The announcement was made in a video by Viking chairman Torstein Hagen. Addressing guests, he said the safety of 10,000 staff and half a million annual passengers was the top priority.
Last November, Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund and Brittany Ferries reached an agreement with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets for the acquisition of 100 per cent of Condor Ferries.
The government of the Bahamas has sold the Grand Lucayan to a partnership between Royal Caribbean International and Bahamas Port Investments. Authorities hope to reinvest $250 million in the hotel and the redevelopment of the cruise port.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 is now offering a heritage tour that will take guests on a journey through the bridge – the command room used by the captain to control the ship during its days of service.
Celebrations were held earlier in Savona for the naming ceremony of Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ new flagship. The ship’s godmother and star of the event was international celebrity Penélope Cruz, who performed the ribbon-cutting duties with the traditional breaking of the bottle against the bow of the ship.
Amadeus River Cruises has assigned Dutch ship-yard DeHoop with the building of a new cruise ship for delivery in 2021.
DFDS’ Dunkerque Seaways will be the first of the three ships on the Dover to Dunkirk route to reveal a number of new looks as part of a £3.9 million investment.
Construction on Scarlet Lady, the first vessel from Virgin Voyages, has officially been completed. Nearly three years in the making, the line formally welcomed Scarlet Lady to its fleet after departing the shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
Royal Caribbean International has signed a partnership with the government of Antigua & Barbuda for the company’s first Royal Beach Club. With planning and development underway, the location is scheduled to break ground later this year.
Celebrity Apex has returned to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, following a successful first sea trial. The trial, in the Bay of Biscay near the shipyard, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts.
Board the five-star Ganges Voyager on a 10-day river cruise into the heart of West Bengal. William Dalrymple, author and historian will join you onboard to share his knowledge of India and explore key regions mentioned in his latest book, The Anarchy.
Charles B. Robertson has been appointed chief executive of American Cruise Lines. The decision follows the recent death of his father Charles A. Robertson, who was the founder and chief executive of the organisation.