Written by on Friday June 19, 2015
There’s some huge news this week in the shape of some brand new mega ships for Carnival, some internet innovations on board Silversea, a great inspection for Holland America and a new cruise experience available on Emerald Waterways.
Carnival Corp. orders four mega cruise ships
The global cruise capacity continues to grow as Carnival Corp, the parent company of a number of cruise lines including Carnival, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises among many others, have announced they are building a new class of cruise ship with each carrying 6,600 passengers. This will make them the most populous ships on the seas but at 180,000 gross registered tonnes, it appears that they will be smaller than Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class. Two of the ships will be assigned to AIDA due to the burgeoning German market while it is yet to be announced where the others will be deployed. The ships will be constructed by Meyer Werft with two of the ships being constructed in Papenburg, Germany and the others at Turku in Finland.
Emerald Waterways to debut in Asia
Emerald Waterways has chartered a vessel in order to run its first river cruise itinerary in Asia in 2016. There will be a number of itineraries available on The Mekong Navigator ranging from 14 to 21 nights taking in destinations throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The 68-passenger vessel was launched last year and has a variety of facilities on board including a gym, spa, library and sundeck.
Free Wi-Fi for all on Silversea
Luxury Cruise line Silversea are set to introduce free Wi-Fi for every guest from January 2016. Every guest will be allowed at least one hour per day with unlimited connections in the higher-level suites on both traditional and expedition cruises. Wi-Fi is currently available throughout the ship and is accessible in cabins and public rooms on personal devices with internet also provided on the ship’s computers in the internet cafes. A number of other cruise lines including Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas have begun offering free internet to some passengers but Silversea are the first to apply the policy across the board.
Holland America Line continues inspection winning streak
Holland America Line’s Statendam received a perfect score following US Public Health inspection; the third consecutive 100 rating for the ship. The inspection took place on 5 June 2015 as the ship was docked in Juneau, Alaska. In total, there have been 18 perfect scores for all vessels this year. These inspections are required for all passenger ships that call into US ports and are carried out unannounced twice a year for every cruise ship. The score ranges from one to 100 and involves many areas of inspection including hygiene, sanitation, water and overall cleanliness.