Thursday, October 18, 2018

MSC Goes Ultra-Luxury

MSC Cruises surprised the industry by surprise this morning by announcing they had signed an MOA with Italian builder Fincantieri to build four 64,000-ton ships with which to enter the ultra-luxury end of the cruise market.

The first will be delivered in the spring of 2023 with one every year thereafter.

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

It's Time to Put Some Skin in the Game

Virgin Voyages promised to be different. So far, things haven't seemed that different. True, they don't call their passengers, passengers. They're sailors. But now this.

You will be able to come home from your Virgin Voyage with a permanent reminder of the trip. You can come home from Scarlet Lady with not only the souvenir drink glass, but also a tattoo from Squid Ink, the partnership of Virgin and one of New York's iconic tattoo brands, World Famous Tattoo Ink.

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

Squid Ink aboard Scarlet Lady
Rendering courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

MSC Enters the "Extra-Luxury" Segment of Market

MSC is going to enter the "extra-luxury" segment of the cruise market with four 64,000-ton ships ordered from Fincantieri today. The ships will each have 500 staterooms.

The first ship of the 2 billion euro order is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2023.

Further details will be in today's edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Symphony Means Music

With Symphony of the Seas' arrival at her Miami homeport in just a few short weeks, musical students in South Florida are going benefit. To celebrate the naming of the ship in Miami, and it's connection with music, Royal Caribbean is giving grants, through the Grammy Museum Signature Schools Program, to twenty Miami-Dade County Public High Schools.

The Grammy Museum is the official foundation of the Recording Academy to fund underserved schools. The 20 schools were selected for maintaining thriving music programs with only limited resources. But Royal Caribbean is providing more than funding. In the cruise line's hometown, Royal Caribbean is providing a unique opportunity for aspiring performers to take their education beyond the school building and have a possibly career-building experience.

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

Overboard from Celebrity Reflection

Last night (October 16) a crew member from Celebrity Reflection was reported missing, and after reviewing video, the line believes he went overboard.

At the time the man went overboard off the Greek coast, the ship was sailing between Mykonos and Rhodes.

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