Written by on Friday March 13, 2015
This week in cruising, there’s a big event for Cunard’s 175th anniversary; Anthem of the Seas makes a move towards the ocean; and Princess announce some exciting original entertainment options.
Two Queens meet in Sydney
As part of Cunard’s 175th Anniversary celebrations, two of their ships had a Royal Rendezvous at Sydney Harbour on Thursday 12 March 2015 .Thousands of people turned up on the shores to witness flagship Queen Mary 2 meet up with Queen Victoria, the first time the ships have met in Australia. The ships spent the full day on the harbour starting with a breakfast television broadcast from Queen Victoria and finishing with a spectacular fireworks display. All three ships of the Cunard line will come together later in the year with ceremonies at Southampton and Liverpool.
Anthem of the Seas departs shipyard
Royal Caribbean International’s latest ship, Anthem of the Seas, has departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany for the 26 Mile conveyance of the River Ems on the way to the North Seas. It will be towed by a tugboat for the 10 hour journey and will reach a maximum speed of 3 knots. Due to the size of the ship, bridges will lifted by a crane along the way to allow the ship to pass.
Princess Cruises teams up with composer Stephen Schwarz
Princess Cruises have announced they are teaming up with Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, in a first for the cruise industry. Schwartz, who is famous for his work on Pippin, Wicked and Godspell, will develop four new musical shows to be performed on the princess fleet over the next few years. The first show is titled Magic to Do which will feature some of Schwartz’s most famous works alongside an exclusive new song.
New French restaurant for Seven Seas Explorer
The newest ship in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Explorer, will feature a new speciality restaurant called Chartreuse, which will have a classic French menu in a modern setting. The restaurant will have a Parisian motif with a rich art-nouveau décor, with iron sculpting on the bar and a silver-leafed ceiling. The menu will feature the best of French gastronomy and use the finest ingredients available. Following the launch of Seven Seas Explorer in summer 2016, the restaurant will be rolled out across the rest of the fleet.