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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Cross the Atlantic with SeaDream

IF you like the idea of thirteen days to laze around the pool aboard the world's Number 1 boutique mega motor-cruiser, read some good books, indulge in a spa treatment of two, wine and dine 5-star without the need to dress-up, and to be feted but not fawned-over by almost as many staff as there are guests, then you can now go ahead and do so.

Because SeaDream Yacht Club's luxury SeaDream II will be doing those thirteen days from San Juan in the Caribbean across the Atlantic to Malaga in Spain on the 15th of April this year, with the price from a very tempting US$3445pp twin-share.

This includes exceptional dining recognised by the 2017 Berlitz Guide as Best Ship for Food, wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, a free onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, a library with over 1,200 books, port charges and taxes, and even gratuities for the attentive 95 staff and crew for just 112 guests.

And despite being 5-star, SeaDream does not require jackets or ties at dinner – smart casual is the order of the day.

SeaDream II will make only one stop on this thirteen day journey, Funchal on the island of Madeira, where there is an optional excursion taking-in local sights, or the yacht has free mountain bikes for guests who may like to do their own exploration.

There are also power and sail water-sports facilities aboard too, should the captain decide on a dead calm day somewhere on the Atlantic to stop for guests to enjoy a bit of water-sports play.

For full details see travel agents or visit  


[] SEADREAM Yacht Club does not require jackets and ties at dinner – smart casual is the order of the day.


Celebrate - Celebrity offers fans an exclusive deal

$100 OBC for staterooms* booked on Solstice in the next 100 hours to celebrate 100K Facebook fans

The clock is ticking… To celebrate reaching 100,000 Australian Facebook Fans, Celebrity Cruises is giving away USD$100 onboard credit per stateroom for new Celebrity Solstice bookings made between 5pm [AEDT] Wednesday 1 February 2017 to 9pm [AEDT] Sunday 5 February 2017.*

The offer is valid for all new Oceanview, Balcony, Concierge or Aqua Class bookings on Celebrity Solstice sailings departing between 22 October 2017 and 30 March 2018.  

Fans have just 100 hours to act on the Facebook-exclusive deal, using a special promo code accessed via the Celebrity Cruises Facebook page:

For further information or to make a booking, visit, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

*Term and conditions: Offer excludes group bookings and bookings in Interior staterooms and Suites, Transpacific sailings and sailings of less than four nights. New bookings only. Further terms and conditions apply, visit for more details.


Sunday 29 January 2017

Regent Seven Seas Cruises - New 2018-19 Cruises

Set forth on a luxurious journey of a lifetime with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The world's most inclusive luxury cruise line today announced its April 2018 through to April 2019 voyage collection, comprising 113 alluring itineraries aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, and the newly launched Seven Seas Explorer. These four ships will call at some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, among which are 28 maiden ports and 23 breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guests will immerse themselves in cultures, cuisines and traditions with the line's free unlimited shore excursions on all voyages and through included three-night, pre- or post-cruise land programmes on Asia and Africa sailings. Throughout, each staff and crew member delivers exceptional, personalised service to every guest, for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises is world renowned.

World's Most Luxurious Ship Returns to Europe and Inaugurates Africa Voyages

Launched in July 2016 and recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built™, Seven Seas Explorer returns to Europe for a second consecutive summer season in May 2018. The ship will sail throughout the Mediterranean, North and Baltic Seas on 7- to 12-night voyages and make maiden calls at Portimao, Portugal; Lysekil, Sweden; and Bodo and Haugesund, Norway.

Seven Seas Explorer then commences its maiden Africa season on two epic voyages that showcase the continent's west coast, a 24-night, Lisbon (Portugal)-to-Cape Town (South Africa) itinerary, followed by a 15-night, round-trip New Year's voyage. The ship then heads west to South America for its vibrant rhythms, colours and cultures as it rounds the horn to Los Angeles via the western coast.

