The Diamond Princess

1 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  9 minutes

view from Mount Roberts, Juneau, USA © Barek

view from Mount Roberts, Juneau, USA © Barek

Diamond Princess is a British-registered cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She began operation in March 2004 and primarily cruises in Asia during the northern hemisphere summer and Australia during the southern hemisphere summer. She is a subclassed Grand-class ship, which is also known as a Gem-class ship. Diamond Princess and her sister ship, Sapphire Princess, are the widest subclass of Grand-class ships, as they have a 37.5-metre (123 ft 0 in) beam, while all other Grand-class ships have a beam of 36 metres (118 ft 1 in). Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess were both built in Nagasaki, Japan, by Mitsubishi Industries.   read more…

The Marella Discovery

1 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  11 minutes

leaving the River Tyne, England © Spooglecruft/cc-by-sa-4.0

leaving the River Tyne, England © Spooglecruft/cc-by-sa-4.0

Marella Discovery (formerly Splendour of the Seas and TUI Discovery) is a former Royal Caribbean International Vision-class cruise ship now sailing for Marella Cruises. The second in the line of the Vision-class ships, she features a seven-story lobby, rock-climbing wall, and a 9-hole miniature golf course. Following the announcement on 9 October 2017 that Thomson Cruises would be renamed Marella Cruises, TUI Group also announced that TUI Discovery would adopt the name Marella Discovery at the end of October 2017, and also that she would become the first ship in the Thomson fleet to be based in Asia, home porting Malaysia in Autumn 2018, following the end of her UK debut season.   read more…

The Regal Princess

1 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

in Warnemünde, Germany © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Warnemünde, Germany © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0

Regal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, and is the second ship to sail for the cruise line under this name. Regal Princess, as well as her sister ship Royal Princess, were ordered on 17 February 2010 from Fincantieri and were constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and debuted in 2014. Homeport is Southampton in England.   read more…

The Crown Princess

1 February 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

Crown Princess in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island © CB2379/cc-by-sa-3.0

Crown Princess in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island © CB2379/cc-by-sa-3.0

Crown Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. Her maiden voyage took place on June 14, 2006, departing Red Hook, Brooklyn (New York) for Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos Islands), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), and Port Canaveral (Florida).   read more…

The MSC Preziosa

1 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  10 minutes

MSC Preziosa at Hook of Holland © flickr.com - kees torn/cc-by-sa-2.0

MSC Preziosa at Hook of Holland © flickr.com – kees torn/cc-by-sa-2.0

MSC Preziosa is a Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in March 2013. She is an enhanced version of her first two class member ships, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, and is identical to the previous MSC Divina. She debuted on March 13 as the fourth ship in the Fantasia class. MSC Preziosa was constructed from 2010 to 2013 at the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, and was delivered in March 2013, being named MSC Preziosa while under construction in 2012. She has a capacity of 3,502 passengers in 1,310 outside cabins and 327 inside cabins, who are accommodated with a crew complement of 1,370. She was the 13th cruise ship of the MSC Cruises line. Homeport ist Panama City in Panama.   read more…

The Royal Princess

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

Royal Princess in Antigua © flickr.com - Ian Gratton/cc-by-2.0

Royal Princess in Antigua © flickr.com – Ian Gratton/cc-by-2.0

Royal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, and is the third ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. The largest ship to have been built for Princess at the time of delivery in 2013, she became the flagship of Princess. As the lead vessel of the Royal class, she lends her name to the company’s Royal class, which will consist of six ships upon the last ship’s delivery in 2021. The ship measures 142,714 GT and has a capacity of 3,560 passengers.   read more…

The Viking Sea

1 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-4.0

MV Viking Sea is a cruise ship built by Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri for Viking Ocean Cruises. It is the second ship to grace the name Viking Sea, the first being Viking Sky which was originally assigned this name. Homeport is Bergen.   read more…

The MSC Meraviglia

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

at Grand Harbour in Malta © Estormiz

at Grand Harbour in Malta © Estormiz

MSC Meraviglia is a cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises, built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, by STX France. MSC Meraviglia is the lead ship of MSC’s new “Vista Project” vessels, the Meraviglia class, with MSC Bellissima following in 2019. Each vessel has a passenger capacity of 4,500. When it entered service in June 2017, it was the sixth largest cruise ship in the world, behind Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class cruise ships and AIDAnova.   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…

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