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We aren't always the first to cruise news, and we don't strive to cover every story.  Our effort is however to bring you objective information along with our take on why the story is important (or not).

Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Celebrity Edge's pool deck, Magic Carpet to the rightCelebrity Cruises recently announced that the much-anticipated Celebrity Edge is ahead of schedule and will begin sailing earlier than expected.  While this is generally great news, there are some who may be less than thrilled, and this made us stop and wonder - what is a "maiden voyage?" Read more about Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Royal Caribbean Announces New Tech for Better Experiences Across All Their Lines at "Sea Beyond" Event

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Sea Beyond Event in NYC - signRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (parent company to Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises) made some big announcements this week around the technology in and on their ships. The “Sea Beyond” event was hosted this Wednesday in NYC, and RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com was there to get the scoop.  Nobody covers Royal Caribbean like they do, so you should first get the whole story by checking out their coverage of Sea Beyond.  These announcements however really had us thinking (we love cruising and technology) so we couldn’t let it go without jumping in and providing our take… Read more about Royal Caribbean Announces New Tech for Better Experiences Across All Their Lines at "Sea Beyond" Event

Carnival Signs Agreement with Shell to Supply LNG for next Generation Ships - LNG Bunker Barges and More

carnival ship lng shell logoContinuing to build momentum in a quickly changing world of alternative-fueled ships, Carnival Cruise Line has signed another in a series of agreements today with Shell to be their supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for North America's first fully LNG powered cruise ships. The ships will be largest for the cruise line, at 180,000 gross tons, and due to sail in 2020 and 2022.  They'll be fueled through Shell's LNG Bunker Barge (LBB).  The LBB was recently announced as part of a plan to develop a global LNG bunkering network (bunkering is a nautical term referring to fueling-up ships) to support the growing number of LNG-powered ships being constructed, allowing them to refuel along the south-eastern US coast... Read more about Carnival Signs Agreement with Shell to Supply LNG for next Generation Ships - LNG Bunker Barges and More

Virgin Voyages Reveals Additional Details: No passengers and no children.

 

The Mermaid Adorning Virgin Voyages 1st Ship

The Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente ship yard in Genoa, Italy today hosted Virgin Voyages Founder Sir Richard Branson and CEO Tom McAlpin accompanied by the singing of Boy George.  The event served as both the keel-laying ceremony for Virgin Voyages' first 110,000 gross ton ship and a party to announce additional details around the highly-anticipated cruise line. 

*Updated With Video*  Read more about Virgin Voyages Reveals Additional Details: No passengers and no children.

Celebrity Now Offering Legal Same-Sex Marriages at Sea - Why aren't all lines?

Today, Celebrity Cruises announced that their captains are now able to perform same-sex marriages at sea.  This is great news - but why isn't everyone doing it?  It has to do with flags...sort of.  Let's learn a little but about about today's announcement and dig into why we don't see it happening across all cruise lines... Read more about Celebrity Now Offering Legal Same-Sex Marriages at Sea - Why aren't all lines?

Carnival Corporation to Keep Cruisers Connected With MedallionNet ™ - “Best Wi-Fi in Cruise Industry”

Miami-based Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest leisure travel company and parents to numerous cruise lines announced that they’ll be deploying new connectivity to their ships which will be enabled by SES Networks.  

The service – delivered in connections with SES networks – will use geostationary earth orbit and medium-earth orbit constellations, managed services, and shipboard technologies to deliver reliable and high-speed connections at sea.  By combining multiple sources of bandwidth, over different bands and different satellite systems, connected to an “unprecedented volume” of shipboard access points, the aim is to deliver guests what they want when they want it, regardless of... Read more about Carnival Corporation to Keep Cruisers Connected With MedallionNet ™ - “Best Wi-Fi in Cruise Industry”

Cunard Line to Be Graced with a New Ship in 2022 - Largest in the Fleet

Carnival Corporation & PLC announced today that they’ve signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri shipyard to bring a new vessel to Cunard Line.  The yet unnamed vessel will be the largest in the Cunard fleet with an expected delivery date in 2022.  While the new ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag in Cunard’s 178 year history, she will only be the fourth ship in the current fleet, alongside Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Mary 2... Read more about Cunard Line to Be Graced with a New Ship in 2022 - Largest in the Fleet