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SILVERSEA’S SHIP-SPLITTING FEAT
AS SHIPYARD theatrics go, it was an impressive show. Beneath the rugged peaks of western Sicily in the ancient harbour of Palermo, Silversea Cruises last month heralded its latest cruising evolution with a spectacular feat of engineering. The line’s eight-year-old Silver Muse, a 36,000-ton luxury vessel with
capacity for 540 guests, was sliced in half before onlookers at the Fincantieri shipyards and separated into two parts like a vaudeville magician’s assistant.
The next day, local dignitaries and industry guests returned for a sequel performance, in which a new 15m section of ship weighing 1,000 tons was manoeuvred through the drydock upon computer-controlled rollers and eased into the middle of the ship as neatly as a book being returned to a shelf.It was the highlight of a process costing more than US$70 million that will lengthen the ship to 210m and add 34 new cabins. Coming with an end-to-end interior upgrade, it will boost the ship’s capacity to 608 guests and allow the introduction of four new restaurant concepts.
Construction of the new section began in October and work to strip the ship’s interior started as it sailed towards Sicily from the Middle East in February. The act of slicing the vessel took just four days, and work is now underway to re-join the ship’s segments and complete the interior fit-out in time for its hand-back on 1 May.In just over six months – and after 450,000 hours of labour –Silver Spirit will have been taken to a new level of luxury in what Silversea’s chief marketing officer Barbara Muckermann says will be an emulation of the line’s flagship Silver Muse, launched last year. “Silversea is the leader in the luxury and expedition sector – we have a market share of 19.2% and we’re the biggest player in the market,” Muckermann told guests at the shipyard
“It’s fundamental for us on one side to always consider our current customers... but also to start working towards a product that can more and more intercept the desires of the baby-boomers, who will be our customers of tomorrow.” While existing guests preferred intimacy, Muckermann said increasing numbers of baby-boomers were expecting greater variety in their cruise offering. “Luxury is really about choice. That’s why we’re increasing the number of restaurants, we are increasing the variety of cabins to be able to accommodate all of their desires, and through the addition of ships we will increase the range of itineraries we can offer at the same time,” she said.Mirroring Muse, the revamped Silver Spirit will dispense with its main dining room in favour of two new fine dining restaurants, Atlantide and Indochina. They will be joined by two other Muse-inspired additions, Silver Note and Spaccanapoli, as well as an Arts Cafe that doubles as exhibition and performance space, and four existing restaurants.
New cabins include six Silver Suites, 26 Veranda Suites and two Panorama Suites, while a redesigned Balsorano Suite will be the ship’s pinnacle accommodation, fitted with items chosen by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres.Even the ship’s pool has been sliced in two and extended, increasing from 30m2 to 40m2.
Guests will get their first look at the extended Silver Spirit on 6 May when she commences a seven-day cruise from Rome’s port of Civitavecchia to Barcelona.
ACCC GIVES DRAFT SUPPORT TO BRISBANE PORT
THE ACCC last month gave a preliminary green light to a proposal issued by the Port of Brisbane and Carnival Cruise Line that would see a new $158 million cruise terminal constructed in Brisbane. A plan was submitted by both parties for ACCC approval back in October last year, with the bid outlining a commitment from Carnival to adhere to a “take or pay” obligation, meaning the cruise line would need to pay a fixed yearly amount to the port over the term of a 15-year agreement in exchange for preferential berthing rights.
The ACCC believes the project represents a positive economic opportunity for Brisbane. “A new dedicated cruise terminal in Brisbane, capable of berthing the increasingly popular ‘mega’ cruise ships, would be a real public benefit to the community as this is infrastructure that is currently lacking in Brisbane,” said ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston said.“Of course, the ACCC recognises that commercially, having a foundation customer
helps to underwrite the projected $158 million investment for the Port of Brisbane to build the new terminal,” he added. Despite the positive returns, the ACCC has also expressed concerns over the proposal. “Carnival is proposed to have preferential access...this may limit or prevent competition from other cruise liners
wishing to dock at the terminal in Brisbane during the peak summer cruising season,” Featherston said. The ACCC also conveyed trepidation over the prospect of Carnival being granted the right of first refusal over a possible future second berth at the terminal. “We are concerned this will block other cruise operators from being able to offer alternate cruise options to consumers in Brisbane,” Featherston added. A final determination on the plan will be handed down by the ACCC this month.
|VIKING GETS SHIPSHAPE WITH NEW SIX
VIKING Cruises has significantly shored up its growth plans moving forward by ordering six additional ocean ships to be delivered in stages from 2024.
