Cruise-Line Size Race Is Over; Now It’s About Amenities

By Christopher Palmeri (Bloomberg) -- When the $1.35 billion Symphony of the Seas steamed out of Barcelona on its maiden voyage in April, it instantly claimed the title of world’s largest cruise ship. At 228,000 gross tonnes, Symphony is a tad larger than the previous titleholder, its two-year-old sister, the Harmony of the Seas. But dive deeper into the stats and the … [Read more...]

AIDAnova Makes Maiden Call in Canary Islands as World’s First LNG-Powered Cruise Ship

Carnival Corporation has marked the start of its operation of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Cruise Terminal in the Canary Islands with the maiden call of AIDAnova, the world's first fully LNG-powered cruise ship. Carnival Corporation recently announced an agreement with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be the first concession-holder to operate the Canary … [Read more...]

Carnival Corp. to Launch Four New Cruise Ships in 2019

The world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 as part of its ongoing fleet enhancement with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery through 2025. The ship's scheduled to launch next year will be delivered across three of Carnival's global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, America’s Cruise Line; Costa Cruises; and Princess … [Read more...]

Oasis of the Seas Headed to the Big Apple

One of the world’s biggest cruise ships is headed to the Big Apple. Royal Caribbean announced Wednesday that its 225,282 GRT Oasis of the Seas will be calling Bayonne, New Jersey home during the 2020-2021 cruise season where it will embark on 7-night cruises from Cape Liberty to the Caribbean beginning in May 2020. Prior to its arrival, the ship will undergo a … [Read more...]

World’s First Fully LNG-Powered Cruise Ship Delivered in Germany

Carnival Corporation has taken delivery of the world's first cruise ship to be fully powered by cleaner-burning liquified natural gas both at sea and in port. The ship, AIDAnova, joins the fleet of AIDA Cruises, Germany’s leading cruise line. Delivery took place Wednesday during a celebration in Bremerhaven, Germany. Constructed by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg shipyard, … [Read more...]