Queen Mary 2 sounded her ship’s whistle at 2 p.m. in Liverpool on Saturday to signify the time exactly 175 years earlier that Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, left the city’s Coburg Dock and inaugurated the first scheduled trans-Atlantic service.
Later in the afternoon, the RAF Red Arrows performed a surprise flypast over Queen Mary 2.
MSC Cruises is basing a seasonal ship in Cuba starting in December. The 2,120-passenger MSC Opera will homeport in Havana for winter 2015-16, offering 16 Caribbean cruises.
In a bold move Celebrity Cruises is rolling out a new pricing strategy that lets travelers pick which amenities they want bundled into their fare. They get a choice of Classic Beverage Package, unlimited Internet, pre-paid gratuities or on-board credit at a rate that's lower than what those would cost if bought on board.
It's official: Silversea Cruises has ordered a ship from Fincantieri, for April 2017 delivery. Silver Muse will be 40,700gt with capacity for 596 passengers.
The news makes this a three-newbuild day, following the deal for a pair of TUI Cruises ships at Meyer Turku.
Crystal Cruises promoted Donna Cook, director of sales for western US and Canada, to vp quality control and communications, and named Rolando Trejos Jr. as its new vp revenue management.
Total ships: 30
Total berths: 97,852
Total Order Book Value:$23,654,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$266,933