Entries from 'Behind-the-Scenes'

Viking River Cruises Expands to 60 Riverboats with 2015 Longship Christening

It was an honor and privilege to be present for Viking River Cruises’ 2015 inaugural event in Amsterdam where 12 new riverboats were just christened, eight onsite and four at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany. Averaging 10 ships launched every year since 2012, this now brings Viking River Cruises total count of vessels…

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MSC Cruises Reveals First New MSC Seaside Details

In a full commitment to North American-based cruising, MSC Cruises has announced that its first Seaside-class cruise ship – the newly named MSC Seaside – will set sail to the Caribbean year-round from its homeport of Miami, Florida beginning in November 2017. What’s more, the ship will be the first from MSC Cruises to be christened…

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Holland America Line Previews New Koningsdam Entertainment Venues

At Cruise Shipping Miami, Holland America Line just previewed the entertainment venues that will be featured onboard the upcoming new Koningsdam. Highlights include Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club, collectively making up the ship’s Music Walk, plus the World Stage main theater. Watch Holland America Line’s Koningsdam entertainment preview video below:…

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises to Debut Parisian Restaurant on Seven Seas Explorer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will introduce a new Parisian specialty restaurant – named Chartreuse – onboard the upcoming Seven Seas Explorer. The new dining venue is one of the new luxury cruise ship’s three specialty restaurants, including the line’s signature Prime 7 steakhouse and another to be detailed soon. The art nouveau decor invites Seven Seas Explorer…

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Illustrates New S.S. Maria Theresa

Ahead of its March 26, 2015 launch, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has revealed a number of images showcasing the new S.S. Maria Theresa. The line’s Super Ship features Baroque interior design and opulent details befitting Empress Maria Theresa. Habsburg Salon (Copyright © Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection) The S.S. Maria Theresa is a sister ship to the luxurious S.S. Antoinette and…

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Princess Cruises Teams Up with Stephen Schwartz for New Entertainment

Today Princess Cruises announced its plans to partner with triple Oscar and quadruple Grammy award-winning composer, Stephen Schwartz, to develop new production shows for the cruise line’s fleet. This marks the first time such a teaming has occurred in the cruise industry. Schwartz is also the six time Tony-nominated composer of such hit broadway musicals as Wicked, Pippin and Godspell as…

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Royal Caribbean International’s New Anthem and Ovation of the Seas Update

Royal Caribbean International‘s latest cruise ships – the Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas – are closer to their April 2015 and Fall 2016 launch respectively after Anthem floated out (pictured above) from and Ovation‘s keel was laid at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Ovation of the Seas Keel Laying (Copyright © Royal…

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Holland America Line’s New Koningsdam Floats Out to Finishing Dock

Major construction on Holland America Line‘s new Koningsdam superstructure has been completed, and the cruise ship has been floated out to the finishing dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, where it will receive its final interior fittings. The ship is currently scheduled for delivery on March 31, 2016 “A ship’s construction has many key milestones, and…

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals New Seven Seas Explorer Venues

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has detailed two new venues that will be featured onboard the line’s forthcoming ship – the Seven Seas Explorer. The new spaces will be culinary and social gathering areas befitting the luxury vessel. Culinary Arts Kitchen Taking a page from sister line, Oceania Cruises, the Culinary Arts Kitchen (rendered above) will…

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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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