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16  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Cunard News on: February 25, 2010, 11:17:57 pm
3th January 2011 will see Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth together in New York.
 QM2 will then sail south to Rio de Janeiro, then South Africa and Australia. New Zealand next. Japan via Guam, before heading westward to China, Singapore, Dubai, Suez and home to Southampton. A journey of 96 nights.
Queen Elizabeth transits Panama Canal to Los Angeles and Hawaii. Southwards to New Zealand and Australia, where she meets QM2 in Sydney on 22 Feb. Then it's China, Singapore, Dubai, Suez and the Med. to Southampton (arriving with QM2 19th April)
Queen Victoria transits Panama Canal  to Los Angeles where she will make three return journies to the Hawaiian Islands before returning home to Southampton on 14th April.
17  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / AMAWATERWAYS on: February 25, 2010, 10:26:15 pm
AMAWATERWAYS has announced it is to commission a second ship for its Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong programme.

Expected to be completed in April 2011, the ship will join the company's MS La Marguerite to offer passengers luxurious week-long cruises down the mystical Mekong River from Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Reaching up to a mile in diameter the Mekong is as impressive in size as it is in scenery and hopes to provide holidaymakers with a host of activities.

As well as stopping off in some of the region's most history-drenched towns, visiting World Heritage Sites such as the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the cruise will also allow passengers to watch the world go by.

The river journey will explore villages, temples and remote islands as well as other hidden treasures.

"Definately a journey out of the 'norm'"
18  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Disney Dream on: February 25, 2010, 10:21:25 pm
Disney Cruises has announced a host of changes for its premiere vessel the Disney Dream, exactly one year after the ship's maiden voyage.

At the heart of the new additions, will be an interactive sports deck and water play area that will feature the world's first onboard water coaster; the AquaDuck.

For passengers who like to goof around on holiday, Goofy's Sports Desk will play host to an elaborate nine-hole miniature golf course where travellers can learn to tee-off with the "man" himself.

Disney Cruises' pint-sized passengers may also enjoy Nemo's Reef, a shaded water play area where children can splash alongside all their favourite characters from the hit DisneyPixar animation Finding Nemo.

With the little ones taken care of, adults are invited to relax in the quiet cove pool and pool bar areas, reserved for over 18s only. As well as soaking up the sun from the hot tub, guests are also invited to soak up the sangria.

But for families who like to play together, the Donald Pool caters for all ages and overlooks a large LED screen showing all the latest Disney movies.
19  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / MSC CRUISES on: February 25, 2010, 10:16:06 pm
MSC Cruises has recently announced Southampton Port as its new base for all 2011 Ex UK sailings, which will operate from May to September and sail passengers on MSC Opera to Northern and Western Europe.

More intimate in size than some of her larger sister ships in the MSC Cruises’ fleet, MSC Opera boasts a range of amenities and services onboard which will keep the whole family entertained throughout its cruise. MSC Opera can accommodate 2,000 passengers, has 856 cabins and weighs 60,000 tons. Facilities include 2 pools and 2 SPA baths, a theatre, discotheque, casino, library, beauty salon, gymnasium, restaurants and bars, boutiques, a jogging track, shuffleboard, solarium and an MSC Aurea SPA.

MSC Opera will sail from Southampton Port for a total of 13 cruises with a choice of 8 and 10 night itineraries.
20  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HAL sailing from UK 2011 on: February 25, 2010, 10:09:57 pm
Holland America's European season next year will include 11 ex-UK sailings from Dover and Tilbury.

MS Prinsendam, Ryndam and Eurodam will offer a number of itineraries ranging from 7-20 nights to the Baltic, Fjords and Mediterranean.
21  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / UTOPIA on: February 25, 2010, 10:05:45 pm
A Beverly Hills company called Utopia, has an ambitious plan to build a $1.1-billion cruise ship, set to cast off in 2013. However, it plans to sell half the cabins as floating homes...

One could be yours from as little as $3.7m...

