Princess Cruises has announced its 2017 cruise vacations to Europe, including the inaugural sailings of the line’s newest ship Majestic Princess. The season features six ships sailing to 119 destinations from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe.
Guests can choose from 64 unique itineraries on 153 cruise departures, visiting 27 countries. Debuting in April 2017, Majestic Princess first sets sail on maiden European sailings with five- to 28-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Athens and Rome.
Princess is known for offering the best cruise itineraries around the globe and our 2017 Europe season is sure to inspire our guests with our newest and largest ships in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’re especially excited to debut Majestic Princess in the Mediterranean before she officially sails to Asia for her maiden China cruise season.
Princess now offers the More Ashore program, crafting the line’s newest itineraries to give guests more opportunities to experience the colour, culture and flavours of the region in 2017. With port calls offering more time ashore with either late night departures (9pm or later), an overnight, or a two-day experience, travellers can see the sights during the day and then experience the nightlife of select destinations in the evening.
Highlights of the More Ashore program in Europe include overnights in Dublin and St. Petersburg on select sailings, as well as late evening stays in more than 15 countries.
All 2017 Europe sailings open for bookings on Thursday, December 3, 2015,
Sapphire Princess review HERE
A £5 million refurbishment of Southampton’s Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal will commence this winter (2015).
ABP Port of Southampton and Carnival UK are collaborating to fund the project that will be carried out over two stages over the next year.
The first phase is due to be completed in spring 2016 and will include improvements to the existing check in, baggage and passenger X-ray areas, installing a new 46-person lift and reorganising the passenger drop-off area.
The installation of a new ship-to-shore walkway to replace the existing one is part of the second phase to be completed in winter 2016.
Nick Ridehalgh, ABP director in Southampton, said: “The number of cruise passengers coming through Southampton’s port continues to rise, with 1.75million expected to pass through this year. It’s therefore vital that we ensure our facilities are in the very best shape to accommodate these passengers and that they are laid out in a way that gives people a seamless and stress-free start to their holidays.”
Malcolm says: The QE2 terminal was looking a little dated inside and out. It was designed when ships were so much smaller (a few thousand passengers). I would have thought that it needs to be bigger, although I doubt that is part of the plan.
It has been announced that Tiffany & Co. will have it’s first ever boutique at sea, on-board Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas.
The store is located in the ship’s Central Park neighbourhood and will offer a full selection of Tiffany jewellery, said Royal Caribbean.
“We are delighted that Royal Caribbean guests will now have the opportunity to explore Tiffany’s legendary collections in an environment of luxury and service that is unique among the world’s premier jewellers,” said Luciano Rodembusch, vice president of Tiffany & Co. Latin America. “For 178 years we have been creating the most beautiful love stories and Oasis of the Seas offers a unique and memorable setting.”
The on-board Tiffany & Co. boutique will have 875 square feet of floor space.
Celebrity Cruises has confirmed Celebrity Eclipse will return to the UK in 2017, offering cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from Southampton.
The 121,878 gross tonne, 2,850-passenger ship entered service in 2010. She will offer sailings to Scandinavia and Russia, Iceland, the Canary Islands and Azores, as well two-week Mediterranean cruises.
Eclipse is regularly voted the UK’s favourite ship.
Eclipse underwent a major refurbishment this year, which included the addition of a suites-only restaurant, Luminae; and two new bars.
Celebrity Equinox review HERE
I was going to write about Boudicca’s refit, but Tom Burke has done a better job that I would have:
Originally posted on Tom's Cruise Blog:
Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is entering dry dock today (18 November) for a refit. The refit will be done at the Lloyd Werft ship repair yard at Bremerhaven.
The information I’ve got from Fred. Olsen is as follows:
[The ship] will undergo various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior / exterior painting.
During the dry dock, Boudicca will also see 28 cabins on Lido Deck 7 fitted with terrace balconies. These new terrace balcony cabins will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship’s bulkhead, and will provide guests with an increased choice of cost-effective balcony cabins, with access to the outside.
This seems rather strange, because the Lido deck on Boudicca is actually the Promenade deck. The present position is that the wrap-round Promenade goes past these cabins’ windows. The new balconies are going to impinge onto the Promenade somewhat, but the Promenade will be interrupted, and passengers walking along it will…
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MSC Cruises has entered into a long-term partnership with Cirque du Soleil, which will create all-new shows for the cruise line’s new Meraviglia class ships, with two shows to be performed every night.
The four Meraviglia ships will have a custom-built aft lounge with a circular stage, co-designed by Cirque du Soleil, according to MSC.
Guests will be able to dine in the Aft Lounge during the first show and have drinks during the second show.
The Aft Lounge will be 1,000 square meters with 200 seats for a show-and-dining experience and 300 seats for the entertainment only.
The first ship in the class, the Meraviglia, enters service in the Western Mediterranean in 2017.
Thomson Cruises has unveiled plans for its brand new ship, Thomson Discovery.
The ship will currently sailing as Royal Caribbean’s ‘Splendour of the Seas’ will be transferred Thomson in the spring.
The Thomson Discovery will have eight dining venues, including two new signature restaurants – Snack Shack and Gallery 47.
Located on the pool deck and themed around brightly coloured, iconic British beach huts, Snack Shack is a fun, ‘festival-style’ eatery serving grill foods such as quesadillas, and nachos during the day and popcorn and cocoa on film nights.
The second signature venue is Gallery 47, located in the upstairs of the main restaurant; this venue will serve contemporary Italian food.
The ship’s exterior will also receive a brand new livery.
Based in Palma from June 2016, Discovery will be the largest in the fleet with a capacity of 1,830 passengers. 40 percent of the cabins will offer balconies.
In addition to the extensive dining choices, the family-friendly ship boasts an outdoor movie screen, rock climbing wall and eight bars and lounges.
Splendour of the Seas review HERE