Construction of Princess Cruise's Sky Princess Entering the Final Stages.

The countdown has started for the delivery of Princess Cruise's newest cruise ship the  Sky Princess. The Sky Princess is expected to depart from Italy's  Fincantieri shipyard on October 12, 2019.

The Sky Princess will offer cruises from a choice of three ports - Athens, Greece;  Barcelona Spain and Rome, Italy sailing throughout the Mediterranean.  The Sky Princess's inaugural cruise is scheduled to depart Athens on October 20, 2019, for a seven-day cruise in the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

The 143,700 ton, 3,660-guest vessel will feature an evolution of the successful design platform used for previous Royal-class ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, the company said, as the Sky Princess will bring together the best features found on her Royal-class sister ships as well as a number of ‘firsts’:

Sky Princess will be the first ship in the fleet to be built from the ground up with the Ocean Guest Experience Platform. Princess MedallionClass…

First Steel Put In Place for AIDA's Newest Cruise Ship - Sistership To the AIDAnova.

As early as 2023, half of all AIDA guests will be sailing on ships operated with low-emission liquefied natural gas.

On August 15, 2019, the first steel cut took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg for the sister ship of AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that is fully powered with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). Just a few days ago, AIDA Cruises was awarded the Blue Angel, the German Federal Government’s eco-label for AIDAnova’s environmentally friendly ship design.

With the official start of construction for the second ship of this innovative AIDA ship generation to be put into service in spring 2021, the company is continuing its course and making a further contribution to reduced emissions in cruising. As early as 2023, the third LNG cruise ship of AIDA Cruises, “Made in Germany,” will set sail. Through the use of LNG emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides are almost completely eliminated, nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions are sust…

Final Touches Are Underweigh on the Carnival Panorama.- Video

Preparing for her inaugural 3-daycruise from Long Beach California to Ensenada Mexico, the third Vista-class cruise ship is in the final stages of construction. To be the first new Carnival ship to be based on the West Coast in 20 years, her arrival is to be a celebrated event. 
The ship Carnival Panorama weighing in at 133,500 gross tons with a guest capacity of 3,900+ double occupancy is expected to leave Italy's Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in November 2019. Select crew members and shipyard laborers are working in parallel as the ship is receiving her final touches to both public spaces and staterooms. 
Staffing a ship the size of the Carnival Panorama is not an easy feat, loading some 6,000 mattresses, 13,000 pillows, 43,000 sheets, and 100,000 towels takes allot of manpower and time.

As construction continues, more  staff will join the ship to make sure everything is just right for the ship's introduction in December.

It is expected that the Carnival Panorama will ma…

Disney Cruise Lines Announces the Name of their New Ship Debuting in Late 2021.

At the D23 Expo today,Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealedthe highly anticipated name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, as well as a first look at the ship’s elegant, three-story atrium and the iconic Disney character that will adorn the ship’s stern. Chapek and Imagineer Joe Rohde also shared new details about plans for a second island destination for Disney Cruise Line in The Bahamas.

With a little help from Tinker Bell, Disney fans were the first to hear that Disney Wish will be the name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship. The Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and is expected to set sail beginning in January 2022. By 2023, three additional new cruise ships will join the Disney fleet. And when they join, they will be the largest in the family, each weighing approximately 140,000 gross tons and with a capacity of about 1,250 guest staterooms. The ships are under construction at Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard.


World’s First Hybrid Expedition Ship to be Christened in Antarctica

Hurtigruten, the world leader in exploration travel, will be christening the world’s first hybrid electric–powered expedition cruise ship this fall in Antarctica.

MS Roald Amundsen was named after polar hero Roald Amundsen who led the first expedition to cross the Northwest Passage, the first expedition to the South Pole, and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole. The ship’s naming ceremony is set to honor his legacy with a ritual invented by Amundsen.

 “We can think of no better place to name the truly unique MS Roald Amundsen than the waters of Antarctica, where no ship has ever been christened before,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
When christening his famed expedition ship Maud in 1917, Roald Amundsen switched from using the traditional bottle of champagne to a chunk of ice. Before crushing the ice against her bow, he stated:

“It is not my intention to dishonor the glorious grape, but already now you shall get the taste of your real enviro…

Scenic Ocean Cruises Scenic Eclipse Sails on Her Maiden Voyage.

Scenic Eclipse sets sail with its first guests on its inaugural voyage, a 13-day discovery itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec, before heading to NYC for its Sept 10 christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren. And presenting to the world for the very first time are images of its luxurious interiors, showcasing some of the reasons this vessel sets a new standard in exploration and luxury cruising.

 “Today is the fruition of many years of planning and work from a large and dedicated team to create a vessel and an experience which has set a brand new benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery cruising,” offered Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.

“We are extremely proud of this ship and what it brings to the world of cruising. In terms of innovation, technology and design, it is second to none. The onboard helicopters and submarine and our handcrafted itineraries that take our guests to 38 countries in some of the world’s most stunning and remote locat…

Construction of Harvila Kystruten Ships In Spain On Hold Temporarily.

News out of Spain says that work has temporarily stopped in 2 cruise ships being built for Havila Kystruten by Spanish shipbuilder Hijos de J. Barrera. The two ships are being built for the Norwegian Coastal Market in an agreement with the Norwegian Government. The ships are supposed to be LNG powered and "Green Ships" once completed.

The issue is supposedly around the ship's draft and weight - which can negatively impact the speed of the vessels and fuel consumption. Reports indicate that the shipyard has offered a number of solutions to the problem and is awaiting a decision from Havila.

There are two addition vessels being constructed in Turkey and those ships are reportedly on schedule.

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