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Viking Sky named in Norway

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Viking Cruises, the premium market ocean cruise operator, said that its third ship, Viking Sky, was named during a public celebration in Tromsø, Norway.

Located above the Arctic Circle on Norway’s northwest coast, Tromsø is a popular destination for viewing the northern lights – and a key port of call on Viking’s popular Into the Midnight Sun itinerary, which sails between Bergen and London, allowing guests to explore the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia.

“Viking’s ocean ships are classified as “small ships” by Cruise Critic, and the 930-guest, 47,800-ton Viking Sky navigated into the Tromsø harbor this morning, where she received a warm welcome with coordinated water cannons from Norwegian redningsskøyten boats, music from local bands and flag-waving Tromsø residents,” the company said in a statement.  


Trimline completes work on Seabourn Odyssey in Genoa

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Trimline, the UK based passenger ship refit specialist, has completed work on Seabourn Odyssey of Seabourn, the luxury brand in the Carnival Corporation & plc group. The work involved refurbishment of 229 cabins, 58 bathrooms, the Colonnade Restaurant, replacement of 4 km of alleyway skirting and a general update of the vessel. The project involved 170 members of the Trimline staff and it was carried out in Genoa in Italy, the company said in a statement.

ASENAV building Polar expedition vessel for Antarctica XXI

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ASENAV (Astilleros y Servicios Navales), the Chilean shipbuilder has announced that it is building a 100-pax expedition vessel for Antarctic deployment, Alan Lam reports

The Valdivia-based facility has already begun design and building process. The 4,900 gross ton ship will be named Magellan Explorer. Its owner Minke Shipping will charter the vessel to Antarctica XXI, a Chilean Antarctic expedition specialist that has a ship based on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. For the 2017-18 season, the company charters Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky for it eight-day-seven-night Antarctic fly-cruise itinerary, departing Punta Arenas.

The vessel will feature 50 cabins, including a number of them designed for single occupants. 42 cabins will have balconies. It will have a large forward observation lounge and an observation deck.

ASENAV is not new to passenger ship building. It has already built several small cruise vessels in recent years. As recently as 2010, it delivered the 210-pax Stella Australis to Cruceros Australis, another Chilean cruise operator.Powered by two Tier III class MAN diesel engines and Polar Class 6 compliant, the new ship will be the most advanced passenger vessel the company has ever built.

ASENAV is also in an advanced stage of building another 200-pax passenger vessel for Cruceros Australis. The builder is an off-shore vessel specialist. It has recently delivered three service vessels to Maersk of Denmark for off-shore exploration purposes.

Crystal Cruises offers Formula 1 Abu Dhabi packages

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 Crystal Cruises, the luxury cruise brand in Genting Hong Kong group, has unveiled three ways for travelers to experience the Formula 1 Grand Prix race in Abu Dhabi in November.

“The 55-lap, approximately 190-mile race draws drivers from around the world to compete for the pole position. Crystal guests will enjoy VIP views for each lap, heightening the thrill of the event,” the company said in a statement.

The most exclusive Crystal package for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix transports guests by luxury coach from the ship to Yas Island, where the Marina is located, and positions them in the heart of the action with Formula TEAM One Paddock Club™ access, with either Team Red Bull or Team Ferrari.

Participants will walk the pit lane and enjoy premier seating in the air-conditioned upper floors of the pit building, as well as fine cuisine and beverage service throughout the day, open bar and access to the roof terrace to mingle with fellow VIP guests. Fares for this option are $9,999 per person.

A second race option offers premium hospitality seating in the shaded top level in the grand stand, offering access to an air-conditioned lounge where food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served throughout the race. Fares for this option are $2,399 per person.

A third option offers guests race tickets with premium grand stand seating, affording the opportunity to take in the contest amidst the excitement of the crowd and fellow race enthusiasts. Fares for this option are $999 per person.


TUI Cruises revamps Internet tariffs

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TUI Cruises, the Hamburg based premium market cruise shipping company, said it has revamped its Internet use tariffs by introducing a range of new price plans that allow customers to use between 75MB and 6 GB of data per day.

On Mein Schiff 6, the company is experimenting with a Social Media tariff that can be booked either by day or for the duration of the entire cruise. This allows customers to use a wide range of social media platforms, but excludes video streaming and phone calls made via theInternet, the company said.