Radar: Azamara introduce new ship Pursuit

Azamara Pursuit

Azamara is a leader in small-scale luxury cruising with an emphasis on destination immersion. This summer sees the introduction of Azamara Pursuit: the third in the Azamara fleet. This Renaissance-class ship was built in 2001 and acquired by the line’s parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) in March after 12 years with Carnival. With […]

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Radar: Mariner of the Seas offers mini-cruise breaks and lots of fun

Mariner of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas takes to the water on June 25th following a $120 million refurbishment. Embarking on a series of 3 and 4 night mini-breaks from Miami to the Bahamas, this thrill-packed cruise ship hopes to entice Millennials on board with the promise of fun and adventure. By offering short holidays to tropical […]

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Radar: EUR 300 available for greening the cruise industry

EIB ING Green Fund

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Dutch financial institution ING are supporting green innovation in European shipping with a new EUR 300 million fund.  Sustainability is a key factor in the future of the cruise industry as consumer awareness of green issues grows and stricter regulation compliance increases. This, combined with impressive advances in technology and a […]

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Radar: Positive move towards protecting Arctic marine environment

Bering Strait

In response to a sharp rise in Arctic shipping traffic, Russia and the US are collaborating on a new two-way shipping route in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. Increased commercial shipping traffic in the area, which notably includes a growth in the number of expedition cruise ships sailing off the Alaskan islands and coast, […]

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Radar: Specialist Yards attract Expedition Vessel Builds

Ponant Icebreaker

Consumer demand to explore the world’s remote locations by cruise ship is growing at an exciting pace. Exploration cruise vessel construction is booming as cruise lines seek to meet this need with technologically advanced, environmentally sensitive and highly customised ships for polar and tropical itineraries. Specialist shipbuilders, feeling the effects of a declining oil and […]

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Radar: Shetland’s Lerwick closes for the season – with high hopes for 2018

Norwegian Jewel visits Shetland

Despite the inclement weather conditions of 2017, cancelling 10% of Lerwick’s planned cruise calls, this busy Northern Scottish port has enjoyed a bumper year. On Wednesday 27th September, Norwegian Jade (sister ship to the Norwegian Jewel pictured above) made the final call for the season, as part of her transatlantic voyage to New York via […]

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Radar: Silversea partners with iconic photographer Steve McCurry

Silversea Steve McCurry

Silversea has announced an exciting partnership with renowned photographer Steve McCurry to document the ambitious expansion of their fleet and destination portfolio. The creative pairing with this legendary master of visual storytelling promises unique insights into the authentic and immersive experiences Silversea offers guests. Silversea’s purpose-built fleet of nine ultra-luxurious vessels, including the recently added […]

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Radar: Crystal Bach – Official handover of exquisite ‘Rhine Class’ ship takes place

Crystal Bach River Cruise Top Deck

Crystal Bach is the first of four new ‘Rhine Class’ ships to be introduced by the award-winning Crystal River Cruises brand; winner of “Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. This luxury river ship was delivered to Crystal by MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, […]

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Radar: Crystal Skye elevates the air cruise market

Crystal AirCruise

Crystal AirCruises have unveiled their latest aircraft, Crystal Skye, during an official handover ceremony at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. The Boeing 777-200LR, in collaboration with Greenpoint Technologies, is outfitted with a wealth of features in a contemporary and luxurious style. Designed for 88 discerning guests, with a non-stop range of 19.5 hours, Crystal Skye is the largest privately owned tour […]

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Radar: Seabourn announce speakers for Conversations 2017/2018

Seabourn Conversations Sir Tim Rice

An insightful and interesting enrichment programme elevates a cruise beyond the realms of a leisure experience to one of personal growth and learning. The Seabourn Conversations series for 2017/2018 brings together prominent personalities to share their perspectives on life and work. Select speakers of the 2017-2018 Seabourn Conversations program include: Margaret Trudeau (Seabourn Quest, October 2, 2017) […]

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Radar: Lerwick welcomes Viking Star to new facilities

Viking StarLerwick

Viking Star berthed today in Lerwick Port Authority’s new £16.5 million multi-purpose jetty at Mair’s Pier . Viking Star’s passengers are the first to use a new meet-and-greet station and information point accommodating the harbour’s welcoming team. The mobile unit will also be used elsewhere in the port which expects 75 vessels and a 21% […]

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Radar: Lindblad adds more Antarctic value

Lindblad Antarctica

Lindblad Expeditions are offering flights direct to or from The Falkland Islands on two select voyages on National Geographic’s Explorer later this year, removing a full day at sea. Guests can enjoy the extra time either on the life-changing Antarctic Peninsula or in South Georgia, depending on which trip they have chosen.  A one way direct flight […]

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