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  1. I suppose it had to come:https://youtu.be/emmNfz2b9akImagine one of those passing over your head while you are sitting on the sundeck, if you could find the room! What do you think?
  2. have you seen the rendering of Celebrity Apex Celebrity have released? What do you think? I assume that it will be identical to ;Edge' with maybe some changes in decor?
  3. There's a slide show here: Personally I preferred ‘Norwegian Escape’s ‘ hull art by Guy Harvey better, with it marine life theme. Encore's does not turn me on as it has no theme to me.
  4. Agreed! I believe that this new class of ship (the Helios class) will hold the record for the most passengers on-board a cruise ship with an all-berth figure of 6,600. Worryingly, the ship is some 35-40,000 gt smaller than the Oasis class, but will carry MORE passengers.:( The passenger-to-space ratios are interesting, but they cannot measure queues and bottlenecks on-board, plus for embarkation/disembarkation and at the ports of call.
  5. It has now been confirmed that Celebrity Edge will have four main complimentary restaurants on-board. What do you think? I quite like one very big, impressive (preferably double height) dining room. See slide-show: Official web site here: http://www.celebritycruises.co.uk/celebrity-edge/edge-dining/
  6. Information about P&O's new Iona and her dining options are now appearing on the net. Here is a slide show: There will be no 1st & 2nd sitting dining anymore I see. Freedom Dining will be the norm. What do you think? Do you like what you see?
  7. By the way, there are a few 'Spectrum' slide-shows and videos on YouTube, of herinteriors:
  8. Yes, but 'Spectrum' is the first 'Quantum class' purpose built with one main restaurant, is she not? The other were specifically built to feature 'Dynamic'. Of course 'Spectrum' is a "Quantum-Ultra" class.
  9. The cruise press are now caring some details about RCI's next ship, 'Spectrum' We here that she will have a ship-within-a-ship complex of suites, like NCL and MSC have. We hear that 'Dynamic Dining' has been replaced with one large-main-dining room. What do you think about this news?
  10. Celebrity Cruises has unveiled The Spa on the Celebrity Edge with more than 22,000 square feet of space. The company said The Spa was inspired by nature, and masterfully designed by world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, MBE, and features an "ahh-inspiring assortment of treatments in collaboration with industry-leading partners." Are you a Spa user? Spa slide-show:
  11. Virgin have now released some renderings of their ships interiors. They haad promised to reinvent the cruise experience. Do you think that they look innovative compared to the likes of RCI, NCL and MSC? Below is a slide-show:
  12. Many thought that it would never happen, but news sources now say that it will happen within the next few weeks: The QE2 will open as a hotel in Dubai. The ex-Cunard Ocean Liner has been docked in Dubai's Port Rashid, since 2008, after the original plans for a hotel on board fell through. Slide show with new images of QE2 Hotel: https://youtu.be/ehNlmPuEpEU
  13. The CMV Travel & Leisure Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pacific Eden from P&O Cruises Australia. Continuing the explorer theme, the ship’s new name is named ‘Vasco da Gama’. Gross Tonnage: 55,820grt, Draft: 7.7m, Length: 219m, Beam: 31m Built in Fincantieri Shipyard, Italy in 1994 and launched as 'Statendam'. Below is a slideshow of Pacific Eden's interiors:
  14. There is a float-out slide-show here: https://youtu.be/cjYoy1dR308 (Copy and paste link into browser if clicking does not work)
  15. Yes! I think these two big ships conclusively prove P&O's commitment to the mass-market and multi-generational cruises on-board very big floating resorts. This demographic is quite a long way from P&O's original fan-base, the more mature, more traditional, 'socks & sandals' brigade. They enjoyed the more traditional, more intimate ships, such as Victoria and Oriana. However I guess that P&O need the appeal to the British masses, to fill these thousands of new cabins and secure their future. However I do wonder how much different their product will feel from RCI, NCL, Princess and MSC in the future. These new ships have been called the world's most crowed, by some commentators. That's probably not true - but let's just say that they will definitely be very 'busy'. Southampton port will need to adapt to process that many passengers, regularly. They need to maker the roads bigger and NOT just the terminals. New ship slide show here: (Copy and paste link in browser if clicking does not work)
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