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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UnCruise Adds Summer Expedition Program in Hawaii

 
UnCruise Safari Explorer - Yacht Sailings in Hawaii July and August 2019
UnCruise Safari Explorer - Yacht Sailings in Hawaii 2019


Building on its history of adventure cruising in the Hawaiian Islands, UnCruise Adventures announces its first foray into summer island cruising with the addition of six departures in July and August 2019. The week-long small ship cruises sail round-trip Moloka’i and explore Lana’i, the Big Island of Hawai’i, and sea turtle rich waters off West Maui.

UnCruise Adventures’ 36-guest Safari Explorer has operated Hawaii cruises from November through April since 2011.  A new week-long summer itinerary visits four islands with included activities exploring land and sea—kayaking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, wildlife searches and skiff excursions.  Cultural heritage is a key component of the UnCruise experience in the islands.

“We’ve had our eye on operating in Hawaii during the summer, and with current demand, the time is right,” said UnCruise Adventures’ owner and CEO Dan Blanchard. “Hawaii is a popular vacation destination all year, and now summer travelers can take advantage of the convenience of traveling between islands by yacht.” 

The new Aloha Hawaii Adventure Cruise sails round-trip Moloka’i, a lesser visited island with an authentic Hawaii culture and vibe.  A local Halawa Valley family with ancient Hawaiian lineage invites guests to their home to “talk story” about island lore and learn how to make poi from taro root. A hike guided by locals meanders past taro patches and ends at a waterfall where those inclined can take a dip. An evening pa’ina feast in town is a true Hawaiian celebration with traditional local cuisine, music and dancing.

On the island of Lana’i, hike to Sweetheart Rock for sweeping views and visit the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center. Snorkel off West Maui at a turtle cleaning station—where turtles visit for shell cleaning by small fish—and find yourself swimming with green sea turtles and other colorful fish. An evening snorkel in Honomalino Bay draws Giant Pacific Manta ray’s up close in a feeding area.  Kayak through lava tubes off the Big Island of Hawai’i and stroll through historic Kailua. Marine life abounds with sightings of colorful reef fish, turtles, whales, dolphins, reef sharks and manta rays.

Meals on board are fresh and innovative with produce and meat sourced on Moloka’i. Sustainable seafood is sourced from local fishermen at the Honolulu fish market. 

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen To Feature the Largest LED Screen At Sea.


LED Screen in Atrium of Hurtigruten's  Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, will take the guest experience to new heights, literally, aboard the first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, with the largest LED screen at sea. Spanning seven decks and 57 feet in height, this floating screen will be located in the ship’s atrium. Facing three, all-glass elevators and towering up to deck 10, the screen features cutting edge LED technology and provides a resolution beyond 4K Ultra-HD, with a perfectly seamless and borderless display.

“Our focus on state-of-the-art design, innovation, and technology is not limited to the exterior of our ships. It includes the interior experience and will take the guests on a larger-than-life visual journey. By introducing the tallest LED screen at sea, we will bring—and magnify—the splendid beauty of the passing nature, directly to the guests inside,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

The screen will broadcast scenes around the ship, images of upcoming destinations, views of pristine waters, and helpful passenger information. “With stunning image quality, the technology offers endless possibilities: We can use it to stream live lectures and presentations, to set the theme for the voyage, or to simply create a special atmosphere. But most importantly, it will be utilized to broadcast the spectacular nature to our guests in a format never seen before on board,” Skjeldam says.

Additional information and details about the tallest LED screen at sea include:

Featured content:

  • Customized backdrops from stunning landscapes
  • Live coverage from outside the ship
  • 360 degree ultra-high resolution panoramic images from the mast
  • Live lectures and presentations from various onboard venues
  • High fidelity sound which “follows” the picture

Atrium LED screen experience:

  • Display type: Seamless, high-resolution SMD LED wall
  • Height: 57 feet
  • Width: 21.3 feet
  • Total screen area: 1,227 square feet
  • Resolution: 6720 x 2496 pixels (more than Ultra HD 4K)
  • Pixel density (pitch): 2.6 mm
  • Light output: 1,000 nits (or almost 3,500 Ansi Lumen)
  • Manufacturer: Expromo
Hurtigruten has 125 years of know-how and provides immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Steel Cutting in Croatia for Quark Expeditions New World Class Exploration Vessel

 
Dignitaries from the Cruise Line and Shipyard Witness Steel cutting for Quark New Expedition vessel
Dignitaries from the Cruise Line and Shipyard Witness Steel Cutting for Quark New Expedition Vessel


Brodosplit, Croatia, Jan. 28, 2019 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures for three decades, celebrated the steel-cutting of its pioneering new ship today, launching an exciting new chapter in polar exploration.

The ceremony took place at the shipyard and museum of Quark Expeditions’ build partner, Brodosplit, and was attended by senior executives from both companies, including President of Quark Expeditions, Andrew White, CEO of DIV Group, Tomislav Debeljak and CEO of Brodosplit Zoran Kunkera.

