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Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas Enhanced

Oasis of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International has relaunched with many new features after a 14-day dry-dock revitalization. Sister ship, Allure of the Seas is scheduled to receive nearly identical improvements in May 2015. The enhancements are described in detail by the cruise line below. Dining Royal Caribbean has recreated the original Oasis-class three-story…

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Keel Laid for Carnival Cruise Lines’ New Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruise Lines just celebrated the keel laying of the fleet’s 25th vessel – the new Carnival Vista, slated for launch in the spring of 2016 – at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Not much yet is known about the cruise ship other than that is will be the largest ever for the cruise line…

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Anthem and Quantum of the Seas Video Construction Update

Launching next month, Royal Caribbean International‘s Quantum of the Seas just received the final piece of the puzzle – the new cruise ship’s North Star crane attraction, and launching next year, the Anthem of the Seas is well under way as well. Get updated on both ships below: Quantum of the Seas Anthem of the…

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Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Galapagos Concludes Refurbishments

Silversea Expeditions‘ Silver Galapagos recently completed its second phase of dry-dock renovations after a month of extensive work in Panama. The Explorer Lounge (Copyright © Silversea Expeditions) Previously, the ship added new in-suite marble bathrooms, a fitness center, massage room, beauty salon, outdoor Jacuzzi, and The Grill, the line’s signature outdoor dining venue. The Piano Bar (Copyright…

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Crystal Symphony Emerges Refreshed from Drydock

Crystal Cruises‘ Crystal Symphony has just relaunched after a two-week $20 million-plus refurbishment to the luxury cruise ship. The line has released several images showcasing the new and rejuvenated spaces onboard; highlighting updated fitness options and common areas. “We continue to invest in creating a contemporary and sumptuous environment that meets the travelers’ desire,” says…

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Norwegian Cruise Line Releases New Norwegian Escape Details

Norwegian Cruise Line‘s next generation of cruise ships is on the way with the upcoming Norwegian Escape, a larger version of the popular Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway. The cruise line revealed new renderings (like that of 678 Ocean Place’s atrium above) and details about the vessel today including returning favorites and all new features. The cruise…

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Royal Caribbean International’s New Quantum of the Seas Successfully Completes Conveyance

Amazingly, the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany builds cruise ships inland, and in order for Royal Caribbean International‘s new Quantum of the Seas to reach the ocean from where it was constructed, it had to sail down the River Ems to Eemshaven, The Netherlands. Now that the so-called conveyance is completed, the ship will undergo…

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VIDEO PODCAST – Top Chef at Sea Interview with Tiffani Faison and Paul Qui on Celebrity Cruises

Experience Top Chef at Sea as we interview season 9 winner, Paul Qui, and season 1 runner-up, Tiffani Faison, onboard the Celebrity Solstice from Celebrity Cruises. Watch as the chefs discuss their impressions of cruising, explain their culinary process and share a bit about what’s next to come for the industry as a whole as…

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Royal Caribbean International Begins Building Newly Named Ovation of the Seas

The new Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International is just around the corner from being launched, and already the third ship in the Quantum-class has begun construction. Following the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will be the newly named Ovation of the Seas which just had its first piece of…

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Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates Norwegian Escape Keel Laying

Norwegian Cruise Line‘s next cruise ship – the Norwegian Escape – has begun its construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The line and yard celebrated the start of building with the cruise ship’s keel laying. The new vessel will be the largest ever for the cruise line at 164,600 gross tons and…

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