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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UnCruise Adds Summer Expedition Program in Hawaii

 
UnCruise Safari Explorer - Yacht Sailings in Hawaii July and August 2019
UnCruise Safari Explorer - Yacht Sailings in Hawaii 2019


Building on its history of adventure cruising in the Hawaiian Islands, UnCruise Adventures announces its first foray into summer island cruising with the addition of six departures in July and August 2019. The week-long small ship cruises sail round-trip Moloka’i and explore Lana’i, the Big Island of Hawai’i, and sea turtle rich waters off West Maui.

UnCruise Adventures’ 36-guest Safari Explorer has operated Hawaii cruises from November through April since 2011.  A new week-long summer itinerary visits four islands with included activities exploring land and sea—kayaking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, wildlife searches and skiff excursions.  Cultural heritage is a key component of the UnCruise experience in the islands.

“We’ve had our eye on operating in Hawaii during the summer, and with current demand, the time is right,” said UnCruise Adventures’ owner and CEO Dan Blanchard. “Hawaii is a popular vacation destination all year, and now summer travelers can take advantage of the convenience of traveling between islands by yacht.” 

The new Aloha Hawaii Adventure Cruise sails round-trip Moloka’i, a lesser visited island with an authentic Hawaii culture and vibe.  A local Halawa Valley family with ancient Hawaiian lineage invites guests to their home to “talk story” about island lore and learn how to make poi from taro root. A hike guided by locals meanders past taro patches and ends at a waterfall where those inclined can take a dip. An evening pa’ina feast in town is a true Hawaiian celebration with traditional local cuisine, music and dancing.

On the island of Lana’i, hike to Sweetheart Rock for sweeping views and visit the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center. Snorkel off West Maui at a turtle cleaning station—where turtles visit for shell cleaning by small fish—and find yourself swimming with green sea turtles and other colorful fish. An evening snorkel in Honomalino Bay draws Giant Pacific Manta ray’s up close in a feeding area.  Kayak through lava tubes off the Big Island of Hawai’i and stroll through historic Kailua. Marine life abounds with sightings of colorful reef fish, turtles, whales, dolphins, reef sharks and manta rays.

Meals on board are fresh and innovative with produce and meat sourced on Moloka’i. Sustainable seafood is sourced from local fishermen at the Honolulu fish market. 

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen To Feature the Largest LED Screen At Sea.


LED Screen in Atrium of Hurtigruten's  Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, will take the guest experience to new heights, literally, aboard the first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, with the largest LED screen at sea. Spanning seven decks and 57 feet in height, this floating screen will be located in the ship’s atrium. Facing three, all-glass elevators and towering up to deck 10, the screen features cutting edge LED technology and provides a resolution beyond 4K Ultra-HD, with a perfectly seamless and borderless display.

“Our focus on state-of-the-art design, innovation, and technology is not limited to the exterior of our ships. It includes the interior experience and will take the guests on a larger-than-life visual journey. By introducing the tallest LED screen at sea, we will bring—and magnify—the splendid beauty of the passing nature, directly to the guests inside,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

The screen will broadcast scenes around the ship, images of upcoming destinations, views of pristine waters, and helpful passenger information. “With stunning image quality, the technology offers endless possibilities: We can use it to stream live lectures and presentations, to set the theme for the voyage, or to simply create a special atmosphere. But most importantly, it will be utilized to broadcast the spectacular nature to our guests in a format never seen before on board,” Skjeldam says.

Additional information and details about the tallest LED screen at sea include:

Featured content:

  • Customized backdrops from stunning landscapes
  • Live coverage from outside the ship
  • 360 degree ultra-high resolution panoramic images from the mast
  • Live lectures and presentations from various onboard venues
  • High fidelity sound which “follows” the picture

Atrium LED screen experience:

  • Display type: Seamless, high-resolution SMD LED wall
  • Height: 57 feet
  • Width: 21.3 feet
  • Total screen area: 1,227 square feet
  • Resolution: 6720 x 2496 pixels (more than Ultra HD 4K)
  • Pixel density (pitch): 2.6 mm
  • Light output: 1,000 nits (or almost 3,500 Ansi Lumen)
  • Manufacturer: Expromo
Hurtigruten has 125 years of know-how and provides immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Steel Cutting in Croatia for Quark Expeditions New World Class Exploration Vessel

