Monday, June 24, 2019

Celebrity Flora Will Leave Just a Tiny Footprint in the Galapagos

Celebrity's megayacht, custom designed for service in the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora, finally arrived in Ecuador after a month-long transit from the shipyard in the Netherlands and was officially named today. The event revolved around the ship's eco-friendliness, and to highlight that, the ship's godmother was environmental advocate and former World Wildlife Fund International president Yolanda Kakabadse.

The complete story appeared in the June 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Below is some b-roll video which will give you a look around the ship, inside and out. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Salmon Are Running on Holland America

Last week the first catch of Copper River king salmon from Alaska arrived in Seattle and Holland America took delivery of it to supply the Pinnacle Grills on Eurodam, Oosterdam and Amsterdam, their three ships sailing to Alaska.

The complete story appeared in the June 21 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Spice-y Video

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner has made a video with Richard Branson to promote Virgin Voyages' Rock Star Suites.

In the video, Horner is giving the Mega Rock Star Suite the mega rock star test.

Details appeared in the June 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

MSC's Ocean Cay Moving toward November Opening

It's just four months until MSC ships in the Caribbean will be making regular stops at Ocean Cay, the line's new private island in the Bahamas. When I say “new” I really mean “new.” The lush tropical resort has been created from literally nothing. The island was a barren industrial site. Today, that transformation is nearing completion.

A big part of the work is restoring the island's and its surrounding water's ecosystem. Just like the island's resort beach facilities, restaurants, spa and cruise pier which are springing up, the wildlife is already returning to the island and the surrounding waters.

The complete story appeared in the June 20 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Azipod Trouble to Take Carnival Vista Out of Service

Carnival Vista is sailing a bit slower due to trouble with one of the pods of the ABB Azipod propulsion system. The line is adjusting the next two sailings to accommodate the slower attainable speeds, and then will take the ship out of service for 17 days while the three-year-old ship goes to dry dock for repairs.

Details appeared in the June 20 edition of Cruise News Daily.