Welcome to an exciting era in the cruise industry, where cruise lines are betting on brand new cruise ships to entice ever more people to try a sailing holiday.
What will be the next big thing to hit the seas?
I keep an eye on the top new ship launches this year and next. I also lift the curtain and take a peek at the fascinating world behind the scenes of the cruise industry.
I chat with cruise line representatives to learn what innovations they are working on, and I visit shipyards to see the latest ships under construction.
Here you will also find articles about the shipbuilding process, and the dismantling process when vessels reach the end of their lives.
“Wonder” in Italian, MSC Meraviglia will be the first Vista-class ship to join the MSC Cruises fleet in mid-2017. The ship represents the beginning of MSC Cruises’ ambitious seven-ship, €5.
In March 2015, Carnival Corporation signed two memorandums of agreement for nine cruise ships to be built by Fincantieri and Meyer Werft with launch dates between 2019 and 2022.
Norwegian Cruise Line has named its latest China-bound ship Norwegian Joy 喜悦号 (Xǐ Yuè Hào).
Papenburg is a little known small German city. Its biggest claim to fame is the large Meyer Werft shipyard. The order books are bursting at the seams as the shipyard constructs some of the largest and most innovative cruise ships available right now.
Disney, Star Wars, and Frozen fans rejoice! Family-favourite Disney Cruise Line has ordered two new cruise ships, expanding its fleet to six vessels by 2023!
I headed to the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France to see the latest construction progress of Harmony of the Seas. This trip was my first time at a shipyard, and the experience was mind-blowing.
Carnival Vista will be Carnival Cruise Line’s 25th ship when she launches in spring 2016.
Princess Cruises has revealed that its latest ship, Majestic Princess, will be heading to China in 2017. It will sail year-round itineraries from Shanghai.
MSC Cruises will soon launch a new €700 million ship featuring an innovative design. Reminiscent in places of the curvy art deco buildings in Miami’s South Beach, the ship will be intended for hot climates.
The tragedy that unfolded on the night of 13th January 2012 is one that no one in the cruise industry will ever forget.
In the world of cosmetic surgery, the goal is often about to make the patient as slim and as slender as possible. A nip here and a tuck there. In the world of cruise ships, the opposite is true.