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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Holland America's Ex Statendam Emerges As the Vasco de Gama for Cruise & Maritime Voyages,

 
Cruise & Maritime's Vasco de Gama to Sail Longer Cruises  ex Statendam From Holland America and Pacific Eden from P&O Australia
Cruise & Maritime's Vasco de Gama to Sail Longer Cruises  ex Statendam From Holland America and Pacific Eden from P&O Australia
Cruise & Maritime Voyages has revealed information about their newly acquired ship the Vasco de Gama. Originally built as Holland America's Statendam of 1993, she was sold to Carnival Subsidiary P&O Cruises Australia in November 2015 and renamed Pacific Eden.  The Pacific Eden will join the Cruise & Maritime fleet in April 2019 as the Vasco de Gama.

Based on preliminary itineraries, it appears the ship will be utilized on longer cruises with her maiden voyage being a 45 day cruise from Singapore to London.

The ship will spend the Summer sailing for Cruise and Maritime's Germany Subsidiary Transocean Kreuzfarten sailing from Bremerhaven and Kiel. Unlike the other sailings, these will be geared to German speaking passengers.

By today's standard the Vasco de Gama is a modest size ship at 55,820gt the capacity is 1,150 passengers accommodated in 630 cabins.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Carnival Cruise Line to Expand its Cuba Cruise Offerings in 2019-20 Including the First Cuba Cruises From Charleston


Carnival Cruises Offer More Cruises to Cuba in 2019-20 Pictured Carnival Sunshine sailing from Charleston
Carnival Cruises Offer More Cruises to Cuba in 2019-20 Pictured Carnival Sunshine sailing from Charleston.

Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruises to Cuba with the addition of 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 aboard five different ships departing from four convenient East Coast homeports - Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami.

The 3,002-passenger, 102,853-ton Carnival Sunshine  will be the largest cruise ship to ever call in Havana while offering the first-ever cruise to Cuba from the Port of Charleston.

These new sailings complement previously announced voyages aboard Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation.

With the newly added voyages, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a wide variety of Havana departures across a broad spectrum of ships and itineraries, providing consumers with unprecedented choice in visiting this fascinating and sought-after destination.

The new Cuba sailings include:

·       Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): a four-day cruise with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 21, 2019, along with eight five-day cruises featuring Havana and Freeport departing Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13, and 27, 2020.

·       Carnival Triumph (Fort Lauderdale): eight five-day cruises featuring an overnight call in Havana and a day-long call in Nassau departing Dec. 14, 2019, and Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, 2020; and a five-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and a visit to the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay departing Jan. 20, 2020.

·       Carnival Victory (Miami): a three-day voyage with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 22, 2019.

·       Carnival Sensation (Miami): a four-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and an extended visit to Nassau departing March 19, 2020, along with two five-day sailings with an overnight call in Havana and visits to Freeport and Nassau departing Feb. 15 and 29, 2020.

·       Carnival Paradise (Tampa): a five-day voyage departing Nov. 18, 2019, with an overnight call in Havana and a stop at Key West.

 “Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we’re delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key East Coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks.  A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered.  There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s rich history and culture.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations and provide a convenient means for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Princess Cruises and the Original Cast of “The Love Boat” Receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorary Star Plaque

 
Love Boat Cast Honored with a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Plaque - Princess Cruises
Love Boat Cast Honored with a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Plaque - Princess Cruises


(May 10. 2018) Princess Cruises and the original cast of the “The Love Boat” were presented a Hollywood Walk of Fame honorary star plaque today in recognition of their contributions to the history of television and support for the preservation of the Walk of Fame. Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Jill Whelan (Vicki), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Fred Grandy (Gopher) were joined by Leron Gubler, CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Donelle Dadigan, co-chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust, the superintendent of the world-famous walk and Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises. The honorary star plaque is located on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the main entrance to the Dolby Theater.

“The Love Boat” premiered just over 40 years ago (May 1977), set aboard a cruise ship, featuring stories of romance, hijinks and adventure on the high seas that involved characters portrayed by Hollywood’s biggest stars of the day. After the pilot show, “The Love Boat” show went on to enjoy phenomenal success, continuing for 10 seasons until 1987 as one of the highest-rated, prime-time television shows in the country. Princess Cruises soon became a household name as the primary setting and co-star of the popular series, and continues to be known as the "Love Boat" cruise line today. Pacific Princess and Island Princess were the two original ships but as the show grew in popularity “The Love Boat” was filmed aboard many Princess ships at exotic destinations around the globe.

