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    We have threads about news from various Cruise companies, but not a general thread for news about cruise ships.
    Here goes with a news story found on Maritime Connector today: http://maritime-connector.com/news/g...rthed-on-land/

    PS> Sooner or later we will have news about major accidents from this area. Too many small ships with low bow height and large Panorama windows operating at too high speed in too rough weather. Commercial pressure to keep the schedule is one of the main causes of heavy weather damages here.
    Last edited by ombugge; January 18th, 2013, 04:50. Reason: Add PS

  • #2
    Re: Cruise news

    Viking Cruises revealed the design of their new ocean going ships. The first, the Viking Star, enters service in May 2015





    At 48,000gt and carrying 930 passengers in all outside balcony ships, these somewhat smaller and more intimate cruise ships will be able to take passengers all over the world.

    Looking like a cross between the Oceania ships and the old Royal Viking Sun, the new Viking ships have a more traditional style, with less useless hyped thrills and frills (no rinks, climbing walls, trapezes or even casinos), and seem to work to reconnect with the sea, including a full walk around promenade.



    One interesting feature is that the aft pool has a glass infinity edge so one can watch the wake while lounging in the water.



    Otherwise the style shown in the renderings of the interiors welcome a calm nordic simplicity of style. Cabins are uniformily large and all have balconies

    Lobby


    Main Restaurant


    Considering the pricing levels of these new ships (similar to Oceania and Azamara) the inclusiveness of the offerings (beer and wine at meals, tours in ports) the new ships look to be a very exciting offering in the world of cruising.

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  • #3
    Re: Cruise news

    These new Viking Oceans ships seem to be the very embodiment of the old Royal Viking Line vessels i.e. the sort of ships Royal Viking Line would have if it were still around. There's even a resemblence to the funnel! I think to strenghten this association they have named the lead ship "Viking Star", just as the lead ship for Royal Viking Line was "Royal Viking Star". I wonder if that means the second one will be called "Viking Sea"! Anyway, I really like the style and look of these new Viking ships, and am eagerly looking forward to them.

    Originally posted by Thaddeus
    Viking Cruises revealed the design of their new ocean going ships. The first, the Viking Star, enters service in May 2015





    At 48,000gt and carrying 930 passengers in all outside balcony ships, these somewhat smaller and more intimate cruise ships will be able to take passengers all over the world.

    Looking like a cross between the Oceania ships and the old Royal Viking Sun, the new Viking ships have a more traditional style, with less useless hyped thrills and frills (no rinks, climbing walls, trapezes or even casinos), and seem to work to reconnect with the sea, including a full walk around promenade.



    One interesting feature is that the aft pool has a glass infinity edge so one can watch the wake while lounging in the water.



    Otherwise the style shown in the renderings of the interiors welcome a calm nordic simplicity of style. Cabins are uniformily large and all have balconies

    Lobby


    Main Restaurant


    Considering the pricing levels of these new ships (similar to Oceania and Azamara) the inclusiveness of the offerings (beer and wine at meals, tours in ports) the new ships look to be a very exciting offering in the world of cruising.

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    • #4
      Re: Cruise news

      I rarely comment on photos of the modern cruise liners, I'm afraid, with their box shape and chopped off stern, but I do agree with Thaddeus and MR028 on the appearance of Viking Star, there is certainly a graceful simplicity in the design, exterior and interior. Two details - I love that picture at the head of the stairs in #8.5 and also the innovative concept of the glass infinity wall at the end of the swimming pool. Now there's imagination for you! And not a casino in sight.
      Surely a ship Norway can be proud of.
      Ivy

      "To thine own self be true.......
      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      • #5
        Re: Cruise news

        I agree too - this is an aesthetically pleasing vessel.

        Reminds me of the Marina and Riviera of Oceania Cruises, which I also adore and think are truly special.
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        • #6
          Re: Cruise news

          Limit to the number of Cruise passengers that can visit Geiranger and Aalesund any single day is set to 8000: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article7832319.ece
          Probably a good idea, but will it be enforced??

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          • #7
            Re: Cruise news

            A new era dawn in Geiranger: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article7958223.ece

            http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articl...-for-Geiranger

            A Seawalk pier in use in Skjolden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6_fR_Oc3Q

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            • #8
              Re: Cruise news

              Isn't ir nice to know that you can get accurate and reliable information on just about anything on the WWW???
              Here is an example from Iclu Cruise' web page:
              Summer cruises are the ideal way to catch the Northern Lights, especially towards the end of September when they are most visible and a sight not to be missed. Norway cruises mean you can get closer to the natural phenomena, with some cruises lines offering specific cruises at the right time of year.
              Last edited by ombugge; July 31st, 2013, 08:00.

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              • #9
                Re: Cruise news

                Interesting recent article on cruising in China:

                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • #10
                  Re: Cruise news

                  Major makeovers for older cruise ships

                  >> article with 9 images: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/2...t-renewal.html
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #11
                    Came across this one on LinkedIN today:

                    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Extre...1HhWdCPzfJJBU1

                    "Fire teams are more than waiters playing with hoses."
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                    • #12
                      This is sad reading:

                      http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cr...sses-away.html


                      Sergey Kalashnikov, captain of Phoenix Reisen’s Artania, died from a heart attack while the ship was in port on Sept. 10.
                      The 1984-built ship was berthed in Eidfjord, Norway.
                      Kalashnikov, 52, took over as master of the ship on June 19. Previously staff captain on the Artania, he was widely known by German passengers from a long career on the Maxim Gorky as staff captain.
                      Kalashnikov is survived by his wife and two children.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      • #13
                        Here is another piece of cruise-news from Asia:


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                        • #14
                          This image certainly made my day today, because it would be mean she still have some life left in her!



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                          • #15
                            Perhaps the best list of what is to come in the future:

                            http://maritimematters.com/future-ships/
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