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Friday, July 13, 2012

Luxury Cruise Operator Silversea Purchases Galapagos Explorer II

Galapagos Explorer II to become part of the Silversea Fleet.
Galapagos Explorer II to become part of the Silversea Fleet.
The Silversea Group announced that it has purchased Canodros S.A., the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands, and their upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos Explorer II

Silversea plans to add Galapagos Explorer II to its ultra-luxury fleet of six ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013 and is given a new name, steps that will ensure consistency with the standards of the Silversea fleet.
 
Until that time, Galapagos Explorer II will continue on its planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Canodros will also continue handling reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing through its established network of travel companies and tour operators.
 
The acquisition will enable the award-winning cruise company chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre to expand the Silversea Expeditions brand. Its existing expedition ship, Silver Explorer, is regularly deployed in the polar regions, and the addition of a second vessel, offering year-round unique luxury expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago, means Silversea will have the opportunity to offer the adventure traveler a broader portfolio of itineraries, encompassing some of the world's most desired and least explored regions.
 
The 4077-ton Galapagos Explorer II offers the stylish elegance of a mega-yacht, attentive onboard service and an enriching naturalist education program. All of its 50 spacious suites feature ocean views and 24 include private balconies. Public spaces include a restaurant, piano bar, library and Internet station, main lounge, outdoor bar, two outdoor whirlpools, and a marine observation deck.
 
Guests sailing aboard Galapagos Explorer II will continue to enjoy the same exciting itineraries, luxury accommodations, shipboard amenities, informative lectures and sustainable tourism for which Canodros is known.
 
Potential guests and travel agents interested in booking a Galapagos Explorer II voyage should visit www.galapagosexplorer.com for more information.
 
Guests currently booked on Galapagos Explorer II, and travel agents or tour operators with clients booked on the ship, should continue to liaise through their normal channels with Canodros for any needed assistance with their reservation.  
 
In the coming months, Silversea will announce more details concerning plans for the ship after it is renovated and renamed.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

E-Ship 1 - Cargo Ship - New Design and Enegry Efficient.

e-Ship 1 - Fuel Efficient Enercon Ship
e-Ship 1 - Fuel Efficient Enercon Ship
The E-Ship 1 is a RoLo cargo ship that made its first voyage in August 2010. The ship is owned by the third-largest wind turbine manufacturer, Germany's Enercon GmbH.

The E-Ship 1 is used to transport wind turbine components. The E-Ship 1 is a Flettner ship: with  four large rotorsails that rise from its deck. The rotorsails are rotated via a mechanical linkage to the ship's propellers. The sails, or Flettner rotors, aid the ship's propulsion by means of the Magnus effect — the perpendicular force that is exerted on a spinning body moving through a fluid stream. Reports say that the Flettner rotors help the ship in saving fuel consumption up to 30-40%. at 16 knots.

 Flettner rotors, were first  developed in the 1920s by German engineer Anton Flettner.

The ship also has conventional diesel engines as well. The Exhaust Gas from the diesels is used also in process to generate additional energy.

The 4 Tower design allow for cargo to be easily loaded and off-loaded from the ships, interfering significantly less than sails. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Louis Cruise Lines' Emerald Sold for Scrap

Emerald of Louis Cruise Lines - Reportedly Sold for Scrap
Emerald of Louis Cruise Lines - Reportedly Sold for Scrap

Initially reported sold to South Korean buyers, Louis Cruise Lines has now reported that the 54-year-old Emerald has been sold for scrap in June for  $5 Million dollars.

This is the second cruise ship that Louis Cruise Line has sold in the last three months. The Sapphire was recently sold for scrap as well. The line is actively reducing the older tonnage of the fleet. Currently Louis Cruise Line has 7 ships.

Although the Emerald did go though a total rennovation in the last 10 years, her fuel hungry  steam turbine-powered engines have made it hard for her to find suitable active service.
The Emerald was originally bult as the Santa Rosa for Grace Lines.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AbourMeri Cruises to Start Cruises From Lebanon with Orient Queen II

AbouMehri  Cruises has announced they will resume cruising with a different ship - the Orient Queen II.
AbourMeri Cruises to Start Cruises From Lebanon with Orient Queen II
AbourMeri Cruises to Start Cruises From Lebanon with Orient Queen II

Ths photo on the cruise line website appears to be the Vistamar which was previously operated by German Tour Operator Plantours.

The Orient Queen will operate 7-day cruises from  Beruit Lebanon to Limassol Cyprus, Rhodes Greece, Mykonos Greece, Bodrum Turkey, Marmaris Turkey.