“Today marks another extraordinary day in the history of Princess Cruises. We are honored to be recognized, along with the original cast of the ‘Love Boat,’ as Friends of the Walk of Fame in support of the preservation of this iconic attraction that draws nearly 10 million visitors each year,” remarked Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “The ‘Love Boat’ opened the hearts and minds of millions of television viewers to the adventures of cruise travel by way of the exotic destination our ships visited on the show. Today, our guests continue to create lasting memories and explore the world on our modern, fleet of 17 premium cruise ships.”

Princess Cruises becomes only the third brand to be recognized as a Friend of the Walk of Fame, joining L’Oréal PARIS and ABSOLUT Vodka.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Carnival Cruises' New Carnival Horizon Named in NYC

Carnival Cruises Carnival Horizon Naming Ceremony in NYC Cruising to Bermuda, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
Carnival Cruises Carnival Horizon Naming Ceremony in NYC Cruising to Bermuda, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
 
Carnival Cruises Unveiled the second ship in their Vista-Class - the Carnival Horizon in NYC (New York City). The Carnival Horizon was delivered from Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard in April, 2018 and conducted 4 European sailings before heading to New York.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

New Start Up Cruise Line to Sail From Rio de Janiero Year-Round


Pampa Cruises Charters Delphin for 5 Years for Cruises from Brazil to South America.
Pampa Cruises Charters Delphin for 5 Years for Cruises from Brazil to South America.

The new start up cruise line, Pampa Cruises is planning to offer cruise departing from the South American ports of Santos, Salvador and Recife in Brazil, as well as Buenos Aires and Ushuaia . The new cruise line will operate the classic cruise ship, Delphin which has been laid up in Croatia  for the last 7 years. The Delphin is considered to be an intimate vessel at 16,331 tons and 640 passengers..

The Delphin was originally built as the Bellorussya and then later renamed the Kazakhstan II for the Soviet owned cruise line - Black Sea Shipping. Constructed in 1974 as a sleek passenger / cruise ferry, the ship was extensively refurbished in 1993 and converted into a cruise ship and fitted with all the luxuries a modest size ship can provide.  The ship has chartered to many cruise lines over the years including Australian and German Interests.

Under her new owners, Pampa Cruises, ports of call are expected to span - Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and possible longer cruises venturing up the west coast of South America. Although a name has not been chosen for the ship yet, the ship appears to be in remarkable condition. for her age.

Pampa Cruises has chartered the ship for 5 years and  cruises are expected to begin as early as October 2018.


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Star Clippers Now Taking Bookings for Sailings Through Spring 2020 - New Offerings Include Expanded Panama Canal Sailings and a Full Season in St. Maarten



Luxury Sail Ship Operator Star Clippers Reveals 2019 Cruises on Royal Clipper (shown), Star Flyer and Star Clipper.
Luxury Sail Ship Operator Star Clippers Reveals 2019 Cruises on Royal Clipper (shown), Star Flyer and Star Clipper.

Star Clippers is now taking bookings for all sailings through March 2020 aboard their three tall sailing ships. Sailing destinations newly opened for booking include the tail end of the Mediterranean season aboard the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer in Fall 2019, and Winter 2019/2020 in the Caribbean. On the Star Clipper, the books are now open for the full 2019/2020 sailing season in and around Thailand.

By popular demand, Star Clippers is offering a wider variety of Panama Canal sailings for Winter 2019. With four departures to choose from, guests can sail on the Royal Clipper or Star Flyer between Panama and Barbados, Antigua or St. Maarten—each with a passage through the famed Panama Canal. The Star Flyer will also spend a full season sailing out of beautiful St. Maarten, with 13 departures available between December 2019 and March 2020.

Also new for Summer 2019, Star Clippers will pay homage to the beloved romantic comedy Mamma Mia with their new “Mamma Mia Highlights” sailings through the Greek isles, which will visit several of the islands where Mamma Mia—as well as the highly anticipated Mamma Mia 2—were filmed. And in Southeast Asia, Star Clippers will offer new 10- and 11-night sailings between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Far East. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.  The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut in late 2018.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Third Luxury Exploration Ship


 
Hapag-Lloyd To Place Order For 3rd Exploration Ship with VARD Croatia/Norway - Sister Ships Hanseatic Nature / Hanseatic Inspiration
Hapag-Lloyd To Place Order For 3rd Exploration Ship with VARD Croatia/Norway - Sister Ships Hanseatic Nature / Hanseatic Inspiration

TUI Group said its board had approved a third Hanseatic-class newbuild for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
The 230-guest ship will join the Hapag-Lloyd fleet from VARD in 2021, following the Hanseatic Nature and Inspiration, which will be delivered next year.
  


