Replica Titanic Under Construction

December 23, 2016

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.

Lord Mandelson was among the VIP guests at a ceremony held in China in early December 2016, 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).

This project is not to be confused with Australian billionaires pipe-dream ‘Titanic II’ which was abandoned.


Clive Palmer Gets Cold Feet: HERE

Princess Pocahontas

December 21, 2016

Good News For Carnival, Bad News for P&O Australia

December 18, 2016
(Courtsey Carnival)

(Courtsey Carnival)

Carnival Cruise Line said the vista class ship currently under construction with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, will go to it’s own ‘Carnival’ line in late 2019.

The ship was originally designated for the P&O Cruises Australia brand.

As a result of this change, Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Carnival Splendor’ will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in late 2019. 


BlacK Watch @ Tilbury

December 14, 2016

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Today was a mild and  sunny winters day at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal (London).

A rare visitor was Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’.

I do like her new livery with a dark coloured hull.

Tomorrow she departs on a 7 night itinerary: Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark

BW is 28,613 gross tonnes and carries 820 passengers. She was built in 1972.



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Black Watch Review/slide-show: HERE



Seabourn Encore – Images Released

December 12, 2016

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.


Magellan – Introducing The Taverner’s Pub

December 11, 2016
(Images courtesy of CMV)

(Images courtesy of CMV)

During her annual winter docking, Magellan has had a brand new facility added and CMV is proud to welcome guests in 2017 to the new Taverner’s Pub.

Complimenting her existing lounges and bars, the Taverner’s Pub is a traditional British style pub and, we believe, will be a very welcome addition to Magellan’s facilities. Fosters, Spitfire and Double Stout will be on draft and the Taverner’s Pub will be a great place to enjoy screened sporting events.

Open throughout the day and evening, it is the perfect venue for a drink and conversation with new found friends. And, to round off a perfect evening, pop in for a nightcap before retiring to your cabin at the end of another wonderful day.


The Taverner’s Pub replaces the former Scotts Nightclub and the late night disco will now take place in the Captain’s Club.

(Text/Images courtesy of CMV)

CMV Ships Get The Special Treatment

December 9, 2016

In late November/early December 2016, Magellan & Marco Polo were in the port of Amsterdam as part of their routine annual docking. This was to prepare the vessels for the new season.

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

Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

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.

More images of dry-docking HERE

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


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.