Swan Hellenic announced that the 9-day maiden cruise of its new ship SH Minerva had been a huge success, with guests expressing their delight both in person and in many enthusiastic social media posts during and after their cultural expedition cruise.
This is, of course, exactly what Swan Hellenic had planned for over many months, building a world-class team while its next-generation ice-class ship was being built. The resurgent expedition cruise pioneers were therefore delighted, but not surprised. What did, however, catch them unawares was the almost instantaneous surge in demand as word spread.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has officially christened its second of three new luxury expedition ships, Hanseatic Inspiration at a ceremony in Hamburg on the River Elbe on 11 October 2019.
The youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed, Laura Dekker, was chosen to be Godmother, who took part in the traditional champagne bottle smashing on the ships bow. Around 230 VIP guests were invited to the naming ceremony by Hapag- Lloyd Cruises.
Hurtigruten’s newest cruise ship, Roald Amundsen became the first ship in the fleet to transmit the Northwest Passage.
The cruise line took delivery of the 530-passenger hybrid ship in July 2019. The ship is named after to polar hero Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage.
The ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse, which is been dubbed the world’s first ‘discovery yacht’, has set sail on its maiden voyage from Reykjavik to Quebec.
The delivery of the ship to the cruise line was nearly a year later than planned due to several delays at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula.
Hurtigruten has taken delivery of its first of three, brand new hybrid powered cruise ships, Roald Amundsen.
Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship to be able to operate on battery power. During recent tests prior to the delivery of the new vessel, Roald Amundsen sailed emission free for the first time solely using battery power off the coast of Norway.
Celebrity Cruises has taken delivery of its new 100-passenger cruise ship, Celebrity Flora, which has been specifically designed for cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
The unique vessel, the first to be customer built for the Galapagos, was constructed in the Netherlands by De Hoop and was delivered during a hand over ceremony in Rotterdam.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has taken delivery of the 16,100 gross tonne Hanseatic Nature from the Vard shipyard in Norway.
The 230-passenger vessel is the first of three ships from the cruise line. The second, Hanseatic Inspiration will launch in October 2019, whilst the third Hanseatic Spirit is due to join the fleet in 2021.
Seabourn has revealed the first interiors renderings for its new ultra-luxury expedition ships which are set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022.
The two new 23,000 gross tonne vessels, the first named Seabourn Venture will each be 170 metres in length and will each accommodate 264 guests in 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites.
Seabourn has announced the name of its first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship which is set to launch in June 2021.
The 23,000 gross tonne vessel will be named Seabourn Venture, which according to the cruise line draws on its heritage in providing expedition experiences.
Hurtigruten’s first of two new 20,000 gross tonne cruise ships, Roald Amundsen has successfully completed its first set of sea trials, ahead of its delivery later this year.
The 530-passenger Roald Amundsen was constructed at the Kleven shipyard in Norway and is the first cruise ship to be built with hybrid battery power propulsion technology.