News in Brief

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s 47,263gt/1987 built Grand Celebration returned to her homeport of Port of Palm Beach to resume a two-night sailing schedule from 21st December. The ship had been chartered for the previous two months to assist with the restoration of service to communities impacted by the Massachusetts gas incident.

Celebrity Cruises’ 130,818gt/2018 built Celebrity Edge was officially christened on 4th December in Port Everglades by godmother Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Coral Expeditions’ 120 passenger capacity cruise vessel Coral Adventurer was floated out at the Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam during early December. Vard is a subsidiary of Fincantieri.


The ship’s maiden voyage will take place on 24th April 2019, an 18-night voyage from Singapore to Darwin. From May until October she will cruise the Kimberley between Darwin and Broome. Itineraries to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea then follow.

Cunard Line has announced that the 90,901gt/2010 built Queen Elizabeth will spend a full season in Alaska June-September 2020. The company is making its return to Alaska in May 2019 and, due to high demand, will double its itineraries in 2020 to ten round trip voyages out of Vancouver ranging from nine to twelve nights and one getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on 4th July. Port calls include Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more. In addition, the voyages offer scenic cruising in the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer Glacier’s twin fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. The ship enjoyed a 12-day overhaul at Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) in November, returning to her home port on 27th November.

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