Posted by: cruise2 | 2 March, 2011

Hapag-Lloyd Drops Columbus

Courtesy of Mark Tré – "The Cruise Examiner" at Cybercruises.com

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced that it would be bidding farewell in May 2012 to its Columbus, which will be replaced by Columbus 2, now sailing as Oceania Cruises’ Insignia. The crew of the present Columbus will then move to Columbus 2 next May
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be redelivering Columbus one year earlier than planned, by mutual agreement with Conti, the Munich-based group that owns the ship. All cruises offered up to May 2012 will take place as scheduled until the ship is replaced in spring 2012 by her successor Columbus 2.

With a passenger capacity of 698 persons, Columbus 2 is a modern ship. “She provides more diversity and comfort at a very good price/performance ratio and represents for us an economically attractive expansion of our capacity in the premium segment”, according to Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The present Columbus was built in 1997 and among her other duties, she spent ten seasons cruising the Great Lakes. One wonders if later charterers will be interested in doing the same thing. With the bankruptcy of Cruise West last September and Pearl Seas Cruises’ litigation over Pearl Mist, now laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, the Great Lakes have already lost two ships that should have been cruising those waters this season.

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