 
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Viking Ocean Cruises New Viking Jupiter Floated Out.

Viking Ocean Cruises' New Viking Jupiter is Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard at Ancona Italy,
Viking Ocean Cruises' New Viking Jupiter is Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard at Ancona Italy,

On May 10. 2018 Viking Ocean Cruise and Fincantieri Shipyard, Ancona, Italy floated out the 6th new ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet - The Viking Jupiter. As part of the float out process, participant witnessed the coin ceremony which was hosted by the ship's godmother, accomplished Norwegian Singer, Sissel Kyrkjebø.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lindblad National Geographic's National Geographic Endurance Construction in Progress.

Lindblad National Geographic's National Geographic Endurance Currently Under Construction in Gdynia Poland.
Lindblad National Geographic's National Geographic Endurance Currently Under Construction in Gdynia Poland.


Lindblad celebrated the keel laying of their first polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland on March 17th.  The occasion marked a major milestone in the construction of the world’s most sophisticated expedition ship, and served as the official naming ceremony of the line’s latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. 

“We are thrilled to announce the name of our new polar ship: National Geographic Endurance, due for delivery in the first quarter of 2020,” announced Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions.  “She is named in honor of Ernest Shackleton, Lindblad Expeditions’ most revered explorer and will incorporate technical advances and create opportunities for guests beyond the reach of any contemporary ship.”

“A Polar Class 5 rating gives us the ability to operate the ship freely at any time of year in polar environments vastly expanding our polar range, “Lindblad continued. “This means we can explore deeper into the pack ice, or further north to the unexplored reaches of the Arctic.  For instance, northern Ellesmere Island, where only a relative handful of people have ever been.  Or some of the completely off-the-beaten-path Arctic islands that are remote, pristine and teeming with wildlife.”

The state-of-the-art 126-guest polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is 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.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carnival Legend to Tampa and Additional Cruises from Honolulu, Vancouver and Los Angeles.


Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Legend to Sail From Tampa, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Honolulu.
Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Legend to Sail From Tampa, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Honolulu.

 Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will reposition to Port Tampa Bay in October 2019, providing consumers with an exciting seagoing vacation choice in that market.

Carnival Legend is undergoing an extensive two-week-long dry dock that is taking place in Portland, Ore. and is adding a variety of popular food and beverage concepts. These include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina.  Enhancements to Camp Ocean, a marine-themed kids play area, and Circle “C” catering to 12- to 14-year-olds, as well as the ship’s retail shopping outlets, are also being incorporated.

Following the dry dock, Carnival Legend will operate a summer 2018 schedule of seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, then reposition to Australia with a series of departures from Sydney and Melbourne in the fall and winter.  In summer 2019 she will return to Seattle for another series of seven-day Alaska cruises before moving to Tampa in the fall of 2019.

Prior to its Tampa deployment, Carnival Legend will also operate a series of longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages in 2019, including a nine-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver, a 16-day Hawaii voyage from Vancouver and 15-day Panama Canal transit that begins in Los Angeles and ends in Tampa, positioning the vessel for its new schedule from that port.

In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises enjoy unique on-board activities during which they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on topics such as photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.

“At Carnival, we encourage our guests to Choose Fun and with these voyages aboard the newly refurbished Carnival Legend we’re providing our guests with a broad spectrum of exciting cruise options featuring sought-after destinations and unique experiences ashore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Unique Panama Canal Crossings, Seven-Day Voyages from Tampa

Following its 2019 Alaska season, Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day Panama Canal cruise that will begin in Los Angeles Oct. 12 and end in Tampa Oct. 27, 2019, positioning the vessel to assume week-long Caribbean sailings currently operated by Carnival Miracle which will be positioned to another homeport to be announced shortly. The 15-day Panama Canal cruise will feature Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), before transiting the Panama Canal followed by stops at Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia) and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Legend’s seven-day schedule from Tampa kicks off Oct. 27, 2019 and includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Belize or Costa Maya.  On Jan. 25, 2020, the ship will also offer a special eight-day voyage that includes a partial transit of the Panama Canal as well as port calls at Limon and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Legend will also operate a round-trip 14-day Panama Canal cruise from Tampa Dec. 1-15, 2019.  The voyage will feature stops at Cozumel and Limon (Costa Rica) before transiting the Panama Canal, then visit Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Grand Cayman.