The deal struck with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will raise Viking’s total ocean ship order and options to 16, with the six new additions
scheduled to be rolled out over 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
Viking Star and Viking Sea meet in Santorini
“This new order speaks to the positive response we have received from our guests and the industry,” said Torstein Hagen,
chairman of Viking. “As we continue to expand our brand, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations
around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration,” he added.
The news accompanies a recent announcement from Viking that it will be bulking up its river fleet by adding 24 more vessels.
The rapid expansion strategy would see Viking build 14 river vessels in addition to the seven already announced for 2019.
“On a relative size basis, our market share has continued to grow year after year and we will absolutely intend to ensure our
market share outpaces any of the other river cruise providers,” said Viking Cruises senior vice president of marketing, Richard Marnell.
always, I can assist if you want to know more about Viking cruises and
specials - 0412 278 888 VIKING OCEAN
AND RIVER CRUISE SEMINAR 19 APR 2018 There are no casinos, no photographers, no one under 18 years old, no
cocktail umbrellas, (could be a deal breaker??). A sightseeing tour is included in each port, you can pay for extras. I know there are also some floors in the basement of the Hermitage
which house untold treasures, not all belonging to the Russians. Viking ships are a soft neutral pallet, washed oak look alike flooring
throughout. Story has it the current owner’s daughter was studying at university in
St Petersburg for a year Viking Ocean and River Cruises are not going anywhere!!!! well you know
what I mean!!!!
AND RIVER CRUISE SEMINAR 19 APR 2018
There are no casinos, no photographers, no one under 18 years old, no
cocktail umbrellas, (could be a deal breaker??).
A sightseeing tour is included in each port, you can pay for extras.
I know there are also some floors in the basement of the Hermitage
which house untold treasures, not all belonging to the Russians.
Viking ships are a soft neutral pallet, washed oak look alike flooring
Story has it the current owner’s daughter was studying at university in
St Petersburg for a year
Viking Ocean and River Cruises are not going anywhere!!!! well you know
what I mean!!!!
releases Eclipse 2019/20 brochure
with earlybird offers
New destinations and itineraries mark the release of Scenic’s 2019/2010 brochure for the expanded Scenic Eclipse fleet.
The 2019/2020 season will see the launch of several new itineraries across Scenic’s fleet of innovative, 6-star luxury Discovery Yachts. Scenic has revealed a selection of new Arctic destinations that will join its itinerary line up, including the Russian and Canadian Arctic, and the Northwest Passage, as well as an expansion of its European Arctic itineraries.
Scenic has also introduced new summer departures of its popular Antarctica in Depth cruise, as well as an additional departure for its Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands itinerary.
In the Americas, Scenic Eclipse will have three new cruises to discover the Canadian Maritimes and the east coast of the USA. Scenic is also pleased to announce the return of its popular cruises to Cuba, the Caribbean and down the coastline of South America, which include a transit of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal.
A popular destination with cruisers, Scenic is offering an expanded range of Mediterranean itineraries, which will be followed by a selection of unique Baltic itineraries to discover the culture, history and diversity of the eight nations bordering the Baltic Sea.
Group General Manager, Sales & Marketing Australia/Asia Pacific, Anthony Laver, said interest in Scenic Eclipse was very strong following the announcement of a second ship earlier this year.
"The addition of a new ship to the Scenic Eclipse fleet has allowed us to add an exciting range of new destinations and itinerary options for the 2019/2020 program," Mr Laver said.
"We are confident they will prove popular with guests, and with just 114 suites (and only 100 in the Arctic and Antarctic) available on each sailing, we encourage travellers to secure their preferred cabin by booking now to receive the best offer."
A range of special earlybird offers include the option to book now and save up to 10 per cent off the full fare.
- March 2018 -
My first item of Cruise News is a list of all the new cruise ship builds
that are expected to come on line over the next few years.
Click on the two thumbnails below to download the
two parts of the list (each file is just over a Meg):
(After displaying the download, click the back-arrow [<-- in a circle] at top left to return to the web page)
As you will see, not all the details are known
for each build, but I'll keep you posted.....
I have recently completed four CLIA modules for the 2018 accreditation.