 
Dignitaries from the Cruise Line and Shipyard Witness Steel cutting for Quark New Expedition vessel
Dignitaries from the Cruise Line and Shipyard Witness Steel Cutting for Quark New Expedition Vessel


Brodosplit, Croatia, Jan. 28, 2019 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures for three decades, celebrated the steel-cutting of its pioneering new ship today, launching an exciting new chapter in polar exploration.

The ceremony took place at the shipyard and museum of Quark Expeditions’ build partner, Brodosplit, and was attended by senior executives from both companies, including President of Quark Expeditions, Andrew White, CEO of DIV Group, Tomislav Debeljak and CEO of Brodosplit Zoran Kunkera.

The new ship from Quark Expeditions is the first of its kind, combining leading-edge technology, long-range operational capability and advanced safety systems to reach new frontiers in polar exploration. “Every aspect of the ship has been built with one thing in mind: continuing to redefine what is possible in polar adventure,” said White. “We’ve created a ship unsurpassed in its class not only by partnering with industry leaders like Brodosplit and LMG Marin, who are as committed as we are to pushing the boundaries, but also by consulting with our own polar experts and Expedition Leaders, who know better than anyone else what guests want out of their polar experience.”

The vessel, at 128 meters long, with a beam of 21.5 meters and at 13,500 Gross Tons which will set sail in 2020, will accommodate up to 200 passengers in spacious cabins and public areas and feature an unparalleled array of adventure options, allowing guests to maximize opportunities for spontaneous adventure off the ship while enjoying superior comfort on it. “This ship will be more than just a ship,” added White. “It will be an unrivalled operational base for polar adventures. Our guests travel with Quark to maximize their expedition experience, push their boundaries and revel in the magic of the polar regions. With this new ship, in the hands of the most experienced expedition team in the industry, we will get our guests further into the polar regions, seeing and doing more of what they have to offer, in a vessel of exceptional comfort.”

Featuring an interior Zodiac hangar and four embarkation points, state-of-the-art dual helicopters with simultaneously operable helidecks, a best-in-class 70-day operational range, and an array of cutting-edge safety features, the vessel will help Quark Expeditions deliver the thrill of polar adventure in new and unmatched ways while ensuring its guests’ comfort, enjoyment and safety. Passengers will benefit from eleven different cabin styles, modern spa and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor dining options, and a rapid Zodiac and helicopter deployment system that allows for safe and efficient movement on and off the ship.

Quark Expeditions Steel Cut for New Exploration Vessel in Croatia
Quark Expeditions  New Exploration Vessel Being Built In Croatia

The ship’s numerous innovations will also minimize its environmental footprint to an extent previously unseen for a vessel of comparable size, including a sophisticated water treatment system, state-of-the-art waste handling,  a leading-edge heat recovery system that recycles excess energy back into the ship, and the use of entirely recyclable materials to construct it. The dynamic positioning technology will also mean no need to anchor – avoiding damage to sensitive seabed ecosytems.
The new vessel will go on sale in Spring 2019, with the launch of it’s inaugural Antarctic 2020-2021 season.

“We are proud of our long list of firsts, like the first commercial passenger circumnavigation of Antarctica,” said White. “We designed this ship to keep adding to those firsts in what we consider the most breathtaking places on our planet. It is our combination of institutional knowledge and technological innovation that makes a design like this possible. The polar regions are both spectacular and unforgiving. Our new ship will take people there safely and comfortably while giving them experiences to cherish forever and allowing them to appreciate the purity and majesty of nature without disturbing it.”

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

P&O Cruise Oriana to Sail As the the Piano Land - Late 2019.


Oriana to Leave the P&O Fleet and Become the Piano Land
Rumors in the cruise industry are circulating that P&O Cruises Oriana will emerge in the Chinese market in late 2019 as the Piano Land.