The new ship from Quark Expeditions is the first of its kind, combining leading-edge technology, long-range operational capability and advanced safety systems to reach new frontiers in polar exploration. “Every aspect of the ship has been built with one thing in mind: continuing to redefine what is possible in polar adventure,” said White. “We’ve created a ship unsurpassed in its class not only by partnering with industry leaders like Brodosplit and LMG Marin, who are as committed as we are to pushing the boundaries, but also by consulting with our own polar experts and Expedition Leaders, who know better than anyone else what guests want out of their polar experience.”

The vessel, at 128 meters long, with a beam of 21.5 meters and at 13,500 Gross Tons which will set sail in 2020, will accommodate up to 200 passengers in spacious cabins and public areas and feature an unparalleled array of adventure options, allowing guests to maximize opportunities for spontaneous adventure off the ship while enjoying superior comfort on it. “This ship will be more than just a ship,” added White. “It will be an unrivalled operational base for polar adventures. Our guests travel with Quark to maximize their expedition experience, push their boundaries and revel in the magic of the polar regions. With this new ship, in the hands of the most experienced expedition team in the industry, we will get our guests further into the polar regions, seeing and doing more of what they have to offer, in a vessel of exceptional comfort.”

Featuring an interior Zodiac hangar and four embarkation points, state-of-the-art dual helicopters with simultaneously operable helidecks, a best-in-class 70-day operational range, and an array of cutting-edge safety features, the vessel will help Quark Expeditions deliver the thrill of polar adventure in new and unmatched ways while ensuring its guests’ comfort, enjoyment and safety. Passengers will benefit from eleven different cabin styles, modern spa and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor dining options, and a rapid Zodiac and helicopter deployment system that allows for safe and efficient movement on and off the ship.

Quark Expeditions Steel Cut for New Exploration Vessel in Croatia
Quark Expeditions  New Exploration Vessel Being Built In Croatia

The ship’s numerous innovations will also minimize its environmental footprint to an extent previously unseen for a vessel of comparable size, including a sophisticated water treatment system, state-of-the-art waste handling,  a leading-edge heat recovery system that recycles excess energy back into the ship, and the use of entirely recyclable materials to construct it. The dynamic positioning technology will also mean no need to anchor – avoiding damage to sensitive seabed ecosytems.
The new vessel will go on sale in Spring 2019, with the launch of it’s inaugural Antarctic 2020-2021 season.

“We are proud of our long list of firsts, like the first commercial passenger circumnavigation of Antarctica,” said White. “We designed this ship to keep adding to those firsts in what we consider the most breathtaking places on our planet. It is our combination of institutional knowledge and technological innovation that makes a design like this possible. The polar regions are both spectacular and unforgiving. Our new ship will take people there safely and comfortably while giving them experiences to cherish forever and allowing them to appreciate the purity and majesty of nature without disturbing it.”

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

P&O Cruise Oriana to Sail As the the Piano Land - Late 2019.


Oriana to Leave the P&O Fleet and Become the Piano Land
Rumors in the cruise industry are circulating that P&O Cruises Oriana will emerge in the Chinese market in late 2019 as the Piano Land.

P&O reported the sale of the 1995 built Oriana in June, 2018 and now details are emerging linking the ship to a new cruise company formed by a joint venture between the China Travel Service and COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping Corporation).

The Oriana will leave the P&O fleet shortly after her last cruise which ends on August 9, 2019.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Great Video of Scenic Cruises Luxury New Ship Under Construction.



Scenic Cruises Luxury Cruise Ship Eclipse under construction at Uljanik shipyard in Croatia. The Eclipse is expected to enter service in April 2019.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Viking Ocean Cruises Accepts Delivery of the Viking Jupiter From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard.


Newly Delivered Viking Jupiter Delivered From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard
Newly Delivered Viking Jupiter Delivered From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard

The Viking Jupiter, the sixth Viking Ocean Cruises newbuild, was delivered on February 7, 2019. The ship which was under construction at Fincantieri Shipyard located in Ancona, Italy, measures 47,000-tons and  has capacity for 930 guests.

The luxury-mid-sized ship is 6th ship in a series of 16 new ships ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises and expected to be delivered by 2027.

During its maiden season, Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and then Scandinavia. The ship will officially be named in Oslo, Norway on June 6 by her ceremonial godmother, Sissel Kyrkjebø, the acclaimed Norwegian soprano.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Ritz Carlton Reveas Suite Information For New Luxury Newbuild

Floor Plan - Owners Suite - Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Floor Plan - Owners Suite - Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is delighted to reveal industry defining accommodations at sea through thoughtfully designed, forward-thinking suites, which perfectly blend timeless elegance and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Created to feel like a private yacht, the vessel will uniquely feature one designer, resulting in a unified flow of design which is refined, relaxed and unlike any other accommodations at sea.
“The distinct design of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection places us in a new space within the industry where the vessel is a destination in and of itself,” stated Douglas Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “The design of our inaugural yacht and exceptional suites has been a collaborative effort and one that I am particularly excited about as we were able to envision and build a yacht from the ground up that will deliver an unparalleled guest experience.”

