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The following is the newsletter sent to subscribers on Monday September 11, 2017:





Weekly Cruise Newsletter
(Monday to Monday)






The Tampa to Havana Route - Other Cruise News: AidaNova's Virtual Keel Laid In Hamburg - Irma Plays Havoc With Cruise Ship Schedules
September 11th, 2017
by Kevin Griffin

This year saw two ships come back after sixty years to revive a long-standing route that had first been opened 132 years earlier - that between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The 1,600-berth Empress of the Seas and 2,052-berth Carnival Paradise succeed to a route that had been operated by uniquely one predecessor for more than seventy years.
Meanwhile, last week in Hamburg saw the virtual keel-laying for AIDA Cruises' 183,000-ton 5,200-berth AIDANova.
And on the other side of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma has led to the cancellation of seventeen cruises from Florida ports.
Posted in News, The Cruise Examiner



AIDAnova: Lots of new highlights from bow to stern
September 11th, 2017
The new AIDA generation will be taking to the seas in December 2018 in the shape of AIDAnova. The world's first LNG-powered cruise ship, AIDAnova will be spending her maiden season in winter 2018/19 in the Canary Islands. On December 2, 2018, the new ship will visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe.
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Karl J. Pojer named Seatrade European Cruise Personality of the Year
September 11th, 2017
On September 6, Karl J. Pojer , Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, was named Seatrade European Cruise Personality of the Year. The accolade was announced at the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2017 ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of Seatrade Europe 2017.
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Europa and Europa 2 Set for Blohm + Voss Refits
September 11th, 2017
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will drydock both its ultra-luxury ships, with the Europa and Europa 2 scheduled for drydocking periods at Blohm + Voss. The Europa 2 will drydock from Sept. 13 to Sept. 27, followed by the Europa, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Mariner of the Seas Returns for Final Southeast Asia Season
September 11th, 2017
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas (Photo credit News.cn - Chinanews.com)Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas has returned to Marina Bay or her longest-ever and final season until next April. She is offering 56 Southeast Asian sailings of three- to nine-nights from Singapore, the highest number for this ship ever, up from 41 sailings last season. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Maine expects to set a cruise ship record in 2017
September 11th, 2017
Maine is on track to have a record season for cruise ships this year. The state is expecting 423 ships with more than 380,000 passengers before the fall season ends. That's 62 more ships than last year. (bangordailynews.com)
Posted in News


Siversea orders one sister ship of Silver Muse at Fincantieri
September 11th, 2017
The Silver MuseSilversea Cruises and Fincantieri signed a contract worth about 310 million euros, for the construction of a new ultra-luxury cruise ship, due to join the shipowner's fleet in 2020.
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Swim, snorkel, sail: Join sleek 25-cabin sailing cruiser MS Galileo to explore the idyllic Cyclades islands
September 11th, 2017
Do you dream of taking a morning swim in crystal clear waters, exploring uninhabited Greek islands and sunbathing on the deck of a sleek 48-metre sailing cruiser? If so, Saga's new seven-night Jewels of the Cyclades offers eight departures from April to September 2018.
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One Ocean Expeditions Adds Golf Theme Voyage
September 11th, 2017
One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is introducing a new golf and cruise voyage offering 6 different courses around the Canadian maritime provinces. In between courses, wildlife and photography excursions have been created to explore the wonders of Canada's East Coast, including mystical Sable Island and its wild horses. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Cruise ship bunker fuel emissions to be monitored by Tasmania's environmental watchdog
September 11th, 2017
A record number of cruise ships will dock at Tasmanian ports this summer, raising environmental concerns and causing division within the tourism industry. (abc.net.au)
Posted in News


Steel Cut to Start Construction of World Explorer
September 10th, 2017
WestSea Shipyard in Portugal saw a major milestone on Friday as steel was cut for the World Explorer, first in a series of expedition ships being constructed by Mario Ferreira's Mystic Cruises and Mystic Invest companies. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Hamburg Cruise Days 2017: spectacular parade of cruise liner
September 10th, 2017
Following a slightly rainy start to the event on Friday, the weather picked up on the second day of the Hamburg Cruise Days 2017 - attracting the usual number of visitors to the Port of Hamburg and making the Cruise Days again to the cruise industry's largest public event worldwide.
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Cruise Ship Heads Into Unknown After Detour Because of Irma
September 10th, 2017
When they first boarded the Norwegian Escape a week ago, passengers knew exactly where they were going. Now they have no idea. (usnews.com)
Posted in News


Cruise lines to help evacuate Irma-ravaged St. Thomas
September 10th, 2017
Two cruise lines on Saturday said they were diverting ships to the hurricane-ravaged island of St. Thomas to drop relief supplies and evacuate stranded travelers. (usatoday.com)
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Hurtigruten is kicking ocean exploration up a knotch with Underwater Drones
September 9th, 2017
The exploration cruise company has recently partnered with Blueye Robotics; an innovative and environmentally conscious tech company in Norway, for the development of Blueeye Pioneer underwater drones.
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Despite hurricane, no refunds for some cruise passengers who stay behind
September 9th, 2017
Hurricane Irma is not only impacting people here on land but, especially, those on the water. Cruise companies have been canceling and altering itineraries, left and right, in an effort to avoid any danger. (fox13news.com)
Posted in News


