This Week in Cruise: New Ship Updates From Princess, Virgin and More

Sky Princess
Princess Cruises celebrated the naming ceremony for the Sky Princess this week.

Princess Cruises celebrated the naming ceremony for the Sky Princess with a tribute to the pioneering women of NASA. The first newbuild Ocean Medallion ship for the line, the Sky Princess incorporates a number of new features, such as new shows, an escape room experience and Sky Suites with expansive views. We took a firsthand tour of the Sky Suites, which you can check out here

Also this week Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, the first ship for the new adults-only cruise brand, successfully completed its first round of sea trials. The move brings the ship one step closer to its inaugural voyage, which will begin April 1, 2020. 

In expedition cruise news, Seabourn laid the keel for its first luxury expedition ship, the Seabourn Venture. The cruise line also released a preview of the new ship’s Bow Lounge, a space on deck 6 at the forward-most part of the vessel that will provide a spot for watching wildlife and the scenery. Additionally, touchscreens will allow guests to view the ship’s location and course, while large screens will project footage from cameras mounted outside the ship and, when conditions permit, from an aerial drone. The new vessel is scheduled to set sail in June 2021. 

Finally, Hurtigruten completed sea trials for its new battery hybrid-powered expedition ship, the Fridtjof Nansen. The new ship, which is set for delivery by the end of this year, uses hybrid power to reduce environmental impact. The new ship’s inaugural voyage is scheduled for April 1, 2020. 

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