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...]

Royal Caribbean Adds Ultra-Luxury Cruises with $1 Billion Stake in Silversea

by Aishwarya Venugopal (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises said on Thursday it would buy a 66.7 percent stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises for about $1 billion to add ultra-luxury and expedition cruises to its fleet. Silversea Cruises, which has nine ships, sails to destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland, with most of its tickets selling for more … [Read more...]

STX France Delivers World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Royal Caribbean

The world’s largest cruise ship was delivered to Royal Caribbean International on Friday by STX France at their Saint-Nazaire, France. Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis-class vessel, is 228,081 gross registered tons and measures 362 meters long by 66 meters wide and 70 meters high.  The vessel has capacity for 6,800 passengers and 2,000 crew in … [Read more...]

Evacuees Leave Puerto Rico by Cruise Ship

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Thousands of people lined up at San Juan harbor on Thursday to board a cruise ship that will take them from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland in one of the largest evacuations since Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico more than a week ago. Maria, which came ashore as the strongest storm to hit … [Read more...]