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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Azamara Club Cruises announces expansion with Azamara Pursuit

(News Release)

MIAMI, September 26, 2017 – Azamara Club Cruises®, the upmarket cruise line subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with delivery taking place in March 2018.

We are pleased to expand our portfolio by 50%, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world through the acquisition of this sister ship,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises®.
Azamara fleet

“Our loyal guests and travel partners have asked for this expansion for a long time; we are very pleased to deliver this to them.”

Cunard will add fourth ship to its fleet

(News Release)

 Investment underpins the company’s continued growth ambitions for world’s most iconic fleet
New generation of ship announced on 50th anniversary of launch of legendary QE2

 VALENCIA, Calif., September 25, 2017 - Luxury cruise brand Cunard today announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally.

Carnival Corporation & plc – the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand – has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Canadian Maritimes named safest port in the world for cruisers

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   Out to Sea column for September 9/17

   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox

   In a world where tensions are rising, cruise travellers are looking for a safe haven.
   Canadians don’t have to search too far as a survey finds Canada’s Maritimes is the safest cruise destination in the world.
   “This peaceful corner of Canada offers bucolic pastures, exceptional seafood and scenery galore,” writes Chris Gray Faust, senior editor of the Cruise Critic website.
A young fiddler entertains the cruise ship crowds at Peggy’s Cove, N.S. (Jim Fox photo)
   She acknowledges that cruises do go to places “that some consider risky,” such as European capitals, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
   Even Alaska has the risk of bears but her list of the safest cruise destinations is “where you can leave most of your worries behind.”
   Cruise vacations are among the safest but even so, today’s “safe haven may be tomorrow’s ugly headline,” she commented.
   The Maritime provinces are downright friendly with many ports such as Charlottetown, Saint John and Halifax being small, and some, such as Sydney, Nova Scotia, having local greeters meet the ship.
   The biggest risk in this part of the world is “falling in love and not wanting to leave,” she suggests.
   The list of seven safe cruise ports continues with the Baltic in second place.