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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…

Two More Breakaway-Plus for Norwegian Cruise Lines

Two More Breakaway-Plus for Norwegian Cruise Lines

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH of Germany to build two new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships for delivery in the second quarter 2018 and the fourth quarter 2019. Each ship will be 164,600 gross tons and include 4,200 passenger berths.…

VIKING STAR Floats

VIKING STAR Floats

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“VIKING STAR, the most exciting and innovative cruise ship for years, has been floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice”, according to MaritimeMatters contributor Peter Newall. Today’s release from Viking Cruises:  Viking Cruises announced its inaugural Ocean ship – the 930-passenger VIKING STAR – was “floated out,” the first time…

River Cruise Ship Holed In Netherlands

River Cruise Ship Holed In Netherlands

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A river-cruise ship was evacuated early Sunday after it began taking on water on the Ijssel river in the eastern Netherlands. It appears that the 1969-built BRITANNIA was holed late the previous evening and eventually began to list. All the passengers, mostly from Germany and Austria, were evacuated safely from…

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