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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Virgin Cruise Lines?


Rumors are circulating that Richard Branson is in discussions with Dubai investors to start a new cruise line. To be branded Virgin Cruise Lines, the operation is to be based in Florida and expected to operate in the Caribbean.

Branson held earlier discussions with Royal Caribbean about joining forces and re-branding some of their existing ships. That deal seems to have fallen through.

The word on the street is that Branson is seeking 1.7 billion dollar investment to construct two, new mega ships for the United States market. The plans are reportedly in the early stages with the new ships expected to be in operation in 2019.

More to come.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Following the United States Theme for Last Week.....

Following the SS United States theme from last week, I found this blog article that shows redesign plans for Pier 40 in Manhattan for use by NYU. Although the plan basically knocks down the existing structure, there is a ship in the artist's proposal which bears a stiking resemblence to the SS United States tied to the exterior of the pier. There is no mention of the SS United States but states  "an obsolete ocean liner would also be incorporated into the scheme" (for Pier 40),


To view the blog and see the artist rendition SS United States as part of Pier 40 Complex

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

S/S United States Week - Celebrating the Great Liner and Its Preservation - Part 5

The final Video featured in celebrating the S/S United States (of United States Lines).  This is the longer SS United Stated Conservancy Video. It is about 14 minutes but well worth the time.


Using a Mobile Device -> Click here to Watch the SS United States - Made in America

Want to help preserve the SS United States? Here's how.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

S/S United States Week - Celebrating the Great Liner and Its Preservation - 4

SS United States Conservancy video celebrating the birth and heyday of United States Line's S/S United States.



Using a Mobile Devics? - Click here to See the Conservancy Video on the History of SS United States

To learn more on how you can help -visit the SS United States Conservancy.

Come back Tomorrow for part 5.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

S/S United States Week - Celebrating the Great Liner and Its Preservation - Part 3

CBS Sunday - Another great SS United States video - this one is short - under 3 minutes - but a good view.


Click here to See the CBS Sunday SS United States Video

To learn more on how you can help -visit the SS United States Conservancy.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

S/S United States Week - Celebrating the Great Liner and Its Preservation - Part 2

The Link below will take you a special segment on Saving The SS United States - from the CBS Sunday Morning show from 2-17-13.

 The video is very enjoyable. Covering history on the ship William Francis Gibbs (the ship's architect) the current state and more.

 Using a Mobile Device? -> Click here to See the CBS Sunday Morning SS United States Video

To learn more on how you can help -visit the SS United States Conservancy

Com back tomorrow to view Part  3 of the S/S United States week

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

S/S United States Week - Celebrating the Great Liner and Its Preservation - Part 1

This entertaining video is a promotion video for the S/S United States. Although the quality of the video is not the best, it is still a good watch.  It is the first part of a 4 part video series. If you watch this video on YouTube it will pay the videos one after another.


Using a Mobile Device - Use this link to view the SS United States Promotional Video

Come back tomorrow to view another S/S United States Video.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

United States Lines - S/S United States Revisited

SS United States - Postcard showing the ship in happier days.
This past weekend I found myself traveling through Philadelphia. Since I was in the vicinity, I had to stop and see the S/S United States.

As you come across the Walt Whitman Bridge from New Jersey entering into Philly, the great funnels of the liner quickly come into view.

The ship is truly amazing. This is the 3rd time I have seen the United States. Once going to Norfolk, just before she left for Turkey to have the asbestos removed (eventually having the asbestos removed in Sevestopol, Ukraine), and then twice in Philadelphia.

Although you cannot get on-board or close to the ship, you need to shoot photos over the fence or from the water to get good shots. Decent views are available from the shopping center across the street as well.

Having been laid up since 1969, the exterior of the ship is well in need of a long overdue sandblasting, painting and loving care but it is incredibly impressive and nothing like any of the cruise ships today. The majority of the interior has been stripped to the bulkheads. The bare interior provides flexibility for investors with deep pockets, to design the interior of their choice, . The sleek lines and greater than life dimensions of the ship give her the impression of being larger than she really is. Structurally she still looks sound and strong.

The ship is currently owned by the SS United States Conservancy who is seeking to find a developer and hopefully a permanent home for the ship

I am going to dedicate this week's daily blog to the S/S United States and her preservation. Over the next week days, Nick's Cruise Corner will be feature videos from various sources on the SS United States. Be sure to stop by daily.

