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Monday, January 16, 2017

5 Year Anniversary of the Costa Concordia Sinking.


Costa Cruises Costa Concordia resting on her side after the incident in January 2012.
Costa Cruises Costa Concordia resting on her side after the incident in January 2012.

This past Friday (January 13th) marked the 5 Year anniversary of the sinking of the Costa Concordia. As you may recall, the captain of the ship, brought the ship too close to shore when sailing by the island of
Giglio. The captain navigation too close to jagged rocks which ripped through the right side of the ship. In an effort to prevent the ship from sinking, the captain beached the ship on a ledge, where the ship continued to fill with water and keel over on her side.

The incident resulted in the death of 32 people and injuring an additional 157. A remembrance ceremony was held which included a special Mass; the sounding of boat sirens in tribute and a torchlight procession in memory of the the deceased.


The ship has been since been righted, refloated and towed to Italian mainland to be dismantled. At this time very little remains of the ship.
   

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Reports indicate that French Cruise Operator CDF Croisières de France will Cease Operation in February 2017


Cut A Way Drawing of CDF's Horizon - Reports indicate that CDF will Cease Operation in February 2017
Cut A Way Drawing of CDF's Horizon - Reports indicate that CDF will Cease Operation in February 2017

Having decided to concentrate on the Spanish and Latin American markets, Pullmantur plans to close the CDF Croisières de France office in Paris by the end of February. The decision is primarily a financial one, since the Latin American and Spanish Market are more lucrative than the French Market. CDF currently is a 1 ship operation utlilizing the Horizon. which at one time sailed as the Horizon for Celebrity Cruises in the 1990s.

Under the agreement with Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean owns 49% of Pullmantur giving up the majority share in a recent transaction BUT owns ships operated by Pullmantur and leases them back to Pullmantur. It will be interesting to see if the Horizon remerges in the Royal Caribbean or Celebrity fleet sailing from Florida to Cuba.

Only time will tell.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

England's All Leisure Group Ceases Operations


All Leisure Group's Smart and Elegant Minerva

Earlier this month, we witnessed the collapse of England's All Leisure Group. All Leisure is the parent company of  Swan Hellenic Cruises, Hebridean Island Cruises and Voyages of Discovery. The operator cited the unrest in the Eastern Mediterranean which has been, traditionally, their bread and butter, for their financial woes. Rumors stated that in late December, All Leisure was seeking a buyer for part or all of their operation, but to no avail. All cruises for the Voyager and Minerva have been cancelled effective immediately. Preparation were made to return stranded passengers back to their point of origination.  .

This week it was announced that the Herbidean Princess was purchased by her creditors and will resume sailing under the Herbidean Island Cruises banner again starting in March. At 50 passengers and 38 crew, the ultra-luxury ship has been chartered by the Queen of England (in the past) when a royal yacht has been needed.

The other 2 ships, the Minerva and Voyager are assumed to be for sale to satisfy creditors.

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Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth Embarks Passengers in NYC for 2017 World Cruise.



Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth Embarks World Cruise Passengers in NYC.
On January 16, 2017, Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth will arrive from Southampton, England at the port of New York embarking passengers for a special cruise. To learn more about this historic visit and see all the ports of call, check out the NYCruiseInfo.com website -> Queen Elizabeth New York World Cruise.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Replica of Titanic Being Build in Reservoir In China.


Original Titanic Just After Her Delivery - Replica Being Built in China
Original Titanic Just After Her Delivery - Replica being Built in China

CNN has reported....... A replica of the Titanic is being built in China some 700+ miles from the sea.

Hong Kong (CNN) Well at least this one probably won't sink.
China is building a life-size replica of the doomed RMS Titanic in a landlocked county more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from the sea. 
 
When completed, the replica ship will measure 269 meters (882 ft) long by 28 meters (92 ft) wide and will feature reproductions of the original Titanic's features, including a ballroom, theater, swimming pool and rooms, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. 
 
The total cost of the project is expected to run to around 1 billion yuan, or $145 million. 
 
The replica is being built as part of a tourism development partially funded by the government of Daying county, in China's Sichuan province. 
 
Daying is located around 130 kilometers from the provincial capital Chengdu, and several hundred miles from the sea. The replica Titanic will be permanently docked in a reservoir in the Qijiang River. 
 
Planning for the project has been underway for over two years, though building work only began this week, according to the state-run China Daily. "After the RMS Titanic sank, nobody saw its complete set of blueprints," Su Shaojun, one of the financiers of the project, told the newspaper. 
 
"Many blueprint fragments found their way into the hands of collectors or remained missing. We spent many years collecting the blueprints from many parts of the world and managed to obtain most of them."
 
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Moves Ships Around in 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape to Sail From New York to Bermuda, New England and Canada, Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape to Sail From New York to Bermuda, New England and Canada, Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Wow - 2018 - Norwegian Breakaway Moves to Europe. Norwegian Escape Replaces the Breakaway sailing to Bermuda, New England, Canada and extended Caribbean Cruises. Norwegian Gem sails Florida, Bahamas Cruises and New England Canada from New York and then repositions to New Orleans for the winter. The Norwegian Breakaway returns to New York for the winter sailing to Florida and the Bahamas along side the Norwegian Escape which will sail extended Caribbean sailings. To Learn more - checkout the NYCruiseInfo.com Website - Norwegian Cruise Line Moves Ships Around in 2018.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

First Steel Pieces Cut For Scenic Eclipse


Scenic Cruises New Luxury Yacht Scenic Eclipse - Construction has Officially Begun.
Scenic Cruises New Luxury Yacht Scenic Eclipse - Construction has Officially Begun. - Copyright Oliver Design

Scenic marked the official start of production of the World’s First Discovery Yacht on December 12th – the Scenic Eclipse. The steel cutting ceremony ceremony was held at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia last month.The 228-passenger 6-star ultra-luxury mega yacht designed especially for polar cruising conditions will be delivered in August 2018.

