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Cruise newsNorwegianNorwegian cruise line Hurtigruten adds an expedition cruise ship to the fleet, it will chartercruiseshipNordstjernenfor short break cruises to Svalbard beginning in 2015.Three- and four-day itineraries on Nord- stjernen will compliment longer itineraries on offer on Hurtigruten’s other ship sailing in Svalbard, Fram.Guests on these voyages will explore Long- yearbyen, Barentsburg, the research town of Ny-Alesund and the entire northwestern coast of Spitsbergen. MS Nordstjernen will visit such places as Magdalenefjord, Moffen and Liefdefjorden, and sail as far north as 80 degrees latitude (less than 700 miles from the North Pole).Cruising in RotterdamThroughout the year Spido offers a 75 minute harbour tour. Also daytrips are of- fered to Maasvlakte 2, where visitors can experience this new harbour area and a unique new part of the Netherlands. Newly scheduled are the Theme cruises. These afternoon or evening programmes include entertainment for example the Djazz Cruisezz & catering .Tour operator rates are available on request. Spido / Willemsplein 85 / T. +31(0)10 275 99 88 / www.spido.nlSpido- RotterdamCruise & Maritime VoyagesThe company adds a new ship in Spring 2015 when it takes delivery of 1, 250 - passenger Grand Holiday, to be renamed Magellan.Magellan was built in 1985 and refitted in 2010.The ship has two restaurants and an informal bistro, a nightclub, casino and three lounge bars. The main show lounge is tiered over two decks. Other public areas including a gym, wellness centre and beau- ty salon, card room, shops, Internet centre, a library and medical centre. There are also two swimming pools and three hot tubs.Owned by Costa Crociere, the ship will join adult-only CMV’s 800-passenger Marco Polo, 600-passenger Astor and 550-passenger Azores.Magellan’s homeport will be London Tilbury, although it will also sail from Newcas- tle Upon Tyne and Dundee, as well.Magellan’s maiden CMV voyage will be a 12-night cruise to Iceland and the Faroes for the Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights, sailing from London Tilbury on March 15, 2015.European WaterwaysThe company providing luxury hotel barge cruises in nine European countries – France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Ger- many, Scotland, England and Ireland has launched its 2015 offeringsHighlights for 2015 include:• In April a series of three, 6-night World War One Commemorative cruises aboard the 12-passenger hotel barge La Belle Epoque, along waterways which pass through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme.• Off-the-beaten-track excursions, for example, the Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland, or the Troglodyte cave dwellings in the Loire Valley.• Longer waterway journeys through Hol- land, Belgium, France, Germany & Luxem-gional voyages for the more adventurous travellers, navigating a longer route of varied landscapes.Accommodating from 6 - 20 passengers, the fully - crewed fleet of 18 Euro- pean Waterways’floating hotel barges can also be chartered exclusively. www.gobarging.comCork - New cruise terminal plannedThe Port of Cork is to assess the feasibility of building a second dedicated cruise berth in Cobh to increase cruise traffic and accom- modate larger ships. Home to Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth, Cobh in 2014 the port will welcome 54 calls, 108,000 passen- gers and 30,000 crew, which is expected to generate €15 million for the local economy.Over the next five years, Cork aims to handle at least 75 cruise calls per year. Next year, the port authority will install additional bollards to Cobh’s existing cruise berth, enabling the world’s largest vessels to dock at the port.The port authority also aims to berth all cruise vessels in Cobh, rather than dockingAvalonsome liners at the cargo terminal in Rin- gaskiddy. This will necessitate the construc- tion of a second berth at the port.Orbital launchRiver cruise specialist, Orbital Travel, has launched a new Loire river cruise with departures available from April 2015 on the brand new paddlewheel ship, the 4* MS Loire Princesse.The river Loire meanders through the Loire Valley, which is often referred to as the ‘Garden of France’ with its abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards along its banks, the temperate climate ideal for the production of wine, making the area the third largest wine region in France. Historic towns, medieval fortresses, magnificent chateaux and royal gardens adorn the banks of the river.The seven night cruise starts and ends in Nantes and travels as far as the wine producing area of Saumur. There is a full programme of optional excursions includ- ing Saint-Nazaire which has a magnificent harbour with a long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding, picturesque Ancenis, Angers, a bustling old town, famous for its tapes- tries and the Chateau d’ WaterwaysHas expanded its special interest departures for 2015. Newly introduced is an Opera Cruise (15 July departure) and an Author’s Cruise (9 August departure). Both are available on Avalon’s popular 13 day ‘Blue Danube Discovery’cruise.Avalon’s first opera themed cruise features four emerging stars from Canada’s Calgary Opera with nightly entertainment includ- ing opera-themed talks and performances by soprano Natalie Fannan, mezzo soprano Cassandra Warner, tenor Derek Johnson and bass-baritone Tyler Fitzgerald.The author themed cruise will be accompa- nied by Patricia Schultz, world-renowned author of the international bestseller‘1,000 Places to See Before you Die’. Patricia will be on board to give guests a personal insight into writing and to discuss the most impressive, must-see destinations around the world.The tour and cruise includes 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Prague one of the newest Suite Ships , Avalon Impression. Cruise highlights include Vienna’s famous historical sights and the medieval towns of Durnstein, Melk and Regensburg. Optional day trips are offered to Salzburg and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.MSC CruisesAlready introduced in most European markets, MSC Cruises is rolling out the ‘experience pricing’in North America fol- lowing the positive feedback received from guests abroad.‘Inclusive Experiences’, a new pricing struc- ture in which guests choose an “experience” based on their own personal preferences and amenities desired while cruising.Valued at up to $700+ per person, guests have the option of selecting from four dif- ferent experience categorie s- Bella, Fantas- tica, Aurea, and MSC Yacht Club - ranging from a la carte to all-inclusive amenities.bourg - trans-rePage 9Regular cruises in the Valley of the LoreleyRüdesheim – Bingen – St.GoarshausenDept.Rüd.: 9.15am,11.00am and 2.00pm Dept.St. Goar: 11.00am,2.10pm and 4.10pm Full restaurant service and snacks available Commentary in English – Multi-lingual staff – Group ratesTel. 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