Some interesting facts present themselves and I'll share some here with you.
I should not copy the whole course however
will give you
Sixteen ocean-going cruise
ships valued at a total $8.4bn are due to arrive in 2018,
PURPOSE BUILT SHIPS
Perhaps the most interesting thing for me was to learn ship builders/companies are designing ships for a specific area.
In the past they would have purchased a pre used
ship and reconfigured it for use in a number of areas
Now it would seem they are building some ships to spend their life in one or two areas.
For example there will be wider/bigger ships doing
There are new ones especially for the Galapagos and
the new Polar ships will have
More on individual ones later.
CELEBRITY EDGE is one of the new ships
which has spectacular new designs which
Again thanks to Clia there are some excellent articles below.
I'll include most of them but I must attribute them to Clia.
By John Gaudiosi -
Posted on December 16, 2017 Digitaltrends.com
The cruise industry is rapidly evolving to integrate the Internet of Things - with
sensors, connected devices, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing - into the
experience passengers will have, both on and off the mammoth, state-of-the-art,
billion-dollar ships. It's created a veritable wearable wars that spans companies like
Carnival, MSC, and Royal Caribbean, which have all implemented new technology to
change the way guests interact while onboard.
The initial wave in this sea change of tech can actually be traced to the indoor water
park company, Great Wolf Lodge, which debuted RFID-based smart wristbands that
provide visitors electronic access control and cashless payments to its resort and
waterpark guests, in 2005. The technology has made its way through various parts of
hospitality and travel, from theme parks to hotels, and now, cruise companies see it
as one key in offering personalized service to the thousands of passengers onboard
and more efficient operations for their staff.
THE HAPPIEST PLACE FOR WEARABLES
But it was the land-locked city of Orlando, Florida, home to the Walt Disney World
Resort, that's had the biggest impact on what's currently happening at sea. In 2013,
Disney unveiled the MagicBand, a wearable device that uses radio-frequency
identification (RFID), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and near-field communication
(NFC) technologies to connect guests' park tickets, hotel room keys, payments,
and PhotoPass information - providing access to resort rooms, merchandise
payment, theme parks, rides, and attractions.
John Padgett, who's currently chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival
Corporation (the world's largest cruise operator), was the mastermind behind the
MagicBand while working 18 years at Disney Parks and Resorts.
Anyone who hasn't worn the waterproof MagicBand hasn't really experienced the
simplicity of a connected vacation. Available to every guest who stays at a Disney
World resort (over 30 million have been distributed as of April 2017), the band does
away with the need for credit cards, room keys, passes, park tickets, dining
reservations, meal vouchers, and transportation tickets. Everything is stored on the
MagicBand, which connects to the MyDisneyExperience app and website for a
When Padgett moved on to Carnival, in 2014, he enlisted former Disney MagicBand
colleagues Jason Moffitt and Rich Criado to help develop a new project that would
become the technology backbone of the companyŐs Medallion Class ships. Another
MagicBand alum, Joey Hasty, moved on to Royal Caribbean, which recently unveiled
a suite of new ship-board technology systems, called Excalibur. With the experience
and knowledge they culled from their days at Disney, these individuals are now
changing the dynamic of the cruise vacation.
CARNIVAL ADDS A.I. TO WEARABLES
Princess Cruises is the first of Carnival's 11 brands to embrace the Ocean Medallion,
a device that interacts with the ship, allowing passengers to interact with food and
beverage, retail, entertainment, lodging, recreation, and excursions seamlessly -
without ever taking it out of their pocket, off their necklace, or swiping a band. (The
Medallion can be tossed in a pocket or purse, or worn in a variety of cases, like a necklace or band).
Beyond the ability to open and lock doors, order drinks, make dining or entertainment
reservations, or purchase excursions, the Ocean Medallion ecosystem embraces
artificial intelligence that tracks and learns about the guest with every interaction.
Padgett said this AI evolves in real-time, multiple times per second, to offer
suggestions for guests based on where they are on the ship, time of day, and what
activities are occurring at that time.
"The Ocean Medallion" gives guests the option of connecting to other Carnival
technologies, including Ocean Ready (to answer health questions, scan passports,
and go paper free), Play Ocean (a suite of mobile video games that can be played on
or off the ship), and Ocean Compass (a schedule of on-board activities as well as a
custom virtual sea avatar that appears across the ship).