If you are interested in learning how you can help preserve this great piece of American History, please visit the SS United States Conservancy site.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Interesting Find - Original Plans Proposed for the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai

Found this interesting artists rendering of the modifications proposed to the Queen Elizabeth 2 - when she was scheduled to be part of the Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in 2008. The plans included removing her funnel and using it as part of the grand entry to the ship. The space where her funnel was located, would be replaced with penthouses, only after her engines were removed and her engine room re-purposed to create more cabins and entertainment venues.

The global financial crisis shelved all of these plans.

 Shelved, Proposed Plans for the QE2 as part of the Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in 2008
 Shelved, Proposed Plans for the QE2 as part of the Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in 2008

New plans for the QE2 include full internal remodeling in China and becoming a Far East Hotel and Entertainment Center keeping most of her external appearance in place as well as her engines.

Photo from:  http://www.savetheqe2.info

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Following Yesterday's Theme - Another Great Video Find on German Atlantic's TS Hamburg

Following Yesterday's Theme - Another Great Video Find on German Atlantic's TS Hamburg.

This slide show has some really great photo of the life of the TS Hamburg - from her construction through her unfortuante end on the beach at Alang.

 Well worth the watch.



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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cool Video in German - Remembering German Atlantic Line's Hamburg

This is a great video (in German) that recounts the maiden voyage of  German Atlantic Line's Hamburg.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Hull Art and Itinerary For the New Norwegian Escape

Hull Art on Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Escape


Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Guy Harvey, widely recognized as the world’s finest marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, has been named to design the signature hull artwork of the line’s largest ship to date, Norwegian Escape, scheduled to debut in October 2015. Norwegian’s newest ship is Harvey’s largest canvas to date, at 1065 feet in length, with his artwork spanning from the hull to the aft featuring two undersea scenes that blend seamlessly.

Harvey combines his unique artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, to create marine wildlife art with an unmatched authenticity and visual appeal.
“The larger than life paintings of popular but endangered marine creatures in the Caribbean will heighten public awareness about marine life. The large scale mural demonstrates the concern and respect that Norwegian and I have for the marine environment through which this ship will travel over the years.”

Norwegian’s newest and largest ship to date, at approximately 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths, Norwegian Escape will join the fleet in October 2015. Beginning November 14, 2015, Norwegian Escape will offer seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailings from her year-round home port of Miami cruising to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship will boast all of exciting and innovative features found on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, plus a number of new spaces and interactive experiences that are yet to be announced.

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Sneak Peek Into the Interiors of P&O Cruise New Britannia

This video shows the stylish/sleek interiors of P&O Cruises New Britannia. Currently under construction in Italy.

The design seems to combine the sophistication of Celebrity Cruises New builds, Norwegian Cruise Line's atrium and Chandelier and the balconies over the main lounge on the Queen Mary2.

This is an older video, produced prior to the new exterior color scheme.

The Britannia is expected to debut in the Spring of 2015.


Watch this video on the sleek and stylish interiors of P&Os New Britannia

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Continuing the Same Theme - Here are some Great Interior Photos of the SS France

This slow moving video has some great interior photos of French Line's SS France.

Although a bit uneventful - this video actually does have some really nice photos of the modern interior of ship. Must see photos are the pool area, the gym and some great behind the scenes shots of the kitchen and other areas not open to the public.

Enjoy!



See the interiors of the great French ocean liner SS France


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Absolutely Great Video - Maiden Arrival of S.S. France in NYC

Maiden arrival of French Line's France in NYC - February, 1962.

Great historical footage.

A must see video for the ship enthusiast. - Source Shipgeek.com




Relive the maiden arrival of French Line's SS France in New York City, 1962


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Friday, March 7, 2014

P&O Cruises Arcadia Under-Goes Refit in Germany

I found this video on the refit of P&O's Arcadia in Bremenhaven, Germany quite interesting I hope you enjoy it!





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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Lengthening of Fred Olsen's Balmoral

Watch this interesting video on the lengthening of Fred Olsen's Balmoral. It is well worth the watch!





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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mercy Ships To Build New Floating Hospital at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard

Mercy Ships New Floating Hospital - Delivery 2015
Mercy Ships New Floating Hospital - Delivery 2015
Mercy Ships has announced that it has reached an agreement with Asian and European shipbuilding firms to purpose-build a new 36,600-GRT hospital ship for Mercy Ships. Contracts were signed between Mr. Dong Qiang, VP of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), and Donald K. Stephens, President/ Founder of Mercy Ships, together with Jim Paterson, Senior VP of Mercy Ships Marine Operations.

