After being retired from the Fred. The former Royal Caribbean ship formerly known as the Viking Serenade, will officially be scrapped. What Made It Special: Few people likely sailed Ocean Dream during the eight years it spent sailing for Japan-based Peace Boat, but more likely know it from its past life as Carnival Cruise Line's trendsetting Tropicale. The ship was the first foray into cruising for low-cost European air carrier EasyJet. Cafe Brasil (for a cappuccino or afternoon tea, with an interesting book from the library or just browse the Internet), The Mirage Bar (poolside; pampers with al fresco drinks), The Sailaway Bar (to watch the world go by), The Sundowner (the perfect place for live music and pre-dinner drinks), Ocean Theatre (entertainment hub for cabarets, UK comedy acts and West End-style shows), Bounty Lounge (all about game shows and live music), The Lookout Bar (with panoramic view; also offers a late-night disco), The Casino (roulette, Blackjack, poker; a range of slot machines). Maritime news site Tradewinds reported on February 15 that Carnival Sensation has been sold for scrap to interests in Aliaga, Turkey. However, you may visit "Cookie Settings" to provide a controlled consent. Olsen fleet, Boudicca arrived at the shipbreaking yards in Aliaga, Turkey in May 2021 to be broken up. In Turkey, the value is considerably less at $280-300 per ton. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. I doubt that in the last decade, at least, or maybe even more than this, we have seen so many cruise ships being recycled in a year, he added. The ocean liner turned cruise ship started life as Aleksandr Pushkin for the former Soviet Union's Baltic Sea Shipping Company, or BSSC. After the shipbreaking process, not a single scrap remains. Star Pisces was sold for scrap due to the collapse of Star Cruises' parent company, Genting Hong Kong, in 2022. All Rights Reserved. Much like a flight on EasyJet, EasyCruise promised "unbundled" pricing, with surcharges for everything from onboard meals to cabin service. .css-13x0bir{position:relative;max-width:800px;}.css-13x0bir>*:not(style){overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0px;right:0px;bottom:0px;left:0px;display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;justify-content:center;-webkit-align-items:center;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;width:100%;height:100%;}.css-13x0bir>img,.css-13x0bir>video{object-fit:cover;}.css-13x0bir::before{height:0px;content:"";display:block;padding-bottom:56.25%;}. Scrapping began in August 2020, and the ship was totally demolished by February 2021. we would never have taken up cruising. Island Escape Cruises NZ cancels 12-day Wild West Coast voyage from Broome (Kimberley, Western VARD Vietnam Shipyard (Vung Tau, Vietnam). In February 2022, Carnival announced that Ecstasy would take over itineraries from Mobile for Carnival Sensation before being removed from the fleet in October 2022. At this point the end was near. What Made It Special: Launched in 1994, Carnival Fascination was the fourth of eight Fantasy Class ships to debut. The shipowner Island Escape Cruises NZ (2006-founded by Peter Bissett) previously owned and operated the 2007-built catamaran Island Passage (IMO 8745216, 24-passenger boat) which was sold in 2018 to Maple Leaf Adventures (Canada) and renamed Cascadia. [1] The company operated in Europe, the Caribbean, and South America, aiming its products primarily at markets in the United Kingdom, Brazil and Argentina. Black Watch was noted for its wide, open decks, abundance of public areas; and its unique itineraries. Thenwas immediately chartered and deployed inScandinavia (Kristiansand, Norway) to serve asa floating hotel for social workers involved in the Syrian refugee crisis. Photo: Peace Boat, Sovereign departing Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, at sunset (Photo: Aaron Saunders/Cruise Critic), SuperStar Aquarius, the ex-Norwegian Wind (Photo: Star Cruises), SuperStar Gemini, the ex-Norwegian Dream (Photo: Star Cruises). 66 Ships | 141,881 Berths | $42 Billion | View. The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional". Star Princess went on to serve a stint with P&O UK, sailing as Arcadia between 1997 and 2003. In 1988, Home Lines merged with Holland America Line, and Homeric became Westerdam. Other uncategorized cookies are those that are being analyzed and have not been classified into a category as yet. MS Island Escape ship was operated and owned by Thomson UK under the Island Cruises brand until December 2015. Having always had a passion for the water, after selling his interests in Japanese Shipping Companies, Peter embarked upon designing and building a boutique 24-passenger ship to explore the beautiful waters around New Zealand. After months off Suez as channel workers