Virgin Voyages Announces New Itineraries for Valiant Lady

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has announced their second vessel, Valiant Lady, will be sailing in the Caribbean from Miami starting in November 2021. Valiant Lady, currently under construction at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and sister to Scarlet Lady, will sail a 15 night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona to Miami on October 24, 2021. Upon her arrival, she will commence a series of 6-8 night Caribbean voyages through the winter months. On May 1, 2022, Valiant Lady will sail a 14 night Transatlantic voyage back from Miami to Barcelona. The 15 Night Transatlantic…

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Carnival Sells More Ships and Delays Return of Others

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line  has announced that Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination have been sold. The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July.  Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as…

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Royal Caribbean Floats Out Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, has been transferred to the fitting out dock at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This was also the first time the ship’s hull has touched water since construction began with the first block being placed in October 2019. Originally scheduled to arrive in 2021, Wonder of the Seas will take the title as world’s largest cruise ship, currently held by sister ship Symphony of the Seas. Being built to suit the Chinese cruise market, Wonder of the Seas will…

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Carnival’s 2nd XL-Class Ship will be Carnival Celebration

Carnival Cruise Line officially announced that the name of their second Excel-Class ship will be Carnival Celebration. With the help of celebrity partners past and present, Carnival Cruise Line today announced that its next Excel-class ship arriving in 2022 to coincide with its 50th birthday celebration will be named “Carnival Celebration.” A full roster of Carnival partners, including Kathie Lee Gifford, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O’Neal, unwrapped boxes that revealed the letters of the Celebration name, which is both a throwback to one of the popular early ships in the…

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Royal Caribbean’s New Approach to Lifeboat Drills

Anyone that has taken a cruise before, knows the least favorite part is the mandatory muster drill. For years, guests have been required to attend these drills en masse, with literally thousands of guests all moving in the same direction at the same time. Thankfully, with the introduction of  the Oasis class ships from Royal Caribbean over a decade ago, guests stopped having to carry their life vests from their cabins to the drills. On newer ships, we’ve also seen a move to having guests attend the drills in indoor…

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