Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 8, 2015
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Newest vessel, Seven Seas Explorer, just had her initial float-out at Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said the ship will “completely revolutionize the luxury vacation market,” and declared, “our vision of building the most luxurious ship ever is quickly becoming a reality.” The vessel is scheduled to begin operations in July 2016.
We examine what’s popular among cruise passengers via the latest CruiseTrends report. The hottest ships, destinations and the like are revealed, and TravelPulse cruise guru Jason Leppert dives deeper into what it all means.
Less than a week after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Haimark Line Ltd. would like to rescind the filing. The legal and financial morass began when the river cruising company crashed its only boat into a St. Lawrence Seaway lock wall this past July, causing a lengthy repair period and canceled cruises. No resolution of the Chapter 11 take-back has been announced as of Sunday, but the company is still taking reservations through 2017.
Celebrity Cruises will be premiering 18 new shows, to be rolled out over 18 months. Genres will be diverse, with drama, dance, comedy, musical theater and concert-style presentations across the line’s fleet. Celebrity Eclipse just debuted one of these shows, “Topper,” a tale about an eccentric man who tries to keep an assortment of strange creatures from escaping his giant top hat.
Suites on Holland America’s Signature-, Vista- and R-class ships will be getting spruced up over the next few years. An electronics upgrade, including a new interactive TV system, will be complemented by a modern, chic interior design upgrade. Of course, the numerous perks enjoyed by that accommodations class will still be available.
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