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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ventures Into River Cruising

17 May 2017
Fred Olsen River Cruise

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced the launch of its first river cruise programme with sailings in Europe from 2018. The programme will go on sale from 26th May 2017 and will operate from April to November next year. The 156-guest river boat, Brabant, will take in some of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, including the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle – on a total of 30 departures in 2018, with durations ranging from five to 25 nights. Fred. Olsen will be bringing its unique style of ‘destination exploration’ to the river cruise market, with exciting itineraries visiting some of Europe’s most stunning rivers, canals and valleys. Guests can choose to sail the breath-taking Danube, taking in the major cities and wildlife-rich Danube Delta; savour the highlights of the heart of Europe, along the twists and turns of the Moselle, Rhine and...
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Princess Cruises Announces Partnership with Michelin Star Chef

02 November 2016

Princess Cruises has revealed that the former head chef at Claridge’s in London, Emmanuel Renaut, will develop the cruise line’s next specialty restaurant. La Mer – A French Bistro by three-Michelin star Emmanuel Renaut’ will be available on Majestic Princess, the line’s latest ship, when it launches in April 2017. La Mer will offer a Parisian bistro experience and will be located in the ship’s atrium offering complimentary lunch and breakfast options created by the Princess culinary teams. Renaut is executive chef of the Flocons de Sel restaurant, located in the French Alps village of Megève. Flocons de Sel was awarded a third Michelin star in 2012, having earned its first in 2004 and a second in 2006. Before establishing the restaurant in 1998, Renaut cooked in restaurants including Claridge’s, Hotel de Crillon and Auberge de l’Eridan. Majestic Princess will...
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P&O Cruises Reveal Details of New Megaship

31 October 2016

Last night P&O Cruises revealed more details of the lines ‘most ambitious’ ship set to launch in 2020. The new ship will feature a major new entertainment hub called The Dome, which will be among the star attractions on board. Featuring an impressive clear sky dome, a pool with a retractable stage, water feature and whirlpools, The Dome will act as an all-weather venue for all day entertainment and informal dining. At night, The Dome will come alive with aerial performances, projection onto the roof and immersive shows. P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at the heart of the new ship which, thanks to an innovative use of space, will offer an extensive range of dining, entertainment and relaxing areas”. Natural light will flow...
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch To Undergo Major Refurbishment

24 October 2016

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 804-guest Black Watch will be entering dry dock at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in November 2016, in preparation for the forthcoming 2017/18 cruise season. Black Watch will undergo a substantial dry-dock schedule that will include engineering works, general maintenance and refurbishment, as well as the creation of several new public areas and passenger facilities, as part of a multi-million Pound investment. Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Black Watch is one of Fred. Olsen’s most popular cruise ships, and it is important that she always looks her best. During her 26-day dry dock in Hamburg, as well as the usual maritime inspections and maintenance work, we will also be undertaking major upgrades to the cabins and public areas throughout the ship, to ensure that we continue to provide...
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Hurtigruten Reveal Pioneering Scandinavian Design

20 October 2016

Norwegian exploration cruise line, Hurtigruten, has decided to name the first two new hybrid powered expedition ships “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen” after the two most influential Norwegian polar pioneers. The new members of the Hurtigruten fleet have been designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the recognised Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino, and are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019. There are also plans for an additional two vessels. “It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. State-Of-The-Art...
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Norwegian Cruise Line To Unveil Ship Designed For Alaska In 2018

17 October 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans to introduce the first ship built specifically for cruising in Alaska. The new build will seasonally homeport in Seattle from 2018. Norwegian Bliss will become the third in the cruise line’s series of Breakaway Plus class vessels. The ship will enter service in June 2018 and will feature custom-built design features and amenities for Alaska cruises. As the youngest ship cruising in the region, Norwegian Bliss weighs in at 167,800 gross tons and is capable of accommodating 4,000 passengers on board. Built by Meyer Werft at their Papenburg shipyard in Germany, she is scheduled for delivery to NCL in spring of 2018 with bookings opening in January 2017. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in the Emerald City....
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Royal Caribbean Drive Towards The Future With LNG Powered Icon Class Ships

13 October 2016

Royal Caribbean International has revealed its next class of cruise ship will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new class will introduce fuel cell technology to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The innovative cruise line has labelled their new class of ships as a “new era in ship building.” Royal Caribbean has signed a memorandum of understanding with renowned shipbuilder Meyer Turku for their new class of ship, which is to be entitled “Icon”. Two “Icon Class” ships are expected to be delivered to the cruise lines fleet by 2022 and 2024. Cleaner emissions will be achieved through the use of the new technologies, which will be debuted and teste on existing Oasis Class vessels prior to the commencement of “Project Icon”, while larger fuel cell projects will also be run on new Quantum Class vessels under construction...
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Silversea Release 2018 Itineraries

29 September 2016

Silversea Cruises, today announced the details of its 2018 itineraries. In all, the nine ships from across Silversea’s Classic and Expedition fleet will visit 130 countries and will open up unique worldly experiences for guests to enjoy from the elegant comfort of newly refurbished ships. In 2018, guests will have the choice of almost 1000 destinations across the world, almost 600 via the Expedition fleet and over 400 with the Classic fleet. “At Silversea, we don’t believe that ‘bigger is better’, in fact we believe and deliver the complete opposite. A belief perfectly illustrated by our commitment to smaller, more intimate ships that clearly respond to the desires of our guests that tend to favour a refined and understated elegance,” said Roberto Martinoli, CEO at Silversea Cruises. “However, in this instance, as we announce our new itineraries, enlarging the range of...
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Fred Olsen to Mark 170th Anniversary With Full Fleet In Cadiz

22 September 2016

On 10th September 2018, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet of four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch –  will join together once again to mark their 170th anniversary in one of Europe’s most historic cities, Cádiz in Spain. The get together named ‘Captains in Cádiz’, will be full of celebrations and festivities, on four special themed cruise itineraries, to go on sale from 28th September 2016. Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “In July last year, we brought our four ships together for the very first time in Bergen, Norway, and it was one of the most celebrated events that we have held at Fred. Olsen since the shipping line’s inception in 1848. To mark our milestone 170th anniversary in 2018, we will be looking to build upon the tremendous success of our ‘Four...
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Crystal Cruises Unveil First Images Of Luxury Private Boeing 777

21 September 2016

Crystal Cruises have revealed the features of their new luxury ‘private jet’ Boeing 777. The six star cruise line has unveiled the first images of the aircrafts interior with a bar and dining area taking centre stage. President and Chief Executive of Crystal Cruises, Edie Rodriguez revealed the images of Crystal AirCruises’ Boeing 777-200 long range aircraft yesterday. The aircraft is capable of carrying more than 300 passengers but true to Crystal Cruises’ luxurious nature, will be configured to accommodate just 84 guests when it enters service in September 2017. Rodriguez said: “Crystal AirCruises is not just a thrilling new venture for Crystal but a groundbreaking development in the luxury travel industry. “Even the savviest travellers and guests who have sailed on our award-winning ocean cruises many times will relish brad new opportunities to explore places impossible to reach by water,...
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