The brand new 181,000 gross tonne MSC Grandiosa, which will become the new flagship of the MSC Cruises fleet, is preparing for her sea trials.
The 6,300-passenger ship is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages have advised that its flagship, Columbus will resume service on her scheduled cruise program from London, Tilbury on 11 July 2019, following an enforced dry docking period.
Columbus reportedly hit an unknown object whilst leaving Rotterdam sometime last month and was checked by divers before continuing onwards to the Norwegian Fjords. The ship later however returned to Rotterdam for further checks to be carried out. As a result Cruise & Maritime Voyages had to cancel a number of cruises.
Royal Caribbean International has announced it has ordered a third Icon-Class cruise ship which will be delivered in 2025.
The ship, like her two sisters will be constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The first Icon-Class ship will launch in 2022 and the second 2024.
Hurtigruten has taken delivery of its first of three, brand new hybrid powered cruise ships, Roald Amundsen.
Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship to be able to operate on battery power. During recent tests prior to the delivery of the new vessel, Roald Amundsen sailed emission free for the first time solely using battery power off the coast of Norway.
On 28 June 2019, the first of two bespoke new build ‘boutique’ cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery, arrived at her home port of Dover for the first time.
Sailing past the iconic White Cliffs and into Dover’s recently developed Western Docks, Spirit of Discovery’s British arrival marks the start of a new chapter for cruising in the UK.
MSC Cruises has opened sales for the inaugural season of its first Seaside EVO ship, MSC Seashore which will launch in 2021.
The 5,632 -passenger cruise ship will spent its inaugural season cruising the Western Mediterranean. Departing in June 2021, MSC Seashore will sail a seven-night itinerary visiting Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta.
The first ever new build cruise ship for Saga, the 58,250 gross tonne Spirit of Discovery has been delivered to the cruise line from Meyer Werft shipyard.
The delivery ceremony and hand over of the ship took place in Emden, Germany on 24 June 2019. The ship will soon sail for Dover, United Kingdom, where it will arrive on 28 June 2019.
Carnival Cruise Line’s has announced that its new flagship, Mardi Gras will introduce a number of new food and drinks venues when it launches in 2020.
Two of the themed zones on board the 183,900 gross tonne ship, the Summer Landing and Lido will feature new dining venues and bars.
Scenic Eclipse has successfully completed its first series of sea trials ahead of the luxury cruise ship’s delivery in August.
The ship, which has been dubbed the world’s first ‘discovery yacht’, carried out a series of extensive tests off the coast of Croatia.
Captain James Griffiths, said: "The results surpassed every expectation."
Scenic Eclipse will now undergo further work on her interior and exterior having returned to the shipyard. Crew will also undergo training.
The vessel will official launch on 15 August 2019, sailing on its maiden voyage from Reykjavik to Quebec. The delivery of the ship is nearly a year later than planned due to several delays at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula.
Scenic Eclipse is designed and built as a Polar Class 6 vessel, allowing her to cruise to the Antarctic. The ship feature two helicopters and its own submarine, Scenic Neptune.
Virgin Voyages have announced the Captain for the cruise line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady which is set to launch in 2020.
Captain Wendy Williams will take the helm of the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady. She will become the first Canadian women to command a cruise ship for a major cruise line.