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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
The refurbishment is so ambitious that they’re renaming the ship. The 18-year-old Costa Romantica has entered a 3.5-month, $125 million dry-dock, from which it will emerge in mid-February as … wait for it … Costa neoRomantica. Spending $125 million — in one of the most expensive refurbs ever — may sound like a lot, but [...]
As far as fevers go, “new cruise ship fever” tops the list. But according to our new-build order chart, it’ll be March 2012 before the next vessel, Viking Freya, debuts. That’s a long time. Still, we thought a little giveaway might help everyone get over the lack of smashed Champagne bottles and pseudo-celebrity godmothers. We’ve [...]« go back — keep looking »