floating accommodation and calls at Limassol she finally passed through the canal on 2 May 2017, heading down the Red Sea, it was speculated she was heading to Alang for Scrapping. Its career with Princess was remarkably short -- just 12 years -- and in 2002 it was renamed A'Rosa Blu. She became MS Island Escape in 2002 being renamed once more as MV Ocean Gala in 2015. Note: In 2021 was launched the 30-passenger superyacht Island Escape, owned by the New Zealand-based company and travel brand Island Escape Cruises Ltd. On January 15, 2021, Seajets reportedly flipped Magellan, selling it to scrapping interests in India and ending the venerable cruise ship's career. I think it was the worst cruise ship I have ever been on. The ship was noted for its small size and angular funnel uptakes, as well as its dark wood-panelled interiors that recalled the grand oceangoing ships of yore. If it looks similar to another ship regularly based in the UK, that's because the ship was built to almost mirror the Astor of 1981, which most recently sailed as Saga Pearl II for Saga Cruises. ISLAND ESCAPE CRUISES The Spirit of The South Pacific Our Destinations Kimberley - Australia May - September 2022 Broome to Broome Kimberley - Australia September 2022 Broome to Darwin Tropical North Queensland - Australia October 2022 Ultimate Fiordland - New Zealand December 2022 - March 2023 Tahiti April - June 2023 South Pacific Coming in 2023 Carnival Sensation becomes the fifth Fantasy Class ship to be removed from service -- and scrapped. Take care, Helen [13][14], Ocean Gala arrived at Utansjverkets hamn at on 14 June 2016. Built: 2020/2021. Monarch, together with older sister Sovereign, were reportedly stripped of their interior fittings and artwork in Genoa. And in that time, we've seen relatively young ships head to the breakers with no chance for a farewell cruise or proper send-off. Cruise & Maritime Voyages acquired the ship in 2010. Homeported from Mobile for the last decade, Carnival Fantasy was due to be replaced by Carnival Fascination in 2022. A few years later she was sold again to Admiral (Royal Admiral) Cruises. At the end of December 2015, Sweden's migration agency signed a hotel ship deal to house 1260 refugees on the chartered cruise ship Ocean Gala. The ship's main dining options included The Oasis Restaurant (waiter service, a-la-carte priced menu, cover charge applied, reservations required) and The Island Restaurant (serving British and International buffets, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Ocean Gala has now been beached in Alang. Marina Deck is accessed from Ocean Deck (deck 2). The certified Helideck (deck 4's/topdeck's aft-positioned helipad) is used for landings of helicopters serving the company's heli-transfers between the yacht and homeport. Island Escape - Passenger ship, IMO 8002597, Callsign C6SK4, Flag Bahamas - However, Chatziginnis said that steel prices globally have increased dramatically over the past few months and residual value has increased by nearly $100 per ton in each of the major ship recycling counties. Its removal leaves just two Fantasy Class ships in service with Carnival: Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise. Other onboard amenities include gift shops, video arcade, internet caf, swimming pool, sports deck, Infirmary/medical center. In June 2022, Island Escape Cruises extended the 10-night "Ultimate Fiordland" itinerary program (December-March 2023). In July 2020, Costa Cruises sold the vessel to Celestyal Cruises, which promptly refitted the vessel, repainted it in its own livery, and renamed it Celestyal Experience. What Made It Special: Carnival Fantasy was revolutionary when it first debuted in 1990. What Made It Special: Horizon was constructed in 1990 as the first of two nearly identical newbuilds for Celebrity Cruises. [22][23], Island Escape was featured in a mini-series TV documentary which consisted of 10 episodes. Saw it in BCN before we had booked our first cruise, had been looking at it in the Thomsons brochure - then when we saw it decided definitely not, but again wouldn't do if we all wanted the same. Once it completes its final voyage in mid-October, it will reposition from Mobile to Miami to discharge crew before being taken across the Atlantic to Aliaga, Turkey to be broken up. It is what got us into cruising and we had fond memories of our trip on her in spite of the Star being a tired ship. However, its ice-strengthened hull and ample public spaces would serve it well in cruise service. The luxurious boat also features an outdoor spa pool/Jacuzzi. Sad news here. Ship Data. She was actually christened in New York in September of 1982 and sailed some Bahamanian cruises out of there. Norwegian Dream also had the unfortunate notoriety of being involved in a dramatic collision in 1999 