P&O Oceana to be redeployed & Celebrity to follow!

P&O have made the difficult decision to pull the Oceana from her Winter 2019 and 202 Dubia and the Middle East Program amid concerns for British Flagged Ships in the region.

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Princess Cruises Summer 2021 and Dame Helen Mirren!

I thought this week I would do something a little difference and round up on some of the daily cruise news, but I promise not to mention anything about a clown on the Britannia as I think we would have all seen about this. So whats going on in the cruise world? Well Princess Cruises have announced that they will soon being bringing out the Itinerary for Europe in 2021 which will be the longest ever European season for Princess. They will be basing the Island Princess which will debut to Southampton in 2020 for a short season but return for longer in 2021, we will also see the Crown Princess and the Regal Princess homeport in Southampton through the summer season. More exciting news will be that Princess will place the 2 newest ships in the fleet – the Enchanted and the Sky Princess in Europe. The only thing I will say is that Europe will have 3 Royal Class Ships, shame not to have some of the smaller vessels over here but we cannot have it all but placing 5 Medallion Class ships in Europe shows the dedication that Princess has to the UK and Europe Markets. Be in the right place at the right time as Princess will be offering low £1.00 deposits on any UK and Europe Sailings if you book on the 13th or 14th August so really nothing to lose. In other news August will see the launch of the long awaited Scenic Eclipse, the World first Discovery Yacht and she really is something special, she has been delayed due to problems in the shipyard but Scenic have pushed through – she really will take you to parts of the world only ever thought to have been for the few with 2 helicopters and a 6 seater submarine on board. Dame Helen Mirren has been chosen to undertake the role of Godmother and she will be christened in New York on the 10th September. Carnival Panorama, the 3rd in the Vista Class ships has completed here Sea Trials in Europe and is undergoing the final touches before she sets sail for Long Beach on the West Coast of America. Quite a date for Carnival as it will be the first new ship to sail from the West Coast in more than two Decades. She will undergo her first cruise on the 11th December 2019. Belfast has opened the first dedicated cruise terminal in Ireland after a major investment from Belfast Harbour of £500,000. This is great news as we can hope to see more cruises starting and finishing in Belfast rather than just day stops. The terminal opened on Monday morning and welcomed guests from the Crown Princess. Northern Islands has been much in demand recently as the popular TV show – Game of Thrones had many filming locations there. There is a new ship in town on the rivers too – For anyone that thought River Vessels are to small then perhaps the AmaMagna is worth considering – she is a magnificent 72 ft wide – double the width of other river cruise ships on the Main Waterways of Europe. Have you booked or perhaps even been on her as she is now two months old. All very exciting and as I say not a clown in sight! Tom
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Farewell to an Old Friend!

Farewell to an Old Friend!

Oriana has always been one of my favourite ships, I have been fortunate to have been on her a couple times and it saddens me to think I will not get on her again, well under the name Oriana! Oriana joined the P&O fleet back in 1995 so she is nearly as old as I am, but when she joined back in 1995, cruising seemed to be more about the cruising and the connection with the Ocean and the Ports of Call than it is today. Take for instance something like the Oasis of the Seas or the Norwegian Epic, you could literally go to sea for 7 days and still have plenty to do.

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To tip or not to tip is the big question!?

To tip or not to tip! This must be one of the most common questions we are asked. Are tips included? Do we need to tip? How much are tips? And I with good reason. A family of four on a 14 night cruise with say Royal Caribbean can set you back over £600.00 for the room which is a lot of extra cost.

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CMV to get a new ship by 2020?!

Cruise and Maritime are probably one of the lesser known cruise lines. When you look for a cruise, they don’t always tend to be the first place you look but perhaps you could be missing out.

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NCL Free At Sea?!

Norwegian Cruises Lines, like they all seem to be at the moment is growing rapidly, with the launch of the NCL Encore this year and then a bit of a gap before they start launching the new Leonardo Class of ships. The new vessels will be 140,000 gross tons which I was pleasantly surprised to see as considerable smaller than the current Breakaway and Breakaway Plus class of vessels.

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A day in history for Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have always been known as a market leader, introducing many new and innovative features to cruising, from Rock Climbing walls to Ice Rinks, to Surf machines and Sky diving machines on board various of their ships. You could say they have their name in the History books for many reasons from new features at sea to having the biggest ships afloat with the Oasis Class.

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When is enough, enough?

Royal Caribbean this week has began construction on the fifth Oasis Class ship in the fleet which is set to join her sister, Harmony, Oasis, Symphony and Allure of the Seas in 2021. Royal Caribbean also announced in February this year that due to the demand and popularity of this class of ship they have ordered a sixth vessel. We are talking massive passenger numbers – Each ship can carry around 6000 Passengers normally – So that by 6 is 36,000 passengers on just these 6 ships alone.

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Tui to enter the World of River Cruising!

Next year we will see a new face on the Waterways of Europe, and it is a more unusual as it has recently been announced that TUI will be joining the River Cruise Market from Summer 2020.

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Sad new from Marella Cruises as they plan to retire the Classic Ships in the fleet!

Breaking news this week from Marella Cruises (Thomson/Tui) as they have announced plans to retire the ‘Classic Ships’ in the Marella Fleet. I am a huge cruise lover because of the diversity that it offers. If you want an all singing and dancing mega ship you can have it, but if you want something a little smaller and more intimate with more out of the way ports you can have that too.

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