“This is a momentous day for Scenic,” said Glen Moroney, Chairman. “To see our vision start to come to life is very exciting and we look forward to watching the build progress over the next couple of years. We are extremely proud of the ship’s design and its advanced technological features, and can’t wait to share Scenic Eclipse with our guests in 2018.”

Scenic Eclipse features 114 all-verandah suites, from the spacious 32sqm Verandah Suite to the truly luxurious 233sqm two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite. With intimate guest numbers comes a wealth of public space including a choice of six on board dining options, a number of spacious bars and lounges, a 240 seat theater and a 450sqm spa retreat. With an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, Scenic Eclipse is the epitome of 6-star luxury. Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney.


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Scenic marked the official start of production of the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse, with a steel cutting ceremony at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia last month, a year after the contract was signed. The 228-passenger 6-star ultra-luxury mega yacht designed especially for polar cruising conditions will be delivered in August 2018. “This is a momentous day for Scenic,” said Glen Moroney, Chairman. “To see our vision start to come to life is very exciting and we look forward to watching the build progress over the next couple of years. We are extremely proud of the ship’s design and its advanced technological features, and can’t wait to share Scenic Eclipse with our guests in 2018.” Scenic Eclipse features 114 all-verandah suites, from the spacious 32sqm Verandah Suite to the truly luxurious 233sqm two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite. With intimate guest numbers comes a wealth of public space including a choice of six on board dining options, a number of spacious bars and lounges, a 240 seat theatre and a 450sqm spa retreat. With an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, Scenic Eclipse is the epitome of 6-star luxury. Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney. Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global

Read more at http://australia.etbtravelnews.com/310136/scenic-eclipse-cuts-steel/
Scenic marked the official start of production of the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse, with a steel cutting ceremony at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia last month, a year after the contract was signed. The 228-passenger 6-star ultra-luxury mega yacht designed especially for polar cruising conditions will be delivered in August 2018. “This is a momentous day for Scenic,” said Glen Moroney, Chairman. “To see our vision start to come to life is very exciting and we look forward to watching the build progress over the next couple of years. We are extremely proud of the ship’s design and its advanced technological features, and can’t wait to share Scenic Eclipse with our guests in 2018.” Scenic Eclipse features 114 all-verandah suites, from the spacious 32sqm Verandah Suite to the truly luxurious 233sqm two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite. With intimate guest numbers comes a wealth of public space including a choice of six on board dining options, a number of spacious bars and lounges, a 240 seat theatre and a 450sqm spa retreat. With an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, Scenic Eclipse is the epitome of 6-star luxury. Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney. Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global

Read more at http://australia.etbtravelnews.com/310136/scenic-eclipse-cuts-steel/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Famous Laid up Cruise Ship Qing Sinks After Monsoon (ex Atlantic, StarShip Atlantic, MSC Melody)


The cruise ship Qing, after years of lay-up at the Western Shipyard Limited at Mormugao Harbour in Vasco, Goa, India, began taking on water during a monsoon on June 29, 2016, The ship, which was sold to Sahra India Pariwar in 2013, was supposed to be converted into a hotel and casino. The conversion work was stalled when the local authorities would not issue a license for the operation.

The Qing remained idle at the ship yard for 3 years, with a skeleton crew overseeing the ship. It is believed that water entered the vessel as a result of the monsoon. As the ship began to take on water, the supervisory crew abandoned the ship, leaving doors open to the elements. These open doors eventually led to the ship filling with water and the ship's hull sitting squarely on the shallow seabed.


Operations are underway to re-float the vessel, but it is expected that the vessel will be sold to breakers and make the short trip across the gulf to the shores of Alang, India for scrapping.

The Qing was built in 1982 for Home Lines as the m/v Atlantic. She was very popular on the New York to Bermuda Route. The ship also operated under the Premier Cruises Banner as the StarShip Atlantic offering 3 and 4 day cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Private Island. Just before becoming Qing, she operated as MSC Cruises' MSC Melody sailing cruises throughout the Mediterranean and sailing from South Africa in the off season.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quark Cruises' Sea Adventurer to Undergo Significant Refit in Spring 2017

Quark Cruises' Sea Adventurer to Undergo Significant Refit in Spring 2017
Quark Cruises' Sea Adventurer to Undergo Significant Refit in Spring 2017

Originally built as a Russian research vessel, the exploration ship, Sea Adventurer will undergo an extensive refit at Ulstein Verft. The rejuvenation of the ship is expected to totally transform the vessel, touching almost every aspect of the ship including cabins, public rooms and public spaces. The renovation will also include the additional of cabins and the total replacement and modernization of the bathrooms throughout the ship. On the technical side, 2 new engines will be installed, generators replaced, propellers overhauled as well as fuel consumption reduced and emissions systems improved/added to reduce the carbon footprint of the vessel.

The expedition cruise vessel, Sea Adventurer, has spent most of her career in polar regions and you may remember this vessel as the Clipper Adventurer which sailed exploration cruises for many years for Clipper Cruise Line.

Currently the Sea Adventurer is owned by Adventurers Partner Ltd and currently operated by Quark Expeditions.

The Sea Adventurer is expected to arrive in Norway early April 2017 with the work expected to complete by mid-June 2017.

The 328 foot long ship was originally built in Croatia in 1977
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