The vessel will be built at the group’s Tianjin Xingang Shipyard where the shipyard’s Chairman, Mr. Gao Xuehu, and President, Mr. Hu Xiang, expressed excitement to be working on this unique project.
This project will make this vessel the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, and delivery is being planned for July 2017," stated Mr. Gao Xuehu, Chairman of Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, Ltd.

The 174-meter hospital ship will be designed by the Finnish firm Deltamarin. Stena RoRo will manage the actual project construction under the leadership of Per Westling, Managing Director.


The new Mercy Ship will be classed by Lloyd's Register and flagged by Malta.   

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

OFF TOPIC: Karadeniz Holding - Floating Power Plant


Karadeniz Powerships Kaya Bey - Floating Power ships supplying power where needed

Karadeniz Powerships, is the world’s only maker of self-propelled floating power stations. Karadeniz  already produces electricity for Iraq and Lebanon. Its fleet of seven power ships have a combined capacity of 1,200 megawatts.

Karadeniz is looking to expand its operations in the Middle East or Africa. In addition Karadeniz is looking to expand to locations where seasonal or temporary need for power is needed as well.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Royal Princess Horn Plays the Love Boat Theme

Princess Cruise's new Royal Princess' Horn can plan the Love Boat Theme. You  have to listen to it - to love it.




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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Freedom Ship Concept

Concept ship - The Freedom Ship weighing in at 3,000,000 tons. A city at sea concept with it's own airport.



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Friday, February 14, 2014

Meyer Werft 2013 Year in Review

I found this interesting video from Papenburg, Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard. The Video highlights some of Meyer Werft's key ships delivered in the past year including the AIDA Stella, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. There is even a video of the conveyance of the ships down the Elms River.

Hope you enjoy it.



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cruise Retirement is Trying to Make Retirement on a Cruise Ship a Reality.


Gemini - Proposed to be the first ship for Cruise Retirement of Australia
Gemini - Proposed to be the first ship for Cruise Retirement of Australia
A new start-up company in Australia is giving the 50+ Age travelers/retirees the opportunity to purchase their own cabin on a cruise ship and sail around the world. It appears that the operators are looking to charter a ship from International Shipping Partners. From the photos on the website, the ship appears to be the Gemini. The Gemini is a former Crown Cruise Line ship. Although the project is in start-up mode, the company website does provide some limited information.

It is quite an interesting concept, although is it not unusual for older passengers to sail a significant portion of the year on cruise ships. I remember I met someone who had traveled a good portion of every year on one of the Cunard ships. The person told me for the money - the cruise was much better than a nursing home. Where can we get great food, entertainment, care and see the world?

Additional details on the Cruise Retirement concept can be found at their site.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Ramform Titan - Deemed one of the Ugliest Ships

The Ramform Titan, a seismic vessel owned by Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), boasts a stern 70m wide, making it one of the world's widest boats. The ship itself is deeemed by spectators and the ulgiest ships afloat.

The picture below show a view of the ship, which I to not think is so bad.  at least from this angle. :-)

 See for yourself.

Ramform Titan - Highly functional seismic vessel but not the most visually appealing: Source http://www.pgs.com
To learn more about this technically advanced ship -> The Local - Norway

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Interesting Facts

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 - Interesting Stats
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 - Interesting Stats

At 1,132 feet in length, if stood on her stern, Queen Mary 2 would be taller than New York’s Empire State Building and more than three times the height of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.  Her 151,400 gross tonnage is the equivalent of nearly 19,000 London buses, and she boasts over four times as many rooms as the Dorchester Hotel.  She took a million hours to design and eight million hours to build, and the 1,000 miles of welding that holds this amazing liner together would stretch from London to Moscow.

In her first ten years of service, Queen Mary 2 has sailed the equivalent of three times to the moon and back, carrying more than 1.3 million guests, enough to fill Westminster Abbey 651 times. In addition, more than 2,000 dogs have travelled on Queen Mary 2, five times as many as in the UK’s famous Battersea Dogs Home.



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Monday, February 10, 2014

Greek Ferry Operator Masters the Elements.

