With the Monday holiday, this was a short work week for many of us. Even though it was only four days long, the cruise lines were still busy pumping out brand new updates, and we were sure to keep track of everything along the way. So as always, here is our run down of all the major headlines with our Cruise News June 4, 2017.
Cruise News June 4, 2017
Carnival Horizon to Debut New Cabin Category
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will be the first ship in the fleet to introduce a new cabin category. The newly created aft-view extended balcony cabins were announced in a press release a few days ago. These new rooms will be part of the Family Harbor area that includes a lounge for families to gather and hangout. Decor in the rooms will include bright and colorful nautical themes, as well as a large flat screen television. The extra room inside and out will let families unwind during their vacation. The line also announced that Carnival Horizon will be adding an additional 18 Havana staterooms to decks 6 and 9. Carnival Horizon sets sail in April of 2018.
Cruise News June 4, 2017 (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
More Cuba Cruise Advice
Back from our first trip to Havana, Cuba, and we were invited to provide some of our expert tips to the folks over at Cruise1st. While travelers from basically everywhere else in the world have been traveling to Cuba for a while, the influx of cruises to the island is a welcomed sign. More US and foreign cruisers are sure to make the island a priority for upcoming sailings. We share some of our tips, based on experience, for having a safe and smooth cruise to Cuba. Ensure you have plenty of cash, plan in advance, and save some time for self exploration. Need more tips? Check out our latest guest post at Cruise1st.
MSC Meraviglia Sets Sail and More Ship News
It is official, MSC Meraviglia was christened. Before setting sail on her maiden voyage, this brand new class of ship from MSC Cruises has ushered in a new era of cruising for the company. As the company’s largest ship to date, as well as the most technologically advanced, the ship is sure to please cruisers from all over the world.
During the ship’s official delivery a few days ago, the cruise line also confirmed earlier reports for its next class of ship. The line came to terms with French ship builder STX France to build two MSC World-Class ships. These 200K gross ton ships will become the second largest class of ship in the world, with the ability to carry close to 7,000 passengers. This capacity would be slightly more than the current world record holder Harmony of the Seas. The ships won’t be built until 2022, so be on the lookout for more updates.
Cruise News June 4, 2017 (Courtesy of MSC Cruises)
New York City to See Cruise Terminal Improvements
In a move to modernize cruising in New York City, the city’s Economic Development Corporation will be outsourcing. In an announcement made earlier this week, the city revealed that Ports America will now operate cruise terminals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The organization will be responsible for management of both terminals through 2029. As part of the agreement, Ports America agreed to invest $38.5 million into both the Manhattan and Brooklyn cruise terminals. The investments will allow for larger vessels and more passengers to visit both of the city’s terminals. New York is already home to one of the largest ships afloat, the Norwegian Breakaway. With these upgrades, it might be possible that the world’s largest class of ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-Class, could call on NYC.
Did we miss any noteworthy developments this week? Do you have any updates you want to share with fellow cruisers? Drop us an anchor below with any headlines that did not make this edition of Cruise News June 4, 2017.