Chic Mediterranean and Authentic Caribbean

Seven Seas Voyager will also sail the Mediterranean in summer 2018, with many 7-night itineraries that include calls at some of the region's most chic destinations, as well as maiden calls at Korcula and Hvar, Croatia; Saint-Raphael, France; Lipari, Sicily, Italy. The ship will winter in the Caribbean, alternating 7- to 12-night, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, which travellers can combine to immerse themselves in the region. New Caribbean ports-of-call for the line are picturesque Port Antonio, Jamaica, as well as Charlestown, Nevis, the birthplace of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Remote Wonders of the Pacific and Australia

Seven Seas Mariner will offer a variety of adventures throughout the Pacific, starting with Alaska in summer 2018. The ship then charts the South Pacific to Asia and Australia, presenting the grand cities and historic, cultural landmarks of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia, and calling at Broome, and Oarai, Japan, for the first time. From Sydney, travellers can join Seven Seas Mariner on the Grand Aussie Adventure, a new 36-night circumnavigation of the continent, sailing Dec. 15, 2018.

Grand Arctic, Canada and New England, and the World

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' most intimate ship, Seven Seas Navigator, will offer three very distinct programmes, starting with an 89-night, Grand Arctic Splendour voyage that begins and ends in New York. The Grand Artic Splendour voyage is comprised of six sailings that call at 63 non-repeating destinations in Canada and New England, Greenland and Iceland, North and Baltic Seas, as well as into the Arctic Circle to reach the White Sea. On this adventure, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Archangel, Russia, will be maiden ports.

The ship will then sail a range of unforgettable Canada and New England cruises between New York and Montréal to showcase the autumn foliage and exciting cities of Quebec and the Northeast U.S.

To kick off 2019, Seven Seas Navigator will embark on Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 13th World Cruise, an epic 131-night adventure that calls at 62 unique ports across the Hawaii Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia and the Mediterranean. Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 2019 World Cruise is comprised of seven distinct itineraries, calling at 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and making maiden calls at Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia; Makassar (Sulawesi), Indonesia; and Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's most inclusive luxury cruise line with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 425 destinations around the globe. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is currently undergoing a US$125 million fleet wide enhancement programme that will elevate the level of elegance found throughout the fleet to the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer, which entered service on July 20, 2016, and has since been recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built™. A leader in luxury cruising, the line's fares include all-suite accommodation, free unlimited shore excursions, free unlimited WIFI, highly personalised service, free unlimited beverages including fine wine and premium spirits, free specialty restaurants,  free pre-paid gratuities and a 1-night pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' new 2018/19 voyages are now open for reservations. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or specific itineraries, please contact a professional travel agent; visit; or call 1300 455 200 (Australia) or 0800 625 692 (New Zealand).


Monday 23 January 2017

Circumnavigate Australia with Ponant

Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is delighted to offer guests an incredible voyage around our Island Continent, aboard Ponant's luxurious vessel, L'Austral.  Exclusively designed by Cruiseco and Ponant, this 40-night circumnavigation of Australia departs the spectacular Sydney Harbour on 25th January 2018, visiting some of the country's most breathtaking ports, beautiful natural wonders, scenic highlights and tourist attractions along the way.

Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said,

"Cruiseco and Ponant have worked together to design an itinerary that will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime voyage and exclusive holiday aboard L'Austral, a superb mega-yacht.  This voyage offers a travel concept that is luxurious and authentic, however is also intimate, with only 123 cabins and suites available.  Discerning travellers will have the ability to explore more secluded ports and locations of Australia, which are off the beaten track and more difficult to reach, whilst enjoying stunning scenery, incredible locally produced food and wine and the chance to experience local wildlife in its natural surroundings."

Highlights of the voyage include exploring:
·         Wineglass Bay (Freycinet), Beauty Point (Tamar Valley) and King Island in Tasmania;
·         Port Campbell (12 Apostles) in Victoria;
·         Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln in South Australia; 
·         Esperance, Albany, Busselton, Fremantle, Geraldton, Turquoise Bay (Ningaloo Reef), overnight in Broome, Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls) and Wyndham in Western Australia;
·         Darwin and Yirrkala Aboriginal Settlement in the Northern Territory; and
·         Thursday Island, Cape York (the Tip), Lizard Island, Cooktown, Port Douglas, Hamilton Island and Fraser Island in Queensland.