"The way we use the mobile phone is as a guest option," Padgett said. "The guest
can choose how much digital exposure they want, from zero to 100. If you reject the
mobile phone from the Ocean Medallion experience, you're at no experiential
disadvantage from other guests."
The Regal Princess is the first of multiple Princess ships that will launch over the
coming years featuring this technology. And Padgett said the hope is that additional
Carnival brands like Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Cunard adopt
this technology in the future.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN FOCUSES ON SMARTPHONES
HOTELS AND SHIPS, COULD BE A COMFORTABLE RIDE . . . thanks to CLIA again. . .One of the foremost names in luxury hotels is taking to sea. The Ritz-Carlton today announced its plans
to launch a niche cruise product called the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection - the first hotel company to
create such an offering on a major scale, with three custom-built superyachts.
Set to debut its first ship in November 2019, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection hopes to attract luxury
travellers by offering larger suites, fewer passengers and more specialized itineraries and experiences
than traditional cruise companies.
"We are opening up a whole new world of opportunities for the RitzCarlton,"
says Herve Humler, the brand's president and COO.
To steer its entrance into this sector of hospitality, Ritz-Carlton partnered with cruise industry veterans
Lars Clasen, owner of the German river cruise company A-Rosa, and Douglas Prothero, a long time
consultant in shipping and maritime industries.
"We're maritime specialists with over 90 years of combined experience," Prothero says.
Designed by Swedish cruise specialist firm Tillberg Design, each Ritz-Carlton yacht is 623 feet long and
features 149 suites ranging from 312 to over 1,000 square feet, all with private balconies. That size not
only guarantees fewer passengers - a maximum of 298 - and more comfort, but it also makes the ships
suitable for cruising to smaller ports not accessible by larger boats, such as Portofino, Capri and St.
Barths, or in North America the towns along the St. Lawrence River, Toronto and even Chicago. The
ships will feature five restaurants, including one by three Michelin-starred German chef Sven Elverfeld.
Other amenities include a full Ritz-Carlton spa, swimming pools and a marina-style platform with direct access to the water.
Another point of difference is the experience, which Prothero says will be slower paced and with more
personalized shore experiences. Though itineraries are still in the works, passengers will have the
opportunity to explore their ports of call with renowned lecturers, local musicians, artists and chefs.
"It's really about taking guests into the destination rather than to the destination," he says.
Reservations are to open in May 2018.
AS I MENTIONED AGAIN THANKS TO CLIA
APT AND PARTNER AMAWATERWAYS HAVE UNVEILED PLANS FOR THE
May 2017 - Cruise Weekly
Thank you Clia . . . 30th October 2017
Thank you Clia . . .
30th October 2017
ITALY RESTRICTS CRUISE SHIP TRAFFIC IN VENICE
Latest Update - November 2017
Italy's government has moved to ban the largest
cruise ships from Venice's Giudecca Canal, a
move that responds to criticism from local residents
and from UNESCO, which has warned that it may
list the city as a "threatened" site over perceived
conservation risks from large vessels.
"We want it to be clear to UNESCO and the whole
world that we have a solution," said Venice mayor
Luigi Brugnaro. "This takes into account all the jobs
created by the cruise industry, which we absolutely
couldn't afford to lose, and we can start to work
seriously on planning cruises."
The new plan will eventually divert larger vessels
around the historic canal to Venice's commercial
seaport. Within a few years, "the big ships . . . will
stop at Marghera's North Canal. There is no
interference with commercial traffic so the two
activities can coexist," said transport minister
Graziano Delrio. Implementation will take time,
though. "The ships will pass [San Marco] for at
least another two or three years, the time to realize
the new channel and docks. But the decision is
taken," Delrio added.
UNESCO has called for limits on tankers and large
cruise ships in the area, and cruise operators have
already complied with voluntary measures. "The
impact of boats and shipping is acknowledged and
new measures to manage water traffic, including a
"Lagoon Vessel Traffic Service System" are being
implemented, as well as self-imposed limits of
96,000 tonnes by cruise companies.
It should be noted that the proposed restriction are
for ships over 96,000 GRT or equivalent to around
2,500 pax, so smaller ships will still have access.
We think the changes are minimal when
considering the overall experience the guests will
have in Venice over a day or two
Thanks to Clia. . . .
Please contact me for any of your cruise or international travel arrangements.