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MSC Armonia arrives in Cuba for first time

MSC Armonia arrives in Cuba for first time

MSC Cruises has introduced a second ship, the recently fully refurbished MSC Armonia, to homeport in Havana alongside MSC Opera. MSC Armonia earlier marked her traditional Maiden Call as she arrived in Havana on the final leg of her Grand Voyage from Genoa, Italy.

Celebrity Cruises promotes key personnel ahead of deployment step change

Celebrity Cruises promotes key personnel ahead of deployment step change

Celebrity Cruises has announced a raft of internal promotions that all reflect the hard work and commitment of the UK and Ireland senior leadership team in working with trade partners. UK & Ireland managing director Jo Rzymowska adds Asia to her remit in the newly expanded role of vice president and managing director, UK and Ireland and Asia. At the same time, Claire Stirrup is promoted to director of sales.

Celebrity Cruises begin construction of first Edge Class vessel

Celebrity Cruises begin construction of first Edge Class vessel

The next generation of cruise ships moved from concept to construction earlier, as the first piece of steel was cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest, and boldest, ship. The ship will be called Celebrity Edge, befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship class since 2008.

MSC Cruises to bring Magnifica to UK in 2018

MSC Cruises to bring Magnifica to UK in 2018

MSC Cruises has announced the expansion of its offering for the UK & Irish market with a new ship calling at Southampton. Starting in 2018, for the first time, MSC Magnifica will board UK and Irish passengers on ex-UK cruises to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, to address the strong growth in demand the company has been experiencing.

New look online ticketing system from Caledonian MacBrayne

New look online ticketing system from Caledonian MacBrayne

Operator of the UK’s largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne, is refreshing its online ticketing to make it easier to use. The new look web system will introduce a step-by-step timeline across the screen to help customers follow their booking process, as well as a helpful summary of their reservation. It will also be fully scalable across all devices.

Viking Cruises to present garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Viking Cruises to present garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Viking Cruises has partnered with garden designer Sarah Eberle to create a travel-inspired garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration will reflect the colours, art and culture of Barcelona, a source of inspiration for Sarah following her previous travel experiences and also a Viking Cruises destination.

Seabourn Encore prepares for November launch

Seabourn Encore prepares for November launch

Seabourn’s newest ultra-luxury vessel, Seabourn Encore, has reached an important maritime milestone with the completion of its final round of sea trials off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Seabourn Encore departed the Fincantieri shipyard on earlier this month November for three days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems.

World's three largest cruise ships sail together for first time

World's three largest cruise ships sail together for first time

Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class ships, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the new Harmony of the Seas, struck a chord earlier, greeting each other at sea for the first and possibly only time. In a meeting of unprecedented proportions, the three record-breaking sisters came together to celebrate the US arrival of Harmony of the Seas on the eve of the ship’s debut in her new permanent homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Three new ships preparing to sail for American Cruise Lines

Three new ships preparing to sail for American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has announced three new cruise ships are now under construction for its fleet. The new ships, which are being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, will continue to raise the standard for cruising in the United States. American Cruise Lines has always chosen to build new ships, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet guest expectations for comfort, spacious staterooms, and modern amenities.

Hurtigruten unveils Antarctic cruises for 2018

Hurtigruten unveils Antarctic cruises for 2018

For the 2018 season, Hurtigruten has expanded its Antarctica operation to a total of three expedition ships, spearheaded by the new hybrid vessel “Roald Amundsen.” As leaders in adventure travel in the waters surrounding the Antarctic continent, the Norwegian company continues to highlight the importance of balancing growth in adventure tourism with environmental concerns.

Saga releases new Germany cruise options for 2017

Saga releases new Germany cruise options for 2017

Cabins on Saga’s river cruise which offers top seats for a thrilling André Rieu concert in Cologne, Germany, have been snapped up so quickly that another sailing has been released. Saga guests can now book the ‘Waltzes of André Rieu and the Rhine’ which departs on March 10th, 2017 and enjoy Category One seats in the Lanxess Arena to watch superstar violinist André Rieu conduct his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra.