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June 3, 2016 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Sad day for people who love smaller cruise ships. Royal Caribbean obviously believes the future floats on giants – so the company has decided to sell a family favourite of ours, Legend of the Seas, to the UK cruise line Thomson Cruises in March 2017.

This follows a similar sale of sister ship Splendour of the Seas in 2015. I can’t help but feel the days are fast arriving when the cruise market is so saturated that cruise lines will battle to survive – just about every advertisement these days talks about free upgrades, flights or on-board credit.

Not at the moment however – particularly in Australia. the sale will result in the cancellation of five of Legend’s Brisbane departures. A February 20 2017 departure will now see the ship reposition to Singapore over 11 nights.

The ship’s onward itineraries in Asia and Europe will also be affected. Agents have been told that If a client is affected, they can expect to receive a follow up email outlining compensation details byJune 3, 2016.


Written by Ian McIntosh

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    The cruise market is becoming more segmented as each line finds its sales point. In Australia, RCL is aiming at those folks who would otherwise go to Bali or the Gold Coast. Their giant ships are big, flashy resorts and the ports of call are just a distraction. They generally do it very well but not my cup of tea. Fighting to get a drink amongst the throngs is not fun but clearly it works for others. But with other lines such as Princess and even Holland America getting bigger ships I just hope someone will build for those of us who prefer something smaller and a bit more sedate and not everyone can afford Seabourn or Silversea. I had great hopes that small Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria would lift the P & O experience but my one experience so far suggest these lovely ships have been dragged down, at least in the wining and dining levels.

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