Saga Cruises has marked the keel-laying of its first new luxury boutique river ship, Spirit of the Rhine, with a ceremony at the Vahali shipyard in Serbia.
Richard Twynam will leave Azamara in a shakeup of management at the luxury cruise line. He will hand over to Patrice Willoughby, newly appointed managing director, international, at the company.
Saga has appointed Euan Sutherland to the role of group chief executive, with effect from January 6th. As announced earlier this year, Lance Batchelor is retiring and will continue as a statutory director until he leaves the business on January 31st.
MSC Cruises has welcomed the very first guests to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, its new private island destination in the Bahamas. As part of a multi-faceted restoration strategy, the company has transformed the island from what once was an industrial sand excavation site.
Costa Cruises has taken delivery of Costa Smeralda, the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas. The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the new flagship was built.
A centuries-old maritime tradition, a ship’s godmother christens the vessel and is responsible for bestowing good luck over the ship and to all guests and crew who sail her.
Luxury Cruise Line Cunard has announced a world-class line-up for their first-ever Festival of Food & Wine on board Queen Mary 2. The seven-night Transatlantic crossing will bring together leading authorities in the food and wine industry, including legendary chef Michel Roux Jr.
Uniworld has announced that it will set sail in South America for the first time. The boutique river cruise collection will offer two new itineraries on the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Aria Amazon, set to debut in September.
River cruise specialist Viva Cruises is entering the expedition market with its new ship MS Seaventure. Viva Cruises now offers four-star expedition cruising for just 164 guests.
DFDS operates one of the largest networks of passenger and freight ferry routes in and around Europe. Its UK ferry services run from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, from Newhaven to Dieppe and from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
Holland America Line has celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,668-passenger ‘Ryndam’ at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. A 505-ton block, measuring 14 by 34 meters, was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction.
The three ships – Braemar, Balmoral and Black Watch – will be undergoing various engineering works, general maintenance and refurbishment during their dry docks at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.