Virgin Voyages recently announced the appointment of their first captain who will direct their new ship, the Scarlet Lady. Her name is Captain Wendy Williams and she will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise line. Capt. Williams hails from the coastal city of Sept-Îles, Quebec on the northeastern coast of Canada and has more than 28 years of experience working on ships at sea.
Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship Nieuw Statendam is similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, but it has a number of updates and new features. Nieuw Statendam includes purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,377 staterooms. See the video above to get a sneak peek at the ship’s public spaces and interiors designed by Adam D. Tihany and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. Also see photos of the Music Walk, the Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's Blues Club.