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Seven Seas Explorer

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You are now looking at (what her owners claim to be) the most luxurious ship in the world.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises have long been an established luxury line, but in 2016 they made this extremely bold claim with the launch of their newest ship Seven Seas Explorer.

The design and conception of Seven Seas Explorer can be traced way back to 2008, when RSSC held a dedicated 'build your ship' cruise aboard one of their existing vessels, where regular passengers were invited to discuss ideas for the new project with senior management from the line.

After many years on the drawing board, and several more in the shipyard, Seven Seas Explorer emerged; the culmination of 8 years of design and planning.

Outwardly this is a handsome, if somewhat conservative ship. She has a length of 224 metres, a gross tonnage of 54,000 and accommodates just 750 passengers, served by a crew of 552.

The following photos show Seven Seas Explorer as she passed my aparment on her way into Bergen on Wednesd…

Columbus

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Last week the new CMV flagship Columbus called into Bergen.

This is a ship that has never really settled into a role; originally built in 1988 as FairMajesty for Sitmar Cruises, she in fact entered service in 1989 as Star Princess following a takeover by P&O during construction.

Following 8 years of service as Star Princess (which unfortunately included striking a rock in Alaska in 1995, causing major damage, a 3-month break from service, and a $7million repair bill) she was transferred to the P&O brand in 1997 as Arcadia.

In 2003 she was used to launch the now-defunct Ocean Village cruises as (you guessed it) Ocean Village. When this venture failed in 2010, she was transferred again to sail as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises Australia.

Most recently, in mid-2017, she became Columbus, and took the role of flagship for the expanding British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages, whose approach of buying up slightly older tonnage is satisfying an increasing demand for the…

Queen Elizabeth - Under the Bridge

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Making one of several calls to Bergen this year, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth was in port yesterday.

This time I headed up to the Askøy bridge, and watched as she approached and passed underneath. She may not be the prettiest member of the Cunard fleet (an accolade that surely goes to Queen Mary 2) but Queen Elizabeth is still a very smart and impressive ship.

Take a look at my previous post to find out more about Queen Elizabeth, or check out photos of her sister ship Queen Victoria and her fleetmate Queen Mary 2.












Down at the bottom of the garden

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As regular readers of this blog will know, last week I moved to a new apartment. One blog-friendly outcome of this is that many of the cruise ships calling into Bergen now sail (distantly but directly) past the bottom of my garden. I expect this viewpoint will become a regular addition to the blog...

The following photos show this evening's parade of ships; Balmoral, Costa Favolosa and MSC Magnifica.