This Week in Cruise: Seabourn, Virgin, Carnival and NCL Ship Updates

Norwegian Encore Sailing in New York City
Onda by Scarpetta will be one of 34 F&B venues on the Norwegian Encore

Seabourn released a preview of the suites onboard its new expedition ships, the Seabourn Venture and its as-yet-unnamed sibling vessel. The Veranda, Panoramic Veranda and Penthouse suites are all designed by Adam D. Tihany, and all include a separate seating area, spacious walk-in closet and a sliding glass door leading to a private furnished veranda. The Seabourn Venture launches in June 2021, with the next expedition ship set to sail in May 2022. 

Virgin Voyages and Carnival also announced head officers for their new ships this week. Virgin Voyages named Captain Wendy Williams the master of its inaugural ship, the Scarlet Lady, a move the cruise line says makes her the first Canadian woman to captain a ship for a major cruise brand. She was recruited through the line’s Scarlet Squad program, which aims to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the cruise industry. 

Carnival Cruise Line announced a number of leadership roles for its new ship, the Mardi Gras. Captain Giuseppe Giusa, who joined the cruise line in 1993 after a career in the Italian Navy, will serve as the ship’s master. Fellow Carnival vets Ferdinando Ruocco and Pierre B. Camilleri will serve as the new ship’s chief engineer and hotel director, respectively. 


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Finally, in culinary news, Norwegian Cruise Line partnered with LDV Hospitality to bring a new Scarpetta restaurant to the Norwegian Encore, which launches this fall. Called Onda by Scarpetta, it will mark the first Scarpetta location at sea, serving up a menu of Italian cuisine with a special emphasis on seafood. The new restaurant will join a total of 34 food and beverage venues on the Breakaway Plus-class ship. 

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