These days cruise ships come in all sizes and colors, but not long ago this wasn't the case. To this day, when most of us see ships with dark colored hulls we think of them as more traditional looking, no matter what the age of the vessel. Why is this? Well, it has to do with how these great ships are powered, and the letters sometimes preceding ship names. Make sense? Read more about Why Cruise Ship Hulls Are Traditionally Black or Navy
Today Virgin Voyages, a new cruise line from Richard Branson's Virgin Group, cut steel on their first ship. The ceremony, which took place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Genoa, Italy represents the brand "becoming real", as up to now the very real effort to create Virgin Voyages has been planning and marketing without the tease of an actual ship. Now, Hull 6287 (the name of the first Virgin Voyages ship... [click through for a video of the ceremony and more] Read more about Virgin Voyages Is Making "Ship Happen" - Cut Steel On First Build
For decades cruise ships became more advanced and more spacious, but despite these changes, ships still looked like ships. With Royal Caribbean’s launch of Voyager of The Seas in November of 1998 however, things started to look quite different. With this behemoth (the largest cruise ship at the time) came the first rock wall and ice rink at sea, as well as the Royal Promenade. The ice rink and rock wall were, and still are, impressive. The Royal Promenade however was something truly different.
Up until this ship, the major venues on cruise ships all had views of the sea. Part of this was to be expected by guests – you’re on a ship after all. Another part however was out of necessity, as the size of ships never allowed for any reasonably large venue to be located above the water line and not come up against the windows of the ship or the outdoor promenade. The size of the Voyager of The Seas made it possible to essentially put a shopping and dining district inside of the ship in a way that to this day, makes strolling the Royal Promenade an experience which in no way reveals that passengers are on a ship rather than on land.... Read more about Many new cruise ships will look to the sea. Will those seeking floating hotels appreciate a return to the ocean?
Just announced, "Top Chef's" Isaac Toupe will be featured on a new video series as he competes against tastemakers in a wide variety of culinary challenges while sailing the Caribbean on Celebrity Cruises. Viewers will catch appearances from the beautiful Celebrity Reflection and its team as well as Celebrity's own Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher. Isaac's challenges vary from whipping up world-class omelets, creating specialty cocktails, to tacking Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish.
"We are excited about this partnership as it gives our guests... Read more about Celebrity Cruises & BravoTV.com Launch Video Series, "Isaac Takes On" - Features “Top Chef” Star Chef Isaac Toups
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has penned a multi-year strategic partnership with Global Eagle, maker of in-flight entertainment systems. This agreement will bring enhanced internet and entertainment services to Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet of 14 ships. This is slated to include tiered plans for Wi-Fi, messaging services, and video. In the future, guests will be able to access an integrated portal from their own smartphones and tablets, which will allow access to live and on-demand TV programming, movies, and more. Further, the systems being put in place by Global Eagle will allow for dynamic adjusting on bandwidth for each ship based on demand. This comes only a week after announcing Read more about Norwegian signs multi-year partnership to with inflight entertainment company to bring next-gen experience to ships
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (parent company to Celebrity Cruises) and Port Everglades have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) providing the framework for a long term deal between the two entities. This agreement includes customized renovation of Port Everglades' Terminal 25 by October 31, 2018. Standard polish, or "Edge Terminal"? Read more about RCCL Signs Deal With Port Everglades - Customized Rennovations of Terminal 25
Today in South Florida, Celebrity Cruises Chairman Richard Fain and President & CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo shared details of the 117,000 GT Celebrity Edge. From an elevating cantilever bar to Infinite Verandahs and her own tenders, "Edge Launches", everything on this ship seems to have been designed to look out to the water. This ship looks like it will really be something special. Now, while we go book a cruise on Edge, take a look below at just some of what she'll have to offer next year (be sure to check the gallery at the bottom) and look forward to more updates soon.