forward and Aft-facing Penthouses and the all-new The Haven Suite that can connect with a Balcony stateroom, so large families and groups are able to be accommodated with ease.

Norwegian Bliss will also feature new connecting stateroom options across stateroom categories-ideal for large groups and families traveling together who want to enjoy quality time together at sea. The ship's 308 Mini-Suites are designed for guests looking to enjoy a little more of a spacious experience at sea featuring larger bathrooms than a standard Balcony stateroom with some offering bathtubs, and a balcony for gazing out to sea. Designed to offer guests near constant views of the sea, Norwegian Bliss will have 1,088 Balcony staterooms that feature plush décor in soothing cool tones, along with a sofa, vanity and desk area and coffee maker. Norwegian Bliss will also include 111 Oceanview staterooms that feature large picturesque windows to take in the spectacular sea views.

Solo travelers can enjoy Norwegian's popular award-winning Studio staterooms aboard Norwegian Bliss, now with virtual ocean views. The Studio staterooms include thought-out features and amenities designed and priced for solo travelers. The Studio complex is comprised of 82 staterooms, accessible by private keycard-entry with access to a private lounge exclusively for Studio guests with snack service, board games and a member of the Cruise Staff dedicated to leading solo traveler meet ups and activities. All staterooms feature a full-sized bed, a window to the corridor, and separate areas for toilet, sink, and shower. Select Studios connect, perfect for single friends traveling together.

Norwegian Bliss' also offers 374 Inside staterooms, which include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Select Inside staterooms also have up to two additional Pullman beds to accommodate families. All rooms feature USB plugs.

About Norwegian Bliss
At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss is being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany and is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018. The third ship in the line's Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss' hull art work was designed by premier marine life artist Wyland and will feature images of humpback whales, found in every ocean around the world, which will serve as large canvas to showcase the importance of conservation and ocean preservation.
During her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America's last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship's itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Additional details on the ship's dining, entertainment and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months. Norwegian Bliss' cruises open for sale Wednesday, January 11 for Travel Partners and Latitudes members and will open to all guests on Thursday, January 12.
For more information on Norwegian Bliss, including an animated video of the ship’s accommodations, please visit bliss.ncl.com.


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Some Details Revealed About The Virgin Voyages New Ships.


Virgin Voyages, a splinter of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, has disclosed the dimensions of its three new buildings. The unique characteristic is that the new ships will be about 20 feet wider than ships of similar length.

“Each ship will weigh about 110,000 gross tons and measure 912 long and 125 feet wide. The ships will house over 2,800 passengers in approximately 1,400 staterooms. In addition, the ship will carry 1,100 crew members.The wider dimensions seem to be driven by the Panama Canal Expansion Project, which will allow wider ships to now transit. The wider dimension also opens the doors for creative design.
Artist Rendering Circulating on the internet of the Virgin Voyages Cruise New Cruise Ship.
Artist Rendering Circulating on the internet of the Virgin Voyages Cruise New Cruise Ship.

The 3 ships are due for delivery from Italy's Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard in 2020, 2021 and 2022,


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

P&O Cruises Australia Reveal Hull Art for the Pacific Explorer.


P&O Cruises Australia - Announces Hull Art for Newly Acquired Pacific Explorer - ex Dawn Princess
P&O Cruises Australia - Announces Hull Art for Newly Acquired Pacific Explorer

P&O Cruises Australia announced that its latest ship, Pacific Explorer, will be bestowed with a flashy hull paint job that will feature the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross represents  "a national symbol in both Australia and New Zealand and a celestial constellation that has guided generations of seafarers." The Pacific Explorer is currently sailing as the Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises but will join the P&O Australia fleet in early 2017,

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