Following sister brands Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises is testing a new high-speed Internet initiative in a pilot program onboard Celebrity Reflection. Details are few at this time, but according to a thread on the Cruise Critic boards, the program is tentatively titled Xcellerate.
Royal Caribbean announced the arrival of Voom, its high-speed Internet last year. Azamara Club Cruises is also getting faster wifi on its ships as they go into drydock this year. All three cruise lines are part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. brand.
Australis, an expedition cruise line operating mainly in South America, will add a new ship by the end of 2017. The line currently operates one vessel, 210-passenger Stella Australis. Australis recently sold its other vessel, Via Australis, to Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.
Quark Expeditions will host astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield on its Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Best of the Canadian High Arctic voyage later this year.
Hadfield will join the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov on the third of four separate journeys in the High Arctic, visiting Sisimiut, a fishing village in Greenland, the Ilulissat Icefjord, Cobourg Island’s bird cliffs, and historic Beechey Island. Hadfield will also be entertaining Quark passengers onboard with his science-based variety show “Generator”, which blends knowledge, perception, music and comedy.