P&O reported the sale of the 1995 built Oriana in June, 2018 and now details are emerging linking the ship to a new cruise company formed by a joint venture between the China Travel Service and COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping Corporation).

The Oriana will leave the P&O fleet shortly after her last cruise which ends on August 9, 2019.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Great Video of Scenic Cruises Luxury New Ship Under Construction.



Scenic Cruises Luxury Cruise Ship Eclipse under construction at Uljanik shipyard in Croatia. The Eclipse is expected to enter service in April 2019.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Viking Ocean Cruises Accepts Delivery of the Viking Jupiter From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard.


Newly Delivered Viking Jupiter Delivered From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard
Newly Delivered Viking Jupiter Delivered From Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard

The Viking Jupiter, the sixth Viking Ocean Cruises newbuild, was delivered on February 7, 2019. The ship which was under construction at Fincantieri Shipyard located in Ancona, Italy, measures 47,000-tons and  has capacity for 930 guests.

The luxury-mid-sized ship is 6th ship in a series of 16 new ships ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises and expected to be delivered by 2027.

During its maiden season, Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and then Scandinavia. The ship will officially be named in Oslo, Norway on June 6 by her ceremonial godmother, Sissel Kyrkjebø, the acclaimed Norwegian soprano.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Ritz Carlton Reveas Suite Information For New Luxury Newbuild

Floor Plan - Owners Suite - Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Floor Plan - Owners Suite - Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is delighted to reveal industry defining accommodations at sea through thoughtfully designed, forward-thinking suites, which perfectly blend timeless elegance and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Created to feel like a private yacht, the vessel will uniquely feature one designer, resulting in a unified flow of design which is refined, relaxed and unlike any other accommodations at sea.
“The distinct design of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection places us in a new space within the industry where the vessel is a destination in and of itself,” stated Douglas Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “The design of our inaugural yacht and exceptional suites has been a collaborative effort and one that I am particularly excited about as we were able to envision and build a yacht from the ground up that will deliver an unparalleled guest experience.”

The interior design of the inaugural yacht was imagined by Tillberg Design of Sweden in collaboration with The Ritz-Carlton.

Each facet of luxury yachting was considered to promise a voyage which combines the lifestyle of the resorts of The-Ritz Carlton with the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Boasting a residential feel, the suites’ design inspiration includes the sleek and contemporary look of The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles, Miami Beach and Los Angeles, and offers a spacious setting, innovative marine qualities and some of the most design- forward yacht interiors in the world.

“A yacht evokes the feeling of freedom and the ability to go where you want in the world at your own pace. The inaugural yacht of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is designed to reflect this emotion by making guests feel as though they are onboard their own private yacht,” said Fredrik Johansson, Owner and Executive Project Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden.

“In addition to a casually elegant atmosphere in the suites, dining venues and open areas to relax, there will be plenty of little escapes and private corners of the yacht, really giving guests the ability to define their experience.”

Complementing the unprecedented itineraries and signature experiences of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the design of the yacht’s 149 suites is an integral aspect of what sets the vessel apart. In addition to offering a high percentage of large suites, the yacht will also feature several innovative loft suites, a unique two-story accommodation that is ideal for in-suite entertaining. All suites will feature a private terrace, floor to ceiling windows and great ceiling heights, resulting in some of the most airy and expansive guestrooms in the luxury cruise category.

Through a soundproof, blind wall, select suites also have the option to be combined into larger, open-concept spaces allowing for more flexibility when selecting accommodations. All suites feature the luxurious amenities that visitors would find at a Ritz-Carlton on land, including a king bed, double vanity bathroom, luxury linens and more. Perfectly marrying form and function, the light-filled accommodations will connect guests to the seas and harbors they are sailing.

The specially designed yacht measures 190-meters and can accommodate up to 298 passengers. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and legendary guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized. The yachts will also have one of the highest crew to guest ratios in luxury cruising, with almost one crew member for every guest. Each suite has access to a Personal Concierge, guests’ single onboard touch point there to ensure a flawless, seamless journey from beginning to end.

