This Week in Cruise: New Ship Updates From Carnival, Viking, MSC

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Carnival Panorama will be Carnival Cruise Line's first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.

This week in the cruise industry has seen a trio of updates regarding new cruise ships. 

Carnival Cruise Line announced that the new Carnival Panorama will debut a pair of new Playlist Production shows incorporating “dancing drones.” The two shows, called Rock Revolution and Broadway Beats and spotlighting the Summer of Love and show tunes, respectively, will use the drones as part of an audiovisual performance incorporating popular music and a variety of special effects. The Carnival Panorama is scheduled to set sail on December 11 as the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years. 

Viking announced plans to add a seventh ship to its oceangoing fleet in 2021: the Viking Venus. The cruise line made the announcement as part of the release of its 2021 itineraries. Like its sibling vessels, the new Viking Venus will have a capacity of 930 guests, and it will spend its inaugural season sailing itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, including British Isles Explorer, In Search of the Northern Lights, Viking Homelands and Into the Midnight Sun.

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Finally, MSC Cruises announced plans to send its newest flagship, the MSC Grandiosa, to the Mediterranean for the summer 2020 cruise season. The new ship is set to launch this November, and during its Mediterranean season it will call at Genoa and Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. All told, the cruise line will deploy 12 ships to the Mediterranean that summer. 

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