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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today Was Great Day For Norwegian Cruise Line And a Bunch of Firsts For Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade of Norwegian Cruise Line Sailimgs from New York sailing to Bermuda, Bahamas, Florida Private Island and Transatlantic Voyage
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl Make News With New York Sailing.

Today Was Great Day For Norwegian Cruise Line And a Bunch of Firsts For Norwegian Cruise Line as 2 of their ships arrive and sail from the Port of New York. Today's news center around the Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Pearl and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Havila Kystruten Releases New Renderings Of Norwegian Coastal Cruisers.

Artist Rendering of Havila Kystruten New Coastal Cruise Vessel Havila Capella
Artist Rendering of Havila Kystruten New Coastal Cruise Vessel Havila Capella

In preparation for their January 2021 start up, Havila Kystruten has released an updated rendering of their new environmental friendly coastal cruiser - the Havila Capella. The ships will be LNG and battery powered.

The new operator, which recently was awarded shipping rights by the Norwegian government,  will add four ships on the Norwegian coast starting in January 2021, sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway.

These ships will be in direct competition with Hurtigruten (another Norwegian operator on the same / competing routes).

The ships are under construction at two different yards, in Tersan, Turkey and Barreras, Spain.


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Windstar Cuts the First Steel at Italian Shipyard Fincantieri as the Innovative Small Ship Cruise Line’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative Becomes Reality

Windstar cruises lengthening of Star class ships - steel cutting, Star Pride, Star Breeze, Star Legend
Fincantieri’s Vice President of Ship Repair and Conversions Andrew Toso, Shipyard Director Gianni Salvagno and Windstar Cruises’ Vice President of Expansion Projects John Gunner in Trieste, Italy (left to right)

April 2, 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard “Arsenale Triestino San Marco”, in Trieste, Italy, John Gunner, Vice President of Expansion Projects for Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, pushed the button which activated the torch to make the first cut in the new steel that will become the first of three new ships sections as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.  
The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising. Windstar will take half of its entire fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovate each ship in succession. The work on the first of the three ships begins on Star Breeze in October 2019 and shall end with the departure of the Star Pride from the yard in November 2020. This steel cutting marks the beginning of true project construction. The popular ships will be cut in half to allow the installation of a new stepped mid-body section that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 meters. The total capacity of the “new” expanded ships will be 312 guests, and additional staff will be hired in order to maintain the line’s impressive 1.5 to 1 guest-to-service staff ratio.

The new sections will be built in Trieste and then will be transported south by barge to the Fincantieri yard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy to be inserted into the iconic Windstar ships along with the new engines. The timeline requires the new sections to be fabricated from April through September, shipped in October, and then inserted into Star Breeze so that she can be completed in time for her arrival for re-inaugural activities at the port of Miami on March 19, 2020.

The extension and modernization project is being performed by the “Ship Repair & Conversion” part of the Services Division of Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one for diversification and innovation that has built 89 cruise ships from 1990 to today with 54 new ships currently being designed or built in the group’s yards. The company also has a deeply rooted experience in cruise ship conversion, which consolidates its leadership in this highly specialized naval transformation sector.
The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry in New York, led by Ray Chung, Director of Design, has been tasked with creating modern and inviting design aesthetics for the new public spaces and 50 new suites. In addition to the suites, there will be a new pool area, restaurants, a spa & wellness center, and enhanced “living room deck space.”
Gunner pointed out, “This is not about just cutting a ship in half and making it bigger. We are replacing the engines and ‘back of house’ too, so that these ships deliver on their promise of visiting smaller ports and special waterways of the world with a softer environmental footprint for generations to come.”
Andrew Toso, Vice President Ship Repair and Conversion of the Fincantieri Services Division, stated, “The considerable experience gained with major naval projects undertaken over recent years, and the Windstar program that we are officially starting today, consolidates Fincantieri’s position as the reference point worldwide for this kind of highly sophisticated and complex operations. We are very proud that Windstar, a prestigious new client for our company, has chosen us for these strategic works which will require an extremely high level of engineering competence and project management.”
Reservations can be made for cruises aboard the post-Star Plus Initiative Star Breeze and Star Legend including Star Breeze’s Colors of Key West & Central America 10-day voyage from Miami to Colón, Panama on March 20, 2020; sailing from Miami will be a first for the Seattle-based company.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

India's Jaelsh Cruises Prepare for Launch.

The refurbished Karnika Showing Off Her New Livery and Duel Funnels Prior to Her Entry Into the India Cruise Market.
The refurbished Karnika Showing Off Her New Livery and Duel Funnels Prior to Her Entry Into the India Cruise Market.

The 70,285gt, Crown Princess-class cruise ship has just completed a comprehensive refurbishment at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore. The ship is en route to Mormugao, India and is expected to arrive on April 12.  The refurbished ship is expected to enter service from Mumbai, India in mid-April 2019.

The 2,000 passenger capacity ship will be re-named "Karnika" at a gala event in Mumbai on April 19. Karnika will provide an authentic Indian experience catering to both residents of India and passengers world-wide. Jalesh Cruises is expected operate seasonal cruises from India and Dubai for the duration of 2019.

