Written by on Friday July 3, 2015
As July begins, no one in the cruise industry has stopped for the summer with the announcement of some new acquisitions, some new ships under construction and the end of a great entertainment partnership.
New Silversea flagship is named
Silversea Cruises have named their new flagship Silver Muse. The 40,000 ton luxury vessel is being constructed at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy and will be delivered in April 2016. Silver Muse will be the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet and will increase the line’s capacity by 596. The ship is the first addition from Silversea since Silver Spirit launched in 2009 and it is believed that it will incorporate many of the same features.
MSC to base Cruise Ship in Cuba
The recently renovated MSC Opera will be based in Havana for the 2015-16 winter cruise season. It will offer 16 seven-night voyages visiting Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico. While there are still restrictions on passengers from the US, the Italian line is promoting the new trip as a fly/cruise to passengers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. The first voyage will depart on April 12 2016 with tickets going on sale from 9 July 2015.
Hurtigruten adds new ship to fleet
Hurtigruten is expanding its fleet for the first time in a decade with the purchase of the Norway Explorer. This 320-passenger vessel was built in 2009 and will enter service next year following a total reconstruction with special adaptations to help it navigate the cold polar waters. The ship replaces Midnatsol which moves to Antartica in the 2016/17 season as Hurtigruten expands its expedition offerings.
Nickelodeon Characters to leave Norwegian Cruise Line
Some of the most famous faces on children’s television will no longer be welcome on Norwegian Cruise Line following the end of a partnership with Nickelodeon. The themed entertainment will finish on Norwegian Epic from October and depart from the rest of the fleet from January 2016. The partnership launched in 2010 and offered branded shows and the chance to meet characters such as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. Replacement entertainment offerings have yet to be announced.