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Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Bliss To Call At New York During Maiden Voyage.

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The Norwegian Cruise Line's new Norwegian Bliss will make a one time visit to New York on May 3rd and 4th, 2018 in New York City. The ship, which was just delivered by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany will call at the port as part of her transatlantic voyage on her way to the West Coast. The Norwegian Bliss will spend her summer season in Alaska.

Unique features: On board, guests will be able to experience their favorite amenities by Norwegian Cruise Line, plus some new first-at-sea offerings.  Norwegian Bliss will thrill and excite guests with the largest competitive race track at sea, a first for any North America-based cruise ship. The two-level electric-car race track sits at the top of deck 19, offering guests amazing views while twisting and turning at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour.  After a thrilling ride, guests can then test their agility at the open-air laser tag course, or race side-by-side on the Aqua Racer waterslide at the expansive Aqua Park, with two…

This Day In History - Italia Leaves Home Lines Fleet to Become Floatimng Hotel in the Bahamas

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Norwegian Bliss Delivered from Meyer Werft to Sail From NYC in 2019.

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On April 19, 2018, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period.  In attendance were executives from Norwegian Cruise Line, including Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer, Harry Sommer, executive vice president of international business development, Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for the 16-ship fleet, representatives from Meyer Werft including Bernard and Tim Meyer, managing partners of the German-based shipyard, and the ship’s captain and hotel director. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic journey on April 21, Norwegian Bliss will showcase all she has to offer to her first guests during a two-day European inaugural preview cruise hosted by Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer.

Upon her arrival to the U.S. on May 3, the festivities for her U.S inaugural tour will commence w…

SilverSea Cruises Silver Muse Makes New York Debut.

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On April 24, 2018, the Silver Muse maiden her maiden debut in NYC. The high-end luxury ship is the latest vessel from SilverSea Cruises delivered in 2017. The Silver Muse has a high space to passenger ratio with the 40,700 ton ship carrying only 596 passengers. At 698 feet long  and 86 feet wide she is considered a medium size ship.

The Silver Muse is repositioning from the Caribbean to Northern Europe Via Canada, Greenland and Northern Europe. The Silver Muse will spend the summer in the Med.

The Silver Muse is registered in the Bahamas.

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Video Flashback: Greek Line's New Olympia Though the Eyes of a Young Greek Sailor.

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While searching through videos on the internet I found this very interesting video on Greek Line's Olympia. The story is told through the eyes of a young Greek Sailor and this thought process around being in New York and working on the new ship.

The Olympia was purposely built for Greek Line and operated for them from 1953 to 1975. The ship was originally intended for the New York to Piraeus, Greece. After the transatlantic trade started to diminish the Olympia was put on the cruise trade from New York, Boston and Norfolk. She actually spent her final days under the Greek Line flag sailing from Piraeus - fleeing New York to escape creditors. The ship went on become the Caribe for Commodore Cruises and Regal Empress for Regal Cruises.

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Norwegian Escape Moves to New York to Replace Norwegian Breakaway.

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Last Sunday Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway departed its long time homeport of New York for European Waters. The Norwegian Breakaway will sail a spring, summer and fall season of cruises from Germany and Copenhagen Denmark to Northern Europe.

Her replacement, the Norwegian Escape, after loading stores but NO passengers, departed Miami early on Friday morning (4/20/2018). The ship cruised full speed to New York and arrived on Sunday 4/22/2018 entering the harbor at 11:00 AM and docking at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal shortly after noon.

The ship was quickly readied for embarking passengers who were supposed to board at 1:00 PM. Passengers boarded as scheduled and at approximately 6:45 PM the Norwegian Escape dropped her lines started her 7 Day cruise to Bermuda.

The Norwegian Escape will assume the Bermuda, Caribbean, New England, Canada, Florida and Bahamas sailings usually covered by the Norwegian Breakaway.

