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Construction of Harvila Kystruten Ships In Spain On Hold Temporarily.

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News out of Spain says that work has temporarily stopped in 2 cruise ships being built for Havila Kystruten by Spanish shipbuilder Hijos de J. Barrera. The two ships are being built for the Norwegian Coastal Market in an agreement with the Norwegian Government. The ships are supposed to be LNG powered and "Green Ships" once completed.

The issue is supposedly around the ship's draft and weight - which can negatively impact the speed of the vessels and fuel consumption. Reports indicate that the shipyard has offered a number of solutions to the problem and is awaiting a decision from Havila.

There are two addition vessels being constructed in Turkey and those ships are reportedly on schedule.





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Norwegian Encore Emerges from Shipyard for the First Time

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August 17, 2019 - Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced that its latest ship, Norwegian Encore, successfully completed a major construction milestone, when it emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany.  
Norwegian Encore will remain in the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before her conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of September. At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, the ship will be delivered to the cruise line on Oct. 30, 2019. She will be christened in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019 and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on Nov. 24, 2019.
“To see the ship emerge from the shipyard is always one of the most exciting construction milestones,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “Our partners at Meyer Werft have been committed to…

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Undergo $250 Million Dollar Amplification

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The ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Oasis of the Seas, marks its 10-year anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. The first to introduce the unique seven-neighborhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue, Royal Caribbean International’s original game-changer will set a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean hits. Guest favorites making their way to Oasis as part of the 63-day modernization include a reimagined,Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eas…

Quark Expeditions® Debuts New Livery and Interior Design for Ultramarine

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Quark Expeditions®, the leader in polar adventures, released new renderings of its game-changing polar expedition ship, Ultramarine, which will set sail in the Antarctic 2020.21 season.

The renderings showcase new livery featuring Quark Expeditions' distinctive yellow "Q" logo spanning the full height of the ship, reflecting Quark's mission to go beyond the predictable. New interior renderings highlight Ultramarine's spacious suites as well as a range of striking public spaces, including the ship's main restaurant, panorama lounge, lecture theater, ready room, polar boutique, spa, sauna and fitness center.

"We are proud and excited to see the vision behind Ultramarine come to life," says Andrew White, president of Quark Expeditions. "From the bold exterior to the comfortable, contemporary interior, our internal and external teams have come together to create a truly unique ship that will present …

SilverSea Cruises Silver Origin Open for Booking - Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise Ship

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Starting on July 16, 2019, travelers will be able to reserve their suites aboard Silversea’s new ship, Silver Origin, which has been designed entirely with the Galapagos Islands in mind and will be the most elegant ship to ever sail the region when it launches in summer 2020. The all-suite, 100-guest Silver Origin will embark on her maiden voyage in July 2020, unlocking the authentic beauty of the Galapagos by connecting guests with the destination through immersive experiences.

“Our unique, industry-leading offering in the Galapagos Islands is being enhanced further still for the benefit of our guests,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO. “From July 16, 2019, we will open sales for Silver Origin, which will enrich guests’ experiences with an unprecedented level of elegance and comfort. After admiring endemic species in the wild and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos - with the guidance of local experts - guests will continue their di…

Scenic Luxury Cruises Takes Delivery of Scenic Eclipse - Luxury Yacht - Trials for Onboard Exploration Helicopters.

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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard. Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 8:00PM on Saturday, July 27, on its journey to Valetta, Malta for registration. From there, she will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. The inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on August 27. And then heading to NYC for its Christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren.
In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially-designed onboard hangars.  As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide and will give guests the …

Saga’s Keel-Laying for Second New Ship Spirit of Adventure‘ Heralds a New Era in Saga’s History’

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Saga marked the keel laying of its second new cruise ship for the British market, Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Monday, June 3rd.
The 999-passenger ship will set sail in summer 2020 and the keel laying marked the official start of construction.

A commemorative coin stamped with Spirit of Adventure’s name, keel-laying date and the lettering S715 – denoting the identification marker for the ship during her build and until she is formally handed over by Meyer Werft to Saga in summer 2020 – was placed under the first block in the dry dock where a total of 54 blocks will be used to create the 58,250 gross tons ship.

Spirit of Adventure will have an overall length of 774.3ft with a breadth of 102.4ft
Speaking at the ceremony, Robin Shaw, CEO Saga Travel said: “These are exciting times for Saga and the occasion marks a key stage in the construction of our second new build cruise ship.
“Our decision to build two new bo…