Lots of new small ships on order, plus other news from SeaTrade

In March several of us from AllThingsCruise attended SeaTrade, the annual conference of the global cruise industry, which was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. The big news all around is that the cruise industry is booming and there are now over 100 ships on the order books extending through 2030. We have already written about the two new cruise lines – Virgin Voyages and the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – which will begin service in 2020. But here’s …

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MSC Meraviglia makes maiden call in Hamburg, and MSC Grandiosa Christening Announced

MSC Cruises is growing quickly and we love it. Yesterday MSC Meraviglia made her maiden call in Hamburg, Germany, kicking off her first season sailing Norther Europe. But also yesterday MSC announced that the MSC Grandiosa, their next flagship, will be christened in Hamburg on November 2, 2019! We can’t wait to experience the luxury and attention to detail that MSC offers on these new ships. Here is what MSC Cruise has to say in their announcement …

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More from SeaTrade: Ritz-Carlton introduces its new luxury yachts

Although Virgin Voyages made a splash in the larger ships cruise market, most of the action at SeaTrade focused on companies introducing more small ships. SeaTrade is the annual conference of the global cruise industry which was held a week ago in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Douglas Prothero, the managing director of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection revealed the design of the first of several small ships (298 passengers) which will offer an ultra-luxury experience….which he describes as its …

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New cruise lines reveal their designs at SeaTrade Conference

FORT LAUDERDALE — AllThingsCruise was well represented last week at SeaTrade, the annual conference of the global cruise industry held annually in Southeast Florida. Publisher and Executive Editor Heidi Allison Shane,  key writers Jackie Sheckler Finch and David Molyneaux and myself were on site attending informative panel discussions and press conferences, interviewing cruise executives and generally hobnobbing to determine what is going on in this dynamic sector of the tourism industry. The conference always open with a …

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Two new cruise lines featuring familiar names coming soon: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Cruise Line

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection The Ritz-Carlton is taking its legendary service and unmatched luxury to sea. Beginning in 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer bespoke cruises on the first of three lavishly built yachts. Each custom-built yacht offers an intimate journey with space for only 298 guests. Accommodations feature 149 suites, each with its own terrace, including two luxurious penthouse suites. As with The Ritz-Carlton on land, cruises feature: Thoughtfully designed, modern interiors Destination-based activities with local …

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Emerald Waterways completes handover of a trilogy of new ships

April and May have been busy months for Emerald Waterways, during which the growing river cruise line has taken delivery of three innovative new Star-Ships—Destiny, Liberté, and Radiance—bringing its total fleet to seven. Each of these three new state-of-the-art ships has been built to follow the design specifications of its already successful fleet, and customized to sail a variety of Europe’s most-iconic rivers. The 186-passenger Emerald Destiny was christened on May 9 in Vienna by Godmother Coleen …

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American Cruise Lines Announces New Fleet of Modern Riverboats

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, is pleased to announce details for the first of a new class of 5 modern riverboats destined for America’s rivers. These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European riverboat with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known. The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests. The new riverboat will feature the …

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Virgin Cruises sets sail under new moniker “Virgin Voyages”

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson today revealed Virgin Voyages as the inspiring new identity for the company’s cruise line. Joined by the company’s President and CEO Tom McAlpin, they announced the name, and shared that Virgin Voyages has officially signed a ship building contract for three vessels with Italian master shipbuilder Fincantieri, and that the company will be the first cruise line to adopt the clean energy system, Climeon Ocean. The revealing event held at the …

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Crystal officially signs order with Lloyd Werft to build eight new ships

Crystal Cruises announced that it has signed an order for its eight new ships with the Lloyd Werft Group, a collection of four shipyards in Northern Germany. The signing was done by Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez in the presence of the Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Crystal Cruises; Rüdiger Pallentin, Managing Director of the Lloyd Werft Group; Uwe Beckmeyer, State Secretary of Maritime Affairs; Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; and Martin …

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Best of new big cruise ships: Anthem and Escape

Norwegian, Royal Caribbean take different tacks on eating, drinking, entertainment Tandem racing and free-fall waterslides or floating in a glass tube that feels like sky diving? Craft beers and tasty bites in a warehouse style sing-along keg room or a clubby pub bar? Oodles of outdoor dining choices or drinks mixed and served by robots? In the heavyweight bout for the world’s best new big cruise ship in 2015, the winner will be in the eye of …

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