Cruise Ships

/Cruise Ships

Discoverer is the latest addition to Silversea’s luxury expedition fleet

Luxury cruise line Silversea has today announced a new expedition ship, Silver Discoverer, will join its fleet in March 2014. The 128-passenger vessel, formerly Clipper Odyssey, is to undergo a major refurbishment before making its maiden voyage for Silversea on March 1, from Bali. The ship will explore remote areas of the South Pacific before heading to the almost uncharted waters (in terms of western passengers) of the Russian Far East. It joins Silver Explorer, which has been with Silversea for five years, and Silver Galapagos, which makes its maiden voyage in Silversea colours later this month. The line also [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 10 September 2013|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

When will Royal confirm their new ship will be OUR national Anthem?

There's an army of cruise fans who live, eat and breathe ships and shipping. Many of them may only spend a few precious days each year at sea, but devote the rest of their time following the activities of their favourite operator or ships, tracking progress and developments on every news source available. They don't simply wait for cruise lines to make official announcements; they trawl the internet on a daily basis, sometimes making deductions from the flimsiest of evidence. Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Poirot have nothing on these maritime detectives. A couple of days ago, some of them noticed [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 4 September 2013|Cruise Gossip, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

From Boston Red Sox to Anfield?

In his earlier life as a maitre d' and a hotel director, Michael Bayley probably thought a pitcher was nothing more than a jug of water. Yesterday he discovered a whole new meaning to the word. Bayley, originally from the UK and a graduate of Bournemouth University, has been president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises for 12 months. The company is the "official cruise line" of the Boston Red Sox - and a perk of the liaison means Bayley was given the first pitch in last night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. As a Brit who knew nothing about the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 30 August 2013|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

Passengers fly home as cruise ship quits Alaska for dry dock repairs

Persistent propulsion problems have brought a premature end to Celebrity Millennium's Alaska season. The 13-year-old ship has disembarked more than 2,000-passengers and is heading to dry dock in Grand Bahama for repairs. Three recent cruises were disrupted by the problems; now the four remaining Alaska cruises of the summer have been cancelled as well as a re-positioning voyage from California to Florida. Problems first struck earlier this month when Millennium arrived late into Seward at the end of a seven-day cruise from Vancouver and then remained in port for four days for repairs to be carried out. Its subsequent return [...]

By | 2013-08-24T12:16:11+00:00 24 August 2013|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

NY Super Bowl 48 charter changes Norwegian Getaway maiden plans

Norwegian Getaway has been chartered to provide accommodation for Super Bowl 48, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers. The ship, currently under construction in Germany, is to be based in Miami but it will now head for New York next January. An 11-night Transatlantic crossing from Rotterdam has been changed to a 10-night sailing from Southampton. Instead of setting out from Miami for its official maiden voyage on February 1 it will be tied up at Manhattan Piers from January 29 to February 3. The Super Bowl takes place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium - home of the [...]

By | 2015-04-07T20:48:39+00:00 19 August 2013|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News, Cruise Ships|1 Comment

Non-stop cruise to Vancouver

On their way at last - passengers aboard Celebrity Millennium finally left port yesterday after being stuck in Seward, Alaska, since Friday. The ship was delayed awaiting electrical repairs to one of its two propulsion motors which failed on August 8, leading to a four-hour delay on arrival in the remote town. Millennium will sail directly to Vancouver instead of visiting Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, and is due to arrive in the Canadian city on Friday morning, as originally scheduled. Passengers who chose to stay on the ship after arriving to board the vessel last Friday brought an unexpected bonanza [...]

By | 2013-08-13T21:12:13+00:00 13 August 2013|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

$50m upgrade for Oceania trio

Oceania Cruises is to spend $50 million upgrading its original three ships - Regatta, Insignia and Nautica - and to add features which were introduced on the newer Marina and Riviera. The work will be carried out in dry dock at Marseille and Vancouver between April and June next year. The three ships were originally launched in 1998 by the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, and are almost identical in design to P&O's Adonia and Azamara's Journey and Quest. Each carries up to 684 passengers The upgrades include the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and some public rooms. The ships' top accommodations, the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 6 August 2013|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

P&O’s Arcadia to get extra cabins

Extensive alterations to P&O cruise ship Arcadia will add a new superstructure containing 23 balcony cabins, a luxurious suite, and an extra sun deck. The work will be carried out during a spell in dry dock at Bremerhaven from November 26 to December 12, and P&O are remaining characteristically coy about revealing details. I asked the company for information two weeks ago but none was forthcoming. After an announcement yesterday by the company which will carry out the work, I made a further request for details from P&O. The only response was a simple confirmation of what had been disclosed [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 30 July 2013|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|3 Comments

200th crossing as Cunard’s QM2 marks a Transatlantic milestone

A Transatlantic crossing is one of the finest cruise experiences available. Some ships that spend winter in the Caribbean and summer in Europe make the journey twice a year. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is the only vessel which does it on a regular basis. It's what she was built for, powering across the ocean regardless of the weather. For the passengers there are no ports of call to provide any distractions. There's just the destination to look forward to; Southampton on the eastbound journey, New York on the westbound. And there's everything the ship can offer. Passengers have all the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 26 July 2013|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

On Reflection, cruise film to watch

A cruise ship documentary well worth watching, especially if you are fascinated by how these modern-day giants of the seas are conceived and constructed. Long-time Celebrity cruise director Nick Weir narrates a fascinating insight into "The Making of Celebrity Reflection" chronicling 18 months of work at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany. This is a short preview of the 71-minute production, available to purchase at or on board any Celebrity ship.

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 23 July 2013|Cruise Ships|2 Comments