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Happy 30th birthday Celebrity Cruises!

• It’s a momentous year for Celebrity Cruises as the line celebrates its 30th birthday in 2020. Established in 1990 by the Greek company Chandris Group, the line was bought by RCL in 1997, and now, has 14 ships. This year, the line delivered the new Celebrity Apex, the second ship from the Edge-class series. We saw a number of industry firsts when her sister ship, the Celebrity Edge launched in 2018. There are magic carpets on the exterior of the ships – a floating platform which moves up and down and creates different experiences for guests on different levels. It can be an alfresco dining area, a sea viewing platform and a bar on the top deck. Celebrity Cruises was also at the forefront of some other industry innovations including speciality dining in 2000; the first solar panels at sea in 2008; in 2015 the first female captain of a cruise ship; the first ship to replace plastic water bottles and in 2020, the first all-female bridge and leadership team to command a ship.

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The comeback of the cruise to nowhere

• The uncertainty surrounding cruise port re-openings has driven a most unusual revival: the cruise to nowhere. In a recent interview with Skift.com, Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales at Genting Cruise Lines, said major lines with huge entertainment decks like resorts should have no problem convincing families that the ship IS the destination. “We hope to start cruises to nowhere in July or August, and at least enable guests to have a good time or enjoy activities on board the ship,” he told the publication. “We are looking at very short cruises of two or three nights, then five nights, before we go on longer cruises.” Mr Goh said the cruise ship itself is a destination. Short cruises don’t require port stops to support the cruise experience, because there are plenty of on-board activities. Given the popularity of short cruises with Asians, and the fact that new ships are being built with more amenities than before, the cruise to nowhere model seems like a viable option to attract both new and loyal cruisers.

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A cleaner, safer river cruise

• River lines will be first off, the ranks to cruise European and American waterways from next month as more companies unveil stringent, new health and safety procedures.

American Cruise Lines, the US-based company with a fleet of river and coastal cruise ships, will cut up to 25 per cent of guests on board as the line prepares to sail the Mississippi River, the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest from late June. Earlier this month, Uniworld introduced stringent health and safety procedures across its fleet in preparation for when it is safe to play the world’s waterways again. It has also stopped self-service for fruits, cookies, nuts and candies and will serve bread and butter individually to each guest. Avalon will deep clean and disinfect every stateroom during turnover. The line will also clean all dining areas between meals and disinfect all bicycles and umbrellas after each use. The line will also introduce top-of-the-line technologies including electrostatic cleaning and UV disinfecting systems. It has also introduced medical screening and new social distancing in crew living quarters.

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The Silver Origin completes remotely operated sea trials

• Silversea Cruises has successfully conducted the remotely operated sea trial of its latest luxury ship, Silver Origin off the Netherlands despite the challenges of the global lockdown. Silver Origin is scheduled to offer luxury cruising in the Galapagos for 100 passengers in an all-suite accommodation with butler service, hopefully later this year. In a world-first, the line managed to test Silver Origin’s “dynamic positioning” without dropping anchor which was remotely tuned and calibrated by a third party in St Petersburg, Russia, about 1800 km away. De Hoop Shipyard, where the ship is being constructed, fundamentally changed the way it operated to complete the building of Silver Origin. With strict social distancing, the ship’s 200 employees were accommodated on site, underwent daily temperature checks and enhanced cleaning procedures to complete the project. Silversea is expected to take delivery of Silver Origin in “coming weeks.” The ship will have two restaurants with Ecuadorian inspired cuisine, a fire-pit in the Explorer Lounge, an interactive basecamp and eight zodiacs. She will also be plastic-free with each guest supplied with a metallic reusable bottle.

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Inside the new Celebrity Apex

• The first video of the much-awaited, 2900-passenger, Celebrity Apex has just been unveiled as the line is determined to launch its newest Edge-class ship despite the coronavirus crisis.

