Written by on Friday February 27, 2015
It's a big week of Royal Caribbean International with a couple of a big announcements. There's also a new player on the US river cruise scene and a very special naming ceremony for Britannia.
Anthem of the Seas has been floated out
Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas has begun the next phase of its construction as it was floated out from the Meyer Werft shipyards in Germany on Saturday 21 February. The 348 metre ship is the second in line’s Quantum-class and will begin sailing from Southampton in Spring 2015. Before that it will undergo sea trials on the North Sea. Watch the float out below.
New features revealed for Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International has announced that its third Oasis-class ship is to be named Harmony of the Seas. The ship will feature three, multi-level waterslides which is a first for the cruise line. Harmony will also adopt the Neighbourhoods concept which was first seen on Oasis of the Seas. The ship will be divided into seven distinct districts, including the tranquil space of Central Park, the shop-lined Boardwalk and the Pool and Sports Zone. The 227,000 ton vessel will carry 5,479 passengers and will become the biggest ship in the world when it launched in April 2016.
Viking to Launch US River Cruises
Viking River Cruises are to start offering cruises in the USA with a base in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Cruise operations will launch in late 2017, initially with two ships but four more are planned to join the fleet over the next three years at a cost of up to $100 mill per ship. The luxury river boats will carry 300 passengers and feature a range of luxury amenities. Itineraries will begin at New Orleans and carry on up the Mississippi with stops including Saint James, East Baton Rouge and Memphis.
The Queen to name new P&O Ship Britannia
The Queen will officially name P&O's Britannia at a ceremony on March 10 2015 at Southampton. The ship shares a name with the Queen's Royal Yacht which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 50 years of service and now resides at Leith's Ocean Teminal as a museum. The Queen has previously named ships for P&O having christened Oriana almost 20 years ago.