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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. CELEBRATES KEEL LAYING OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RESOLUTION

Artists Rendering of Linblad Expeditions' National Geographic Resolution Keel Laying Ceremony
Artists Rendering of Linblad Expeditions' National Geographic Resolution Keel Laying Ceremony

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad’s second polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.   The occasion also served as the official naming ceremony of the vessel. 
 
National Geographic Resolution was named to honor Captain James Cook, the legendary explorer who was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle, and the first European to reach Hawaii.   While he captained several ships in his career, his favorite was the MS Resolution.  
Scheduled for delivery in Q4 2021, she is sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance which will make her inaugural voyage in April 2020.  The 126-guest Polar Class 5 National Geographic Resolution will feature Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into Polar Regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability, whether at zero speed or full steam ahead.
A highlight of the ceremony was the traditional laying of the commemorative silver coin, the Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar, struck in 1928 by the United States Bureau of the Mint in honor of the 150th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing in Hawaii.  The rare vintage coin is owned by Sven Lindblad and depicts Captain Cook on the obverse and a Hawaiian chieftain on the reverse.



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Antarctica21 Takes Delivery of the Luxury Expedition Ship Magellan Explorer.


Magellean Explorer Delivered to Antarctica21 in Chile
Antarctica21's Magellan Explorer Delivered By ASENAV Shipyard Chile

In mid-October 2019, the Magellan Explorer was delivered to Antarctic21. The 73-passenger ship will sail from Valdivia Chile, where she was built by ASENAV shipyard, to Punta Arenas at the end of the month. The Magellan Explorer will be officially named on November 8 in Punta Arenas Chile and will sail her maiden voyage to Antarctica November 28.


Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications.

For air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 73 passengers accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All other cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.



The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.


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Monday, November 11, 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Christens The Hanseatic Inspiration In Hamburg, Germany

Artists Rendering of Hapag-Lloyd's Latest Luxury Expedition Ship - Hanseatic Inspiration - Named in Hamburg Germany by Laura Dekkar
Artists Rendering of Hapag-Lloyd's Latest Luxury Expedition Ship - Hanseatic Inspiration - Named in Hamburg Germany

On October 11, 2019, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises christened their newest luxury expedition ship the Hanseatic Inspiration in Hamburg, Germany. Highlights of the event include:
  • The introduction of a class of expedition ship
  • Laura Dekker names the international ship from a pontoon
  • 230+ invited guests take to the water to watch spectacular 3D projection
  • Evening hosted by Ranga Yogeshwar
  • Live performance by two-time Echo winner Oonagh 
On the evening of 11 October 2019, the naming ceremony for the HANSEATIC inspiration, the second of three new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ships, was held in the port of Hamburg. Godmother Laura Dekker, the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed, released the mechanism for the traditional champagne bottle from a pontoon placed in the water for the occasion. Around 230 invited guests watched the naming ceremony of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ bi-lingual expedition ship from the Elbe River. The HANSEATIC inspiration was transformed into a ceremonial stage as eleven high-powered projectors put on a twelve-minute multimedia show on the outside of the ship that took the audience on a virtual cruise through the destinations its expeditions will visit. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar hosted the event. The new expedition class, made up of the HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit, is being financed by an investment from the parent TUI Group.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Small Ship Operator Blount Adventure Cruises Offers 2020 New England Island Cruises




Small Ship Cruise Line Blount Adventure Cruises is offering a New Itinerary in 2020. The cruises will feature stops at the islands of  New England. These small ship cruises offer more of an refined, educational cruises. These small ships allow you to become close with fellow passengers and provide passengers to go where the larger ships cannot. Small ship cruising differs greatly than larger ship cruises (no pool, no casino, single dining venues, etc) but offers the opportunity to explore by Kayak, expand your knowledge, speak 1x1 with guest lecturers, make close friends and explore remote ports.

New Itinerary for 2020
departing from NYC or Boston
7 Days/6 Nights
Choose from 5 Departure Dates
Boston to NYC
Jun 12; Aug 1 & 6
NYC to Boston
Jul 7 & 24
With a collection of picturesque islands dotting its rocky coast, New England cruising in unparalleled. Enjoy casual dress, fewer than 84 passengers, locally inspired New England cuisine and our relaxed BYOB policy!

Ports Visited:
  • New York, NY
  • Block Island, RI
  • Newport, RI
  • Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Plymouth, MA
  • Boston, MA

Waterways:
  • New York Harbor
  • Long Island Sound
  • Block Island Sound
  • Rhode Island Sound
  • Buzzards Bay
  • Cape Cod Canal
  • Boston Harbor
 For More information visit Blount Adventure Cruises.

 
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Windstar Announces 2021 Alaska Cruise Onboard The Extended Star Breeze.

