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- Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:50
Cruise passengers Getting Younger
While numbers of cruise holidays are escalating, the ages of those on board are tracking in exactly the opposite direction. Cruises are becoming more attractive to the younger audience, with the lowest average age of a cruise ship passenger in the past 20 years – 46 years old.
“In the latest CLIA Cruise Review, the average age of UK passengers fell to its lowest in 6 years. Cruise lines are continuing to expand their offerings, adding new on board features and shore experiences to their itineraries which appeal to a more diverse and often younger market”, said Andy Harmer, Director of CLIA UK & Ireland.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:45
Just Back From Tauck: Taking a Tauck Bridges Family Cruise
Family river cruising has become a growing trend, and for good reason. The rivers of Europe provide lots of opportunities for interesting activities that appeal to the younger set.
The luxury tour operator Tauck was the first operator to enter the increasingly crowded family river cruise market back in 2004, blazing a trail where others have since followed.
The Tauck Bridges product, which is aimed exclusively at families, launched on the Danube and has since been rolled out to the Rhine; next year the special sailings for families will include two French rivers -- the Rhone and the Seine.
Once you step onboard Tauck, it leaves you free to make memories and simply enjoy your time together with the family.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:41
MS Bremen – the first passenger ship to receive the Polar Ship Certificate
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 4-star expedition cruise ship, MS Bremen, has become the first passenger ship in the world to receive the Polar Ship Certificate.
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (polar Code) contains regulations concerning the ships’ construction, equipment and training and their crews that intend to operate in the polar regions. Issued by the classification society DNV GL, the Polar Ship Certificate confirming compliance with the Polar Code will be mandatory for all ships from January 2018. The Polar Code is intended to increase the safety of ships and pay greater attention to environmental protection.
Certain technical modifications have to be carried out onboard the ships in order for them to meet the requirements of the Polar Code. For instance, fire lines located on deck were fitted with additional insulation and an addition ice spotlight was installed when the BREMEN was in dock in October 2016. A wide range of extra equipment has also been sourced in order to ensure the survival of passengers and crew members in potential emergencies in the polar regions.
Bremen will be operating 3 international cruises during the 2018/19 season, including sailing to the North East Passage in the summer of 2018.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:37
Nordic Cruise Company Set to Build 4 Luxury Expedition Ships
Nordic Cruise Company is planning to build a series of four expedition ultra-luxury yachts. The first one will be delivered in May, 2020. Three more 220-passenger vessels will follow from in 10-month intervals, which are going to be constructed at MetalShips & Docks in Spain, which has specialized in both mega yachts and offshore vessels.
“We are not going to be the second best. We are going to be the best. I know we have tough competition, but competition is always good,” Wynnsdale, the company's SEO, said.
Most staterooms will offer so-called infinity-style balconies. There will also be a top-deck observation lounge and large aft marina.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:33
Royal Caribbean confirms Name of New Quantum Ultra Class Ship – Spectrum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean cut steel for its latest class ship at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, and revealed the name of it - Spectrum of the Seas.
The 4 180-passenger ship will be the fourth in the line's Quantum class of ships and will debut in 2019. This new cruise ship is specially for passengers in China and the Asia-Pacific.
Royal Caribbean previously trademarked the named Spectrum of the Seas, along with Apex of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas back in September 2014.
"Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas. We are now one step closer to delighting our guests in Asia Pacific with this remarkable ship. Spectrum will be another giant leap forward in vessel design and guest experiences that will provide travelers with ample opportunities to create unforgettable memories”, said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.