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Friday, July 7, 2017

MSC Cruises Takes Delivery of the MSC Meraviglia Built by STX France.


MSC Cruises takes delivery of the MSC Meraviglia built by STX France.
MSC Cruises takes delivery of the MSC Meraviglia built by STX France.


In mid-June MSC Cruises' took ownership of their new 167,600gt MSC Meraviglia, The ship was build at STX France in St Nazaire.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dawn Princess Enters Dry Dock and Emerges As P&O Australia's Pacific Explorer.

 
P&O Australia's Artists Rendering of the Pacific Explorer. ex Dawn Princess
P&O Australia's Artists Rendering of the Pacific Explorer.

The final countdown is on for next month’s debut of P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer, with the ship’s multi-million dollar transformation underway in Singapore.

During her 12-day drydock, the vessel – formerly sailing as Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess – will undergo a massive refit which will see the addition of a range of exciting new features for Australian holidaymakers.

When she sails from Sydney on her first cruise on June 22, Pacific Explorer will be sporting the two longest and wildest waterslides on an Australian-based ship – each stretching more than 80 metres – along with an action-packed waterpark and a barefoot lawn bowling green. Top-deck favourites P&OEdge Adventure Park and the Big Screen will also be installed during the ship’s dry dock.
During her time in Singapore, Pacific Explorer’s public spaces, including its multi-storey atrium, lounges, bars and restaurants, will be transformed with the introduction of the stylish modern Australian décor and quirky features which have become a trademark of the P&O fleet in recent years.

Continuing P&O Cruises’ ongoing food evolution, Pacific Explorer’s refit will include the creation of  new dining options from fast-casual dining at Luke’s, a new poolside grill by Australian chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan to a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria called 400 Gradi, by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco. 

Guests will also be able to dine in the ship’s Waterfront Restaurant, try a taste of la dolce vita in its Italian restaurant Angelo’s, relax in the sultry atmosphere of the pan-Asian restaurant Dragon Lady or be spoilt for choice in The Pantry, an international marketplace of nine fresh food outlets already popular across the P&O Cruises’ fleet.

Relaxation and good times will also be on the menu in Pacific Explorer’s elegant new small bar, The Bonded Store, featuring a cocktail list created in partnership with Sydney-based award-winning Archie Rose Distilling Co, as well as whisky and gin-making classes.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer was the perfect addition to P&O’s existing four-ship fleet.

“Pacific Explorer is the next stage in the evolution of P&O, building on our very popular modern Australian holiday offering with some exciting new features.  We can’t wait to show her off to our guests,” Mr Myrmell said.

Pacific Explorer will set sail from Singapore on June 9.



   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Saga Cruises Reveals Images Of Interior and Exterior of New Ships.



Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery Main Dining Room
Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery Main Dining Room

Artists Rendering Of Saga Cruises' New Spirit of Discovery Currently under construction at Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard.
Artists Rendering Of Saga Cruises' New Spirit of Discovery Currently under construction at Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard.




Saga Cruises has released new artist’s impressions of the main dining spaces on Spirit of Discovery, its first new build vessel under construction at Meyer Werft and launching in summer 2019.

Saga Cruises caters to adult only cruises and as previously reported the Spirit of Discovery will replace the Saga Pearl II on 2019.




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Monday, July 3, 2017

Princess Cruises Debuts 2018-2019 Exotics Sailings - Worldwide Cruise Vacation Destinations Will Visit 47 Countries



Princess Cruises' Royal Princess to Circum-Navigate South America
Princess Cruises has debuted its 2018-2019 Exotics program which will take guests to culturally rich and iconic cruise destinations around the globe. With more than 50 departures, ranging in length from three to 111 days, these worldwide cruise itineraries go on sale today.

The diverse deployment includes six ships sailing on 27 unique itineraries throughout five continents, visiting 93 destinations and 47 countries. Guests can book cruises to South America, Southeast Asia and China. In addition, cruisers will experience less-traveled ports aboard the cruise line’s small ship that will circumvent the globe on a 111-day World Cruise sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles or Ft. Lauderdale.