In addition to unparalleled accommodations, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will enjoy an all-inclusive luxury experience including onboard activities and entertainment, beverages, multiple dining venues, onboard gratuities, WiFi and watersports from the yacht’s marina. Signature experiences available for an additional fee include a culinary experience at the yacht’s specialty restaurant designed by three Michelin-starred Chef Sven Elverfeld of The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, spa treatments at the signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, and immersive excursions offered through The Shore Collection. Voyage prices vary based upon the itinerary and season.


Watch This Video of the Launch of Ritz-Carlton's Luxury Ship in October 2018 at Virgo Spain's Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard





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Friday, February 8, 2019

Port fo Tampa Fog Delays Ship's Arrival & Departure


Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas Delayed entering the port of Tampa Due to Fog
Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas On a Sunny, Clear Day.

On 2/4/2019 (This past Monday), The Port of Tampa Florida was temporarily closed due to dense fog. The fog was so thick that the fog caused Holland America's Rotterdam to remain pier side over night - Sunday into Monday and eventually departing mid-afternoon.

Meanwhile Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas remained idle outside the entrance to Tampa Bay awaiting the lifting of the fog and the departure of Holland America's Rotterdam. Sitting outside the port since 6:00 AM the Brilliance of the Seas was finally cleared to enter the port at 2:30 PM.

Arriving at the pier at about 4:30 PM, Royal Caribbean needed to disembark passengers, clean all the staterooms, load stores, onboard a full complement of cruise passengers and embark the entertainment and their equipment. This sailing of the Brilliance of the Seas cruise was marketed as a "Alternative Rock Cruise" featuring famous rock bands and entertainers.

The Brilliance of the Seas finally departed from Tampa at about 11:59 PM Monday evening.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Blue World Voyages Expecting a Summer 2019 Start Up.


Blue World Voyages Expects to Start Operations in the Summer 2019.

Blue World Voyages expects to start operations in the Summer of 2019. The heath, exercise and fitness start-up cruise line, is expected to have decks fully dedicated to wellness. The ship is also expected to offer extensive exercise programs, Spa treatments, healthy gourmet dining and adventurous shore excursions. The occupancy will be greatly reduced from 800 passengers to 350 and many staterooms will be converted into suites.

Based on artists rendering, it appears that the un-named ship will the fully renovated Crown Jewel - which last sailed as the Celestyal Nefeli for Celestyal Cruises.

Itineraries are expected to be announced soon - but Mediterranean cruises are expected to be a large part of Blue World Voyages Inaugural season.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Meyer Werft Turku Delivers Mein Schiff 2 in Kiel.

Meyer Werft Turku Delivers TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 2.


On January 22nd. 2019 Meyer Werft - Turku Finland has delivered TUI's Latest addition - the Mein Schiff 2. The ship sailed to Kiel for delivery ceremonies. The delivery marks the delivery of the 6th and final ship of the class for the German Cruise Operator.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Royal Caribbean Marks Milestone as First Steel is Cut for the Odyssey of the Seas.

First Steel is Cut for Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas


MIAMI, Feb. 1, 2019 – Royal Caribbean International marked an important milestone today as the first piece of steel was cut for its second Quantum Ultra Class ship at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 27th ship in the global cruise line’s fleet is set to be named Odyssey of the Seas.
Set to debut in fall 2020, Odyssey of the Seas will sail from the United States. Additional details on Odyssey will be revealed later this year.


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Russians Poised To Enter the Cruise Industry.

Kazakhstan Black Sea SHipping Company - 1970s - 1990s
Kazakhstan Black Sea Shipping Company - 1970s - 1990s

Rumours are circulating that Russian interests are close to entering the cruise industry on a larger scale. Russia, which in the 1970s - 1990s, had a significant presence in the cruise indusrty - especially in the German, UK and Australian Markets. Over the years the Russians lost their strong hold as their fleet aged and the Russian govenment made other areas of the economy the focus.

Now rumors are circulating that orders may be placed shortly for a series of modern cruise ships and exploration vessels - with both private interest and government ties.

