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Cunard Prepares to Set Sail for QE2 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Luxury cruise brand Cunard is honoring the 50th anniversary of its longest serving ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 with a special voyage on board the luxury cruise liner. She carried 2.5 million passengers over 5.6 million miles – that’s further than any passenger ship ever!

The 50th anniversary of this much-loved ship will be remembered as Queen Elizabeth sets sail from Southampton on Friday, September 8 for a 17-night voyage and returns back on September 25th . Departing guests will enjoy Venice’s iconic canals, mythical Mount Etna in Sicily and Corfu’s leafy beauty.

Celebrations focus on five special theme days, each of which will be accompanied by QE2 inspired menus, talks from special guests, historical snippets in the daily program, pastpassenger gatherings and QE2 quizzes.

Celebrations culminate on September 20th, when is the QE2 Day – exactly 50 years since the ship was launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Events will include a QE2 ball, and a historical retrospective of the ship’s service life.

A number of special guests connected to QE2 will be sailing onboard like Captain Ian McNaught (QE2 last Master), Commodore R. W. Warwick (served as QE2’s Captain for 13 years), hostess Maureen Rayan (served onboard the original Cunard Queens), historian Chris Frame (author of a series of books about QE2 and Cunard).


Cunard plan Crossword-themed Voyage

Cunard is launching something extraordinary for puzzle enthusiasts - a crossword themed cruise. The voyage will start on December 8th and from New York with a journey through to Southampton and docking back on December 15th. The week-long adventure will feature a daily crossword puzzle from next mornings paper, which is slid under each passengers door.

The 3 000 passengers will board the Queen Mary 2 for the Crossword Crossing, with the ship having undergone a huge renovation last year.

With fares starting at just $799 (£621.31) per person, the ship is launching the themed holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword.

Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America, said: “We are proud to offer collaborations like this one, which will give our guests an extraordinary travel experience that they would not be able to find anywhere else.”

The voyage is scheduled to debut in April next year.

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Crystal River Cruises Names German Soprano Vocalist as Godmother to New Ship

Crystal River Cruises has announced that famed soprano vocalist and beloved German performer, Anna-Maria Kaufmann, will be the godmother of the new riverboat of the company Crystal Bach. The ship will sail Rhine, Main and Danube cruises with its twin sister Crystal Mahler.

The newly-built Rhine Class river ship embarked on its maiden voyage from Amsterdam on August 13, and will be christened by Kaufmann in Rudesheim, Germany, on August 20. As a godmother of the Crystal Bach, Anna-Maria Kaufmann will bless the ship during the christening ceremony, and serenade her and attending guests with her special performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's “Air”.

"It is an honor to have one of Germany's most gifted and cherished talents christen Crystal Bach as she officially embarks on the Rhine as part of the award-winning Crystal fleet," said Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez.

Crystal River Cruises Cuts Free Michelin Restaurant Meal for Most Passengers

Until now, all passengers booked on a Crystal River cruise would have a complimentary meal in a one-Michelin star restaurant during their sailing. The dinner usually took place in Budapest or Vienna during the cruises on the Danube. For example, guests could choose from among Le Ciel Restaurant, Edvard Restaurant, Konstantin Filippou, Tian Wien, Winekitchen or Costes.

From now on, only passengers booked in top-cabin categories: Penthouse (PH) and the two-bedroom Crystal Suite (CS) can get that meal for free. Passengers in other stateroom categories have to pay an additional fee if they want to go on that restaurant excursion.

Though, Crystal has posted on their website that reservations made before August 7 would be honored.

Inclusions that remain for all passengers are drinks, gratuities, a choice of at least two shore excursions in each port, butler service, airport transfers to and from the ship, and up to an hour of free WiFi per day per person. 


Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New 2019-20 Deployment

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled its new 2019-20 voyages season, comprising 118 new sailings, departing from March 2019 through June 2020 aboard four luxury cruise ships: Seven Seas ExplorerSeven Seas MarinerSeven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator.

Travelers can choose among new itineraries that range from 7 to 131 nights in the Mediterranean and northern EuropeAlaskaCanada & New England, Bermuda and the CaribbeanSouth AmericaAsiaAustralia and the South Pacific. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fares include all-suite accommodations and dining, free roundtrip, business class air on all intercontinental flights originating in the U.S. and Canada, and roundtrip air on domestic flights, free unlimited shore excursions, free unlimited Wi-fi, unlimited beverages – including fine wines and premium spirits, specialty dining, prepaid gratuities, and transfers between airport and ship. Guests in Concierge-level suites and higher also enjoy a free one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay before embarking their ship.

The new 2019-20 voyages collection will open for general booking on August 16, 2017.


Tallink Grupp Extends Superfast Vessel Charter

The Baltic SF IX Limited, which is subsidiary of Estonian shipping company Tallink Group, has extended the charter agreement of one superfast vessel with Canada-based Marine Atlantic. The current charter for MV Atlantic Vision will be extended for one year, until November 2018. The vessel has been on the long-term bareboat charter since November 14, 2008.

This was annonced due to the increase of company's net income for the second quarter of this year, which is EUR 17.9 million income, compared to EUR 9.8 million income in the same period the previous year.


NAMEPA Honors Founding Chairman Clay Maitland

Clay Maitland was honored with the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the past years, Maitland has many industry accomplishments including being the co-founder of NAMEPA 10 years ago.

Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. He has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for over 40 years and is now a managing partner and an owner of the company. Prior to that, Maitland held similar positions with the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia.

What is more, Maitland has been involved with a number of philanthropic and professional associations connected with the ship industry. He is on the boards of the Maritime Industry Museum, at Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College) and the King’s Point Maritime Museum, at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Also, he is a member of many foundations and associations in the industry.

"One of the risks inherent in accepting this award is the notion that I am ready to sail off into the sunset”, stated Maitland. “Nothing could be farther than the truth, as I will demonstrate when we gather in 10 years to celebrate NAMEPA’s 20th Anniversary!”

The 10th anniversary of NAMEPA will be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity docked at Pier 40 on October 26 in New York. There will be an Annual Awards Dinner to recognize award winners for all  categories. The dinner will follow a daylong conference “Back to the Future in Shipping.”

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