Special Nine-Day Alaska, 16-Day Hawaii Voyage

Carnival Legend will operate a unique nine-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Vancouver Sept. 17-26, 2019, featuring a day-long call at Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering some of the best whale and bear watching in the state and the world’s longest zip-line, followed by an extended sail of Glacier Bay and the popular Alaskan ports of Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

The ship will also operate a 16-day Hawaii voyage departing Vancouver Sept. 26 and arriving in Los Angeles Oct. 12, 2019.  The voyage includes extended visits to four of the Aloha State’s most popular destinations, including Hilo, Maui, Kona, Kauai, and Honolulu, with opportunities for guests to get an “up close and personal” look at one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Norwegian Cruise Lines New Norwegian Bliss and Great Stirrup Cay


Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Bliss Makes the Introduction Circuit Visiting New York & Miami
Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Bliss Makes the Introduction Circuit Visiting New York & Miami
 Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the new Norwegian Bliss to Florida Travel Agents and Media on an overnight sailing departing on May 8th. After departing Miami, the ship sailed very close to Norwegian Cruise Lines' Private Island - Great Stirrup Cay. It is unclear wether passengers got an opportunity to go ashore but the ship came close enough to the island for a photo opportunity.

The Norwegian Bliss will sail from Miami starting in the fall of 2018 through the winter sailing to the Caribbean.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss Maiden Arrival Under the Cover of Darkness.



Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Bliss Showcases in New York City.
Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Bliss Showcases in New York City.

Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Bliss, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, arrived and left New York with little to no fanfare.

The Norwegian Bliss docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Thursday 5-3-2018 at 2:00 AM forgoing a fire boat welcome, sailing by sleeping New York City residents and the advantage of media coverage.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Luxury Cruise Operator SilverSeas Unveils The Lenghtened Silver Spirit. VIDEO

          Great Video - The Lengthening of the Silver Spirit - Courtesy of Silversea Cruises.

Silversea Cruises' Silver Spirit embarked on its first cruise following a complex lengthening and refurbishment project completed at Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo. Silver Spirit emerged from its 59-day docking in Palermo on May 3 and sailed from Civitavecchia, Italy on Sunday 5/6/2018.

The 2009-built ship is now 49 feet longer, or just over 691 feet, having been cut in half and extended with a pre-built midsection. The lengthened Silver Spirit's capacity was increased roughly 12%, to 609 passengers and has incorporated a number of high end features found on her newer sisters.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

MSC Cruises New MSC Seaview Delayed One Week

 
Artists Rendition of MSC Cruises New MSC Seaview Introduction Delayed One Week
Artists Rendition of MSC Cruises New MSC Seaview Introduction Delayed One Week.

 Word out of Monfalcone Italy is that MSC Cruises MSC Seaview will remain at Fincantieri Shipyard one week longer than expected to put the finishing touches on the new ship.

The delay is not expected to impact the ship's maiden voyage which is scheduled for June 10, 2018, but does impact a short introductory sailing on June 7-10. The latter sailing has been cancelled.

The delay does not interfere with MSC Cruises plans on June 9th to showcase the ship in Genoa prior to her sailing the next day.

Ths MSC Seaview's first cruise will be calling at Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille. Following her Summer Mediterranean season the MSC Seaside will head to SOuth America.  For the winter of 2018/2019, she will sail from Brazil to Santos, Ilha Grande, Buzios, Porto Belo and Camboriu.

The 154,000 ton MSC Seaview is the second vessel of the class. The first being the MSC Seaside which is currently sailing from Miami year-round. Just as a side note, the MSC Seaside and Seaview were delivered from Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard less than 6 months apart.


 

Friday, May 4, 2018

History Flash Back: The Maiden Voyage of P&O Lines Canberra From Australia to Southampton




SS Canberra was a famous liner in the P&O fleet from 1961 to 1997. She was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland at a cost of £17,000,000 and weighed in at 45,000 tons. The Canberra measured 814 feet long and was usually wide for a ship of that length measuring 103 wide.