I found this video very interesting as a Greek Ferry operator docks his vessel in rough seas. As you can see in the video the loading/unloading operation is quite perilous in the rough seas.



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Friday, February 7, 2014

Forner Classic International Cruises Ship - Princess Daphne For Sale

After going bankrupt, Classic International Cruises' final ship is offered for sale. The Princess Daphne has been listed on a website for sale for approximately $13 Million dollars as is, where is.
Former Classical Cruises Ship for Sale - Princess Daphne

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Louis Cruise Line Releases Interesting 2014 Cruise Destination Video

Louis Cruise Line just posted this great video on the new ports of call visited in 2014. Louis Cruises operates a fleet of modest, middle age vessels on unique port intensive itineraries. I really found this video quite enjoyable.



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cool Video - Lego Version of the Queen Mary 2

Found this interesting video of the construction of  a Lego Version of the Queen Mary 2. The Model is 7 Meters long (approximately 21 Feet), weighs over 1 ton and took over 6 months to build.



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Monday, February 3, 2014

Scientific American Article on Costa Concordia.

I found this interesting blog article on the re-floating of the Costa Concordia.

Image Courtesy - Scientific American
 The graphic below was taken from the Scientific American Website. Here is the link to the article
Please visit the Scientific American Website for more info.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese Cruise Ship Pearl No 7 Hits Bridge.




You may have seen this before on other blogs and other places on the internet.

A new Chinese  cruise ship crashes into a bridge in May 2012 after the captain misjudges the height on the ship.

Captain Guo Lai, 48, chopped a tunnel off the top of the Pearl No 7 liner in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, eastern China, as he passed underneath a suspension bridge.

For more details and photos check out the MailOnline website-> Pearl No 7 accident

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Norwegian Getaway To Be Christened in Miami.


Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Will Christen the Norwegian Getaway
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Will Christen the Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Getaway will be christened in Miami, Florida on February 7, 2014. The ship's Godmothers? - The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Viking Expands Cruise Ship Orders to 4.

Viking Cruise Line Introduction Video


Viking River Cruises has increased the number of ocean going cruise vessels to 4. The new ships which are being built by Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard, will weigh in at   and accommodate 928 passengers

Viking is expecting to operate the ships in the premium/Luxury sector competing with Azamara, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal and others.  Offering upscale accommodations, various dining venues, an infinity pool and more, the ships will cater to upscale passengers. The fares will include shore excursions, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi, Self service laundry and 24-hour room service.

The first ship will be named the Viking Star and be introduced in May 2015 with cruises to Scandinavia, the Baltic and Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Costa's New Costa Diadema

Below is one of the first drawings I have seen of Costa's New Costa Diadema. It appears the ship will have a series of outdoor venues both on the side of the ship and off the stern. There is a platform built off the stern of the ship which is an outdoor Bar area attached to the  Salone La Buena.

There are 4 smaller overhangs located off restaurants and bars on each side of the ship as well.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime’s Aranui 3 Video and New Aranui 5


 I found this great video on Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime’s Aranui 3. The ship is a freighter with modest passenger accommodations. The experience is more along the lines of a freighter cruise opposed to the luxury and amenities of cruise ships. The video had some great views of the ship, local flair and natural beauty of the South Pacific.

Aranui 5 - CPTM's New Ship Under Construction in China
Aranui 5 - CPTM's New Ship Under Construction in China

Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime’s has ordered a second ship, the Aranui 5. The Aranui 5 is currently under construction in China and expected to be delivered in 2014. There have been significant delays at the shipyard so the vessel may be delayed further. The new ship is expected to be larger, with more extensive passenger accommodations and amenities.

Regardless these cruises seems to offer extensive exposure to local South Pacific Culture, people and vistas on a working freighter.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

MSC Cruises To Lengthen 4 Lirica Class Ships in 2014/15


MSC Lirica Before Lengthening - Courtesy of  MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises announced that 4 MSC Lirca class ships will be lengthened by inserting a 25 Meter Mid-section into the existing ships. The 25 meter insert will add additional Balcony Cabins, Crew Cabins and additional public rooms. An additional 193 accommodations will be added and 59 crew rooms. The gross tonnage of the ships will increase from 60,000 tons to approximately 65,000 grt.
The length of the ships will be increased from 823 feet to 902 feet and passenger capacity from 2,069 to 2,680.

The $200 Million dollar project is expected to be conducted at Italy's Fincantieri Shipyards.

