CMV’s Columbus: 2018 Round The World Cruise

August 24, 2016


On 5th January 2018, Columbus (CMV’s latest addition to thier fleet) will set sail from London Tilbury on a spectacular ‘round the world’ voyage. It will be a truly historic occasion, as it will be 20 years to the date since this popular cruise ship operated her maiden world cruise.

Escape the winter and return home at the beginning of May on this 121 night grand voyage on which you can truly relax, enjoy leisurely days at sea, carefree evenings and so many incredible highlights as you circumnavigate the globe.

Columbus will take you to the Caribbean, Central America, the Panama Canal, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Dubai, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, the Suez Canal, Athens, Malta and home via the Mediterranean.

With her spacious lounge areas, comfortable accommodation and wide range of facilities, Columbus is the ideal ship for such an adventure. For most of this voyage, you will be able to enjoy warmer climes and therefore make full use of the expansive deck areas, swimming pools and whirlpools.

CMV have set aside 150 twin cabins for single occupancy priced with just a 25% single supplement on the equivalent category twin share prices. In addition, our special on-board singles programme of events including a welcome cocktail party and get together will ensure the opportunity to meet like-minded travellers.

(Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

Malcolm says: Columbus’s world cruise marks the day of the  20th Anniversary of the ship’s inaugural world cruise as P&O’s ‘Arcadia’ according to Mike Hall, CMV’s head of marketing.

Dream Cruises Branding Campaign

August 23, 2016
(Courtesy of Genting)

Click to enlarge (Courtesy of Genting)

As ‘Genting Dream’ floats-out (here) Dream Cruises is launching a new branding platform called “The Mermaid’s Dream.” The campaign features a love-story between a mermaid and an astronaut.

The campaign will include a commercial and was developed by Leo Burnett, China.



MSC Meraviglia – Virtual Tour

August 22, 2016

The Mediterranean  Shipping Company (MSC) have become a major player in the global cruise industry with three classes of innovative newbuilds on the way: Seaside, Meraviglia and their still somewhat secret ‘World Class’ ships.

I find myself increasing posting YouTube material here, as this provides some of the best renderings of these amazing new ships.


P&O’s Oceana To Homeport in Malta

August 21, 2016
Oceana (Courtesy P&O)

Oceana (Courtesy P&O)

P&O Cruises will sail a new Malta-to-Malta (Valletta) itinerary on the P&O Oceana in 2017 and 2018.

The Minister for Tourism in Malta, Edward Zammit Lewis, explained that this development “is exciting for the tourism sector” and that he looked forward to enhancing further the relationship with P&O.

The Minister remarked that during 2017 over 100,000 passenger movements will be handled through this fly and cruise program on 27 calls, with an extra 10,000 passengers on five more calls. Moreover, additional port calls are planned for 2018.

(Malta Tourism)

Malcolm says: An interesting move.  At the time of writing, I have yet to see the full itineraries.


NCL Cruise From Southampton (UK) in 2017

August 20, 2016
Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jade

The Norwegian Cruise line have announce  new European itineraries for summer 2017 on-board the newly-refurbished, Norwegian Jade. Once completed she’s promised to look even better than when she first left the shipyard!

The good news for European cruisers is that there will be more cruises roundtrip from Southampton and Hamburg.

Itineraries include the Norwegian Fjords, Norway, Iceland & UK, Northern Europe Cities, all from Southampton and Norway & North Cape from Hamburg.


Norwegian Jade review HERE

Malcolm says: I always welcome more choices form UK ports. I cruised on-board Jade some years back and she’s a very nice ship.  Although she is hardly small at around 93,000 gt., she is starting to look medium sized by todays mega-ship standards. However there have been three generations of NCL ships since Jade entered service in 2006 – Epic, Breakaway and BreakawayPlus classes.  It would be nice to see a ‘Breakaway’ class offering cruises from UK ports, but maybe they fear that they could not fill one.

Genting Dream Floated Out

August 20, 2016
(Courtesy of Genting)

(Courtesy of Genting)

The new ‘Genting Dream’, constructed for the new ‘Dream Cruises’ was floated out of the building hall at the Meyer Werft ship yard, in Germany, on Friday afternoon 19/08/16.

The 150,000-ton ship will serve the Asian market. Genting will take delivery in October.

The ships design is based on the Norwegian Cruise lines ‘Breakaway’ class.


World’s Largest Aircraft: First Flight

August 19, 2016

Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft, successfully completed its first flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire (England), on 17 August 2016.

(Trivia: Airships were once called the Ocean Liners of the sky)

Holiday Stress

August 17, 2016

British tourists have revealed the travellers they hate the most and the things that stress them out the most when they go off on holiday.

Respondents in the survey by car hire firm Avis chose their biggest holiday stresses.

Half of the top 10 were airport-related irritants, with 24 per cent of those polled saying they have had a holiday ‘ruined’ by stress at the airport.

(Mail Online)

Malcolm says: No wonder cruising from your local port is gaining in popularity. However cruise ship embarkation and disembarkation is not necessarily stress-free either!

The World’s Biggest Cruise Ships

August 12, 2016
Global Class (Courtesy of Genting)

Global Class (Courtesy of Genting)


Forget about history and the ‘little’ RMS Titanic, the world’s biggest cruise ships are being built now and over the new few years.

It’s pretty clear form the table above that Royal Caribbean are the leaders in the ‘biggest cruise ship’ game at present and have been for a number of years now.

The Norwegian Cruise Line are in second place, but there is quite a gap between NCL’s biggest ship and Royal Caribbean’s.


However from 2019 a number of newbuilds will dramatically change the leader board.

Royal Caribbean will still have the biggest ships (the Oasis class). However new ships form Star (Genting, Global class), the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC World class), AIDA and  Costa, all of which will be between 201,000-177,000 gross tonnes, will push RC’s smaller ships (the Quantum class), NCL (the Breakaway & Plus classes) and P&O/Princess Royal class etc. further down the list.

In addition, Carnival’s fleet will look increasingly mid-sized by comparison.

(Source Wiki)

Oasis review: HERE

When will NCL build 200,000gt ships? See Here

Genting/Star 201,000 gt megaship slide-show: HERE

World’s Largest Aircraft Leaves Its Hangar For The First Time

August 9, 2016


The world’s largest aircraft, known fondly as the ‘Flying Bum’, left its hangar for the first time on Saturday 6th August 2016.

The Airlander 10, which cost £25million to build over 10 years, is 92 metres long and pumped with a million cubic feet of helium.

Full Mail Online article HERE


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