A Suite the Size of a House Aboard the Seven Seas Explorer

800px-Osaka_Seven-Seas-Mariner07s3872The first building block of the Seven Seas Explorer was placed during a special keel laying ceremony held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy only a month ago. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the creation of the most luxurious ship ever built. With the estimated investment of $450 million for the construction, it is currently the most expensive cruise liner as well. The financing is provided by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.

During the sophisticated ceremony, a black Rolls Royce Phantom delivered Continue reading

Revitalized Freedom of the Seas returns to Port Canaveral

800px-Freedom_of_the_Seas_(ship,_2007)_001The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas returns to Port Canaveral after it underwent a 24-day dry dock refurbishment at Grand Bahama Shpyard in January 2015.

Only three years ago, the first of the Freedom class of ships, Freedom of the Seas, was the Guiness World Records holder for the largest cruise ship in the world. It is still the largest and most innovative cruise ship sailing from Port Canaveral. Continue reading

Widow sells home to live full-time on luxury cruise ship

800px-Crystal_Serenity_02Lee Wachtstetter, an 86-year-old widow from Florida, sold her five-bedroom home on 10 acres in the area of Fort Lauderdale and became a permanent luxury cruise ship resident for only $164,000 a year, according to Florida Today.

The widow used to love cruising with her husband and she promised him she would keep on the tradition. After her husband passed away, she took her daughter’s advice, decided to be on the move and to see the world while living in the lap of luxury. Continue reading

Disney Magic crew rescues Royal Caribbean passenger

554px-Lifebelt_in_WaterDisney Magic crew has staged a dramatic rescue of a guest on Royal Caribbean ship Oasis of the Seas who fell overboard from his liner during a luxury cruise and then holidaymakers spot him in water.

The incident happened last Thursday morning. The 22-year-old man was a guest of the world’s largest cruise ship, when suddenly he fell overboard just outside of Cozumel in Mexico. Luckily, the man was spotted by Scott Campbell, a passenger on board the Disney Magic, a Port Canaveral-based cruise ship, that was approaching the port for a scheduled port-of-call stop. Continue reading

Port Canaveral plans to add up to three new cruise terminals

Quantum_of_the_Seas_at_Meyer_WerftIn addition to the eighth terminal that is currently under construction, three new cruise terminals are likely to be built at Port Canaveral to handle the expected increase in cruise ship traffic. A detailed presentation of Port Canaveral’s cruise and cargo outlook was given to the commissioners just a few days ago.

The $105 million Cruise Terminal 1 is scheduled to open December 27 and will be used mainly by Royal Caribbean. The additional terminals will be needed by 2016, 2018 and 2022 each. They would be part of the $587 million five-year development program that is expected to establish the port as an important cargo destination and boost the number of the cruise passengers. Continue reading