Cruise ship news

The Queen is visiting Ålesund today:

Cunard’s Queen Victoria that is.
She is now on her way to Akureyri, Iceland.

A much smaller cruise ship has taken her berth for the night:

She will be heading to Bergen tomorrow afternoon, but will be back on Sunday with a new load of guests to enjoy the wet weather we are experiencing this summer.

Not often seen these days, a Cruise ship using tug assistance in Ålesund:

Busy in a gray, wet and cool Ålesund today.
Island Princess and MSC Magnifica occupy the full length of the main wharf:

With LE DUMONT D’URVILLE on the inside of the finger pier at the cruise center.

Silversea Cruises gets new Expedition Cruise ship:

Two ships leaving after a day visit to Ålesund:

Vasco da Gama:

Otto Sverdrup:


Photos: Jan de Jonge (c)

Seabourn’s ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture, paying tribute to the remote destinations visited by the brand’s highly successful expedition and Ventures by Seabourn excursion programs and the fascinating places yet to be explored in the future. Seabourn Venture was launched this year, with sister ship Seabourn Pursuit slated to launch in 2023. Both ships are designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and include a plethora of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities. The ships, which are being built by T. Mariotti, are of a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler, and include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful.

Outbound from Rotterdam heading for Tromso (Norway)
Photo: Johan Dijkstra (c)

A new and exciting offering will be two custom-built submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface. The ships are designed to carry a complement of double sea kayaks as well as 24 Zodiacs that can accommodate all onboard guests at once, which will allow for a truly immersive experience.
Each ship features 132 all veranda, all ocean-front suites.
Source: Maasmond Newsclippings today.

I always think that it’s a bit odd for cruise ship companies to advertise ‘immersive’ experiences.

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Britain is strongly represented with Cruse ships in Ålesund today.
Cunard’s Queen Vitoria and P&O’s Aurora alongside at the cruise center:

Or should I say Bermuda and Carnival Cruises, since both ships are registered in Bermuda and both companies owned by Carnival.

Azamara Quest is on the other side of town:

Disney Magic and AIDA Diadema in Ålesund today in nice early autumn weather;

The Vikings are coming (or should we say; are back)

Link: Viking Mississippi.

Brand new cruise ship NORWEGIAN PRIMA moored in Amsterdam.
Photo: Machiel Kraaij (c)

PS> There is NOTHING Norwegian about this ship, aside from the name.

Lots of Norwegian about these ships though, both externally and internally:
Italy-based shipbuilder Fincantieri will build a further four ships for Viking, a Swiss cruise line, in a deal valued at around €1.7bn:

Swiss?? Yes Viking’s Operational HQ is in Switzerland, although their corporate HQ is in the US:

The Chairman, Torstein Hagen lives in Switzerland, but is a Norwegia (Bergen) native.

The Ocean and Expedition ships are flying the Norwegian flag (NIS) with homeport Bergen and with mostly Scandinavian Officers

Norwegian Prima passes Oscarsborg on its way to Oslo today.
Photo: Knut Lorentzen via NSF

PS> Nice sky!!

A new cruise line with a vision to sustainability has been born:

Their first ship has been ordered:

The people behind this project are no dreamers, but somebody with a solid background in both Cruise, Finance and Management.
The CEO, Rolf Sandvik is a Master Mariner with experience as Master in both NCL and Crystal Cruises. He is also the man behind the first all electric excursion boat, Vision of the Fjords:

“NORWEGIAN PRIMA” up close in Ålesund, Sunday.

Photos: Sven Arild Pedersen

Viking christened two new Expedition ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris in Amsterdam yesterday:

Both heading to Antarctica for the southern summer, but will be cruising the Great Lakes in the northern summer.

Viking Polaris in Amsterdam, together with Viking Mars and Viking Mani.

PS> This is also the 25th anniversary of Viking Cruises.
For the occasion ships from all three branches of Viking Cruises, Viking Ocean, Viking Expedition and Viking River are seen together for once.

Another small Expedition Cruise Ship. (This one is already cruising the Great Lakes):

Vantage Cruise Line’s OCEAN EXPLORER was built in 2021, has a length of 104 meters, a beam of 18 meters and can accommodate 162 guests . The OCEAN EXPLORER 9-night 2022 Great Lakes Cruise departed Chicago with port stops along the way and is shown in the St Clair River about half the way to its destination of Toronto, Ontario.
Photo: Bert Varady Michigan USA (c)

PS> The X-Bow give here away as a Ulstein design:

Hurtigruten helping Elon Musk pay for Starlink service in Ukraine: