Princess Cruises 1996-built cruise ship Sun Princess has re-entered service following an extensive 14-day multi-million dollar dry dock in Singapore.
The refurbishment is part of the cruise line’s ‘Come Back New Promise’ which see a total fleet wide investment of over $450 million dollars. Sun Princess now offers passengers the newest on board enhancements and features the Princess Cruises new livery with the Sea Witch painted on the bow of the ship.
TUI Cruises has announced that it has placed an order for two new 161,000 gross tonne cruise ships from Fincantieri. The ships will be powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and will launch in 2024 and 2026.
The new ships will be the largest cruise ships ever built for TUI Cruises and will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it has confirmed its option for a fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class cruise ships with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
Norwegian Cruise Line already has four Leonardo Class cruise ships on order with the first to launch in 2022. The first of these two additional new cruise ships is expected for delivery in 2026 and the second in 2027.
The traditional coin ceremony has taken place for Costa Cruises’ brand new 180,000 gross tonne Costa Smeralda, which will be the largest cruise ship ever built for the cruise line and the first in the fleet to be fully powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).
The ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and marked an important milestone in the construction of the new ships. Costa Smeralda is the largest cruise ship to be built at the shipyard in the past 10 years.
Seabourn has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition cruise ships. The first vessel is expected to be delivery in June 2021 and the second is anticipated to launch in May 2022.
The new 23,000 gross tonne vessels will be 170 metres in length and will each accommodate 264 guests in 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites. The new ships will also meet the PC6 Polar Class standards, adding new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Artic and other exotic worldwide destinations.
P&O Cruises have released further details about its new flagship which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Iona will be the largest cruise ship ever designed for the British cruise market and will be powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to help reduce emissions. The new ship is due to launch in May 2020, whilst a sister ship which is yet unnamed is expected to launch in 2022.
On 28 June 2018 the keel laying ceremony of Regent Seven Sea Cruises new ultra-luxury cruise ship, Seven Seas Splendor took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
The new ship will be a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer and is expected to launch in 2020. The 55,000 gross tonne Seven Seas Explorer will accommodate 750 passengers.
The keel laying for Saga Cruises first-ever newbuild cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, was laid at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 28 June 2018.
The 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery is the first of two new cruise ships being constructed for Saga Cruises. Spirit of Discovery will be delivery in summer 2019, whilst the second vessel named Spirit of Adventure will launch in 2020.
P&O Cruises has announced that Oriana will leave the fleet in August 2019. Built in 1995 the 1,822-passenger ship was built was launched by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton.
Oriana is currently the oldest ship operating in the fleet. At present it has not been officially announce where the cruise ship will transfer to.
PONANT, the only cruise line which operates flying the French flag, has taken delivery of its first of six new PONANT EXPLOER class vessels.
On 15 June 2018 the 9,900 gross tonne Le Lapérouse was successfully delivered to PONANT. The new ship measures 131 metres in length and cost approximately £80 million.