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VIKING STAR Trek, Prologue

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Peter Knego flies off to London to board Viking Cruises spectacular new VIKING STAR, the line’s first ocean-going cruise ship, for a four night journey that ends in Bergen, Norway. Viking Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: The latest…

NORWEGIAN DAWN Resumes Course To Boston After Grounding off Bermuda

NORWEGIAN DAWN Resumes Course To Boston After Grounding off Bermuda

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On May 19, 2015, the 2002-built NORWEGIAN DAWN ran aground off Bermuda shortly after leaving port with 2,000 passengers and 1,059 crew. The cruise ship was towed free after about six hours and moved to a pier at Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard for a detailed inspection to determine her seaworthiness.  Norwegian Cruise Line blamed…

VIKING STAR Christened!

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Peter Knego attends the christening of Viking Cruises spectacular new VIKING STAR, the line’s first ocean-going cruise ship, at Bergen, Norway. Viking 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…

MEIN SCHIFF 4 Delivered

MEIN SCHIFF 4 Delivered

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by Kalle Id The latest newbuilding for the German market, TUI Cruises’ MEIN SCHIFF 4 (literally ”My Ship 4”), was delivered to her owners from what is now the Meyer Turku shipyard at noon on 8th May 2015. MaritimeMatters’ Helsinki Correspondent Kalle Id visited the ship before she left the…

COSTA CONCORDIA Shifts Across The Port Of Genoa

COSTA CONCORDIA Shifts Across The Port Of Genoa

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The wreck of the COSTA CONCORDIA made a short journey today Monday May 11, 2015,  she was towed some 10 miles during the afternoon from the Seawall pier to the Molo ex Superbacino dock in Genoa, Italy where a new phase of her scrapping will commence. At this next location decks 14 to…

ANTHEM OF THE SEAS – The World’s Smartest Cruise Ship

ANTHEM OF THE SEAS – The World’s Smartest Cruise Ship

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By Peter Newall All images copyright Peter and Julie Newall Peter Newall takes a tour of Royal Caribbean International’s innovative ANTHEM OF THE SEAS. ANTHEM OF THE SEAS is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world. Constructed at Papenburg, Germany by Meyer Werft, the 168,666-grt ship…

More Tonnage To China

More Tonnage To China

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Princess Cruises’ Next New Ship to be Based in China Year Round Coming on the heels of major announcements regarding new and existing ships  being diverted to the Chinese market by Royal Caribbean and Costa Cruises is the news that Princess Cruises will greatly expand their presence in the market…

COSTA ATLANTICA Operates First World Cruise From China

COSTA ATLANTICA Operates First World Cruise From China

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COSTA ATLANTICA Operates First World Cruise From China By Shawn J. Dake The phenomenal expansion of cruises specifically designed to target Chinese passengers reached a milestone this spring with the most ambitious voyage to date departing from a port in China.  The first ever Around-The-World cruise from China left Shanghai…

STAR BREEZE Christened!

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Peter Knego attends the christening of Windstar Cruises new STAR BREEZE, the former SEABOURN SPIRIT, at Nice. Windstar 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 copyright Peter Knego…

The Queens Take a Bow

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THE QUEENS TAKE A BOW By Peter Newall All images copyright Peter and Julie Newall. To mark the start of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations in the UK, today (May 3, 2015) the three Cunard Queens sailed for the first time together in daylight from Southampton. The ships arrived in Southampton…

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