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Carnival have ordered four Excellence Class ships, the first will be named Iona. However, we ask has one already arrived? The Helios Class at Aida has been floated out. The AidaNova. You might consider the Hyperion Class an equal class to the Royal Class, and if so, the Helios Class might give clues to the Excellence Class. The Helios offers...
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The IONA is the first in the Excellence class. The initial sailings, prior to winter re-location have gone on sale. All will be on the same route as snagging and the watchful eye of technicians learn how this ship works. Click here to choose a date to see the new ship. A first in class means the release of a brand...
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Stuart St Paul at head office here at Doris Visits spent a life time jumping off things for a living, and he has had to jump off many ships. He now spends most of his time at sea talking about the many years of stunts, directing action and the movies he directed. Those who have met him on board...
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Corfu sits at bottom of the Adriatic just off Albania in the Ionian Sea, ideally placed to go north to Croatia and Venice or east to Greece and Turkey.  It is the first of many Greek islands and a gateway to the Greek Island cruises, certainly used by Marella's Discovery 2 ship that sails from there between June and October...
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Stand in Corfu, look our to sea and that Island you can see is Vido Island. It is a municipality of Greece in the Ionian sea between Corfu and Albania and is a pleasant 30 minute boat trip allowing you to take photographs of the cruise terminal from a sea perspective, and the Old Town of Corfu. The views...
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Both Aida and Costa cruise lines have introduced robots to assist guests, these Pepper robots are cruise ship specific and speak three languages. As both Aida and Costa are both Carnival lines, and robots can work 24/7 without getting emotional, we expect to see them across the fleet eventually which means P&O and Cunard too. These robots can show...
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Whilst in her second home, the Brooklyn Cruise Port New York, The Queen Victoria hosted the star studded red carpet premiere of The Greatest Showman back in 2017. Our exec producer Stuart St Paul is a voting member in the directors chapel, and gets invited to many of these events just before and after Christmas. Which ship will be...
There are now quite few ships for sale, I counted five this morning as I was doing some work on the Fred Olsen page. It made me wonder, as Fred Olsen always has a 'cruise sale' of some kind, whether or not they will be 'buying' next year or selling. Obviously they will be selling cruises, but maybe buying a...
Have you ever seen an aft like this? Yes, they claimed to be different and this is the official released picture from Virgin Press of the aft of the first ship, the Scarlet Lady. Yes it might seem strange, but then let's think about cruising. It started by converting ships and keeping a ship-shape. Never did anyone say, this is...
While few of us mortals can afford suites, I totally get the splash out why not it's our holiday approach. The Iona will be the first ship in the P&O fleet to have Conservatory Mini-suites. These will bring the outside into the living space. The ship plans to have as many as 95 of these cabins when releasing in...