The steel cutting for Royal Caribbean International’s new Quantum Ultra cruise ship took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 15 August 2017. The name of the new ship was also announced as Spectrum of the Seas.
The cutting of the first piece of steel marks the official start of construction for the first Quantum Ultra class cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International.
P&O Cruises Australia has announced that Dora the Explorer, a popular Nickelodeon character, is to be the Godmother for the cruise line’s newest ship to join the fleet, Pacific Explorer.
Dora the Explorer will be Godmother at the P&O Cruises Australia’s Nautical Nonsense Nickelodeon Welcome Party, which will take place on board the ship whilst docked in Sydney Harbour on 02 July 2017.
The newest and largest cruise ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, Majestic Princess, made its maiden call to Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on 18 June 2017.
The ship arrived in Singapore, completing a 28-night cruise with started in Rome on 21 May 2017.
Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region.
Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will be the next evolution of the groundbreaking Quantum class and will join her sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. The announcement was made as Royal Caribbean unveiled its full roster of 2018-19 China, Singapore and Australia itineraries.
British-based cruise line, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has taken delivery of its new flagship Columbus, which was most recently known as Pacific Pearl and operated cruises with P&O Cruises Australia.
The ship was originally launched in 1989 and has been operated by a number of cruise lines. Pacific Pearl has now completed her farewell voyage from Australia to Singapore, where the ship will undergo a refurbishment.
Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Majestic Princess is to be based in Australia from September 2018 and will no longer be sailing from China year-round as previously announced by Princess Cruises.
Majestic Princess is the first cruise ship which Princess Cruises have specifically designed from the Chinese cruise market. The 3,560-passenger ship is the third in the cruise line’s Royal-Class of ships and sister to Royal Princess and Regal Princess.
Pacific Pearl departed on its final cruise with P&O Cruises Australia on 27 March 2017, departing Auckland, New Zealand on a 16-night cruise.
During the 16-night cruise, Pacific Pearl will visit Gladstone, Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Cairns, Darwin, Komodo Island, Benoa, Bali, before finally arriving in Singapore on 12 April 2017.
Cunard Line has announced that its 2,092-passenger cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth will spend two months in Australia in 2019.
Queen Elizabeth will offer a total of seven cruises from Sydney and Melbourne. It will be the first time that Cunard Line have based one of its ships in Australia.
Cunard Line’s magnificent flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth visited Sydney in Australia on 25 February 2017 for a Royal Rendezouz.
Both of the ships were on their Cunard World Voyages. They visited Sydney some ten years after Queen Mary 2’s first visit to the city in 2007.
Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship, the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas set sail from Sydney on 20 February 2017, for the last time during her inaugural season in Australia.
The 167,800 gross tonne, Ovation of the Seas arrived in Australia in December 2016. The cruise ship visited Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart before arriving at her home port of Sydney on 15 December 2016. Ovation of the Seas then operated a series of cruises.