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Viking Christens 6 Long Ships: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | March 06, 2016

Viking Christens 6 Long Ships: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

In a cascade of celebratory water, six new Viking River Cruises long ships were just christened in Amsterdam — part of the company’s continued assertive expansion (but no ship-christening world record this time). Four of these vessels will ply Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, with the remaining two sailing the Seine River on Viking’s Paris and Normandy itinerary. Click for more.

Royal Caribbean International recently revealed to the media what it takes to replenish Oasis of the Seas between sailings, and it is truly staggering in both speed and scope — 2,700 staterooms must be cleaned and a week’s worth of provisions for 6,000-plus passengers and crew must be loaded, all within 10 hours. Click to see specific, eye-popping supply numbers.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first vessel built specifically for China’s market will have not one, but two names, one English, one Chinese. Norwegian Joy, set to debut in the summer of 2017 and carry 3,900 passengers will also be known as Xi Yuè Hào. Norwegian has even introduced an alternative Chinese name as they continue to expand there — Nuò Wéi Zhen, which translates to “Promising, Exclusive and Authentic” cruise line. Click to learn more.

Disney Cruise Line just announced that it will be adding two new ships to its fleet, to be completed in 2021 and 2023. Not many details have been ironed out yet, but a memorandum of agreement has been made with the Meyer Werft shipyard, the vessels will each be about 135,000 gross tons and include around 1,250 guest staterooms. Family entertainment will be emphasized with these new ships, according to the company. Click for details.

The partnership between celebrity chefs and cruise lines has become a near-ubiquitous trend. From the three-star Michelin cuisine of Thomas Keller on Seabourn’s luxury sailings to Guy Fieri’s casual burger joints on Carnival ships, this unique union truly runs the demographical gamut. And reality TV cooking competitions with familiar names are starting to pop up as well. Click for more insights into this super-hot cruising niche.


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