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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced it will sell its smallest cruise ship Braemar as it looks to consolidate its expanded fleet around more modern and cost-effective tonnage.
The 1993-built Braemar is the second-oldest ship left in the fleet, and carrying just 977 passengers, she is also the smallest, which means sh… read more
Dubai and the wider UAE have huge potential for future growth of the cruise sector, according to Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer, Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour.
Dubai Harbour is home to the city’s second cruise port (the first being Port Rashid near Dubai Creek), but Dubai Harbour Cruise Term… read more
After three disastrous years, the cruise economy is back. More than 239 cruise ships are expected to dock in Cape Town between October 2022 and April 2023. The arrival of the first passenger vessel of the season, Hanseatic Spirit, at the Port of Cape Town on October 18 signaled the start of a bumper cruise season and a much-needed … read more
Holland America Line’s cruise ship Zaandam has made her maiden port call to Durban during the 2022/23 cruise season, arriving on Sunday during her 71-night Grand Africa Voyage.
Zaandam was escorted into the Port of Durban by tug boats that provided a traditional water cannon salute, while Durban Harbour Master’s office… read more
Virgin Voyages and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri have marked the float out of Brilliant Lady, the final ship of the cruise line’s four-vessel Lady-class.
The ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard and marks a major milestone in the construction of the ship. She will now be moved to a wet dock, w… read more
Norwegian Cruise Line has made changes to its upcoming cruise ship delivery schedule, with its Prima-class vessels delayed by a year through 2027. In announcing the delayed delivery schedules, the cruise line cited shipyard delays due to supply chain constraints.
The next Prima-class cruise ship was meant to be introduced in … read more
Silversea will sail a full South African cruise season out of Cape Town during 2023/24, after several years of using the city as a turnaround port on its grand voyages from Africa. Silver Spirit will cruise roundtrip from Cape Town three times during December, 2023 and January, 2024, before departing on a 31-night grand voyage to D… read more
Norwegian Cruise Line’s freestyle dining concept and its choice of five free add-ons (such as drinks, wifi and more) have proven popular with the South African market.
Nick Wilkinson, Norwegian Cruise Line Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa, says the cruise line’s decision to homeport in Cape Town has ge… read more
Cunard Line are offering three cruise itineraries in one grand voyage from South Africa during 2024, with Queen Mary 2 sailing from Cape Town.
Queen Mary 2 will depart Cape Town on February 1st, 2024, bound for Hong Kong, via Sydney and Fremantle. The full 42-night trans-Indian Ocean voyage ends in Hong Kong, but there are al… read more
Azamara has announced that it will be returning to South Africa for the 2024/25 cruise season, homeporting Azamara Quest in Cape Town. Azamara Quest will sail six roundtrip voyages from the Mother City as part of the Southern Hemisphere summer cruise season, which runs from November to March.
The announcement of a new South A… read more