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Journey Into History: LOFOTEN’s 50th Anniversary Sailing

Journey Into History: LOFOTEN’s 50th Anniversary Sailing

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Journey Into History: LOFOTEN’s 50th Anniversary Sailing by Ben Lyons   Official website: www.hurtigruten.co.uk/ Throughout the winter, my fiancée Kathryn and I dreamed of a quick weekend escape to see the Northern Lights. Each idea was quickly dismissed: it was too expensive, too hard to get to, or simply too little…

Book Review: QE2 A photographic Journey

Book Review: QE2 A photographic Journey

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QE2 A photographic Journey Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross. A commemorative photographic tribute to the most famous ocean liner of our time. This updated paper back edition published in 2013 of QE2: A Photographic Journey takes the reader on a voyage of appreciation of the best-known and most-loved ocean liner.…

HMCS PROTECTEUR Towed To Pearl Harbor

HMCS PROTECTEUR Towed To Pearl Harbor

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HMCS PROTECTEUR was towed into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii today, following an engine room fire which broke out on February 27, causing the ship to lose power 340 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. The ship was returning from operations with the U.S. Navy in the mid-Pacific and carrying 279 crew, 17 family members…

A First Glimpse Of BRITANNIA’S Interiors

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A First Glimpse Of BRITANNIA’S Interiors story filed by Peter Newall February 12, 2014: At a very unusual sensory event held this evening at Forman’s restaurant in the East End of London, P&O Cruises launched the first flavour of its new ship which will enter service in March 2015.  Here are the first renderings…

VOIMA: The World’s Oldest Active Icebreaker Turns 60

VOIMA: The World’s Oldest Active Icebreaker Turns 60

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by Kalle Id On 24th January 2014, the world’s oldest icebreaker in active service, the Finnish VOIMA (the name translates as “power” or “force”) left Helsinki to start another icebreaking season.”  In a few days, on 13th February, the VOIMA will celebrate her 60th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, I…

SAGA RUBY As Burma Hotel — Updated

SAGA RUBY As Burma Hotel — Updated

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Update from Peter Newall February 15. OASIA departs Gibraltar bound for Suez. Update from Peter Newall February 7. The new managers of OASIA are FleetPro  (http://www.fleetpro-psm.com/fleet/ocean).  The company has been consultants to the new owners Millennium View Ltd. since August last year and has been involved in the purchase contract and…

LYUBOV ORLOVA Resurfaces In The Media

LYUBOV ORLOVA Resurfaces In The Media

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MaritimeMatters appeared on the Emmy Award-winning “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBCTV in the US yesterday regarding the long missing ship LYUBOV ORLOVA . Many news outlets ran with a story that a rat-infested derelict liner would crash upon the shores of Britain within weeks. The BBC took a slightly different…

Another Colourful Addition From NCL — NORWEGIAN GETAWAY

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ANOTHER COLOURFUL ADDITION FROM NCL By Peter Newall All images copyright Lisa Royall. Since its inception in 1966, Norwegian Cruise Line has always been a trendsetter.  In recent years, it has experienced rapid growth and with a fleet of 13 ships is now the most profitable of the big three…

P&O Cruises New Look

P&O Cruises New Look

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P&O CRUISES NEW LOOK By Peter Newall In 1931, with the arrival of the 22,547gt STRATHNAVER, P&O dropped the stone-coloured superstructure, black hull and funnels for its passenger liners in favour of an all-white hull, red boot topping and buff funnels.  Now, for the first time in 83-years, a new…

ASTOR: Australia’s Latest Cruise Ship

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ASTOR: Australia’s latest cruise ship. By: Chris Frame. For decades, the FAIRSTAR dominated cruising in Australia. Casual and fun, the former Sitmar (and later P&O-Holidays) ship was the mainstay of the Aussie cruising scene, operating South Pacific voyages out of Sydney. Today, a very different scene exists. FAIRSTAR is long gone, and…

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