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Good Cruise News from MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Holland America Line, and More

7 minutes read • November 12th, 2021
Debates, compromise, test cruises, first guests after a long pause in operations – well, it's been a crazy couple of months for the cruise industry. It's been a crazy but very encouraging and inspiring couple of months. The flow of

good cruise news

is getting stronger and stronger. It is time to recall the most significant and exciting ones to ensure that things are getting better.
Good Cruise News Scarlet Lady at PortMiami
Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages

Well, it's been a while since we talked about good cruise news last time. Many exciting cruise events have taken place. For what it's worth, Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas completed the first U.S. test cruise with volunteers at the end of June 2021. We think we can safely assume that was the tipping point for the whole cruise world.
On June 26, 2021, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Edge became the first cruise liner to sail from a U.S. port in 15 months. She departed from Port Everglades with 1,105 cruise lovers aboard.
Good Cruise News Celebrity Edge cruise ship
Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

During these last few months, we've heard the names of upcoming new cruise ships.
In June 2021, Regent Seven Seas announced that their future addition would sail as Seven Seas Grandeur. She intends to enter service in 2023.
During the Coin Ceremony on June 24, 2021, at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises revealed the name of its new representative. MSC Seascape is expected to join her fleet in 2022.
Good Cruise News Coin Ceremony for MSC Seascape
Source: MSC Cruises/Facebook

Another future member of MSC Cruises got her name a couple of days later during the steel cutting ceremony at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France. By the way, MSC Euribia will become the most environmentally advanced cruise ship when she enters service in 2023.
Well, the start of construction for revolutionary vessels appeared to be particularly encouraging.
In July 2021, P&O Cruises began the construction of its new ship Arvia at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Warnemunde, Germany. And in September 2021, Fincantieri cut the first steel for Princess Cruises' new Sphere class liner.
Good Cruise News MSC Euribia's steel cutting ceremony
Source: MSC Cruises/Facebook

Besides, Fincantieri celebrated very special events with Virgin Voyages. On July 1, 2021, it officially delivered Valiant Lady to its owner. The next day, the companies held the float-out ceremony for the cruise line's third ship, Resilient Lady.
On October 6, 2021, the Virgin Voyages' first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, finally departed on her long-awaited 'MerMaiden' voyage from Miami, FL.
Good Cruise News Scarlet Lady at PortMiami
Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages

By the way, as for the float-outs. Resilient Lady is not the only one in this.
AIDA Cruises' AIDAcosma was floated out at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, on July 10, 2021.
In the meantime, Viking Cruises celebrated the float out for two new cruise ships. Viking Mars touched water for the first time in mid-July 2021 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. The cruise line celebrated the float-out ceremony for its second expedition ship, the 378-guest Viking Polaris, in a couple of weeks. Both vessels are scheduled to debut in 2022.
Besides, Viking Cruises unveiled the name for its next newbuild. Viking Saturn will join her fleet in 2023.
Norwegian Prima, the feature gem of Norwegian Cruise Line, was floated out at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy, on August 11, 2021. The vessel is due to enter service in summer 2022.
Of course, we should mention Royal Caribbean International's Wonder of the Seas in this selection of good cruise news. The future world's largest cruise ship successfully completed a five-day set of sea trials at the end of August 2021. She recently left the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and departed towards Marseilles, France, where the newbuild will get the final touches before her debut next year.
Good Cruise News Wonder of the Seas on her sea trials
Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Several long-awaited cruise ships joined their families.
MSC Cruises officially took the delivery of its new flagship, MSC Seashore, on July 26, 2021. She welcomed the first guests on her board on August 6, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain. After spending her summer season in the Mediterranean, the ship departed towards Miami, FL, in early November 2021.
On July 30, 2021, Holland America Line took delivery of ms Rotterdam. On October 20, 2021, the newbuild departed on a 14-day transatlantic crossing sailing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Good Cruise News MS Rotterdam cruise ship in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Source: Holland America Line/Facebook

We were lucky enough to watch several more much-anticipated maiden voyages.
P&O Cruises' Iona embarked on her inaugural sailing on August 7, 2021, from Southampton, England.
For what it's worth, Carnival Cruise Line's revolutionary Mardi Gras set sail from Port Canaveral, FL on July 31, 2021. On October 23, 2021, the cruise line held the Christening Ceremony for the ship.
Finally, Enchanted Princess, the newest member of the Princess Cruises fleet, departed on her maiden voyage on November 10, 2021, from Port Everglades.
Good Cruise News Mardi Gras cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on her maiden voyage
Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

The cruise world celebrated several more Christening Ceremonies.
Silversea christened Silver Moon on July 28, 2021, in Athens, Greece.
On November 2, 2021, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex was named and christened at a ceremony held in Port Everglades. By the way, the ship welcomed her first guests on official sailing on June 19, 2021. She took her maiden voyage from Athens, Greece.
Good Cruise News
Celebrity Apex
Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Wow! These have been a very busy and exciting couple of months. We believe things will get even better soon.
Stay brave and positive. Stay safe and healthy. Stay tuned.

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