Aboard the majestic L'Austral, guests will be accompanied by a specialist expedition crew which shares information on the history of the ports visited and provides insights into the heritage, flora, fauna and landscape of the country.  The cruise itinerary is also designed for Cruiseco to offer a range of overnight excursions away from the ship, where passengers re-join L'Austral in the next port of call or after visiting a major tourist highlight such as Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest. 

"At Cruiseco we want guests to immerse themselves in the true Australia, by discovering the breathtaking landscapes of the local regions, indulging in food and wine, and learning about the rich history and culture of our country.  Complimentary zodiac tours allow guests to glimpse spectacular parts of the country only seen by a select few.  Many of the ports on the itinerary are only available to smaller ships and some can only be accessed by ships carrying zodiacs.  For those ports that do not have berths alongside, the smaller vessel of L'Austral enables a quick and regular tendering in order to maximise time ashore for guests.  Offering only 123 cabins across nine different categories, many are sure to disappear quickly, so we urge any travellers who would like to cruise with us to secure their places soon," added Clarke.

Each bespoke tour has been custom designed exclusively for this type of expedition, refined and personalised holiday.  Guests aboard L'Austral can expect to experience a luxurious, chic and elegant ambience.  All 123 cabins and suites include controlled air-conditioning, king size bed, minibar, flat screen TV, iPod players, French bath products and plush bathrobes, and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Prices to travel aboard L'Austral on a 40-night circumnavigation of Australia, departing Sydney on 25th January 2018, start from AU$29,000* per person, based on twin share in a Superior Stateroom.
Fares include: all meals onboard, including 24-hour room service; beverages – house wines, beers, sparkling wine, non-premium spirits; and a specialist expedition crew, including experts in the field of botany, marine biology, history and photography and zodiac tours.

For additional itinerary options or to book whilst cabins are still available, visit or call (02) 9492 8520.

*Prices are subject to availability and subject to change.  Terms and conditions apply.

Monday 16 January 2017

New 2018 cruise package including all three #Cunard liners


Sail all Three Cunard liners in one holiday spanning two continents

A unique Cruise Express exclusive

Bonus onboard credit of up to US$1270 per cabin

A new, luxury fly/cruise package from Cruise Express allows cruise-loving Australians to sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless holiday across two continents in 2018.

The 37-night 'Three Queens' package features a trio of back-to-back cruises aboard Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 in Europe, including a voyage across the Atlantic to New York, recreating an iconic route forged by Cunard's pre-jet age ships in the early 1900s.

The liner-hopping adventure in the northern spring begins on May 7, 2018, with a flight from Australia to London for a two-night stay. After free time to explore the city, guests will be transferred by private car to Southampton to board Queen Elizabeth for a 14-night, round-trip cruise to seven ports in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and also Russia where the ocean liner will dock overnight to allow passengers to explore the famous, treasure-filled palaces and castles of St Petersburg.

After a one-night stay ashore in Southampton, Cruise Express guests will return to the docks to board Queen Victoria for a seven-night, round-trip cruise to four ports in Norway, including sailings through Norway's most spectacular fjords such as World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord, which is lined by sheer, snow-topped peaks and thundering waterfalls.

Guests will stay two nights back in Southampton before boarding the third Cunard liner and the flagship of the fleet, Queen Mary 2, for a seven-night crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to New York - the world's most famous sea route. Aboard, passengers can indulge in the signature experiences common to all three ships – grand ballrooms, dazzling chandeliers, sweeping staircases, fine cuisine, high teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.

A three-night stay in New York follows before a flight back to Australia on June 13, 2018.

The 'Three Queens' package is available from $10,999 per person, twin-share. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and eight nights' accommodation in London, Southampton and New York. Each booking also attracts an onboard spending credit of up to US$1270 per cabin.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit

Saturday 14 January 2017

Viking Ocean Cruises 13 new itineraries in Australia, Alaska, Asia and the Caribbean.

