NewsBrief: Anthem of the Seas Keel Laying, Former Royal Caribbean Ship Sold, & Disney Sailing Cancelled

Anthem of the Seas Keel Laying

Earlier today, crews at Meyer Werft laid the first block, the keel, for Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Anthem of the Seas. The keel-laying signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction. During the ceremony, a 620-ton block measuring 59 feet by 121 feet was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Anthem of the Seas is set to debut in spring of 2015, following the arrival of Quantum of the Seas in fall of 2014. The Anthem of the Seas will have a GRT of 167,800, carry 4,180 guests, and feature 16 decks.

Former Royal Caribbean Ship Sold For Scrap

According to a report from Maritime Matters, Royal Caribbean’s former first ship, Song of Norway, has been sold for scrap. The Song of Norway was originally built in 1970 and was retired in 1996. Up until today, the ship was owned by ISP, which chartered the ship on occasion. Now that the sale has been finalized, the ship will be taken to an undisclosed shipyard in China, where she will be scrapped sometime in 2014.

Disney Cancels One 2014 Sailing For Charter

According to The DCL Blog, Disney Magic’s October 21, 2014 sailing has been cancelled due to a full ship charter. The cancelled sailing was originally scheduled to be the maiden sailing from Port Canaveral, following the Disney Magic’s repositioning from San Juan to Port Canaveral. Guests who were scheduled to sail on the cancelled sailing are currently being contacted by the cruise line and/or their travel agents to discuss their options.

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Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.