Emerging from an almost four-week dry dock in Bremerhaven, Crystal Serenity is ready to welcome travelers after its most extensive refurbishment ever.
Though Asian-sourced cruise numbers hit another record in 2017, topping 4m, China—accounting for 59% of all Asian passengers, or 2.4m—experienced a slower growth rate due to regulatory issues and some reductions in ship deployment.
Carnival Cruise Line is going to transform and rename a third Destiny-class ship when Carnival Victory becomes Carnival Radiance in 2020. This $200m refit represents the final phase of what Carnival tallies as a whopping $2bn fleet enhancement—the largest and most extensive in cruising—of more than 20 vessels since 2011.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has rolled out high-speed Internet service for the crew on its two ships, free of charge. The company ensures broad coverage by providing Wi-Fi throughout crew spaces, as well as guest areas.
Silversea became the latest upscale line to extend free, unlimited Wi-Fi to passengers booking any category accommodation, on all ships, including those in its expedition fleet—though not everybody is entitled to high-speed Internet. This starts with voyages sailing in April.
MSC Cruises will introduce a voice-activated digital personal assistant as a new feature of MSC for Me, to debut on 2019's MSC Bellissima, which—just announced—will be named at Southampton on March 2 next year.
An exclusive interview with CEO Tom McAlpin on how Virgin Voyages doesn't just aim to disrupt cruising but to reinvent travel, with its first ship interior desgns to be revealed in May, headlines the latest issue of Seatrade Cruise Review. The magazine breaks out this week as the official publication of Seatrade Cruise Global.