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Law Of The Sea & International Maritime Trade Info Graphic

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This interesting info graphic came across my desk today from Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy program, and I thought I’d share it here: Maritime trade officially began in the year 1648, when the Treaty of Westphalia confirmed the ideas set out by Hugo Grotius, who said that the…

Fatal Fire In INSIGNIA Engine Room

Fatal Fire In INSIGNIA Engine Room

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Oceania Cruises confirmed that a crew member and two contractors perished in an engine room fire on the INSIGNIA. One further crew member remains in the hospital in stable condition. The fire occurred while the ship was berthed in St Lucia.  “All guests are safe and have disembarked the vessel,” said a spokesperson for Oceania…

Book Review: Great French Passenger Ships by William Miller

Book Review: Great French Passenger Ships by William Miller

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A nostalgic look back over a century of French ocean travel—with several previously unpublished photos Published by the History press, William Miller’s Great French Passenger Ships focuses on the last hundred years of French liners.  Starting with the famous ships of the French Line (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT)). France produced some…

The Queen’s Six Years In Dubai by Rob Lightbody

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Rob Lightbody looks back over the past six years since QE2 departed Southampton on her final voyage, and wonders what lies ahead. It is now six years since QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 departed on her final voyage to Dubai after a memorable final season and final day in Southampton.  As she…

BAHAMAS CELEBRATION Listing After Striking Underwater Object –Updated

BAHAMAS CELEBRATION Listing After Striking Underwater Object –Updated

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Passengers on a Halloween cruise to the Bahamas got more excitement than anticipated when Celebration Cruise Line’s, 1000-passenger BAHAMAS CELEBRATION struck an unknown object after departing Grand Bahama for Palm Beach. Passengers were called to muster stations with life jackets over their Halloween costumes while the ship returned to Grand…

MARCO POLO Aground In Northern Norway

MARCO POLO Aground In Northern Norway

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A Norwegian coast guard vessel arrived in Gravdal, northern Norway, today to assist the grounded 1965-built, 22,080 gt liner MARCO POLO.  The ship, with some 800 mostly British passengers, is said to be undamaged and no injuries were reported.  A pilot was on board MARCO POLO and two tugboats were attempting to free…

Book Review: QUEEN VICTORIA A Photographic Journey

Book Review: QUEEN VICTORIA  A Photographic Journey

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QUEEN VICTORIA A Photographic Journey by Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross with an afterword by Commodore Rynd 120 pages, available in both hard and soft cover Publisher: The History Press With over 200 colour images in the book, this is certainly a thorough photo survey of all of  Cunard’s QUEEN…

QUEEN VICTORIA For Early Refit

QUEEN VICTORIA For Early Refit

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Cunard Line announced today that QUEEN VICTORIA will enter the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, in January 2015 for a multi-million dollar refit. QUEEN VICTORIA will see the addition of her first single staterooms, nine cabins will be constructed from part of the casino.  Carpets will be renewed throughout the ship, and large flat-screen…

COSTA CONCORDIA Raised

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The complex and large scale operation to refloat the wrecked COSTA CONCORDIA cruise ship continued today. Widely covered in the international media, the wreck of COSTA CONCORDIA was successfully raised on July 14 from the submerged platform that she has been resting on since the wreck was maneuvered upright in…

Construction Begins On SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

Construction Begins On SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

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Construction began this morning on SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. According to a release from Regent Seven Seas Cruises: The ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind owner’s suite unlike any other at sea. The…

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