It sounds like Virgin Voyages isn't stopping at three ships, and it's possible the fourth could be of a different design.
Corrado Antonini, a champion of European shipbuilding who led Fincantieri during the years when its cruise orderbook ballooned, died this morning in Rome. He was 84.
During lively festivities at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin announced the first ship's name and said the company will eliminate single-use plastics and mentor women in shipboard roles.
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings' board has authorized the building of a new polar expedition ship. The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2021.
Le Lapérouse, the first ship in Ponant's new Explorers class, has the sleek, super-yacht look of the existing fleet, but is slightly smaller and sports a unique feature: Blue Eye, a multi-sensory underwater lounge.
Fincantieri won an order for two new-concept, LNG-powered ships from TUI Cruises. They'll be the biggest vessels ever built in Italy and are the first LNG-powered ships for the TUI brand.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings confirmed its previously announced options for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo ships at Fincantieri, for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
Wendy Wu, the Tibetan-born Chinese-Australian living in London who launched Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney in 1994 when she took her first group of Australians to China, will build a Mekong River ship in partnership with Vietnam’s Thien Minh Group.
KfW IPEX-Bank is providing approximately €786m to Carnival Corp. & plc for the construction of P&O Cruises' newbuild at Meyer Werft, due for May 2022 delivery.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises inked a contract with Fincantieri's Norwegian subsidiary, Vard, for a third 230-passenger expedition newbuild, to be called Hanseatic Spirit.