2023 will see Portsmouth International Port host more maiden calls and welcome back iconic cruise lines, as it continues to cement its place as the first choice for luxury, boutique and expedition cruise brands.
The initial release of the 2023 cruise schedule will see many cruise passengers begin their journeys in the city, or alternatively stop in Portsmouth to experience the wide range of world-class attractions on offer.
Since Antarctic expeditions began in 1820 with explorers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Mikhail Lazarev, and John Davis (who was the first person to step foot on Antarctica in 1821), never before has an all-LGBT+ expedition sailing taken place… until now.
Leading nearly 200 LGBT+ explorers, VACAYA boarded PONANT’s Le Boreal on December 7, 2022 in Ushuaia, Argentina and began the 2.5-day crossing of the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans converge, creating the most treacherous waters on earth. At 5:12pm on December 10, 2022, The Vacayans (those who travel with VACAYA are known as “Vacayans”) stepped foot on “The Ice” in Neko Harbor, Antarctica – making history with the first successful all-LGBT+ expedition cruise to Antarctica.
Royal Caribbean International has released its latest episode in its ‘Making an Icon’ video series, featuring the construction of its newest and largest cruise ship yet, Icon of the Seas.
In episode 4, the cruise line gave a more in depth look at the exciting new neighbourhood, the AquaDome.
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Britain’s newest cruise line, Ambassador Cruise Line, has cancelled some of its festive and new year cruises following safety concern which were found, whilst the ship was docked at London International Cruise Terminal, in Tilbury, Essex.
The faults were found on 18 December 2022, whilst docked in Tilbury. Over 1000-passengers who had embarked that afternoon for a 3-night Festive Market Getaway cruise, were informed that the cruise was cancelled whilst having dinner on board. They were unable to set sail or stay on board the ship, having to disembark by 09:30 the following morning.
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The latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Arvia arrived in Southampton on 18 December 2022, prior to its maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on Friday.
The 5,200-passenger Arvia is the cruise line's second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the most advanced fuel technology currently used in the cruise industry.
At an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard today, Thursday December 15, 2022, P&O Cruises took ownership of Arvia, the latest addition to its fleet and, similar to its sister ship Iona, the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.
At 185,000 tonnes, 345m in length with 16 guest decks and setting new ground for guest experience, Arvia is P&O Cruises second ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology to date. Arvia has an optimised hull design to minimise drag and is installed with the latest energy-efficient technology on board.
The world's largest and Royal Caribbean's most environmentally friendly cruise ship was floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard.
The dry dock, the 365-metre-long Icon of the Seas had resided up until now, was flooded, to allow the ship to exit for the first time. The huge dry dock gates were opened, and the ground-breaking new ship was floated out to the outfitting pier where it will stay until it's sea trials in 2023.
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Royal Caribbean International released episode 2 of its “Making an Icon” monthly video series, featuring the cruise line’s brand-new ship, Icon of the Seas.
At present, very Little is known about the highly anticipated new ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Icon of the Seas, which is expected to be the world’s largest cruise set, and Royal Caribbean International’s first ship powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) is scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2023.
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Princess Cruises has revealed a stunning new and bespoke ship platform that is the brand’s largest ship ever that will accommodate over 4,000 guests.
The new Sun Princess boasts stunning views, expansive venues, innovative entertainment venues, multi-story dining rooms and next level stateroom accommodations while remaining true to the smooth clean lines and design aesthetics inspired by the Seawitch icon and popularized in the original “Love Boat” TV series and returning the venerable “Sun Princess” name back into operation.
Royal Caribbean International is expected to premiere episode 2 of its "Making an Icon" series of online monthly videos, featuring the cruise line’s brand-new ship, Icon of the Seas.
Little is known about the ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Icon of the Seas, which is expected to be the world’s largest cruise set, is scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2023.