The Vision class ship, Legend of the Seas, will move from Royal Caribbean’s fleet to Thomson Cruises in May 2017. Launched in 1990 she is one of six ships of her class which preceded the Voyager of the Seas and current move toward substantially larger vessels throughout the industry. Though smaller by half than Voyager, the Vision class is well regarded. The move of Legend and eventually her sister ships to another fleet is less a mark of quality than simply the growth of Royal Caribbean.
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Having withdrawn from the Mobile market in 2011, Carnival Cruise Lines is due to resume service out of a newly refreshed terminal in November. The city of Mobile refreshed the decor and upgraded the facilities to add check-in desks along the same standard seen at the major ports in Florida.
Costa to build two for China-
Costa has secured an agreement with Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilder, to build two ships for 2019 and 2020. Each carrying 4,200 passengers they will surely mean the ship is a follow-on to the Vista class Carnival has begun to deploy. These news vessels will sail out of China and designed for that market specifically. If Costa retains the existing ships deployed in the Chinese market it will have five.
MSC Gets Gas-
MSC Cruises will build a minimum of two and possibly up to four liquefied natural gas powered cruise ships, each with exceeding 200,000 gross tonnes and carrying over 5,400 passengers. To be built by STX France at a cost exceeding four billion dollars, they will begin to enter service in 2022.
Star Clippers Get The Wind-
It isn’t a Dutchman, but the Flying Clipper will join her four other sail driven sisters in the Star Clippers fleet. Carrying an modest 300 passengers the ship will be the largest among the sailing ships the line offers. She will enter service in 2017.
Driving On Water-
Norwegian Cruise Line will launch the China based Norwegian Joy in just under a year. The ship will introduce a new feature, unique in the arms race of innovation driving the industry. For the first time a go-kart track and cars will become “a thing to do” at sea.
Craft Brewing on Carnival-
The new Vista class set sail with it’s own contribution to the list of things you can do at sea, featuring the first IMAX theater at sea. However for those especially keen on enjoying a drink, Carnival has partnered with Concrete Beach a craft brewer based in Miami. They will guide the creation of unique brews on the ship itself, rather than stocking a shore-bottled beverage.