Cruise’n’Travel Journalist / Cruise Reviewer
& Maritime Historian
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Holland America Line … This is the new and updated Page One of a new feature created late February 2013, and it covers the history of Holland America Line and it looks at a number of their superb luxury ships from, well the rather simple chartered ship in 1872, because their new liner SS Rotterdam (I) had been delayed, to the great SS Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938, and the spectacular SS Rotterdam V. thus this page covers 1872 to 2000, when the Rotterdam was laid up by Premier Cruises, then named Rembrandt! Page Two, covering 1993 to 2015 will be online soon!
*ms Oosterdam … The 82.000-ton luxury ship
operates in Australian and
Volendam … The superb
Volendam - Cruise Review … With the author having sailed on
*The following ships sail Worldwide but some
of these ships also visit Australia & New
*ms Amsterdam Ship Review … The
author was onboard the ms Amsterdam whilst she was in Brisbane
November 11, 2010, less than a week after my superb cruise on the luxurious
*MS Rotterdam … Like the Volendam and Amsterdam, the famed flagship of HAL, The ms Rotterdam will offering Holland America Line quality for they have a reputation that other cruise lines simply yearn for!
MS Nieuw Amsterdam … This huge new 68,700-ton accommodates 2,106 passengers providing more space than other ships of her size. This is the ship other companies should look at. One of the finest afloat!!!
*MS Prinsendam … The “Elegant World Explorer” and after recent refurbishments she is even better!
ms Zaandam … The sister to the
SeaDream Yacht Club *This is author’s Number One recommended product. Why, it the finest vacation experience in the world, it is as simple as that!
SeaDream Yachts … SeaDream Yacht Club offers “Yachting, not Cruising” for it is a company that is totally unlike any other! It has two superb luxurious small 4,333 ton Yachts that operate world wide and those who are connoisseurs of cruising and travelling prefer these Yachts due to their relaxed style and the ultimate in personalised service, yet these Yachts have a relaxed atmosphere and they are not formal.
SILVERSEA Cruises This a cruise line, with the finest and intimate ships in the world! Every single room on board is a luxe suite and all drinks are includes throughout the voyage as well as many other extras. This is cruising for those who want to live in style and in the type of luxury of a private style yacht! Silversea offers nothing but the very best!
Silversea fleet … Enter three pages covering the superb fleet of the Silversea ships from the very newest the Silver Spirit to the two original ships built, the Silver Wind and Silver Cloud. In between there were was also the Silver Shadow and Silver Shadow. All the author can say is this, if you are a connoisseur of cruising and you are looking for the ultimate, Silversea is the company for you!
Dawn … This
magnificent 70,000-ton cruise ship departs year round from
Jewel … This
fine ship is based in
Pearl … NEW
& Updated: The new addition to the P&O
Australia fleet will be in 2010, she has visited our shores before as the
P&O UK Arcadia, before that she was Princess Cruises’ Star Princess.
Before entering service she will be fully refurbished in
P&O/Carnival News Updates … All the latest from Carnival Corporation & plc, which includes; P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Cunard Line & Costa Cruises. P&O Australia could teach them a lesson when it comes to food and entertainment!!!
Celebrates 77 Years ... in December 1932, the elegant
Aurora … Aurora 2006 Cruise Reivew. Having sailed on her
maiden world cruise, there is no doubt that
Oriana … 2005 World Cruise review. The author sailed on Oriana for 42 days, from
Carnival Spirit … This 88,500-ton ship will be the largest ship ever to be permanently based in Australia year-round and she will operate out of Sydney sailing 8 and 9 day cruises to New Caledonia, as well as 10 and 11 day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and several itineraries of 12 day Pacific cruises as well as one 13 day cruise around New Zealand from Sydney and two departing Melbourne. She will have had a complete refit with a brand new exciting Water Park installed, which is said to be the most exciting at sea with thrill rides galore and a perfect ship for the family and the young at heart!!
Orion Expedition Cruises This Company has Won Cruise-Australia’s “Best Cruise Company” in 2009”
Celebrity Cruises One of the best luxury cruise Line operating larger cruise ships!
Celebrity Solstice … This is without a doubt the most
remarkable and the most advanced modern cruise ship in the world. This is a new
class of ship with innovations never seen before, she is certainly not a ship
like we used to know, and will not be liked by the genuine ship lovers, for the
truth is, she is a massive building, a hotel and a resort that happens to float
and take you to places. But, we have to admire the ingenuity that has gone into
this massive floating super luxurious hotel! She may not be my kind of ship,
but I come from another generation, for those who have discovered the new world
of cruising, she will be just “super!” Also visit Celebrity
Solstice - Page Two. This ship will
be heading for
MV Celebrity Century … This 70,606-ton luxury cruise ship is heading Down Under in 2011 & 2012, and a new page full of phorographs has been added online for your enjoyment! She will be followed up by the glamorous Solstice in 2012!
Caribbean Fleet (RCI) … Currently RCI operates 19 magnificent ships, ranging from
48,563 ton Empress of the Seas to the massive 158,000 ton Freedom of the Seas.