The time table for inserting the mid-sections into the ships is as follows:


  • MSC Armonia  in 2014, from Aug. 31 to Nov. 17 2014
  • MSC Sinfonia from Jan. 12 to March 1, 2015
  • MSC Opera May 2 to July 4, 2015
  • MSC Lirica Aug. 21 to Nov. 9, 2015

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Song of Norway, Swan Song.

Sad news came last month when it was announced that the Formosa Queen was sold to Chinese Scrappers. The Formosa Queen started her life as Royal Caribbean's Song of Norway.









Royal Caribbean's Song of Norway as Originally Constructed.


Over a long career spanning 43 years, she sailed under quite a few other names including SUNDREAM, DREAM PRINCESS, DREAM, CLIPPER PEARL, CLIPPER PACIFIC, FESTIVAL and OCEAN PEARL. Under the name FORMOSA QUEEN for Asia Star Cruises she spent her final active days as a gambling ship, until recently sold for scrap in China. 

The ship has been plagued with mechanical difficulties for years probably getting the most attention during her stint with the Peaceboat and an Israeli operatior, who reportedly intentionally tried to sink her. 
Song of Norway After Lengthening For Royal Caribbean.
Song of Norway After Lengthening For Royal Caribbean.

Th ship's most successful span of its life was as the Song of Norway for Royal Caribbean - establishing the cruise line as a major player in the Caribbean and leading the way into new markets. She was so popular that the ship was lengthened in order to increase her passenger capacity. After her career with Royal Caribbean she successfully sailed with the UK's Airtours operating out of the UK and the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean demanded as part of the Terms of Sale that the Royal Caribbean signature Viking Crown Lounge be removed from the ship.
Shown as the Carousel for Airtours. Note the Viking Crown Lounge is Removed
Shown as the Carousel for Airtours. Note the Viking Crown Lounge is Removed
Proposed Artist Rendition of Formosa Queen - floating Casino Asia Star Cruises


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What Ever Happend to the Radisson Diamond?

China Cruises Company Limited Asia Star
Ever wonder what happened to the first catamaran cruise ship - Radisson Diamond? The upscale ship is currently sailing in Asia for the China Cruises Company Limited as a floating casino.


Radisson Diamond for Radisson Seven Seas Cruise Lines in her original color scheme.
When first introduced in 1992, the 20,295 GRT Radisson Diamond was revolutionary with her SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) design. The hull was designed to increase the stability of the ship and improve accommodation space.She was the perfect combination of innovation and luxury and at the time, was expected to be the standard for future ships.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

P&O Cruises Unveils Hull Art and New Funnel Design for New Britannia


Yesterday P&O Cruises unveiled their new funnel colors and patriotic hull art for their new Britannia. The 141,000 ton ship, is currently being constructed at Italy's Fincantieri's Ship Yard. The 3,600 passenger ship is expected to begin service in March 2015.

P&O States on their website (www.POCruises.com)


The Britannia A Modern Classic
Arriving in spring 2015, Britannia will represent the very best of the best! The largest ship built exclusively for Britain, she will combine signature P&O Cruises features with the very latest innovations in dining, entertainment and modern design. 

 

A bold new look!

Britannia will embrace a bold new 94 metre Union Flag on her bow displaying the longest version of the Flag anywhere in the world. The new style represents a contemporary approach to cruising which looks to the future, whilst celebrating the past. The new imagery on the bow will be sympathetic to Britannia’s sweeping lines and enhance her presence across the world in port and at sea.

Her other distinctive features include blue funnels carrying an illuminated rising sun motif which depicts the Oriental part of the Peninsular and Oriental (P&O) name on the company’s Coat of Arms.

Princess Cruise Britannia - Click the below to view a quick Video Featuring Past P&O Ships

Watch the P&O Historical Clip and the New Hull Art and Livery for P&O's New Britannia

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Italian Line's Cristoforo Colombo Re-visited


Cutaway Drawing of Italian Line's  Christoforo Colombo.
Cutaway Drawing of Italian Line's  Christoforo Colombo.
 Searching the internet, I found this cut-away drawing of the Cristoforo Colombo of Italian Line. Although it is smaller in size, it is really a nice find. The Colombo sailed for Italian Line on the Transatlantic circuit from 1954 to 1973. In 1973 she was moved to the Genoa-Barcelona-Lisbon-Rio-Montevideo-Buenos Aires service to replace the MS Giulio Cesare which was plagued with mechanical issues.
Touched up postcard of the Cristoforo Colombo Showing Her at Top Speed in New York Harbor.
Touched up postcard of the Cristoforo Colombo Showing Her at Top Speed in New York Harbor.

