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    RCI, NCL, Cunard, Fred Olsen, CMV

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  1. The new Norwegian Prima was recently floated out at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Venice, the first of six in a class of newbuilds for the Miami-based cruise line. A ship’s float out is always a significant milestone, but this one is particularly special”, said Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our eighteenth ship, Norwegian Prima represents an exciting new chapter for our Brand and the first vessel to be delivered in our ground-breaking new Prima Class. (NCL)
  2. This is what Virgin Voyages 'Scarlet Lady' looks like, berthed in Portsmouth Harbour on Saturday 31/07/21, for her staycations: I quite like the grey livery, do you?
  3. I wonder if the images below, are actually of a concept of a family 'Playscape' that will feature onboard RCI's next class of ship, "Icon of the Seas"? RCI are still very tight lipped.
  4. A few weeks ago I was passing the Tilbury cruise terminal and saw Saga's "Spirit of Discovery" berthed there, in preparation for her first cruise. She looked enormous, by Tilbury standards (although small by modern standards). She was probably the first ship to use the Terminal, since CMV's "Columbus" was laid up there last hear, before scrapping. Anyway, it is great to see a British ship on the move! Images below:
  5. The first thing Christian Verhounig (CMV CEO and Ambassador) was to but the datbase. Personally i welcome a budget line to fill the CMV gap. I have found the experience similar to Olsen's , but considerably cheaper! (They are also rather like the old Thomson cruises).
  6. Former Cruise &Maritime Voyages (CMV) bosses have reunited to launch Ambassador Cruise Line, a UK-based operator aimed at the over 50s market which plans to start sailing with one ship in April 2022. Ambassador’s management team includes chief executive Christian Verhounig, chief commercial officer Christopher Coates, chief information officer Gary Hides and chief financial officer Simon Weeks, who have all previously worked together at CMV before the line went into administration. Ambassador will operate cruises on, formerly known as Pacific Dawn, P&O's Australia ship, which was set to become CMV’s flagship under the name Amy Johnson. The 1,400-passenger ship’ maiden voyage will be a “short-break cruise” out of Tilbury to Hamburg, Germany, starting on April 6 next year. The ship’s debut full-year programme, running from April 2022 until May 2023, will include 33 sailings, calling at 88 ports across the Baltics, Greenland, the Arctic and Iceland. (Images P&O Australia/CMV, Text: TrvaleWeekly)
  7. Here are some interior renderings of the new ship, based on MSC Seaside's design:
  8. Hi Brits, So do you think CMV and Amy Johnson are going to make a comeback in 2022? See here:
  9. The cruise ship Satoshi, which was destined for the scrapyard in Alang, has been resold to a new European company, whose management already has previous experience in the cruise industry. Satoshi is part of a class of two ships, the original Crown Princess and Regal Princess, one of which, the current Karnika, is already in the process of being dismantled on the aforementioned Alang beach. The last commercial operation of the current Satoshi, dates back to early 2020, as Pacific Dawn, by P&O Australia. She was going to be CMV's Amy Johnson and enter service in Spring, 2021, before the collapse. (Cruise Industry News) Some commentators are speculating that the ship has been purchased by CMV’s ex-boss, Christian Verhounig’s “CVI Group“. Christopher Coates and Simon Weeks were recorded at Companies House as being appointed Directors of CVI on 25 March. Both are ex-CMV management. Slide show:
  10. After the loss of the Astor, Marco Polo and Magellan to the scrappers, there is speculation from trusted 'sources' that Columbus is next! Here she is, laid up at Tilbury, last year:
  11. The word on the net is that the Marco Polo will be scrapped at Alang, India, on 12 January. Tragic!
  12. Hi, here is a short slide-show of Firenze's public rooms, if you want an overview in two minutes. Enjoy!
  13. Mini-cruises often do feel crowded. People often share multiple berths.
  14. After the demise of CMV, it has been reported that Marco Polo will probably be scrapped. However her new owners have now put her up for charter. This means that she might be saved, if somebody does actually charters her! Do you think that is likely?
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