CRUISE TIDBITS

Top rated Viking Star at the Italian port city of Livorno on the west coast of Tuscany.
Top rated Viking Star at the Italian port city of Livorno on the west coast of Tuscany.

In February, australiancruisingnews.com ran out of space for the following tidbits:

Viking Cruises’ set out to reinvent ocean cruising last year with the launch of its first ocean-going ship, the 930-guest Viking Star. It seems the ship has lived up to expectations with passengers giving her a warm stamp of approval.

As a result Viking Star has been voted “Best New Ocean Ship”, “Best Cruise Ship for First-Timers”, “Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms” and “Best Cruise Ship Cabins” in the annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards by the online cruise resource Cruise Critic, cruisecritic.com

Viking has been a major player on the river cruise scene for many years, with Viking Star the company’s first foray into ocean cruising, and another two ocean-going ships are already under construction, vikingcruises.com.au

Silversea Cruises continues the new build trend with Silver Muse set to sail in the autumn of 2017. A website specifically dedicated to the new ship gives cruisers up to the minute information, and  includes a 360-degree virtual tour of Silver Muse, silvermuse.info/

P&O Cruises’ latest ship will be the 2000-guest Pacific Explorer which is now sailing in Australian waters as Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess. After major refurbishment the rechristened ship will join P&O Cruises next year alongside recent newcomers, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, pocruises.com.au

APT Cruises and Travelmarvel, both part of the APT Group, are celebrating the launch of their two new Myanmar (Burma) river ships that recently sailed on maiden voyages from Yangon to Mandalay. The luxury brand APT welcomed RV Samatha (named to reflect the Buddhist practice of calming the mind to achieve peace and tranquility), while premium brand Travelmarvel’s new RV Princess Panhwar is named after Hindu’s queen of Vishnu), aptouring.com.au or travelmarvel.com.au

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