 “Our Exotics program offers our guests the chance to travel to intriguing destinations all over the world, allowing our guests to experience different cultures in places they’ve dreamed of visiting,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’re proud that these award-winning itineraries make us a destination leader in the cruise industry.”

Exotics deployment highlight include:

    OCEAN Medallion-enabled Royal Princess sails her maiden voyage around Cape Horn on a 49-day South America Grand Adventure – the cruise line’s largest ship ever to visit South America. Guests will experience the highly anticipated, wearable device powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the One Cruise Experience Access Network™. (O·C·E·A·N™), making possible a new level of personalization that delivers an enhanced guest experience not previously available in the global vacation industry.
    Coral Princess sails a new 60-day Circle North Pacific voyage roundtrip Los Angeles, calling to 22 destinations in 8 countries, including Asia, Alaska and Hawaii.
    Pacific Princess sails a new route on the 111-day World Cruise circumnavigating the Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.
    Two new 14- and 15-day Grand Asia voyages on Sapphire Princess sailing out of Shanghai and Singapore, complement the previously announced 14-day Majestic Grand Asia voyages on Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Majestic Princess.
    MORE ASHORE evening stays and overnights will be offered on select itineraries in 18 ports across 5 continents.
    Guests will enjoy bucket-list destination to more than 20 UNESCO World Cruise Heritage Sites, including Glacier Bay National Park, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Komodo National Park, Great Barrier Reef, Robben Island in Cape Town and more.

Princess’ 2018-2019 Exotics cruise program includes:

Asia: Coral Princess, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess

Guests can choose from three ships, sailing 18 itineraries to 34 destinations, from four homeports with 31 departures, ranging from three to 60 days.

Coral Princess debuts an epic 60-day Circle North Pacific voyage (roundtrip Los Angeles) that includes Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii, as well as the best of Alaska, including Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and our first call to Kodiak in nearly a decade. Nine ports feature MORE ASHORE evening stays in Juneau, Tokyo (Yokohama), Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Beijing (Tianjin), Shanghai, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong and Honolulu. This voyage will also be offered as the following voyages:

  •     28-day Circle North Pacific: Los Angeles to Shanghai
  •     32-day Circle North Pacific: Shanghai to Los Angeles

Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess both return to homeport in Singapore together for a season of cruises ranging from three to 21 days, with stops in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

For the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays, Diamond Princess sails a 10-day Southeast Asia and 11-day Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia voyage, which can be combined for a 21-day vacation.

Additionally, Sapphire Princess sails a 15-day Grand Asia voyage, featuring an overnight in Hong Kong. For the 2019 Lunar New Year, Sapphire Princess will be sailing a seven-day Vietnam & Thailand voyage (roundtrip Singapore).

South America: Royal Princess and Emerald Princess

In South America, two ships sailing seven itineraries to 25 destinations from 4 homeports, with 15 departures ranging from 14 to 49 days are offered.

OCEAN Medallion-enabled Royal Princess sails her maiden voyage to South America on a 49-day South America Grand Adventure, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles. In addition, Emerald Princess returns to South America, navigating around Cape Horn on five departures between Santiago (Valparaiso) and Buenos Aires.

Royal Princess and Emerald Princess both feature Peru, Chile and an overland to Machu Picchu on the 16-day Andes & South America cruises between Los Angeles and Santiago (Valparaiso), which can be combined with a 14-day Cape Horn cruise for a 30-day Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure.

Both ships also sail 19-day Brazilian Adventure cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Buenos Aires, which can be combined with the 14-day Cape Horn cruises for a 33-day Cape Horn & Brazil Grand Adventure.

 World Cruise: Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess offers a 111-day World Cruise voyage roundtrip from Los Angeles or Ft. Lauderdale, with 41 destinations, in 27 countries on 5 continents, featuring a circumnavigation around the Cape of Good Hope with overnights in Cape Town and Singapore.

