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‘Ghost fleet’ of empty cruise ships anchored off UK: Thousands flock for ferry trips out to ships

Cunard ship Queen Victoria anchored in the English Channel. Photo: Getty Images Even when people can’t get on board cruise ships, they’re still in demand. Ships anchored off the UK have become a major tourist attraction during the northern summer, with several local ferry companies taking guests out to see the empty ships up close. […]

How dress codes on cruise ships are tearing passengers apart

Some modern holidaymakers prefer a more casual vibe. Photo: Getty Gerry Eggert has taken a lot of cruises in his 78 years. But the Canadian has noticed something recently: People aren’t dressing up like they used to. He took his concerns to Facebook and quizzed a group of fellow Holland America Line fans: “This should draw […]

Italy coronavirus lockdown: MSC Grandiosa cruise ship passengers party at sea

Passengers enjoy the sun by a swimming pool on board the MSC Grandiosa. Photo: AP Italy may be in a strict coronavirus lockdown this Easter with travel restricted between regions and new quarantines imposed. But a few kilometres offshore, guests aboard the MSC Grandiosa cruise ship are shimmying to Latin music on deck and sipping […]

Kangaroo Island fires: Cruise ship Sun Princess brings visitors back to island

Sun Princess arrives at Kangaroo Island on Sunday. Photo: Supplied Ferocious fires that scorched through half of Kangaroo Island have triggered a sharp decline in visitors – but a cruise ship has led the charge in bringing tourists back. Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess became the first cruise ship to sail back to Kangaroo Island on […]

More than 30 new cruise ships to launch in 2020

Richard’s Rooftop, Virgin Voyages Athletic Club, Virgin Voyages The line hired star British designer Tom Dixon to develop the suites. Photo: Virgin Voyages Choose your guitar. Photo: Virgin Voyages The complexes will be called the Massive Suites. Photo: Virgin Voyages The complexes also will have unusually large balconies with private hot tubs. Photo: Virgin Voyages […]

MSC Grandiosa joins the world’s megaship fleet

MSC Grandiosa is one of the biggest ship in the business. Photo: Andreas Vallbracht BIG SHIP BONANZA Norwegian Encore and MSC Grandiosa, two of the largest, most innovative ships in the cruise business, have set sail in the past couple of weeks. A third, Carnival Panorama, is due to join the world’s megaship fleet next […]

Murray River cruises: Cruising returns to Australia, but not on the ocean

Captain Cook Cruises, after suspending cruises due to COVID-19, is set to begin its first post-pandemic cruise aboard its PS Murray Princess vessel on June 23 with 40 passengers. While ocean cruising, that once cherished but now widely-maligned pastime, remains all at sea with an undetermined return date, a lower-profile equivalent will quietly make a […]

New luxury cruise ship Seven Seas Splendor to make maiden voyage in February, 2020

Seven Seas Splendor. Photo: Supplied LAP OF LUXURY Although many travel brands describe themselves as ‘luxury’, in the cruise world only a handful of lines qualify for the true, five-star luxury experience, according to the authoritative Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. This year, three of those select lines are launching new ships – […]

One Ocean Expeditions and the RCGS Resolute: Sold for $870k – the saga of a cursed $35 million, five-star polar cruise ship

The RCGS Resolute. Photo: Supplied With maritime superstition being what it is, perhaps another name might have better-suited the ship RCGS Resolute. The British Navy also had a ship called the Resolute that embarked on an Arctic exploration in the 1850s. It was trapped in ice and abandoned, to be later recovered and broken up. Some of its […]

One Ocean Expeditions cruises cancelled leaving passengers, staff out of pocket

Seized by Russia: MV Akademik Ioffe. Photo: Supplied Australian Michelle Rea was meant to be in Argentina on Thursday, preparing to board a cruise ship from Ushuaia to Antarctica on a photography tour. This was her second attempt to visit Antarctica and South Georgia Island with Canadian cruise company One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). OOE cancelled her […]

Ponant release its new cruises for adventurous travellers

Ponant’s ship L’Austral in the Milford Sound. DIVE IN Ponant has released its new cruises for adventurous travellers in the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Polynesia. The 48 voyages to 21 countries, departing October 2020 to May 2021, include 29 cruises with optional scuba-diving and 22 luxury tropical expeditions, three in partnership with National Geographic. […]

Princess Cruises’ new ship Sky Princess sets sail in November 2019

Sky Princess maiden call to Kotor, Montenegro. Photo: Supplied REACH FOR THE SKY Princess Cruises’ latest and greatest ship, Sky Princess, sets sail this weekend (2-3 November, 2019) from Civitavecchia (Rome) for its US homeport, the massive Port Everglades terminal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 28-night journey follows its inaugural shakedown cruise from the shipyard […]

Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess and Sea Princess sold, Australian cruises cancelled

The Sea Princess will be sold off by Princess Cruises. All sailings of the Princess Cruises ships Sun Princess and Sea Princess for this summer and next year have been cancelled after the cruise line announced both ships would be sold. The ships are two of 18 to be sold by Carnival Corp, the parent […]

Royal Caribbean and COVID-19: Cruise giant considering ban on unvaccinated passengers

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas. One of the world’s largest cruise lines is considering whether to make vaccination against COVID-19 a requirement for boarding.  More than 130,000 people have been vaccinated in the first week of the UK’s vaccination programme, which began on December 8. Frank Del Rio, the chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line […]

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas to offer free cruises to bushfire firefighters after coronavirus sees it leave Asia

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Ruby Princess and coronavirus: NSW government accused of ‘hiding’ ship and sick crew

The Ruby Princess docked in Port Kembla. Photo: Nick Moir The NSW state government is under pressure to transfer the Ruby Princess and its crew of more than 1000 – including 200 with symptoms of COVID-19 – from its Port Kembla berth to the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, closer to larger hospitals and […]

Ruby Princess cruise ship: Blame must be shared for one of the worst disasters in modern cruising

The Ruby Princess docked in Port Kembla on Thursday. Photo: Louise Kennerley Although aspects of the Ruby Princess saga have at times offered up shades of Gilbert and Sullivan, perhaps Shakespeare can offer more understanding of this still unfolding bitter tragedy, that has already cost 20 lives. In recent days Mick Fuller, the NSW Police […]

Ruby Princess cruise ship in Australia: Curtis Stone shows off new menu for Share restaurants

Ruby Princess made its debut in Sydney on Wednesday. Photo: Supplied The days of generic cruise ship buffets are well and truly over. LA-based Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone has designed a new menu for his ‘Share’ restaurants, available on two Princess cruise ships in Australia this summer. It’s the latest example of fine dining […]

Sail Croatia cruise line to add two new ships to their fleet

Grant Seuren and his Danish wife Helle set up Sail Croatia 15 years ago. Photo: Douglas Harding SAIL CROATIA Fifteen years ago, New-Zealand born Grant Seuren and his Danish wife Helle, who met in Australia when they were in their 20s, realised their dream of setting up a cruise line. The couple sketched out their […]

Scenic Eclipse II construction begins with four more ships planned

Scenic Eclipse’s Observation Deck. The spa on Scenic Eclipse. Owner’s Penthouse Suite on Scenic Eclipse. The Scenic Eclipse features a six-person submarine to take passengers into the ocean depths. Photo: Supplied A Deluxe Verandah Suite. The bar on board. Photo: Scenic Cruises Scenic Eclipse Owners Penthouse Suite Bathroom. The yoga and pilates studio. The spa. […]

Scenic Eclipse luxury cruise ship set to make Australian debut in winter 2021

A mock-up of Scenic Eclipse off Raft Point in the Northern Territory. In a gradual turning of the tide, several expedition cruise companies launch their season in north-west Australia from this month, and luxury ship Scenic Eclipse hopes to join the flotilla with cruises between Darwin and Broome (or the reverse) from mid-June. The move […]

Seabourn returns to Australia and New Zealand

Seabourn Encore Photo: Michel Verdure GO WELL Seabourn is returning to Australia and New Zealand this December 2019, when two of its ships make 40 calls across Australia over the summer season. Seabourn Encore is making maiden calls at Portland in Victoria, Hobart, Kangaroo Island and Adelaide (all in March 2020), while Seabourn Sojourn is […]

Seabourn Venture to set sail to Antarctica during its inaugural season

Exploring Antarctica on Seabourn Quest. Photo: Supplied HOLIDAY ON ICE Seabourn Venture is set to sail Antarctica during its inaugural season, which begins in July 2021. By November 2021 the new Seabourn expedition ship will be sailing nine voyages of 11 or 12 days in Antarctica, South Georgia and (in a company first) multiple destinations […]

Silver Origin: Silversea’s first custom-built ship designed for sailing the Galapagos Islands

The 596-passenger Silver Moon. Photo: Supplied SILVERSEA ON A ROLL As Silver Muse leaves Australia later this month after its second successful season, Silversea is gearing up for a busy year ahead. Silver Origin, the luxury line’s first ship custom-built and designed for sailing in the Galapagos islands, makes its debut in July; its first […]

