Friday, December 6, 2019

Being Very Forward

Seabourn has revealed an interesting design feature of their new expedition ship, Seabourn Venture. The ship will have a new lounge in the bow that will bring passengers close to the water in an ideal place for spotting marine life.

It will also have some unique technology that will give passengers a different perspective on the ship's voyage and its navigation.

The complete story appeared in the December 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Rendering courtesy of Seabourn Cruises. All rights reerved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Smooth Sailing for Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages' first ship, Scarlet Lady, has successfully completed two rounds of sea trials, and the interior finishing process is now proceeding.

Virgin founder Richard Branson went aboard the ship to look around in Marseille. You can go with him in the video below

Details appeared in the December 5 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Yet Another MSC Ship Reaches a Construction Milestone

Over the weekend, Chantiers floated out MSC Virtuosa at their Saint Nazaire yard. It marks the line's third major shipbuilding milestone within a month.

MSC Virtuosa is the second Meraviglia-Plus ship. (The just-christened MSC Grandiosa was the first.) It is scheduled for delivery in October 2020.

The complete story appeared in the December 2 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Photos courtesy of Chantiers de l'Atlantique. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Middle-of-the-Night Medevac

The US Coast Guard once again demonstrated this morning, that the people aboard a cruise ship don't need to have any connection to the US for the US Coast Guard to step in and help them. As we pointed out a couple weeks ago, you usually think of the US Coast Guard being called on by US-based ships and flying in to help an American who boarded in an American port, but the Coast Guard routinely rescues people aboard ships just passing by US coastlines.

Late last night (Monday at 10:45pm), Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from Marella Explorer 2, which most of us will remember as the former 71,500-ton Celebrity Century, asking for assistance medevacing a 29-year-old Filipino crew member who had suffered a heart attack. Marella is the British-based line which used to be Thomson and is now owned by German travel conglomerate TUI.

What makes the operation even more impressive is that the crew had to fly to the ship 50 miles off the coast of St. Coix from their base in Puerto Rico on the moonless night using night-vision goggles with the only light in the area coming from the ship itself. The video below was shot with the same technology. 

Details appeared in the November 26 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Original Is Back!

After a two-month dry dock, the newly “amplified” Oasis of the Sea returned to service over the weekend from Miami with a bunch of new and updated features, bringing the ship up to and beyond Royal Caribbean's newest ships.

The complete story appeared in the November 25 edition of Cruise News Daily.