Sir Richard Branson led the countdown (by video) for the first piece of steel to be cut for Virgin Voyages' newbuild in festivities at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard Wednesday.
Genting Hong Kong appointed long-time executive Colin Au as group president and, effective in May, Kent Zhu as president of Genting Cruise Lines.
In another advance that makes Meyer Werft a model of shipbuilding efficiency, the huge blocks that comprise newbuilds are going to be put together on a conveyor-belt-like assembly line.
Miami-based SunStone Ships and China Merchants Industry Holdings signed a framework agreement to build four expedition ships with options for six more.
Frank Del Rio unveiled the first renderings of Norwegian Cruise Line's 140,000gt next-generation ship design at Fincantieri.
Construction of Le Lapérouse continues at Fincantieri's Vard with the laying of the first block, while the first steel has been cut for Le Champlain, marking the start of construction for the second in the series of four Ponant Explorers sister ships.
Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard held a coin ceremony for Carnival Horizon on Friday, signifying completion of the newbuild's exterior. The float-out is scheduled for Saturday.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is putting its trust in the strong Hanseatic brand naming the two new ships under construction, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.