New 2017-2019 Itineraries Expand Destination-Focused Offerings Around the World
Viking Ocean Cruises ( today announced 13 new itineraries that will roll out in 2017, 2018 and 2019. By 2019, fast-growing Viking Cruises will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line, with six 930-passenger ocean ships, and will offer guests new opportunities for exploration in Australia, Alaska, Asia and the Caribbean.

“Viking will mark major milestones in 2017. We celebrate our 20th anniversary; we will welcome two new Longships on the rivers in Europe; and we will double our ocean fleet to four sister ships by the end of the year,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Our destination-focused ocean itineraries are built on the same successful principles as our river itineraries – we offer our guests more time in port, enriching cultural experiences and the best-designed ships at sea. Starting later this year, our guests will have even more choices to explore around the world in ‘the Viking way.’”

“We are super excited to be bringing the Viking Ocean experience to Australian and New Zealand shores. Our ships are like no other, contemporary yet classic, spacious yet intimate. They certainly boast more than their share of wow factors. We’re thrilled to have Viking Spirit based here for summer 18/19,” said Michelle Black, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand.

New 2017 – 2019 Itineraries

Viking’s new ocean itineraries will bring guests to a growing number of iconic destinations around the world, providing behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities in each port of call. Highlights of the new itineraries include:

· Australia & New Zealand – (Sydney to Auckland and the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit; December 2018 – February 2019) –From the metropolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney to the natural beauty of coastal New Zealand, guests will explore nine ports of call during this 15-day journey Sip on famous regional wines, explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Blue Mountains; explore the historic treasures of Dunedin, and capture panoramic views from Mt. Victoria in New Zealand.

· Komodo & the Australian Coast – (Sydney to Bali or the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit; November 30, 2018 and March 10, 2019) – During this 17-day sailing, guests will experience 11 ports of call including Bali and Lombok in Indonesia, the Great Barrier Reef’s Whitsundays And Newcastle’s picturesque coastline. Viking will also bring guests face-to-face with the region’s residents, including the Komodo dragon, at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia.

· Turquoise Seas of the Western Caribbean – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November 2017 – February 2018) – Discover the diverse treasures of the western Caribbean during this eight-day itinerary, from ancient ruins to colonial architecture. Guests will explore the mysterious temples of Altun Ha in Belize, harking back to the ancient Mayan Civilisation; walk in the steps of Hemingway’s Key West haunts; and marvel at Cozumel’s blue waters at Punta Sur. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, guests will visit three countries and five ports.

· Panama & Central America – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November – December 2017 and January 2018) – From Central American countries including Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Belize and more, guests will immerse themselves into the colourful cities and rich cultures, visiting eight countries and nine ports on this 15-day itinerary. While making the roundtrip from Miami, guests will experience one of the world’s great engineering feats, the Panama Canal, discover Costa Rica’s famous rainforest and explore Old Town Cartagena’s colonial architecture, a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

· Atlantic Crossing – (Miami to Barcelona; sailing on Viking Sky; March4, 2018) – During this classic trans-Atlantic journey, guests enjoy dining, taking in the ship’s amenities and relaxing while cruising the Atlantic Ocean. The 14-day sailing will also call on ports in both Europe and the New World, including Florida’s sun-kissed city of glorious beaches and art deco buildings. In Europe, destinations include the “Garden Island” of Madeira and the artistic, vibrant city of Barcelona.

· Passage to India – (Athens to Mumbai; sailing on Viking Spirit; August 19, 2018) – On this 21-day itinerary, guests will trace the routes of the earliest merchants from Greece to India, with ports of call in six countries including Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Oman. Along the journey, guests will accompany local guides to ancient treasures, visit the astonishing red sandstone city of Petra and see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo.

