Expedition cruise specialist Compagnie du Ponant is to build another new ship. The yacht, which will debut in spring 2015, joins the line's Le Soléal (above), launched only last month, and Le Boréal and L'Austral. The boutique ships, which each carry 224 passengers in 132 cabins, are specialists in Polar travel. Compagnie du Ponant also operate the 64-passenger sailing vessel, Le Ponant. The company was bought last year by venture capitalists Bridgepoint, which has substantial investments in the Pret a Manger sandwich shops and Hobbycraft retail chain. The new vessel, as yet unnamed, will operate in Alaska in summer and [...]
I thought I was lucky to see a polar bear in Svalbard's Magdalenafjord, during my cruise last week on Quest for Adventure. And then along comes this video, taken by a passenger who travelled to the island with G Adventures' ms Expedition. What a treasure !
The name's Moore. Roger Moore. Yes, James Bond himself recently took a cruise on Azamara Journey. While the ship was in Monte Carlo, 007 talked with Edie Bornstein, the company's senior vice-president of marketing and sales, about an earlier cruise he enjoyed to the Norwegian fjords. He also discusses his charity work as a UNICEF ambassador, and reveals his recipe for the perfect Martini.
Cruise ship Disney Magic came home this week. The ship, which was built in the Marghera yard near Venice 15 years ago, sailed into La Serenissima for the first of two visits this year, and it will return on three more occasions in 2014. Its arrival coincided almost exactly with the date when Magic left Venice for the first time on July 1, 1998. Almost 3,000 passengers spent the night in port and a lucky few were treated to a spectacular after-hours tour of the Doge's Palace.
A new Mediterranean port will be pioneered next year as Thomson Majesty inaugurates visits to the Calabrian town of Crotone, right on the ball of Italy's foot. Once a Greek colony, and for a while the home of Pythagoras, the town has a cathedral which dates back to the 9th Century, and a 16th Century castle which now houses a museum. The 1,500-passenger Majesty will be sailing a series of first-time itineraries from its new summer base in Malaga, Spain. Crotone features in the eight-night Taste of Italy cruise which also visits Barcelona; Toulon, in France; Livorno, for Florence and [...]
All 1,672 passengers who were on board cruise ship Zenith when it was crippled by a small electrical fire on Monday have now arrived home in Spain. Operators Pullmantur chartered 40 buses and laid on six aircraft to greet the ship when it was towed into Venice. The last plane arrived in Madrid yesterday. Zenith was sailing from Ravenna to Venice when the fire, which was quickly extinguished, broke out on Monday morning. There were no casualties. The vessel is now in the Marghera shipyard, where engineers are assessing the damage caused by the blaze, in an engine room electrical [...]
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, with Princess Cruises CEO Alan Buckelew, Mrs Buckelew, and the Bishop of Winchester Natasha Bedingfield performing "Unwritten" Kate with Princess Cruises CEO Alan Buckelew and Mrs Buckelew. Behind them are Lord and Lady Sterling Mass Ensemble, performing "Into The Flow" Capt Tony Draper invites the Duchess to "name my ship" The Duchess talks to Isobel and Charles Rowbotham, who presented her with the scissors to cut the rope I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her
Super time-lapse video of new cruise ship Royal Princess arriving in Southampton this morning and being turned around off Town Quay to enter her berth at Ocean Terminal. Shot by Matthew Morris from an office at Peer 1 Hosting. Click the box at bottom-right of the image to enlarge to full screen. Royal Princess was greeted by rain and a musical salute as actor, director and writer Simon Callow conducted the Southampton University Brass Band in a serenade of God Save The Queen. The ship replied with its own musical horn, playing the opening notes of the theme song from [...]
There's a full 17 months to go before cruising's newest sensation, Quantum of the Seas, takes sky-diving and dodgem cars to sea. Even before full details are released about what else will be on board the 4,180-passenger vessel, passengers are clamouring for tickets for its first voyages. The maiden voyage will be an eight-night Transatlantic crossing to New York, leaving Southampton on November 2 next year. Fares, released this week, start at £999 including the return flight home. A more typical cruise will be November 23's eight-nighter to the Bahamas, taking in Port Canaveral, Florida (with excursions available to DisneyWorld [...]
Excitement is mounting as cruise ship Royal Princess draws nearer to Britain ready to be christened next week by the Duchess of Cambridge. The 141,000-ton vessel, largest ever built for Princess Cruises, left Italy last weekend and called at the Spanish port of Algeciras yesterday to take on fuel. The ship will arrive in Southampton on Friday, ready for a series of introductory events and a two-day mini-cruise before Thursday's naming ceremony, which is expected to be Kate Middleton's last public engagement before she withdraws to have her baby in July. Royal Princess will be off Ryde, on the Isle [...]