4 Months After the Concordia Tragedy, a New Costa Ship Debuts

Aboard the just-launched Costa Fascinosa, things can’t help but feel a little symbolic. An appropriately understated welcome — the christening lacked the aerial acrobats, lasers and celebrities Costa is known for — has given way to cruising as usual, exactly what a line coming out of a period of mourning is looking for. The mood […]

River Report: First Impressions From American Queen

So now that American Queen is back in service after Ms. Priscilla Presley re-christened it on Friday, how’s it doing? I’m onboard the inaugural run from Memphis to Cincinnati, and here’s the short answer: The world’s largest steamboat needs a little work. The good news is that the Great American Steamboat Company team, which brought […]

The Viking Invasion: 6 Riverboats Take Shape

For Viking River Cruises‘ new 190-passenger Longships, what a difference a day (week, month) makes. Intriguingly, Viking, which will ultimately build a dozen boats on the innovative Longship platform, is in the process of building six at once! During a visit to Amsterdam this week, we’re here to celebrate the launch of the first two […]

Viking River Cruise Godmothers Get Pre-Christening Warmup

Imagine this: You are invited to serve as godmother to a brand-new cruise ship. Pretty spiffy opportunity, right? It definitely seemed that way to Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS’ “Masterpiece Theater” and to Gail Wiswedel, chosen because she’s Viking’s most well-traveled cruise passenger. They, along with two others, were set to be part of […]

Video: An Unusual Marriage at the Shipyard

Sometimes it takes a moving picture. Above is a video of a 23-ton red paddlewheel and American Cruise Lines‘ 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi becoming one in maritime matrimony. The wheel certainly isn’t only for show — it can be used exclusively to propel the Victorian-styled boat — but a pair of 1,900 horse power […]

4 Ways Disney Fantasy Is Better Than Disney Dream — and 1 We’re Not So Sure About

With Disney Fantasy‘s star-studded christening behind us, thoughts now turn to the ship itself, a 4,000-passenger beauty that’s a sister to Disney Dream — but with its own special flavor. During a Thursday tour, we got an up-close glimpse of the vessel, with a focus on the new-and-improved areas. And at first blush, “improved” is […]

Something You’ll Almost Never See at a Shipyard

American Cruise Lines‘ 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, the first Big Muddy-based riverboat built in some 15 years, celebrated a marriage on February 21. Stern and wheel were wed at Salisbury Maryland’s Chesapeake Shipbuilding, with giant crane handling the ceremony. But when QOM launches this August, the 23-ton, 28-foot-wide churning red wheel won’t be the […]

Slideshow: Queen of the Mississippi and the Rebirth of American River Cruising

Colonial Salisbury, an 11-square-mile city abutting Maryland’s Wicomico River, is certainly not the first place that comes to mind when you think “cruise ship powerhouse.” That designation goes to Finland, Italy and Germany. But Chesapeake Shipbuilding has been pumping out American-built passenger vessels here for the better part of the last decade.

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