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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Silversea Cruises Floats Out Their First Expedition Cruise Ship Silver Origin.

Silversea Cruises Silver Origin Floated out at De Hoop Shipyard in the Netherlands
Silversea Cruises Silver Origin Floated out at De Hoop Shipyard in the Netherlands


Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship—Silver Origin—has floated out of the De Hoop shipyard in Lobith, the Netherlands. The all-suite, 100-guest ship touched water for the first time on December 30, 2019, and Silversea has commenced the countdown for the vessel’s inaugural season. When Silver Origin welcomes travelers in the Galapagos Islands from July 18, 2020, she will be the most elegant ship to ever sail the region..

"This is an important milestone for our cruise line; it takes us one step closer to strengthening our industry-leading offering in the Galapagos further still,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO. “When Silver Origin welcomes guests in July 2020, the ship will be the most elegant vessel to ever sail in the Galapagos region. While completing the final stages of Silver Origin's construction, ensuring that the ship surpasses Silversea’s trademark level of comfort, we are also readying our Expedition Team, who will deliver an enriching and memorable expedition experience for our guests."


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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Count Down To Celebrity Cruises' Newest Edge Class Ship - Celebrity Apex Has Begun.


Arrival of Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Apex is 64 Days Away. currently under construction at France's Chantier de'l Atlantique
Arrival of Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Apex is 64 Days Away.

Currently under construction at  French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the Celebrity Apex is the second ship in Celebrity Cruises highly anticipated Edge® series. With an innovative outward-facing design and visionary spaces that stand apart from anything else at sea (with the exception of her equally stunning sister, Celebrity Edge®, of course), Celebrity Apex will revolutionize the way you experience the world. Discover the unparalleled luxury of The Retreat®, exclusively for all suite guests. Unwind in transformational accommodations that blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. Soar above the sea on the Magic Carpet. Surrender to the carefree pleasures of the Rooftop Garden. And embark on a culinary journey through an unrivaled collection of restaurants, bars, and lounges. Celebrity Apex will sail the sparkling Mediterranean from Southampton, beginning in April 2020, and the sun-soaked Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale, beginning in November 2020.


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Holland America Cancelled Nieuw Amsterdam's Cruise Due to Azipod Issue.

Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam Cancels February 1st Cruise For Azipod Repairs s
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam Cancels February 1st Cruise For Azipod Repairss



The Holland America has announced that the Nieuw Amsterdam is encountering propulsion issues. As a result, Holland America will need to take the ship out of service on February 1st 2020. The Nieuw Amsterdam was expected to sail on a 7 Day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas).

The Nieuw Amsterdam will head to the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas where the  azipod propulsion issues be corrected.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Ship Trivia - What Was Unique About the Celebrity Edge's Naming / Christening.


Celebrity Edge Naming Ceremony with Royal Caribbean Leadership, the Captain and the Ship's Godmother Malala Yousafzai
Celebrity Edge Naming Ceremony with Royal Caribbean Leadership, the Captain and the Ship's Godmother Malala Yousafzai


On December 4, 2019, a powerful and emotional naming ceremony on board the Celebrity Edge—Celebrity Cruises' first new ship in more than half a decade and the first in an entirely new ship series in 13 years the official naming of the Celebrity Edge occurred.

In the presence of Captain Costas Nestoroudis, and the ship's godmother, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, the Celebrity Edge was christened with a giant bottle of WATER. Forgoing the traditional Champagne, Celebrity Cruises launched its newest ship by smashing a custom-made 18-liter bottle of Badoit across the ship's Parabolic Ultra Bow—a break from tradition that, perhaps, symbolizes a shift in how the Edge will innovate and evolve the cruise experience moving forward.

 With 1,467 staterooms hosting more than 3,000 guests at a time, the Celebrity Edge features an outwardly-focused ship design that enhances the at-sea experience. This includes the addition of the 'Infinite Veranda,' stateroom balconies that blend seamlessly with living quarters—making rooms approximately 26 percent larger—and which feature an open-able motorized floor-to-ceiling window.



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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Windstar Cruises Canceling 20 Sailing Due to Abbestos Found on Star Breeze.


Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze Lengthening, Major Renovations and Engine Replacement in Italy  Star Pride Star Legend
Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze Lengthening, Major Renovations and Engine Replacement in Italy

Windstar Cruises is canceling 20 sailings on Star Breeze, Star Pride and Star Legend due to construction delays that follow the discovery of asbestos during the ships' renovation.

The asbestos was NOT found in passenger areas and was found in the machinery area. The presence of asbestos was discovered during the removal and replacement of the ship's engines. Winstar is taking every precaution and is having the asbestos removed in an environmentally friendly manner.

Removal of the material will delay Star Breeze's refit, re-engineering and lengthening scheduled for completion on February 14, 2020 to May 4, 2020. On May 4th, the Star Breeze  will begin sailing in Latin America and the US West Coast.

The delay will have a trickle effect which will also impact the schedules for Star Legend and Star Pride, which will now complete their transformations on August 30, and November 29, 2020, respectively.

