The second Meraviglia-Plus class cruise ship for MSC Cruises, the 181,000 gross tonne MSC Virtuosa is preparing to set sail on its first sea trials.
MSC Virtuosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The new ship is expected to undergo three days of trails in the Atlantic Ocean between 16-19 September 2020.
The world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Corporation, has announced it will be accelerating the removal of cruise ships from its fleet, with a total of 18 cruise ships leaving its global fleet.
Previously the cruise giant announced it was planning to dispose of 13 ships, but this number has now increased by five, brining the total number of ships being sold or scrapped to 18.
The 168,666 gross tonne Odyssey of the Seas, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has had a giant name painted on its hull.
The name painted on the bow of the ship measures more than 87 metres in length. That’s longer than eight double decker buses! The ‘O’ alone, in Odyssey of the Seas measures 11.2 metres in height.
Five cruise ships, which were part of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet are currently up for sale at auction, following the demise of the cruise line in July.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages was Britain’s largest independent cruise line and was foundered in 2010. The cruise line operated the Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, Astor, Vasco da Gama and Astoria.
The second Meraviglia-Plus class cruise ship for MSC Cruises, the 181,000 gross tonne MSC Virtuosa has had its large light-up nameplate lifted into position.
MSC Virtuosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The ship was originally due to debut in November 2020 but its launch has been postponed until early-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Italian cruise line, Costa Cruises has begun resuming its cruise operations, with Costa Deliziosa departing on a seven-night itinerary from Trieste, Italy on 06 September 2020.
Costa Deliziosa will call into Italian ports only during the week long cruise, including Bari, Brindisi, Corigliano-Rossano, Siracusa and Catania.
The inaugural cruise programme for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new flagship Bolette has been unveiled, including a number of brand new itineraries and a series of UK cruises, with guests able to book from 07 September 2020.
Bolette’s maiden voyage will be a seven-night ‘Scotland & Northern Ireland’ cruise, setting sail from Southampton on 5th March 2021. This will be followed by two further UK cruises before Bolette sets sail for the warmer climates of the Azores and Madeira over the Easter break.
The new world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, has been floated out of the dry dock at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
At high tide on 05 September 2020, the 5,448-passenger ship was transferred from the dry dock where it was built, to a nearby basin for the outfitting to commence, expected to last around six months.
The latest additional to the Celestyal Cruises fleet, the 53,049 gross tonne Celestyal Experience, has been given its new livery whilst docked in Piraeus, Greece.
The ship transferred to the cruise line from Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises brand earlier this summer. Built in 1993 and launched as Costa Romantica, the ship was later extensively refurbished in November 2011 and named Costa neoRomantica.
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The brand new ultra-luxury cruise ship, Silver Moon, has successfully completed its sea trials off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea.
The ship underwent twelve days of tests whilst at sea, including stability, vibration and noise tests as well as the inspection of public spaces on board.