Monday, April 12, 2021

"Venturing" into Genoa

The hull of what will be Seabourn Venture arrived at T Mariotti's Genoa yard on Saturday (April 10,2021) at the conclusion of a 1,200-mile journey around Italy from the company's San Giorgio di Nogaro yard near Trieste.

The complete story appeared in the April 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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

 

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

SkyDome

The 6th Street Diner

The Limelight Club

Atrium

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.

  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Meyer Lights Their Torch

Construction began last week on P&O's 184,700-ton Arvia when the first steel was cut at the Meyer shipyard in northern Germany. 

The complete story appeared in the February 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



Rendering of Arvia when it is delivered in late 2022

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

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Future Becomes a Little More Human

The future is aboard MSC Virtuosa. MSC has the world's first humanoid robotic bartender at sea and he works in the futuristic MSC Starship Club.

The complete story appeared in the February 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 




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

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A New Place for Pizza

If you're always on the lookout for a new place to have pizza. There will be a new one, but not quite yet. When Carnival's new Mardi Gras boards its first passenger on May 29, one of Carnival's favorites will be aboard, Pizzeria del Capitano, the home to Carnival's famous pizza.

Pizzeria del Capitano will be in La Piazza, one of six themed-zones on Mardi Gras.  

The complete story appeared in the February 9 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Monday, February 8, 2021

A Viking Is Born

Fincantieri laid the keel for Viking Mars at their Ancona yard on February 4. It will be the eighth ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises' fleet, and the eighth sister that the Italian builder has built for the line. 

The complete story appeared in the February 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



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


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

There's Something Familiar about Her

Most of the work has been completed to convert the former Star Princess into her new identity: Pacific Encounter for P&O Australia. She has left wet dock and has now taken her position at sea as part of the P&O family awaiting the time when cruising will again be permitted from Australia.    

During the wet dock, she got her new P&O livery and the interior has become “unmistakably P&O,” according to the line. Still, though, Princess fans will notice some of the classic Princess decor in these photos taken during the refurbishment. 






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

Monday, February 1, 2021

Chantiers Delivers MSC Virtuosa

MSC Cruises' fleet grew by another ship today (to 17) when the line took delivery of MSC Virtuosa at the Chantiers yard at Saint Nazaire (in northwest France). The 181,000-ton ship is a sister to MSC Grandiosa and a progression from MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima that's 52.5 feet longer. 

The complete story appeared in the February 1 issue of Cruise News Daily.


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

Friday, January 29, 2021

Carnival Digs Miami

Carnival Cruise Line expanded today - at least a little on land. Cruise Line executives along with executives from Port Miami broke ground today for Carnival's new Terminal F at the port. A line of properly-masked, hard-hatted officials with their ceremonial spades turned over a shovelful of dirt and construction was underway.

The complete story appeared in the January 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.



Images courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 


She's Got the Look

Thanks to a new livery and two 20-meter by 8-meter lighted signs on her funnel, the former Star Princess looks like the newest addition to the P&O Australia fleet. Thanks to completing the paperwork on Wednesday, she is. She became Pacific Encounter.

The complete story appeared in the January 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.


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

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Australia Day!

It's Australia Day. Even though there are no cruises, the ships are nearby awaiting their time to return. Here you can see what the crews of P&O's Pacific Explorer and Carnival Spirt did to mark the occasion.



Photos courtesy of P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

No Longer a Star

Star Princess is soon to become P&O Cruises' (Australia) Pacific Encounter. It is soon to get its P&O “name badge” which is waiting on the dock in Singapore where the transformation will take place.  

The complete story appeared in the January 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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


Friday, January 15, 2021

It Will Be a Cold Day

It was a cold day in Finland when Costa Toscana floated out at the Meyer shipyard in Turku.  

Here's something few people normally get to see. This is the entire float-out ceremony of Costa Toscana (Tuscany), which is the sister ship to Costa Smeralda, as it was broadcast from the Meyer Turku yard this morning, complete with some interesting comments by company and design executives. 


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Silver Dawn Floats Out

 The ships keep coming. Silversea's Silver Dawn reached a construction milestone when it floated for the first time today at Fincantieri's Ancona yard. 

The complete story appeared in the January 14 issue of Cruise News Daily.


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