Breaking news this week from Marella Cruises (Thomson/Tui) as they have announced plans to retire the ‘Classic Ships’ in the Marella Fleet. I am a huge cruise lover because of the diversity that it offers. If you want an all singing and dancing mega ship you can have it, but if you want something a little smaller and more intimate with more out of the way ports you can have that too.
This weekend saw MSC christen the brand new ship the MSC Bellissima in Southampton, and from what I can gather it was quite a successful weekend although the weather did cause a bit of chaos and they had to move quite a bit of the celebrations back from the port side back on to the ship and they had been unable to have the fireworks but a naming of a new ship is always a special occasion. The Excitement that comes with it. I remember watching the Queen name the Britannia back in 2015, although where those 4 years have gone, I cannot tell you.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is one of the largest cruise lines in the World and have broken many records in the past years with the launch of the Oasis of the Seas in 2009 they really have been ahead of the market with many cruise lines struggling to keep up and the competition really is tough with MSC bringing out similar sized ships with the Seaside and Meraviglia Class vessel, not to mention the World Class ships which will be 200,000 plus gross tonnage from 2022 and NCL with the Breakaway class and then the addition of the new Leonardo Class from 2022 but NCL are going smaller with the new ships at around 140,000 gross tons and just 3,300 passengers which personally I think is a good move, the bigger the ship the less places it can go – 140,000 tons is a good size and can get in to most ports world wide and NCL have said there will be 6 of them.
Silversea are one of my favourite cruise lines, they offer the ultimate in luxury cruising which really is second to none, but recently I have noticed that Silversea seem to be branching more in to the world of Expedition cruising. Don’t get me wrong – Silversea have invested lots in to new ships such as the Stunning Silver Muse and in to keeping the current ships in the fleet up to the 6* standards you’d expect from an Ultra Luxury Line.
The World of Cruising is growing so fast, significantly faster than anyone thought this time 10 years ago! The past month has seen some very exciting news.
Firstly, Regent Seven Seas have announced that they will building yet another Explorer Class Ship, it all started back in 2013 when Regent started the ball rolling by ordering the Seven Seas Explorer which was delivered in 2016, she then she has gone down a storm and her unrivalled Luxury has been hard to beat. At a cost of $425 million she is the most expensive Luxury ship ever built, at 54,000 Gross ton but home to just 750 passengers she offers the ultimate in 6* Cruising. To give you an idea on a mainstream cruise line, the Balmoral for Fred Olsen is 44,000 Gross tons – but homes 1700 passengers!
I must admit when it comes to the world of Silversea, I am a big fan. Having been on the likes of Crystal, Seabourn, Oceania, Regent I must say my favourite and first choice to go back on would be Silversea. They are all very nice but have very different styles. The only problem is with the Ultra Luxury Cruise Lines is that drinks are included, and that’s from your Soft Drinks up to your high-level Champagnes if you like your bubbles.
Royal Caribbean have always been one of the most popular main-stream cruise lines around since around the late 1990 when cruising really started to come in to its own when started to see the larger ships come out, although Royal Caribbean has been an established cruise line since 1968 when it was a Norwegian based company and ‘The Song of Norway’ was one of the first major ships Royal Caribbean had. I bet if you had shown passengers and even crew on board her, pictures of the Oasis Class they’d never have believed you that, that would be today’s cruise ship.
It has recently been announced that the Anthem of the Seas will return to Southampton in 2020 with the ever so popular Independence of the Seas, affectionally known as ‘Indy’.