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Silversea to Lengthen Silver Spirit

28 September 2017
Silver Spirit

Luxury cruise line Silversea, are giving Silver Spirit a makeover next March when it lengthens the ship by 49 feet. Silver Spirit debuted in 2009, was then considered the line’s largest and most modern ship. It currently boasts multiple dining venues, including Relais & Chateaux restaurant and sushi venue, and all ocean view (most with balcony) suites with butler service. Silver Spirit will be lengthened by the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo with a prebuilt midsection dropped in and attached. The pre-built section will add 26 Veranda Suites, six Silver Suites and two Panorama Suites to Silver Spirit. Other upgrades on board will be inspired by the cruise line’s newest flagship, Silver Muse, including new dining venues and decor in suites and public areas indoors and out. Silversea’s small ships venture far and wide, yet the ambiance on board remains intimate...
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Silversea Reveals Details of Ship Refurbishment Plans

27 September 2017
Silversea fleet

As part of Silversea’s refurbishment plans, elements of the new Silversea flagship Silver Muse are to be incorporated onto two other cruise ships in the fleet. Silver Wind and Silver Whisper will be completed in December. Silver Whisper will incorporate technical improvements designed to increase the already passenger satisfaction levels. The refurbishment will also include a redesign of public areas, taking inspiration from Silver Muse’s décor including upgrades for La Terrazza, as well as the Observation and Panorama lounges. Silver Wind will be upgraded in a similar format. Chief executive Roberto Martinoli said: “Silver Muse has been a sophisticated inspirational milestone for our brand. “We are confident that the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Wind and Silver Whisper will enhance the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by our guests.”

P&O Cruises To Sell Adonia To Azamara Club Cruises

26 September 2017
P&O Cruises Adonia

P&O Cruises have confirmed that Adonia will be leaving the fleet next year and has signed contracts to sell Adonia to Azamara Club Cruises. The sale will be completed in March 2018 and Adonia’s last cruise as a P&O Cruises ship will be D804 leaving Barbados on February 23 and ending in Barbados on March 9, 2018. The 30,000-ton ship will join the upmarket Azamara fleet in March 2018. Adonia will be renamed Azamara Pursuit and will join two similar-sized ships – Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. The 704-passenger ship will undergo refurbishment before Azamara takes delivery. Information about deployment and itineraries will be released in October. P&O Cruises SVP Paul Ludlow said: “During her time with us Adonia has captured the hearts of many thousands of P&O Cruises guests. “She has ventured into new ports of call around the globe and has...
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Viking Cruises Takes Delivery of Viking Sun

26 September 2017
Infinity Pool, Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises took delivery of Viking Sun, the company’s fourth ocean ship, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking Sun will set sail from Venice on October 4, making her way through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on her maiden voyage. In early November, Viking Sun will cross the Atlantic to sail fall itineraries. On December 15, the ship will embark on Viking’s first-ever World Cruise. Over the course of 141 days, Viking Sun will journey around the world, visiting 35 countries and 66 ports, before the itinerary ends in London on May 5, 2018. In 2019, Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the recently-announced second World Cruise which spans 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports with 10 port overnights. Viking Sun Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms...
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A New Cunard Ship To Join The 3 Queens

25 September 2017

Arriving in 2022, a new Cunard ship will join the 3 Queens. The new ship arriving in 2022 is to be built in Italy, joining Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as part of the iconic Cunard fleet. As Cunard marks 50 years since the naming of the much loved QE2 and following on from their 175th anniversary with the £120m refurbishments of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, the new ship reveals Cunard’s ambitious global plants for the future. The new ship will be the first new Cunard ship in 12 years, sharing the iconic livery and red funnels and accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Distinct Cunard signatures and brand-new experiences will combine as part of this next generation of the Cunard fleet with more exciting details to be revealed in the coming years as part of...
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Saga Cruises Expands Fleet With Second New Build Ship

22 September 2017

Saga Cruises is extending its fleet of new build ships with a second new cruise ship. Spirit of Adventure is expected to be delivered in Summer 2020, joining her sister ship Spirit of Discovery which sails in July 2019. Spirit of Adventure will be similar in external design to Spirit of Discovery, carrying less than 1,000 passengers, balconies for all cabins, and retaining the intimacy and personal touches Saga are renowned for. Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer, Saga plc said: “Our first new ship, Spirit of Discovery, will be in service in June 2019 and with pre-sales being very strong, this confidence in demand has supported our decision to expand the new build fleet and purchase our second new ship, to be delivered in August 2020.” Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises, said: “Our loyal customers have played a key...
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Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Mahler To The Fleet

21 September 2017
Crystal Mahler, Crystal River Cruises

The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, Crystal River Cruises, officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. Crystal Mahler is the second “Rhine Class” river ship to be received by the cruise line and was christened by godmother Lauren Barfield with the traditional German blessing and champagne bottle breaking. “Welcoming this stunning new ship to Crystal’s celebrated fleet is incredibly gratifying, as we continue to expand the celebrated Crystal Experience to a broader audience of discerning world travellers,” says Wolber. “Like her sister ships, Crystal Mahler surpasses all previously established standards of luxury in the river cruising industry, with Crystal’s signature service and attention to detail that our guests have long expected from the ‘World’s Best.'” Crystal Mahler joins Crystal Mozart and sister ship Crystal Bach, which embarked...
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St. Kitts Provides Aid To Caribbean Neighbours

20 September 2017

St. Kitts has partnered up with Carnival Cruise Line to help assist with humanitarian relief and delivery of supplies to St. Maarten which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line delivered supplies to St. Kitts during a call from the Carnival Fascination, which docked at Port Zante on Saturday. Among the supplies from St. Kitts to St. Maarten were food, drinks, medical supplies and other essential items including blankets, batteries and ice. St. Kitts’ own relief efforts for neighbouring islands began the previous weekend, with water from the St. Kitts Bottling Company being shipped on a vessel to Saba. From Thursday, September 21, a donation box will be placed at Port Zante for cruise passengers arriving here and for local citizens alike to further aid in relief efforts. “While we are thankful to be relatively unscathed by...
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Crystal Esprit Returns to Europe for Summer 2018 and 2019

18 September 2017
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Crystal Esprit is set to make a return to Europe in 2018, and again in 2019, rather than remaining in the Caribbean year-round as previously arranged. The intimate yacht experience will welcome passengers for 2018 summer cruises, alternating weeklong sailings between Venice and Dubrovnik, with most of destinations being Croatian ports of call. Also on Crystal Esprit list of destinations are Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. In 2019 Crystal Esprit will switch to the Western Mediterranean, offering six, seven and eight night itineraries. The focus of these sailings will be smaller ports including destinations in France, Italy, Monaco and Spain. This will then be followed by a spell of Greek Isles voyages. “Following the great success of Crystal Esprit’s 2016 and 2017 seasons in Europe, we are seeing tremendous enthusiasm and demand from guests to return to the region during the...
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Carnival Corporation to Boost Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts By $10m

15 September 2017
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The Caribbean islands and parts of Florida battered by Hurrican Irma will get a $10 million boost from the cruise giant Carnival Corporation. An immediate donation of $2.5 million is being made by the family foundation of Carnival chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine to Direct Relief, Unicef and the United Way of Miami-Dade County to support urgent relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Irma. This relief aid follows on from the foundation providing a minimum of $2 million for Harricane Harvey recovery across the US Gulf Coast region. Carnival Foundation and the charitable fund of the Miami Heat basketball are each pledging to raise a combined $5 million in funding for relief and recovery efforts. Arison and his wife will match that commitment up to a total of $5 million from their family foundation, including the organisation’s...
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