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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…

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…

Idyllic Aegean With LOUIS CRISTAL, Part Two

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Peter Knego continues a scenic and immersive week on board Louis Cruises LOUIS CRISTAL visiting the less traveled Greek Islands on one of the ship’s new “Idyllic” itineraries. Part two features visits to magical Milos, an excursion from the port of Lavrion to Sounion, an evening in Syros and some…

LUSITANIA Commemorative Cruise on QUEEN VICTORIA

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Cunard Line announced plans to offer a cruise departing May 3, 2015 commemorating the loss of the LUSITANIA 100 years earlier.   On May 7, 2015 it will be exactly 100 years since the Cunard flagship was torpedoed while en route from New York to Liverpool. The ship sank approximately…

Idyllic Aegean With LOUIS CRISTAL, Part One

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Peter Knego spends a week on board Louis Cruises LOUIS CRISTAL visiting the less traveled Greek Islands on one of the ship’s new “Idyllic” itineraries. Part one gives a quick overview of the ship and several ports, from Piraeus to Mykonos, Kusadasi and Samos. Louis Cruises Keep up to date…

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