In 1977, the Colombo was sold to a Venezuelan oil refinery as an accommodation ship until 1981 when she was sold to scrappers in Taiwan. She was later towed to Hong Kong in hopes of future operation but was in such poor condition she was towed back to Taiwan in late 1982 and scrapped.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What is the River Cruise Vessel Michelangelo Doing In Long Island Sound?

Today I was checking the AIS system and it has the European River Cruise Vessel Michelangelo listed as sailing in Long Island Sound and its prior port of call as Bridgeport, CT. She appears to be docking in a area near Glen Cove and Port Washington New York.

Image Snapshot Courtesy of AIS on 1/14/2014

Does anyone know what the River Cruise Vessel is doing this far from home? Was AIS just off? I have seen instances where it has misplaced ships?


If anyone has any details it is appreciated.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mitsui O.S.K Sells Fuji Maru.


Mitsui OSK Line's Fuji Maru Sold
Mitsui OSK Line's Fuji Maru Sold

As reported on the Paul Mason Shipping Pages web site - the Japanese Cruise Ship - Fuji Maru has been sold to Panamanian interests - Mira Cruises of Panama. The ship has been renamed Mira I.

Her prior owners were Mitsui O.S.K Line.

Unfortunately I do not have any details available about her new operators.

Stay tuned for more info.

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Adrift Ship, Lyubov Orlova Beleived to have Sank



Lyubov Orlova in Happier Days
Lyubov Orlova in Happier Days

A Russian ghost ship that has been drifting around in the Atlantic Ocean after a tow line snapped has not been spotted in months, leaving some to speculate that it may be resting at the bottom of the ocean, leaking toxic waste.

The Canadian Coast Guard has not received any reported sightings of the MV Lyubov Orlova since March 12, 2013. The Russian-built Lyubov Orlova left Canada bound for a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 23. The following day, in rough seas,   the tow line snapped and the ship was abandoned, dead and adrift. The ship posed a navigational hazard because it did not have any operational navigation equipment to warn other ships in the area.

For a full  report go to Fox News

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Two Year Anniversary of the Costa Concordia Sinking.

Costa Concordia on Happier Days.
Today marks the two year anniversary of the sinking of the Costa Concordia. The Costa Concordia hit rocks off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy after the Captain brought the ship in too close to shore. Reports indicate that the captain sailed the ship too close to shore to salute a friend on the island. The ship was holed and an attempt to beach the ship was done to prevent it from sinking. The attempts to beach the ship failed on the rocky bottom which caused the ship to sink partially and flip on its side.

The incident resulted in the death of 32 passengers and crew.

Two years later, a level platform has been built and the ship has been righted and is resting on the platform. The next steps involve attaching large enclosed containers to the side of the ship and filling those with air to lift the ship from the bottom.

The expectation is that the ship will be towed to an Italian port to be dismantled. If the Italians do not successfully bid on the scrapping project - bids from other countries will be considered. If scrapping in another country is chosen, the ship will be loaded on a heavy-lift ship and floated to its scrapping destination. The Costa Concordia is expected to be re floated by June.

Meanwhile the criminal trial of the captain continues in Italy.

Remembrance ceremonies will be held at the site of the accident as well as other key locations.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Aida's New Cruise Ship Has New Bow Design


Aida Cruises' New AidaPrima - Radical new bow design.

Aida Cruises has unveiled photos of their new ship - the AidaPrima. Aida Cruise Line's new AidaPrima will have a non-traditional bow. This design has been used for other types of ships, but this is the first time on a cruise-ship.

 Unfortunately the new design helps improve the fuel consumption, but is not aesthetically pleasing. The vertical bow does not provide a sleek profile but almost gives her a battleship appearance.

The 125,000 ton AidaPrima is currently being constructed at the Mitsubishi Shipyard in Japan for a 2015 delivery. Her maiden voyage will be an 88 day sailing from Yokohama, Japan on March 20, 2015, stopping at ports in Asia, India, the Mideast, Mediterranean, Atlantic Europe and ending in Hamburg, Germany on 6/16/2015.


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