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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder Makes Maiden Departure From New Orleans.

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder First Disney Ship to Sail From New Orleans
Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder First Disney Ship to Sail From New Orleans


Disney Cruise Line has just embarked on an inaugural season sailing from New Orleans. This also marks the very first time that Disney Cruise Line has had a homeport in Louisiana. On the Disney Wonder’s first departure from the Crescent City on Feb. 7, 2020, the ship received a celebratory bon voyage from Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and members of the traditional New Orleans Treme Brass Band.

The Disney Wonder sails various itineraries from New Orleans including sailings to Mexico, The Bahamas, The Western Caribbean, the Disney Private Island and a one-way trans canal cruise to the West Coast.



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Monday, February 24, 2020

Learn about the Amenities, Staterooms, Lounges and Bars in the Review of Noregian Cruise LIne's Norwegian Gem.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gems Returns to New York  Read the Norwegian Gem Cruise Review staterooms, lounges bars and more.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gems Returns to New York After a Season from Boston. Read the Norwegian Gem Cruise Review.


Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian  Gem return to New York in April 2020. The Norwegian Gem will sail select cruises during the winter to the Caribbean, Southern Caribbean and Trans Canal cruises to the West Coast all from New York.

At our sister site - NYCruiseInfo.com - we have just published a review of the Norwegian Gem, which is a favorite of New York and Bostonian cruisers.

Check out  The Review of the Norwegian Gems' Staterooms, Lounges, Amenities, and Statistics.  for all you need to know.


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Friday, February 21, 2020

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Apex Completes Sea Trials

Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex Completes Sea Trials -Chantiers de Atlantique - European Cruises 2020
Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex Completes Sea Trials -Chantiers de Atlantique


Celebrity Apex returned to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, over the weekend following a very successful first sea trial. As anticipated, the Celebrity Cruises ship followed in the footsteps of its Edge Series sister ship, the award-winning Celebrity Edge, far surpassing performance expectations.
 
The trial, conducted between February 4 – 8, 2020, in the Bay of Biscay near the shipyard, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts. Despite the optimal trial conditions, including strong winds and waves, the second-in-series ship showcased a superior level of comfort and fuel efficiency thanks to the revolutionary design of the Parabolic Ultrabow.
 
“The purpose of a sea trial is to test the functionality of the ship, but this wasn’t just any sea trial – and Celebrity Apex isn’t just any ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “In typical Edge Series-fashion, the ship absolutely exceeded our expectations, performing perfectly in line with our above-and-beyond operating standards.”
 
“It was an absolute honor to stand at the helm of Celebrity Apex for her highly successful first sea trial,” said Celebrity Apex Captain Dimitris Kafetzis. “Celebrity Apex is truly a beautiful and highly advanced vessel.”
 
Celebrity Apex encores the transformational look and feel of the line’s first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, with such distinctive features as the floating Magic Carpet cantilevered off the ship's side inviting guests to eat, drink and soar up to 16 decks above the sea; the all-exclusive experience for all suite guests in The Retreat; dramatically expanded staterooms with Infinite Verandas; soothing indoor and outdoor garden escapes; magnificent two-story Edge Villas with their own private terrace and plunge pool; and high-style spaces throughout public areas, keeping focus on the contemporary design elements that are a highlight of the Edge Series of ships.
 
It then adds new culinary, spa and wellness, and entertainment features and experiences guaranteed to make Celebrity Apex the industry’s “it” ship. Celebrity Apex will also debut new, all-inclusive amenities and pre-cruise concierge services in The Retreat for all suite guests.
 
Celebrity Apex will begin its inaugural season on April 1, 2020, with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern Europe destinations and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.





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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Royal Caribbean and Antigua Sign Agreement To Create The Fyrst Royal Beach Club


Beach Photo From Antigua - Royal Caribbean and Antigua Government to develop Beach Club
Beach Photo From Antigua

Royal Caribbean International and the government of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the assistance of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda, have signed an agreement for the company’s first Royal Beach Club. The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year.

Created exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, the Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of pristine beachfront and combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities. The ultimate beach club experience will offer guests exceptional views from private cabanas and a stunning pool with a swim-up bar, complemented by locally inspired experiences. Featuring regional fare, island-style BBQs, live music, along with thrills such as jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and a family splash pad, the beach club will make for an unforgettable day at the beach.

“The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Together with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, we will bring to life an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and create significant economic benefits and opportunities. In addition, we are looking at ways for the local community to also enjoy the beach club on days our ships are in other destinations.”

The cruise line has also committed to bringing Symphony of the Seas to the island nation with a call on Nov. 3, 2020. Docking at a new port at the capital of St. John’s, Symphony will be the first Oasis Class ship to visit the island. While visiting St. John’s, guests on board Symphony will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and heritage of the island, delectable delicacies and some of the world’s best beaches.

