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KONINGSDAM Cometh

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Holland America’s new ship brings in a new design team and will be the biggest in the line’s history. Holland America Line’s new 99,500-ton, 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class cruise ship will be given the name KONINGSDAM to honor King Willem-Alexander, the first Dutch king in over a century. KONINGSDAM will be…

Catching Up With LOFOTEN, Part Two

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After a storm-tossed start, Peter Knego’s southbound journey aboard Hurtigruten’s dowager LOFOTEN continues. Part Two features a look at the 1964-built liner as she plies some of Norway’s most scenic waters, making a series of stops in tiny coastal towns along the way.  A brief visit to the LOFOTEN’s former…

Three Stacks And You’re Out On QUEEN MARY

Three Stacks And You’re Out On QUEEN MARY

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The retail shops aboard the QUEEN MARY have been given a 30-day notice to vacate the historic ship.  Earlier this week, word leaked out saying all independent shop owners would have to remove all of their inventory and be out by the close of business on October 5, 2014.  …

Enlarging ARMONIA

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MSC ARMONIA is the first of four MSC Cruises ships to be lengthened as part of a $273 million modernization program. MSC Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: A new DVD about shipbreaking in Alang, India The 56,625-gt, 1544-guest,…

Prestigious Merger For NCL

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Recent rumblings about the acquisition by mass market Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, ltd. of upscale sector Prestige Cruises International have come to fruition in today’s official announcement that the transaction in now in process.  The definitive agreement will total $3.025 billion in cash and 20.3 million shares of NCL’s common…

Catching Up With LOFOTEN, Part One

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Embark on a traditional line voyage aboard Hurtigruten’s classic MV LOFOTEN with Peter Knego as he joins the 1964-built vessel on one of her recent southbound itineraries. In part one, the adventure begins with a diverted flight that invokes a trek across the Finnmarken countryside in Northern Norway to catch…

MV LOFOTEN To The Rescue

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Hurtigruten ships, especially the 1964-built classic MV LOFOTEN, stick to a very tight schedule on their continuous passenger and cargo runs between Bergen and Kirkenes on the Norwegian coast. This morning, the LOFOTEN was an hour late on arrival at Trondheim, having experienced a detour at approximately 12:15 AM when…

Idyllic Aegean With LOUIS CRISTAL, Part Three

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Peter Knego wraps up a busy week aboard Louis Cruises LOUIS CRISTAL visiting less traveled Greek Islands on one of the ship’s new “Idyllic” itineraries. Part three features charming Kos, mystical Ios and spectacular Santorini. Louis Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE…

REGAL Reunion: Love Boat Stars to Christen REGAL PRINCESS

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As the Love Boat television series nears its fortieth anniversary, its cast will be reuniting for a gala event this November when Princess Cruises christens its newest, biggest ship, the 3,560-guest REGAL PRINCESS on November 5. All six Love Boat cast members – who played the roles of Captain Stubing,…

Still Swanning About After Sixty Years

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Swan Hellenic celebrates its diamond anniversary by Peter Newall Founded in 1954, Swan Hellenic celebrates its diamond anniversary this year. To commemorate the first post-war British cruise from Greece to the islands of the Aegean, the company is operating a fifteen day cruise from the 13th to the 27th of…

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