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Everything posted by Ulsteinvik

  1. Stockholm released the 2024 cruise list. Brilliant Lady is booked there 5 times overnight between 12 May 2024 and 24 June 2024. https://www.portsofstockholm.com/vessel-calls/ Don't know if they are actual anymore but seems that they also planned to sail some Baltic cruises. Maybe 2025 then.
  2. Seems that NCL is making changes, NCL Sun not bookable anymore for the Europe Cruises 2025. Her last cruise in the system ends now on 28 March 2025 in Singapore. I looked at the port schedules of Amsterdam and Le Havre for 2025 and they show now the NCL Sky in Europe instead of Sun.
  3. Swell on Saturday in the Bay of Biscay : https://www.ventusky.com/?p=45.7;-7.2;4&l=wave&t=20231104/1800
  4. There are 6 new calls that came this week in Bergens and Alesunds list for Valiant Lady on summer 2024. They start on early July until the end of August, mostly with 10-11 day intervals. Wondering what is going on, maybe Brilliant will take over the cruises out of Miami and Valiant heads to Northern Europe?
  5. There was an accident between 2 cargo ships. One of them sank and sailors are missing. The Iona was behind the accident and is now supporting the rescue efforts. https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/Schiffskollision-auf-der-Nordsee-Mehrere-Vermisste-vor-Helgoland,nordsee550.html
  6. The zero net emissions from 2026 in Norway have been adjusted. It is now also permitted to sail the two fjords Geiranger and Flam with bio LNG on a temporary basis for some years. Therefore, there are now 2026 port bookings in Geiranger from the LNG ships MSC Euribia, AIDAnova, Costa Smeralda, Iona and a Newbuild of TUI Cruises who can all use bio LNG.
  7. Resilient Lady will do the cruises out of Portsmouth. Itineraries: 23 Aug 2024: Portsmouth - Amsterdam - Amsterdam - At Sea - Portsmouth 27 Aug 2024: Portsmouth - At Sea - Zeebrugge - Portsmouth 30 Aug 2024: Portsmouth - Amsterdam - Amsterdam - At Sea - Portsmouth 03 Sep 2024: Portsmouth - Amsterdam - Amsterdam - Zeebrugge - At Sea - Portsmouth 08 Sep 2024: Portsmouth - At Sea - La Coruna - Bilbao - La Verdon - At Sea - Portsmouth 14 Sep 2024: Portsmouth - At Sea - Amsterdam - Amsterdam - Zeebrugge - Portsmouth 19 Sep 2024: Portsmouth - Amsterdam - Amsterdam - At Sea - Portsmouth 23 Sep 2024: Portsmouth - At Sea - La Coruna - Bilbao - La Verdon - At Sea - Portsmouth
  8. I am watching the cruise lists of ports a long time. Brilliant Ladys calls in Amsterdam are almost one year old, that's why I think that they should not be actual anymore. But 2 months ago Resilient Lady appeared in Amsterdams cruise list from 27 August 2024 until 21 Sep 2024 in 5 day frequencies. https://sea.cruiseportamsterdam.com/cruise-calendar/2024/
  9. Viking is lucky that they fit through the Kiel Canal with their fleet. That's why I can't understand why they kicked the Kiel Canal out of their itineraries since 2019.
  10. Baltic is still beautiful without St Petersburg. Stops like Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Copenhagen, Oslo are worth to see. Actually, almost all cruise lines continue to sail the Baltics except Royal Caribbean. Sky Princess last Baltic cruise this month was fully booked. NCL Dawn both Baltic cruises on August 2023 are fully booked. MSCs Baltic on MSC Fantasia are fully booked. Carnival Pride was fully booked last week. The bookings in the Baltic collapsed in 2022 after the war began, but this recovered very quickly this summer because nobody is scared anymore. Therefore, we can expect that there will be more Baltic cruises in the future and I hope RCI will sail at least 2-3 cruises in that area. So far, only some cruise lines have published the 2025 timetable but there are still Baltics in: NCL 6 Baltic cruises P&O Cruises 5 Baltic cruises Regent Seven Seas 7 Baltic cruises Azamara 2 Baltic cruises Princess 3 Baltic cruises Viking 10 Baltic cruises
  11. Cruisemapper is not an official port site where official port announcements can be viewed. Cruisemapper copies all trips from the homepages of the cruise line. Therefore, you should look for the right port sources. But here also no good news for the Brilliant Lady TA. Unfortunately, the Brilliant Lady has actually disappeared from the Funchal 2024 official list.. -> https://www.apram.pt/site/index.php/en/ports/wharf-reservations?page=6
  12. According to the AIS, she has now turned completely and is heading towards Kiel again. Any medical emergency?
  13. She reached around 21 knots during her trials. But it is difficult to sail that long distance over 20 knots because the wind and the current have to be always optimal for it. And over such a long distance you have sometimes days where you have headwinds or countercurrents. So I would consider 15-18 knots on average for this distance is realistic for the Explora I.
  14. If she will sail 15 knots, she'll need 11 days from Monfalcone to Copenhagen without a stop.
  15. They changed the rule, bio LNG is allowed in the 2 fjords on a transitional basis. The MSC Euribia can already bunker Bio LNG and other shipping companies are also preparing their LNG ships to operate on Bio LNG.
  16. My theory is as follows: As of now, Explora I is expected to be delivered on July 24th. Therefore, a sail to Copenhagen by August 1st seems nearly impossible, which likely means the cruise from August 1st to 15th, starting and ending in Copenhagen, will be cancelled. However, she could possibly start her 6-day tour from Copenhagen to Hamburg beginning on August 15th. Since Explora has had to cancel its christening ceremony and still wants to properly showcase the ship to press representatives, travel agencies, etc., there may be a christening voyage or introductory trip before the new maiden voyage on August 15, 2023 from Copenhagen. This could, for example, go from Copenhagen to Kiel and back. That's my idea.
  17. A crewmember who works at Explora I said on a Facebook group that the Kiel call is correct and Explora will communicate it in few days.
  18. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/safety-security/explora-i-delayed-due-fire-safety-concerns-updated That is also interesting. They say the delivery should be on 24 July 2023 in Monfalcone. If you deliver this ship on this date, you need to sail constantly 21.8 knots to reach Copenhagen on 01st August 2023 without a bunker stop. For me this is very unrealistic with this ship..
  19. We have to wait some days I think because the Kiel call was booked today. So I expect next week more informations about this.
  20. Portofkiel updated today its 2023 cruise list. Now Explora I is booked there for an overnight on 13 August 2023.
  21. Did anyone also notice the two route changes from the NCL Dawn for July 2024? The Dawn was scheduled to do a Western Europe tour from Southampton to Lisbon from 06 July 2024 - 15 July 2024(here the Roll Call https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2906628-dawn-9-night-europe-from-london-to-lisbon-july-6-2024/) and a Western Europe tour back from Lisbon to Southampton from 15 July 2024 - 25 July 2024. She sails now instead a Western Europe/ Scandinavia Tour from Southampton to Copenhagen and then back from Copenhagen to Southampton. Her route is almost the same new route as the NCL Star October 2024 tour. What is the reason here? For me it looks more like bad booking numbers instead of the reasons that NCL is telling us..
  22. Could be a reason yes. Maybe they will focus more on the Baltics with Fantasia?
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