Friday, 31 August 2018
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Monday, 27 August 2018
No clear solution for disposing of sludge produced by scrubbers
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating whether this black material was the result of improper cruise ship discharges. Source: Provided by the City of Ketchikan
Thursday, 23 August 2018
Meyer Werft Floats AIDAnova, the World’s First LNG-Powered Cruise Ship
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Carnival line's largest ship going to Port Canaveral
Royal goes big with Mariner of the Seas' makeover
The Skypad is a new bungee/trampoline/virtual reality attraction on the top deck of the renovated Mariner of the Seas. Photo Credit: TW photo by Tom Stieghorst
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Princess Cruises reveals the name of fifth Royal-class ship
Princess Cruises has revealed its fifth Royal-class ship will be named Enchanted Princess.
Due to launch on June 15 2020, Enchanted Princess will operate European voyages and will be a sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess.
Enchanted Princess’ maiden season sailings will be available to book from November 8 this year.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president, said: “The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship which will introduce more travellers to the pleasures and value of cruising.
“We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise.”
Enchanted Princess will be followed by the debut of the sixth Royal-Class ship for Princess Cruises in 2021.
The cruise line also has two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships on order to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025, bringing its new ship order to five ships in six years.
Construction of the 143,700-tonne, 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess will take place in the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard with the ship set to feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s existing Royal-Class ships.
Princess Cruises currently operates a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, sailing to more than 380 destinations across every continent.
P&O Cruises to scrap daily service charge across the fleet
P&O Cruises will scrap the daily service charge onboard its entire fleet next year.
The move, which will come into effect from May 2019, means passengers’ bills will not include a discretionary charge – currently, £7 – for service received onboard.
If passengers want to pay a service charge they can visit reception during their cruise.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “We take huge pride in giving guests a holiday experience that’s truly memorable and special.
“By removing the daily discretionary service charge, P&O Cruises will make enjoying a cruise holiday an effortless experience, knowing that great service comes as standard.”
Crew pay will not be affected by the decision, the line has confirmed.
The news comes after the line raised its recommended daily gratuity from £6 to £7 earlier this year.
The increase came just 12 months after P&O Cruises had upped gratuities from £5 to £6.
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises increased gratuities rates in January and now charge between $14.50 and $18, depending on the cabin grade.
Sunday, 19 August 2018
A trio of Broadway Songstresses to Perform Aboard Norwegian Escape
Monday, 13 August 2018
Norwegian Breakaway gets a new rock-themed bar
Friday, 10 August 2018
Red All Over: See the Red Arrows perform onboard with Cunard
The Red Arrows fly over the Queens in Liverpool
The Red Arrows will fly over Cunard’s three flagships to commemorate their passage to the Isle of Wight
Cunard guests will witness a fabulous formation flying display from the Red Arrows tomorrow (10 August) to mark the three Cunard Queens departing from Southampton.
This will be the first time in Cunard’s history that guests have had such an opportunity.
Guests on board Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will also be treated to a special commentary while the jets perform.
The Cunard fleet will set sail from Southampton at 5.30pm, heading for the Isle of Wight. They will receive a memorable and unique send-off from the yachtsmen and spectators at Cowes and The Royal Yacht Squadron.
Live in the area and want to see it for yourself? Then shoreside viewing is recommended from Lee-on-the-Solent, East Cowes Esplanade, West Cowes, Stokes Bay and Sea View, Ryde Esplanade (as well as the pier) or Southsea.
The Red Arrows display will start at 7.30pm and will be followed by a smoke fly over the Three Queens at approximately 7.52pm.
In addition to the display, Cunard is hosting five lucky children who won a competition to visit the Three Queens and enjoy a ‘Captain for the Day’ experience.
The children will have a tour of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, spending time with Captain and a visit to the Bridge.
They will enjoy lunch on board and finish their day with a trip around all three Queens in a speedboat.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Thursday, 2 August 2018
With long waits for newbuilds, current ships get new cabins
MS Enchantment of the Seas refurbishment/lengthening in 2005By Tom Stieghorst |Jul 30, 2018.
Ship renovations are big business and getting bigger as cruise lines face long waits at shipyards to build new vessels.
Celebrity Cruises recently announced it will spend $500 million, up from an original target of $400 million, to modernize its fleet and harmonize it with the new class of ships coming, beginning with the Celebrity Edge.
