Construction milestones for three Royal-class Princess Cruises ships took place at Fincantieri yards today.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Splendor was launched Saturday at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard. The sister of 2016's Seven Seas Explorer is scheduled for 2020 delivery.

President and CEO Tom McAlpin has just set off on what he called a 'whirlwind tour'—but, given that his company is Virgin Voyages, it's more like a rock star tour.

Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard handed over Viking Jupiter, the sixth in a series of 930-passenger ships for Viking Cruises.

A remarkable transformation of three vessels is taking place at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana. There, a paddlewheeler is being built for American Queen Steamboat Co. (AQSC), and the two coastal vessels of Victory Cruise Lines are being refurbished under the new ownership of AQSC.

Meyer Werft cut steel for Royal Caribbean International's second 168,600gt Quantum Ultra ship. It was announced this 27th ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet will be called Odyssey of the Seas.

Another expedition ship is on the horizon for Alaska as the new owner of Victory Cruise Lines plans to deploy its chartered newbuild Ocean Victory there.

Croatia's Brodosplit shipyard on Monday cut steel for Quark Expeditions' first newbuild, a 200-passenger vessel scheduled for 2020 delivery.

Shipyard De Hoop in the Netherlands successfully launched Celebrity Flora, the luxury expedition vessel Celebrity Cruises is building expressly for Galápagos service.

Tauck will introduce its first cruises on the Douro River in Portugal next year aboard the newbuild Andorinha.

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