with the cargo ship Ever Decent in the English Channel. The ship was also renamed Norwegian Wind, and continued to sail for Norwegian until it was transferred to Genting-owned Star Cruises in 2007. The idea behind her was that she would double as a cruise ship during the off season. Prices ranged from NZD 14950 pp (Ocean Suite based on twin share) up to NZD 20950 (Owners Suite). The 2021-built cruise yacht Island Escape is a 30-passenger ship owned by Seasons Shipping Co Ltd ( (Jongno-gu/Seoul, South Korea-based, 2020-founded company registered in Hong Kong China) and operated under demise/bareboat charter by the New Zealand-based company and travel brand Island Escape Cruises Ltd. Bareboat charter is an arrangement for The vessel (IMO number 9903994) is currently France-flagged (MMSI 538009093) and registered in Majuro/Marshall Islands. Island Escape docked at Ajaccio, Corsica. The ship was sold for just under $12 million dollars, and was beached at Alang, India for scrapping on November 30, 2020. Olsen Cruise Lines in 1996 and renamed Black Watch. The ship arrived in early August at Aliaga, Turkey and was beached alongside sister Carnival Fantasy and former competitor Sovereign. To avoid increased costs for heating and since Ocean Gala did not comply with Finnish-Swedish Ice Class Rules, the vessel left the port 3 November 2016. [2] In April 2009, the ship joinedThomson UK (now Marella Cruises)as "Island Escape". The documentary followed the working lives of crew members and gave insight into what it was like to work on a cruise ship. GMS also vets the requirements of the original owner for regulations that need to be complied with and then guides them with how to proceed with the scraping in the best interests of the cruise industry. Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) was awarded the vessel's Full Management. Designed by Joe Farcus, the ship's interiors recall the grand days of Hollywood, with public rooms like the Beverly Hills Bar named accordingly. It was beached for scrapping in July 2022. In 2018, the ship was leased as an accommodation vessel to MV Werften to house shipyard workers constructing new cruise ships for Dream Cruises and Crystal. Island Escape's Fiordland experience also features daily Zodiac tours led by an experienced local tour guide. The vessel was last operated by the Japan-based Peace Boat Organization as the Ocean Dream. At the time of her construction, she was the largest cruiseferry in the world. The 1982-built MS Ocean Gala cruise ship (best known as "MS Island Escape") was constructed by Dubigeon Normandie SA (Nantes France) as the world's biggest cruiseferry at the time. The ship had a long career with Carnival, serving until 2009 with the line and acting as relief housing during Hurricane Katrina. Marella Dream began life in 1986 as Homeric, the last new ship constructed for Home Lines. Launched in 1982, Tropicale was Carnival's "test ship": the first newbuild to be created for the company, and the ship that would pattern the basic design and layout for every ship launched for the line over the next decade and a half. After a four-year stint with Iberocruceros, it was purchased by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2015 and renamed Magellan. Our first cruise was on her sister ship the Island Star which was bigger and a former Celebrity ship. Before that could materialize, the ship was sold to Cunard Line, where it took on cruising duties as Cunard Princess. The ships were initially odered for Overseas National Airways of the United States, and Hugh Hefner was reportedly involved in their design. Christened Star Princess, the ship was notable for its distinctive circular "dome" situated above the navigation bridge. As of November 24, the ship is en-route to Bhavnagar, India, where it will arrive in early January for demolition. The vessel was last owned by the Miami-based Cruise Holdings Inc and managed by Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) in Hamburg and Limassol. The AIS position was reported 7 minutes ago. She is headed to India and will arrive at the scrap yard in Alang at the end of the month. She operated under Royal Caribbean as the Viking Serenade and was with them for about 10 years. