Author: Francesca Harper

Practically born with a map in my hands, I’ve always had the overwhelming desire to be going somewhere or doing something. Both a patriot and an explorer, I’m never happier than when I’m simply experiencing. I have been fortunate enough to live in many parts of the United Kingdom; a nomadic childhood which plays a part in explaining my constant itchy feet.

South Pacific cruise ship gets chic and luxurious make over

Tere Moana

One of Paul Gauguin Cruises’ luxurious South Pacific liners is getting a chic and sophisticated make-over, the company has revealed. Tere Moana (who is a part of Paul Gauguin Cruises, one of the South Pacific’s most luxurious cruise ship operators) will be renovated and given a new […]

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First cruises since 1992 set to leave from Bristol

Ocean Countess

Bristol’s maritime history is set to be revived as a UK cruise operator announces plans to set sail from Avonmouth next year, making them the first cruises to depart from the city since 1992. The commercial director, Chris Coates, of Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) who operate […]

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Crystal Cruises reveals early plans for 2015 World Cruise

Crystal Serenity

Crystal Cruises has revealed early plans of their celebratory 2015 World Cruise that will take passengers on a memorable luxurious voyage of discovery around the globe. Those aboard Crystal Serenity to celebrate Crystal Cruises’ 20th World Cruise – and the 25th anniversary of the company – will […]

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Saga cruise ship set to retire

Saga Ruby

Despite not quite reaching the ordinary retirement age, the cruise ship Saga Ruby is set to retire in 2014 following 40 years of service. Saga Ruby is the last British-made cruise ship to have been built, built in the Wallsend Shipyard in Tyneside in 1973. But despite […]

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Storey demands £8.8m repaid cruise terminal grant back

Port of Liverpool

Lord Mike Storey of Liverpool has called upon the government to give back the £8.8m grant it recalled from the city council following the completion of the city’s new cruise terminal. In 2007, Liverpool was given the money to build a new ferry terminal, giving the city […]

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Olympic Torch to be carried aboard Red Funnel Ferry

Red Funnel 'Falcon'

Could it be a case of third time lucky this summer for ship fans in Southampton? Already this season, the Cunard 3 Queens Diamond Jubilee event (5th June) and the P&O Grand Event (3rd July) – both held in Southampton – were complete washouts due to the […]

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Cruise ship causes minor scare at New York pier

Norwegian Star

The cruise ship, Norwegian Star, created a minor scare in New York as its powerful wake caused the gangway to the submarine, The Growler, to fall away. As the Norwegian Star fired up its thrusters in a routine docking procedure, the wake that the cruise ship created […]

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Costa Concordia captain released from house arrest

Costa Concordia

It has been six months since that fateful day of January 13th when 32 people lost their lives as their cruise ship, Costa Concordia, hit rocks and sank just off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio. The captain, Francesco Schettino, has been charged with multiple […]

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Dubai plans to convert QE2 into a hotel

Queen Elizabeth 2

The Queen Elizabeth 2, which retired from service in 2008, is set to be converted into a dockside hotel in Dubai by the end of 2013. Despite the uncertain future the QE2 faced after its 40-year life as a liner and cruise ship ended, its current owner, […]

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Final ‘bon voyage’ for P&O’s Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

Grab a hanky and prepare to shed a tear or two as we say goodbye to the cruise ship, Pacific Sun, as it sets off on its final adventure around the Pacific Islands. The Pacific Sun, which is part of Carnival Australia’s (who operates P&O Cruises)  seven-ship […]

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