Amsterdam to move Cruise Terminal

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Amsterdam is a popular cruise destination and has plenty there to see and do. Although I have visited many times I have only sailed into Amsterdam twice, once on the Fred Olsen Balmoral and once on the Azamara Quest.

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Fred Olsen announce Multi Million Pound refit for the Black Watch

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The Fred Olsen Black Watch isn’t the most modern ship at sea, in-fact she was originally launched in 1972, although she was not taken over by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines until 1996.

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First Cruise ships to return to Tunisia since the 2015 attacks

We all know what awful events happened on a beach in Tunisia in 2015 as well as a gunman killing 21 people at a museum in Tunis.

Cruise lines stopped sailing to Tunisia because of this and I completely agree that was the right choice.

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Angry Protesters in Venice block cruise ships

There has been a lot of controversy regarding cruise ships being able to sail in and out of Venice for a good while now and there have been reported protests already this year.

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P&O Announce a new ship

P&O Cruises have just announced that they are building a new ship set to launch in 2020 and she will be larger than any previous ships they have had built. In fact the new ship will be 180,000 tons and will accommodate approximately 5200 guests.

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P&O Oriana refurbishment announced, about time too

The most common feedback I get from P&O Oriana is that she needs a bit of tlc in some areas, which of course is second to that the ship has a base of elderly clientele, this should’t be a surprise though on an adult only, traditional, British mid-sized ship sailing out of Southampton. P&O Oriana was built-in 1995 and she carries over 1,800 passengers.

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Silversea announce a $170m Fleet refurbishment program

Silvesea Cruises are a Six star ultra luxury inclusive cruise line competing in the same market with cruise lines such as Regent, Seabourn and Crystal Cruises.

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Celebrity move the Equinox from Med to Caribbean for 2017

The Celebrity Equinox had itineraries in place for the summer of 2017 sailing around the Mediterranean but it seems that Celebrity Cruises have had a change of heart. They have now cancelled all of these sailings and have announced that the Equinox will instead be sailing round the Caribbean all-year round basing her sailings out of Miami.

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Cruising like a Norwegian on the Jade

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The Norwegian Jade is a medium sized ship holding around 2200 guests. She was originally launched in 2006 as the Pride of Hawaii but was pulled from there in 2008, renamed to the Jade and brought over to Europe. This is very evident when you are walking around the ship as a large proportion of the decor is Hawaiian themed. Although there is the odd area where I feel that the decor is a little dated I did actually quite like the Hawaiian theme and the some of the colours that Norwegian cruise line use, it just makes you feel in the holiday mood. Everything was
extremely well kept and clean and I didn’t notice any wear of furnishings anywhere on the ship at all.

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An Azamazing time on the Azamara Quest

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience the Azamara Quest for a couple of nights. I boarded in Southampton on Saturday afternoon and dis-embarked in Amsterdam on Monday lunchtime.

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