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The Most Exciting Cruise Events 2017

9 minutes read • January 4th, 2018
Dear friends! New Year 2018 has come! It means that now is the best time to remember the most exciting

cruise events 2017

! Are you ready to re-live breathtaking moments?

JANUARY
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve by MSC Cruises
 
  • Costa Luminosa departs on a 106 Day World Cruise from Savona, Italy
  • Carnival Cruise Line adds Princess Cays to itineraries of six cruise ships
  • Genting celebrates World Dream Keel Laying
  • Majestic Princess completes her sea trials
  • MSC Cruises breaks ground on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
  • Carnival Corporation orders two new cruise ships for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line
FEBRUARY
Carnival Horizon cruise ship
Carnival Horizon by Carnival
 
  • ​MSC Cruises celebrates MSC Seaview Keel Laying and Coin Ceremony
  • Carnival announces itineraries of Carnival Horizon
  • New Mein Schiff 1 Keel Laying Ceremony takes place at Meyer Turku
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announces an agreement with Fincantieri that will construct four cruise ships for Norwegian Cruise Line
MARCH
Celebrity Edge cruise ship

Celebrity Edge by Celebrity Cruises
 
  • Norwegian Joy is floated out in Papenburg, Germany
  • The Norwegian authorities approve the intention to construct the world's first tunnel for ships
  • Carnival Horizon gets her lucky coin
  • Legend of the Seas departed on her last sailing under the flag of Royal Caribbean International. Then she'll join Thomson cruises under the name of TUI Discovery II
  • Celebrity Cruises reveals Edge Class
  • NCL releases their new class of cruise ships, Project Leonardo
  • Holland America Line holds the Nieuw Statendam Keel Laying Ceremony
  • Virgin Voyages celebrates Steel Cutting for their first cruise ship
  • Thomson Cruises announces it will rename Mein Schiff 1 that will join the company's fleet soon into TUI Explorer​
APRIL
Norwegian Joy cruise ship

Norwegian Joy by Spaceaero2/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0
 
  • TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 6 departs on her sea trials
  • Majestic Princess departs on her maiden voyage
  • AIDAperla departs on her sea trials. The ship will be officially delivered later this month
  • Princess Cruises announces that Majestic Princess will be homeported in Australia for the 2018/2019 season
  • Norwegian Cruise Line begins to employ certified lifeguards on all the company's ships
  • Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas makes the inaugural call to Havana, Cuba
  • NCL's Norwegian Sky visits the capital of Cuba for the first time
  • NCL takes the official delivery of Norwegian Joy
  • Disney Wonder becomes the first passenger ship to transit the new locks of the Panama Canal
MAY
MSC Cruises World Class

World Class of cruise ships by MSC Cruises
 
  • Carnival signs an agreement with the government of the Bahamas on the construction of the large cruise port on Grand Bahama Island
  • TUI Cruises celebrates the Mein Schiff 6 delivery
  • Carnival Cruise Line announces a unique cruise on Carnival Elation: the 8 Day sailing with visits to Bermuda and the Bahamas
  • TUI Discovery 2 enters service
  • AIDA announces details on its newest Helios-class of cruise ships
  • NCL celebrates Norwegian Bliss Keel Laying Ceremony
  • AIDA announces the name of its upcoming cruise ship: the cruise world will meet AIDAnova in 2018
  • MSC Cruises unveils its newest World Class of cruise ships
JUNE
Pacific Explorer cruise ship

Pacific Explorer by P&O Cruises Australia
 
  • TUI Cruises christens Mein Schiff 6
  • MSC Cruises celebrate the MSC Meraviglia's Christening Ceremony
  • Princess Cruises announces a 49 Day sailing around South America on Royal Princess
  • Symphony of the Seas is floated out
  • Pacific Explorer, the former Dawn Princess, debuts for P&O Cruises after significant renovations
  • Celebrity Edge gets her lucky coin at the keel laying ceremony
  • NCL christens Norwegian Joy
  • Carnival Paradise departs on the company's inaugural sailing to Cuba
  • AIDA celebrates the AIDAperla Christening Ceremony
JULY
Disney Cruise Line new ships
Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
 
  • Princess Cruises celebrates the Majestic Princess Naming Ceremony, and the ship departs on her maiden sailing
  • Disney Cruise Line announces the intention to construct three new cruise liners instead of two​
AUGUST
Oasis of the Seas Total Eclipse Cruise