The Honorable Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Investments, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, said: “The government of Antigua and Barbuda is truly grateful and appreciative that Royal Caribbean’s first Royal Beach Club will be in Antigua, which confirms confidence in our twin island state. We are also excited to share our beautiful island with guests sailing aboard Royal Caribbean ships when they begin calling to the island later this year.”    



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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cruise and Maritime Voyages Amy Johnson Artists Rendering and Maiden Voyage Announced.


Artist Rending of Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Amy Johnson when She Enters Service in April 2021
Artist Rending of Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Amy Johnson when She Enters Service in April 2021

Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced the maiden voyage of their latest ship - Amy Johnson. 
Following delivery and a refurbishment program, the Amy Johnson, will sail from Singapore April 15, 2021 on a 43-night cruise through Asia, the Middle East, transiting the Suez Canal, before visiting ports in Europe on the way to London Tilbury.

History
 
 The Amy Johnson is currently sailing for P&O / Carnival Australia as the Pacific Dawn. Before that, she sailed for Princess Cruises as the Regal Princess of  1991. The ship was initially designed by Sitmar Cruises and was transferred before her completion to Princess as part of their purchase of Sitmar Cruises. The ship is expected to undergo a refit in Singapore before sailing for Cruise and Maritime Voyages in April 2021.

Adult only

The ship will be adult only.
CMV’s Sales Director, Lisa Jacobs said, ‘Amy Johnson will be the flagship of the CMV fleet. A real step up for us whilst still maintaining our key brand values of a more traditional style of cruising and maritime experience.’

Singapore back to Europe

Inaugural guests will fly from London overnight to join the ship in Singapore. The maiden voyage includes ports in Malaysia, then to India, visiting Egypt and a chance to see Luxor and Jordan. From the Suez Canal there is the opportunity to explore Cairo followed by ancient sites in Greece and Italy.

The South of France, southern Spain plus Portugal’s Lisbon and Oporto are towards the end of the journey with La Coruña and Amsterdam the final calls on the way to Tilbury.

Amy Johnson’s inaugural season also includes a 32-night sailing from Tilbury to the Black Sea and Mediterranean departing October 9, 2021 with calls in Odessa, Constanta, Bulgaria, Istanbul and Athens. Then onto Israel and Egypt followed by Malta, Sicily, Gibraltar and Vigo on the voyage back to the UK.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Norwegian Spirit Emerges From $100 Milion Dollar Refit - Eastern Med Cruises Announced.

Norwegian Cruise Line announces the completion of the Norwegian Spirit's $100 Million dollar refit and the new deployment for the Norwegian Spirit. The Norwegian Spirit was slated to sail in Asia after her refit - but due to the Coronavirus the entire series of cruises in Asia have been cancelled. The Norwegian Spirit sailed directly from the shipyard to Marseilles, France  where she will  waiting the start up of her new Eastern Mediterranean itineraries.

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today unveils the all-new Norwegian Spirit following an over $100 million renovation as part of The Norwegian Edge® program, which reaffirms the Company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet
 
Norwegian Spirit emerged from a 43-day dry dock in Marseille, France to arrive to Civitavecchia, Italy, boasting 14 new venues, additional and updated staterooms, enhanced public areas and new hull art. She will set sail on a series of immersive 17, 20 and 28-day exotic expeditions spanning three continents, departing from Civitavecchia, Italy on Feb. 14, 2020; Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 2, 2020; and Cape Town, South Africa on March 22, 2020, before homeporting in Athens (Piraeus), Greece for the first time on April 19, 2020.

She will offer a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through Nov. 8, 2020. Open for sale today, the new destination-rich itineraries, many which boast extended port times, will explore seven or eight ports in seven days, calling to sought-after destinations including Rhodes, Mykonos; Santorini and Corfu, Greece; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Ashdod and Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus as well as two new ports of call for the brand, Patmos and Volos, Greece.


As the most extensive bow-to-stern revitalization of any ship in the Company’s history, Norwegian Spirit’s enhancements include a doubled-in-size Mandara Spa, complete with a new thermal suite and relaxation area; an expanded Pulse Fitness Center; and the second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea. New complimentary dining venues include an additional main dining room, Taste; the 24-hour eatery, The Local Bar and Grill; the all-day dining outlet, Garden Café; the Great Outdoors Bar; and Waves Pool Bar. Making their debut are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge, as well as the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge featuring two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar, which transforms into an after-hours entertainment venue.
  Norwegian Spirit will emerge from dry dock single-use plastic beverage bottle free as part of a significant effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea.  As of Jan. 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line is the first major cruise line to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles across its entire fleet, an effort made possible through a recent partnership with JUST Goods, Inc
“It is truly exciting to celebrate Norwegian Spirit’s sail out of dry dock to incredible destinations following her significant renovation,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Europe is the number one destination for international arrivals, and we are very proud to position Norwegian Spirit for her first post-dry-dock season in this high-demand region. Our brand has been recognized 12 times in a row by the World Travel Awards as ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ and we are thrilled to offer our guests even more great itineraries in the region, allowing them to explore multiple destinations while unpacking only once.”

