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Cruise News | Ultimate Cruising

Cruise News | Ultimate Cruising

The world of cruising keeps changing and evolving – there are new ships, collaborations, joint voyage, upgrades and more so we thought we’d take this opportunity to keep you up to date with what’s happening.


Silversea Cruises

As you may be aware, Silversea officially joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in July 2018, giving RCCL a two-thirds stake in Silversea. On a day-to-day level, this doesn’t change anything for Silversea clients – the same level of service, luxury and professionalism remains the same. But it does open up opportunities for Silversea to take their ultra-luxury offerings to the next level.

The two companies have announced a multi-year initiative, Project Invictus, allowing for enhancements to be implemented fleet wide, strengthening Silversea’s reputation for indulgent, luxurious embellishments.

Silversea had already planned a renovation of Silver Whisper in December 2018 and, following the acquisition, this will now be much more comprehensive than initially planned. Silver Wind will also now enter dry dock in December 2018 and both ships will be enhanced in line with the design of Silver Muse. Silver Shadow will then follow.

New Ships

In addition to the renovation programme, Silversea have also ordered a further three ships.

Two of the ships will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, with a delivery date of 2022.

The third will be built by Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop and will be designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands. Named ‘Silver Origin’, the ship will debut in March 2020 and take over the itineraries currently operated by Silver Galapagos.

Size and full details are yet to be released.


Ponant Cruises and Lindblad National Geographic

Now here’s a cool little combo… Ponant Cruises and Lindblad National Geographic have joined forces on a select number of itineraries, allowing them to combine their expertise. The voyages sail on Ponant’s luxurious fleet with a Ponant Expedition Team, but will also be accompanied by National Geographic’s Experts and Photographers. Perfect for those who haven’t been able to decide between the two cruise lines!

This opportunity is available on the following voyages:

- Adventure in the Caribbean – 23 November 2019

- Emblematic Antarctica – 26 February 2020

- Fiji to Micronesia – 01 April 2020

- Iconic Kimberley – 07 June 2020

You’ll have to be quick though – with only the four departures, they are sure to sell out quickly. You can find out more about these itineraries from our Ultimate Cruising experts by clicking here to request a call.


Getting on board with the environment

With the increased awareness of how plastic straws and single-use plastic bags are affecting our oceans and marine life, several cruise ships are becoming more environmentally friendly by ceasing the use of plastic straws and/or single use plastics (ie. Stirrers, coffee cup lids, plastic bottles etc).

Here’s who is on board with the initiative so far:

Phasing out, eliminating or only service plastic straws on request

- MSC Cruises – phasing out by December 2018

- Carnival Cruise Line – only on request

- Cruise and Maritime Voyages – only on request

- Norwegian Cruise Line – Eliminated

- Oceania Cruises – Eliminated

- Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Eliminated

- Seabourn – only on request

- Azamara Club Cruises – only on request

- P&O Cruises Australia – only on request

- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – Eliminated

- Lindblad Expeditions – Eliminated

- AmaWaterways – changed from plastic straws to paper straws

- Captain Cook Cruises – Eliminated. Paper straws are available

- Virgin Voyages (beginning 2021) – will not be using

- Disney Cruise Line – phasing out by mid-2019

- G Adventures - Eliminated

Phasing out or eliminating single-used plastics

- MSC Cruises – phasing out by March 2019 - Virgin Voyages (beginning 2021)

- Royal Caribbean – will be phasing out

- Celebrity Cruises – will be phasing out

- Disney Cruise Line – Reducing - Cunard – phasing out by 2022

- P & O Cruises – phasing out 2022

- Peregrine Adventures – phasing out

- Seabourn – will be phasing out

- Lindblad Expeditions – Eliminated


Oceania – upgrades and enhancements

Oceania Cruises also have renovation plans afoot.

As part of its OceaniaNEXT enhancement programme, Oceania Cruises will be upgrading their O-Class ships, Marina and Riviera. The Owner’s Suites on both ships will be completely redesigned as part of the enhancements.

In addition to OceaniaNEXT, Oceania’s “fleet revitialisation programme” will commence with a US$100 million refurbishment of its four oldest ships (the Regatta Class), beginning with Insignia in December 2018.


Cunard returns to Alaska

Cunard is returning to Alaska for the first time in 20 years in May 2019. The Queen Elizabeth will be visiting Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria, during four ten night cruises ex Vancouver.