Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement with Princess Cruises for the construction of two next-generation, 175,000gt ships which will be the largest built so far in Italy, with deliveries scheduled in Monfalcone in late 2023 and in spring 2025.
During lively festivities at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin announced the first ship's name and said the company will eliminate single-use plastics and mentor women in shipboard roles.
Le Lapérouse, the first ship in Ponant's new Explorers class, has the sleek, super-yacht look of the existing fleet, but is slightly smaller and sports a unique feature: Blue Eye, a multi-sensory underwater lounge.
Le Lapérouse, the first of six Explorer-class ships for Ponant Cruises, was christened at festivities near Reykjavik (Hafnarfjörður), Iceland, by a French godmother using Veuve Clicquot and accompanied by a French Navy pipe band.
The cruise industry contributed a record €47.86bn to the European economy in 2017, according to new figures released by Cruise Lines International Association in its updated European Economic Contribution Report.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises inked a contract with Fincantieri's Norwegian subsidiary, Vard, for a third 230-passenger expedition newbuild, to be called Hanseatic Spirit.
Created for Celebrity Edge, the new Terminal 25 at Port Everglades features a sleek design, cutting-edge technology, a posh suite lounge and a dedicated crew lounge.