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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:59 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 199):
The rooms looks nice, one thing that I would find annoying is the tv placement, i've never understood placing a tv at the side of the bed.

Certainly not designed to watch in bed but I think its ok from the chair and sofa. I really did like the design in fact the whole ship was not in your face and felt luxurious without being OTT. Service was polished and discreet something that friends who travel with them for around 50 days a year mentioned to me.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:34 pm

Seems Viking Star has had some issues.


The Viking Star cruise ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises is stuck in port in Tallinn, Estonia.
A person contacted us and wishes to keep her name anonymous.

The cruise ship lost power in an engine three days ago. Passengers are reportedly getting restless. Some of them are complaining that their 14 day cruise has been delayed and they have missed ports of call in Germany and Poland.
The crew and guests have not been told anything specific about what the problem is, only that the ship is "waiting for a part to arrive." The ship will remain in Tallinn until at least August 4th, although the passengers have reportedly been told that they can get off of the cruise ship and end their cruise vacation. I have not been told what type of financial restitution has been offered, if any, by the cruise line.

The Viking Star is a new ship which has been in service since April of this year. It is an embarassment to sustain a major engine problem so soon. It was built at the Fincantieri shipyard. It has a capacity of 930 passengers and 600 crew.

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/08...ss-1/viking-star-stuck-in-tallinn/
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:26 pm

Viking Star do cruises from Bergen to Stockholm and Stockholm to Bergen.
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:46 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 201):
only that the ship is "waiting for a part to arrive

As sailorjack would say "Does anyone have a spare 3000 A fuse in their luggage"

Oh you may not know who sailorjack is, when you have time and would like an amusing read, take a look here :

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/member.php?u=275213
 
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Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:00 pm

Sign of the times? $100,000 cruise nearly sells out in a day

Now we know where the 1% is taking their vacation in 2017: On a cruise ship.

Nearly three quarters of cabins on an epic, around-the-world sailing unveiled last month by luxury line Regent Seven Seas were booked within hours of the announcement despite a price tag in excess of $100,000 per couple, an executive for the line's parent company revealed this week in a conference call to discuss second quarter earnings.

"This cruise has proven so popular that 70% of the voyage was booked on the very first day of sales," Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio said during the call with Wall Street analysts. "This is a testament not only to the allure of the Regent brand, but also to our belief that guests ... want unique, different, and rich destination experiences."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruise...xury-world-cruise-regent/31208515/
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:11 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 176):
Fab deal and Im sure it will be a great experience.

So far it is beyond amazing, the service levels rival anything I have experienced at sea, I will post pics and a more detailed report when we get home.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:19 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 205):

Please do show us some pics.  

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For the rest of us on dry land here is some light entertainment  


Love Boat Rejects: Unforgettable Photos Of People On Cruise Ships In The 1990s

Love Boat Rejects is a collection of pictures taken by Ian Hughes and his fellow photographers onboard American, Norwegian and Italian cruiseships throughout the 1990s. Working the decks was Ian’s first job when he left Art College in Merseyside in 1989.

Photographer Muir Vidler understands the pain:

Being a cruise ship photographer is like being a prisoner of war, but you have to wear a name badge and pretend to be happy. It is, of course, grindingly depressing…

Another weekly low point was the captain’s cocktail party. All the passengers would be herded past the captain for a handshake while I took a grip-and-grin photo of the momentous occasion. It was during one of these shoots that I took the first ever photo that I really liked… I can’t remember how, but I had offended a cantankerous American passenger earlier in the cruise so when he came in for his free cocktail and handshake with the captain he gave me this moment of photo-gold:


http://flashbak.com/love-boat-reject...ce=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:41 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 196):
Can our Naval Service do the needful - either using gunfire, or by Naval Service divers attaching charges to the ship's hull?

Sinking a hull can be a good exercise for a group of destroyers. I was on one of those destroyers that sunk the hull of the USS Evans after it was decommissioned. Without fuel or ammunition the hull was very difficult to sink - we actually took a break for lunch before returning to 10round rapid fire. When she did start to sink she went so fast that it was impossible to react fast enough to have practice shots with torpedoes.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:59 am

And we'll be sailing on Anthem in May.  
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:37 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 208):
And we'll be sailing on Anthem in May.  