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance". Details for the ship Island Escape , IMO 8002597, Passenger ship, Position Mediterranean Sea with current real time AIS position and ship photos by It was, and still is, one of the more sumptuously-decorated FunShips. In 2022, it was scheduled to take over runs from Mobile, Alabama before Carnival announced in February 2022 that the ship would no longer return to service for the line. Watersports equipment (water toys/kayaks and paddle boards), snorkeling and fishing gear are also provided complimentary. So, the vessel could be recycled there, but its a totally different market. [9] Thomson Cruises has operated the Island Escape under their all-inclusive Island Cruises since starting March 2013. Adventure. Marella Cruises officially withdrew Marella Dream from service on October 1, 2020. The fully equipped Hair and Beauty Salon offers all of hair, body and beauty treatments. Look for a link at the bottom of this page or in our privacy policy where you can withdraw consent. [20], In February 1988, a chiropractor named Scott Rolston murdered his wife Karen Waltz by strangling her and dumping the body overboard in order to make it look like a drowning. The itinerary leaves roundtrip from Cairns QLD and visits the Great Barrier Reef's Escape Reef and Ribbon Reef (Day 2), Lizard Island/Dyiigurra (Day 3), Stanley Island and Cape Melville's Bathurst Bay (Day 4), Forbes Island/Wuthara (Day 5), Thursday Island/Waiben (Day 6), Restoration Island/Maalpiku (Day 7), Davie Cay and Howick Island (Day 8), anchoring at Ribbon Reef 9's lagoon (Day 9), Cooktown/Gangaar and Undine Cay (Day 10), arrival/debarkation in Cairns (Day 11). The ship was sold to Chinese interests which, in October 2021, reportedly sold the ship for scrapping, and arrived on-location in December 2021 to be broken up. Photo courtesy of Jalesh Cruises, Peace Boat Ocean Dream at Sea. But with little in common with the more grand transatlantic queen, Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship and sister Cunard Countess never really found the right fit in the Cunard fleet. On its way to Esbjerg, a short stop was made in Tallinn to refuel. The ship was finally sent to the breakers in 2022. An upscale ship, it was one of the most modern cruise vessels in the world when it first set sail, and was lengthened by 91 feet in 1981. The most popular among bars onboard - the Pub, just like your local. It was to have had a sister-ship named Costa Olympia; instead, that vessel became Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky. Ocean and Solo cabins are on Lower Deck (Ocean Deck/deck 2), while the Owner's and Horizon cabins are on Upper Deck (Horizon Deck/deck 3). Up to 10% Extra Bonus Discount - Book By 9pm 31st March, Ahoy there! The 1800-passenger ship Island Escape was sold by Thomson Cruises to Cruise Holdings Inc (a consortium of South Florida-based investors) in December 2015. After short stints with A'Rosa, AIDA, and Ocean Village, Crown Princess ended up with P&O Australia as its Pacific Jewel. In Turkey, the value is considerably less at $280-300 per ton. Unusually for a film, the ship is actually referred to in the movie as the "M/S Westerdam", and many scenes were filmed aboard the actual vessel. Fun fact is, that in 2002, Island Escape was featured in a UK TV mini-series documentary. In 1991, the ship was renamed Marco Polo; an iconic moniker it would keep with it for the next three decades despite changing operators several times. Copyright 2023 Ltd. All rights reserved. October 2021. delivered. We have seen a couple of units being sold for recycling in India already, but a couple of units is nothing compared to the numbers weve seen in Turkey so far, Chatziginnis told Cruise Industry News. What Made It Specia: Columbus started life as an order for Sitmar Cruises that was converted into a newbuild for Princess Cruises after the latter swallowed up Sitmar in the late 1980's. Tropicale had no direct sister-ships; subsequent newbuilds for Carnival revolved around the similarly-patterned Holiday Class and the Fantasy Class, which all shared some design characteristics but without total commonality. If it hadn't been for I.E. The ship enjoyed short stints with P&O Australia as Pacific Star and with Spanish operator Pullmantur as Ocean Dream before being transferred, but not renamed, to Peace Boat in 2012. Photos of unused cruise ships getting stripped for parts show how the cruise industry is struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. The elimination of single use plastic is our goal. All Horizon Deck cabins are with floor-ceiling glass doors opening to private step-out balconies. Its whimsical Joe Farcus-designed interiors were wild, bright, and vibrant, and wholly unique from Carnival Fantasy's later sisters. Cruise Ship Island Escape. The ship then served short stints with a succession of owners before being acquired by Fred. MS Sovereign (Pullmantur Cruises) The MS Sovereign, which was also part of the Pullmantur Cruises fleet, is being scrapped due to the cruise line filing for bankruptcy in June 2020. Island Escape's inaugural itineraries (planned for season 2021-2022) included Fiordland National Park, Bay of Islands, as well as helicopter golf cruises (leaving roundtrip from Auckland). The sale of the Astoria to a European Union-approved shipbreaking yard, most likely the. Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) is a British cruise line operated by TUI UK, offering cruise holidays around Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Both vessels were also notably designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano. The cruise line has nothing to do anymore with the vessel. In July 2022, Golden Iris was sold to shipbreaking interests, ending the vessel's 47-year career. What Made It Special: EasyCruise One started life in 1990 as Renaissance Cruises' Renaissance II. "Costa will be informing guests booked on the next Costa Victoria cruises, who will be guaranteed a re-protection in accordance with the applicable legislation.. 7-day round-trip from Palma de Mallorca -Tue Oct 20 (Palma de Mallorca, departing), Thu Oct 22 09:00am to 06:00pm (Bastia), Fri Oct 23 07:00am to 07:00pm (La Spezia), Sat Oct 24 07:00am to 05:00pm (Villefranche (Nice)), Sun Oct 25 08:00am to 05:00pm (Toulon), Mon Oct 26 09:00am to 06:00pm (Barcelona), Tue Oct 27 (Palma de Mallorca, arrive). By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critics, Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped Or Taken Out of Service? Just updated! It arrived for scrapping in December 2021, and was beached soon after. what it is like working on a cruise ship. Celebration found a new lease on life as Grand Celebration, the lead vessels for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Following the collapse of Pullmantur in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship was laid up in the Mediterranean. While these pioneers had been outclassed by . The ship -- a one-off with no other direct sister-ships -- was noted for its abundant open deck spaces and windowed public rooms. Cruise lineIsland Escape Cruises NZ (Small Cruise Lines). After a short reprieve, the ship was beached at Alang in late November 2022. The voyage features an overnight in Queenstown, bus transfer to Fiordland NP's Milford Sound (Te Anau Lake, for a 20-minute helicopter tour and joining the yacht in Doubtful Sound), stopping in Pickersgill Harbour (Dusky Bay), cruising Dusky Sound and Breaksea Sound (Disappointment Cove, Sunday Cove, Third Cove), cruising Moana Uta (Wet Jacket Arm's marine reserve, up to Herrick Creek), overnight anchorage off Oke Island, navigating Vancouver Arm (bay) and Broughton Arm (Southland, Murihiku), then continuing north to the Fiordland sounds Nancy and Charles (Day 8), Caswell and George (Day 9), Bligh and Milford (Day 10). Carnival Cruise Lines announced July 23 that the 1995-built Carnival Imagination would be placed in long-term layup, with no immediate plans for it to re-enter the fleet. Advertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns. My supervisor did her first cruise on the Escape a few years ago and likewise, she now enjoys cruising. It operated short cruises for Star Cruises, and became one of the line's smallest -- and most iconic -- ships thanks to its banks of windows inset into its forward-facing superstructure. 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It was never a trendsetting ship, however; as years went on it lacked the bells-and-whistles of the newer Norwegian vessels but found a home in Asia operating voyages for Star Cruises. She became MS Island Escape in 2002 being renamed once more as MS Ocean Gala in 2015. It also sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line for a brief period of time between 1991 and 1993 as its Sunward. We went on her for the Itinerary as we were supposed to be staying in Venice overnight and I think that's why a lot of people had booked it as many had booked concerts in Venice. Tropicale was in service with Carnival until 2000, when it was transferred to Costa Cruises as Costa Tropicale. A quick and confident return of demand is paramount for the industry to rebound; otherwise, we should expect to see further delays and removals in an attempt to balance things out, VesselsValues cargo analyst, Guy Cooper, told Cruise Industry News. Island Escape Cruises was launched in 2006 by founder and CEO Peter Bissett. The 1982-built MS Ocean Gala cruise ship (best known as "MS Island Escape") was constructed by Dubigeon Normandie SA ( Nantes France) as the world's biggest cruiseferry at the time. Carnival Fantasy Carnival Fantasy Debut Date: March 1990 Sailed For:. New company Bissett said Island Escape Cruises (NZ) Limited is a new company that will commence cruising in New Zealand from November until April 2022. Island Escape Cruises deals are inclusive of all the onboard food and beverages (spirits, wines, beers and champagne by the glass, soda, bottled water, brand teas/coffees), unlimited Wi-Fi, all daily activities (entertainment, boat tours, etc), helicopter transfers (shore-ship-shore). the equalizer scenes,

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