The cruise includes three maiden ports of call to Stewart Island (New Zealand), the remote island of St. Helena (U.K. territory) and Guadeloupe (Pointe-à-Pitre).

 For a shorter world voyage, Pacific Princess offers the opportunity to sail a 96-day World Cruise embarking in Los Angeles and disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale. Princess Cruises also offers the opportunity to join the World Cruise for a portion of the journey including a 72-day South Pacific & Indian Ocean, 43-day Australia & Africa, 39-day Africa, South America & Panama Canal, 29-day Hawaii & South Pacific, 24-day Africa & South America and a choice of two 15-day Panama Canal Connoisseur voyages sailing between Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Peace Boat and Arctech sign letter of intent for Ecoship



Rendering of Peaceboat's New EcoShip for Delivery in 2020 From Finland.s Arctech
Rendering of Peaceboat's New EcoShip for Delivery in 2020 From Finland.s Arctech

Peace Boat has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Finnish shipbuilding company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc., to construct the Ecoship, the world's greenest cruise ship. Peace Boat director and founder Yoshioka Tatsuya, CEO from Arctech Esko Mustamaki and Senior Vice President, Regional Manager North Europe, from Classification Society DNV GL, Jon Rysst, announced the agreement during Nor-Shipping, the biggest maritime trade fair in Scandinavia.

Yoshioka said: "We have agreed with Arctech to build the Ecoship, the most innovative and ecologically friendly cruise vessel ever. We believe this ship will be a game changer for the shipping industry and will contribute to the protection of the environment. It will be a flagship for climate change. We are very happy to work together with a Finnish shipyard, and look forward to exploring clean and sustainable technologies with partners throughout this region, which is known for its environmental leadership". Esko Mustamaki, from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, added: "We are very excited to work with Peace Boat in the construction of this very special vessel. Arctech has a long experience in design and construction of special products. Ecoship will combine Arctech's know-how in technically advanced and environmentally friendly vessels with the well-established expertise of the Finnish shipbuilding network in designing and building of high-class cruise vessels and other special products. Arctech is a forerunner in developing and applying technological innovations, including LNG propulsion." Before the event, the CEO DNV GL - Maritime, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, said: "It's really nice to see this innovative and exciting project proceed, this is a very positive development for Peace Boat. For us at DNV GL, it is always wonderful when such impressive projects using environmentally friendly technology take one step further towards being realized and we will continue to support this project". A final contract for the 2,000-passenger and 750-cabin 60,000 gt vessel is expected to be signed shortly. The new ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020. Ecoship, with its nature-inspired architectural design by Spanish company Oliver Design, will be the platform for Peace Boat's round-the-world cruise carrying 6,000 people per year; host exhibitions on green technology in up to 100 ports per year; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory contributing to research on the ocean, climate and green marine technology. The ship also will create awareness and encourage active engagement with the challenges embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Poseidon Expeditions’ M/v Sea Spirit Undergoes $2.5 Million Refurbishment Ahead of 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic Seasons

Poseidon Expedition's Chartered Sea Spirit - fresh from $2.5 Million dollar refit
Poseidon Expedition's Chartered Sea Spirit - fresh from $2.5 Million dollar refit


Poseidon Expeditions’ polar cruising star, the all-suite, 114-passenger M/v Sea Spirit, has repositioned to Nuuk, Greenland, to begin her 2017 Arctic season, following a $2.5 million-plus refurbishment of all 54 guest suites during a recent dry dock in Vigo, Spain.
This was the final phase of a full-ship refurbishment that began two years ago with restoration of the ship’s public areas. In charge of this last phase of interior refurbishment is Nedgé Louis-Jacques of Tomas Tillberg Design & Associates of Weston, FL, specialists in marine architecture and design.

 Each suite features completely new bath modules including new tile throughout, stone vanity top with integrated mirror, sink and fixtures, towel bars and mirrors. A glass divider panel separates each shower and sink unit.

