Launched on 12 March 1964 and named Columba, the ship was originally built as a car ferry whilst operated between the Western Isles in Scotland.
After 35 years of service as a car ferry, the ship underwent a major refurbishment in 1989, emerging as the cruise ship Hebridean Princess.
The latest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet and the cruise line’s new flagship, MSC Bellissima, was officially named in Southampton on 02 March 2019.
MSC Cruises invited guests from across the world, including VIPs, press and media, bloggers and influencers as well as travel agent partners to the star-studded event in Southampton.
The 171,598 gross tonne MSC Bellissima has arrived in Southampton, ahead of the official naming ceremony which will take place on 02 March 2019.
MSC Cruises took delivery of the ship from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 27 February 2019. The ship is equipped with the latest advances in maritime design, state-of-the-art environmental features and cutting-edge customer-centric technology.
MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its brand new flagship from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The 171,598 gross tonne MSC Bellissima has officially joined the MSC Cruises fleet. The ship is equipped with the latest advances in maritime design, state-of-the-art environmental features and cutting-edge customer-centric technology.
MSC Cruises has announced that superstar tenor, Andrea Bocelli will be performing at the naming ceremony of its newest ship, MSC Bellissima in Southampton.
Bocelli will perform alongside his son Matteo during the traditional Officers’ Parade at the ceremony, which will take place in Southampton, shore side next to the ship in a custom-built marquee at City Cruise Terminal on 02 March 2019.
Hurtigruten’s first of two new 20,000 gross tonne cruise ships, Roald Amundsen has successfully completed its first set of sea trials, ahead of its delivery later this year.
The 530-passenger Roald Amundsen was constructed at the Kleven shipyard in Norway and is the first cruise ship to be built with hybrid battery power propulsion technology.
Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, was floated out from the construction hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 25 February 2019.
The ship is the cruise line’s first Quantum-Ultra class vessel and is now berthed in the shipyard’s basin. The shipyard will continue the outfitting of the ship here before it leaves for sea trials later this year.
Royal Caribbean International has entered into an agreement with the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France, to construct a sixth Oasis-class ship.
The brand new Oasis-class ship is expected to be delivered to Royal Caribbean International and join the fleet in autumn 2023.
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.