The Norwegian Encore

1 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

Norwegian Encore at Meyer Werft © Ein Dahmer/cc-by-sa-4.0

Norwegian Encore at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany © Ein Dahmer/cc-by-sa-4.0

Norwegian Encore is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). She is the fourth Breakaway Plus-class ship in the fleet, following sister ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy, and debuted in November 2019.   read more…

The Mardi Gras

1 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Infodog1213879821

© Infodog1213879821

Mardi Gras is an Excellence-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. The ship is Carnival’s lead vessel of the fleet’s Excel-class, a subclass of the Excellence class, and was built by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku in Turku, Finland. The ship has often been incorrectly referred to as Carnival Mardi Gras, though Carnival has specified that her name does not include the “Carnival” prefix, a first since the Fantasy-class vessels originally omitted “Carnival” in their names upon their debuts. Mardi Gras has been subject to numerous delays in her construction, delivery, and debut amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact on tourism. First scheduled for a summer 2020 delivery and debut, she was delivered to Carnival on 18 December 2020. After her debut was postponed on numerous occasions, Mardi Gras began operating weekly sailings on 31 July 2021.   read more…

The Spirit of Adventure

1 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

in Cadiz © flickr.com - A Guy Named Nyal/cc-by-sa-2.0

in Cadiz © flickr.com – A Guy Named Nyal/cc-by-sa-2.0

Spirit of Adventure is a cruise ship operated by Saga Cruises and constructed by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. As Saga’s second new-build vessel, she was originally considered as an option in the cruise line’s pursuit to renew its fleet, but the company finalised the order in 2017 after seeing rising profits in its travel business following the announcement of her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery. Her keel was laid on 3 June 2019 and she was delivered on 29 September 2020, but in response to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural cruise was continuously postponed until she officially debuted on 26 July 2021.   read more…

The Spectrum of the Seas

1 December 2022 | 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

Spectrum of the Seas is a Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship currently operated by Royal Caribbean International and the first ship of the Quantum Ultra class, a modification from the company’s Quantum class of ships. The ship was constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany and was delivered in April 2019. At 169,379 GT, she became the fifth largest ship in the fleet by gross tonnage upon delivery. She currently operates primarily in East Asia.   read more…

The AIDAnova

1 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  < 1 minute

at Meyer Werft © Dickelbers/cc-by-sa-4.0

at Meyer Werft © Dickelbers/cc-by-sa-4.0

AIDAnova is a cruise ship built by Meyer Werft GmbH in Papenburg, Germany under contract from Carnival Corporation for AIDA Cruises. The first of the new Excellence-class ships, she was launched on 21 August 2018 and delivered on 12 December 2018. She has two sister ships scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2023.   read more…

The World Dream

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

© Arno Redenius/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Arno Redenius/cc-by-sa-4.0

World Dream is a cruise ship that is in service for Dream Cruises. It was previously ordered as World Dream for Star Cruises. The ship is designed for the Asian cruise market and has a large number of restaurants and a casino along with specially designed cabins. It was christened on 17 November 2017 by Puan Sri Cecilia Lim who was named the God Mother of the World Dream.   read more…

The Norwegian Joy

1 September 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Spaceaero2/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Spaceaero2/cc-by-sa-4.0

Norwegian Joy is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service in April 2017. She was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg in Germany. Base ports are Shanghai and Tianjin. The ship exclusively serves Japanese ports.   read more…

The Celebrity Solstice

1 November 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  10 minutes

Celebrity Solstice in Civitavecchia © flickr.com - Aah-Yeah/cc-by-2.0

Celebrity Solstice in Civitavecchia © flickr.com – Aah-Yeah/cc-by-2.0

Celebrity Solstice is the lead ship of the Solstice-class of cruise ships operated by Celebrity Cruises. Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, she was floated out on August 10, 2008, and christened by ocean scientist Professor Sharon L. Smith at a ceremony at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale in Florida on November 14, 2008. She began commercial service on November 23, 2008. Her homeport is Valletta on Malta. The first post-Panamax vessel in the Celebrity fleet, she features innovative interior design and onboard amenities, including an ocean-going live grass lawn, a glassblowing studio, and a 12 deck-high atrium.   read more…

The Ovation of the Seas

1 June 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Matthias Süßen/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Matthias Süßen/cc-by-sa-3.0

MS Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operating for Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The vessel is the third ship in the Quantum class, which surpasses RCI’s earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind RCI’s Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis. The sister ships are Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.   read more…

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