It’s been another busy week for new river and ocean cruise ships.
Following the christening of Crystal River Cruises’ new Crystal Bach, the river cruise line released a photo tour of the new vessel. The first of the line’s new “Rhine Class” ships, the all-suite, all-balcony Crystal Bach offers a swimming pool, library, spa and fitness center, as well as farm-to-table dining in multiple open-seating restaurants. In-room amenities run the gamut from a king sized bed to heated towel rack, ETRO robes and slippers, large TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and butler service.
In ocean cruise news, MSC Cruises’ upcoming MSC Seaview passed a major construction milestone when the ship celebrated its float-out ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy.
The first time the ship touched the water, the ceremony marked the conclusion of construction on the new ship’s exterior. Now work begins on the ship’s interiors ahead of its debut in June 2018, six months after sibling vessel MSC Seaside. The MSC Seaview, sporting a new design specifically for warmer climates that aims to bring guests closer to the sea, will sail in the Mediterranean during summer 2018 before heading to Brazil and the Southern hemisphere for winter 2018 – 2019.
Looking further ahead, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced plans for its fifth Super Ship. In spring 2018, the River Beatrice will undergo an extensive bow-to-stern renovation to become the S.S. Beatrice.
The revamped ship will sport a design similar to the recently-launched S.S. Joie de Vivre, with a fresh, sleek look and signature grand staircase. The redesign will also add new dining venues, two new Royal Suites and new connecting rooms aimed at families. The ship’s inaugural voyage will take place April 4, 2018.