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Maybe 06 should be called the 'Year of New York', with so many cruise lines ramping up their activities there.
And I thought Noordam wasn't the last Vista - aren't HAL getting an 86,000ton version from the latest batch of orders?
I'd be interested to know what Freedom's 'inaugural activities in Europe' are....
[ 01-02-2006: Message edited by: Matts ]
I haven't heard what the name of the new class of ship will be but it won't be out until 2008......it will be larger than the Vista Class and carry more passengers. Mr. Kruse, CEO of HAL, was on our Christmas cruise and was telling me all about this new class. Sounds wonderful, but until I see it, I can't comment on it.
quote:Originally posted by sympatico:Matts [...]I haven't heard what the name of the new class of ship will be but it won't be out until 2008......[...]
quote:Originally posted by sympatico:Matts - Noordam is the last of the Vista Class ships. The 5th, was turned over to P&O and is the Acadia.I haven't heard what the name of the new class of ship will be but it won't be out until 2008......it will be larger than the Vista Class and carry more passengers.
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