RUBY PRINCESS ENTERS SERVICE
In a "ruby red" themed ceremony celebrating romance, Princess Cruises recently named its newest ship, Ruby Princess. America's reigning reality couple, Trista and Ryan Sutter of The Bachelorette did the honors, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne to mark the ship's launch, and their own fifth anniversary. The new godparents were surrounded by hundreds of guests decked out in ruby red-tie formal attire, and a ruby-haired singer serenaded the crowd.
During her inaugural season, the 116,000 gross ton and 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess will make 7-night sailings from Port Everglades to the Western Caribbean. Calls include Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and Princess Cays in the Bahamas. Next spring the ship will move to Europe for 12-night sailings in the Mediterranean and Greek Islands.
CRUISE BUSINESS REVIEW NEWBUILDING COVERAGE
MORE CELEBRITY SOLSTICE PICTURES FROM OUR GALLERY
Cruise Business Review – our print publication – will again offer the industry's most insightful reviews of cruising's next classes of newbuildings. Our December issue (3/2008) will feature a complete review of CELEBRITY SOLSTICE – the first of five newbuilds for Celebrity Cruises. The review will feature two complete and separate approaches. One focuses on Solstice's technical aspects. The other approaches the ship from the perspective of its design, layout and interiors. Stay tuned – in our Winter 2009 report, we'll once again return to Celebrity Solstice, on one of its first revenue cruises, to examine the ship from a passenger perspective.
Another key story in our 1/2009 issue (to be launched in conjunction with the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach during March) is a package of stories on MSC's highly-anticipated MSC FANTASIA, a prototypical new design. And don't miss full coverage on launches of other brand-new prototypes, such as SEABOURN ODYSSEY, COSTA LUMINOSA and OASIS OF THE SEAS, among many other ships in our 2009 issues.
OASIS OF THE SEAS UNVEILED
Although Royal Caribbean International’s 220,000-gross ton ms Oasis of the Seas will not set sail for another 14 months, the information that have been released so far promises that this mammoth vessel will bring the cruise experience to new levels. CONTINUE READING FROM OUR ARTICLE OF THE MONTH SECTION