Cruise ship news

…and built by shipyards that have previously built ships for the offshore market. According to some people in the industry, it’s bit of a problem when they try to apply principles and methods from “working ships” to cruise ships, particularly the expedition kind that operates in remote regions.

The sane is probably true for Polar expedition ships that is designed and built by people with little if any experience with building relatively small ships for harsh or polar condition.
I think it is better to build such ships at yards that may not have built cruise ships before than at yards that has only built ships for relatively benign waters.
To build them at yards that has experience from both is probably best.

Hurtigruten’s new Polar Cruise ship Roald Amundsen was officially named in a ceremony held in Antarctica and in the tradition of the man she is named after:

The new Polar Expedition Cruise ship NG Endurance under final outfitting at Ulstein Yard is out on sea trials again today:

1 Like

17 posts were split to a new topic: Cruise Line and COVID - 19

A post was merged into an existing topic: Cruise Line and COVID - 19

US inland and coastal cruises is more popular than ever:

Domestic company, ships and crew may be the reason.

It raises the question; will “traditional” cruising from US ports ever return after the Covid-19 crises???

1 Like

Hurtigruten plan to resume service on the Norwegian coast from 15. June:

Quark Expedition’s new Polar Expedition vessel Ultramarine was launched at Brodosplit, Croatia recently:

Carnival to layoff or furlough nearly half it’s staff in the US:

While Royal Caribbean plant to return to service by region:

But without buffet on board:

Bahamas could be ready to accept them back from 01.July, with or w/o buffets:

That figures. The Bahamas lives off tourists. They don’t produce much. Biggest exports are laundered money, rum, salt and Haitiens.

I heard they have all been entered in the 3rd at Hialeah.


That was a beautiful old track. I wonder what happened to the Flamingos?

That’s an interesting choice. I’d figure a buffet would be safer as long as there’s an orderly and well spaced line with directed ventilation to move breaths away from the people. The food trough would be replenished infrequently. Dirty dishes could remain on a table until the diners departed.

Table service might be good at the front of the house where diners sit but there’s going to be a lot of crossed paths in the back of the house, in the isles and when walking to and from tables. Orders will come in resulting in many trips back and forth.

A giant Ponzi scheme?:

The Svalbard cruise season is “gone” for this year:

Not good news for all the new Polar Expedition Cruise ships coming out of the yards this year, or last.
Or for the old ships that traditionally spend their summers in Svalbard and the rest of the year in layup.

Hurtigruten will operate year around cruises on the Norwegian coast, with turn around in Dover, Hamburg and Bergen:

Of course they have operated daily trips on the Norwegian coast from Bergen as the only company in the Coastal Express.

From next year they will be joined by Havila on that service and will have a surplus of ships, hence this new service.

SeaDream Yacht club has re-commenced cruising:

But what it doesn’t say here is that they are banned from Geiranger since the ships doesn’t meet the latest emission rules for the World Heritage Area.

Delay will save on parking costs, I suppose.

[edited to correct blog link]

Hurtigruten will try something new. Their Fridtjof Nansen will do cruises from Hamburg to the Norwegian fjords without actually calling at any port for shore excursions:

NOTE: English text below the German

Bergen Port has established a company to develop a system for recording of pollution from Cruise ships while in port:
This in addition to the restrictions imposed on emission when steaming.