Written by on Thursday July 9, 2015
It’s been a busy week in cruising with a new venture launching to help take you to your embarkation point in style; a US ship visiting Cuba for the first time; an old ship getting a second life; and a brand new ship floated out and ready to be fitted.
Celebrity Cruises private jet charter service launches
The Jet Set Sail is a new private jet charter service from Celebrity Cruises. The service went on sale 7 July 2015 and is available on a selection of Celebrity Equinox sailings throughout summer 2016. The VIP charter service will be based at Stansted’s private jet terminal and the price will include access to the departure lounge, a 25kg luggage allowance, a two course meal as well as transfers to the terminal with priority boarding. The plane, thought to be a first for any cruise line, will be Celebrity branded and take passengers to ports near Rome, Athens and Istanbul.
Carnival Vista floated out at Fincantieri Shipyard
Carnival Vista has completed its dry dock phase a year ahead of its launch, having been floated out at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy. The new ship will be the largest in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet at 133,500 tons. There will be a number of innovative features on board including an IMAX cinema screen and the Skyride suspended cycling experience. The Staterooms will be themed based on Havana. Carnival Vista will set sail on its maiden voyage on 1 May 2015 and will spend the summer season in Europe.
Fathom to offer volunteering cruises to Cuba
Following last week’s announcement that MSC cruises would start offering cruises to Cuba, Carnival Corp’s new venture fathom will also begin visiting the island. This voluntourism cruise line was launched earlier this year with P&O’s Adonia being transformed to take passengers to destinations where they will embark on projects helping local communities. Previous itineraries had been announced visiting the Dominican Republic with education, environment and economic development volunteering opportunities on offer. American cruise lines are currently embargoed from making stops in Cuba for tourism purposes but as this is not the primary intention of fathom, it is permitted to take US citizens to the island.
Majesty of the Seas to remain in Royal Caribbean fleet
Royal Caribbean International has announced a new set of itineraries for Majesty of the Seas throughout 2016 departing from Port Canaveral. It had previously announced that the ship was to be transferred to one of Royal Caribbean’s other cruise lines but these plans have now been reversed. Majesty of the Seas is the oldest ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet but will receive major upgrades before embarking on its new set of itineraries. New features will include high speed internet, a poolside movie screen, new waterslides, an upgraded casino as well as new restaurants - Izumi and Chef’s Table. The ship will sail 3 and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas with a visit to Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay.
Britannia cruises into the Forth
Britannia, the recently launched flagship of P&O Cruises sailed into the Forth earlier this week as part of its lap of honour around the British Isles. It is an appropriate stop for the ship as its namesake, the Royal Yacht Britannia now resides at Ocean Terminal in nearby Leith. It is the biggest ever ship designed for the UK cruise industry and will spend this summer offering a number of cruises to destinations around Europe.