MSC Cruises orders two “futuristic cruise ships”

Seaside es el proyecto nuevo de MSC Cruises. Foto MSC Cruises.

Seaside/MSC Cruises.

MSC Cruises ordered two new cruise ships with an option for one more. The new prototype will named “Seaside”, will be built in Fincantieri and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by the Italian shipyard.

The 154,000 ton vessels will cost E700 million each. The first will be delivered to MSC Cruises in November 2017 and the second in May 2018. Will boast 2,070 guest cabins and will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members.

The two ships will be a generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view and “revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”

The new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world and presents unique features such as a sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. In addition, Seaside will also feature a spacious theatre, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.

The technological innovations will included, among other things, further reduce fuel consumption by 25%. MSC Cruises will double the capacity of their fleet by 2022.

Regal Princess Sets Sail on Inaugural Voyage

Regal Princess/Princess Cruises

Regal Princess/Princess Cruises

Regal Princess, arrived in Venice today to welcome guests on the maiden voyage. The newest cruise ship to join the Princess fleet is the sister ship of Royal Princess. The seven-day inaugural cruise includes stops in Corfu, Mykonos and an overnight call in Istanbul. Will return to Venice next week.

“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome another addition to the Princess family with Regal Princess,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “This new ship now expands our fleet to 18 vessels that visit worldwide destinations, and guests traveling aboard Regal Princess will truly have a special experience while enjoying her exciting features including the showpiece atrium, exceptional dining, relaxing Lotus Spa and innovative features like the over-water SeaWalk.”

Throughout the summer, the new ship will sail on Princess’ signature Grand Mediterranean cruises, with two itinerary choices and will debut in North America in November. After the repositioning cruise, will begin the season of Eastern Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Some of the features of the new Regal Princess are The SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed enclosed walkway on the ship’s starboard side extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; the Atrium, the social hub of the ship with light meals, beverages, entertainment, shopping and guest services and the Chef’s Table Lumiere, in which guests will be magically surrounded by a curtain of light as they savor the chef’s special menu.

These are features that also has the Royal Princess, but there are two new features of Regal Princess include an additional aft pool and access to the exterior promenade on deck 7, enabling passengers to walk the length of the ship.


Carnival Sunshine will be sailing from Port Canaveral

Carnival Sunshine Coffee Bar/Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Sunshine Coffee Bar/Carnival Cruise Lines

In just two days the Carnival Sunshine will arrive to Port Canaveral. The ship which completed a $155 million transformation in 2013, will be repositioned to this port of Florida from New Orleans. This marks the first time the line will have a ship in Central Florida featuring Fun Ship 2.0 bar, dining and entertainment innovations.

Carnival Sunshine will operate a year-round schedule from Port Canaveral that includes port-intensive seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean, along with a number of eight-day Caribbean cruises and five-day departures featuring Florida, Caribbean and Bahamian ports.

Carnival Dream will reposition from Port Canaveral to New Orleans to operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises.
Carnival will also increase capacity in Port Canaveral by 30 percent when Carnival Liberty launches year-round five- to eight-day Caribbean cruises in May 2014, adding a second Fun Ship 2.0-equipped vessel to the Space Coast.  The ship’s many popular features include Guy’s Burger Joint, along with BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, EA Sports Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the Alchemy Bar.

NCL cancela visitas a Roatán por crimen de empleado

Centro Mahogany en Roatán. Foto Gregorio Mayi.

Centro Mahogany en Roatán. Foto Gregorio Mayi.

Nuevamente Roatán, en Honduras, vuelve a estar en la mirilla por problemas de seguridad. Pero esta vez el asunto fue grave. Un empleado del Norwegian Pearl, de Norwegian Cruise Line, fue asesinado el domingo pasado, en un aparente intento de robo.

La empresa puso una nota en su página de Facebook lamentando el suceso ocurrido el pasado 6 de abril, mientras el barco hacía la ruta por el Caribe. Se dijo que la policía local ya está investigando y que el sospechoso está en custodia.

Como consecuencia, la línea de cruceros suspendió de inmediato y por seguridad para sus pasajeros y tripulantes, las visitas a ese puerto de esta semana, tanto en el Norwegian Dawn como en el Norwegian Jewel.

Hemos visitado varias veces Roatán, una isla de gente alegre y hospitalaria, que cuenta con Mahogany Bay, un terminal de cruceros con excelentes facilidades playeras en el mismo puerto. A los turistas con quien hemos compartido les ha encantado la experiencia, pero también hemos leído en otros medios de asaltos y de alertas de seguridad. Situaciones como esta son las que sin duda pondrán a pensar a muchos pasajeros si bajarán a conocer el lugar y más aún, las líneas de crucero empezarán a reevaluar si vale la pena o no visitar el puerto cuyo terminal Mahogany Bay se construyó con una inversión de Carnival.

Habrá que esperar los detalles de esta noticia que todavía está en investigación, pero las consecuencias inmediatas están ahí  y lo que es peor, ya se perdió una vida.

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