SunStone Orders Two More Expedition Ships in China

Miami-based expedition cruise ship operator SunStone Ships has confirmed orders for two more of its Infinity-class ships, bringing its total orderbook to five ships. SunStone announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with China Merchants Heavy Industries for the fourth and fifth vessels in the class to be built in China. The order is part of a ten-vessel Framework … [Read more...]

SunStone Orders Second Ice-Class Expedition Cruise Ship

Miami-based expedition cruise ship owner SunStone Ships has exercised an it option to construct an additional ice-class expedition vessel at China Merchants Heavy Industry shipyard. In 2017, SunStone signed a contract with CMHI calling for the construction of a single ice-class expedition vessel to be built by CMHI in China. The contract included options for a total of nine … [Read more...]

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Faces Outrage After Guard Kills Polar Bear During Arctic Cruise Excursion

German cruise line operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has found itself in the middle of an online firestorm after a guard shot and killed a polar bear during a shore excursion to an Arctic archipelago from one of its expedition cruise ships over the weekend. In a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it "very much regrets" the incident but made … [Read more...]

Lindblad Orders Second Newbuild Polar Expedition Ship

The Board of Directors Lindblad Expeditions has authorized a plan to order a second newbuild polar expedition cruise ship as part of the company's long-term growth strategy within the expedition cruise market. Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise tourism company that operates cruises in partnership with National Geographic. The new ship has delivery planned for … [Read more...]

VARD to Construct Third Expedition Cruise Ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

VARD has announced it has secured new contract for the design and construction of a luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.  VARD already constructing two Polar-class expedition cruise ships under construction for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Like those already under construction, the third ship will specially-designed for … [Read more...]