On Board depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.” Scheduled for delivery in June 2021 and May 2022, both ships will have global deployment capability, venturing farther north and south than any ship in Carnival Corporation history and visiting many warm and cool weather destinations along the way.
MSC CONFIRMS LUXURY SHIPS ORDER On March 14, MSC and Fincantieri announced the signing of the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships, which will all have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT and feature the latest maritime and environmental technologies available. Each equipped with 481 guest suites, they will also showcase a highly-innovative design and introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation. “With this now firm order, MSC is entering a new segment that bears significant potential globally,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC’s Cruises Division. “While we already serve the premium market with the MSC Yacht Club featured on MSC Cruises’ fleet, our new true luxury brand will deliver to this separate and fast-growing segment with super-yacht vessels and an experience to match that.” SURVEY SAYS, CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS WILL BE GRAND FUN The iconic TV game show Family Feud will be part of the entertainment lineup on the highly anticipated Mardi Gras when it enters service in 2020 through an exclusive partnership with Fremantle that will debut same format and signature set as the TV show. “Carnival Cruise Line is all about fun, family and friends just like Family Feud,” 38 SECOND QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “As we continue to build Mardi Gras’ diverse entertainment lineup, we are excited about offering this iconic game show onboard and involving our guests in a great new way to Choose Fun.” Mardi Gras is Carnival’s most innovative ship with such groundbreaking experiences like BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, as well as Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the first seagoing restaurant by famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse that will be housed in the ship’s French Quarter, one
of six themed zones on board. Mardi Gras will also be the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” platform. Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is slated to enter service in Europe on August 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages then shift to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2020.
Shining the Light on Silver Origin Silversea has unveiled new details of Silver Origin, the cruise line’s first ever destination-specific ship, which will unlock deep travel experiences for guests in the Galapagos Islands from summer 2020. One of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever and designed entirely with these unique islands in mind, Silver Origin will combine Silversea’s local destination expertise with the cruise line’s trademark level of luxury to offer guests the ultimate destination experience. The 100-passenger, all-suite Silver Origin will build on Silversea’s accrued know-how in the Galapagos Islands to form deeper connections between guests and the destination. In addition to the ship’s pioneering design and guests’ unique experiences ashore— which will be led by Silversea’s Expedition Team, who are certified by the National Park of the Galapagos—
this immersive concept will see guests enjoy Ecuadorian culture on board, through insightful content, including daily briefings, lectures, videos, and scientific information; authentic local cuisine, prepared by expert Ecuadorian chefs; and various other luxurious enhancements. Offering the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in the region, at 1:12.5, Silver Origin will offer a luxurious outpost from which guests will enjoy personalized experiences throughout the Galapagos Islands. “Silver Origin will elevate our industry-leading offering in the Galapagos Islands, unlocking meaningful experiences for guests, as they travel in ultimate luxury,” said Roberto Martinoli, CEO, Silversea. “Ever since the early planning phases, every decision on Silver Origin has been made to strengthen the connection between our guests and this spectacular, unique destination.”