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By Train From St. Gallen to Geneva The fastest trains from St. Gallen to Geneva take around 3 hours and 49 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 280 kilometres. One third of the population (3 million) of Switzerland lives within 5 kilometers of the main train line crossing the country. Something to think about. A Marpole to Chilliwack passenger service, either light rail […]
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Explora II successfully completes sea trials Explora Journeys’ second luxury ship Explora II has successfully completed sea trials in Italy ahead of its maiden voyage in August 2024. 

The 63,900 gross-ton ship is the second ship to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for Explora Journeys, a luxury ocean travel brand owned by MSC Group. The first ship, Explora I, was delivered in July 2023 by Fincantieri , who will build six ships in total for Explora Journeys. 

“The launch of Explora I last year was the realisation of a long-held family dream to offer guests an unmatched luxury at sea experience,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, cruise division of MSC Group. “Explora II successfully completing her sea trials is the next milestone on our Explora journey. In summer 2024 discerning travellers will now have the opportunity to travel on our two ships on carefully created and combinable itineraries both in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, embarking from easy access ports and uncovering hidden ...
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Two new Cruise Xperience Innovation Summit events planned Two brand new cruise events, Cruise Xperience Innovation Summit Europe and Cruise Xperience Innovation Summit Americas, will take place in December 2024 and June 2025 respectively.  

The CXI events, which have been created by the founders of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo and will run alongside those events, will showcase the technological advancements in marine interior design that are impacting the guest experience. The events will feature tailor-made content, an array of suppliers specialising in cruise ship technology and a mix of formal and informal networking experiences. 

According to CXI’s organisers: “Cruise brands seek to deliver personalisation at scale, hoping to recreate what’s known in the industry as the ‘small ship experience’ even for guests on board the largest megaships. From smart room controls that allow guests to calibrate their room to their personal taste to wearables that generate curated experiences using guest data, cruise ship technology is ...
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Lindblad Expeditions adds two new expedition ships to fleet Lindblad Expeditions is to expand its operations in the Galápagos Islands with the addition of two new purpose-built expedition ships to its Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet. 

The first of the two new ships (formerly Celebrity Xpedition) accommodates 48 guests in 24 outward facing cabins, including 13 balcony suites. The second (formerly Celebrity Xploration) is a smaller catamaran with just eight cabins, accommodating 16 guests, making it an ideal vessel for private charters.  

Both ships will undergo multi-million-dollar refurbishments before beginning operations in 2025. Their addition will double the size of the company’s Galápagos fleet, which currently includes the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II and the 48-guest former mega-yacht turned expedition vessel National Geographic Islander II. 





The former Celebrity Xploration vessel has capacity for just 16 guests



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CITA Design Studio moves forward with new vision CITA Design Studio, which provides interior design services for the marine industry and operates from offices in Miami, USA, and Yalova, Turkey, is expanding its business by opening new offices in the UK.  

“The unveiling of our vibrant new offices in London stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to our clients,” says Ayten Mastı, business development and marketing manager at CITA Design Studio. “London’s status as a design and financial hub was pivotal in our strategic decision-making process. Nestled in the heart of this vibrant city, our new offices serve as the launching pad for a new era of personalised and innovative services, reinforcing our commitment to exceeding client expectations with every endeavour.” 

Mastı, who has a decade of experience in the maritime industry, joined CITA Design Studio in February 2024 and now helps the company explore new business opportunities and foster strong relationships with prospective and existing clients.  

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