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.
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.
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.
Watching from a ship as it departs is a favorite of many cruisers. For those rare birds able to rise early, watching as one's ship arrives in a port can be something special. In this case we split the difference and enjoy watching the Norwegian Gem as she enters the Bay of San Juan. Seen from the aft deck of the Royal Caribbean ship Independence of the Seas, she sails quickly to dock.
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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.