No dates are listed on the website at the time this artilce was written.

It sill be interesting to see if consumers are confused because the AbourMehri Cruise's first ship - the Orient Queen is now sailing as the Orient Queen for Louis Cruise Lines.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

CPTM Contemplates New Ship

Aranui 3 - Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime - CPTM
Aranui 3 - Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime - CPTM Current Ship
The Financial Times has revealed that Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM) is considering building a larger passenger freighter, Tentatively the ship is to be named Aranui 5 but no other details are available at this time.

The current ship operated by CPTM is relatively new - the Aranui 3 and operates throughout Polynesia. 

Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM) is operated by the Wong Family and Chinese tradition states that 4 is an unlucky number so that is the reason the naming convention is skipping a generation.

More info will be shared as details are revealed.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Training Ship State of Maine Runs Manovers Off of New York

On 6/27/2012, the Maine Maritime Academy training ship was heading straight for New York and then made a u-turn and headed out along Long Island Sound. The ship was most likely running training manauvers off the New Jersey and New York Coast.

I would have loved to see the ship come onto New York.

Maine Maritime Academy Training Ship - State of Maine Runs Maneuvers Off New York/New Jersey
Maine Maritime Academy Training Ship - State of Maine Runs Maneuvers Off New York/New Jersey - Photo Courtesy of AIS Vessel Tracking
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Friday, July 6, 2012

QE2 To Become Hotel In Saudi Arabia.

Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to Open as Hotel in 2013
Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to Open as Hotel in 2013
For the last three years Cunard's famous Queen Elizabeth 2 has been languishing in Dubai's Port of Rashid, Queen Elizabeth 2's.

After having to put their original conversion plans on hold for the QE2,  Dubai Ports (DP) World and the ship's current owners, Istithmar World,  announced the ship will be turned into a 300-room floating hotel, retaining most of her original fittings and layout. 


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70,327-ton, 1,791-passenger vessel will remain docked next to the original cruise terminal at Port Rashid. The cruise terminal is being developed into an attraction for arriving/departing cruise passenger featuring a maritime museum.

QE2 served as part of Cunard's fleet from 1969 until its retirement in 2008. In 2007, the QE2 was sold to
Istithmar World, (the investment arm of state-run Dubai World) for $100 million. Original plans called for a massive redesign and upgrade of the vessel, into a modern, floating high-end resort. Due to the world ecpnomic issues the grander plans have been put on hold for a more conservative approach.


Current owners state that the ship has a strong following and many prospective patrons would like to experience the ship as she was originally designed.

The QE2 Hotel is expected to be open in about 18 months. 


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

ISP charters Sea Spirit to Oceanwide Expeditions

Sea Spirit - International Shipping Partners - Charter to Oceanwide Expeditions
Sea Spirit - International Shipping Partners - Charter to Oceanwide Expeditions
International Shipping Partners arranged a summer charter of Sea Spirit to Oceanwide Expeditions of the Netherlands.

The 120-passenger vessel is en route from South America to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, where it will begin cruises to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland on July 10.

Afterward, Sea Spirit will go back on charter to Quark Expeditions for the 2012/13 Antarctica season.
Built in 1991 as Renaissance Five, the 4,200gt vessel has sailed as Sun Viva and MegaStar Sagittarius.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Explorer of the Seas Encounters Rough Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas Encounters Rough Seas
Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas Encounters Rough Seas
On June 29th, while heading back to New York, the Explorer of the Seas encountered rough seas and strong winds off the coast of New Jersey. The Explorer of the Seas was heading back to Cape Liberty, NJ after 8-days in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Guests were awakened at 3:30 AM, when the ship began to pitch and roll.  Hangers we jiggling in the closets and doors were opening and closing. At 4:30 AM the captain made an announcement advising guests that the ship was encountering rough seas and strong winds. He also advised guests that they should remain inside and not venture out on deck. The Captain further ensured guest that they were not in danger.

A number of severe storms, including strong winds, hail, heavy rain and lightening passed over New Jersey on Friday. The storms were triggered by the extreme heat that the area has been experiencing.

The Explorer of the Seas docked in Bayonne as planned on Saturday morning with no damage or injuries reported.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Great America Steamboat Company to Become American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen - American Queen Steamboat Company Previously Great American Steamboat Company
American Queen - American Queen Steamboat Company
Following the lead of the legendary steamboat company Greene Line Steamers who renamed their company Delta Queen Steamboat Company after their most famous boat, the immortal Delta Queen. Yesterday (7/1), the Great American Steamboat Company became the American Queen Steamboat Company in honor of our wildly-popular lady, the American Queen.

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