Rhapsody of the Seas operates regularly out of Australian and
Rhapsody of the Seas
2,435 passenger French built 78,491 ton cruise ship operates out of
Freedom of the Seas
… The 158,000 GRT (ton) Royal
Caribbean Cruises super cruise ships. Freedom of the Seas, was floated out at “
– Oasis of the Seas … This
is the first of the 220,000–ton Project Genesis ships that set sail mid
in 2009, the second in the series, the Allure of the Seas will arrive in 2010.
Oasis is the largest passenger ship ever built and she is certainly the most
revolutionary ship ever conceived. She accommodates a massive 6,400 passengers
in the ultimate of luxury and she has facilities, some of which have never been
heard of before on a ship, let alone on a land based resort! This page has many
images that will leave you astounded with the grandeur of this ship, or should
I say a floating resort, or better still City, for she has two buildings placed
lengthwise on top of her hull, one starboard and one portside and there are
balconies out to sea and the rest into the interior Boardwalk and Central Park
that has real trees. If it sounds all too American for you, well for many
Australian’s and New Zealanders it may well be! But, it
really is some ship, it’s a BIG Yankee style ship and somewhat gaudy to
our taste, but, hey, give it a try! It is just like going to
Cunard Line The name says it all, although I hate the exterior design, but these hideous ships do have luxurious interious! But does that make these overly formal and big ships suitable for everyone? No, for let’s be honest, Cunard is an American Company and all three ships are Carnival designed Vista Class ships, The QM2 is just an enlarged version with a dummy rounded stern tacked on! In fact, you are really sailing with a pretend Cunard lLne of yesteryear, for the real Cunard is no more!
MV Queen Mary 2 … The Grand Queen of the Sea – Includes a comprehensive photo album.
Queen Elizabeth … The new
MV Queen Victoria … She is slightly larger that P&O’s UK Arcadia, but just as ugly looking. She is just another Carnival Vista Class ship just like those of Carnival, Holland America & Costa Cruises. She is unattractive, but very nice inside and makes a good hotel and that is what she is, a hotel, and she is already reputed as a shocker in rough waters!
Seabourn Yachts … The intimate and luxurious Cruise Line for those who demand nothing than the best!
Clipper … This is
the grand five masted all steel ocean going cruise ship
that offers the ultimate of luxury over four decks. There is no doubts that
this is the ultimate of ocean going experiences! Cruises operate in the
Princess Cruises Australia Princess was my one favourite cruise company’s for many years and I am an Elite (platinum) Captains Club member, but the company has sadly lost favour with me as well wish so many of its regular and past passengers! The truth is Carnival has destroyed what was a perfectly good cruise company, and they will destroy their other companies as well, for Carnival spells just one word –“GREED.”
Sun Princess … Sadly this ship replaced the popular smaller and much better ship, the Pacific Princess. In addition, the service food and overall cruise experience was 100% better, now Princess Cruises Australia has lowered the standards to the point that they have become almost to what I consider it to be a 3 to 3.5 Star product and not the 4 star product they claim to be, although they do offer some of those services on board, such as free additional restaurants, etc and 24 hour buffets and room service. But P&O Cruises Australia may not offer those little extras, but then you get a lot better cruise experience and for far better value!
Cruise Review … I had removed this Dawn Princess 2009 World cruise review but have now returned it. Below are some of my thoughts, which will have to do and it says it all really! Sadly I have received many further emails over the past few years, especially from the 2011 around the world cruise, which obviously also did not go too well and she again suffered mechanical and other problems!
PS: The American run ships, such as the Diamond Princess, etc, are by far superior for they are managed by the Americans and not Carnival Australia and thus you will not be treated like a second class citizen as so many tell me they feel on the Sun and Dawn Princess compared with other Princess ships!
Princess … A good friend of mine Mr. Stanley
Evans sailed on the delightful and intimate MV Royal Princess in December 2010
and sailed around the beautiful Tahitian and
XXXXXXXXX A dear friend of mine cruised on her earlier this year and being a well cruised lady having sailed with princess countless times, and a Platinum member, she wrote me to say that things had really gone downhill for there were so many problems, holes in sheets for a start, and problems with meals, and the list was rather extensive. I find it rather sad, for as I said Princess was a great cruise company, but Carnival is a wrecker!
“Dear Reuben” … A series of questions that have been asked from the author
Cruise Agents … This
page contains a listing of the author’s recommended cruise specialists in
ssMaritime.net … Featuring
the world oldest liner the Doulos built in the
Cruising News … The magazine “World Wide Cruising News & Pictorial” is without doubt one of the best cruise magazines available anywhere in the world as I have seen it grow over many years. But you need to subscribe to this full colour quality production that is crammed with information and superb photographs.
Matters … Maritime
& Cruise News with
Cyber Cruises.com … News and other cruise related pages
Work on Cruise Ships … Seeking employment on a Cruise Ship, check these links
Cruise Site … Harm Brink of the
Ruderhaus … A
site by well-known German cruise enthusiast,
Tutto Crociere … An English cruise site by our Italian friend,
Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in May 1960
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