Only time will tell how / if the rumor(s) come to fruition.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Regent Seven Seas Orders Luxury Ship From Fincantieri With 2023 Delivery

Artists Rendering of Regent Seven Seas New Ship Expected in 2023
Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced an order with Italy’s Fincantieri S.p.A. to build another stunning cruise ship that will continue to set the standard for defining elegance at sea. With delivery scheduled in late 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to the award-winning Seven Seas Explorer , the most luxurious ship ever built, and Seven Seas Splendor, the ship that perfects luxury.

Accommodating up to 750 guests, the intimate and spacious new ship will be Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ sixth-all-suite vessel. Details about her itineraries, suites, restaurants, amenities and onboard experiences will be revealed leading up to her 2023 debut. Voyages for the ship’s inaugural season will go on sale in 2021.

“Since debuting in 2016, Seven Seas Explorer has solidified her reputation as the most luxurious ship ever built based on the continuous awards and guest accolades she earns,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “When Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season went on sale in April 2018 we set a new single-day booking record for our 26-year-old company, demonstrating the anticipation for her 2020 arrival. Each new ship is progressively more successful. Our growth is a reflection of the amazing people who work across our fleet, our valued shoreside employees, our loyal guests and their trusted travel advisors.”

Montague added, “Over the past 12 months Regent Seven Seas Cruises has completed a $125 million remodeling of our fleet, started construction on Seven Seas Splendor, unveiled our 2020-2021

Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining venues on our ships, debuted the most immersive luxury Cuban voyage itineraries, revealed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group shore excursions, and now we announce one more category-defining luxury cruise ship. These are exciting times for everyone associated with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and we can’t wait to show you what’s next.”

The contract price for the vessel is approximately €475 million. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of the ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which also owns Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.

“We are excited to build on the spectacular success of Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor as we embark on bringing to life a new vessel that will set an even higher benchmark for elegance, luxury and style,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new ship further strengthens our Company’s robust yet measured growth profile with vessels now on order for all three of our award-winning brands, enabling us to expand our presence globally, further diversify our product offerings and continue to drive shareholder returns.”

Fincantieri is currently building Seven Seas Splendor at its Ancona, Italy shipyard, with relentless focus on perfecting every detail during construction so the ship’s inspired design truly dazzles guests as a work of art.

“This agreement is the perfect seal of the work our Group has carried out over the years and the role we have gained in the market. We are able to enter and maintain a reference market presence in every niche, including the most unique and competitive ultra-luxury one in which Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates. Quality is the shipowner’s hallmark and it entrusted Fincantieri once again,” stated Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Oceania Cruises Orders 2 New Ships From Italy's Fincantieri


Oceania Cruises, the upper-premium subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., today announced an order for two new ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.

“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.

The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements, and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities.

“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalize on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market, and deliveries extending all the way to 2027”.

The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.

Delivery for the vessels are expected in 2022 & 2025.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Windstar Cruises to Lengthen 3 Star Class Vessesl - As Part of a Major Upgrade,

Windstar Cruises Lengthened Star Class Ships - Expected in 2019/20

Windstar Cruises today announces the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a major investment and expansion for the innovative cruise company. The multi-million dollar, multi-year undertaking will impact and enhance all aspects of the guest experience for the highly awarded small ship cruise line’s three Star Class vessels.

“We are thrilled to announce the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a significant investment in the future of Windstar Cruises. This exciting initiative is our 180 degree from ordinary solution to add new capacity and major enhancements to the guest experience in a very time efficient manner,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience.”
The initiative will expand guest accommodations on the boutique line’s three all-suite vessels increasing capacity from 212 passengers to 312 guests per ship, following the lengthening. The work will be done to Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride in succession between October 2019 and November 2020, and take place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. The project represents an overall capacity increase of 24% for the small ship line.
The project is expected to be partially financed through an export credit facility guaranteed by SACE, Italy’s export credit agency. 

Each Star Class ship will be cut to allow the installation of a new section of ship that will lengthen each vessel approximately 25.6 meters bringing the total length to just over 138 meters, still the right size to access the smaller ports and harbors that Windstar favors on the line’s immersive itineraries. The project adds 50 new suites, bringing the total number of suites per ship to 156, and represents an investment of more than $267,000 per passenger berth.