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International
 
  • Costa announces that Costa neoClassica will leave its fleet in March 2018
  • CruiseBe presents the first ever cruise Facebook chatbot, a virtual cruise itinerary aggregator
  • Spectrum of the Seas' construction begins
  • Princess Cruises offers a 29 Day Golden Princess Cruise from Singapore to Alaska        
  • Dream Cruises' World Dream is floated out
  • RCI's Oasis of the Seas takes the unique 7 Night Total Eclipse Cruise
  • Sad news: Hurricane Harvey slams Texas. Cruise lines reroute ships and cancel sailings. Port Galveston is closed. 
SEPTEMBER
Costa Smeralda cruise ship

Costa Smeralda by Costa Cruises
 
  • AIDA holds AIDAnova keel laying ceremony
  • Cunard's Queen Elizabeth takes a 17 Night Europe cruise to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth 2's 50th anniversary
  • Though we all want to forget natural disasters that swept through the Caribbean and Florida last September, we have to mention them. Category 5 Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria caused severe devastation on numerous Caribbean islands and in Florida. Cruise lines were forced to reroute their ships and cancel sailings. Flooding, destroyed houses, fallen trees, damaged communications – here’s what these hurricanes left after them. Ports of St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico and of many other islands were closed for cruise calls.
  • Cruise lines deploy ships for humanitarian efforts
  • Costa celebrates the Costa Smeralda Steel Cutting Ceremony
  • Carnival Corporation orders the new ship for Cunard that will be delivered by Fincantieri in 2022
  • Azamara Club Cruises announces that their fleet will be replenished by a new member next year: Adonia, formerly operated by P&O, will join the new family as Azamara Pursuit
  • Carnival Corporation changes the previous decision: Carnival Splendor won't leave her current family, and Golden Princess will join P&O Cruises Australia    
  • New Mein Schiff 1 is floated out
OCTOBER
Virgin Cruises ship

Photo courtesy of Virgin Cruises
 
  • TUI Cruises holds the Mein Schiff 2 Keel Laying Ceremony
  • Thomson Cruises changes its name to Marella Cruises
  • Carnival Fascination begins to serve as a floating hotel for relief workers in the Caribbean
  • Carnival presents a virtual tour of Carnival Horizon
  • Virgin Voyages holds keel laying ceremony and unveils details for the company's first ship
NOVEMBER
cruise iOs app

CruiseBe iOS application
 
  • Costa celebrates the Costa Venezia Coin Ceremony
  • Cruise lines return to the reopened ports of Turks & Caicos, St. Thomas, San Juan, St. Maarten that were severely damaged by the Category 5 hurricanes
  • Carnival Horizon completes sea trials
  • RCI celebrates Spectrum of the Seas Keel-Laying     
  • CruiseBe launches the iOS application, an ultimate cruise itinerary aggregator
  • MSC holds a double ceremony: the Bellissima Coin Ceremony and Grandiosa Steel Cutting Ceremony.
  • Celebrity Cruises reveals its upcoming Celebrity Flora set to debut in 2019 for the Galapagos expeditions
  • Princess Cruises announces the 106 Day 2019 World Cruise on Sea Princess
  • Genting Hong Kong celebrates the World Dream Christening
  • MSC celebrates MSC Seaside’s delivery and official launch and reveals the new Seaside EVO-Class of cruise ships
  • Princess Cruises announces the name of the company's next ship. Sky Princess will join the cruise world in October 2019​
DECEMBER
MSC Seaside cruise ship
MSC Seaside Naming Ceremony by MSC Cruises
 
  • Carnival announced the name of its newbuild: Carnival Panorama will join the company's fleet in fall 2019
  • HAL's Nieuw Statendam gets her lucky coin
  • Celebrity Cruises holds the Celebrity Flora Keel Laying Ceremony
  • AIDAcara becomes the first ship of AIDA to visit Sydney, Australia    
  • MSC Cruises holds the MSC Seaside Naming Ceremony after her inaugural sailing 

We would also like to note that many cruise ships underwent significant renovations in the year 2017 and got new amenities to provide even more mind-blowing cruise experience for their guests.

One can see that the cruise world doesn’t stand still! New ships, new destinations, new itineraries – the last year was really eventful.
By the way, the New Year 2018 is also going to be full of celebrations! You can read about the new cruise ships 2018 here!
What is the most anticipated cruise event 2018 for you?

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