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Askua Cruise Line's Asuka II to Undergo a Major Refit in Singapore Januray 2020

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Japan's Asuka Cruise (Part of NYK Line) has announced that the Asuka II will undergo a 45-day refit in Singapore. The enhancements will include a new exhaust gas cleaning system as well as major interior upgrade.

The 29 year old ship is scheduled to enter dry-dock mid-January where work will commence immediately. In addition to the newly installed exhaust system, all restaurants will be renovated, including the ocean facing private tables for suite passengers, installation of open air baths and the remodeling of the ship's staterooms.



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Albatros Expeditions Expands Fleet to 2 Ships.Al

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Albatros Expeditions has confirmed plans to add a second SunStone Infinity-class expedition cruise vessel to its fleet in 2022. The new ship is to be named the Ocean Albatros.
The Ocean Albatros will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic and on cruises between these core expedition areas.
The new vessel, the 186-guest Ocean Albatros will operate along side the new Ocean Victory, that will operate seasonally by Albatros Expeditions in Antarctica from December 2020. During the summer months the Ocean Victory will sail for Victory Cruise Line in Alaska.

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Costa Cruises Presents Costa Firenze, the New Ship Arriving October 2020

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Costa Firenze is the new Costa Cruises ship due to come into service in October 2020. Currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy), Costa Firenze is a 135,500 gross tons ship with capacity for over 5,200 guests; she is the sister ship of Costa Venezia, which was launched in Trieste on March 1 this year.

Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia are the Italian company's first ships specifically designed for the Chinese market. Before being positioned in Asia, Costa Firenze will spend a whole month in the Mediterranean, in October 2020, thus allowing all of Costa's customers in Europe and around the world to be the first to experience a truly unique vacation on board the new ship. Cruises will be available for booking starting from tomorrow: there will be five 5-to-7-day cruises and one 51-day positioning cruise to China.

“Given the success of the inaugural cruises of Costa Venezia, we have decided to keep Costa Firenze in the Mediterranean for a whole month bef…

Hull Art Work for Norwegian Cruise Line's New Norwegian Encore Complete at Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard

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Norwegian Encore is looking its absolute best just months ahead of its maiden voyage from London to New York. In the video above, cruise fans can watch as the ship's vivid hull art, designed by award-winning Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, comes to life.

A representation of his modern and abstract style, the ship’s hull features a labyrinth of color inspired by Arranz-Bravo’s life by the sea in Barcelona and pay tribute to the vibrant guest experience Norwegian is known for.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is a dynamic, pioneering company known for its innovative experiences and breathtaking collection of beautifully designed ships,” said Arranz-Bravo. “I am honored to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore but also showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.”

Norwegian Encore is currently being built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. At approximately 167,800 gross tons, she will offer seven-day cruises to the Easte…

Seabourn Cruise Line Announces Itineraries for New Expedition Ship - Seabourn Venture Debuting in June 2021

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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has opened for sale the inaugural expedition season itineraries for Seabourn Venture, the line’s first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship. Between July 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will visit a vast number of breathtaking locations and remote destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and more, offering guests the unique opportunity to experience ultra-luxury expedition cruising and exhilarating adventures.
The new itineraries include 25 immersive voyages, ranging from seven to 22 days, featuring ample opportunities for travelers to discover diverse wildlife, soak in spectacular scenery and nature, and learn about each region’s colorful history and culture. The ship, which offers all ocean front veranda suites, is scheduled to visit more than 150 unique and fascinating destinations across the globe – many of which few travelers have ever be…

Keel Laid for Royal Caribbean's Latest Oasis Class Ship - Odyssey of the Seas At Meyer Werft -- Papenburg, Germany

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Excitement was in the air at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on May 3rd, as Royal Caribbean International marked an important milestone in the development of Odyssey of the Seas. Scheduled to be delivered in fall 2020, Odyssey received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place.

             The keel laying marks an important milestone in the development of Odyssey of the Seas, as it signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction. During the ceremony, a 79-ton block was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel, which then stays in place until the end of construction. Once the ship is nearing completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew, to be placed on board the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction and then to its Captain and crew when she is at sea.

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Oceanwide's First Ship Hondius to Sail As Scheduled.

