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 […]
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.
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), […]
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.
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.
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, […]
I’ve long subscribed to the sentiment that there’s no such thing as a bad cruise ship balcony — but my opinion might be changing. Onboard the brand-new MSC Divina in a forward-facing balcony cabin, you understand the need for the pictured wall of windows: It’s to protect occupants from the blustery winds that front-of-ship cabins […]
In Barcelona, I’m onboard the 66,084-ton, 1,250-passenger Riviera, the newest ship from luxury-mainstream straddlers Oceania Cruises. In preparation for Friday’s christening ceremony, our dock is literally ringing with the sounds of hammers and chisels as workers install stages, lighting towers and a massive flat-screen television to create a mini-arena. No doubt the star of tomorrow’s […]« go back — keep looking »