Entries from 'Behind-the-Scenes'

Crystal Cruises to Be Acquired and Build New Luxury Ship

In double news, Crystal Cruises has announced that the cruise line is set to be acquired by Genting Hong Kong and also plans to build a new luxury ship under the new ownership. Crystal Cruises’ current parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, expects the $550 million acquisition to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. This…

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Royal Caribbean International Details New Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International is poised to launch a third Oasis-class cruise ship – the newly named Harmony of the Seas – in April 2016. The upcoming vessel will build on the existing fleet with new innovations and additions inspired by the recently lunched Quantum of the Seas. “We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting…

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Viking River Cruises to Roll Down the Mississippi River Beginning 2017

In a scene that might come to resemble the header image above, Viking River Cruises will soon expand its operations to North America along the Mississippi River starting in 2017. According to a Louisiana Economic Development announcement that sets New Orleans as the initial homeport, six new U.S.-built vessels are planned for construction at an estimated cost…

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Holland America Line Prepares New Dining Concepts for Koningsdam

Holland America Line has revealed its full slate of dining concepts coming to its upcoming Koningsdam cruise ship in new renderings and video below. Classic favorites like the Culinary Arts Center have been improved while new restaurants like Sel de Mer have been freshly introduced. “Koningsdam allows us to leverage our culinary creativity and debut new brand-exclusive…

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ New Viking Star Completes Sea Trials in Video

In an exciting next step, Viking Ocean Cruises‘ new and first vessel – the 930-guest Viking Star – has completed its sea trials in the Aegean Sea. To celebrate the occasion, the cruise line has released an exceptional video below showing the fascinating process of taking the ship to sea for her first time. A total…

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Celebrity Cruises Set to Season Its Fleet with New Luminae Restaurant

Celebrity Cruises has an entirely new restaurant coming to its fleet exclusively for Suite Class guests – Luminae. Beginning in April, the new dining venue will serve destination-inspired premium dishes made from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients such as caviar and crème fraîche. Luminae is “inspired by the essence of light, exceptional food, wine and luxury,” according to…

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals Seven Seas Explorer Suites

The new Seven Seas Explorer from Regent Seven Seas Cruises will come complete with ten uniquely decorated categories of luxury suites onboard, and now the cruise line has revealed renderings of what to expect. The previously announced 3,875 square-foot Regent Suite will offer the pinnacle of accommodations with the rest following suit. All 375 suites on…

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Seabourn Cruise Line Introduces Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Cruise Line‘s two upcoming luxury cruise ships now have names: the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation. Also revealed are fresh renderings of what the new vessels will look like when they launch in late 2016 and spring 2018. The 40,350-ton, 604-guest ships will feature one additional deck and expanded public areas since their predecessors. The Restaurant Rendering (Copyright © Seabourn Cruise Line)…

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AmaWaterways Launches New AmaPura in Myanmar

AmaWaterways most recently launched the river cruise line’s new 56-passenger all-suite AmaPura in Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River. Its first voyage was an extensive 14-night “Hidden Wonders of Myanmar” itinerary that followed a cultural performance by a local dance group. The intimate 28-suite AmaPura – named after the former royal capital of Amarapura, meaning “City of Immortality” in Sanskrit…

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World Voyage Relaunches Cunard Cruise Line’s Remodeled Queen Victoria

After the cruise ship’s 20 day refurbishment, the Queen Victoria from Cunard Cruise Line has emerged remodeled in time for her 2015 World Voyage. A grand fireworks display (pictured above) and Cunard 175th anniversary commemorative flag-raising bestowed upon the ship a fitting send off on her way to the Azores, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Hawaii and…

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