P&O Cruises have announced the name of its newest and largest ship yet which is due to launch in 2020. The new ship will be named Iona.
The name was announced live on the cruise line’s Facebook page shortly after 16:00 GMT on 24 May 2018.
On 25 April 2018, the very first piece of steel was cut for newest and largest cruise ship yet at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The new 180,000 gross tonne ship will accommodate 5,200 passengers and be the most environmentally friendly in the fleet, powered by LNG. The important milestone in the construction of the exciting new ship was observed by Paul Ludlow, Senior Vice President, P&O Cruises, Josh Weinstein, President, Carnival UK and Tim Meyer, Managing Director, Meyer Werft.
Marella Cruises sixth cruise ship and its largest to date, Marella Explorer was officially named at an exclusive launch ceremony on the ship in Palma de Majorca on 17 May 2018.
The ceremony took place on the pool deck on board the ship with several hundred employees, suppliers and media there to enjoy the exclusive launch celebration party.
Cruises on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages latest new ship, Vasco da Gama went on sale on 17 May 2018. Joining the fleet in April 2019 the ship will be the sixth vessel operated by CMV.
Following in the steps of the famous Portuguese explorer, the latest edition to the CMV fleet will sail from Singapore to London Tilbury via India in April 2019 on a spectacular maiden voyage.
Princess Cruises has announced its 2019-2020Caribbean cruise programme, which includes details about the debut of the cruise line’s newest ship, Sky Princess.
The brand new 143,700 gross tonne ship will be the fourth ship in the cruise line's successful Royal-class of ships, with sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess already in service. A fifth ship is expected to launch in November 2020.
Celebrity Cruises have revealed further details about its upcoming new cruise ship, Celebrity Edge which is due to launch in December 2018. The ship is currently under construction at the STX shipyard in France.
At an event in London on 17 May 2018 the cruise line revealed further details about The Spa which will be on board the exciting new cruise ship. Present at the event was Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises and Jo Rzymowska, Vice President, Celebrity Cruises, UK & Ireland and Asia.
The start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages who claim they will change cruising forever announced further details about their first brand new cruise ship during at event in New York on 16 May 2018 which was also broadcast live on Facebook.
At the event the cruise line revealed a number of renderings of some of the public spaces on board the adult’s only cruise ship which is set to launch in 2020 offering cruises from PortMiami.
Cunard Line is to celebrate the Royal Wedding on board its fleet of Three Queens, each ship hosting an array of wedding festivities.
The Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and actress Meghan Markle is set to take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss has set a new record for the Panama Canal, becoming the largest cruise ship ever to transit the 77 kilometre waterway.
Norwegian Bliss is the newest and largest cruise ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and was delivery to the cruise line in April 2018.
Viking Ocean Cruises sixth ocean cruise ship has floated out of the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy ahead of its delivery in February 2019.
A traditional coin ceremony took place on board the vessel and was hosted by Godmother Sissel Kyrkjebø, an accomplished singer from Norway.