Cruise Control by Keith Hamilton

Asbestos led to veteran’s death

Posted on 12:03pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

A WAR veteran died from exposure to asbestos during his time in the military, an inquest heard.

Ian Murray

Southampton to host colourful new cruise ship Norwegian Getaway

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:20am Thursday 2nd January 2014

SOUTHAMPTON is to play host to the world’s latest and most colourful cruise ship when Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway arrives in port this month.

Southampton is Europe's busiest cruise port

Posted on 8:29am Tuesday 25th June 2013

SOUTHAMPTON has been named as the busiest port in Europe after a report released today revealed how the cruise industry is continuing to boom.

Keith Hamilton

Fred Olsen's Balmoral sails for Italian festival

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:41pm Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Fred Olsen’s Balmoral will sail from Southampton on July 16, on a 16-night cruise, which coincides with one of Italy’s great celebrations.

Keith Hamilton

Putting the fizz in Southampton ship naming

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:02pm Wednesday 23rd March 2011

In a celebration of all things British, P&O Cruises, has chosen the Balfour Brut Rosé from Hush Heath Estate for the naming ceremony of its newest ship, Adonia, in May.

Keith Hamilton

Independence of the Seas looks forward to 2012 voyages

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:17pm Wednesday 16th March 2011

Royal Caribbean International is maintaining many prices for new cruises on board Independence of the Seas in 2012.

Keith Hamilton

Tasty changes to Oriana, Adonia and Arcadia

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:03pm Wednesday 16th March 2011

P&O Cruises has announced that when Oriana is transformed into a ship exclusively for adults in November this year, the ship will feature a different select dining restaurant, Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White.

Keith Hamilton

Biggest ship yet for Princess Cruises

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:57am Wednesday 16th March 2011

As the first steel plate was cut marking the official start of construction of Princess Cruises' next ship, the line unveiled the vessel's profile, released preliminary details about some of its features, and revealed its name -- Royal Princess.

Keith Hamilton

The Fleet's In!

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:42pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

P&O Cruises has announced details of “The Grand Event” on July 3, 2012, when the entire fleet of seven ships will be docked together in its home port of Southampton for the first time in the company’s history.

Keith Hamilton

Fast growth for MSC

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Posted on 4:21pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

MSC Cruises UK has experienced unprecedented growth for the month of February, with bookings more than 80% up year-on-year.

Keith Hamilton

The plot thickens!

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:52pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Easter cruise to Iberia and Morocco, aboard Balmoral, leaving from Southampton on April 23, will be something very special. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, the cruise is themed, in conjunction with Agatha Christie Limited.

Keith Hamilton

New Itineraries from Southampton

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Posted on 3:37pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

Celebrity Cruises has announced their bumper summer 2012 itineraries for UK-based Celebrity Eclipse. Be one of the first to join Celebrity Eclipse on the brand new 14-night Iceland & Fjords cruise-only from £1,599.00 per person (based on two people sharing an inside stateroom).

Keith Hamilton

CaptainHammy is now on Twitter

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:33pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

Looking for all the latest news about cruise ships and cruising follow me on Twitter.

Keith Hamilton

Another first for Celebrity Cruises

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:24pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

Celebrity Cruises has introduced another industry-first by offering its guests premium kosher meals.

Adonia to be named in city

Posted on 9:30am Friday 7th January 2011

The newest addition to P&O Cruises’ Southampton based fleet, Adonia, will be named in the city on Friday, May 20, later this year. Adonia, at present sailing as Royal Princess, will enter service after the withdrawal of Artemis from the company’s fleet.

Keith Hamilton

Shipping editor Keith Hamilton traces cruise industry growth

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:12am Thursday 6th January 2011

Daily Echo shipping editor Keith Hamilton traces the inexorable growth of the cruise industry over recent years in Southampton.

Keith Hamilton

Captain's dream sinks in Singapore

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:58am Tuesday 8th December 2009

Okay, I’ll own up! It was me who crashed Ventura into the docks at Singapore.

Keith Hamilton

The ultimate dream holiday

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:41pm Saturday 21st November 2009

For many a world cruise is still the ultimate dream holiday. KEITH HAMILTON explores two, unique, global voyages from Southampton.

Keith Hamilton

A journey of adventure from Southampton to Alaska and back

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:37pm Saturday 21st November 2009

It will be a voyage that will take 72-nights. Keith Hamilton details P&O Cruises’ journey of adventure from Southampton to Alaska and back

The new Queen Elizabeth

Posted on 2:29pm Saturday 21st November 2009

Construction of the new, Queen Elizabeth, is gathering pace. KEITH HAMILTON looks at some of the attractions on this latest Cunarder

Keith Hamilton

Strictly for passengers

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:26pm Saturday 21st November 2009

P&O Cruises has launched a major dance competition on its Southampton ships. KEITH HAMILTON puts his best foot forward.

Keith Hamilton

Three chefs, six restaurants, six ships

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:22pm Saturday 21st November 2009

Three chefs, six restaurants, six ships – that’s the boast of Southampton based P&O Cruises. KEITH HAMILTON takes a look at the menus

Keith Hamilton

Captain Chris Wells will bring Queen Elizabeth to Southampton

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:42pm Wednesday 14th October 2009

One of Southampton’s most respected master mariners, Captain Chris Wells, will be in command of Cunard’s brand new, Queen Elizabeth when the ship makes her first, historical arrival in the city next year.

Keith Hamilton

A sneak preview aboard Azura

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:20pm Wednesday 14th October 2009

Azura, P&O Cruises’ newest ship will arrive in Southampton next spring. Keith Hamilton has a sneak preview of what’s in store for families afloat.

Keith Hamilton

TOGs and Terry on Queen Victoria

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:15pm Wednesday 14th October 2009

Britain’s favourite radio presenter and television personality, Sir Terry Wogan will be joining Cunard’s Queen Victoria when she sails from Southampton in May next year.

Keith Hamilton

On board P&O Cruises’ ship Aurora

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:36pm Wednesday 14th October 2009

Take a trip behind-the-scenes on board the Southampton based P&O Cruises’ ship Aurora. Keith Hamilton finds it’s hot stuff in the galley.

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