(10 a.m. EST) — Ship spotting just got a whole lot easier. Princess Cruises has revealed a new livery design that will replace the traditional white hulls across its fleet. The ships’ bows will feature the line’s logo, which it says, “symbolizes the smooth and flowing gracefulness of ocean waves and represents the excitement and adventure of discovering the best the world has to offer on a Princess cruise vacation.” The new hull will debut on Majestic Princess, which launches summer 2017 in China; then roll out to the rest of the fleet over the next few years.
Seabourn has announced details of the two Wintergarden Suites on its new Seabourn Encore, debuting in late 2016 and designed by Adam D. Tihany. The hallmark of the ship’s largest suites (1,550 square feet) is a glass-enclosed solarium with a daybed and soaking tub. The top-level accommodations also include two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a dining table that seats six, a sofa bed, a wet bar and an in-suite espresso machine. Two verandahs and large windows bring the outside in, and bathrooms include a whirlpool tub and shower. Suite passengers receive all of Seabourn’s suite perks and amenities, such as private car transfers on embarkation and disembarkation days and free Internet.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced Viking Cruises as the headline sponsor for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Viking has exhibited at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace flower shows for the past four years. As a result of the partnership, the Water Garden category will return to Hampton Court Palace after an eight-year absence. Three water gardens will be created, including “The Viking Cruises Scandinavian Garden”, by award-winning garden designer, Stephen Hall.
Grand Circle Cruise Line has announced itineraries for its newest small ship, the 89-passenger Clio. The vessel, the former Tere Moana owned by Paul Gauguin, will sail coastal Great Britain cruises with stops in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, as well as cruises that traverse Spain’s northern coast and the Bay of Biscay and a route that travels Lisbon to Barcelona.
Clio will begin sailing for Grand Circle in May 2016 after a $5 million refurbishment. Cabins range in size from 194 to 205 square feet, and nine have balconies. Complimentary internet is available onboard.
Haimark Cruise Line has cancelled the first scheduled sailing to Cuba According to Travel Weekly, the line is still in insurance negotiations over the chartered ship Saint Laurent, which collided with the Eisenhower Dock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2015. The company went into bankruptcy last year, and was only recently acquired by a private equity firm, VC2 Capital. Haimark was the first American line to receive sign-off from both the United States and Cuba to run cruises to the latter country from Miami. Voyages were slated to begin February 29.