Disney Fantasy liner: the first cruise
New cruise ship Disney Fantasy departed on Thursday under the fireworks on its first ocean voyage, travelling from the harbor of Hamburg to New York. This time only few guests were invited, as the aim of this voyage is to train the team and check all systems and services.
Disney Fantasy was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg (Germany) and in January passed sea tests. It is the second ship after the Disney Dream, which was launched year ago, for the Disney Cruise Line company registered in the Port Canaveral in Florida.
Disney Fantasy cruise liner has a displacement of 130,000 tons and is capable to receive 4,200 passengers and a crew of 1,450 people. Its first cruise is scheduled for March 31 this year. Later it will make weekly cruises from Florida to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Fantasy liner, as well as its "double" Dream, is designed for the family holidays. On board there are 1,250 spacious passenger cabins, which can receive up to five people. They are equipped with bathrooms divided into two parts, each of which has a wash basin. Most cabins have exterior windows, while 909 of them even have private verandas.
Inside cabins are equipped with HD-monitors that transmit outside video image. And to entertain the passengers, characters from the Disney cartoons are occasionally passing by in the video.
On board there are several children gaming zones equipped with water attractions. In addition, young audience is entertained by the favorite characters of cartoons. Decks of this theme ship are not similar to conventional cruise ships and decorated in antique style of Art Deco to create the impression of traveling on a real steamer.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.