Suites are appointed with new lounge and desk chairs, beds, mattresses and coffee tables, flat screen TVs, light fixtures, sconces and soft goods: drapes, bedspreads, carpeting and upholstery. Beds in all suites are convertible to either twin or queen configuration. The palette selected for fabrics and carpets reflects the muted mystery of the polar environments through which Sea Spirit travels. Think soft browns, beiges that resemble colors of ceramics, and blues reflecting the seas, all playing off of original wood paneling that is being retained.

Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions, said of the improvements: “While the focus of our guests and expedition team is on the wildlife and unique landscapes found in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing them with spacious, beautifully appointed accommodations goes a long way to complement and enhance the overall experience. The staterooms now afford an elegant retreat, a place to relax and recharge following active days exploring these remote environments.”

Sea Spirit sailed originally as the Renaissance IV, then worldwide and in Alaska as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010. Since then as Sea Spirit she has been providing polar adventure cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments. Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footages ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment; a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating; a well-stocked library; and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife. Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and naturalists include Zodiac landing craft excursions, hiking and optional kayaking and camping, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/) will again this season offer a wide range of Arctic cruises aboard the Sea Spirit, including a first-ever Voyage to The Arctic expedition, June 17-29, 2017, that explores Iceland’s northern fjords and travels along the Arctic Circle to the Norwegian coast where a number of stops are planned before proceeding north to Bear Island and the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Remote Franz Josef Land in the Russian High Arctic will also be explored on an Aug. 14-29, 2017, voyage.

Arctic rates in 2017 for the all-suite Sea Spirit begin at $8,395 per person, double, and if three people share a spacious Triple Suite the rate is just $5,995 per person. New for 2017 will be the inclusion of a pre-cruise hotel night in either Reykjavik, Iceland, or Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, depending on the itinerary.

Following the last Arctic voyage to East Greenland in mid-September of 2017, the vessel will position to South America to commence a series of expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands during the 2017-18 austral summer season. The new Antarctic season also will include the popular Antarctic Circle cruise, which travels below the most southerly of the earth’s five major circles of latitude, approximately 66º south.

Antarctic rates for the 2017-18 season begin at just $7,995 per person in a Triple Suite and $11,195 in a double-occupancy Main Deck Suite.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Witness Solar Eclipse.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Witness Solar Eclipse in August 2017
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Witness Solar Eclipse in August 2017


The “Great American Eclipse,” 99 years in the making, is already booking up hotels across the country, and Royal Caribbean International is providing the perfect solution for thrill seekers to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. The world’s most adventurous cruise line will host an out-of-this-world, 7-night Caribbean sailing on Oasis of the Seas, which will cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Taking place on one of the world’s largest and most adventure-packed ships, the Total Eclipse Cruise will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by a major headliner – to be revealed at a later date – to celebrate the celestial phenomenon that is poised to become the most photographed, most shared and most tweeted event in human history.

“We’re set to take vacationers on an unprecedented experience that is nearly a century in the making,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A total solar eclipse hasn’t crossed the entire U.S. since 1918, and with many of our ships sailing the Caribbean along the projected path, the stars aligned. Oasis of the Seas will have the vantage point of the century and an unforgettable celebration out at sea that adventurers won’t want to miss.”

The optimal viewing area along the eclipse’s path stretches across the country from Oregon to South Carolina before passing over the Caribbean Sea. On this trajectory, the sun will be entirely covered by the moon, and a moment this unique deserves an equally impressive experience. During this brag-worthy adventure to idyllic islands in the Caribbean, guests on Oasis of the Seas will be treated to a full slate of eclipse-themed activities, including dance parties, trivia, enrichment lectures, interactive science fun for kids, and tasty cocktails and dishes with names like the Cosmic Cosmo, Planetary Punch and Moon Pie, ensuring the most memorable and adventurous way to commemorate the Great American Eclipse.

