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31  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Black Prince renamed on: December 13, 2009, 04:45:59 pm
Ex Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Prince has been renamed by her new owners, Ola Cruises, as  Ola Esmarelda. She is scheduled to begin 3/4 day from La Guaira to the Venezuelen islands of Los Roques, La Tortuga and Margarita.
32  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / P&O Cruises bucking the trend on: December 10, 2009, 10:12:17 pm
P&O Cruises is bucking the industry trend towards ever larger vessels by introducing a ship to its fleet that will accommodate just 710 passengers and will be able to visit the “off the beaten track” destinations that are inaccessible to some of the bigger ships of today.

The new ship - Adonia  will join the fleet in May 2011, becoming the smallest of P&O Cruises seven ships. She will be also be an 'adult only' ship.

Built in 2001, more than three-quarters of her 355 well-appointed cabins have balconies. Adonia's public rooms will have a traditional feel and feature wood panelling, leather armchairs and fine artwork. She will have an extensive library with over 4,000 titles and a grand lounge with an intricately inlaid wooden dance floor and stage to host a range of entertainment, from after dinner speakers to shows by P&O Cruises Headliners Theatre Company.

Adonia will also have the signature P&O Cruises features of a forward Crow’s Nest observation lounge with a nautical feel, and Anderson’s, a centrally located traditional club style lounge bar.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow said:
“I am delighted to announce this great news in response to our passengers’ comments to me that some prefer smaller ships. The addition of Adonia will deliver an elegant and welcoming ship with real small ship charm. She will offer a truly intimate and traditional cruise experience, yet with all the comforts you would expect from a modern vessel. With this size of ship our passengers will be able to get to know their fellow cruisers and crew easily as they travel to some of the most intriguing destinations on the map.

“Whilst larger ships have their own appeal, with the spectrum of bars, dining and entertainment choices they can offer, others really enjoy a smaller ship, with its more intimate ambience. No other cruise line offers this breadth of choice specifically for the British cruiser.”

Adonia's itineraries and fares will be announced in Spring 2010.

So where has Adonia come from?
Constructed as the eighth and final vessel in Renaissance Cruises's R class, she was originally named the R Eight. Then, after Renaissance ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in late 2001, the vessel was seized by creditors and laid up Marseille, France.

The vessel then re-entered operation in 2003, as the sole cruise ship in Swan Hellenic's fleet, as the Minerva II.

She completed her final voyage with Swan Hellenic in 2007 and was transferred by Carnival Corp., to Princess Cruises, where she was renamed Royal Princess.
33  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Carnival orders a new ship on: December 06, 2009, 05:03:34 pm
Carnival orders a new ship costing $738 mn
The new 3,690-passenger ship, is scheduled to enter service in 2012.

The third in the Carnival 'Dream Class' of ships to be built at Fincantieri (Italy), will feature an aqua park with a 300-foot water slide, a live entertainment venue and a 23,750-square foot spa.

Miami-based Carnival told analysts last month that another new ship order could be announced by the end of this year.
34  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "Dubai World" + QE2 on: December 06, 2009, 04:55:01 pm
Banks and investors involved in the financial crisis surrounding Dubai World are seeking legal advice regarding their rights over the company's trophy assets - including the QE2.
35  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Drug smugglers apprehended on Fred Olsen Cruises on: November 23, 2009, 10:14:53 pm
Fred Olsen Cruises' Black Watch liner served as the dramatic backdrop for a drugs bust this week, after two passengers were caught allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country.

The man and woman, both from Surrey, were arrested by UK Border Agency officials after they disembarked the luxury cruise ship at Southampton docks.

HM Revenue and Customs is currently investigating the case and revealed that cocaine with an estimated street value of £70,000 was recovered from the cruise passengers.
36  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / All Leisure Group is expanding its fleet on: November 23, 2009, 09:52:17 pm
British cruise operator All Leisure Group is expanding its fleet, having purchased the MV Alexander von Humboldt.

Built in 1990, the 250-cabin, 15,271 ton vessel was previously operated by Crown Cruise Line, Phoenix Reisen and Club Cruise.

Its former names have included Crown Monarch, Jules Verne and Walrus.

The ship was purchased at auction, and is set to undergo an upgrade before it enters service for the company.

All Leisure Group currently owns three ships, the Discovery, Minerva and Hebridean Princess.

Chairman of All Leisure Group Roger Allard commented: "We are always looking to expand our specialist small ship cruise fleet.

"This acquisition underpins the confidence that we have in the potential of our destination-led small ship niche cruise offering."

The company operates four different cruise brands: Voyages of Discovery, Discover Egypt, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises. It is not yet known which of these the newly-acquired ship will be joining.
37  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Star Cruises Renamed on: November 23, 2009, 09:44:51 pm
Luxury cruise liner, Star Cruises, will change its name to Genting Hong Kong with effect from November 30.

