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Seabourn set to take Europe by storm in 2013
Next year Seabourn will take passengers beyond the Arctic Circle, across the Mediterranean, and to overnight stays in the exciting cities of St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Venice, Malta, Barcelona, Istanbul, Edinburgh and Dublin.
Between April and October 2013, Seabourn’s fleet of six ships will make more than 100 European departures, carrying passengers to more than 180 ports.

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Aurora offers intimate journey to Russian Arctic
Aurora Expeditions is the only “small ship” operator planning to sail the far reaches of the Russian Arctic this year, visiting Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land on a 14-day ‘Voyage to the End of the Earth’ cruise, departing from Murmansk on September 8.

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Norwegian Cruise Line puts seaside boardwalk on board

An oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and bars, is just the beginning of a unique connection between ship and sea onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway.

Comprising The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place, Norwegian Breakaway’s innovative new design will bring to life an oceanic experience for guests on board the 4000-capacity ship. “With our newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, we are continuing our tradition of innovation with a brand new ship design that will provide our guests with a unique experience unlike anything else at sea,” says Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO.

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New paddlewheeler to meet US river cruising demand

American Cruise Lines is set to build a third paddlewheeler to meet an increasing demand for river cruising in the US.

Boasting the most spacious staterooms in river cruising, the vessel’s hotel-style bathrooms, WiFi in all staterooms, and single-sitting open seating dining will follow in the footsteps of the company’s second paddlewheeler, Queen of Mississippi, carrying around 150 guests.

“We recognise a considerable strength in river cruising and have observed an increased interest in our US river cruises over the last several years,” CEO Charles Robertson told Cruise Weekly.

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Sun Princess: she’s got what it takes

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The Sun Princess, it’s good and you can rely on it to deliver.

The grand plaza entrance to the ship has all the sparkly luxury of a large cruiser, along with panoramic lifts so you can peruse your floating kingdom while you ascent through the decks in style. It also passes the piano test. I spotted not one, but two grand pianos, which in my book is a plus because I think they’re the route of all romance on board.

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Oceania’s appeal to foodies aboard new flagship Riviera
The launch of Oceania’s new flagship Riviera will be celebrated gourmet style with culinary tours in more than 25 ports worldwide.
The new ship due to launch in May from Venice, will treat passengers to foodie tours starting at US$175, that will explore local food markets and artisan producers, as well as providing the opportunity for guests to partake in cooking classes.
Carrying up to 1250 passengers, the Riviera boasts not only 10 dining venues, six of which are gourmet restaurants, but also has its own wine tasting and culinary centres.

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Luxury cabin construction begins on EUROPA 2

EUROPA 2 reached a key milestone on Thursday when work began to lay her keel and create the luxury cabins that will carry 516 passengers when the ship is launched in Spring 2013.

In a traditional good luck ceremony, Hapag-Lloyd managing director Sebastian Ahrens marked the occasion by placing a coin in the first block of the ship that was lifted into the dry dock in Saint-Nazaire, France.

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Uniworld’s new addition to cruise World Heritage site
The Queen Isabel is the latest addition to Uniworld’s boutique fleet operating on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Douro River in Portugal and Spain.

Uniworld, one of the first river cruising operators to explore the Douro, will replace the Douro Spirit, using Queen Isabel to bolster its operations in the region.

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Orion: Good things in small packages

In the shadow of two floating cities the Orion didn’t try to compete, she embodied the expression “it’s not all about size”.

On the day of my on-board walkabout, Auckland’s harbour was dwarfed by two magnificent ships, the Queen Elizabeth and the Sun Princess, docked either side of the ferry terminal. And there, almost indistinct from the Waiheke ferry, I found her. Coy, reserved, and apologising for being petite.

But what the Orion lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in charm. And adventure.

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Dancing to New York

There was only one way Georgia Thompson was going to cross the Atlantic: she would do it dancing.

Her first cruise was sixteen years ago, since then she’s been a passenger on the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Victoria, and the Marco Polo. She’s cruised the Baltic and the Mediterranean, and last year took on the grandest of them all; Southampton to New York on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.

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