Holland America’s Koningsdam Finishes Sea Trials

800px-Celebration-1Holland America’s Florida-bound cruise ship Koningsdam has successfully wrapped up sea trials in Italy that began January 2.

Holland America Line’s new 2,650-passenger cruise ship, Koningsdam, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard on January 16 after it had successfully completed two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast. Continue reading

Haiti: 2nd Cruise Ship Canceled in Labadee Due to Ongoing Protests

800px-Freedom_of_the_Seas_(ship,_2007)_001Royal Caribbean announced that it is canceling another port stop for one of its cruise ships at the cruise line’s private destination in Labadee, Haiti, because of protesters. All shore-side crew were evacuated.

The Navigator of the Seas was scheduled to stop at Labadee on Thursday, but the cruise operator canceled the port call after encountering a flotilla of protesters in small boats. Continue reading

Carnival Corp. to Add Four New Cruise Ships This Year

Carnival SensationThe cruise line industry is trying to respond to the increasing demand for vacations at sea. As a result, more new cruise ships will hit the water this year. The number of cruise ships is expected to double before 2020.

Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise ship operator said Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Signs 10-year Deal with US Virgin Islands

Royal Caribbean has released details on the newest addition to its fleet set to sail next year, the Quantum of the Seas, an 18-deck ship that can carry 4,180 guestsRoyal Caribbean, the world’s second largest cruise line, signed a 10-year deal with the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to boost tourism and generate revenue. The agreement was reached after several years of negotiation and begins in October 2016. Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Finally Reveals Design of the Ultimate Abyss

MS_Oasis_of_the_Seas_SternRoyal Caribbean International has finally revealed the design of  the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide on a cruise ship, which will span 10 decks.

When, in only five months, Royal Caribbean’s next new ship, Harmony of the Seas, debuts, it will be the world’s largest cruise ship featuring the tallest slide at sea ever. Continue reading