The video footage of Apex’s virtual delivery ceremony, believed to be the first of its kind, shows the ship’s dramatic and chic new spaces from the Grand Plaza, stylish restaurants, the exquisite villas at sea to the spacious solarium.

Apex will have 10 complimentary dining options and seven, new specialty restaurants including Raw on 5, greenery-filled Eden and the French Le Grand Bistro. There will be 11 bars and lounges. The most talked about is the Eden, a towering atrium with a sea of plants adorning the bar. You can admire the herb wall while you sip a fresh botanical cocktail. There is a 23-metre outdoor pool, framed by two spaceship-like hot tubs, a Class pool for suite guests and an indoor pool in the solarium.

Apex has 1467 cabins including balcony staterooms, Aqua Class Spa accommodation and an exclusive Retreat area packed with luxury suites. The ship will have 1320 crew.

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NCL reveals new voyages

• Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed more than a year’s worth of new itineraries with voyages to over 20 new destinations across all seven continents. The itineraries span between 2021 and 2023, and go to a range of places like Antarctica, South America, South Africa and Greenland. Here are some of the highlights: Norwegian Star’s first voyage to Antarctica beginning in 2021 when she sails from Buenos Aires, Argentina for a season of 14-day Extraordinary Journeys, visiting five ports of call across Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands, including a majestic sailing by Deception Island and Elephant Island/Cape Lookout. Norwegian Star’s 14 July and 25 July, 2022 Northern European sailings, when she will make the brand’s debut in Greenland with calls to Nuuk, Qaqortoq and Nanortalik during two back-to-back 10-and -11-day sailings from Reykjavik, Iceland. Norwegian Sun’s November 2021 sailing, when she will make her Asia debut and will become the first in the fleet to visit the exotic destinations of Nagoya, Beppu and Himeji Japan; Manila and Coron, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu and Melaka, Malaysia; Muara, Brunei and Kampot, Cambodia.

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Happy 30th birthday Celebrity Cruises!

• It’s a momentous year for Celebrity Cruises as the line celebrates its 30th birthday in 2020. Established in 1990 by the Greek company Chandris Group, the line was bought by RCL in 1997, and now, has 14 ships. This year, the line delivered the new Celebrity Apex, the second ship from the Edge-class series. We saw a number of industry firsts when her sister ship, the Celebrity Edge launched in 2018. There are magic carpets on the exterior of the ships – a floating platform which moves up and down and creates different experiences for guests on different levels. It can be an alfresco dining area, a sea viewing platform and a bar on the top deck. Celebrity Cruises was also at the forefront of some other industry innovations including speciality dining in 2000; the first solar panels at sea in 2008; in 2015 the first female captain of a cruise ship; the first ship to replace plastic water bottles and in 2020, the first all-female bridge and leadership team to command a ship. Celebrity Cruises also has three smaller expedition ships which sail the Galapagos Islands and last year, we saw the launch of the Celebrity Flora. Aside from a passenger vessel, the ship also has a laboratory onboard for scientists and collects data of the area.

The comeback of the cruise to nowhere

• The uncertainty surrounding cruise port re-openings has driven a most unusual revival: the cruise to nowhere. In a recent interview with Skift.com, Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales at Genting Cruise Lines, said major lines with huge entertainment decks like resorts should have no problem convincing families that the ship IS the destination. “We hope to start cruises to nowhere in July or August, and at least enable guests to have a good time or enjoy activities on board the ship,” he told the publication. “We are looking at very short cruises of two or three nights, then five nights, before we go on longer cruises.” Mr Goh said the cruise ship itself is a destination. Short cruises don’t require port stops to support the cruise experience, because there are plenty of on-board activities. Given the popularity of short cruises with Asians, and the fact that new ships are being built with more amenities than before, the cruise to nowhere model seems like a viable option to attract both new and loyal cruisers.

