Written by on Friday August 7, 2015
This week there's news of new water slides; new ships taking to Europe's waterways; a cruise line expanding its offerings; and better excursions in the Caribbean.
AmaWaterways introduces newest addition to fleet
AmaWaterways newest ship – called the AmaSerena – was christened on the banks of the Danube in Vilshofen, Germany. A Bavarian Brass Band were on-board the passenger ship, as crowds gathered on shore to applaud and enjoy the spectacle. The company has recently had great success at traversing the Danube, in a time when many other cruise companies are struggling to navigate the often low water levels. The ship has a capacity to fit 164 passengers, and has a sleek, modern design which impressed many of the bystanders who paused their Oktoberfest celebrations to appreciate the ceremony. Rounding off the celebrations, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot was smashed against the AmaSerena’s hull, and flying confetti and music sounded the official launch of the vessel.
Liberty of the Seas to get three new water slides
Royal Caribbean International's Liberty of the Seas is going into dry dock in January for some major renovations. Central to this will changes to the Sports Deck with the addition of three new water slides. Two of these will double body racer slides but the third of these will be the first Boomerango at sea. This high thrills ride will have riders in rafts which will reach steep drop before shooting up a near vertical wall. Following refits, the ship will be based in Galveston, Texas
Norwegian Cruise Lines returning to Asia and Australia
After a 15 year hiatus, Norwegian Cruise Line is returning to the regions of Asia and Australia, perhaps following in the industry trend with Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation, who recently announced their expansion into the Chinese Market. They will move back to the Far East for the first time since the winter of 2001 with the recently refurbished ship Norwegian Star. It’ll be sailing from Singapore and Hong Kong together with departures from Sydney and Auckland. President and chief operating officer Andy Stuart said: "We are truly excited to offer these incredible new itineraries to our guests, who now have the opportunity to explore areas of the globe that we haven't called on in many years and some that we've never before visited. Norwegian is taking guests to their dream destinations, where they can indulge in new tastes, new cultures and new experiences, along with the flexibility to unpack once and the freedom to explore many distinct destinations during one vacation-of-a-lifetime." Deployment is planned for the winter of 2016, or potentially early in 2017, and is sure to promise passengers a “rudderly” good time!
Celebrity Cruises bolster excursions on Caribbean excursions
Celebrity Cruises are looking to introduce 14 new experiences for passengers that look to make evenings even more exciting! These excursions include evenings of jazz, bonfires and exclusive boat parties in Cozumel, Mexico, and extravagant wine tastings at the Caribbean’s first winery in Willemstad, Curacao – enough choice to satisfy your needs, whatever floats your boat! Lisa Lutoff-Perlo - president of Celebrity Cruises – said: “We have created ‘must-do’ experiences to give our guests a unique way to enjoy the vibrancy of the Caribbean at night. More time at the port means more time to explore, and we now offer more overnights, more excursions and more of the Caribbean than any other cruise line”.