On 04 December 2018, the latest addition to the Celebrity Cruises fleet, Celebrity Edge, was christened at ceremony on the quayside next to the ship docked in Port Everglades, Florida.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai was the chosen to be Godmother for the highly anticipated new ship. Over 3,000 guests, employees, crew members and students attended the ceremony to celebrate the debut of the cruise line’s brand new ship, the first in six years!
Holland America Line has taken delivery of its newest cruise ship, the 99,500 gross tonne, Nieuw Statendam. The ship was handed over to the cruise line by Fincantieri at the shipyard in Marghera, Italy on 29 November 2018.
The ship is the second Pinnacle-class ship in the Holland America Line fleet, sister to Koningsdam which was delivered in 2016.
On 28 November 2018, Norwegian Cruise Line held an unforgettable keel laying ceremony for its newest ship, Norwegian Encore at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The cruise line also revealed further details the award-winning entertainment line-up and leading recreational amenities which will debut on board the new ship.
Virgin Voyages has announced that bookings for the inaugural season of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, will go on sale on 14 February 2019.
Cruise itineraries are still yet to be announced but Virgin Voyages has confirmed that the ship will home port from Miami and cruise to Havana, Cuba. The ship will sail from a custom-built state-of-the-art cruise terminal to be construction at PortMiami.
Virgin Voyages has revealed plans for its very own custom-built cruise terminal at PortMiami, which will be home for its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady.
The announcement was made on 28 November 2018 at PortMiami LIVE on Facebook, with Sir Richard Branson and Tom McAlpin, CEO, Virgin Voyages present. The state-of-the-art cruise terminal will be named Palm Grove. The new terminal is inspired by the history and heritage of Miami Beach.
The bridge section for Virgin Voyages first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady has been lifted into place atop the ship at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy where the ship is currently under construction.
Scarlet Lady is the first of three new-build cruise ships for Virgin Voyages and is set to enter service in 2020. The second ship is due for delivery in 2021, whilst the third ship is expected to be delivered in 2022.
Carnival Panorama, the next new cruise ship set to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in December 2019, will feature the cruise line’s first-ever SkyZone trampoline park.
The venue will span more than 3,000 square feet on Decks 6 and 7, featuring a 12-lane trampoline court as well as a recreation area with a climbing wall, balance/jousting beam, climbing apparatus and a tug of war.
Construction of the first of two Seaside Evo-class ships for MSC Cruises has begun, with the cutting of the first piece of steel taking place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy on 26 November 2018.
MSC Cruises also announced that the new ship will be named MSC Seashore. The 169,400 gross tonne ship will be the largest ship ever to be built in Italy and is due to enter service in spring 2021.
MSC Cruises has announced a partnership with Chelsea Football Club. The cruise line will become the official global cruise partner of the football club.
The multi-million-pound partnership will also extend to LED perimeter advertising, VIP hospitality, star player engagement as well as a dedicated digital marketing presence. It will commence in January 2019 and will run until June 2021.
The 100 day countdown to the launch of MSC Bellissima began with the new MSC Cruises flagship to be named in Southampton, UK on 02 March 2019.
With a maximum capacity of 5,686 guests and gross tonnage of 171,598, MSC Bellissima will be the biggest ship to be named in Southampton and will certainly live up to her name meaning “most beautiful” by offering guests a beautiful and memorable cruise experience.