On Board TUI Cruises Delivers Mein Schiff 2 Germany-based cruise operator TUI Cruises delivered its new and improved Mein Schiff 2 on January 22. The company’s sixth newbuild in six years features environmentally conscious technologies and interiors, including a hybrid scrubber that washes out the ship’s exhausts; comprehensive energy management system; a hydrodynamic hull shape; a more efficient air conditioning system; optimized onboard space; fabrics made from GOTScertified organic cotton; and wooden furnishings in the cabins all responsibly sourced from forestry schemes, certified with the FSC Mix label. Significant Milestone in Carnival Panorama’s Construction Commemorated with Traditional Maritime Coin Ceremony With its California debut less than a year away, Carnival Panorama’s exterior completion was celebrated at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy on December 17, during which a commemorative coin was welded to the ship’s mast in a time-honored maritime tradition. And just like the ship will take its guests on memorable journeys, the coin itself took a memorable journey throughout the state of California before winding up at the Fincantieri shipyard.
The 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama— the third in the highly successful Vistaclass that includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon— is set to debut from Long Beach December 11, 2019, marking the first new Carnival ship homeported on the West Coast in 20 years. Silversea’s Silver Whisper Sets Sail on World Cruise 2019 Following Extensive Refurbishments On Sunday, January 6, following extensive refurbishments and after a hugely successful pre-voyage event, Silversea’s Silver Whisper set sail on the ‘Tale of Tales,’ the 36 FIRST QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
cruise line’s enriched World Cruise 2019. During the ship’s dry dock period, which lasted from December 1-19, Silver Whisper underwent a large-scale renovation, completed in line with the Musification strategy that is inspiring the enhancement of Silversea’s fleet. The initial refurbishment plans of Silver Whisper were revised and augmented following the launch of Project Invictus, Silversea Cruise’s long-term plan to enrich and enlarge its fleet. With the comfort of guests in mind—namely, world cruising guests on the Tale of Tales—all public areas and guest accommodation were enhanced. In public spaces, new carpets were laid throughout the hallways, staircases, in the main restaurant, the main bar, and all guest suites. The Main restaurant underwent a complete refurbishment, with new curtains, new chairs and new wallpaper, among other enhancements; the Spa & Gym was upgraded with new equipment and other improvements, and the Beauty Salon was also completely upgraded; the Card & Conference room was entirely renovated; La Terrazza, the Panorama Lounge, the Central Staircase and the Casino were each also enhanced dramatically. The Pool Deck benefited from a new teak design, as well as an overhaul of the Pool Bar & Grill and other enhancements. New sun loungers and new balcony furniture completed the refurbishment of outdoor areas. The comfort of guest accommodation was also upgraded: in Silver Whisper’s top suites, new carpet, reupholstered and new furniture, new wallpaper, and revamped wooden surfaces saw the Musification of accommodations. All suites were invigorated with improvements to the en-suite bathrooms; new mattresses, curtains and furniture; and wood polishing. Aboard Silver Whisper and Silversea’s other ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, and the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.
Ice-Classed and Enhanced: Silversea Announces Plans for Additional Refurbishment of Silver Wind Following the completion of a major refurbishment project of Silver Wind started in December 2018, Silversea Cruises announced plans for a second. Scheduled for summer 2020, the second dry dock period will give the ship ice-class classification and improved cruising versatility, as well as a number of improvements to the vessel’s interior. As a result, Silver Wind will unlock a broader range of deep travel experiences for guests in ultimate comfort, cruising both classic and expedition itineraries. Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to Eliminate 5 Million Plastic Bottles Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have both committed to serving their guests prestigious Vero Still and Sparkling water fleetwide, enhancing the experience and eliminating about 5 million plastic bottles. Regent will begin this spring, with the transition from traditional bottled water to premium Vero Still and Sparkling water eliminating approximately 2 million plastic bottles annually across the cruise line’s fleet, while improving the taste of complimentary still and sparkling water that Regent guests enjoy. Oceania Cruises expects to ultimately eliminate an estimated 3 million plastic bottles per year through its partnership with Vero Water: a pioneering green initiative that is the newest facet of the brand’s OceaniaNEXT enhancements and the company’s larger Sail & Sustain environmental program. As part of its OceaniaNEXT initiative, the line’s ships will be outfitted with Vero Water’s acclaimed still and sparkling water distillation systems starting in April.