Artists Rendering of the Extended Star Breeze - Scheduled to Sail in Alaska 2021
Artists Rendering of the Extended Star Breeze - Scheduled to Sail in Alaska 2021

Windstar Cruises announces its 2021 Alaska season today, offering nine different journeys from June through September on four unique itineraries, including a new seven-day option from Vancouver to Juneau and the reverse. Scenic Alaska will feature coastal wilderness cruising along the Canadian Inside Passage, as well as time in Alaska’s Misty Fjords plus Tracy or Endicott Arms, with stops in Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway (a first-time port for Windstar), and Juneau. Windstar also will offer far-reaching Cruise Tours for the comprehensive Alaska experience combining coastal cruises with overland explorations to Denali and Fairbanks in 2021.

“We achieved the highest guest ratings in the company’s history during our second season in Alaska in 2019, proving that Windstar is the absolute best way to experience the majesty of Alaska,” says John Delaney, President of Windstar Cruises. “I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sail for a few days during our Alaska season and was able to visit the small native community of the Inian Islands and to kayak deep up in Tracy Arm –it was an incredible experience that is truly a life-changing adventure. Our 2019 season sold out quickly, and we encourage people to book early for 2021,” he added.

While Windstar’s popular 11 (and more)-day itineraries in Alaska allow plenty of time for scenic cruising and in-depth exploration, Windstar’s new seven-day cruise is in response to guest demand for shorter options to explore Alaska in an immersive way. Guests will see something spectacular every day, with no days spent “at sea,” allowing them to get the most out of their Alaskan cruise in a shorter amount of time.

With new Alaska itineraries and ports comes the opportunity for new shore excursions and experiences, including exclusive offerings as part of the line’s innovative Signature Expeditions
program, where a team of six experts are on board sharing the history of the region, cultural tales, scientific discoveries, and insider knowledge.

New 2021 Signature Expeditions include Zodiac cruises and kayaking in Icy Bay, a remote fjord near Prince William Sound that’s part of the Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness. In Barry Arm, three glaciers flow from the Chugach Mountains into the fjord, making the area magnificently picturesque. The location is perfect for Zodiac cruises and kayaking with Windstar’s Expedition Team because the area is relatively ice free with smooth waters.

New 2021 shore excursions include experiences like taking the vintage White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge train from Skagway through a panorama of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, tunnels, and historic sites, or embarking on a Glacier Point wilderness safari, including catamaran cruising along ice-scoured fjords, hiking through dense rain-forest, and paddling a canoe on a mountain lake to the stunning face of an ice wall.

In addition to unique itineraries and excursions, Windstar also excels at bringing Alaska’s local bounty on board for guests to enjoy with their chefs’ focus on sourcing local ingredients, which will continue in 2021. These tasty items include seasonal huckleberries, reindeer and venison sausage, birch syrup, and of course seafood like King and Sockeye Salmon, Pacific Ling Cod, and King Crab.

All 2021 Windstar Alaska sailings will take place aboard the re-imagined 312-passenger Star Breeze, with 50 new suites, two new restaurants, an enhanced spa and fitness center, and more. Rates for 2021 Alaska sailings and cruise tours start at $2,999 per guest.

 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Costa Cruises' Costa Smeralda Undergoes Sea Trials

Costa Cruises' New Costa Smeralda departs Meyer Wefrt Turku Finland on Sea Trials
Costa Cruises' New Costa Smeralda departs Meyer Wefrt Turku Finland on Sea Trials

On October 6th - The new Costa Smeralda has departed the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Turku Finland for sea trials. The first Costa Excel class ship, the Costa Smeralda is LNG powered can accommodate  5,224-guests. The Costa Smeralda is estimated to cost in excess of $950 million to construct.

The Costa Smeralda’s maiden voyage will depart from Savona, Italy on November 30, 2019. This date is revised from the original delivery date, due to the complexity of  some of the ship's features. The shipyard sited vendor dependencies and the complexity of the stage sound systems and lighting as the root cause of the delays. ( Just off the Presses - the maiden voyage and delivery of the ship has been pushed out a second time - with the maiden voyage now expected to be December 21, 2019).

The Costa Smeralda will sail every Saturday from Savona on 7 Day itineraries. Ports of Calls will include stops in La Spezia, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Civitavecchia.

 
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Princess Cruises Regal Princess Closes Out Princess' 2019 New England / Canada Season

Princess Cruises' Regal Princess Closes Out 2019 New England / Canada Cruise Season - Sky Princess to Return in 2020
Princess Cruises' Regal Princess Closes Out 2019 New England / Canada Cruise Season

Princess Cruises' Regal Princess closed out Princess Cruises' 2019 New England Canada Season. On Thursday 10/31/2019, the Regal Princess departed Brooklyn at 5:01 PM headed to the Southern Caribbean for 10 days of warmth and sunshine. The cruise will end in Fort Lauderdale, where the Regal Princess will spend the winter sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Princess Cruises is expected to return to New York City in the late summer / fall of  2020 utilizing their brand new Sky Princess and the popular Caribbean Princess.