A cleaner, safer river cruise

• River lines will be first off, the ranks to cruise European and American waterways from next month as more companies unveil stringent, new health and safety procedures. American Cruise Lines, the US-based company with a fleet of river and coastal cruise ships, will cut up to 25 per cent of guests on board as the line prepares to sail the Mississippi River, the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest from late June. Earlier this month, Uniworld introduced stringent health and safety procedures across its fleet in preparation for when it is safe to play the world’s waterways again. It has also stopped self-service for fruits, cookies, nuts and candies and will serve bread and butter individually to each guest. Avalon will deep clean and disinfect every stateroom during turnover. The line will also clean all dining areas between meals and disinfect all bicycles and umbrellas after each use. The line will also introduce top-of-the-line technologies including electrostatic cleaning and UV disinfecting systems. Its panorama suites are open-air with fresh air circulated within the individual stateroom and not circulated between cabins. It has also introduced medical screening and new social distancing in crew living quarters.

The Silver Origin completes remotely operated sea trials

• Silversea Cruises has successfully conducted the remotely operated sea trial of its latest luxury ship, Silver Origin off the Netherlands despite the challenges of the global lockdown. Silver Origin is scheduled to offer luxury cruising in the Galapagos for 100 passengers in an all-suite accommodation with butler service, hopefully later this year. In a world-first, the line managed to test Silver Origin’s “dynamic positioning” without dropping anchor which was remotely tuned and calibrated by a third party in St Petersburg, Russia, about 1800 km away. De Hoop Shipyard, where the ship is being constructed, fundamentally changed the way it operated to complete the building of Silver Origin. With strict social distancing, the ship’s 200 employees were accommodated on site, underwent daily temperature checks and enhanced cleaning procedures to complete the project. Silversea is expected to take delivery of Silver Origin in “coming weeks.” The ship will have two restaurants with Ecuadorian inspired cuisine, a fire-pit in the Explorer Lounge, an interactive basecamp and eight zodiacs. She will also be plastic-free with each guest supplied with a metallic reusable bottle.

Inside the new Celebrity Apex

• The first video of the much-awaited, 2900-passenger, Celebrity Apex has just been unveiled as the line is determined to launch its newest Edge-class ship despite the coronavirus crisis. The video footage of Apex’s virtual delivery ceremony, believed to be the first of its kind, shows the ship’s dramatic and chic new spaces from the Grand Plaza, stylish restaurants, the exquisite villas at sea to the spacious solarium. Apex will have 10 complimentary dining options and seven, new specialty restaurants including Raw on 5, greenery-filled Eden and the French Le Grand Bistro. There will be 11 bars and lounges. The most talked about is the Eden, a towering atrium with a sea of plants adorning the bar. You can admire the herb wall while you sip a fresh botanical cocktail. There is a 23-metre outdoor pool, framed by two spaceship-like hot tubs, a Class pool for suite guests and an indoor pool in the solarium.

Apex has 1467 cabins including balcony staterooms, Aqua Class Spa accommodation and an exclusive Retreat area packed with luxury suites. The ship will have 1320 crew.

NCL reveals new voyages

• Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed more than a year’s worth of new itineraries with voyages to over 20 new destinations across all seven continents. The itineraries span between 2021 and 2023, and go to a range of places like Antarctica, South America, South Africa and Greenland. Here are some of the highlights: Norwegian Star’s first voyage to Antarctica beginning in 2021 when she sails from Buenos Aires, Argentina for a season of 14-day Extraordinary Journeys, visiting five ports of call across Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands, including a majestic sailing by Deception Island and Elephant Island/Cape Lookout. Norwegian Star’s 14 July and 25 July, 2022 Northern European sailings, when she will make the brand’s debut in Greenland with calls to Nuuk, Qaqortoq and Nanortalik during two back-to-back 10-and -11-day sailings from Reykjavik, Iceland. Norwegian Sun’s November 2021 sailing, when she will make her Asia debut and will become the first in the fleet to visit the exotic destinations of Nagoya, Beppu and Himeji Japan; Manila and Coron, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu and Melaka, Malaysia; Muara, Brunei and Kampot, Cambodia.