Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can You Catch an Early Symphony?

Royal Caribbean had some surprising news about Symphony of the Seas today. The fourth Oasis-class ship was to have been delivered next spring and started her service in the Mediterranean in April. Royal Caribbean now says they will put the ship into service three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

The complete story appeared in the October 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

As you can see from the photos below, which were taken last Friday, the ship is nearing completion and looks like will easily be ready in five months.





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

Port Canaveral Plans to Keep on Growing

Port Canaveral made their 30-year master plan public this week. While it showed a lot of transformation for the port overall, at a time when most ports are concerned about keeping the cruise ships they have or planning for modest growth, possibly through accommodating larger ships, Port Canaveral is seeing a need for three new cruise terminals by 2030.

Details appeared in the October 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Update to Carnival Glory Incident

There is a small update to the incident aboard Carnival Glory in which an 8-year-old girl fell to her death in the atrium last Saturday.

A witness has come forward and spoken to the Miami Herald saying that just before the girl fell, she saw her at the railing on Deck 5 standing on her “tippy toes” to see over the railing which was estimated to be more than 40 inches high. The witness, who didn't see what actually caused the girl to fall, said she was looking over the railing at the people disembarking on Deck 3. The witness said she assumes someone going by accidentally bumped into her and knocked her over.

The complete story appeared in the October 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Europe on Edge

Celebrity made an announcement today about Europe in the summer of 2019. No, that's not next summer. It's the summer after that. You may not have been thinking about two years from now, but cruise lines have - and well beyond.

Oh, yes. Celebrity's news. After Celebrity Edge debuts in the Caribbean during the winter 2018/2019 season, it will reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer 2019 season.

Details appeared in the October 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Taking Casual Friday One Step Further

Almost all of Costa Cruises' land-based employees are soon going to going to the office a little less. Costa has become Italy's first “smart cruise company” by launching “Sm@rt Working Costa - Moving Forward.”

The complete story appeared in the October 17 edition of Cruise News Daily.