CMV Ships Get The Special Treatment

December 9, 2016
Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

Magellan & Marco Polo are currently in the port of Amsterdam as part of their routine annual docking. This enables us to prepare the vessels for the new season.

Mike Hall, Head of Marketing at CMV said “Magellan will be back ready for her Christmas Markets cruise on 6 December from Tilbury which has been on waitlist now for sometime. Meanwhile, Marco Polo will sail back to Bristol in time for her on board Festive Celebration Events and Christmas cruise which is also on waitlist.


Both these CMV ships have many loyal followers and as a result our overall 2017 programme is now more than 70% sold. So, if you haven’t booked your cruise for next year, now is the time to do so.”


(Text/Images courtesy of CMV)

Malcolm says: These are ‘real ships’ which are being lovingly maintained. Well done CMV.

CMV Offer Itineraries from Wales In 2017

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer itineraries departing from Wales for the first time ever in 2017.


The no-fly cruise specialist has revealed that the 800-passenger Marco Polo will offer a series of cruises departing from Cardiff (UK), including Norwegian Fjords and Spain, Portugal & France voyages; plus a special summer Gardens & River Seine cruise from the port.

The 1,400-passenger Magellan will meanwhile offer three sailings from Newport (UK), including a cruise to European Medieval cities, a mini-cruise to Dublin and a Norwegian Fjords voyage.

CMV’s head of marketing, Mike Hall, said: “CMV is delighted to be cruising from Wales in 2017 and would like to thank ABP Ports and Cruise Wales for their support in bringing this about.  Sales have been extremely encouraging and it is our intention to be sailing from Wales again in 2018.”

Marco Polo review HERE, Magellan review HERE.

Royal Caribbean – Cruises To Cuba

December 8, 2016
(Source Cuba Tourism)

(Source Cuba Tourism)

London, UK, 8th December, 2016 – Royal Caribbean today announced that the Cuban government has granted them approval for cruises to Cuba and they plan to announce their first Florida – Cuba itineraries in the near future.

“Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

“Our discussions with our travel partners indicate that Cuba is a destination that appeals to a new generation of travellers”.

Two RCL lines, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises, will provide guests with travel directly to Cuba for the purpose of people-to-people exchanges between guests and Cuban citizens and other travel permitted by current U.S. regulations.

The cruise itineraries will comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that permit travel companies to transport approved travellers to Cuba to engage in people-to-people activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

(Royal Caribbean)

Norwegian, Oceania and Regent to Sail to Cuba in 2017

December 8, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017.

All three of the company’s brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will sail to Cuba in 2017, according to a statement.

See ‘Cruise Industry News’ article: HERE


Seabourn Ovation – Keel Laid

December 6, 2016

The keel laying ceremony for the Seabourn Ovation took place on the 2nd December 2016, at Fincantieri shipyard, Genoa.

The ceremony took place the presence of the Italian Minister of Defense, Roberta Pinotti.

The ship will be delivered in spring 2018.


Sister ship:

MSC Cuts Steel For Bellissima

December 5, 2016

MSC Cruises held a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, on Monday 28th November 2016, to mark the start of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia (‘Wonder’ in Italian) class of ships.

The 5,700-passenger ship will jointly hold the title of largest cruise ship in the world, in terms of passenger capacity, when she comes into service in June 2019 with sister ship MSC Meraviglia.

MSC Cruises is investing an astonishing $10.2 billion in fleet expansion, which will see the line’s capacity triple over the next ten years.

MSC Bellissima is the fourth of 11 next-generation ships due to come into service over this period between now and 2020. Two more ships (the Meraviglia-Plus class) will have an even greater passenger capacity of 6,300 and are expected to enter service in October 2019 and September 2020.

Just last week the line celebrated the float out of its newest and largest ship, so far. MSC Seaside.


Full-Size Replica Of The Titanic Is Under Construction In China

December 4, 2016
(Courtesy GP Images)

Click to enlarge (Courtesy GP Images)

A shipbuilder in China has started work on a full-scale replica of the Titanic, the doomed ship that hit an iceberg and sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912.

The ship is being erected at an amusement park in the landlocked, hilly south-western province of Sichuan at a cost of more than one billion yuan (£115 million).

Lord Mandelson was among the VIP guests at a ceremony held in China to mark the start of work on a full-sized replica of the Titanic.

The ship is being erected at an amusement park in the landlocked, hilly south-western province of Sichuan at a cost of more than one billion yuan (£115 million).

See full News Artice: HERE


(Courtesy GP Images)

Chinese Titanic Replica slide-show: HERE

Seabourn Encore Delivered

December 2, 2016

(Courtsey of Seabourn)

The handover ceremony of the Seabourn Encore took place om 30 Nov. 2016 at the Marghera shipyard, in Venice.

The ceremony was attended by Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation, Richard D. Meadows, President of Seabourn Cruise Line and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, while Fincantieri was represented by the Chairman, Giampiero Massolo and the CEO, Giuseppe Bono.

The ship is 40,350 tons and 210 meters long, with a cruising speed of 18.6 knots for 600 guests.

(Source Unknown)

(Source Unknown)

Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017. International recording artist and world’s best-selling Soprano, Sarah Brightman, will be godmother of Seabourn Encore and officially name the ship during the celebration. The vessel will then depart on its Inaugural Voyage, the 10 day Gems of the Java Sea cruise, bound for Indonesia.

Seabourn Encore will spend summer 2017 in the Mediterranean, with numerous itineraries.


Fincantieri Floats Out MSC Seaside

November 27, 2016

MSC Cruises floated out of its newest and largest ship on 26/11/16, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

The 5,200-passenger ship, which will enter service in December next year and will be based year-round in Miami and sail Caribbean itineraries.

The 160,000-ton ship will be joined by a sister, MSC Seaview, in June 2018, with an option on a third in 2021.

Each ship has been especially designed for warm climes, and will feature an outdoor promenade filled with shops, bars and alfresco dining.

There will be 463,000 square feet of public space, including panoramic elevators.


Viking Line Newbuild

November 26, 2016

Viking Line has announced it has signed a letter of intent with the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. to build a passenger vessel for delivery in the spring of 2020. The new vessel will serve the Turku (Finland)-Åland Islands (Finland)-Stockholm (Sweden) route.

The vessel is intended to be a collaborative project, and the plan is to engage a number of Finnish and other European supplier.

The 63,000-ton vessel will be 218 metres in length with capacity for 2,800 guests, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 meters.

Viking Line will hire Scandinavian architects for the interior design.

“Our intention is for the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). We have excellent experience with this from the M/S Viking Grace, the first large LNG-powered passenger vessel in the world”
said Jan Hanses, Viking Line’s CEO.

(Viking Line)

Carnival’s Fathom Cruise Line Discontinued

November 25, 2016
P&O's Adonia, now 'Fathom'.

P&O’s Adonia, now ‘Fathom’.

P&O Cruises’ much loved small ship Adonia — which has been sailing as Fathom in Cuba and the Dominican Republic — will return to the fleet in summer 2017.

Carnival Corp. gave no specific reason why the line was ceasing except that other cruise lines in the organisation now offer similar experiences. Earlier this month, the group announced the excursions pioneered by Fathom in the Dominican Republic will be available on all of the group’s other lines including P&O Cruises.

See Cruise Critic article HERE

Malcolm says: Very few commentators though that Fathom’s business model would be successful. Personally I felt that the project  was probably a loss-leader. Maybe it was  a vehicle to  forge links with the Cuban authorities, in order to get a ‘foot in the door’ in terms of US ships visiting Cuba…or am I being too cynical?  What is your opinion?