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Viking Ocean Cruises Christens Third Ocean Ship In Norway

26 June 2017
Main Pool Viking

Viking Sky was officially christened during a public celebration in Tromsø, Norway on 22 June 2017. Tromsø is a popular destination for viewing the northern lights – and a key port of call on Viking’s popular Into The Midnight Sun itinerary, which sails between Bergen and London, allowing guests to explore the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia. “This is a special time of year in Norway – these are the days of the midnight sun and the perfect backdrop for a celebration. All of our ships proudly carry the Norwegian flag, and it is an especially proud day to officially welcome our new ship in Tromsø, the arctic capital of the world,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Vikings were explorers, and our ships are built with their spirit of exploration in mind. We design every aspect of our ships...
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Royal Caribbean Reveals Underwater Snapchat Experience

20 June 2017
Royal Caribbean SeaSeekers

From June 21 to June 25, Royal Caribbean’s Snapchat channel will allow viewers to experience one of-a-kind underwater adventures through the lens of Snapchat Spectacles. Thanks to a custom-designed scuba mask named ‘SeaSeekers’, engineered by the cruise line for use with Snapchat, those above water will get a unique perspective into the marine life through the eyes of the wearer as they snap their underwater experience. “The SeaSeeker will enable all adventure-seekers to get a front-row seat to the thrilling adventures found underwater in a way that has never been possible before,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer and SVP of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Snapchat continues to be a favourite channel for curious travellers and is the ideal platform for this first-of-its-kind undersea exploration. We are excited to find an innovative way to use the Snapchat Spectacles with our SeaSeeker...
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Pacific Princess Ready For UK Deployment After Refit

14 June 2017
Pacific Princess refit

After her two-week dry dock refit, Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess is ready for her summer season of sailings from the UK. Pacific Princess now boasts modern guest areas, new furnishings, four renovated dining rooms and the Princess livery on her hull. The ship’s atrium has been upgraded with a New York city hotel design, the pool has a new garden theme along with new tiling and refinished teak woods. New lounge furniture includes double bed loungers and casual seating groups of outdoor living sofas, lounge chairs and pool chaises. All her 336 staterooms now include the line’s signature Princess luxury beds and linens, new carpeting, drapery, lighting, USB ports and headboards. Sleeper sofas along with desks, lounge chairs and dining room sets have been placed in the suite staterooms. Pacific Princess is presently sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Dover, where...
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Symphony of the Seas Completes Next Phase of Construction

12 June 2017
Symphony of the Seas

Claiming the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure-filled – cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s newest member of the Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, is one step closer to full completion as her April 2018 debut approaches. With her exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas floated out of her dry dock to begin the next phase of her interior construction. Symphony of the Seas will offer 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas, touting new features and amenities for guests. Symphony of the Seas will also boast all the ground-breaking innovations and thrilling experiences Royal Caribbean have garnered worldwide recognition for on board Harmony of the Seas. The distinct seven-neighbourhood concept, Bionic Bar robot bartenders, Broadway-calibre entertainment, the iconic waterfront Aqua Theatre, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate...
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Queen Victoria Returns After Her £34m Refurbishment

09 June 2017
QV Remastering

Queen Victoria has now returned to the UK after her £34million investment with a host of new features including additional cabins and suites, and a new restaurant. Queen Victoria was taken out of service on 5 May 2017 to undergo thoughtfully designed enhancements at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and was completed on June 4 2017. Last year, sister ship Queen Mary 2 went through a £90 million ‘Remastering’, which saw everything from the introduction of single cabins, to the transformations of the King’s Court and Grand Lobby, and smaller details such as furnishings in Queen Mary 2’s Grills Suites. Queen Victoria is the second of Cunard’s three ships to be refurbished, with Queen Elizabeth to undergo her refurbishment late next year. Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President for Cunard, said: “This investment in Queen Victoria just goes to demonstrate...
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MSC Cruises Christens MSC Meraviglia

05 June 2017
MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia was christened on 3 June 2017 by international screen legend and godmother of all of MSC Cruises’ ships, Sophia Loren. With a guest capacity of 5,714, MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship to be built by a European ship owner, MSC Cruises, and the biggest ship to come into service in 2017. Some of the unique features that set MSC Cruises’ newest flagship apart include: » World-class entertainment from Cirque du Soleil with two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows created just for MSC Meraviglia with two performances six nights a week, guests can enjoy a unique show & dinner or show & cocktail experience » Widest range of dining options and bars on any MSC Cruises ship to-date with 12 dining venues and 20 bars » Dedicated family deck area includes a brand new entertainment offering...
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MSC Cruises Celebrates The Coming Into Service of MSC Meraviglia

01 June 2017
MSC Meraviglia

MSC Cruises officially took delivery of MSC Meraviglia, at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France yesterday. During the ship’s flag ceremony, MSC Cruises’ newest flagship received her official flag and blessings for good fortune. The Flag Ceremony was attended by Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic and other high-level dignitaries from the French government. MSC Meraviglia, has been designed to operate in all seasons and to be able to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports, offering the widest and most exciting range of marine as well as on board features of any MSC Cruises ship to-date. With guest capacity of 5,714, MSC Meraviglia is both the biggest ship to ever be built by a European ship owner – MSC Cruises – and the biggest to come into service in 2017. She is also one...
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Saga Cruises Reveals New Details on ‘Spirit of Discovery’

31 May 2017

Saga Cruises has released new artist’s impressions of ‘Spirit of Discovery’, its first bespoke-built vessel to debut in Summer 2019 from the UK.  The luxury, boutique small ship will carry fewer than 1,000 passengers and will feature design cues from London’s finest hotels and restaurants, redefining standards in British cruising. New build director David Pickett says, “We’re really pleased to reveal these artist impressions of our new ship. We’ve spent a huge amount of time reviewing and taking inspiration from the best in contemporary British architecture and design. These images show that we are raising the bar to deliver a luxury cruise experience that won’t disappoint.” The Outside Lido Passengers can enjoy al fresco dining and panoramic views in the luxurious, outside seating area of the Lido. Throughout the cruise the Lido will also play host to a range of...
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NCL Celebrates Keel Laying For Norwegian Bliss

25 May 2017
Norwegian Bliss Keel Laying

Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft celebrated the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss in Papenburg, Germany. Due for delivery in April 2018, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom built for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience. During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship’s construction. Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Executive Officer, laid the traditional “lucky coin”, etched with the outline of Norwegian Bliss’ signature hull designed by wildlife artist Wyland, before the block was lowered into place. “We are overjoyed to celebrate the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss, our sixteenth ship and sure to be our most innovative ship to date,” Stuart said. “We have seen overwhelming anticipation and excitement from our guests and...
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MSC Cruises Reveals The Names for Two Exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea Shows

24 May 2017
Cirque du Soleil at Sea Shows

Two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Meraviglia, when she comes into service on June 4. The cruise lines long-term partnership with Cirque du Soleil will create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships, coming into service between June and autumn 2020. Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO, commented: ‘We are committed to creating unique experiences that elevate the guest experience to new heights and, it was only natural that, when it comes to entertainment, we would look to partner with Cirque du Soleil.’ Onorato continued: ‘By creating two different shows for each of the four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships, we will make available exclusively to our guests something new and exciting with each ship’s launch.’ Yasmine Khalil, president 45 DEGREES, Cirque du...
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