In addition to celebrating this historic event on board one of the largest cruise ships in the world, thrill seekers also will enjoy Oasis of the Seas’ bold and unexpected lineup of experiences and amenities. From two FlowRider surf simulators and a zip line nine decks high – speeding riders 82 feet across an open-air atrium, to unparalleled entertainment, including Broadway’s hit musical CATS and high-diving, acrobatic performances in the iconic AquaTheater; and world-class dining, featuring a six-course seasonal menu at 150 Central Park by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, there is an adventure for travelers of all ages aboard Oasis.

The 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise on board Oasis of the Seas will set sail on Aug. 20, 2017 from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida and visit Eastern Caribbean destinations: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas;  and Nassau, Bahamas.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

MSC Cruises Reveals Artists Rendition of New LNG World-Class Newbuilds

MSC Cruises Reveals Rendering of 200,000 ton New LNG Ship
MSC Cruises Reveals Rendering of 200,000 ton New LNG Ship
MSC Cruises confirmed the order for up to four LNG-powered cruise ships of 200,000gt at STX France and released the first rendering of their unique design. The first in the series is expected to be delivered in 2022 which other following in 2024, 2025 and 2026. The total value of the order is expected to exceed $5 Billion US.

Exceeding 1,083 feet in length and 154 feet wide the 6,850 passenger ship will have what is being referred to as a Y-Shaped provide to maximized passenger exposure to the sea and nature.
Each ship will have 2,760 staterooms and accommodate up to 6,850 passengers—the highest capacity of any cruise ship.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Pullmantur's Sovereign to Sail in Brazilian Waters in the Winter of 2017-2018

Pullmantur's Sovereign to Sail in Brazilian Waters in the Winter of 2017-2018
Pullmantur's Sovereign to Sail in Brazilian Waters in the Winter of 2017-2018

Spain's Pullmantur Cruises announced that in the winter of 2017-18 the Sovereign will be assigned to the Brazilian Market. The ship is expected to sail a series of 4 night cruises from Santos and Rio de Janiaro. With longer cruises expected for special occasions like Christmas, New Years  and Carnivale.

The Sovereign is best known previously as Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas.

The agents for Pullamtur in Brazil have not been announced yet.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ulstein Verft Announced a Letter of Intent for 2 New X-Bow Exploration Ship for Undisclosed Operator.

Ulstein Verft Announced a Letter of Intent for 2 New X-Bow Exploration Ship for Undisclosed Operator.
Ulstein Verft Announced a Letter of Intent for 2 New X-Bow Exploration Ship for Undisclosed Operator.

Ulstein Verft said it signed a letter of a intent with an undisclosed owner for the construction of one or more expedition cruise vessels.
 
“The past few years we have worked strategically to target the exploration cruise market. This LOI proves that we are now confirming our position in this market. We are pleased to have been chosen as partner in this exciting project and we now look forward to turning this project into reality,” stated CEO Gunvor Ulstein, Ulstein Group.

The vessels will be designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions to incorporate the distinctive X-BOW design, and will be 120 metres long and 20 metres wide.

The vessels will surpass the newest regulatory demands for taking passengers into Arctic and Antarctic waters, and are planned for delivery in 2019 and 2020.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PONANT To Offer Blue Eye Underwater Lounge on New Ships.


PONANT offers you a world first on board its new ships, the PONANT EXPLORERS, designed for expedition cruises.

Beginning from 2018, Le Lapérouse will be the world’s first cruise ship with a multi-sensory underwater area, called the Blue Eye.
PONANT, in keeping with its pioneering spirit, is launching a world-first:
Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye.

Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be the next ship in the series.

The design of this technical prowess was entrusted to architect Jacques Rougerie, who is deeply passionate about the sea. Rougerie’s mission is to enable PONANT guests to perceive and feel the underwater universe that has never ceased to amaze and inspire him during his career through three innovative concepts.