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Windstar Cruises Star Breeze Being Lenghened - Watch the Video and See the Latest Photo




October 17, 2019It’s only appropriate that the culture that gave birth to the Renaissance is where Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begin the process of inserting a new 84-foot mid-section(25.6meters)that will help evolve and transform the Windstar  experience. 

The first Windstar ship to emerge from this transformation, Star Breeze, will sail from Barcelona to Lisbon on February 20, 2020, and celebrate re-inaugural activities in North America at the Port of Miami on March 19, 2020. While many a ship has been “stretched,” as it is referred to in the cruise industry, the complexity and significant undertaking with Star Breeze(and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride in 2020) is not just cosmetic or experience-based. It also involves removing and replacing the engines to ensure a cleaner,
more environmentally-friendly operation as the ships sail through some of the world’s most beautiful waters and call at small, enchanting ports for decades to come. 

The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising,and we are very proud to be working with Fincantieri, the leader in major cruise ship renovations,stated Windstar Cruises President John Delaney.The slightly larger ships and new enhancements will significantly build upon the signature onboard environment Windstar is famous for. The social and friendly public spaces on the ships create a welcome chemistry with guests and the crew.This is the first of three new mid-ship sections to be constructed and inserted as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, which is committed to the expansion and transformation of the cruise line’s three Star-class vessels.

In addition to the all-important propulsion  system and “back-of-house” investment, what guests will welcome most are the two new restaurants including the eclectic, Spanish-styled Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso and a modern, alfresco Star Grill by Steven Raichlen capitalizing on the ships’ increase in deck space. That additional space also translates into anew pool and whirlpool on the upper deck, are-imagined, world-class spa and fitness center, a new retail shop, and more.In addition, every bathroom on the ship with be re-built and fitted to modern luxury standards.  

Star Breeze Windstar Cruises stretched at Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard
Lengthened Star Breeze In the Drydock at Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard

The new 84-foot (25.6meters) mid-section will also welcome most of the 50 new suites. With the new section, Star Breeze will now be able to accommodate 312 passengers (previously the ship accommodated 212 guests). The expanded ship will also allow for more crew and maintain the enviable 1.5-to-1 guest-to-service staff ratio. 

Vice President of Fleet Operations for Windstar Christopher Prelog said,“This is a momentous undertaking for Windstar and a major milestone. Thanks to our partners at Fincantieri,we are literally witnessing the evolution of a cruise line. 

Star Breeze and her sister ships have always been coveted for their beauty, pleasing lines,and cozy yet seemingly spacious environments.The significant investment and the transformation of these ships will be stunning,and we are all eagerfor our guests to experience the renaissance of Windstar Cruises.

Vice President Ship Repair and Conversion of the Fincantieri Services Division Andrew Toso stated,Today is a big day. A proud day. A day of amazing accomplishment by Windstar, Fincantieri,and our shipyard in Palermo.Cutting Star Breeze in two,inserting a new section, replacing the main engines and diesel generators is evidence of our ability in these kinds of highly sophisticated and complex operations, which require engineering and design skills, as well as project management competence that represent the state-of-the-art in the industry.

Windstar is transforming three of its Star-class ships Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Prideand renovating each ship in succession at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Work will be complete in late 2020.The second ship to undergo the transformation, Star Legend,will debut in Barcelona on July 2, 2020. The third and final ship, Star Pride, will be complete with the departure of Star Pride from the shipyard in fall of 2020, with her first cruise sailing from Barcelona on November 20, 2020


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Friday, November 1, 2019

Cruise Ships Speed Toward New York Ahead of the Storm


Celebrity Silhouette, AIDAdiva, Silver Whisper and Silver Quest Speed to New York ahead of the storm
SilverSea Cruises Silver Whisper one of the ships speeding to New York ahead of the storm

Late Thursday, the New York Metropolitan Area encountered unusually strong winds and rainy weather.  The winds were expected to gust in excess of 50 miles per hour. With this said, cruise ships expected to be in New York on Friday sped toward New York to get in ahead of the storm.

At 5:01 PM - Princess Cruises' Regal Princess left Brooklyn enroute to St. Maarten trying to leave ahead of the storm. 40 Minutes later the Silver Whisper of Silversea Cruises took the berth in Brooklyn previously occupied by the Regal Princess.

At 8:30 PM, AIDA Cruises AIDAdiva just passed under the Veranzaro Narrow Bridge heading to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal - Docking at 9:40 PM.

Seabourn Cruises Seabourn Quest is heading to New York and expected to dock at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal by 3:00 AM on Friday morning.

Als in port is Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette which arrived Thursday morning (as scheduled) at 8:00 AM and will remain in port until 2:00 AM Friday at which time she will sail northward to New England and Canada.


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