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Matts
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posted 11-03-2005 03:31 PM      Profile for Matts     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Color Line - operator of Color Fantasy and soon her sister Color Magic have signed a design agreement for a pure cruise ship. This time with no car deck. Below is the extract.
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Yesterday it also came to a design agreement with Aker for a potential new cruise vessel, with delivery
planned for the spring of 2009.

Mr Mathisen said the design concept was "not so very far from [the 73,500 gt] Color Fantasy" in size terms, but the future ship would not include a car deck. It was intended for operations connecting northern European ports to Oslo and Norway's west coast.


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bulbousbow
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posted 11-03-2005 06:52 PM      Profile for bulbousbow   Author's Homepage   Email bulbousbow   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why not? I guess Color Line has done some market research on this and they have obviously found that its an area where they can expand into. Hopefully with more competition us travellers benefit.

******

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Ocean Liners
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posted 11-03-2005 09:08 PM      Profile for Ocean Liners     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Color Line's massive investment in Norwegian shipping and tourism

COLOR LINE INCREASES ITS ENGAGEMENT IN CRUISE TRAFFIC

Norway's largest ferry company will be investing heavily in completely new and ultra-modern concepts in the coming years. The Letter of Intent with Aker Yards also specifies a design assignment for a cruise ship for delivery in the spring of 2009.

The building of M/S Color Magic started up on Tuesday at the Norwegian-owned Aker Yards in Turku in Finland. This ship is due to replace M/S Kronprins Harald in September 2007. The overall costs of the ship and infrastructure will be approx. NOK 2.6 billion (EURO 325 million).

The background for the building of a sister ship to the world's largest cruise ship with a car deck, M/S Color Fantasy, is among other things the success of the new ship on the German market. In total, almost 600,000 guests will have travelled by Color Fantasy to and from Norway in 2005. About half of the guests are German citizens, and this represents an increase of more than 40% compared with last year when M/S Prinsesse Ragnhild was in service on this line.

www.colorline.com

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r.fiebig
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posted 11-04-2005 04:55 AM      Profile for r.fiebig   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hello everybody,

while I tremendously enjoyed "Color Fantasy", I really hope that Color Line will increase the cabin size on the "cruise-only" newbuild. "Color Fantasy's" standard cabins are fine for a maximum of two nights but not acceptable for anything longer by today's standards.


Best,

Raoul


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PamM
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posted 11-04-2005 05:07 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Would they however use her for anything longer Raoul? The intention may be that she is purely for the short crossings or party cruises in the area... but then if she prooved popular, which I think she will, they would not have the option of extending the itineraries. Will be interesting to see the plans when available.

Pam


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Malcolm @ cruisepage
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posted 11-04-2005 06:18 AM      Profile for Malcolm @ cruisepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why not indeed!

Everyone wants a slice of the expanding cruise market. We are seeing more ships, new entrants into the market and new ports emerging. A Ferry operator like 'Color' would seem well placed to exploit the market.

Their ships certainly look just like cruise ships. It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect - although I've no idea how good their current standards are?

Anyone?


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PamM
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posted 11-04-2005 06:42 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:
It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect -

'higher'? subjective but I expect it will depend on whether the 'cruises' will be more than 2 nights, all-inclusive or whether food aboard will be purchased separately?

Pam


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oslo dutch
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posted 11-04-2005 09:17 AM      Profile for oslo dutch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As far as food and service I expect more or less the same product as their ferry service or what you find on 24 hour cruises in the Baltic.

You just pay for it yourself and it will be not included in the fare. Unless you book a package.


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r.fiebig
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posted 11-04-2005 06:13 PM      Profile for r.fiebig   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pam,

I'm not thinking about "longer cruises" here. But I think the cabins should at least accommodate two people well for four nights or so. And "Color Fantasy's" cabins won't.

I'm also not talking about huge differences here. Increasing the size of the standard cabins from 10.5 m² to 12 m² would result in quite a difference here if done well.


Best,

Raoul


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Matts
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posted 11-05-2005 07:47 AM      Profile for Matts     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:
Why not indeed!
Their ships certainly look just like cruise ships. It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect - although I've no idea how good their current standards are?


The only thing Color Fantasy cruise passengers don't get is the ability to charge things to their cabin. Other than that everything on board is superb. I made a 2 night fantasy cruise on her and can honestly say that the best meal I've had at sea was in her Cosmopolitan restaurant. At the stern next to a 3 deck glass window overlooking the wake, the setting was superb, the service outstanding and the quality of things served great. Cosmopolitan is the best restaurant on the ship. I also ate in the worst - the 50s diner and it was poor. I agree the cabins need to be bigger for longer trips and maybe that is what will happen on the new (if built) vessel. But make no mistake Color offer a cruise product on that ship with superb food, service and settings to match.

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