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MSC Cruises Signs Deal For 4 New Prototype Ships

MSC Cruises, a rapidly growing cruise line with an already extensive order log, has announced the signing of a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of four prototype ships, with the first to be...

Richard Branson Pulls Back The Red Curtain On Virgin Cruises

At a press conference held at PortMiami earlier this week, Richard Branson announced his plan to build three “boutique” cruise ships with major shipyard, Fincantieri, and his selection of PortMiami as the first homeport...

Holland America Line Lays Keel For New Pinnacle Class Ship

Last week, Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying for the first ship of its new Pinnacle Class. The ceremony, held at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, was marked by the lowering of a 680 ton...

Costa Diadema Reaches Construction Milestone

Earlier last week, Costa’s soon to be newest ship, the Costa Diadema, reached an important milestone in her construction. The Costa Diadema’s fore-end hull block section was finally laid. The Costa Diadema’s fore-end hull...

P&O Begins Construction Of Newest, Largest Ship

In a special ceremony earlier today, P&O Cruises marked the first step of the construction of their new, yet to be named ship. The first of 74 blocks, which will ultimately become the new...

Regal Princess Floated Out In Monfalcone (Video)

Regal Princess reached a significant construction milestone today when the Princess Cruises vessel was “floated out” at its building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. A traditional ceremony marked the occasion as...

Small Fire Breaks Out Onboard Norwegian Getaway At Meyer Werft

A small fire was reported to have broken out on the Norwegian Getaway earlier today while inside her covered construction facility. Here is the official word from Norwegian Cruise Line regarding the incident: “Norwegian...

Norwegian Breakaway Floats Out from Building Dock

Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II this morning in Papenburg, Germany where the 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September...

Norwegian Breakaway’s Hull Becomes A Bit More Colorful (Photos)

As the Norwegian Breakaway continues to move closer to her inaugural cruise, she is beginning to receive her finishing touches. One of these finishing touches is her hull art, which was recently applied to her formerly...

Royal Caribbean Names Project Sunshine Ships; Begins Construction

Royal Caribbean International took a major step this week in the development of the cruise line’s next generation of cruise ships when the first piece of steel was cut for the first of two...

Grand Cayman Abandons Cruise Port Negotiations

Are you sick of tendering into Grand Cayman? Well, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it looks like we will continue to feel this way for even longer. Earlier today, Grand Cayman abandoned negotiations to...

Carnival and Holland America Line Order New Ships

Carnival Corporation today announced it has reached an agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships – a 99,000-ton ship for Holland America Line and a 135,000-ton vessel for Carnival Cruise Lines. A...