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Adventure Canada: Back in cruise service
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Kristina Katarina has recently been sold and renamed Ocean Endeavour.Kristina Katarina has recently been sold and renamed Ocean Endeavour.After a period in use as an accommodation ship off Shetland, FleetPro Ocean has secured a charter for its Ocean Endeavour for the summer of 2015. She will operate a series of cruises in the Canadian Arctic and on the Greenland coast, including two Northwest Passage voyages between June and September 2015.

Ocean Endeavour was built in Poland in 1982 as Konstantin Simonov for Russia’s Black Sea Shipping Company. She was later transferred to the Baltic Shipping Company and in 1996, while still in Russian ownership, was renamed Francesca and registered in Cyprus.

From 2001 to 2009 she operated as The Iris for Israeli Mano Maritime, but was then sold to Katarina Cruises of Finland, for whom she underwent a major refit before entering service as Kristina Katarina. Katarina Cruises withdrew from ocean cruising in 2013, and the ship was sold to FleetPro Ocean. At 12,907gt, she is one of a series of seven similar ships built for the Russians.

 
COSTA CRUISES: Removal of Concordia wreck at last
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:14

The wreck of Costa Concordia should arrive in Genoa by the end of July.The wreck of Costa Concordia should arrive in Genoa by the end of July.The 30 air tanks fitted to the wreck of Costa Concordia started to be pumped full of air on 20 July in order to raise the remains of the ship, ready for her final trip to ship dismantlers in Genoa. At one stage it was suggested that Costa Concordia would be taken to her final destination aboard the heavy-lift vessel Dockwise Vanguard, but now it seems that she will be towed the 170 nautical miles to the Italian port, which is also the home of Costa Cruises.

The final cost of the salvage and scrapping operation is likely to reach £1 billion, more than twice the original cost of building the ship, delivered in 2006. The trial of Costa Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, for the manslaughter of 32 people, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before it had been evacuated, continues.

 
Portuscale Cruises: Funchal out of Falmouth
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Funchal arriving in Falmouth before heading off to Sweden. WILLIAM MAYESFunchal arriving in Falmouth before heading off to Sweden. WILLIAM MAYESPortuscale’s Funchal returned to Falmouth on 22 April at the start of her first full summer season since completing her lengthy refit. She undertook two cruises from Falmouth before heading empty to Gothenburg for her now re-established seasonal programme, for which she is very popular.

Funchal has been cruising regularly for the Swedish market since at least the early 1990s, and, despite the initial difficulties encountered last year, is expected to have a good summer. The interior refit of Funchal has produced a very attractive set of public rooms and cabins, although the latter might be generally regarded as small by today’s standards.

 
OCEANIA CRUISES: Major refit completed
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Oceania Cruises’ Insignia was refitted as part Of a £50 million upgrade.Oceania Cruises’ Insignia was refitted as part Of a £50 million upgrade.Oceania Cruises welcomed Insignia back to the fleet after a two-year charter and an extensive dry-dock.  Insignia is the first of three sisterships from Oceania Cruises to undergo a US$50 million refurbishment. Nautica and Regatta are to be dry-docked and receive similar enhancements during June and July. Renovating the three ships in a six-week time period marks the largest refurbishment programme in Oceania Cruises’ history.

The makeover brings many of the interior design elements from Marina and Riviera to Insignia, Nautica and Regatta. In addition to new furnishings and décor for all public rooms, suites and staterooms, Insignia added several new guest offerings, including a cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café.

 
Iberocruceros: End of line for Ibero?
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Grand Celebration is the latest ship to leave Iberocruceros.  William Mayes Grand Celebration is the latest ship to leave Iberocruceros. William Mayes As the fleet of this Spanish subsidiary of Carnival Corp is reduced to a single ship, the future of Iberocruceros seems uncertain. Carnival’s involvement dates back to 2007, when it acquired 75 per cent of the cruise business of Iberojet, part of the Spanish travel group Orizonia Corporation.

At that time the company was operating Grand Mistral and Grand Voyager, but during the following year the fleet was expanded with the transfer from the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet of Celebration, which was renamed Grand Celebration. Iberocruceros, as the company was by then named, was placed under the management of Costa Crociere and, in 2009, the remaining 25 per cent of the operation was acquired.

 
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