The Edge is coming in November. There are three more copies coming in 2020, 2021 and 2022. So there's no lack of new capacity for Celebrity. But if it is interested in adding more, getting space at a shipyard is increasingly competitive: major slots already being booked into 2027.
Likewise, at sister-brand Royal Caribbean International, there are newbuilds lined up, starting with the Spectrum of the Seas in 2019. But like Celebrity, Royal is also on a renovation tear. It has budgeted $900 million to upgrade 10 ships over the next four years, but it wouldn't be surprising if the end amount of its Royal Amplified program is closer to $1 billion.
The first of those ships, the Independence of the Seas, received a total of 107 new cabins in the process of its renovation, which ended up costing Royal $110 million. In addition to a big block of cabins added above the gym, Royal squeezed a few more cabins here and thereby converting areas from other users.
For example, Royal got rid of a cigar smoking venue, moved the library into the former cigar lounge and then carved four cabins from the old library space.
The Mariner of the Seas, the next ship to get amped up, got a $120 million makeover for the short cruise market out of Florida, raising its capacity from 3,114 to 3,344 at a drydock in The Bahamas.
By adding cabins during drydock, Royal Caribbean is swelling its overall fleet capacity in an under the radar way. It is also taking advantage of the availability of renovation shipyards around the world, which although busy, are not as busy as the European yards where ships get built from scratch.
Some of the new entrants that are clogging the shipyard order books, such as Viking Ocean Cruises and Virgin Voyages, are not much competition for drydock space because their ships are all either under construction or are too new to need much work.
So look for the established cruise lines to do more quiet capacity expansion as they upgrade their ships along the way.
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Branson: ‘Cruise lines will copy Virgin Voyages’
Sir Richard Branson predicted other cruise lines will copy Virgin Voyages in “five to six years” time.
Asked how he thought Virgin would be viewed by competitors, he referenced BA’s “dirty tricks” campaign against Virgin Atlantic in the 1990s when competition between the two airlines was at its most heated.
“Competition is always good in any industry,” he said. “It takes years to build new ships. So I think we will have five to six years then people will start copying us but by then we will have reinvented what we have.”
The first of three adult-only Virgin Voyages ships is due in 2020.
More details about what will be on board were unveiled in Genoa today at the Fincantieri shipyard where it is being built and include outdoor yoga, a wellness pool and sea-facing cabanas.
The ship, to be named Scarlet Lady, will also aim to convert all waste on board into clean re-usable energy.
Chief executive and president Tom McAlpin said: “As the (cruise sector) got bigger it had to appeal to a lot of segments but we have an opportunity to create something different and very special. The power of the Virgin brand is very important and we think we can attract people who have never cruised before.”
Silversea fleet to undergo ‘enhanced’ renovations after Royal acquisition approved
Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced a series of renovations to the Silversea fleet after its deal to acquire a majority stake in the luxury line was formally approved this week.
‘Project Invictus’ will see a number of upgrades to specific areas on Silversea ships including an upgraded champagne and caviar ‘offering’.
Work will begin on Silver Muse on August 19 before being rolled out fleet-wide.
The planned renovation of Silver Whisper in December 2018 will be “much more comprehensive” than initially planned and include a partial refit of all guest cabins, according to Royal.
Silver Wind will enter dry dock in December followed by an enhanced dry dock of Silver Shadow.
Regulators formally approved Royal Caribbean Cruises’ acquisition of its majority stake in Silversea Cruises yesterday.
Royal has bought a 66.7% stake in the Italian ultra-luxury line worth $2billion.
Chairman and chief executive Richard Fain said: “We are proud to officially welcome Silversea’s industry-leading team to the RCL family.
“This is a dynamite combination and we can’t wait to work with Manfredi, Roberto and the entire team as together we take Silversea to the next level.”
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio will remain Executive chairman of Silversea and retain a 33.3% stake.
Lefebvre said: “We’re excited to join the Royal Caribbean family and ready to begin this next chapter as part of an industry leader that is uniquely qualified to support Silversea’s future growth.
“This partnership enables us to realize our vision of being the uncontested leader in ultra-luxury cruising and expedition, taking our guests to more than 1,000 destinations aboard some of the world’s most luxurious vessels.”