Im sure you will enjoy I was on the inaugural celebrations for 4 days earlier this year. Lovely ship.
 
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Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:46 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 208):
And we'll be sailing on Anthem in May.

Which itinerary, Doc? The 7-day Bermuda? We're kicking around our next cruise options (we sail on Oasis in about a month and a half) and have narrowed it down to Bermuda on Anthem, Canada/New England on Anthem or Serenade, Pacific Northwest on Explorer, or Alaska on Explorer or Radiance. Right now I'm leaning towards Pacific Northwest - Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, and Victoria? Sounds like a nice vacay to me.
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Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:18 pm

Royal Caribbean to have Genies for top-tier suite guests

Royal Caribbean's high-end passengers will soon be getting British butler service – by what the line is calling a Royal Genie – and other perks with the line's new three-tier Royal Suite Class.

Those in top category Star Class accommodations will have a Royal Genie, certified by the British Butler Institute, at their service 24 hours a day. The butler will do things such as make restaurant reservations, shine your shoes and handcraft cocktails en-suite, the line said.

It's the first time Royal Caribbean has had butlers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...es-top-tier-suite-guests/31459251/
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:58 pm

I'm back, jet lagged and all.

I will try and figure out how to post pictures in the next couple of days.

As is tradition, I booked a cruise as soon as we hit US soil, this time a 15 day Trans Atlantic out of Southampton on the Celebrity Eclipse for Now 2016.

I know it's not the QM2, but we got a great deal and it hit's the ports we wanted to hit.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:44 am

Have you ever gone on a themed cruise, either a group or a full ship charter? What are your impressions of theme cruises?

For next summer (August 2016), I'm organizing a cruise for individuals and families with Treacher Collins syndrome (the rare craniofacial disorder I have), on Norwegian Escape. This is intended not only as a floating retreat for our families, but also a seminar including speakers covering the personal/social aspects of TCS and the medical and scientific advances concerning the disorder (I'm one of the speakers too). This will be a group cruise (using a block of cabins).

In January 2017, I'm taking the officially-licensed Star Trek cruise called Star Trek: The Cruise, a full-ship charter of the Norwegian Pearl. Imagine a whole ship full of Klingons, Vulcans, etc! It'll be a floating Star Trek convention featuring William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, among others.

I've heard of theme cruises (both group and full-ship charter) for interests ranging from baseball and football to music to gay lifestyle to religious cruises. Even Disney Cruise Line incorporates the Star Wars franchise into its regular cruises.

Do you take theme cruises, and do you enjoy them?

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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:17 pm

A concerning development :


Costa Cruises cancels port calls in Turkey

In the wake of a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, Costa Cruises has decided to cancel its remaining port calls in Turkey for 2015.

Costa said the three ships that visit Turkey, including stops in Izmir and Istanbul, will be rerouted to ports of call in Greece, Italy and Malta. In a statement, Costa said the substitutions "will ensure the best experience to its guests and will meet their expectations.” The ships involved are Costa neoClassica, Costa Pacifica and Costa Deliziosa.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...ancels-port-calls-turkey/31984881/
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:59 am

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 210):
Which itinerary, Doc? The 7-day Bermuda?

An Atlantis Cruise, 7-day Bermuda.  
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:05 am

Quoting kaitak (Reply 196):

I flew into SOU on Saturday morning and there were about four liners there - always love flying into SOU and seeing them. There was the new P&O vessel (the one with the UK flag painted along the front), a Fred Olsen vessel and two pretty large looking vessels further along.
Quoting thunderboltdrgn (Reply 197):
That's the Britannia. Earlier this year it became the largest ship that have sailed into central Stockholm.

[Edited 2015-07-29 03:06:00]

I saw it in Dublin a little over a month ago.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:40 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 194):
Were there other Soviet cruise liners or ocean liners in service?

Quite a few, one of them the MS Mikhail Lermontov sank in Queen Charlotte Sound back in 1986. She was an Ivan Franko class vessel, they built 5 of them, 1 sank, 3 were scrapped, Marco Polo (formally Aleksandr Pushkin) is the only remaining ship.

