Ship Crew News

Construction Starts On Four Seasons Yachts First Vessel

Dec 01, 2023

The era of luxury cruising is about to reach new heights as the construction of the first mega yacht for Four Seasons Yachts has officially startet. The Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, witnessed a historic moment as the initial steel cut marked the beginning of a groundbreaking venture. Four Seasons, renowned for its opulent hotels, is expanding to the sea with a new cruise brand that promises to redefine luxury.

Viking marks float out of the newest ocean ship Viking Vela

Nov 30, 2023

Viking reached a significant milestone as its newest ocean ship, the Viking Vela, was successfully "floated out" at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona. This ceremony marked a major step in the ship's construction process as the ship touched water for the first time. Scheduled to make its debut in December 2024, the Viking Vela is set to embark on its inaugural season with voyages in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

Apollo Group Announces 7 Days Crew Cancellation Policy

Nov 30, 2023

In a recent announcement, the Apollo Group has introduced a new “Sign-On Procedure Enforcement” that will significantly impact crew members under the company who are not ready to board cruise ships on schedule.

Time Lapse Video of Icon of the Seas Construction

Nov 30, 2023

After more than seven years of dreaming and 900 days of design and construction by thousands of experts, Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland has completed the world's largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas. Icon of the Seas is 365 metres long and weighs 248,655 gt, with a capacity to accommodate 7,600 passengers as well as a crew of 2,350.

Take a look at the construction video of the largest cruise ship in the world.

Carnival Australia threatens to pull ships from Melbourne over tax hike

Nov 29, 2023

Carnival Australia has issued a warning to the Victorian government, announcing that Princess Cruises and Cunard, two of its major brands, will cease deployment in Melbourne starting in 2025. This decision was announced after a surge in port fees, set to redirect these cruise lines to other ports.

Luis Fonsi Christens NCL’s Latest Ship Norwegian Viva

Nov 29, 2023

In a glamorous ceremony at Port Miami on Tuesday, November 28, Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Luis Fonsi christened the Norwegian Viva, the latest addition to Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) fleet. The event included appearances by fellow musicians Pedro Capó and Paulina Rubio, as well as comedian Marcello Hernández from 'Saturday Night Live (SNL).'

Fincantieri launches Mein Schiff Relax

Nov 29, 2023

Fincantieri has launched TUI Cruises' latest ship Mein Schiff Relax, the first vessel of the inTUItion class. This marks the beginning of an impressive series of two LNG dual-fuel cruise ships destined for TUI Cruises.

Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Icon of the Seas

Nov 27, 2023

Royal Caribbean officially welcomed the Icon of the Seas into its fleet on Monday November 27, 2023. After nearly three years of meticulous construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, this colossal vessel has emerged as the world's largest cruise ship, shattering records and redefining the possibilities of cruising.

MSC Officer's Heroic Rescue Prevents Tragedy at Ocean Cay

Nov 24, 2023

A tragic incident was avoided at MSC Cruises' private island, Ocean Cay, in the Bahamas, thanks to the courageous actions of an MSC officer. Officer Giuseppe Ruocco saved a woman from drowning after she fell into the sea during the disembarkation from the cruise ship MSC Meraviglia.

Carnival UK Rescinds Threat to Fire and Rehire 900 Officers After Union Talks

Nov 24, 2023

Carnival UK reversed its decision to fire and rehire more than 900 UK officers from P&O Cruises and Cunard, following negotiations with Nautilus, the union representing the affected maritime professionals. The announcement comes just days after The Guardian exposed the plans to make substantial changes to the terms and conditions of its officers across 10 UK-based ships.