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Regal Princess Shipyard Photo Tour

The new Regal Princess from Princess Cruises will set sail next month, May of 2014, and before her inaugural festivities, we thought we’d share a collection of photos from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy over the last few months as she has been prepared. The new cruise ship will be a nearly identical sister ship…

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Quantum of the Seas Construction Update – Photo & Video Tour

Royal Caribbean International just finished announcing the expansive list of dining options that will be available on the upcoming Quantum of the Seas, and the ship itself just completed its initial assembly at the shipyard. The final building block was hoisted into place at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany (as seen above) on April 1,…

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Christens New S.S. Catherine

Today, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and French actress godmother, Catherine Deneuve, christened and launched the new S.S. Catherine in Lyon, France. Like on its sister ship, the S.S. Antoinette, “S.S.” stands for Super Ship, and while there are common features between the two, the exterior design is much more modern and yacht-like this time around. The…

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VIDEO PODCAST – MSC Cruises Interview with CEO Richard Sasso

Recorded live from Cruise Shipping Miami 2014, we interview President & CEO of MSC Cruises USA, Richard Sasso, in this week’s episode of the Popular Cruising Video Podcast. We discuss the introduction of the MSC Divina to year-round sailings from Miami, Florida and the new Renaissance Program which will stretch the line’s four Lirica-class ships….

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Royal Caribbean’s New Dynamic Dining for Quantum of the Seas

The new Quantum of the Seas coming in November 2014 from Royal Caribbean International has already impressed with its list of innovative features. However, news of the dining onboard had yet to be revealed until today. Now, Dynamic Dining has been unveiled for the Quantum-class ships including forthcoming sister-ship, Anthem of the Seas, in April 2015….

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Silversea Expeditions Christens New Silver Discoverer

Silversea Expeditions, the adventure branch of luxury line Silversea Cruises, today christened the Silver Discoverer in Singapore. The 5,218-ton vessel marks the third in the expedition fleet after completing an extensive refurbishment. The event was attended by company chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, godmother Elda Turco Bulgherini, the Silversea senior executive team and guests.  (From left to right) Steve…

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Norwegian Cruise Line Begins Construction on Norwegian Escape

With the press of a button (as seen above), the first steel was cut for Norwegian Cruise Line‘s upcoming Norwegian Escape. Norwegian Cruise Line CEO, Kevin Sheehan, and Managing Director of Meyer Werft, Bernard Meyer, initiated the construction of the vessel (as seen above) at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ceremony follows the unveiling…

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MSC Cruises Announces Two New Cruise Ships

MSC Cruises has announced plans to build two new cruise ships (rendered above), having signed a letter of intent with shipbuilder STX France. The 167,600-ton vessels will follow STX’s ECORIZON program for more efficient, environmentally-friendly ships and feature “new panoramic spaces, a bigger theatre and a spectacular amusement park connected to an outdoor aqua park as…

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Viking River Cruises Christens New 2014 Batch of Longships

Viking River Cruises continues to impress in the river cruising market with the introduction of 14 new Viking Longships in 2014 and the riverboats’ christenings occurring this very week. Viking River Cruises Christens New 2014 Batch of Longships is continued below… More Cruise Reviews from Popular Cruising’s Viking Heimdal & Viking Forseti, Christening 2014 sailing: Bordeaux, France and Medoc…

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Princess Cruises Begins Major Transformation of Diamond Princess

In anticipation of the ship’s second season of cruising in Japan, Princess Cruises has just begun an extensive redesign of the Diamond Princess. The $30 million-dollar makeover will introduce new features to appeal to Japanese guests during a dry-dock period scheduled for completion on April 2, 2014. The existing youth area will be converted into…

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