The Ivan Franko's were more Ocean Liners than Cruise Ships, they were built with strong hulls, ice class and were built with conversion to troop transports as part of the design brief. The Soviets operated trans Atlantic passanger serivce with these ships through the 70's until 82.

MS Mikhail Lermontov is in 38m of water, making her easily accessable for wreck diving.
 
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Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:21 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 215):

An Atlantis Cruise, 7-day Bermuda.

Nice! Hope you guys have a blast and I'd love if you'd post a trip report (even if it's just direct messaged or something). My wife and I would love to hear thoughts on Anthem particularly the Dynamic Dining concept. We were a little relieved that Royal walked back the decision to implement it on the Oasis class ships but we're not sure if that's just because we're getting old and set in our ways and distrusting of the new and unfamiliar!
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:10 pm

Silversea came to Belfast today. I enjoyed a lovely day onboard Silver Cloud. It is due to go into dry dock for one month for a total refurb. In fairness its still in pretty good shape. Luxury and only 296 guests its ideal for those smaller ports which the mega liners cant get to. I would love to take one of their voyages from London Tower Bridge. That would be an experience.


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Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:06 pm

Celebrity Cruises pulling out of Istanbul due to security concerns. This is a major blow as they usually spend two days there.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:07 am

I will be on Celebrity Solstice in a week on a 7 day Alaska adventure. Looking forward to it, never having been on anything more than a 3 day Carnival booze cruise before! Anyone have any experiences/tips on either the Solstice or in Alaska?
 
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Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:11 am

Quoting travelin man (Reply 221):
Anyone have any experiences/tips on either the Solstice or in Alaska?

Im sure you will love it. Alaska is on my list to do. I have done many Celebrity cruises and launches. Whilst the Century is still a fav of mine the Solstice I loved and also the Equinox.

Some pics I took some years back :


Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship Launch+E195 Pics (by OA260 Jul 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
 
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Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:19 am

Norwegian Escape was recently floated out of the shed in Papenburg.

I'll be on her during the launch events..definitely looking forward to seeing some of the new features on board. Loving the hull artwork too..beautiful.

http://youtu.be/U20bj-TwiJE

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Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:52 am

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 223):
I'll be on her during the launch events..definitely looking forward to seeing some of the new features on board. Loving the hull artwork too..beautiful.

Sadly I had to hand back my invite, I am taking a month off and travelling so not too gutted   I was on the previous two anyway. Colleagues of mine will be onboard so will keep an eye on their FB feeds to see the events.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:55 am

I read somewhere that Harmony of the Seas will be 5,5 meters wider than Oasis and Allure. Does anyone know what they will do with that extra width? Make the Central Park and Boardwalk wider?
 
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Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:21 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 225):

Thats correct. Bits are being drip fed as with all these new ships but features from the Quantum Class will be introduced onto Harmony. A two tier Jamies Italian and the water park. I have not heard anything specific about what they will do with the extra width so it might not be a dedicated use but rather just enhance some things and make better use of the space. I heard about another dry slide that will be the fastest at sea.
 
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Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:08 pm

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 223):
Norwegian Escape was recently floated out of the shed in Papenburg.

I will be cruising on Norwegian Escape next August (a group cruise I'm organizing). If anyone on here is sailing on Escape sometime in future, please let me know more about your experiences on her!

I'm also taking the Star Trek cruise on Norwegian Pearl in January 2017 (Star Trek: The Cruise).

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Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:07 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 222):
Im sure you will love it. Alaska is on my list to do. I have done many Celebrity cruises and launches. Whilst the Century is still a fav of mine the Solstice I loved and also the Equinox.

Some pics I took some years back :


Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship Launch+E195 Pics (by OA260 Jul 31 2009 in Trip Reports)

Thank you so much! The ship looks absolutely stunning. I'm even more excited than I was!
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 2

Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:44 pm

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 223):
Norwegian Escape was recently floated out of the shed in Papenburg.

Great film clip - enough to motivate me to take a cruise on her.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 225):
Does anyone know what they will do with that extra width?

I'd like to see some of it used to add space to the staterooms. That would allow for some very competitive advertising.
 
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Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:37 am

Just wanted to say a quick sorry, since getting back it has been crazy at work, i will post some pictures soon.
 
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