· Across the Bay of Bengal – (Mumbai to Bangkok; sailing on Viking Spirit; September 8, 2018) – Guests will experience five unique countries on one spectacular 16-day journey, including overnight ports of call in Mumbai, Colombo and Bangkok to fully explore these exciting cities. From meeting the caretakers of the National Gandhi Museum to mingling with shoppers at a traditional Bangkok market, guests will immerse themselves into the experience of each city and discover its rich culture first-hand.

· Capitals of the Far East – (Hong Kong to Beijing or the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit, October 7 and October 21, 2018) – Voyage to the iconic cities across three countries including China, Taiwan and South Korea. Along this 15-day journey, guests will experience the region’s culture and heritage while exploring sites including the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China, and the Huaxi Street Night Market in Taiwan. Guests will also enjoy a day of sailing along the Yellow Sea, relaxing with complimentary tea service on board in the Wintergarden or yoga on the Sports Deck.

· Southeast Asia & Hong Kong – (Bangkok to Hong Kong or the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit; September 23, 2018, November 4, 2018 and April 7, 2019) – Discover the gems of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong during this 15-day cruise visiting four countries and seven ports. Spend two days in Bangkok touring the vibrant city and its landmarks, including the Grand Palace featuring the Emerald Buddha, and sampling Thai cuisine. Guests continue the journey with ports of call in Cambodia and Vietnam and then enjoy two nights visiting the many museums and stores in this shopper’s paradise of Hong Kong.

· Bangkok, Bali & Beyond – (Bangkok to Bali or the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit; November 18, 2018 and March 26, 2019) – Spanning 13-days, guests will experience the capitals of Asian art and culture in the seven ports of call throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Witness Southeast Asia’s fascinating juxtaposition long-held traditions infuse bustling capital cities. Marvel at Kuala Lumpur’s soaring Petronas Towers, and absorb the cultural diversity of Singapore with a resident by your side; and experience the historic riches of Jakarta.

· Far Eastern Horizons – (Hong Kong to Tokyo; sailing on Viking Spirit; April 21, 2019) – Explore the imperial treasures of one of the most captivating corners of Asia during this 15-day sailing. Mingle with merchants in Hong Kong’s vibrant Stanley Market; learn the nuances of Taiwan from a local resident; and witness the bustling Japanese culture. This itinerary calls upon four countries and nine ports, with overnights in Hong Kong, Hiroshima, Shimizu and Tokyo to fully explore these cities.

· North Pacific Passage – (Tokyo to Vancouver; sailing on Viking Spirit; May 5, 2019) – Guests will experience the cultural riches and majestic beauty of Japan, Russia, Alaska and Canada on this 23-day sailing. Unravel the mysteries of Japan with local guides, and learn about life in a remote Russian city before crossing the Bering Sea, tracing the legendary path of the first human migration to the Americas. In Alaska, sail into glacier-strewn, mountain-ringed bays onto iconic frontier towns, such as Kodiak, Sitka and more. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising through the famed Inside Passage.

· Alaska & the Inside Passage – (Vancouver to Seward or the reverse; sailing on Viking Spirit; May – August 2019) – During this 11-day itinerary, guests will sail into the wilds of the “Great Frontier,” immersing themselves in a world of Tlingit heritage, exploring charming seaside towns and pristine glacier-lined bays, and cruising the narrow channels of the famed Inside Passage. Sailing from Vancouver, Canada, guests will experience eight iconic ports of call including Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and Skagway.

Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, boast 465 cabins and accommodate 930 passengers. This year, the company will welcome Viking Sky and Viking Sun to join Viking Star and Viking Sea in its fleet. Viking’s fifth ship, Viking Spirit, will be delivered in 2018, and its sixth, yet-to-be-named ship will be delivered in 2019.

For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1300 845 464 (Australia) & 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or visit . To join the Viking Cruises community online, visit

Friday 13 January 2017

Australian Women's Weekly Treasure Hunt Cruise 1970

Our Treasure Hunt Cruise under way

The first of our two 1970 Treasure Hunt Cruises was off to a memorable start with one of the most colorful sailings on record.

