MSC Seashore Completes Keel-laying and Coin Ceremony

MSC Seashore Completes Keel-laying and Coin Ceremony

MSC Seashore the first Seaside-EVO class ship from MSC Cruises undertook her traditional coin and keel-laying ceremony today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The 169,500 GRT 5,877-passenger cruise ship started construction in November 2018. She will be the longest ship in the MSC fleet at 339 metres long. When MSC Seashore enters service in…

Hurricane Humberto Changes Cruise Itineraries

Hurricane Humberto Changes Cruise Itineraries

Hurricane Humberto is changing several cruise line itineraries that are sailing to Bermuda this week. The hurricane, which is classed as a Category 3 at the time of this article (Sept 18th 21:00 UTC) is slowly moving at 17 mph and is 120 miles west of Bermuda. It has sustained winds of 120mph. This is…

Viking Venus named as next Viking Cruises Ship

Viking Venus named as next Viking Cruises Ship

Viking Cruises announced today that its seventh ocean-going ship, Viking Venus would be joining the fleet in 2021. The 47,842 GRT 930-passenger sister ship will spend her maiden season sailing popular itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Viking Cruises also announced it will expand its offering in the Mediterranean today with five new itineraries that…

Australian Cruise Season kicks off with Majestic Princess Arrival

Australian Cruise Season kicks off with Majestic Princess Arrival

Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess – the third of the Royal-Class ships arrived in Sydney, Australia today to kick off the Australian Summer Cruise Season. The 144,200 GRT 3,560-passenger ship will start off on a 10-night cruise today calling at Brisbane and Port Douglas amongst other ports before returning to Sydney. She has been previously sailing…

Enchanted Princess Completes Float Out

Enchanted Princess Completes Float Out

Princess Cruises’ marked a milestone with their fifth Royal-class ship Enchanted Princess yesterday. The 143,700 GRT 3,660-passenger cruise ship had a float out ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The ship will undergo her now drydock fit-out and is due to launch her Maiden Season from Southampton on June 30 next year. Enchanted…

Costa Smeralda Delivery Delayed Until November

Costa Smeralda Delivery Delayed Until November

Costa Cruises’ first LNG-powered ship Costa Smeralda is to begin her inaugural cruise season later than planned in November, as construction delays have set in. The 183,900 GRT 5,000-passenger ship is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Her initial cruises and inaugural activities have been cancelled and her first cruise will now…

Odyssey of the Seas to Sail from Fort Lauderdale in 2020

Odyssey of the Seas to Sail from Fort Lauderdale in 2020

Royal Caribbean’s first Quantum Ultra Class ship will debut in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during Fall 2020 and stay until Summer of 2021, where she will continue her inaugural season in Europe. Odyssey of the Seas – the cruise line’s 27th cruise ship and first of the Quantum Ultra Class began construction in February this year…

The Ten Stages of Building Cruise Ships

The Ten Stages of Building Cruise Ships

From steel-cutting to maritime traditions Welcome to Ship Talk, a series of in-depth articles about what goes on behind the scenes of cruise ships! In this edition, we’re going to teach you how a ship is built!   It feels like a new ship is being launched every other month currently, and to be honest,…

Industry-veteran Michael Ungerer joins MSC Cruises to lead Luxury brand

Industry-veteran Michael Ungerer joins MSC Cruises to lead Luxury brand

MSC Group have announced that industry veteran Michael Ungerer joined its cruises business as CEO of MSC’s new currently-unnamed luxury brand. Mr Ungerer joins MSC with over 30 years of senior management experience in cruising as well as in luxury hospitality. He will be based out of the Company’s global headquarters in Geneva and will…

First hybrid powered ship completes Northwest Passage crossing

First hybrid powered ship completes Northwest Passage crossing

This week, Hurtigruten’s groundbreaking expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen wrote a new chapter in exploration history – being the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the legendary Northwest Passage. As the MS Roald Amundsen arrived Nome, Alaska, in the evening of September 10, Captain Kai Albrigtsen could make a monumental entry in the…