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Costa Smeralda: many new features for Costa Cruises

It is difficult to try to summarize a ship like the Costa Smeralda in just a few words. Not only because of the dimensions (337 meters in length, 42 meters wide and 19 decks), being one of the largest on the seas, but also for its numerous novelty features that Costa Cruises introduced with this […] Read more

Artania: Phoenix Reisen’s Grand Lady

Phoenix Reisen’s Artania is a ship that needs no introduction. She is not only the largest ship in the current Phoenix Reisen fleet and star of the German TV docu-soap Verrückt nach Meer (Crazy about the Sea), but has also gained fame ever since she entered service in 1984. Kai Ortel’s →→    Artania Review   Built for Princess Cruises as the largest […] Read more

Costa Smeralda…to discover

We discover the new flagship of Costa Cruises, the Costa Smeralda, upon its arrival to Savona to begin a long series of cruises in the Mediterranean.   A true ray of sunshine on a day with a severe weather alert for this region, this was how the Costa Smeralda appeared to me on Friday, December 20th. […] Read more

Gemini: cruising turkish style

The Gemini had been built in Spain in 1992 as the Crown Jewel for Crown Cruise Line, an American subsidiary of the Swedish-Finnish EffJohn Group. She started her career in the Caribbean before heading for Far Eastern waters in 1995 as the Superstar Gemini, sailing for Star Cruises. These cruises lasted for 14 years when […] Read more

On board Msc Grandiosa

The MSC Grandiosa is the first ship in the Meraviglia-Plus class, a version that is 16 meters longer than the prototype. The concept for the new flagship, that follows that of the two previous sister ships, was designed to amaze not only those who are already fond of the MSC Cruises brand, but also cruisers […] Read more

Msc Orchestra: Cruising Italian style

The 2007-built MSC Orchestra was the second ship in the four-strong MSC Musica class, constructed in France for Italian operator MSC Cruises between 2006 and 2010. In terms of size, these ships at 2,500 passengers range between the smaller MSC Lirica class (2,200 passengers) and the larger MSC Fantasia class (3,300 passengers).   Kai Ortel→ […] Read more

Silver Spirit: let’s go on board

The Silver Spirit, a ship from 2008 and for a long period the flagship of Silversea Cruises, has recently undergone a refitting to elongate the ship for the addition of new suites as well as a renovation of many areas. Let’s discover the ship together step by step…   The Silver Spirit is a very […] Read more

We present you the Norwegian Encore

The Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 17th ship, was recently delivered to the company. Grandeur and elegance, entertainment and quality of service. This is what we noted on board and what we will describe in detail. Let’s talk about… Norwegian Encore!   Norwegian Encore, by the numbers The international cruise market is moving toward the […] Read more

Msc Meraviglia: Flagship feeling in the Mediterranean

Until the delivery of the MSC Grandiosa at the end of this year (2019), the 2017-built MSC Meraviglia along with her somewhat younger sister ship MSC Bellissima  is the flagship of the MSC Cruises fleet.   → Msc Meraviglia Review by Kai Ortel In fact, she is so huge and full of onboard facilities and, like […] Read more

Discovering the new Sky Princess

The Sky Princess is the fourth ship in the Princess Cruises’ Royal class. Built in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, it differs from the prototype of its series because of several modifications, both structural and internal, specifically requested by the company.   First of all, the ship is equipped with an additional half deck on […] Read more