The interior design of the inaugural yacht was imagined by Tillberg Design of Sweden in collaboration with The Ritz-Carlton.

Each facet of luxury yachting was considered to promise a voyage which combines the lifestyle of the resorts of The-Ritz Carlton with the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Boasting a residential feel, the suites’ design inspiration includes the sleek and contemporary look of The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles, Miami Beach and Los Angeles, and offers a spacious setting, innovative marine qualities and some of the most design- forward yacht interiors in the world.

“A yacht evokes the feeling of freedom and the ability to go where you want in the world at your own pace. The inaugural yacht of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is designed to reflect this emotion by making guests feel as though they are onboard their own private yacht,” said Fredrik Johansson, Owner and Executive Project Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden.

“In addition to a casually elegant atmosphere in the suites, dining venues and open areas to relax, there will be plenty of little escapes and private corners of the yacht, really giving guests the ability to define their experience.”

Complementing the unprecedented itineraries and signature experiences of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the design of the yacht’s 149 suites is an integral aspect of what sets the vessel apart. In addition to offering a high percentage of large suites, the yacht will also feature several innovative loft suites, a unique two-story accommodation that is ideal for in-suite entertaining. All suites will feature a private terrace, floor to ceiling windows and great ceiling heights, resulting in some of the most airy and expansive guestrooms in the luxury cruise category.

Through a soundproof, blind wall, select suites also have the option to be combined into larger, open-concept spaces allowing for more flexibility when selecting accommodations. All suites feature the luxurious amenities that visitors would find at a Ritz-Carlton on land, including a king bed, double vanity bathroom, luxury linens and more. Perfectly marrying form and function, the light-filled accommodations will connect guests to the seas and harbors they are sailing.

The specially designed yacht measures 190-meters and can accommodate up to 298 passengers. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and legendary guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized. The yachts will also have one of the highest crew to guest ratios in luxury cruising, with almost one crew member for every guest. Each suite has access to a Personal Concierge, guests’ single onboard touch point there to ensure a flawless, seamless journey from beginning to end.

In addition to unparalleled accommodations, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will enjoy an all-inclusive luxury experience including onboard activities and entertainment, beverages, multiple dining venues, onboard gratuities, WiFi and watersports from the yacht’s marina. Signature experiences available for an additional fee include a culinary experience at the yacht’s specialty restaurant designed by three Michelin-starred Chef Sven Elverfeld of The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, spa treatments at the signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, and immersive excursions offered through The Shore Collection. Voyage prices vary based upon the itinerary and season.


Watch This Video of the Launch of Ritz-Carlton's Luxury Ship in October 2018 at Virgo Spain's Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard





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Friday, February 8, 2019

Port fo Tampa Fog Delays Ship's Arrival & Departure


Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas Delayed entering the port of Tampa Due to Fog
Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas On a Sunny, Clear Day.

On 2/4/2019 (This past Monday), The Port of Tampa Florida was temporarily closed due to dense fog. The fog was so thick that the fog caused Holland America's Rotterdam to remain pier side over night - Sunday into Monday and eventually departing mid-afternoon.

Meanwhile Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas remained idle outside the entrance to Tampa Bay awaiting the lifting of the fog and the departure of Holland America's Rotterdam. Sitting outside the port since 6:00 AM the Brilliance of the Seas was finally cleared to enter the port at 2:30 PM.

Arriving at the pier at about 4:30 PM, Royal Caribbean needed to disembark passengers, clean all the staterooms, load stores, onboard a full complement of cruise passengers and embark the entertainment and their equipment. This sailing of the Brilliance of the Seas cruise was marketed as a "Alternative Rock Cruise" featuring famous rock bands and entertainers.

The Brilliance of the Seas finally departed from Tampa at about 11:59 PM Monday evening.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Blue World Voyages Expecting a Summer 2019 Start Up.


Blue World Voyages Expects to Start Operations in the Summer 2019.

Blue World Voyages expects to start operations in the Summer of 2019. The heath, exercise and fitness start-up cruise line, is expected to have decks fully dedicated to wellness. The ship is also expected to offer extensive exercise programs, Spa treatments, healthy gourmet dining and adventurous shore excursions. The occupancy will be greatly reduced from 800 passengers to 350 and many staterooms will be converted into suites.

Based on artists rendering, it appears that the un-named ship will the fully renovated Crown Jewel - which last sailed as the Celestyal Nefeli for Celestyal Cruises.

Itineraries are expected to be announced soon - but Mediterranean cruises are expected to be a large part of Blue World Voyages Inaugural season.

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