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    #76
    A new entry into the cruise industry has already been renamed:https://gcaptain.com/rebranded-virgi...Captain.com%29
    Will this be some exiting new concept or more same ol' same ol'?

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      #77
      More security for cruise passengers: http://www.marinelog.com/index.php?o...ing&Itemid=229
      Will that actually enhance your security, or just add red tape to the process of booking and boarding??

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        #78
        Nice picture of a cruise ship passing the Corinth Canal: http://www.shippax.com/en/news/celes...ks-record.aspx

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        • pakarang
          pakarang commented
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          WAOW. Not much space left over on the sides there - surely a tight fit.

        • Ralf__
          Ralf__ commented
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          More pictures on Facebook:
          https://www.facebook.com/pic.celesty...29837114042669

          Quite impressing. I nearly can't believe that this worked out without any scratch and i they will really decide to do it as regulat "event".

        #79
        A cruise ship in the class favoured by many here on CVF has got into trouble in one of the remotest parts on Indonesia: https://www.theguardian.com/environm...st-coral-reefs

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          #80
          Thanks for that link ombugge - I had been about to post the one from World Maritime News which I came across last night:
          http://worldmaritimenews.com/archive...donesian-reef/
          (Note the line about the ship having been "refloated on the next high tide", which doesn't tally with ' "They should've waited for high tide' to refloat the vessel." in the Guardian article.)

          Here also is a report from another British newspaper (incidently the one which has for years regularly carried advertisement and travel promotion features on NC's offerings):
          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ne-indonesian/
          It also contains a link to the cruise critic site: http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=7608

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            #81
            The first Expedition Cruise ships with X-Bow will be a reality soon: http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/2017/0...ick_articles=4

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              #82
              The Crystal Serenity will "do the Arctic" again this summer: http://arcticjournal.com/business/3194/summer-rerun

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                #83
                Better book early if you want to be the first to experience a cruise on a X-Bow Cruise ship in the Antarctic: http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/...xpedition-ship

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                • nari
                  nari commented
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                  I would like to see what happens when this ship hits the seas of the Drake passage....does the bow deflect or encourage submersion???

                • ombugge
                  ombugge commented
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                  There are more than 100 vessels with X-Bow already sailing the world's oceans. The design has proven very efficient and create a more comfortable ride in rough seas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA79tD415yg

                • nari
                  nari commented
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                  Thanks Ombugge

                #84
                How big is too big? http://www.msn.com/en-ca/travel/news...pCH?li=AAggpOh

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                  #85
                  Interesting article..... the images from the ship in particular.

                  The ship - the MSC Mergalalaallavillagallia - (too difficult to remember the name).... is massive indeed, almost like a super-clean shopping mall on a keel. Such a far cry from the ships decades ago, like the Norway.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    #86
                    Another new player in the luxury cruise business, but not aiming at the Polar regions: http://gcaptain.com/ritz-carlton-lau...Captain.com%29
                    I don't see anything about where these ships will be built though. (Within reach for Norwegian yards???)

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                    #87
                    This latest Ritz-Carlton project really reminds me of the Crystal yachts on the drawing table.
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      #88
                      Will there be restrictions on cruise ships visiting Geiranger and Nearoyfjorden from 2019??: http://www.smp.no/ntb/2017/07/02/Reg...ick_articles=3
                      This will likely mean that older vessels will be banned while the large new vessels will be allowed, as long as they burn MGO and not MFO/HFO during transit and stay in the fjords.

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                        #89
                        I think this is a great move to cleaner air inside these deep fjords. I have myself seen the smoke lingering in the hillsides long after the last ships have sailed for the day. Vegetation is also clearly marked. Alaska has some pretty strict rules similar to these, so I tend to think "about time".
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                          #90
                          The Expedition cruise ship Ocean Adventurer has left from Ulstein Shipyard after extensive "make-over": http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/2017/0...3.ece#cxrecs_s
                          She is owned by Adventure Partners, managed by the Sandstone Group and operated by Quark Expedition. All are American companies,

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