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The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« on: Sep 30, 2010, 06:14 PM »
2002: MS Zuiderdam 




2003: MS Oosterdam 




2004: MS Westerdam




2005: MS Arcadia




2006: MS Noordam




2008: MS Eurodam




2009: MS Costa Luminosa




2010: MS Nieuw Amsterdam




2010: MS Costa Deliziosa

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Offline QueensFan

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #1 on: Sep 30, 2010, 06:23 PM »
One thing I just noticed looking at the pictures, which never clicked with me before...at least, if Cunarders are going to share a platform with other lines, they're sharing it with lines of similar provenance.

Holland America - founded 1873 - home to such ships as NIEUW AMSTERDAM and ROTTERDAM.
P&O - founded 1837 - the Cunard of the Orient, with CANBERRA, ORIANA, etc.
Costa - founded 1947 (passenger service) - major player on the Europe-South America trade post-war, and had a fantastic roster of classic ships for decades.

So yes...QV and QE may be sisters to these ships...but of the Carnival Corp. brands to be sistered with, these are all ones with a significant maritime heritage.
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Offline Twynkle

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #2 on: Sep 30, 2010, 06:54 PM »
The Arcadia was the Queen Victoria

QV's name is still highly visible on her superstructure!
http://wapedia.mobi/en/MS_Arcadia_(2004)

Offline andyh

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #3 on: Sep 30, 2010, 07:12 PM »
The Arcadia was the Queen Victoria

QV's name is still highly visible on her superstructure!
http://wapedia.mobi/en/MS_Arcadia_(2004)


where is it visible, I can't find it, and your link does not seem to work  :(

Offline Bob C.

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #4 on: Sep 30, 2010, 08:04 PM »
Cookie cutter ships

Offline Twynkle

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #5 on: Sep 30, 2010, 09:14 PM »
where is it visible, I can't find it, and your link does not seem to work  :(

Sincere apologies to you, andyh!

Here's the other wiki site with the same data.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Arcadia_(2004)

We sailed quite recently in tandem with the Arcadia for several days; there was considerable interest 'in the likeness, as well as the difference' from on board Queen Victoria.
At close quarters, Queen Victoria's name is still visible beneath Arcadia's funnel. I will do my best (in due course!) to see if one of my yet-to-be -uploaded pics shows this.
There were rumours that as the original Queen Victoria (now Arcadia) had been designed without a ballroom space 'big enough'
she then became Arcadia, and the present Queen Victoria was another 'new build'.
Maybe someone here can help with the true story!

Offline highlander0108

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #6 on: Sep 30, 2010, 11:23 PM »
Let's not forget the kissing cousins here:

Costa Atlantica
Costa Mediterranea
Carnival Spirit
Carnival Pride
Carnival Legend
Carnival Miracle

The DNA is clearly obvious from this shot.

Paint her Cunard colors and she could pass for QV, with a weird funnel and a kid friendly slide....I shouldn't be giving Carnival any ideas. :o
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Offline Twynkle

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #7 on: Sep 30, 2010, 11:26 PM »
That shot of QE2, Ken
It's one of pure elegance.
She fits in so well,
particularly with the buildings as backdrop.

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Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #8 on: Sep 30, 2010, 11:29 PM »
I've only been on QV for a few hours, but I found it interesting earlier today, to go to the various websites of the 9 other vistas, and do their virtual tours, and view their interiors.  Some of the spaces are easily recognisable.

And, in almost all cases, I prefer the decor of the other 9.  Adventurous, exciting, new - striving to surprise. 
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Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #9 on: Oct 01, 2010, 12:17 PM »
But given your earlier logic about sister ships Rob - the ships of different brands can be classed as sisters. They are cousins if you like. And people would be amazed if the differences between the HAL, Cunard, P&O and Costa versions were actually listed.
« Last Edit: Oct 01, 2010, 12:27 PM by flagship »

Offline Kindlychap

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #10 on: Oct 13, 2010, 10:32 PM »
I've only been on QV for a few hours, but I found it interesting earlier today, to go to the various websites of the 9 other vistas, and do their virtual tours, and view their interiors.  Some of the spaces are easily recognisable.

And, in almost all cases, I prefer the decor of the other 9.  Adventurous, exciting, new - striving to surprise. 

I presume Arcadia is an exception?

Having spent two nights on board, as well as eight on QV, there is no comparison. QV is a class act, Arcadia is not.

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Offline Stowaway2k

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #11 on: Oct 14, 2010, 01:04 AM »
Quote
And, in almost all cases, I prefer the decor of the other 9.  Adventurous, exciting, new - striving to surprise.


So, could we then say that the other 9 are more like how Cunard used to be;)

Offline Clydebuilt1971

Re: The Sister Ships - the 9 Other Vistas
« Reply #12 on: Oct 14, 2010, 11:26 AM »
I have to say that the Vista class of cruise ship is actually one of the most pleasing to the eye - can you imagine if QV & QE were based on the same design as the new Azura?

Having been on QV for 12 nights I have to say I like her but will probably returned to QM2 the next time (if we ever get this damn house finished!!)  :-[

Gav

 

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