Great footage of the maiden arrival of P&O Line's Canberra in Sydney Australia from Southampton, England. See great footage of how cruising used to be.  The video dates back to 1961 and at the time the Canberra was one of the largest ships afloat


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Viking Ocean Cruises Announces 245-day 2019 World Cruise on the Viking Sun
Viking Ocean Cruises Announces 245-day 2019 World Cruise on the Viking Sun

Viking® today announced its most comprehensive itinerary to date with the new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe – making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary.
Departing from London on August 31, 2019 on Viking Sun®, this grand eight-month journey will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe and will nearly double the length of the company’s previous World Cruise itineraries. Within the 245-day Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, Viking will also offer guests an option to sail one of two shorter segments during the cruise. Guest can choose between Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports. As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each port and free unlimited Wi-Fi; World Cruise guests also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value included features in their cruise fare.
“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth – at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.”

Ultimate World Cruise Highlights
Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise visits dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands in one epic journey. Included excursions in every port allow guests to immerse themselves in the world’s cultures, and The Viking Way of exploration offers additional, optional excursions that provide unmatched insight into Local Life, Working World and offer Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Overnight stays in 22 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum® offers additional enrichment on board with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident program. Full details on the Ultimate World Cruise can be found on Viking’s website; highlights include:
  • Greenwich: London at Your Door – Dock in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, which allows guests easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Peak of Brazilian Culture – One of the 22 overnight stays on this itinerary occurs in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro, where guests can witness the larger-than-life Christ the Redeemer statue or relax on the scenic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches of this coastal metropolis.
  • Ushuaia, Argentina: “End of the World” – Commonly referred to as the “End of the World,” guests will visit Ushuaia, a city perched on a steep hill on the southernmost tip of South America, and explore its lush scenery through excursions to the nearby Escondido and Fagnano Lakes or the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which was first inhabited by humans 10,000 years ago.
  • Hobart, Tasmania: An Island of History and Wilderness — The capitol of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Hobart offers guests the chance to learn about its aborigine history and explore its unique wilderness area, including Mt. Wellington, which the city is nestled under.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Vibrant Saigon – This eclectic city, home to a mix of modern skyscrapers, French colonial buildings and ornate palaces, offers a variety of experiences for guests, including the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Reunification Palace.
  • Mumbai, India: The Front Door to India – The bustling city of Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. While in port, guests can learn about the iconic activist Gandhi at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and visit the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the busy metropolis.
  • Luxor, Egypt: Temples and Tombs – The site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor is dense with historical monuments for guests to explore, including the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens, which house the tombs of the Pharaohs and their wives.
  • Eight All-New Ports in South America – Guests will visit eight all-new Viking ports while in South America, including Roseau, Dominica, two ports in Chile (La Serena (Coquimbo) and Iquique), three ports in Peru (Arequipa (Matarani), Pisco (General San Martín) and Lima (Callao)) and finally guests will explore Quito (Manta), Ecuador and Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama.
Viking Sun
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. Viking Sun is the fourth addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea® and Viking Sky®, and was recently “named” in Shanghai during its first-ever sold out World Cruise. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion® in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter® in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” Viking’s ocean fleet features modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches, intimate spaces and attention to detail. Check Out Our Sister Sites:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Where is Holland America's Ryndam of 1994?


Holland America's Ryndam Now Sailing Australian Waters for P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Aria.
Holland America's Ryndam Now Sailing Australian Waters for P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Aria.

Ever wonder what happened to Holland America's Ryndam of 1994? After an extensive refurbishment, she began sailing from Australian ports operating under P&O Cruises Australia banner.  The Ryndam was renamed the Pacific Aria and started flying the P&O Australian Flag in November 2015. During the refurbishment, modifications were make to the ship to cater more to the Australian cruise passengers.


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The Lengthening of Fred Olsen's Braemar at Blohm and Voss.


While looking at some videos on the internet, I came across this great video on the lengthening of the Braemar of Fred Olsen Line. The ship entered the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany on May 13, 2008. In this video, the ship is cut in 1/2 and a new 101 foot mid section was inserted. The bow and stern section of the Braemar are attached to the mid-section and Voila! the capacity of the ship is increased to 950 passengers (from 900 passengers) and new public spaces are added / expanded.

The Braemar entered life as the Crown Dynasty for Crown Cruise Line.

Enjoy the video.


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