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.
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
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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.
Carnival Cruise Line said today that Carnival Victory will undergo an extensive renovation in 2020 that will upgrade the ship so much that when it emerges, it deserves a new name. In 2020 Carnival Victory will become Carnival Radiance.
They also said that will complete the program started in 2011 to equalize the features on the ships so Carnival will offer the same experience to passengers across the fleet.
The complete story appeared in the October 16 edition of Cruise News Daily.