The canceled itineraries include Latin America, Alaska, Europe and transatlantic sailings.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Virgin Voyages Announces the Name for Their 2021 New Ship.

Artists Rending of Virgin Voyages' Valiant Lady - Coming in 2021.


Virgin Voyages has announced the name for ther new ship expected in 2021. The name chosen for the new ship is the Valiant Lady. She is expected to sail from Barcelona to Mediterranean port Mediterranean upon her 2021 delivery. The ship will offere 3 distint itineraries, including stops listed below:
 
The three main itineraries are as follows: 
  • Itinerary 1 stops in Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Marseille and Olbia
  • Itinerary 2 stops in Ibiza, Toulon, Ajaccio, Marina di Carrara and Cagliari
  • Itinerary 3 stops in Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the British port of Gibraltar
 These 2021 sailing are currently available for booking.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sea Cloud Cruises Opens Firm Bookings for the Sea Cloud Spirit - Early Booking Discount Extended until January 31

Sea Cloud Cruises - NEW Cloud Spirit Open for Bookings Now - Early Discounts
Sea Cloud Cruises - NEW Cloud Spirit Open for Bookings Now


It is official, Sea Cloud Cruises will be taking firm bookings for the new Sea Cloud Spirit. Following careful inspection of the current status of the new build, the cruise company is convinced that “the Sea Cloud Spirit will be delivered on time,” announced CEO Daniel Schäfer. On August 29, 2020 the 452.7 feet (138 meter) long new ship will start its maiden voyage from Lisbon to Rome/Civitavecchia (Italy). Sea Cloud Cruises has extended the deadline until January 31, 2020 for the early booking discount for all voyages on the Sea Cloud Spirit.

Building upscale yachts today can be compared to building modern airplanes. “This was the case with building our new windjammer the Sea Cloud Spirit, where the highest standards applied in both comfort and sustainability,” noted Schäfer. The three-masted yacht will hold 136 guests, and is the first new built for the line since the Sea Cloud II in 2001. In the building process there is always the risk of delays. “In the interest of our guests, we wanted to be sure she would be delivered on time before starting official bookings,” mentioned Schäfer.

Since 1979, Sea Cloud Cruises has been one of the world’s top names in cruises. The Sea Cloud, celebrates her 90th birthday in 2021, and its younger sister Sea Cloud II, regularly appear with five stars each in the Berlitz Cruise Guide’s list and ranks under the best five cruise ships in the world.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Virgin Voyages' New Ship Scarlet Lady - Completes Sea Trials.

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady Completes Sea Trials and Is being Prepared for Delivery. Scheduled for an March - April Maiden Voyage
Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady Completes Sea Trials and Is being Prepared for Delivery.

Virgin Voyages' first ship, the Scarlet Lady successfully completed her sea trials. The trials, which started from the Fincantier-Sestri Ponente shipyard, occurred in 2 phases. Test began on November 15th to the 18th 2019 and a second test  from November 20th to the 30th 2019.

The Scarlet Lady passed the trials and performed beautifully according to sources.The first official voyage for the Scarlet Lady  is scheduled for March 26, 2020. A 3 night cruise sailing from Miami - visiting Bimini in the Bahamas.


As Virgin Voyages first ship prepares for the Scarlet Lady's Maiden Voyage, the brand announces their second ship, Valiant Lady. Debuting in May 2021, Valiant Lady will have a home port of Barcelona, Spain and will sail 7-night Mediterranean itineraries. Bookings for the three unique itineraries, that all offer overnight and late-night stops across some of the hottest destinations in France, Italy and Spain, opened December 19, 2019.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Marco Polo 2021 110 Day Asia Cruise Replaced With Amazon, Northern Europe and More

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Replaces Marco Polo Asia / Hing Kong Grand Voyage With Northern Europe, Amazon and Caribbean Itineraries
Cruise & Maritime Voyages Replaces Marco Polo Asia / Hing Kong Grand Voyage With Northern Europe, Amazon and Caribbean Itineraries

Cruise and Maritime Voyages has decided to replace the January 2021,  Hong Kong / Asia itineraries of the Marco Polo with itineraries in along the Amazon, Norway, Iceland,  Cape Verde Islands, the Azores and the Caribbean.

The change in itinerary is a direct result of a drop in bookings for the 110 day cruise triggered by the   unrest in Hong Kong and travelers concerns.


CMV is replacing Marco Polo’s planned UK round-trip Asia programme with a new longer Amazon cruise and winter sailings to Norway and Iceland.

Marco Polo will now sail a 42-night cruise to the Amazon departing from Bristol Avonmouth  January 5, 2021, or passengers can stay on board for an extra two nights and disembark at London Tilbury. The itinerary also visits Cape Verde and the Azores plus the Caribbean.

Other new cruises for Marco Polo include northern Norway in February and March 2021. Another alternative, to search for the northern lights, is a 12-night March sailing from Tilbury to Iceland staying overnight in Reykjavik and visiting the Faroe, Orkney and Shetland islands.


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