Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Ship Class Named Project Leonardo

Norwegian Cruise Line has named its new class of ships the Leonardo Project.

Although the cruise operator first announced its next generation project in February 2016, the company announced the name and showed first images at Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 in Fort Lauderdale only a few days ago. The Leonardo Project will consist of four ships, which will be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Continue reading

Cunard’s Queen Victoria to Get a Significant Makeover

Cunard have revealed they are investing over $40 million in the refit of one of their three queens: the nine-year-old Queen Victoria. The ship enters a dry dock in early May for a month-long refurbishment that will include the addition of new Britannia Club cabins. Britannia Club cabins come with their own private restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are already available on Cunard’s sisters, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

The new colour scheme with its signature Cunard purple will take inspiration from the line’s history. The improvements will raise the double-occupancy capacity from 2,020 to 2,088, the senior vice president of Cunard North America Josh Liebowitz said at a press conference.

An intimate restaurant and 43 spacious Britannia Club cabins will be added in a prime mid-ship location and they will be in a configuration similar to Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

The refreshed cabins will feature newly-designed carpets and soft furnishings, as well as new flat screen TVs.

The refurbishment of Queen Victoria takes place at a Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy,  and also will include a complete re-design of the majestic Grand Suites and several Penthouses aboard.

The Grand Suites, that are named Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and Laconia suites, will boast a new purple color scheme. Each of the suites will measure almost 1,500 square feet. There are five new Penthouse Suites on Deck 8 that will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with natural light.

The makeover of Queen Victoria comes less than a year after a massive, $130 million overhaul of Queen Mary 2.

Jet Skiers Rescued Just Before Carnival Magic Runs Over Them

A Port Canaveral harbor pilot and a Brevard County marine unit saved a couple of jet skiers on spring break from a nearly tragic situation late Saturday afternoon.
Two young women from Princeton, West Virginia were enjoying their spring break in Port Canaveral when their vacation nearly turned to a catastrophe. Continue reading

Carnival Adds Gas Cleaning Systems to 60 Cruise Ships

Carnival Corporation the world’s largest cruise operator announced yesterday it has installed Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on 60 ships across its 10 brands. The company is planning to deploy the cleaning systems to 85 ships of its fleet through 2020 in its effort to improve the quality of air emissions and reduce the environmental impact of their ships. The investment is about $400 million to date. Continue reading