Portsmouth harbour welcomed its largest visitor yet, when the TUI cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 docked at the cruise terminal on 26 May 2023.
Measuring 293.3m in length and weighing 99,536 in gross tonnage TUI cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 takes the accolade of the largest ship to ever sail into Portsmouth harbour, demonstrating the growing capabilities of Portsmouth International Port to manage a wider range of ships.
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Ambassador Cruise Line, the UK’s leading premium value, no-fly cruise line, celebrated another historic occasion, when its two ships met for the first time.
The 1,400-passenger Ambience, and 1,200-passenger Ambition, met in the English Channel on the afternoon of 15 May 2023, with passengers and crew lining the decks to witness the event.
Ambassador Cruise Line, the UK’s leading premium value, no-fly cruise line, is launching its second lady of the sea, Ambition, at an official Gala Event this evening hosted by CEO Christian Verhounig and Godmother Shirley Robertson OBE.
After an evening of celebrations, Ambition’s first guests will depart from Newcastle tomorrow (12 May 2023), travelling on her maiden voyage up to Dundee before heading to sunnier climes during her 14-night Hidden Gems of France and Spain inaugural sailing.
Britain’s newest cruise operator, Ambassador Cruise Line, is gearing up the celebrate the official launch of its second ship, Ambition.
Originally built in 1999, the 41,123 gross tonne ship has undergone a full refurbishment at the Bremerhaven shipyard in Germany, ahead of its first voyage with Ambassador Cruise Line. The upgrades took six weeks to complete, and included painting the ships new livery and the installation of state-of-the-art environmental features.
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Cunard Line has celebrated another milestone in the construction of its fourth ship, Queen Anne. The float out of the new Cunader took place at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy on 03 May 2023.
Queen Anne will be the 249th ship company has launched. The float out comes exactly one year from the scheduled maiden voyage form Southampton to Lisbon, which will depart on 03 May 2024.
2023 will see Portsmouth International Port host more maiden calls and welcome back iconic cruise lines, as it continues to cement its place as the first choice for luxury, boutique and expedition cruise brands.
The initial release of the 2023 cruise schedule will see many cruise passengers begin their journeys in the city, or alternatively stop in Portsmouth to experience the wide range of world-class attractions on offer.
Britain’s newest cruise line, Ambassador Cruise Line, has cancelled some of its festive and new year cruises following safety concern which were found, whilst the ship was docked at London International Cruise Terminal, in Tilbury, Essex.
The faults were found on 18 December 2022, whilst docked in Tilbury. Over 1000-passengers who had embarked that afternoon for a 3-night Festive Market Getaway cruise, were informed that the cruise was cancelled whilst having dinner on board. They were unable to set sail or stay on board the ship, having to disembark by 09:30 the following morning.
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The latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Arvia arrived in Southampton on 18 December 2022, prior to its maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on Friday.
The 5,200-passenger Arvia is the cruise line's second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the most advanced fuel technology currently used in the cruise industry.
At an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard today, Thursday December 15, 2022, P&O Cruises took ownership of Arvia, the latest addition to its fleet and, similar to its sister ship Iona, the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.
At 185,000 tonnes, 345m in length with 16 guest decks and setting new ground for guest experience, Arvia is P&O Cruises second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology to date. Arvia has an optimised hull design to minimise drag and is installed with the latest energy-efficient technology on board.
A key stage in the construction of Britain’s newest and most innovative cruise ship has been marked at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.
The team building P&O Cruises 184,000 tonnes ship Arvia, which, like its sister ship Iona, will be powered by liquefied natural gas, making them both among the world’s greenest ships, celebrated the milestone with the traditional coin-laying ceremony. This event is a long-held ship-building tradition which is to bring good luck to the ship and its crew through construction to the future at sea.