“This major investment is an efficient way to build on a winning brand that shows strong momentum and growth potential. Support for this exciting new initiative demonstrates our commitment to Windstar as an important part of the Xanterra portfolio,” said Andrew N. Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Travel Collection.
Also involved in the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the creation of state-of-the-art public spaces including two new dining locations; new shop and retail space; a much enlarged fitness center; and a new world-class spa.
In addition to the impressive scale of work to be done, the renovation includes a comprehensive
re-engine project for each ship. This complex undertaking is an uncommon occurrence in the cruise industry and involves the removal of seven current engines and installation of four new, more environmentally friendly engines that will run on cleaner fuel and reduce emissions impact to sailing regions.

“Given our expertise as a leader in major cruise ship renovations and lengthening projects, we are gratified to be chosen by Windstar to undertake this complex and extensive endeavor. We look forward to working with the Windstar team to totally transform these elegant small ships,” said Giorgio Rizzo, Executive SVP, Fincantieri Services.
NEW: 50 New Suites, New Dining Venues, New Spa & Fitness Areas Take Center Stage
Windstar has partnered with acclaimed designer Ray Chung, Director of Design at The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry in New York, to create modern and inviting design aesthetics for the new public spaces and new suites.

Among new guest amenities and accommodations in the planning phase are:
  • 50 new suites featuring new suite categories and open floor plan configurations.
  • Creation of two brand new, larger Owner’s Suites, that combines existing suites to create up to a three-bedroom, two-balcony suite – the first of its kind in the cruise industry.
  • Two brand new dining experiences including: an intimate, alternative dining restaurant, and a casual barbecue space adjacent to the top deck Star Bar, perfect for outdoor grilling during Windstar’s Signature Onboard Barbecue celebration or enjoying while spending time on deck.
  • Expanded Veranda Restaurant to offer significantly more ocean-view seating and upgraded dining area.
  • For existing suites, all-new bathrooms and installation of new sliding doors for the Balcony Suites.
  • Larger pool and hot tub that will be reconfigured and elevated offering outstanding views, along with more and enhanced outdoor deck area for relaxing and sun-bathing.
  • A completely re-imagined and enlarged spa and fitness center to invigorate active guests.
  • A new elevator mid-ship, making access to all decks easy from anywhere on board.
  • A comfortable, new tender loading area located mid-ship and two new 90-passenger tenders that will ferry guests to port when ships are at anchor.
In addition, ship staff and crew areas and accommodations will be expanded and upgraded. Additional crew will be hired and the increase will maintain the line’s impressive 1.5:1 guest to hotel staff ratio.

As planning on the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative progresses, additional details about the extensive work to be done, new onboard experiences, and new partnerships will be revealed and highlighted in news announcements and on a dedicated microsite that will launch in 2019. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Jalesh Cruises Karnika to Start Sailing From Mumbai April 2019


Jalesh Cruises' Karnika
Jalesh Cruises, a brand of Zen Cruise Pvt. Ltd. is India’s first multi-destination cruise line that has the best of entertainment shows, adventure activities and exotic authentic cuisines packed with international hospitality on the high sea. The cruise is designed & customized especially for the Indian audience and also for the foreigners visiting India to experience the flavor of Indian culture, food & hospitality.

We look beyond and always wish to take ‘Incredible India’ on a global platform by contributing to the growth of tourism and allied businesses. Welcome to Jalesh Cruises for a memorable vacation.

Jalesh Cruises will begin sailing from Mumbai starting in April 2019. The ship, the Karnika, will be converted from the Pacific Jewel in March and offer multiple alternative dining options as well as authentic Indian cuisine and culture.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Celebrity Cruises New Expendition Ship Celebrity Flora Is Launched.

The Celebrity Flora was launched in Holland. The new exploration ship will be sailing full time starting in May for Celebrity Xpedition Cruises.

Below video of her launch and an artist's rendering of the completed ship.





Artists Rendering of the futuristic ship - Celebrity Flora






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