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Oceania Cruises Takes Delivery of Riviera
Oceania Cruises took delivery this week of its new 1,250-guest Riviera. The Riviera will be officially christened on May 11, in Barcelona by godmother Cat Cora, a master chef, restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo’s new “Around the World in 80 Plates.” The Riviera is purpose-built to engage and inspire epicureans with 10 dining venues, including Jacques, the namesake restaurant of the world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The ship also boasts a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.
Great American Steamboat Company Christens American Queen
Pricilla Presley recently christened the Great American Steamboat Company’s refurbished 436-passenger American Queen during a ceremony in the steamboat’s homeport of Memphis. The company spent $30 million to purchase and refurbish the American Queen, which was built in 1995 to bring back overnight cruising on the Mississippi River.
New NCL Breakaway to Boast Three Deck Sports Complex with 5 Water Slides
Norwegian Breakaway will take recreation and outdoor fun to new heights when it launches in April 2013. The ship’s top decks will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more. The line also announced that the ship will feature Nickelodeon experiences for the whole family and will include a Nickelodeon themed Kids’ Aqua Park.
Billionaire Plans to Build Titanic II
An Australian billionaire has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company, CSC Jinling Shipyard, to build a 21st century replica of the Titanic Cruise Ship. Real estate and coal magnate Clive Palmer said that construction would start at the end of next year and it would be ready to set sail in 2016. “It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said in a statement.
Seven Seas Navigator Undergoes Renovation
Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced their 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator will enter drydock in mid-May for a two-week renovation. The upgrade will include redecoration of the ship’s eight Grand Suites and Master Suites, the addition of Sette Mari at La Veranda, an Italian restaurant, and enlarging Prime 7, the ship’s steakhouse, and redecorating the Galileo Lounge.