Fo a ship enthusiast like myself, I have to point out that the most recent renovations have converted the ship into a two funnel (smokestack) ship. 

The ship has previously sailing as the Crown Princess, A'RosaBlu, AidaBlu, Ocean Village Two and  Pacific Jewel.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Norwegian Getaway Arrives in New York Today - Other NCL Ships to Follow Shortly.

Norwegian Getaway to Sail Short Series of Cruises From New York
Norwegian Getaway to Sail Short Series of Cruises From New York

This morning Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Getaway is expected to arrive in New York at around 9:00 AM. She departed Miami on 4/7/2019 with no passengers en-route to NYC. The ship has not been in New York since its maiden voyage in January / February 2014..

The Norwegian Getaway will conduct a four day cruise to Bermuda and also a seven day Florida -Bahamas Cruise from New York, before re-positioning to Europe for the summer season.

Norwegian is bringing a series of their ships to New York this fall. Including the Norwegian Jade which will have a single sailing from Brooklyn. As well as the Norwegian Pearl. For the Norwegian Pearl this will be an inaugural visit to the Big Apple. Both sailings will be in April and May before they too, position to Europe for the Spring and summer season.

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Small Ship Operator Blount Adventure Cruise Announces Two New Sailings Along the Chesapeake Bay.

 Small Ship Operator Blount Adventure Cruise has announced two new sailings along the Chesapeake Bay... Details are below.
Go where the big ships cannot with Blount
Enjoy casual cruising with fewer than 84 passengers, comfortable accommodations and delicious chef-prepared meals. Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner plus a flexible BYOB Bring Your Own Bottle policy.
May 19 & May 30

Your Onboard Historian
Award-winning historian, preservationist and author, John is Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia. He has also served as adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary.

John has written seventeen books, including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South and The Monitor Boys, winner of the Henry Adams Prize for Excellence in Historical Literature.
Onshore Adventures
American Revolution Tour, Yorktown, VA
Experience the history of the battle that won the American Revolution when you visit the Yorktown National Battlefield. Tour Yorktown, as well as the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, with renowned historian and onboard lecturer John Quarstein, as he guides you through the final battle of the war. Visit the Hornwork, Redoubts 9 & 10, French Grand Battery, and Surrender Field to understand how the siege of Yorktown secured our nation’s independence.
Man, Monuments & Memorials, Alexandria, VA
Experience our nation’s capital with a motor coach tour of Washington, D.C. You will board the coach at your dock in Baltimore and proceed to the capital. You will the opportunity to see the U.S. Capitol building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Washington Monument before stopping by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where you will have time to venture to any one of the Smithsonian Museums.
George Washington’s Home, Mt. Vernon
Visit the estate of the our first President George Washington and his wife Martha. This tour will offer you a glimpse in the life of an 18th century patriot and statesman. You will have the opportunity to explore the grounds, self-guided tour of the mansion, enjoy the garden, museums, outbuilding, family burial grounds and gift shop.
USNA Historical Tour, Annapolis, MD
Experience the life of a midshipmen on this tour of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. This tour, provided by the Naval Academy Guide Service, will provide highlights of life at the Academy past and present. The tour includes a visit to the original armory, Wright B-1 flyer, student dormitory, sports complex, Memorial Hall, Main Chapel, and the crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero, and father of the U.S. Navy.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Holland America Line to Call Next Pinnacle Class Ship Ryndam

Artists Rendering of Holland America's 4th Pinnacle Ship Ryndam being built at Italy's Fincantieri
Artists Rendering of Holland America's 4th Pinnacle Ship Ryndam.

In a nod to its long line of historic ships that helped build the foundation for cruising as we know it today, Holland America Line announced that its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The newbuild, due for delivery in May 2021, will be the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. 

 Ryndam will be similar to sister ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, weighing 99,500 tons and carrying 2,666 guests. As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations, along with Holland America Line hallmarks that drive one of the highest guest repeat rates in the industry.
Holland America Line honors the timeless tradition of cruising while also embracing new innovations for today’s travelers, and the name Ryndam reflects the unique history of this company while honoring previous ships that were progressive in their time as this last Ryndam will be,” said Orland Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “From the first Ryndam more than 100 years ago to the most recent, the namesake ships have been beloved by our guests. The next Ryndam will bring new life to one of the most notable series of vessels in our history.”
The steel cutting for Ryndam, signifying the official beginning of the building process, was held March 13, 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy. This will be the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by the Italian shipbuilder, which most recently delivered Nieuw Statendam.
Holland America Line’s Historic Ships Named Ryndam
The first Ryndam was part of the Holland America Line fleet from 1901 to 1929, starting as Rijndam before receiving the English spelling in 1923. In 1927 Ryndam I became the first Holland America Line ship to sail a world cruise, although it was chartered as a floating school at sea for that voyage. The second Ryndam served from 1951 to 1973, and the third sailed in the fleet from 1993 through 2015, when it was transferred to sister brand P&O Australia and now cruises as Pacific Aria


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