Ritz-Carlton Plans to Launch Luxury Hotels-on-Sea

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced on Thursday that it will soon enter the cruise industry.
The luxury, five-star hotel chain, which is owned by Marriot International MAR, will debut the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a fleet of three 298-passenger ultra-luxe vessels: somewhere between a private superyacht and a small ocean liner. Continue reading

MSC Cruises Announced Plans for Massive World Class of Cruise Ships

MSC Cruises revealed its new class of cruise ships.

The Swiss-based European company unveiled some details for its new class of cruise ships. The vessels will be among the largest in the world- they will boast 2,760 cabins and carry a maximum of 6,850 guests which is 70 more than the current record-holder, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. Continue reading

First Meraviglia Class Cruise Ship Takes to the Sea

Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises officially took delivery of its biggest ship ever, then three days later, the vessel was christened.
The 171,598-ton MSC Meraviglia, the first of the company’s six new ships which are due to come into service between 2017 and 2020 from STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Continue reading

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrives In Port Canaveral, Open For Free Tours

The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship” arrived in Port Canaveral and will be open for free, public tours through June 4.

The ship will be moored for five days at Cruise Terminal 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive.

The tour schedule is:

Wednesday, May 31 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 2 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 – closed

The summer 2017 deployment lasts five months and includes 14 ports, including Port Canaveral and four international ports.

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle last visited Port Canaveral 13 years ago. After Florida, the crew will set sail to Norfolk, Virginia.

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Silversea Cruises Has Just Celebrated its Newly Built Ship

The year’s most luxurious new cruise ship has been christened in Monaco.

Luxury line Silversea Cruises celebrated its first newly built ship in seven years with a christening ceremony that was held in Monaco a couple of weeks ago.

Silver Muse, the latest and largest ship from Italian family-owned, ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea, has been christened in a glamorous ceremony attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco, who wished the new ship fair winds and fair seas, as well as Silversea Cruises’ Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio and company CEO Roberto Martinoli.

Silver Muse is the company’s ninth ship and the company’s first new ship since 2009. It was built in the Fincantieri shipyards in Trieste in Italy. The mid-sized ship is at 40,700 gross tons and carries 596 passengers and 411 crew. Silver Muse offers more high-end suites than any ship of Silversea’s fleet – Silver, Royal, Grand, and Owner’s, as well as the greatest number of family-friendly connecting suites.

Suites on Silver Muse feature walk-in wardrobes, bathrooms with Italian marble, Pratesi bed linen, Etro bathrobes and Bulgari bath amenities. Each suite has personalized butler service.

The ship will offer a variety of 7- to 19-day itineraries in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Silver Muse will call in 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone. After the launch ceremony, the ship sailed from Monte Carlo on a 14-day cruise around the western Mediterranean. It will spend the summer in the Mediterranean before a transatlantic crossing to Canada and the USA and then trough the Panama Canal to reach South America, visiting 130 ports in 34 countries this year.