But the stock code of the company on the Singapore Exchange remains unchanged.

The firm said on Monday the change in name will not affect any of the rights of the shareholders.

In September, the firm proposed the name change to align with its corporate strategy of diversifying into land-based integrated resorts, casino and entertainment businesses.

It will also reflect the firm's primary place of listing and its affiliation with the Genting Group.

Genting Berhad, the holding company of Genting Group, is a substantial shareholder of the firm indirectly.
38  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Port bosses bid to block Liverpool cruise plan on: October 11, 2009, 08:11:38 pm
The following article is taken from the Southern Daily Echo...

A ROW has erupted between port bosses in Southampton and Liverpool over a £20m project that could change the face of the cruise ship industry.

Under the controversial plans the Merseyside city’s historic Pier Head could be upgraded to an embarkation point for luxury liners that currently dock at Southampton.

But the move has left Southampton dock owners Associated British Ports furious after it was revealed Liverpool City Council is set to receive £20m of public money, including £9m from the European Union to redevelop its cruise liner terminal.

ABP bosses argue that the public money amounts to unfair help and would “distort” competition in the lucrative cruise sector, which is booming despite the recession.

The Daily Echo understands that ABP has written to the Department for Transport insisting that plans to upgrade the terminal to an official “turnaround” port are thrown out.

The move could drastically reduce Southampton’s share of the millions the cruise industry generates for hotels, shops and restaurants in the city.

Around 300 ships and one million passengers used Southampton last year. Each stop by a major cruise ship or liner brings in £1m to the area’s economy.
39  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: S.T Cervia - restoration on: October 06, 2009, 08:49:51 pm
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40  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fire on Zenith on: August 23, 2009, 03:50:03 pm
Two injured in Stockholm cruise fire

Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke on Tuesday afternoon on Pullmantur's Zenith docked in Stockholm and carrying 2,300 passengers.
Emergency services and crew on board the passenger ship Zenith combined to quickly bring the fire under control.

"Everyone apart for a few members of the crew has been evacuated... we had a fire on board but after 10 minutes the people on the ship and the fire brigade managed to put it out," Björn Engstroem, a Stockholm police spokesman, told AFP.

"Apart for a few members of the crew, everyone has been evacuated," he added.

Engström said two people suffered from smoke inhalation and that paramedics and firefighters were now at the scene.

He said there were 2,300 people on board at the time including the crew.

The Zenith sounded the alarm at just before 3pm at its mooring station in the port of Frihamnen, Stockholm.

Eye witness Björn Grinder reported on developments from his vantage point 50 metres from the ferry.

"The fire is on deck three, according to a passenger I met outside the ferry," said Grinder.

He added that ambulance staff had laid out stretchers beside the ship as smoke divers begin entering the vessel.

"Everything is orderly I would say and the situation is proceeding calmly. Just in the last minutes about a hundred people have flowed out," Grinder said.

According to Grinder, the fire was so vigorous that people were jumping into the water.

Zenith formerly sailed for Celebrity Cruises; it was built for the line in 1992. Zenith left Celebrity in 2007 following Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s acquisition of Pullmantur, and joined the Spanish line's fleet after a major refurbishment.

This article was taken from The Local - Sweden's News in English, with thanks.
41  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Turbine Steamer Queen Mary on: August 16, 2009, 05:06:51 pm
The Turbine Steamer Queen Mary of 1933, now owned by Bass Charrington has been put up for sale for a price of almost £155,000
42  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Wasa Queen on: August 16, 2009, 05:00:46 pm
Wasa Queen (1975/16,546gt) of Star Cruises, has been sold to Halkydon Shipping Ilion Lines and is to be renamed Arberia. She will sail between Trieste and Bari, calling at Durres in Albania.
43  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Louis Cruises on: August 16, 2009, 04:56:04 pm
Louis Cruises have bought Norwegian Majesty (1992/40,876gt) from NCL for US$162 million, and will rename her Louis Majesty
44  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Costa Europa to Thompson Cruises on: August 16, 2009, 04:51:05 pm
Costa Europa (1986/53,872gt) has been bareboat chartered to Thompson Cruises for 10 years, from April 2010.  She is to be renamed Thompson Dream and will cruise the Western Mediterranean based in Palma.

Costa Europa was formally Home Line's Homeric
45  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Mano Maritime on: July 17, 2009, 07:28:27 pm
Mano Maritime of Israel have acquired Rhapsody (1977/17,095gt) from MSC Cruises. Formally Cunard Line's Cunard Princess, she has been renamed Golden Iris and is based in Haifa, Israel.
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