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.
Ambassador Cruise Line has today launched its programme of Festive Events on board their flagship Ambience, at the Port of Tilbury, London for 4 dates in December 2022.
Ambassador is the first British cruise line to launch in the UK in over a decade. Sailing from London Tilbury, the no-fly itineraries provide a premium-value, authentic cruise experience predominantly aimed at the 50-plus traveller.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s has announced that it has taken the decision to delay the restart of two of its cruise ships, Balmoral and Braemar.
The company’s former flagship, Balmoral, will now not resume sailings until May 2022, later than originally planned. Whilst Braemar has had its restart date pushes back to 2023.
Portsmouth International Port have released their initial cruise schedule for 2022, which sees an impressive number of maiden calls from both new cruise lines, and ships, over the next 12 months.
2022 brings a new cruise season to Portsmouth, which includes many maiden visits for both ships and cruise lines, along with the return of many longstanding customers.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the name of its next Prima-class ship set to be delivered by Fincantieri in 2023. The brand-new ship will be named Norwegian Viva.
The vessel is the second of six Prima-class ships being built for the cruise line, the last of which join the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet by 2027.
Carnival Cruise Line’s 2017-built Carnival Horizon is bound for Miami, following an unexpected drydock, after the vessel was temporarily pulled from service having encountered propulsion issues in November 2021.
The 133,596 gross tonne cruise ship has left the dry dock at the shipyard in Palermo, Italy. Not only was the ship’s propulsion issue fixed, but Carnival Horizon also received a paint job and now boasts the cruise line’s new livery.
The second Meraviglia-Plus class cruise ship for MSC Cruises, the 181,000 gross tonne MSC Virtuosa is preparing to set sail on its first sea trials.
MSC Virtuosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The new ship is expected to undergo three days of trails in the Atlantic Ocean between 16-19 September 2020.
The world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Corporation, has announced it will be accelerating the removal of cruise ships from its fleet, with a total of 18 cruise ships leaving its global fleet.
Previously the cruise giant announced it was planning to dispose of 13 ships, but this number has now increased by five, brining the total number of ships being sold or scrapped to 18.
The 168,666 gross tonne Odyssey of the Seas, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has had a giant name painted on its hull.
The name painted on the bow of the ship measures more than 87 metres in length. That’s longer than eight double decker buses! The ‘O’ alone, in Odyssey of the Seas measures 11.2 metres in height.
Five cruise ships, which were part of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet are currently up for sale at auction, following the demise of the cruise line in July.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages was Britain’s largest independent cruise line and was foundered in 2010. The cruise line operated the Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, Astor, Vasco da Gama and Astoria.