This Week in Cruise: New Ship Updates From Seabourn, MSC and More

Seabourn Venture
Seabourn released a preview of the Seabourn Square public area on the Seabourn Venture (pictured) and its as-yet-unnamed sibling vessel.

It’s been another busy week for new cruise ships. 

This week Seabourn released a preview of the Seabourn Square public area on its two new luxury expedition ships, the Seabourn Venture and its yet-to-be-named sibling vessel. Adam D. Tihany designed this iteration of the space, which is present on Seabourn’s other five ships, with the aim of making it a true “living room” for the new expedition vessels, the cruise line said. The space will have a coffee bar, the Guest Services area and an outdoor area aft on Deck 6

In other expedition cruise news, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises named Laura Dekker, the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo, the godmother of the new Hanseatic Inspiration. Dekker has sailed over 50,000 nautical miles and is the founder of the Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation, a foundation that aims to inspire young people through sailing projects. Dekker will host the ship’s christening ceremony October 11 in the Port of Hamburg.


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MSC Cruises, meanwhile, released the christening schedule for the MSC Grandiosa, the line’s newest flagship. The celebrations will span 27 days throughout 8 countries and 11 ports, including special events in the city of Hamburg, where a special light display created with international light artist Michael Batz will take place in 20 locations. The events will kick off October 31 when the ship officially comes into service in St. Nazaire, France. After that, the ship will remain in the Port of Hamburg November 6 – 10, with the christening ceremony taking place on the evening of November 9. The ship will then begin regular seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean starting November 23.

Finally, Princess Cruises announced plans for a new production show to debut on its newest cruise ships, the Sky Princess and the Enchanted Princess: 5-SKIES, a show that combines a virtual gaming world, digital effects and acrobatics, intricate sets and contemporary music into a single, visually advanced experience. The new show is scheduled to debut onboard the Sky Princess this November. 

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