Thursday, April 24, 2014

Carnival to Homeport Third Ship at Galveston

Carnival Cruise Lines announced this morning they have scheduled Carnival Freedom to sail from Galveston year round beginning in February 2015. This marks the first time a cruise line has homeported three ships to sail year round from the Texas port.

Carnival Freedom's regular pattern of cruises will be three distinct seven-night itineraries.

Details will appear in today's edition of Cruise News Daily.

Norwegian Epic Schedules 2 Sailings from Southampton

Norwegian Cruise Line today said they have scheduled Norwegian Epic to sail from Southampton twice n the fall of 2015.

There will be one six-night cruise departing on September 20, 2015, that will call at Cartagena (Spain), Grenada and Lisbon before returning to Southampton on September 26.

The second cruise will follow a 15-day dry dock in France and depart Southampton on October 11, 2015. It will be a seven night cruise calling at Vigo (Spain), Lisbon, Granada and Cartagena before ending in Barcelona on October 18.

Norwegian Epic will then begin a new program of cruises from Barcelona, its new year round home port.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Regal Princess Returns from Sea Trials

Regal Princess successfully completed six days of sea trials in the Adriatic and returned to the Fincantieri yard in Monfalcone (Italy) on Monday.

This was the first time the ship can really be seen in its entirety very near completion, so we have several different angles

Princess says everything appears to be on track for an on-time delivery on May 15.

Photos courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Video: Evacuation Tests on Mein Schiff 3

This is what most cruise passengers will never get to see. Mein Schiff 3 is under construction for TUI Cruises at the STX Finland yard in Turku, and the crew is testing the evacuation systems they would use in case they would be ordered to abandon ship.

Yes, the video is in German, and no, there is no English translation available. It's not necessary to speak German to figure out what's going on, but if you do, you'll have an even better understanding.

Video courtesy of TUI Cruises

So close you can almost smell the chlorine

Construction of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is continuing at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

In the top photo taken yesterday, you can see the main pool area. The ship is set to be delivered this fall, so in just a few months it will already be filled with passengers enjoying the Caribbean sun.

The bottom photo, also taken yesterday,  gives perspective of the size of the ship and the level of completion.

Photos courtesy of Meyer Werft and Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.