Celebrity Reflection Starts Sea Trials

Celebrity Cruises’ 3,030-guest Celebrity Reflection has officially left the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and headed for sea trials in the North Sea. Thousands of on lookers lined the banks of Ems River to watch the vessel sail backwards for about 10 hours. Preparations for the transit – known as “the conveyance” – include removing […]

Celebrity Reflection Floated Out, Prepares for Sea Trials

She floats! Celebrity Cruises’ fifth and final Solstice-class ship Celebrity Reflection touched the water for the first time this morning at Meyer Werft shipward in Papenburg, Germany. She was floated in front of shore-side onlookers and folks logged on around the world to the shipyard’s webcam. The dry dock bay was flooded with water until […]

Celebrity Reflection Set for Float-out

On Sunday, August 12, Celebrity Cruises fifth Solstice-class ship Celebrity Reflection is set to float out of Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The float out will begin at 7:30am, assisted by tugs, and berthed dockside by 9:30am. Then a crane will put the signal mast in place, which will be installed after the docking. […]

Avalon Waterways Announces New River Sailings for 2013

Avalon Waterways is also helping river cruisers explore more of the world on its waterways with five new itineraries. NEW, UNIQUE EUROPE CRUISES: Many cruisers have explored Netherlands’ Tulips in southern Holland, but in 2013, Avalon is encouraging them to try the NEW 8-day Tulips of Northern Holland vacation. Originating in Amsterdam, on this itinerary, […]

Port of Hamburg sees record cruise growth

The Port of Hamburg will be visited a total of 33 times by cruise ships in May. While the volume of passengers for the whole of 2008 stood at 89,000, passenger turnover in May 2012 alone is anticipated to hit the 94,000 mark. Eight cruise ships (‘AIDAblu’, AIDAluna’, ‘AIDAmar’, ‘AIDAsol’, ‘Deutschland’, ‘Le Boréal’, ‘MSC Lirica’ […]