There is so much news around the cruising scene that many bits and pieces did not make the posts on australiancruisingnews.com this month. Here is an April round-up of some of those items.
The Mediterranean hosts about 20 per cent of the world’s cruise ships, particularly in the northern hemisphere’s summer which is about to ramp up. Three of Silversea‘s luxurious fleet – Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, and Silver Spirit – are permanent fixtures there for the season and have a big advantage over mega ships as they can sail into divine small ports in the French and Italian Rivieras with the greatest of ease. Mega ships often have to anchor close to port and passengers need to be taken by tender to shore which invariably involves time queuing at either end, silversea.com
MSC Cruises shows how quickly ports of call can drop in and out of favour depending on political events in the region. Days ago the company announced that it has suspended calls in the Ukraine and Egypt with Mediterranean alternatives. MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Fantasia and MSC Musica will variously switch to ports on the Greek island of Rhodes and Crete as well as Cyprus and Israel, msccruises.com.au
Abercrombie & Kent is the latest luxury travel company to jump on to the booming cruise market by setting up a stand-alone cruise website that caters of all styles of cruise ships and world-wide destinations. A leisurely barge holiday in France, a riverboat in Myanmar, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Antarctica, and an up-close wildlife experience in the Galapagos Islands are just a few of the offerings available, akcruising.com.au
Royal Caribbean keeps adding to its fleet of mega ships, and creating new records at the same time. The latest, to be named Harmony of the Seas, will carry up to 6,360 guests, and take the mantle of largest cruise ship in the world from stable mates Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The new mega ship is due to go into service from April next year with all manner of yet to be revealed attractions, royalcaribbean.com.au