On 12 May 2019, Saga’s first newbuild cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery was floated out from the building hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
As the ship was moved from the building hall the mast and funnel were carefully lifted into place. Spirit of Discovery was then berthed at an outfitting-quay where further work will take place on board. The ship’s crew will also here ahead of its departure from the shipyard towards the end of May.
The first new build cruise ship for Saga Cruises, Spirit of Discovery, is set to float out from the building hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 12 May 2019.
The 999-passenger vessel will be moved from the building hall where it has been constructed at the shipyard to a nearby quay, where the ship’s mast and funnel will be carefully lifted into place.
Celebrity Cruises has announced that it has placed an order for a fifth Edge-class ship in an agreement with the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France.
The fifth Edge-class ship is expected to be delivered to the cruise line in autumn 2024. The first Edge-class vessel Celebrity Edge was delivered to the cruise line in November 2018.
Ponant have taken delivery of its third of six Explorer class cruise ships, Le Bougainville.
The 184-passenger vessel was delivery to Ponant, the only cruise line which operates flying the French flag, on 08 April 2019.
Celebrity Cruises is to air a behind the senses special live broadcast, showcasing the making of the cruise line's newest, revolutionary cruise ship, Celebrity Edge.
The broadcast will offer the opportunity to discovery what went into to designing and constructing the innovation cruise ship. The live broadcast will be hosted by Nate Berkus who was part of the design team for the ship.
MSC Cruises has announced that is has confirmed and signed the final contacts with Fincantieri shipyard for the construction of four luxury cruise ships.
Each of the four ships will have a gross tonne of 64,000 and feature the very latest state-of-the-art maritime and environmental technologies.
Seabourn has announced the name of its first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship which is set to launch in June 2021.
The 23,000 gross tonne vessel will be named Seabourn Venture, which according to the cruise line draws on its heritage in providing expedition experiences.
The 2000-built cruise ship Celebrity Millennium has emerged from dry dock in Singapore following an extensive refurbishment, part of the cruise line’s $500 million Celebrity Revolution project.
The 2,038-passenger cruise ship is the first in the Celebrity Cruises fleet to undergo the Celebrity Revolution. The ship emerged from dry dock with the cruise line’s new livery, featuring a dark blue hull, like that seen on the cruise line’s newest ship, Celebrity Edge.
Attention all Shipping at 00.00hrs July 5, 2019: The iconic names broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s British Isles Shipping Forecast will ring out on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Discovery with eight suites named after the areas Bailey, Fair Isle, FitzRoy, Hebrides, Humber, Lundy, Thames and Trafalgar.
A nod to Saga Cruises’ heritage also sees the ship’s four top suites honour inspiring names including company founder Sidney de Haan OBE. Mr de Hann (1919-2002) built the company from a small hotel in Folkestone in 1951 to become the best-known UK company for the over-50s.
Cunard has introduced a new dining concept across its fleet of three ships. The new concept, ‘Steakhouse at the Verandah’ was trialed aboard the company’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 but has now been introduced on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The ships’ teams of chefs have curated a menu which takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic, showcasing Prime USDA grain finished New York Strip steak, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab, as well as dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass fed dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. The new menu also features offerings from other destinations further away such as renowned Wagyu Beef from Australia also feature.