The Pioneering Spirit

1 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  10 minutes

© flickr.com - kees tom/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – kees tom/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pioneering Spirit (formerly Pieter Schelte) is a catamaran crane vessel owned by the Switzerland-based Allseas Group designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms and the installation of record-weight pipelines. The 382-metre-long (1,253 ft), 124-metre-wide (407 ft) vessel is the world’s largest vessel by gross tonnage and was built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering at a cost of €2.6 billion. It commenced offshore operations in August 2016. Home port is Valletta on Malta.   read more…

The Symphony of the Seas

1 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

at PortMiami © WikiEK/cc-by-sa-4.0

at PortMiami © WikiEK/cc-by-sa-4.0

Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built in 2018 in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the fourth in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of cruise ships. At 228,081 GT, she is the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, surpassing her sister ship Harmony of the Seas, also owned by Royal Caribbean International.   read more…

The Carnival Pride

1 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

in Nassau, Bahamas © ArnoldReinhold/cc-by-4.0

in Nassau, Bahamas © ArnoldReinhold/cc-by-4.0

Carnival Pride is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was laid down on March 30, 2000, launched on March 29, 2001 and completed and delivered to Carnival on December 12, 2001. She was christened by American scientist and astronaut Tamara Jernigan in Port Canaveral, Florida, on January 7, 2002.   read more…

The Enchantment of the Seas

1 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Webwolf67

© Webwolf67

Enchantment of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. In September 2017, Enchantment of the Seas evacuated the company’s employees and their families from Miami when they had been endangered by Hurricane Irma. In the 2021 season, the Enchantment of the Seas will operate from Baltimore, Maryland. Home port is Nassau in the Bahamas.   read more…

The MSC Seaside

1 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Dickelbers/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Dickelbers/cc-by-sa-4.0

MSC Seaside is a Seaside-class cruise ship currently owned and operated by MSC Cruises. As the lead vessel of the Seaside class, she lends her name to the company’s Seaside class. At 153,516 GT, she would become the largest cruise ship ever to be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, and the 14th largest cruise ship in the world, behind Norwegian Epic, upon her delivery in December 2017.   read more…

The MSC Orchestra

1 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

in Tallinn © Bin im Garten/cc-by-sa-3.0

in Tallinn © Bin im Garten/cc-by-sa-3.0

MS MSC Orchestra is a cruise ship that was built in 2007 for MSC Cruises. She is the second ship of the Musica class. She could at the time accommodate 2,550 passengers in 1,275 cabins. Most inside cabins were later refitted with two bunk beds and therefore she can now accommodate 3,200 passengers. Her crew complement is approximately 990.   read more…

The Costa Diadema

1 November 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

in Marseille © flickr.com - Roman Hofer/cc-by-sa-2.0

in Marseille © flickr.com – Roman Hofer/cc-by-sa-2.0

Costa Diadema is a Dream-class cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by Costa Crociere. The ship was ordered in October 2012 and was delivered to Costa on 25 October 2014. At her time of delivery, Costa Diadema was the largest vessel to fly an Italian flag and Costa’s largest vessel to date; she is currently Costa Crociere’s flagship.   read more…

The Carnival Sunshine

1 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

leaving New York City © Erik Koblence/cc-by-3.0

leaving New York City © Erik Koblence/cc-by-3.0

Carnival Sunshine (formerly Carnival Destiny) is a cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Upon entering service in 1996, she was the first passenger ship ever built to be over 100,000 gross tons. Built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northern Italy, she was christened as Carnival Destiny in Venice, Italy, in November 1996 by Lin Arison, the wife of Carnival Cruise Line founder Ted Arison. Since May 2019 the ship has been homeported in Charleston, South Carolina (Port of Charleston).   read more…

The passenger-cargo ship Aranui 5

1 September 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

in Papeete © Saga70/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Papeete © Saga70/cc-by-sa-4.0

M/V Aranui 5 is a dual passenger/cargo vessel that entered service 12 December 2015 between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. With a homeport of Papeete, French Polynesia, the Aranui 5 replaced the Aranui 3 which entered service in 2003. The Aranui 5, like its predecessor, is registered as a passenger ship under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), for international operation.   read more…

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