Friday, April 9, 2021

Disney Wish Begins to Take Shape

Disney Wish began to take shape yesterday at Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany) when the keel was laid with a traditional coin ceremony and the first block of the ship was lowered into the covered dry dock. 

The B-Roll below was provided by Disney, which is meant to be chopped up and used individually, so only some of it has sound. It includes footage of the newly named Captain Minnie, the coin that was placed under the keel, the keel laying itself, construction footage, and comments by DCL executives.  

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Venture on the Move

Seabourn Venture isn't scheduled to set sail until early next year, but it was already on the move yesterday. The hull of Seabourn's first purpose-built expedition ship has been under construction at T. Mariotti's San Giorgio di Nogaro shipyard. Now it's time for the finishing work to be done on the rest of the ship, so it needed to be moved to T. Mariotti's Genoa yard 1,200 nautical miles away, all the way around Italy.

The photo below shows it starting that journey. The complete story appeared in the April 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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

Thursday, March 18, 2021

A New Princess Is Floating Tonight

Fincantieri floated out Discovery Princess today at their Monfalcone yard. Like every event at an Italian yard, this called for the breaking of a bottle of champagne before the water started to flood the dry dock. 

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

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

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

An Early Peek at Arvia

Construction is barely underway on P&O's second Excel-class ship, Arvia, but already the line is giving us a sense of what it will be like to sail aboard the ship and a glimpse of some of its special features. Sailing aboard any P&O ship is always a distinctly British experience, because the brand sells only in the UK and everything aboard is geared to the current British trends and taste, so this is a unique preview for our US readers. 

P&O says Arvia will be the "epitome of a sunshine resort," and you can see it from some of the renderings. 

The Swim-Up Bar


The 6th Street Diner

The Limelight Club


Renderings courtesy of P&O Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Time Is Right

It was a full moon over the weekend, and that meant the tides and the depth of the Ems River were right for Royal Caribbean's new Odyssey of the Seas to leave Meyer Werft at Papenburg, Germany, for its conveyance down the Ems River for its sea trials in the open sea. 

The second of the Quantum Ultra-class ships, it's packed with features, many of which carried over from the original Quantum-class, but one of the things most interesting about this ship is where it will debut and the conditions surrounding its launch which are a product of the times. 

Royal Caribbean has put together an especially good video with lots of graphics that illustrate the challenges. You may have to watch it a couple of times to catch all the figures and illustrations that fly by that aren't referenced in the narration. 

The complete story appeared in the March 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.