The start-up cruise line from Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Voyages officially opened bookings on 14 February 2019.
Sir Richard Branson and Tom McAlpin, President, Virgin Voyages officially announced bookings were open at an exclusive event in New York City at One World Trade.
On 14 February 2019, Princess Cruises and the shipyard Fincantieri celebrated three construction milestones for the cruise lines next three Royal-Class cruise ships, each at a different stage in their construction.
The ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. Present at the event was Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises & Carnival Australia Group President and Luigi Matarazzo, Senior Executive Vice President of the Merchant Ships Business Unit, Fincantieri.
The steel cutting ceremony for the second Quantum-Ultra class ship for Royal Caribbean International has taken place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
At the steel cutting ceremony, which took place on 01 February 2019, the name of the new ship could clearly be seen at Odyssey of the Seas. The ship 168,666 gross tonne ship will be a sister ship to Spectrum of the Seas, which is due to launch in spring 2019.
With just over one month until MSC Bellissima is named in Southampton, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, MSC Cruises, has revealed more details about the three days of celebrations that will launch the cruise line’s new flagship.
Hosting the Naming Ceremony proceedings on the 02 March 2019 March in Southampton, will be English TV presenter and star of ITV, Holly Willoughby. She is best known for her current presenting roles on ‘This Morning’ (ITV), ‘Dancing on Ice’ (ITV) and ‘Celebrity Juice’ (ITV2). She recently joined Dec in jungle for a once in a lifetime opportunity co-hosting last year’s 'I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’.
TUI Cruises has taken delivery of its latest new ship, Mein Schiff 2. The ship was delivered to the cruise line on 22 January 2019, from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The Mein Schiff 2 is 111,500 gross tonne and along with her sister ship Mein Schiff 1, the two vessels are the largest ships ever built for TUI Cruises. Mein Schiff 2 measures 315 metres in length and has a double occupancy passenger capacity of 2,894.
The highly anticipated new ship, Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages, which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy has got a splash of paint!
Scarlet Lady is just the first of fourth ground-breaking cruise ships which Virgin Voyages has ordered from the shipyard. Construction of the 110,000 gross tonne ship is progressing well, ahead of its delivery date in 2020. The ship has recently had its stern painted bright red, with the Virgin logo added as well as the ship's name.
Princess Cruises has announced that three more ships in its fleet – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – are to be fully Princess Medallion-activated; meaning a total of five ships in the fleet will now feature the award-winning technology.
The Medallion will be available on the 3,080-guest Crown Princess in July 2019, sailing from Southampton around the British Isles. The 3,560-passenger Royal Princess will also benefit from the technology from April as she departs for her first ever cruise season in Alaska.
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.
Virgin Voyages has released several designs and images of their RockStar Suites. The exciting brand new, game-changer cruise line is throwing out traditional clichés on luxury and formalities, instead bringing Rebellious Luxe to life at sea with their RockStar Suites designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio as the pinnacle of that experience.
Virgin Voyages first ship, Scarlet Lady, set to debut in 2020, will feature a total of 78 RockStar Suites, all located on the top decks and will feature private balconies. The RockStar Suites have been designed to maximize ocean views and many will have ‘peek-a-boo’ showers with an inset window overlooking the ocean. The suite accommodations will feature mood lighting that automatically adjusts throughout the day.
Oceania Cruises has announced plans to build two brand new cruise ships. The new Allura Class ships will be constructed at the Fincantieri Shipyard, in Trieste, Italy.
The cruise line currently has plans to build two ships, with first expected to launch in 2022, whilst the second ship will debut in 2025. The last new-build cruise ship for Ocean Cruises was Riviera, which launched in 2012.