Cruise News: Smart Ships and Art Ships

Jul 8, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado


MSC Cruises reveals details on their newest next-generation smart ship MSC Seaview.

Equipped with a 360-degree promenade, interactive screens for easy excursion selections and dinner/entertainment booking, and a technology that simplifies mobile communication on board, MSC Seaview will be every bit the epitome of a smart ship. Additional tech features include:

  • The use of Near Field Communication (NFC) to virtualize several services on board. This includes providing a geo-location of your children and access to your onboard payments and stateroom—all accessible using a cruise card, smartphone or NFC bracelet.
  • The use of iBeacon technology that allows guests to receive mobile phone alerts for on board activities, offers and other relevant information.

One of the standout design features on this ship is the 360-degree promenade—built with glass balustrades that circle the entire ship for breathtaking ocean views no matter where you are on the ship. You can also shop, dine and drink at a variety of al fresco venues around the ship—each experience enhanced by beautiful ocean views.

MSC Seaview will debut June 2018, sailing out of Genoa and spending her inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean, with stops in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.

Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Silversea's new ship, Silver Muse.

She may not debut until Spring 2017, but the cruise line unveiled the first-ever video sneak peek of the 596-guest ship. From exclusive culinary experiences to design and accomodation elements, see the progress for yourself below:



Crystal River Cruises reveals details on 4 new river yachts in progress.

Crystal River Cruises has announced design plans for their four new luxury river yachts. Set to embark in spring and summer of next year, the four river yachts are named Crystal Mahler, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel.

  • Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach, known as the "Rhine Class" yachts, will sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers and will each have 53 suites to accomodate 106 guests.
  • Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel are known as the "Paris Class" yachts and will sail on the Siene, Garonne Dordogne and Gironde Rivers. Each will accomodate 78 guests in 39 suites. 

All four river yachts will include:

  • Butler service for every suite.
  • Multiple food options (such as Waterside Restaurant, Bistro cafes and Crystal's exclusive Vintage Room speciality restuarant) with open seating dining.
  • A full service spa and fitness center.
  • All-suite accomodations located entirely above the waterline. This means more opportunities for amazing ocean views at any time. 

If these river yachts are anything like other luxury experiences coming to Crystal Cruises, we're all in. 

Holland America Line is awarded 'Seafarer of the Year' after rescuing a pilot from the Pacific Ocean.

ms Veendam was sailing the Pacific when she came across a troubled pilot 225 miles of the coast of Maui, Hawaii. The pilot, whose single-engine aircraft had run out of fuel, was able to parachute into a life-raft and was retrieved by Veendam. Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards recognized the heroic acts of the captain and crew of the ship at a ceremony in New York in May.

Norwegian Cruise Line bans passengers from bringing water, soda and alcoholic drinks on board.

In an effort to improve the embarkation process and overall safety for all passengers, the cruise line is putting a stop to bringing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in carry-ons and checked bags.

However, there are some exceptions to this new rule. Passengers are still able to bring:

  • Purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers (to be used in medical devices or for infant formula preparation).
  • Factory-sealed wine or champagne bottles (for those 21 and over). Bottles are subject to screening and a $15 or $30 corkage fee (depending on bottle size).

Watch as Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas brings contemporary art to sea.

Art lovers on board this ship are in for a treat. The ship now boasts an impressive 11,000-piece art collection, featuring contemporary works from artists around the globe. Among these works is "Sky Wave", the first kinetic sculpture at sea. Here's a look at Ovation's artistic transformation:




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