The Carnival Sunshine

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

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 Grand Princess

1 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Split © Ivan T./cc-by-sa-3.0

in Split © Ivan T./cc-by-sa-3.0

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.   read more…

The Costa neoRomantica

1 March 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Costa neoRomantica (formerly Costa Romantica) is a cruise ship for Costa Crociere completed 1993 as a sister ship to Costa neoClassica and was refurbished in 2003. Her public rooms are decorated with rare woods, Carrara marble, and millions of dollars in original works of art. Costa neoRomantica‘s homeport is Genoa in Italy.   read more…

The Disney Wonder

11 February 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Cruise Ships

Disney Wonder at Castaway Cay with Flying Dutchman © EmbraerSkyPilot

Disney Wonder at Castaway Cay with Flying Dutchman © EmbraerSkyPilot

Disney Wonder is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line. The second ship to join the Disney fleet, it entered service in 1999. It is nearly identical in construction to its sister ship, Disney Magic. Both ships have 11 public decks, can accommodate 2,400 passengers in 875 staterooms, and have a crew of approximately 950. The Disney Wonder was built in the year following completion of the Disney Magic. As of 2012, the Wonder is based out of Los Angeles until December 9th. Her “godmother” is Tinkerbell.   read more…

The Disney Magic

23 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Cruise Ships

Disney Magic at Cozumel, Yucatan © Altairisfar

Disney Magic at Cozumel, Yucatan © Altairisfar

Disney Magic is a cruise ship operated by the Disney Cruise Line, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Magic is over 80 feet longer than the RMS Titanic. Scattered throughout the ship, there are Mickey Impressions, known as “Hidden Mickeys”. People like to search for them.   read more…

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