Aurora’s newbuild vessel

Aurora Expeditions has announced its first brand new, purpose-build expedition vessel will be delivered in time for the 2019/20 Antarctic season.

The 104m ice class 1A vessel will be built by US-based ship builders SunStone Ships Inc and will be “the first in a new series of high-performance vessels designed to make the ocean-going experience as safe and comfortable as possible in the polar regions”.

Robert Halfpenny, managing director of Aurora Expeditions, said the ship “is the first to use the patented X-BOW technology which has the ability to pierce waves with much greater stability, making open sea journeys — like Antarctica’s notorious Drake Passage — more pleasant for passengers.”

It will feature a custom-designed platform to cater for kayakers and divers, a mud room, private bathroom facilities, cabin balconies, a 180-degree indoor observation deck, gymnasium, sauna, spa, and plenty of outdoor viewing areas.

Viking reinvigorates Egypt

Viking Cruises has committed to Egypt, revealing it will launch a newly acquired ship on the Nile in Egypt in March 2018, Viking Ra.

The all-suite, 48-guest Viking Ra will feature three suite stateroom categories, as well as an onboard spa, two jacuzzis and an outdoor pool.

It will operate a new 12-day Egypt itinerary Pharaohs & Pyramids which will include a three-night stay at a hotel in Cairo, a flight to Luxor followed by a seven-day round trip cruise before guests return to Cairo for the final night.

AmaKristina launched

APT has celebrated the newest addition to its fleet, the AmaKristina, christened last month on the Rhine at the town of Lahnstein in Germany.

The ship was launched by its godmother Kristin Karst, co-owner of AmaWaterways and the company’s executive vice president. There was a cocktail event and surprise firework display to celebrate the occasion and guests enjoyed a gala dinner ahead of the ship’s sailing.

The 156-passenger vessel features signature twin balconies and a sundeck with running track for gym junkies, a heated pool with a swim up bar, and The Chef’s Table – an intimate dining experience with handpicked regional wines.

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