Bionic & biomimetic

The space’s graphical references evoke cetaceans and jellyfish. This inspiration is evident in the lines of the lounge, the positioning of the body, the furniture and the fittings. All focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the subaquatic world. The lighting in the lounge is developed through touches, disseminated in the space, allowing the spirit and the gaze to dive into the spectacle unfolding outside.
The mural décor disappears to make way for the integrated digital screens projecting the images filmed live by three underwater cameras. Placed at the ship’s strategic points, these cameras enable guests to witness, for example, the spectacle of dolphins playing in the bow waves.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

AIDA Cruises' AIDAnova will be the first ship of the next AIDA generation from Papenburg


Artists Rendering of the AIDAnova Debuting in 2018
Artists Rendering of the AIDAnova Debuting in 2018


As of December 2018, the 13th cruise ship of the AIDA fleet can be booked from 1 June, 2017 / From December 2018 onwards, in its premiere season, the ship will be traveling the Canary Islands

On 31 May, 2017, at 6:00 pm, one of the best-kept secrets of the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg was lifted: a spectacular graffiti surprise revealed the name of the first ship of the first generation that can run on LNG (liquefied natural gas) with nearly zero emissions. This name, AIDAnova, is now displayed on a graffiti banner in the construction halls where the ship is being built.

Its public unveiling took place within the scope of a Prime Time show aboard AIDAperla, which was broadcast on Facebook and on all AIDA ships worldwide.

In its first season, AIDAnova will be traveling Madeira and the Canary Islands for seven-day cruises from December 2018. Five islands in seven nights – for a summertime feeling in the middle of winter: guests on our cruise from/to Gran Canaria or Tenerife get to experience the fascinating destinations of Madeira, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Thanks to pleasant temperatures all year round, the varied scenery and short flight times, the Canary Islands are the perfect vacation destination. They are one of the most popular destinations for guests from the German-speaking region, particularly in the winter months. Under the headline of "My perfect vacation," the first cruises of the 13th member of the AIDA fleet can be booked from June 1, 2017, 10:00 am.

 

At www.aida.de/genaumeinurlaub, we present first impressions of AIDAnova, exciting videos, 360° photos of our new range of cabins and information about the next important milestones in the construction process. The keel laying of the new ship will take place in September 2017, at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg. Its undocking is scheduled for August 2018.

The new generation of AIDA ships combines innovative design with state-of-the-art technology to provide even greater onboard comfort. Successful services of the existing fleet have been improved and advanced. The themed experiences of the AIDAprime generation – such as the Theatrium, brewery, beach club and Four Elements – and completely new options offer limitless leisure on the open sea.

The many highlights aboard the new cruise ship include 21 different stateroom types, ranging from a penthouse suite and spacious family and patio cabins to comfortable single options with a balcony. Our various suite categories offer up to 53 square meters of living space, an airy sun terrace, a separate bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe and space for up to five occupants. We have also introduced junior suites with a beautiful winter garden.

Other highlights at a glance:

  • The new restaurant concept with 17 restaurants (5 specialty restaurants, 6 à la carte restaurants, 5 buffet restaurants, one snack bar) and 23 bars offers a variety of culinary trends from all over the world.

  • The world-class entertainment program of AIDA cruises is being enhanced with new concepts that will involve our guests to an even greater extent. The surprising, exceptional entertainment formats exclusively produced by and for AIDA will captivate them.

  • AIDAnova offers luxurious wellness over 3,545 square meters across two decks. The new Body & Soul Spa features five different saunas with an ocean view, a sun terrace with three Jacuzzis, a fireplace room, a tepidarium and two private wellness suites. Guests also have access to more than 80 relaxation, beauty and skincare treatments, and with more than 30 free exercise courses per week, the onboard gym leaves no wish unfulfilled. New: the Body & Soul Sport area is being expanded to include an open-air gym. Guests can train on state-of-the-art equipment while enjoying the fantastic ocean view and the fresh ocean air.

  • Our little guests can also look forward to a treat: three extra-long water slides, a ropes course, water playground and mini golf courses offer endless fun. The Mini Club on deck 16 takes care of toddlers from the age of six months; three- to eleven-year-olds are looked after in the Kids Club, and kids from the age of 12 get to hang out in the cool Wave Club. For the excursions ashore, AIDA organizes family-friendly tours and even trips for teenagers.
  •  Strolling on the ocean: On the Lanai deck, guests can stroll almost all the way around the entire ship. On the way, they can stop off at restaurants and bars as well as at the Lanai Bar in the stern.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saga Cruises Confirms Saga Pearl II to Leave the Fleet in 2019.


