Written by on Friday March 6, 2015
There's good news for British cruisers with a new arrival from P&O in Southampton, and a new residency in Newcastle from Fred Olsen. There's also some new itineraries available from Oceania and another ship under construction at Royal Caribbean International.
Fred Olsen’s Balmoral to be based in Newcastle in 2016/17
Fred Olsen's Balmoral will be based on the Port of Tyne from summer 2016, offering eleven departures and a range of itineraries. The 1,350 capacity ship will cruise from Newcastle for the first time on 21 May 2016 with a five night Fjord Cruise. Cruise lovers in the North East will also be able to enjoy voyages exploring Britain’s castles, the Baltic Capitals and Spain Portugal & Guernsey.
Itineraries announced for Oceania’s Sirena
Oceania Cruises’ Sirena will make its debut on April 27 2016 with a 14 night cruise from Barcelona to Venice. After this there will be a number of 10 to 14 night voyages throughout the Mediterranean with ports of call including Lisbon and Seville. The addition of Sirena has brought the number of ships in the fleet to six and extended Oceania’s reach with 90 itineraries visited in this season including 20 new ones for the luxury cruise line. You can see the full list of Sirena’s itineraries now here at CruiseKings.
Construction begins on Ovation of the Seas
The keel has been laid for Ovation of the Seas, the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum-class, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. A penny was placed in the dock by Royal Caribbean President Adam Goldstein as part of a Royal Caribbean good luck tradition. The ship will be delivered in April 2016 and will accommodate 4,180 guests.
P&O’s Britannia Arrives at Southampton
P&O’s new ship Britannia arrived at Southampton today (6 March 2015) in preparation for its naming ceremony. Her Majesty the Queen will name the 3,600 passenger vessel at a ceremony on March 10. The ship has some royal connections as it shares a name with Royal Yacht which was retired in 1997. The 330 metre ship is the largest ever designed specifically for the UK cruise market. See Britannia arriving at Southampton below.