The Norwegian Breakaway will conduct 2 Caribbean sa…

Germany's Phoenix Reisen's Artania Arrives in New York

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The Artania arrived in New York on Saturday (April 21, 2018) at 10:00 AM with 1,200 German  passengers. The ship was on one of the final leg of her 136 Day World Cruise which departed Marseilles, France on 12/21/2017 and will end in Bremerhaven, Germany on May 6, 2018. The  44,650 Ton ship was build in 1984  but has been extensively refitted and updated to a modern cruise ship. The Artania was originally built as the Royal Princess for Princess Cruises (1984) and later became the Artemis of P&O Cruises (2005) and became the Artania in 2011 for Germany's Phoenix Reisen.

Passengers enjoyed 2 great days in New York. The weather cooperated and the temperature was mild for this time of year making exploring New York pleasurable.

The ship sailed on Sunday evening shortly after 6:00 PM heading to its next port of call - Newport RI.

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American Cruise Line's American Constellation Completes Sea Trials.

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With US Coast Guard officials on board, American Constitution underwent speed trials and an endurance run and was thoroughly tested in all areas of safety and maneuverability.

American Cruise Lines’ American Constitution has successfully passed sea trials in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, US.

Built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, the 175-guest American Constitution underwent speed trials, an endurance run and safety checks.

“American Constitution passed with flying colours,” said Paul Taiclet, vice president of hotel operations at American Cruise Lines. “The ship performed exceptionally well and has a number of enhancements that further American Cruise Lines’ tradition of innovation in small-ship cruising.”
New advanced features onboard American Constitution include acoustic treatments and vibration dampening systems, which will make the ship quiet even when running at full speed.

American Constitution will sail her inaugural cruise from Baltimore, US, on…

Scandinavia ex StarDancer, Viking Serenade, Isalnd Escape, Ocean Gala Arrives at Scrappers.

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It is with sad news that I report the Ocean Gala 1 was beached in Alang, India in early April.  The Ocean Gala 1 started her career as the Scandinavia of Scandinavia World Cruises. The ship was designed with an extensive car deck and was supposed to be used to carry cruise passengers from New York to the Bahamas with a second ship connecting from the Bahamas to Cape Canaveral. This was done in an effort to attract vacationer that wanted to take their cars with them and have a Bahamas, Orlando vacation combination.  Sailing were supposed to be every 4 days. The effort proved unsuccessful and the Scandinavia was placed on the 7 day New York ->Bahamas route until she was re-positioned to Northern Europe. The ship was sold to Admiral Cruises as the Star Dancer and was later moved to the Royal Caribbean (after Royal purchased Admiral /Eastern Steamship / Western Steamship Line). The car deck was removed and replaced with staterooms. In addition the ship was fitted with …

Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel Poised to Open In Dubai This Week

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Reports out of Dubai say that the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel is preparing to open. Reportedly having an limited introduction starting today, the Hotel is expected to be in full swing by October, 2018.

At this time, 5 of the ship's expected 13 restaurants will be operation. Sitting in Dubai for over a decade and with a number of false starts, it now appears that it is official. The permanently docked liner looks totally restored and modern in photos on the hotel website. It appears that the ships lifeboats have been removed to provide unobstructed views from guest rooms.

Additional information and booking information is available on qe2.com.

QE2 was a famed liner serving the transatlantic trade from New York to Southampton, England for more than 39-years with Cunard. In her career, the QE2 completed 806 transatlantic and 25 circumnavigation voyages and hosted over 2.5m passengers while traveling over 5.6m miles.

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Hutrigruten's Fram Make a Number Of Calls In NYC Sailing to New England & Canada

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Hurtigruten's Exploration Vessel Fram arrived in New York this past Saturday (4/14) to embark passengers on a Spring, Exploration, New England Canada Cruise. The 12,000 ton, 374 foot long, Ice Certified vessel, carries 317 passengers usually traveling in Antarctic and Arctic Polar Regions.


 On April 22 the Fram will sail on a 9 Day cruise from Halifax to New York



Returning to New York on April 30th the Fram will sail on a New England Canada cruise before sailing around Iceland and traveling to Sweden and Norway for the the Winter season.

For more information on the Fram and other Hurtigruten's Ships check out Hurtigruten's Website.

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