Live From Celebrity Reflection: The End of an Era?

The 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection has generated the most new ship buzz we’ve seen in a while. And rightly so. The launch of Reflection marks the final stage in a five-ship journey for Celebrity Cruises which started with Celebrity Solstice in 2008.

Is a Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Coming?

When Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reported Wednesday that a deal to build a third Oasis-class ship was imminent, Royal Caribbean was quick to respond. “We don’t comment on rumors,” spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said, “and at this time, it’s just a rumor.”

My Date With a Royal Princess (Part II)

The last time I went on a shipyard visit was to see Seabourn’s final Odyssey-class ship, Seabourn Quest, in Genoa. Quest was about a month or so from sea trials, so largely complete. There were wires hanging from ceilings and a lot of men banging, polishing and finishing off things, but it was very clear […]

Tight Squeeze? No Problem for Celebrity Reflection

It took 10 hours, some backward maneuvering and assistance from a couple of tugboats, but Celebrity Reflection has left the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is on its way to the North Sea for sea trials.

What if Norwegian Breakaway’s Hull Was Designed By …

The first rendering of Peter Max’s Norwegian Breakaway hull has garnered mixed reviews. It’s the first cruise ship hull ever designed by a famous artist, so, naturally, we wondered: What if NCL had asked another art icon to tackle the massive project? Not that our four suggested picks are up to the task (they’re dead), […]

Norwegian Breakaway and Peter Max Ignite One Hull of a Debate

NCL‘s striking hull designs — featuring jewels, flowers, a radiating sun — have become something of a calling card. But none of the line’s previous liveries could have prepared us for Norwegian Breakaway, whose Peter Max-designed paint work was officially unveiled Tuesday.

Day Spa Vu: Expanded Spas on New Princess and Celebrity Ships Strikingly Similar

It must be hard for cruise lines to outdo each other with their spa offerings, when the majority of ship spas are operated by just one company, Steiner Leisure. Case in point: Two recent announcements about the expanded spa offerings on Celebrity and Princess‘ next new ships sounded eerily similar.

New Ship Alert: Celebrity Reflection Sees First Daylight

Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final of Celebrity’s stylish Solstice-class sisters, saw daylight for the first time on Sunday in Papenburg, Germany. With the coaxing of a pair of tugs, the 126,000-ton, 3,030-passenger ship was transferred from its indoor dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard to its nearby al fresco fitting-out pier. This YouTube video, […]

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