Written by on Friday May 8, 2015
This week in our cruise news roundup, there some great new entertainment offerings on board some of the world’s biggest cruise lines, a new ship being built in Germany and a christening for a new acquisition.
Get the Royal Treatment on Royal Caribbean
Guests on board Anthem of the Seas will be able to enjoy some special entertainment starting from May 2015 with a Royal Evening. This event will be held on the second night of the cruise and the captain will be in attendance at this champagne reception in the Royal Esplanade. There will also be fine dining with Chef’s Special options on the menu accompanied by fantastic musical performances by the ship’s on board entertainers.
Cunard to host Jazz Festival at Sea
Cunard are set to welcome artists from Jazz label Blue Note Records on board Queen Mary 2 for a Jazz festival at sea. The event will take place on a Transatlantic crossing between 29 October and 5 November 2015. There will be 15 concerts in total by 7 different artists including All Star Band and renowned pianist Robert Glasper. There will also be a question and answer session with Don Was, the president of Blue Note records as well as a chance to get records signed by the performing artists.
Royal Caribbean orders a new Quantum-class ship
Royal Caribbean International has placed an order for a fourth Quantum-class vessel at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The ship will be delivered in 2019, and will carry 4,180 passengers. This follows the announcement that a third Quantum-class ship had been ordered for delivery in 2017 which will serve the expanding market of China. Quantum of the Seas was the first vessel in the class and launched in April 2014. It included a number of innovative features including the first sky-diving simulator at sea. This new order comes as Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is looking to increase the overall capacity across all of its brands by 6.5% by 2019.
New Windstar Cruises ship is christened in Nice
Windstar has christened its latest ship Star Breeze at a ceremony at the Nice’s Port Olympia on Wednesday 6 May 2015. The ship’s godmother was Wendy Perrin, a travel journalist and cruise specialist. Star Breeze was originally launched in 1989 and Windstar acquired the ship from Seabourn Cruises, where it was known as Seabourn Spirit. It has since been given a $9 million overhaul. A second acquisition from Seabourn, the Star Legend (previously Seabourn Legend) will officially join the fleet in June. These vessels both carry 212 passengers and join fleet mates, Wind Spirit, Wind Star, Wind Surf and Star Pride to become one of the largest small ship fleets.