The revitalized Norwegian Spirit further strengthens the Company’s presence in Europe, where the cruise line will position a total of seven ships in 2020: Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade.







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Monday, February 17, 2020

Italy's Fincantieri Delivers Virgin Voyages First Ship - The Scarlett Lady

Italy's Fincantieri Delivers Virgin Voyages First Cruise Ship - the Scarlet Lady - Adults only - sailing from Miami
Italy's Fincantieri Delivers Virgin Voyages First Cruise Ship - the Scarlet Lady


Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle and travel brand delivering irresistible vacations in cruising, announced today that the Scarlet Lady has officially reached completion. Nearly three years in the making, Virgin Voyages formally welcomes its first 'Lady Ship,' Scarlet Lady, in its fleet of four to the open waters, departing the shipyard in Genoa, Italy. In just 46 days, Sailors will embark on the Maiden Voyage, departing from her home port in Miami.

On the heels of this celebratory occasion, Virgin Voyages welcomes Scarlet Lady with an industry-leading approach that takes immediate action to address climate change. Not only has the brand designed its fleet of ships to the latest energy-efficiency standards with state-of-the art equipment, Virgin Voyages is offsetting its direct climate change emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets. This commitment makes the brand the first cruise line to become carbon-neutral for its direct emissions footprint from its first day of commercial operation. The projects that will be supported by Scarlet Lady will meet high-quality, internationally-recognized verification standards, including The Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard.

"It's wonderful to welcome Scarlet Lady today," says Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. "I'm so proud that as we start this exciting journey, we also bring to life Virgin Voyages' commitment to preserving the ocean and the first of many steps towards a net zero carbon future."
The brand has recognized that climate change is an urgent, global issue for every industry and business. Like others, Virgin Voyages' long-term ambition is a net-zero carbon future. This will require significant advancements in technology and infrastructure, and access to solutions that remain in development. And, Virgin Voyages is committed to working with the industry to support the necessary research and development to advance carbon-free fuels and to scale commercially viable solutions.

"The ocean is our home, and we are on a mission to protect it. The single-biggest threat facing our ocean is climate change, and we want to be part of the solution," said Tom McAlpin, CEO and President of Virgin Voyages. "We are committed to pioneering new technologies onboard and working with our industry peers to advance research and development for zero-carbon fuels." 
Virgin Voyages is one of first cruise lines to use Climeon, a technology that utilizes heat generated from the ship's engines to generate electricity, thereby decreasing the demand for fuel. While the industry continues to improve on the journey for readily available and commercially viable solutions, purchasing high-quality carbon offsets allows us to take immediate action, while also supporting a long-term strategy that secures a net-zero future for the cruise industry.



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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Chinese Joint Venture Cruise Line Takes Delivery of the Costa Atlantica

Costa Atlantica First Ship In New Joint Partnership with Carnival and China State Shipbuilding Corporation
Costa Atlantica First Ship In New Joint Partnership with Carnival and CSSC.

The Costa Atlantica has officially been handed over to Carnival Corporation’s joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), where the Chinese state-owned conglomerate holds a 60 percent share. A ceremony was held in China earlier this week to mark the transfer of ownership of the 2000-built ship.

The ship will continue to sail under the Costa banner, and a second vessel, the Costa Mediterranea will also move to the joint venture by 2021.

Chinese news reports quoted Yang Guobing of China Ship Carnival (Shanghai) Cruise Co., Ltd. as saying the Mediterranea will reposition to China after a 40-day voyage from Venice to Shanghai in early 2021.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

TUI Assesses Potential for Further Growth at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Through Expansion of Its Luxury Segment in the German and Adjacent Markets

Growth Expected for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as TUI Groups Seek a Strategic Partner
TUI Groups Reveals It Is Seeking a Strategic Partner to Expand the Hapag-Lloyd Brand




Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has traditionally targeted guests in German-speaking countries. Demand for luxury cruises also exists in non-German-speaking markets, and, as previously communicated, TUI is evaluating its​ strategic expansion options.

TUI believes various expansion and financial models are feasible to support Hapag-Lloyd’s expansion. In particular, TUI is in discussions about joint venture structures such as TUI Cruises.
In line with Group strategy, the transformation to a digital company has been initiated. At the same time TUI will continue the successful integrated model while moving ahead with the expansion of the hotels and cruise business at a lower level of capital intensity.


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