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.
Beginning March 26, 2022, SeaDream Yacht Club's yacht SeaDream I will undergo a dramatic renovation mirroring the SeaDream II modernization completed in January 2022.
“This project entails a total investment of more than $10 million and reflects SeaDream’s continued commitment to our guests’ comfort and optimal convenience,” says Andreas Brynestad of SeaDream Yacht Club. “During these unprecedented times, as the travel industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we have spared no expense in our mission to deliver an elevated guest experience. We believe the time is ripe to put our investment dollars toward the evolution of SeaDream yachting.”
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.
Planning now for 2023 and beyond, SeaDream Yacht Club invites individuals and corporate clients to consider the endless opportunities of a private charter. Designed to be unforgettable, a SeaDream private charter provides an unsurpassed experience, entirely tailored to the client’s interests and desires.
Private yachting is undoubtedly one of the world's ultimate rewards for those who strive to enhance performance or recognize excellence, with a SeaDream holiday as the incentive. As a charterer, having control of the guest list is one of the many perks of chartering for anniversaries, weddings, milestone birthdays, and multi-generation family gatherings. Ideal for members of yacht clubs, country clubs, charities, wine and culinary clubs---simply any small group looking for a casually elegant, completely private, yachting adventure to the world’s most remarkable destinations. It is the perfect venue on which to recharge, revitalize, and reconnect.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its advice on cruise travel, due to the ongoing issued and alarm caused by the latest Covid-19 variant, Omicron.
The Covid-19 travel health notice level has also been updated from Level 3 to Level 4, the highest level, reflecting the significant increase in cases on board cruise ships in recent weeks. The CDC is now advising to avoid cruise travel even if fully vaccinated.
An update on the impact of the latest Covid-19 variant, Omicron, has been provided by the Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of a handful of the world’s leading cruise lines.
The cruise giant stated that more infectious variant has caused significant problems, leading to cruise booking cancellations and disruption for the company. Ormicron is becoming the dominant strain in many countries around the world.