Friday, July 30, 2021

Rotterdam Rides Again

The seventh Holland America ship to bear the Rotterdam name (named in honor of the line's very first ship) was delivered today by Fincantieri at their Marghera shipyard. 

   The 99,800-ton ship is the third Pinnacle-class ship delivered, and the 17th Fincantieri has constructed for Holland America Line. 

The ship will enter service with a transatlantic crossing from Amsterdam to Ft. Lauderdale on October 20, 2021. 

The complete story appeared in the July 30 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Sea Trial Video:
This is raw video from the sea trials earlier this month. It's b-roll that's meant to be cut up and used in other productions and in news stories, so there is no sound, but it does give you ariel views and a look at construction of the ship from every angle. 

Please note: Fincantieri knows how to build wonderful ships, but from the titles on each section of the video, they don't seem to understand the importance of getting the letters in the right order in English. Yes, we know it's "sea trials." Those i's and a's can be tricky. Maybe that's why they call these "prove a mare."

Interior Walk-Through Video:
This is b-roll, showing many of the public areas of the ship just before delivery to Holland America, so there is no sound.

Construction video:
Again, this is b-roll, so again, there is no sound: Note that in the early scenes of putting the bow in place, it has the ship's original name, Ryndam, on it before it was redesignated as Rotterdam. 

It's Mardi Gras Time!

It's finally time for Carnival's new 181,808-ton Mardi Gras to set sail from Port Canaveral on Saturday, and today they had a “Sip & Sea” party aboard her to let visitors look around for the first time.  Visitors were excited to see the new BOLT rollercoaster and the new specialty restaurants. 

You can make believe you were there by watching the b-roll below from the event. 

The complete story appeared in the July 30 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Arvia Takes Shape

P&O's new Arvia has begun to take shape at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The first step in the construction of the giant vessel is to position the floating engine room unit (FERU), which was constructed at a Meyer subsidiary, in the dry dock. The video below shows its arrival in time-lapse. 

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Viking Polaris Floated Out

Fincantieri floated out Viking's second expedition ship, Viking Polaris, at their VARD shipyard in Soviknes, Norway, yesterday, marking the first time the ship has touched water. 

Because the ship was designed for polar operation, it has some unique design features which can be seen in the photo below.

The complete story appeared in the July 28 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Miracle in Alaska

 Carnival Miracle returned to service today (July 27, 2021) sailing weekly from Seattle to Alaska, marking the line's fourth ship to return to service. 

The entire crew posed for this photo as the ship was on its way to Seattle. 

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

Monday, July 26, 2021

Fincantieri Delivers MSC Seashore

Fincantieri delivered the first Seaside EVO-class ship today (July 26, 2021), MSC Seashore, at their Monfalcone yard near Trieste. The 170,400-ton vessel is the largest ship ever built in Italy. It is the third of the Seaside line and the first of the larger evolution of the class. 

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