Utopia is counting on destination as a key draw for buyers - and they may be right. For example, she'll drop anchor at Cannes for the world famous film festival; dock in Brazil during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro. And on New Year’s Eve, they hope to take passengers to Sydney Harbor in Australia to enjoy the fireworks display.

For more information go to:

22  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / RCI expansion in Australia on: February 25, 2010, 09:40:36 pm
Royal Caribbean International has announced it will homeport two ships in Sydney from October 2011: Rhapsody of the Seas, currently in its third Australian summer season, will be joined by Radiance of the Seas offering cruises in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific from October to April.

Itineraries will be announced in late March 2010 when bookings are opened to the public.
23  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Celebrity Name Fourth Ship... on: December 21, 2009, 08:44:29 pm
Celebrity Cruises has named the fourth ship in it's Solstice Class fleet 'Celebrity Silhouette'.
24  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Sydney: New Ships too tall to fit under bridge! on: December 21, 2009, 08:41:12 pm
Not ONE of the 42 cruise ships under construction around the world will be able to use the new White Bay passenger terminal because they are too tall to pass under the Harbour Bridge!

Australia's State Government is already considering sites for another cruise ship terminal on the other side of the bridge to cope with the new vessels.

Llew Russell, Shipping Australia chief executive, said the cruise ships under construction were of a similar scale to the Queen Mary II, which has to dock at the overseas passenger terminal in Circular Quay.

The Government said the new terminal was necessary to cope with a predicted tripling of cruise ship passengers coming into Sydney by 2020.

Shipping industry figures show that by 2023, 85 per cent of cruise ship activity will take place east of the Harbour Bridge.

Mr Russell supports the White Bay announcement but said the Cruise Passenger Terminal Steering Committee, made up of industry and government representatives, had already begun looking at alternative sites east of the bridge.

''Our figures suggest that over the first five to 10 years, the White Bay terminal would be used extensively … after that, when the larger vessels come on line, the demand will fall away.''

''White Bay will mostly cater for domestic cruise ships - all capable of going under the bridge,'' the spokesman said.

''Most of the new international ships being built will be deployed in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Alaskan markets and would not be based in Sydney.''
25  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Antarctica's 'Polar Code' on: December 21, 2009, 08:35:55 pm
Expected to be passed in 2013, the Polar Code will operate on a voluntary basis until it is ratified by treaty states and becomes legally binding.
It aims to reduce the number of ships carrying tourists into the region by requiring that all vessels have hulls strengthened to withstand ice, and a ban on heavy fuel oil. Officials and ship operators say this will effectively shut out big cruise ships.

The safeguards are seen as necessary to limit accidents in the region, where blinding sleet, fog, high winds and treacherous seas pose major dangers for ships and huge problems for rescuers located thousands of miles from remote Antarctic waters.

And while existing rules bar tourists or tour operators from leaving anything behind — like rubbish or human waste — and require protection of animal breeding grounds, there are no formal codes on the kind of vessels that can use the waters or the kinds of fuel and other oil products they can carry.
26  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAGA ROSE on: December 13, 2009, 05:54:12 pm
The owners are trying to save her from going to the scrappersand hopefully they will succeed.
27  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Island Cruises lives on on: December 13, 2009, 05:32:27 pm
TUI, the owners of the Island Cruises brand are marketing Island Escape under its own name.
28  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Ponte l'Abbe heading south on: December 13, 2009, 05:16:55 pm
Brittany Ferries Ponte l'Abbe (1978/19,589grt) is joining Moby Lines in April 2010. She will be renamed Moby Corse  and operate a new sevice from Toulon (France) to Bastia (Corsica).
29  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Salamis Cruises on: December 13, 2009, 05:06:26 pm
I beleve Salamis Cruises ship Salamis Glory (1962/10,392grt) is likely to be sold to breakers.
She is being replaced by Salamis Filoxenia (1975/15,400grt), ex Van Gogh.
30  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Dalmacija sold on: December 13, 2009, 04:55:21 pm
The Croatian flagged cruise ship Dalmacija (1965/5,619) has been sold to Baltanas Shipping Ltd for US$770,000. It appears now that the next voyage the ship makes will be to the breakers.
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