Silversea’s newest flagship vessel, Silver Muse, arrives in Australia

The Salt Bar on Silver Moon. NEW DAWN Silversea’s newest flagship vessel, Silver Muse, arrived in Darwin this week and will remain in our region until March 2020, its longest Australian deployment to date. We may well be seeing more of Silversea’s luxury vessels in Australian waters over the next few years, with the company […]

Singapore: ‘Cruise to nowhere’ turns back after passenger tests positive for COVID-19

The Quantum of the Seas cruise ship docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg Singapore: A Royal Caribbean “cruise-to-nowhere” from Singapore confined nearly 1700 passengers to their cabins in port for more than 16 hours after a COVID-19 case was detected on board, before some passengers were allowed to […]

Sir Richard Branson in Australia: Why Virgin Voyages cruise ships will be adults only

Richard’s Rooftop, Virgin Voyages Athletic Club, Virgin Voyages The line hired star British designer Tom Dixon to develop the suites. Photo: Virgin Voyages Choose your guitar. Photo: Virgin Voyages The complexes will be called the Massive Suites. Photo: Virgin Voyages The complexes also will have unusually large balconies with private hot tubs. Photo: Virgin Voyages […]

Stretching of cruise ships: Why cruise lines are cutting ships in half

Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a world-first lengthening project. Photo: Silversea Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a world-first lengthening project. Photo: Silversea Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a world-first lengthening project. Photo: Silversea Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a world-first lengthening project. Photo: Silversea Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a world-first lengthening project. Photo: Silversea Silversea’s Silver Spirit undergoes a […]

The river-cruise companies making waves in ocean cruising

Long-established river-cruise company Scenic has made a successful inroad into ocean cruising. Photo: Supplied CROSSING THE LINES As cruising continues to attract ever more fans across the globe, so the industry is becoming more diverse. Traditional ocean lines are venturing into river cruising, long-established river-cruise companies such as Scenic and Viking are making successful inroads […]

The Shipping News: New options in cruise-tours combinations

Pool deck on Azamara Pursuit. Photo: Michel Verdure LAND AHOY One of the growing cruise trends to look out for in 2020 is the extended cruise-tour that goes beyond a mere week on a ship to include a significant land component. While cruise-tours have been around for decades, they’re becoming much more varied and adventurous […]

APT launch extraordinary 79-day odyssey, visiting 18 countries and more than 80 ports

Cruising through the Scottish islands with APT. EUROPEAN CONQUEST APT has launched its most extraordinary small-ship cruise, a 79-day odyssey from Reykjavik to Istanbul that visits 18 countries and more than 80 ports – and has no days at sea. Among them are classic cities such as Dublin, Nice, Lisbon, Barcelona and Athens, but also […]

The destination striving to become ‘the Miami of the Middle East’

Dubai Marina in Dubai. Photo: Dubai Tourism Just a few years ago, Dubai was little more than a blip on the world’s cruise radar. Then cruise visitor numbers surged 38 per cent one season, followed by a whopping 51 per cent the next. Last season saw 846,176 passenger arrivals, and the maiden visits of 14 […]

Cruising news: Where’s my straw? Cruise companies in a bid to become greener

Exploring the Antarctic with Peregrine Adventures. THE FINAL STRAW I was standing at a bar on a recent cruise-ship sailing when a fellow passenger sashayed up and ordered a mai tai. It was properly made, shaken with ice, strained into an old-fashioned glass and topped with mint and a slice of lime. But where, the […]

Tom Cruise charters two cruise ships to house cast and crew for Mission Impossible 7

Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen, with capacity for 530 passengers, is one of two ships chartered to house the cast and crew of Mission Impossible 7. Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has proven himself to be a man without fear in recent years, doing his own stunts for the Mission Impossible movies that involved him hanging from […]

Uniworld launches three new river cruise ships in 2020

Uniworld’s SS Sao Gabriel sets sail in Portugal in April. Photo: PhiloPhotos RIVER SHIPS UPDATE Uniworld’s president and chief executive, Ellen Bettridge, is looking forward to a big year. Mekong Jewel launched in January and within the next few weeks, the boutique river cruise company is launching two new ships in Europe, with a third to […]

Uruguay comes to the rescue of stranded passengers on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship

The Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia, Argentina ahead of its first voyage to Antarctica. The ship’s unusual ‘X-bow’, created by Norwegian ship designer Ulstein, is designed to absorb the force of waves more consistently across its surface than traditional ship bows, improving the steadiness of the ship as well as fuel efficiency (that said, the Aurora […]

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