The Seven Seas Splendor of Regent Seven Seas has officially entered its final construction phase after being floated out from drydock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. For the final stage of her development, workers will focus on her interior spaces, which includes 375 luxury suites, lounges and gourmet restaurants. When the Seven Seas Splendor sets sail in February 2020, she will bring about an impressive take on the modern definition of luxury cruising.
There’s a new cruise line in town, and you may have heard of the name before. It’s making waves in the cruising new cycles and it comes from a very well known brand. Virgin Voyages, of the famous Virgin Group most known for its fiery founder Sir Richard Branson, will be debuting the first of her planned four cruises ships, the Scarlet Lady, some time in 2020. She will be sailing from her home port of Miami and will set out on four and five-night sailings to various Caribbean destinations.
Carnival Cruise Line said that for the first time it will offer a series of cruises from San Francisco aboard Carnival Miracle operating a diverse schedule that includes four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico in 2020. These deployments further bolster Carnival’s position in the West Coast, where it says it will soon be carrying more passengers than any other cruise operator.
After more than four years of planning and 23 months of construction, Celebrity Cruises officially took delivery of Celebrity Edge, the cruise ship that promises revolutionary changes to the cruise experience. As part of the delivery, Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO; and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s president and CEO, hosted a ceremony aboard the ship while it was docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
G Adventures has introduced a new collection of tours dedicated to wellness and adventure, its first new product launch since 2015. The small-group tour operator becomes the largest adventure travel company to make personal wellness and balance a mainstay of adventure travel. The new Wellness product line, which made its commercial debut on the G Adventures website on Oct. 10, offers travel experiences in 10 destinations across the Americas, Europe and Asia. First departures will begin on Global Wellness Day (June 8, 2019).
It's made some circulation in the travel news circuits before, but Cruises & Beyond has just learned of a brand new cruise line called Blue World Voyages which will reportedly debut its first ship in May of 2019. The new cruise company will be bringing an immersive wellness and fitness experience on board their proposed 350-passenger vessels, fully dedicated to those who crave the active lifestyle.
In a time when the travel industry is booming, there are more and more travel products to choose from, whether it be a cruise, a river cruise, or a land-based vacation. There are equally as many credible and successful tour suppliers out there that have and continue to provide exceptional itineraries and hospitality services. Sometimes, it’s hard to choose which supplier to plan your travels with due to the sheer number and saturation of these services. It becomes hard, even for us, to recommend exactly which supplier to book our clients with without going into the minute details of a client’s travel preferences. A lot of our clients know exactly what they want - and more power to them! But what about our clients who yearn for new experiences, or suddenly want something more of their travels?
After the devastating destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, you might be telling yourself that it would probably be best to hold off on any vacations to the Caribbean until at least after 2018. But if you were to ask anyone in the Caribbean, whether it be a shop owner in St. Thomas or an executive stakeholder in the travel industry, they would tell you this: the Caribbean is open and in its effort to rebuild from the devastation of the 2017 hurricane onslaught, it needs you, the avid traveler, to visit.