(Update) Hurricane Irma Prompts Cruise Itinerary Changes and Cancellations
September 8th, 2017
All cruise ships sailing out of South Florida have been forced to change itineraries or cancel cruises all together, due to the approach of Irma, a Category 4 hurricane that has devastated islands such as St. Maarten, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands, and is now over the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas. (cruisecritic.com)
Posted in News


Hurtigruten Steps Up To Save Kleven Yard
September 8th, 2017
The two new ships for Hurtigruten (Artist impression courtesy Kleven)Hurtigruten has stepped in with an investment in the Kleven yard group, which is building two expedition ships, with options for two more, for the Norwegian brand. According to Hurtigruten, the company is part of an investment group that is putting NOK 300 million into Kleven for a 40 percent interest. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Multi-platinum Group Il Divo To Set Sail On Four-night Caribbean Cruise
September 8th, 2017
The multi-platinum group announces it will offer fans the ultimate Il Divo experience aboard Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas. The four-night cruise, to take place November 30 - December 4, will give guests the rare opportunity to interact with band members, Urs BŸhler, Carlos Marin, SŽbastien Izambard and David Miller and experience a one-of-a-kind Il Divo concert aboard a luxurious ship.
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Work Starts at Fincantieri Monfalcone On The New Princess Ship
September 8th, 2017
The Majestic PrincessThe steel cutting of the new ship for Princess Cruises, brand of Carnival Corporation, took place today at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone.
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Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic Fashion Week debuts glamour on the high seas
September 8th, 2017
Luxury cruise line Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York after the second annual Transatlantic Fashion Week brought together some of the most glamorous names in the fashion industry. (eturbonews.com)
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Cruise ships could boycott Britain after Brexit, warns Maritime UK boss ahead of London Shipping Week
September 8th, 2017
Cruise ships could boycott Brexit Britain if tough new immigration rules are slapped on passengers, an industry chief warned today (7 Sep.). A delegation of shipping bosses will press Theresa May to ease fears of "strait- jacket" restrictions on migration as the UK quits the EU. (mirror.co.uk)
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Royal Caribbean using its own cruise ship to evacuate employees
September 8th, 2017
The employees and their dependents will board the Enchantment of the Seas, a thousand-foot ship that can handle almost 2,500 passengers, and churn to calmer waters before the hurricane slams into Florida this weekend. (money.cnn.com)
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Brexit - business as usual for cruise industry
September 8th, 2017
On the second day of Seatrade Cruise and River Cruise Convention - currently underway in Hamburg, Germany - the topic of Brexit came under scrutiny. (cruisebusiness.com)
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Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation and Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation Select Hurricane Harvey Relief Agencies for $2 Million Donation
September 8th, 2017
Carnival Cruise Line, its parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have identified five non-profit organizations to receive a minimum of $2 million total in support of relief and rebuilding efforts following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey.
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Three awards for AIDA
September 8th, 2017
The AIDAPrima at Hamburg (Courtesy AIDA Cruises)On September 5, 2017, AIDA Cruises received the "German Cruise Line Award" three times at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, the leading exhibition for the cruise industry. AIDA won in the categories Environmental Commitment and Favorite Ship. The award presented by the port association Atlantic Alliance also went to AIDA Cruises for its year-round operation of AIDAprima in the Atlantic west-coast region.
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Caribbean Cruise Ports Assess Damage from Hurricane Irma
September 8th, 2017
As Hurricane Irma continues to steamroll through the Caribbean and head toward Florida, the islands that already have been hit by the storm are digging out and assessing the damage to infrastructure. (cruisecritic.com)
Posted in News


Cruise Baltic launches new digital offers
September 7th, 2017
Smart phones, tablets and the like have for long been tools of how to find information easy and fast. Now the cruise network Cruise Baltic has made some new digital offers that should support both travel agents and crew members.
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SkySea to Offer Alipay, Accept Direct Bookings
September 7th, 2017
SkySea Cruise Line announced that it will roll out Alipay, one of China's leading third-party payment platforms, to begin accepting mobile payments on the SkySea Golden Era on Sept. 17. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Silversea's Silver Explorer making waves following Refurbishment
September 7th, 2017
The Silver ExplorerSilversea Expeditions is delighted to share new images of Silver Explorer, following a stylish refurbishment earlier this year. The remodelled Silver Explorer accommodates 144 guests in all-inclusive intimate luxury, sailing to the world's most remote destinations. (etbtravelnews.global)
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution launch new promotional partnership video
September 7th, 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have unveiled a new joint promotional video, highlighting the two organisations' long-standing partnership of nearly 50 years, and raising awareness of the vital work that the charity does.
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CLIA Reports on a productive Port and Destination Summit
September 7th, 2017
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) hosted its fourth Port and Destination Summit on 5th September. Over 260 international partners of CLIA Executive Partner Program, including 50 cruise line executives gathered at the Hamburg Messe and Congress GmbH Hamburg, one day before the Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Convention official opening. (cruisebusiness.com)
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