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We knew it was coming but today, Captain Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Cruises have announced Port Miami as the home for their very first Virgin Cruise Ship, which will set sail in 2020. Yeah, you'll have to wait five years before you can take this Virgin out to the high seas.
Straight from the Virgin.com blog, here's what Virgin Cruises is planning:
Virgin Cruises has selected PortMiami as the home port for its first cruise ship that will set sail in 2020 and has signed a binding letter of intent with Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri for three new mid-size ships.
Virgin Cruises’ three new mid-size ships, of about 110,000 gross tons each, are slated for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship will feature 1,430 guest cabins to host more than 2,800 guests. There will also be 1,150 crew on board to look after the guests and deliver the Virgin service. Embarking from PortMiami, Virgin Cruises plans to offer a range of seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with a Sunday sail date.
Now that Carnival Cruises is brewing its own beer, they want to crack down on passengers smuggling in booze. And that means saying "Hell to the No" to passengers bringing their own bottled water on board.
TravelWeekly reports that beginning on July 9, passengers will no longer be able to bring bottled beverages on board, save for a "single bottle of fine wine or champagne." Other canned or boxed beverages are allowed, however, in restricted quantities of 12 or less. Additionally, the size of coolers brought on ship are being restricted to 12 x 12 x 12.
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If you’re looking to cruise around the Mediterranean in high-tech style, get your wallets ready because starting this summer travelers can start booking the next generation of MSC Cruises.
A 4,500 guest, 167,600-GRT ship — due to be delivered in May 2017 and open for bookings starting in June — will be named MSC Meraviglia. She will spend her first summer sailing the western Mediterranean, and will be the first to have three homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.
And tech-y cruisers take note: MSC Meraviglia will feature a range of technological advancements, like "Near Field Communication" technology, enabling guests to make onboard payments, access their staterooms or geo-locate children by using their cruise card, bracelet or smartphone.
Another feature will be a 5,167 square foot LED screen, which forms the entire ceiling of the ship’s interior promenade. Like a digital sky, this LED image vault will beam out images and vistas day and night – including scheduled visual events – creating a variety of atmospheres at all times.
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I hate bad news. Last week, as I was trying to digest the information given to me and figure out why it was happening, Jaunted posted Janice's story about the Molecular Bar on the Celebrity Reflection. We must've been vibing.
It just so happens that the bad news I received (which TravelHopsGirl also mentioned in the comments section) is that the Molecular Bar is going bye-bye. I think I gasped in horror and shed a tear when I was told. Deep down in my heart I was hoping that Celebrity would put this gem on ALL of its ships, not just their Solstice Class. I was way wrong.
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Just in time for the busy cruise season, Crystal Cruises is making it a whole lot easier to balance out buffet time with some huffy-puffy in a fully renovated fitness center. Working with Italian fitness equipment manufacturer, Technogym, the cruise line redesigned their onboard gyms and added an outdoor fitness garden to tempt cruisers into more exercises than lifting fork to mouth.
Within the next few weeks, the overhauled gym of Crystal Symphony will feature Technogym’s fitness equipment and customized circuit training program for all levels of fitness. If you're in for sweating on the high seas, the cardio section will sport the newest equipment line called ARTIS, a high-design (obviously Italian), super-techy (iPhone connectivity) range of treadmills and cross-trainers.
If showing off by the pool is your goal, the resistance training offering will be an expanded Kinesis line of equipment to allow for better range of movement and more versatility.
Some wise guy in Australia with too much money on his hands thinks it is a good idea to relaunch a replica of the world's most famous "unsinkable" ship, Titanic. This sounds like it might be a disaster of, well, Titanic proportions.
The full story: Aussie mining tycoon Clive Palmer has the desire to recreate, in perfect scale and to extreme detail, Titanic II. You see, he owns a shipping line called Blue Star Line and he's doing this entire stunt with the help of his own company. Even the plans to build the replica ship have commenced in Finland and a Chinese ship-building company has been secured. If all goes well, the ship will embark on its maiden voyage sometime in 2016 from Southhampton to New York, serving as the line's flagship vessel.
Dodging a glitter bullet, Carnival Cruises have given a boatload of performers reason to keep a smile on their faces. Even if it's with a lot of makeup.
After some back and forth about the appropriateness of having a cruise ship filled with drag queens and female-impersonator performers, the cruise line finally came to its senses and allowed the ship to set sail for the Largest Gathering of Drag Queens at Sea. Originally, the execs decided to threaten the Queens that if they were to dress in costume aboard, they would be "disembarked at their own expense and no refund will be given." That's pretty discriminatory, not to mention way harsh.