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…

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…

MSC announces Tampa as new homeport for ship in 2020

MSC announces Tampa as new homeport for ship in 2020

MSC Cruises have announced that Tampa, Florida will be a new homeport for their ship MSC Armonia year-round. MSC Armonia will offer short Winter (Nov 2020 – April 2021)cruises of four to five nights from Tampa to the Caribbean, Mexico and Bahamas and week-long cruises during the Summer season (May – Nov 2021). A major…

First MSC World-Class Steel Cutting Date Set

First MSC World-Class Steel Cutting Date Set

31st October 2019 is the date set for the steel-cutting of MSC Cruises‘ first MSC World-class vessel. The steel-cutting, which marks the start of construction for the vessel will be held at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France where MSC Grandiosa is nearing completion and MSC Virtuosa is also currently under construction. MSC…

MSC Magnifica to undergo refit and offer UK sailings

MSC Magnifica to undergo refit and offer UK sailings

MSC Cruises have announced that Musica-class MSC Magnifica will undergo a significant $140 million USD refurbishment which includes cutting the ship in two and adding an additional 23 metre (75 feet) section. Refurbishment The newly refurbished ship will then offer 215 extra cabins (92 of which will be balconies), a new water park, redesigned kids…

Sky Princess completes sea trials

Sky Princess completes sea trials

Princess Cruises’ next ship Sky Princess completed her sea trials today and returned back to the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The 141,000 GRT 3,660-passenger ship is due for delivery to Princess Cruises next month, she will now spend time alongside finalising her interior and exterior fit-out. The new ship will offer enhanced features of…

MSC Grandiosa completes sea trials

MSC Grandiosa completes sea trials

MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia-Plus class ship MSC Grandiosa has successfully completed her first intensive systems tests at sea during a three-day trial in the Atlantic Ocean between 28-31 August. MSC Cruises’ latest flagship will next receive her finishing touches at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France before being officially delivered to MSC Cruises on…

Royal Caribbean cancels three Oasis of the Seas sailings

Royal Caribbean cancels three Oasis of the Seas sailings

Royal Caribbean has announced that they are cancelling the next three sailings of Oasis of the Seas. This follows the news of a crane collapsing onto the ship yesterday during her first day in drydock. Guests that were booked on the following sail dates: April 7th, 14th and 21st will receive full refunds and an…