CROWDS of relatives and friends farewelled the streamer-decked Orcades out of Sydney Harbor bound for 15 days in the Pacific.

Demand for berths on this cruise was so great that World Travel say they could have filled two ships!
If you missed out, there are still a few berths remain-ing on our second Treasure Hunt Cruise this year.

This cruise leaves Sydney on July 2, calling at Bris-bane, Noumea, Suva, Pago-Pago, and Nuku'alofa, returning to Sydney on July 17.

What better way to spend an annual vacation than to leave the dreary winter weather and spend 15 days soaking up sunshine, lazing on deck, making friends, playing deck sports, dancing far into the night. And, of course, calling at the exotic Pacific islands.

All this costs as little as $289. But you must book soon, as there are only a few berths still available.
As if the cruise itself were not enough: There is "treasure" aboard for a lucky passenger on each of our 1970 cruises.

Each prize is worth $6000
— two tickets on our five-month 1971 World Discovery Tour, plus plenty of spending money.
The winners are presented with their prizes at a costume Pirates' Ball aboard the cruise ships.

Our three new Treasure Hunt Cruises for 1971 will be announced in two weeks.

Watch for the exciting details.

GAY FAREWELL (below) for Sydney passengers Max Bonner, of Fairlight (second from left), and Harry Polley, of Bondi (far right), from Christine A'Bell, of Newport Beach, Annette Thomas, of Pymble, Trevor Crowther, of Fairlight.

ORCADES leaving Sydney on the cruise. The P & O liner will again be our cruise ship in July.

HONEYMOONERS Mr. and Mrs. John Faull, of Ballarat, Victoria, who were passengers on the cruise. Mrs. Faull was Miss Gay Davies, of Ballarat.

VICTORIAN passengers Miss Dot Schmidt, of Geelong, and Miss Gwen Hodgson, of Geelong, on board the Orcades before leaving for the 15-day cruise of the Pacific — to Auckland, Suva, Noumea and Brisbane.

Australian Women's Weekly 15 April 1970

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Ships we'll never see in 2017 - or ever again

While we mourn and lament the passing of movie stars and artists in 2016, let us spare a moment to remember the cruise ships we will never see again.

Just like every year, the old must make way for the new and a fleet of ghost ships sets sail for the world’s scrap yards.

Which ships did we wave goodbye to and will never see in 2017?

The Pacific Sun has finally set.

Beginning life as Carnival Jubilee in 1986 and spending seven years as Pacific Sun in Australian waters, time is up for this 1500-passenger liner. It spent its final years as Henna for HNA Cruises in Asian waters. A notable event was In July 2008, when 42 passengers were injured in a storm near New Zealand. Her Holiday-class sister ship sails as Magellan with CMV.

Unloved: Pacific Princess awaits dismantling

The famous Pacific Princess which starred as The Love Boat in the famous 1980s TV series of the same name is under the torches in Turkey after being struck off in 2013.

The sun has finally set on this former P&O funship.
Infamous for its unwitting role in the unfortunate death of Dianne Brimble, the former Pacific Sky ended its days at Aliaga in Turkey like so many beautiful ships. Notable for being one of the very last steam turbine-powered ships.

Kong (King) Olav looking anything but regal in Burma

One of the sadder losses, is the vintage, former Hurtigruten vessel, Kong (King) Olav. After a struggle to recover and preserve the historic vessel from Burma, it appears that battle is now lost and the darling ship is destined to be converted to razor blades or some such.

Coming apart at the seams: Costa Concordia

Dismantling of the famous - for all the wrong reasons - Costa Concordia continues in Genoa, Italy.

QE2 languishes with other derelict vessels at Mina Rashid, Dubai.

Questions hang over the fate of the QE2, still laid up in Dubai. Efforts were made to bring the famous ship back to its birthplace in Scotland, but campaigners are resigned that will never happen.

Container ships are being scrapped at record rates.

In a world suffering from overcapacity in the freight and container sector, 2016 is expected to see about 150 vessels scrapped, some barely ten years old.