Neptun Ship Design in Rostock is being acquired as an independent subsidiary of MV Werften to provide design services for the shipyard group. In addition to MV Werften's own designers at its yards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund and a designer network throughout Europe, further significant engineering capacities are being united under one roof.

Virgin Voyages sailors will be able to live it up in RockStar Suites created by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. With only 78 RockStar Suites aboard Scarlet Lady, among them are 15 Mega RockStar Suites, aptly named the Massive Suites, Fab Suites, Posh Suites and Gorgeous Suites.

London-based AD Associates is leading the initial planning, feasibility studies and concept design for Crystal Cruises' next-generation Diamond-class ships.

Silver Wind is going to get a second extensive refurbishment, completing a project started this month, to include a strengthened ice-class hull, bigger suites/reduced capacity and other upgrades under Silversea's Project Invictus program.

Costa Cruises plans to name its first ship built for the Chinese market at festivities in Trieste on March 1. The 135,500gt Costa Venezia is under construction at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard.

'There is no individual who has had a more profound impact on cruise ship design,' Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison says in the forward to Joe Farcus's autobiography, 'Design on the High Seas,' just out from Images Publishing.

Hurtigruten's 2007-built expedition ship Fram is set for a makeover with updated cabins and suites, new restaurants, a high-tech Science Center and more environmentally friendly engines.

Germany's Port of Kiel heralded the start of construction for its second cruise terminal at Ostseekai with festivities today. The €9m facility is due to become operational in the coming cruise season.

Hamburg-based Sea Cloud Cruises will expand its tall ship fleet in summer 2020 with the 136-passenger Sea Cloud Spirit. The vessel will be built at Metalships & Docks SAU in Vigo, Spain.

Windstar Cruises is going to lengthen and upgrade Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride in a massive project that will add 50 suites per ship, re-do all accommodations and expand dining choices, the spa, fitness center and pool deck. Further, a re-engining will make the ships far more fuel efficient while adding 4 knots to the cruising speed, opening new destinations for Windstar like New Zealand and Spitsbergen in the Arctic.

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