Saga Holiday's Saga Pearl II to depart the Saga Fleet in 2019.
Saga Holiday's Saga Pearl II to depart the Saga Fleet in 2019.

Saga Cruises has confirmed the Saga Pearl II will embark on its final Saga Cruises voyage in 2019. The Saga Pearl II will be replaced with the Spirit of Discovery which is currently under construction at German's Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The Spirit of Discovery will be  joining the fleet as the line’s first newbuild in summer 2019.

The 1981-built Saga Pearl II originally build as the Astor for Astor Cruises. Her final voyage for Saga sail to South Africa, Gambia, Namibia and Mozambique.

The Spirit of Discovery will sail with her fleet-mate the Saga Sapphire (ex. Europa / Megastar Aires).

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cunard Reveals Completion of $40 Million Refurbishment of Queen Victoria




Britannia Club Dining Room Queen Victoria Cunard Line Refit
BRITANNIA CLUB DINING: The new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior re-design and will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former Chart Room, the new restaurant resides alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.



Britannia Club Stateroom on board the Queen Victoria Cunard Line Refit
BRITANNIA CLUB STATEROOMS: In a prime mid-ship location on decks 7 and 8, all staterooms have been upgraded and refreshed with newly-designed carpets featuring a contemporary geometric design as well as the addition of new soft furnishings. New flat screen TVs and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities, have also been added to upgrade the stateroom experience even further. The additional 43 balcony staterooms will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine-pillow concierge menu to ensure maximum comfort for guests on board.


 Cunard’s iconic ship Queen Victoria, made her much-anticipated return to Southampton yesterday, showing off an array of stunning new features following an impressive $40 million refurbishment.

 First-look photography released today reveals the fruits of Cunard’s labour, from large mezmerizing enhancements to the subtle details, impeccable care and diligence has been taken to ensure passengers are greeted with the ultimate luxury experience from the moment they step on board.

 Exquisite interior design takes centre stage in the new Britannia Club Restaurant and continues to triumph within the new 43 spacious Britannia Club staterooms. Further enhancements on board include beautifully refined and redesigned Grand and Penthouse Suites, as well as a luxurious new sun deck offering space and tranquillity and a stunning enhanced Winter Garden.  Every stateroom has been refreshed, including the installation of large flat screen TVs and much requested tea and coffee making facilities.

The regal ship, which was taken out of service on May 5 to undergo the refit at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo in Italy, returned to service in style yesterday, setting off on a floral adventure to the Canary Islands, as part of a special Festival of Flowers voyage.

“The combined investment of $172 million for Queen Victoria’s refit along with Queen Mary 2’s remastering is a testament to Cunard’s commitment to our iconic vessels and enhancing our passenger experience,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “With the new designs and enhanced onboard offerings Queen Victoria is poised to sail the next generation of Cunarders offering unparalleled voyages.”

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS COMPLETES NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION AS SHE WAS FLOATED OUT OF DRY DOCK



Float out of Royal Caribbean's New Symphony of the Seas at STX France Shipyard 6-9-2017
Float out of Royal Caribbean's New Symphony of the Seas at STX France Shipyard 6-9-2017
The newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, is now one step closer to full completion as her April 2018 debut approaches.  With the exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of her dry dock to begin the next phase of interior construction.

                 Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season exploring the awe-inspiring destinations of the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

                 Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure-filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.

                 Touting new features and amenities for guests, Symphony also will boast all the groundbreaking innovations and thrilling experiences that have garnered worldwide recognition for Harmony of the Seas.  Among the award-winning and acclaimed favorites are the distinct seven-neighborhood concept, imaginative and sophisticated dining, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-caliber entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

                  Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 48-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 14 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.


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