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.
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.
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.
Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas has arrived back into Southampton following an extensive refurbishment at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport Bahama.
The 2008 built cruise ship spent around a month in dry-dock whilst the refreshment work was carried out. During this time many changes took place on board, including the addition of new staterooms and suites as well as exciting new passenger venues. Some existing passenger venues will also be relocated or removed to make way for new features.
MSC Cruises 5,714-passenger MSC Meraviglia is to feature on an hour-long episode of the UK TV series Building Giants on More4.
The episode featuring the MSC Cruises flagship will air on 07 May 2018 at 9pm. The ship arrived in Southampton for the first time on 26 April 2018 and has since visited ports of call in Scotland and this bank holiday weekend will visit Dublin and Cobh in Ireland.
The 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess has arrived in Southampton to begin its summer season, following an extensive two-week refurbishment in Singapore.
Sapphire Princess spent 38 days cruising from Singapore, via the Indian Ocean and Europe visiting 17 ports of call before arriving in Southampton on 05 May 2018. It is the first time the cruise ship have ever visited Europe and the United Kingdom.
The 2,886-passenger Celebrity Silhouette arrived in Southampton on 28 April 2018, replacing its sister ship Celebrity Eclipse which sailed from the UK ports for eight years.
The 122,000 gross tonne Celebrity Silhouette was launched in July 2011 and is the fourth of five ships in the Solstice-class of luxury cruise ships from Celebrity Cruises.
MSC Cruises’ 167,600 gross tonne MSC Meraviglia made its maiden call into Southampton on 26 April 2018 during a repositing cruise from Genova, Italy to Hamburg, Germany.
The 5,714-passenger ship was launched in June 2017 and is currently the largest cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and one of the largest ever to visit Southampton.
Norwegian Bliss was officially delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line on 19 April 2018 in Bremerhaven, Germany, when ship was handed over to the cruise line from the Meyer Werft shipyard.
The new 167,800 gross tonne cruise ship, which is the third Breakaway-Plus class ship, is the sixteenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.
Royal Caribbean International’s 3,634-passenger cruise ship, Independence of the Seas arrived at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport, Bahama on 04 April 2018 to being its refurbishment.
The ship will spend around a month in dry-dock whilst the refurbishment work is carried out. During this time many changes will take place on board, including the addition of new staterooms and suites as well as exciting new passenger venues. Some existing passenger venues will also be relocated or removed to make way for new features.