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The UK's branch of the worldwide Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has paid a special tribute to the late John Honeywell, who wrote this column for many years under the Captain Greybeard byline.

John died aged 69 in October after a short illness and was the current holder of CLIA's annual cruise journalism sh CL Outstanding Contribution Award - an honour which was richly deserved for his superb writing about ocean and river voyages.

Now CLIA has announced that, in his memory, the accolade will be renamed the Captain Greybeard Award for Outstanding Contribution when it is presented at the Cruise Media Awards in March 2018.

French luxury line Ponant has ordered the industry's first electric hybrid polar expedition icebreaker, propelled by liquefied natural gas.

The striking environmentally friendly 270-passenger, 30,000 gross tonnage ship will be built at the Vard yard in Norway for delivery in 2021 and will take passengers to the true geographic North Pole, the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.

Princess Cruises will have its longest-ever season sailing from the UK in 2019, with more than a million cruise nights available on voyages from Southampton and Dover.

Sapphire Princess will spend 198 days sailing the Med and northern Europe from Southampton, a record for a UK-based Princess ship. The 2019 programme is on sale now.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 23, 2017
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