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MV AKDENIZ Double Decked!, Part Two

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Part Two of Peter Knego’s Double Decked! Feature aboard the still very elegant but endangered 1955-built Turkish liner AKDENIZ, now serving as a classroom and training ship at the Istanbul Teknik University in Tuzla, continues with a look at the ship’s lower decks: A Deck, B Deck, C Deck, D…

MV AKDENIZ Double Decked!, Part One

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The 1955-built MV AKDENIZ is the last almost completely original working class liner in existence. Since 1997, she has served as a classroom and training ship at the Istanbul Teknik University in Tuzla, Turkey. Sadly, this onetime queen of the Turkish passenger fleet faces a very uncertain future. Peter Knego’s…

EUROPA 2 Double Decked!, Part Two

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Peter Knego concludes his top-to-bottom tour of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises brand-new, five-plus star MV EUROPA 2 with a look at the ship’s lower public spaces and several grades of suite accommodation. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: Peter Knego’s…

EUROPA 2 Double Decked!, Part One

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Hamburg, Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ brand-new, five-plus star MV EUROPA 2 is equal in luxurious amenities to Berlitz’ world’s highest rated ship, the MV EUROPA but the newer ship maintains an elegant casual dress code, caters to families and English-speaking guests and sails on shorter itineraries than her more formal, Old…

INSIGNIA Double Decked!, Part Two

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This is one of many posts that were lost in transition to MaritimeMatters new server, each of which is gradually being restored to the site.  This second of a two-part Decked! feature about Oceania Cruises’ MV INSIGNIA was published in 2008, before the ship was chartered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, for…

INSIGNIA Double Decked!, Part One

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This is one of many posts that were lost in transition to MaritimeMatters new server, each of which is gradually being restored to the site.  This first of a two-part Decked! feature about Oceania Cruises’ MV INSIGNIA was published in 2008 before the ship was chartered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, for…

SAPPHIRE (ex ITALIA, OCEAN PRINCESS, etc.) Double Decked! Part Two

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This is the second installment in Peter Knego’s Decked! feature about Louis Cruises’ Italian-built MV SAPPHIRE, originally posted in September 2008 but lost in the transition to MaritimeMatters’ new host.  Along with many other early MaritimeMatters features, it has been restored to the new site.  Please note, the images appear…

MAXIM GORKIY (ex HAMBURG, HANSEATIC) Retro-Triple Decked, Part Three

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Our deck-by-deck look at the late MAXIM GORKIY concludes with the lower portion of the ship.  This was first Posted in October 2008 when the newly re-formed Orient Lines planned to operate this gorgeous steamship as MARCO POLO II. With the economic collapse, the plans were shelved and MAXIM GORKIY’s…

MAXIM GORKIY (ex HAMBURG, HANSEATIC) Retro-Triple Decked! Part Two

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First Posted in October 2008 when the newly re-formed Orient Lines planned to operate this gorgeous steamship as MARCO POLO II. With the economic collapse, the plans were shelved and MAXIM GORKIY’s owners opted to sell her for scrap at Alang, India. Built 1969 24,962 (23,500 as built) gt 642…

MAXIM GORKIY (ex HAMBURG, HANSEATIC) Retro-Triple Decked! Part One

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First Posted on October 30, 2008 when the newly re-formed Orient Lines planned to operate this gorgeous steamship as MARCO POLO II.  With the economic collapse, the plans were shelved and MAXIM GORKIY’s owners opted to sell her for scrap at Alang, India. Built 1969 24,962 (23,500 as built) gt…

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