Entries from 'Behind-the-Scenes'

Costa Cruises Announces Two New Cruise Ships and Culinary Program

Costa Cruises has said that it will build two new cruise ships (rendered above) as part of Carnival Corporation’s previously announced nine vessel order. Costa’s two will be included in the four next generation ships allocated for construction by Meyer Werft. Plus, the line has partnered up with Michelin-star chef Fabio Cucchelli for a new culinary…

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Silversea Cruises Begins Building New Silver Muse

Silversea Cruises has officially begun building its next luxury flagship – the new Silver Muse – at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa Italy. Present for the initial construction ceremony, where the cruise ship’s first steel was cut, were Silversea’s chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio and Fincantieri’s CEO Giuseppe Bono. Few details about the Silver Muse have yet been revealed beyond…

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VIDEO PODCAST – Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista Preview: Episode Two

Carnival Cruise Line has now released the second episode of its video series showcasing the making of the new Carnival Vista. In this one, take a look at the fascinating technologies below the water line such as the cruise ship’s power plant and propulsion in HD above. Also, be sure to subscribe to our podcast below…

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Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas Water Slide Rendering Tour

Royal Caribbean International‘s upcoming Harmony of the Seas – sister ship to the existing Oasis and Allure of the Seas – will be the largest cruise ship in the world when it launches in April 2016. In anticipation of her inauguration, the cruise line has released several new renderings of the three water slides that…

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Cunard Line Plans 2016 Queen Mary 2 Refurbishment

Cunard Line is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary and with it comes the news that it will refurbish its Queen Mary 2 ocean liner next summer. Scheduled to take 25 days at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany from May 27-June 21, 2016, the dry-dock process will add and enhance shipboard features including accommodation improvements. Richard…

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Crystal Cruises Announces Gargantuan Luxury Brand and Fleet Expansion

Just this weekend, Crystal Cruises announced a gargantuan expansion that will include three new Crystal Exclusive Class cruise ships and three new travel brands: Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Luxury Air. Over the next three years, Crystal is set to redefine not only luxury cruising but luxury travel under the leadership of president and…

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Princess Cruises Lays Keel of Third New Generation Cruise Ship

Princess Cruises has begun construction on its third new generation cruise ship – following the Royal Princess and Regal Princess – with the laying of the vessel’s keel at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The ceremony included a traditional Chinese lion dance as the yet-to-be-named ship will be tailored to the China market when it…

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MSC Cruises’ Rejuvenated MSC Opera Relaunches

MSC Cruises has relaunched the MSC Opera after the cruise ship was rejuvenated as part of the line’s $273 million Renaissance Program. The MSC Opera is now the third of the four Lirica-class vessels to be improved. Enhancements included 197 new staterooms, 30 with balconies; redesigned dining rooms and bars; a buffet that now remains open 20…

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Enhanced Majesty of the Seas to Remain in Royal Caribbean International Fleet

In a surprise move, not only does Royal Caribbean International plan on retaining its oldest cruise ship – the Majesty of the Seas – but it also intends to greatly enhance it. Once upgraded, the vessel will homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida and set sail on short Bahamian sailings beginning in summer 2016. To start, Majesty…

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Viking Ocean Cruises Floats Out New Viking Sea

Following the newly launched Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises has now floated out its second sister-ship – the 930-guest Viking Sea. The ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy as the ship met water for the first time. The new cruise ship will next set sail in early 2016 followed by the Viking…

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