After a stellar debut on the US West Coast, Norwegian Bliss will begin its inaugural season from PortMiami on Saturday.
The littlest member of the godfamily fussed at the last minute, but his parents Carlos and Alexa PenaVega helped son Ocean press the button that sent Champagne smashing on the hull of Symphony of the Seas. And so the world's largest cruise ship was officially christened at PortMiami Thursday night.
Holland America Line's Westerdam became the first international cruise ship to call at Sanya since the city released a visa-free policy to visitors from 59 countries earlier this year.
Ponant's Le Soléal grounded on Wednesday while transiting Kirke Passage in the Chilean fjords, causing damage to one propeller but no injuries. The ship was under control of a local pilot at the time.
Windstar Cruises is going to lengthen and upgrade Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride in a massive project that will add 50 suites per ship, re-do all accommodations and expand dining choices, the spa, fitness center and pool deck. Further, a re-engining will make the ships far more fuel efficient while adding 4 knots to the cruising speed, opening new destinations for Windstar like New Zealand and Spitsbergen in the Arctic.
Finland's Meyer Turku cut steel for Carnival Cruise Line's first liquefied natural gas-powered ship, currently dubbed 'XL.' The 180,000gt vessel, which will be the first North American cruise ship to use LNG, has a new hull design and livery.
Princess Cruises will operate eight ships—from its biggest to smallest—in Alaska in 2020, up from the seven in 2019. The 141,000gt Royal Princess returns for a second year as the largest Love Boat in the Gulf of Alaska. And, at the other end of the size scale, the intimate Pacific Princess will also operate in the Gulf.