Major Cruise Ships Will Go Ahead with Barcelona Calls Following Terror Attack

Major Cruise Ships Will Go Ahead with Barcelona Calls Following Terror Attack
Most major cruise lines scheduled to have stops in Barcelona, Spain, will go ahead as planned despite the terror attack on Thursday when a van mowed down pedestrians and left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured in the touristic center of Las Ramblas.
The famous Las Ramblas Boulevard is one of the top destinations for cruisers visiting the city. The tree-lined pedestrian promenade is flanked by roads on either side of its Raval and Gothic quarters.
Barcelona is one of the biggest cruise ports in Europe. It’s visited by hundreds of cruise ships every year.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Opens Bookings for New Cuba Sailings

Norwegian Sun cruises to Cuba from Port Canaveral are now on sale.
The Miami-based line will send Norwegian Sun to Cuba from Port Canaveral on four-night trips beginning next summer.

Norwegian Cruise Line has just begun taking reservations for the four-night trips, which will kick off in May 2018. The plans for the sailings were announced earlier this month. The voyages will take place every week during the summer with departures on Mondays, beginning May 7 next year. Continue reading

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

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

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.