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The day is quickly approaching....Oceanwide Expeditions announced that its new Hondius is on schedule and is set to sail from Split, Croatia, on its maiden voyage. The Hondius has completed its extensive series of sea trials, achieved speeds, and all systems are exceeding expectations, the company said, in a statement. The Hondius has the honor of being the world’s first-registered/certified Polar Class 6 vessel.

This ships is expected to sails from Croatia to Vlissingen, Netherlands, where the Oceanwide Expeditions headquarters is located. A christening ceremony is scheduled for June 1.


After reaching Vlissingen, the Hondius will set out on its first expedition cruise on June 3 to Scotland, Spitzenberg and more. The Hondius will continue the summer season with some of the most popular Arctic voyages.

The Hondius is a boutique exploration ship that will carry 174 passengers in 82 staterooms. measure  353 feet in length, 57.75feet wide and weighs 5,590 tons.


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Coral Expeditions Announces Second New Build - Coral Geographer.

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Coral Expeditions has announced that they are building a sister ship to the recently delivered Coral Adventurer. The Coral Adventurer was delivered to Coral Expeditions on April 1st and sailed on her maiden voyage on April 24th.

 The 120-passenger Coral Adventurer has been specially designed by Coral Expeditions, marrying the company’s 34 years of experience building and operating expedition ships with latest advances in marine and environmental technology. The ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer expedition tenders,a trademark feature of all Coral Expeditions vessels,will extend the capabilities of the ship by allowing fast transit for all passengers with open views on shore excursions and deeper exploration into rivers and beaches. A new multi-purpose space, the Barralong Room, will host interpretive activities and projects that connect guests in an engaging format throughout their voyage experience.

The new vessel, the Coral Geographer, is under construction at VARD in Vietnam, and d…

SeaDream Innovation to Raise the Bar for Sustainability at Sea

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Setting sail in 2021, SeaDream’s new mega-yacht will be the world’s most advanced hybrid shipSeaDream Innovation is the world’s most advanced hybrid ship being built today that will sail to all seven continents. SeaDream has received a grant for USD $1.8 million for the creation of the revolutionary vessel from Enova, an organization owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment that is responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. Enova strongly supports SeaDream and this new mega-yacht given its creative and sustainability-focused approach to energy and climate technology.

“We are extremely grateful that Enova supports our environmental efforts. Without this solid support from Enova, this would not have been possible,” said Atle Brynestad, owner of SeaDream. “We are proud to contribute to the cruise industry by taking the lead in developing more environmentally friendly vessels that will also sail with the Nor…

Victory Cruise Line Releases Information about 2021 Cruise Ship Ocean Victory.

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Victory Cruise Lines released additional details of the newbuild Ocean Victory. The Ocean Victory will feature several innovative design elements, include an X-box design that allows for a smoother, more comfortable ride with low levels of noise and vibrations; Rolls Royce Zero Speed Stabilizers to reduce rolling and therefore make cruising more comfortable for guests, and Dynamic Positioning (aka “virtual anchoring”) – a computer-controlled system that automatically maintains the vessel’s position utilizing its own propellers and thrusters resulting in top-rated ship maneuverability. This means the ship can easily change positions for expedition operations, such as zodiac landings, while also minimizing its environmental impact, the company said, in a press release.

The 200-passenger expedition ship will have a crew of 100 and will measure 342.5 ft long.

The ship will feature 93 Suites:
 68 will have balconies,  9  French balconies 16 with panoramic windows. 
Amenities in…

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Takes Delivery of Its New Hanseatic Nature

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Today (5/4/2019), in Hamburg, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises presented the HANSEATIC nature for the first time. This is the first of three, structurally- identical ships in the cruise line’s new expedition class. The ship will leave Hamburg on 5 May 2019 for its inaugural cruise, which will take it to the Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, finishing in Bergen. This summer, the ship will visit the Arctic. The HANSEATIC nature is a small, manoeuvrable and state-of-the-art expedition ship, to be positioned in the 5-star segment. Its construction, design and routes revolve around providing a true expedition experience and getting as close as possible to nature. It also offers the highest standards of comfort and service. The second, international ship – the HANSEATIC inspiration – will be commissioned in October 2019, followed by the HANSEATIC spirit in May 2021. The new expedition class is being financed by an investment from the parent TUI Group; therefore, all ships in t…