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Book Review: “P&O Before The Cruise Ships (Himalaya To Canberra: The Last Great Liners)”

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Well-known shipping author, cruise journalist and cruise ship lecturer Peter Newall’s “P&O Before The Cruise Ships” is a lavishly illustrated, 99-page tribute to the P&O ships built between 1931 and 1961. These were, of course, the less grand but equally fascinating Blue Water equivalent of the great Atlantic liners, undertaking…

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…

Encouraging New SS UNITED STATES Developments

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The following message was sent out this morning regarding the future of the SS UNITED STATES to supporters of the SS United States Conservancy: “We are very pleased to confirm that we have now entered into a preliminary agreement in support of the redevelopment of the SS United States. Negotiations…

Updated– Scrapbound Ex NORDIC PRINCE Runs Aground

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December 16 Update: Philippine sources report that the VICTORY PACIFIC (ex NORDIC PRINCE) is aground 150 meters from shore at Sarangani Bay off General Santos City at the southern tip of Mindinao Island in the Philippines. The area, also known as Barangay Bula, is populated with “informal settlers” and the…

Crossing On A CLOUD, Part One

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Peter Knego joins Silversea Cruises deluxe SILVER CLOUD for an eight night transatlantic crossing from Funchal, Madeira to Fort Lauderdale. Silversea Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: The latest DVD about shipbreaking in Alang, India All photos by and…

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…

Two “EDGE Class” Ships Ordered by Celebrity Cruises

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A letter of intent was signed today between Celebrity Cruises and STX France for two new 117,000-gt ships dubbed Project EDGE.  According to a press release issued by parent company Royal Caribbean International, the  “2,900-guest ships will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s MILLENNIUM and SOLSTICE Class…

Virgin Cruises Announced As The World’s Newest Cruise Line

Virgin Cruises Announced As The World’s Newest Cruise Line

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Virgin Cruises became the newest cruise line in the world on December 4, 2014, when the company officially announced their start up. Since March it had been assumed that something would be materializing when Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson was quoted in an Abu Dhabi newspaper as saying that…

A Visit To A Living Maritime History Legend: Duncan Haws

A Visit To A Living Maritime History Legend: Duncan Haws

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Peter Newall reflects on the long career of the artist and writer Duncan Haws My partner Julie and I recently spent a wonderful day at Gosport, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour, with the well-known shipping writer Duncan Haws and his charming wife Jean. At 93 Duncan is still very spritely. He has…

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