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  1. I wonder if the images below, are actually of a concept of a family 'Playscape' that will feature onboard RCI's next class of ship, "Icon of the Seas"? RCI are still very tight lipped.
  2. A few weeks ago I was passing the Tilbury cruise terminal and saw Saga's "Spirit of Discovery" berthed there, in preparation for her first cruise. She looked enormous, by Tilbury standards (although small by modern standards). She was probably the first ship to use the Terminal, since CMV's "Columbus" was laid up there last hear, before scrapping. Anyway, it is great to see a British ship on the move! Images below:
  3. The first thing Christian Verhounig (CMV CEO and Ambassador) was to but the datbase. Personally i welcome a budget line to fill the CMV gap. I have found the experience similar to Olsen's , but considerably cheaper! (They are also rather like the old Thomson cruises).
  4. Former Cruise &Maritime Voyages (CMV) bosses have reunited to launch Ambassador Cruise Line, a UK-based operator aimed at the over 50s market which plans to start sailing with one ship in April 2022. Ambassador’s management team includes chief executive Christian Verhounig, chief commercial officer Christopher Coates, chief information officer Gary Hides and chief financial officer Simon Weeks, who have all previously worked together at CMV before the line went into administration. Ambassador will operate cruises on, formerly known as Pacific Dawn, P&O's Australia ship, whi
  5. Here are some interior renderings of the new ship, based on MSC Seaside's design:
  6. Hi Brits, So do you think CMV and Amy Johnson are going to make a comeback in 2022? See here:
  7. The cruise ship Satoshi, which was destined for the scrapyard in Alang, has been resold to a new European company, whose management already has previous experience in the cruise industry. Satoshi is part of a class of two ships, the original Crown Princess and Regal Princess, one of which, the current Karnika, is already in the process of being dismantled on the aforementioned Alang beach. The last commercial operation of the current Satoshi, dates back to early 2020, as Pacific Dawn, by P&O Australia. She was going to be CMV's Amy Johnson and enter service in Spring, 2021, before the coll
  8. After the loss of the Astor, Marco Polo and Magellan to the scrappers, there is speculation from trusted 'sources' that Columbus is next! Here she is, laid up at Tilbury, last year:
  9. The word on the net is that the Marco Polo will be scrapped at Alang, India, on 12 January. Tragic!
  10. Hi, here is a short slide-show of Firenze's public rooms, if you want an overview in two minutes. Enjoy!
  11. Mini-cruises often do feel crowded. People often share multiple berths.
  12. After the demise of CMV, it has been reported that Marco Polo will probably be scrapped. However her new owners have now put her up for charter. This means that she might be saved, if somebody does actually charters her! Do you think that is likely?
  13. Hi, so the Marco Polo's auction ended a few weeks ago. So who purchased her? Does anyone know?
  14. P&O Cruises Australia has announced the Pacific Aria has officially been sold, and will leave the fleet immediately, as opposed to her scheduled departure in early next year. The ship was due to go to the British cruise brand ‘Cruise & Maritime Voyages’, in May 2021 to be renamed Ida Pfeiffer, in honour of the famous Austrian explorer. However following CMV’s collapse, Carnival Corporation has found a new buyer, the Greek ferry operator, Seajets, for the 1994 built, 55,819 gross tonne ship. Seajets also purchased P&O’s Oceana, earlier in the year.
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