Viking Cruises, renowned for their river cruise ships, will be launching a new ocean cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises. The first ship, Viking Star, will include voyages to Scandinavia and the Baltic, and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on its maiden voyages in May 2015.
The 928-passenger all-veranda ship will have modern Scandinavian interior design and will feature a swimming pool with a retractable dome for all-season swimming and an infinity pool. The Spa on board Viking Star is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind – from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a “snow grotto” where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air. There will be a three-deck atrium for musical entertainment, an on board cooking school, Piano Lounge and Star Theatre – home to enrichment lectures. Viking Ocean Cruises’ itineraries will offer late evenings or overnight stays in many of its ports of call.
The new ocean ship plans follow the company’s continued rapid fleet expansion in the river cruise sector, with 10 new river ships recently christened in March of this year and 12 new river ships planned to launch in 2014. Bookings for the 2015 maiden ocean cruise season will be made available to passengers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand this summer. The world's largest cruise website, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers - from first-time cruisers to cruise enthusiasts. The cruise experts at Cruise Critic have named the best cruise lines of the year in the annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards -- naming the best of the best in 25 categories.
Over 45 new cruise ships and a number of new programs, features and amenities were unveiled in 2015. The first ship in the Viking Oceans fleet, the 930-passenger Viking Star offers inclusions like complimentary Wi-Fi, alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner, and a free shore excursion in every port. Royal Caribbean has something for all ages on board - from nurseries for babies and toddlers to activities and hangouts for teens.
With one of the best staff-to-passenger ratios in cruising, Crystal Cruises is known for its stellar focus on service and dining.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers a double-digit number of bars and lounges, including options like live music, an ice bar and deck parties.
Azamara Club Cruises has a range of tour options - from small-group cultural experiences during the day, to tours and outings in the evening.
Uniworld's ships offer lavish on board offerings and amenities, along with new itineraries and innovative excursion offerings. Emerald Waterways provides guests with complimentary shore excursions and transfers, prepaid gratuities and free beverages - including wine and beer at lunch and dinner.
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San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B.
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We look forward to launching to the UK market later in the summer and until then we continue to focus on our ever popular river product and the overwhelming demand for the new Longships”. Say hello to the Viking Star and the Maria Theresa SS Maria Theresa Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection The atrium of the SS Maria Theresa from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection where the Habsburg ruler's portrait hangs. The award is in recognition of the consistent success the Dubai yard has achieved in applying internationally accepted safety standards.
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The approximately US$ 1 million contract was signed in the fourth quarter of 2012 and commences in January 1, 2013.
Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker Cutter Polar Star has made a brief stop in a warmer climate, mooring in San Diego before returning to Seattle after a four and a half month-long deployment to the Antarctic in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2016.
This is being upgraded by optimizing its fleet and will herewith enhance our high quality service to you. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC, the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation, has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $520,000 in civil penalties, announced FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground.
The cruise liner was originally constructed in such a way that it was able to be employed on the one hand as a passenger liner and cargo ship, and on the other as a passenger and car ferry. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The delivery follows a CCTV System upgrade on Polar Star’s sister vessel, the USCGC Healy Polar Ice Breaker, in 2013.
Kazura will report to Brian Taylor, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of Horizon Lines, Inc. 1 place for river cruise ships.Cruise Critic tapped its editors (not its readers), who sail regularly, to compile a best-of list with 25 categories. There are five categories of rooms to choose from, including two different suites.Best new river cruise ship(Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)The luxury of the Habsburgs takes to the waters on the SS Maria Theresa from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Everything about the ship is baroque on a grand scale, including the portrait of its namesake ruler in the atrium and the 22-carat gold leaf Habsburg coronets and Murano glass chandelier.(Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)The ship has just 75 staterooms.
It's the third in Uniworld's fleet, sister ship to the Catharine and the Antoinette.Best inside cabins(Disney Cruise Line)The "magical portholes" on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy made them a shoo-in for this category. Even though you have no window on the sea, the faux porthole provides you with live video of the world outside -- with a view that corresponds with the location of your stateroom. For fun, you might see some Disney creatures floating by too.Best standard cabins(MSC Cruises)MSC Cruises' ships don't have the biggest standard staterooms but they are "well-appointed and beautifully decorated," Cruise Critic says. Best river cruise ship cabin(Avalon Waterways)Avalon Waterways gets high marks for the suites that offer panoramic views. And with wall-to-wall windows that slide open, you don't have to budge to watch the scenery go by. Best for families(Royal Caribbean International)There's a lot going on for kids and families on Royal Caribbean International's ships these days. You can hop into a bumper car, go skydiving in a simulator, play basketball or go roller-skating.

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