Viking River Cruises unveils new all suite ship design in Egypt

Viking River Cruises today announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that will reflect Viking’s award-winning Scandinavian design. Tailored to an intimate sailing experience for just 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. “Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries …

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Norwegian Cruise Line reveals award-winning entertainment line-up on Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed that its award-winning entertainment programming will reach new heights on Norwegian Bliss, the line’s sixteenth ship, which has been designed for the ultimate cruising experience and will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean beginning in June 2018. Norwegian will once again bring the best of Broadway to sea, with the 2006 Tony Award® winner for “Best Musical,” Jersey Boys, and a completely new and original show created by Tony Award®-winning director and …

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American Queen Steamboat Company’s new all-suite American Duchess to join fleet in June 2017

My friend Kay Showker, sent me this story about American Queen Steamboat Company’s new all-suite ship, the American Duchess, set to debut in June 2017. By Kay Showker The American Queen Steamboat Company expects to add a third paddlewheeler to its U.S.-flagged fleet in June 2017.  Named American Duchess, the 166-passenger vessel, is not only the first all-suite river cruiser ever built for the Mississippi River, she will have the largest suites in every category on the river. …

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With a single cut of steel, Celebrity Cruises has the Edge

The next generation of cruise ships moves from concept to construction today, as the first piece of steel is cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest — and boldest — ship. The ship will be called “Celebrity Edge,” befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity’s first new ship class since 2008. The modern luxury cruise line is also announcing today the name of Edge’s sister ship, “Celebrity Beyond,” signaling the incredible experience …

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Tour of the Carnival Vista

PORT OF MIAMI –Carnival Vista, the newest and biggest ship in Carnival’s fleet, is finally home. Launched May 1, she came across the Atlantic and cruised out of New York before arriving here, where she’ll journey to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Before her initial departure on Nov. 27, media were invited aboard to take a tour. As Carnival PR Manager Vance Gulliksen explained, “We took everything we learned from our previous ships and incorporated it in …

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Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is as beautiful as she is big

By Gerry Barker Special to AllThingsCruise ABOARD HARMONY OF THE SEAS– Let’s establish one thing right up front: Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas really is the world’s largest cruise ship. That was verified by Captain Gus Andersson, who told a group of assembled media Harmony is “30 centimeters longer” than her sister ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and “a little bit wider.” Besides bragging rights, it’s just that much more room …

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Norwegian Cruise Line debuts hull artwork for new ship

Yesterday I posted about the Royal Princess’s new hull design. Today I want to share the artwork designed for Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming new ship, the Norwegian Bliss. The artwork is created by marine life artist Wyland and is called “Cruising with the Whales”. The image shows a humpback whale and her calf with other ocean life. The new ship will debut in June 2018 and sail Alaska itineraries. Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO, Andy Stuart, …

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Cruising on high-decibel Harmony, with turbulent waterslides and the Ultimate Abyss

  There comes a time when the current leader of “Who’s Got the Biggest Cruise Ship” does not mean much. A few yards of steel here, an extra deck plopped on top there, has little impact on the review of a new ship, as long as the added steel is well utilized. You will hear a lot during the next few months about the size of Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas. Harmony is, at the …

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Two new 180,000-ton ships for Carnival Cruise Line will be largest ever built for the company and first in North America to be powered by liquefied natural gas

As part of a new multi-ship order announced today by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to take delivery of two new 180,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ships in 2020 and 2022 which will be the largest in the fleet of the world’s most popular cruise line. Both ships will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas under Carnival Corp.’s exclusive “green cruising” design and will mark the first time an LNG-powered cruise ship is based in …

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Cruising on new Seven Seas Explorer

With pomp and plenty of elegant adjectives, the 750-passenger luxury cruise ship, Seven Seas Explorer, officially joined the Regent fleet this week in an impressive and regal naming ceremony in posh Monaco. The ship’s maiden voyage is July 20 from Monte Carlo. No one could have asked for a better evening to focus on a stunning new ship. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended, and the Princess, who is godmother of the ship, cut a …

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