Four Seasons, a legendary band in luxury accommodations, is throwing its hat into the ocean. On November 29th the steel was cut for the inaugural Four Seasons Yacths. Parent company Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings CEO Larry Pimentel weighed in on the company’s optimistic expectations. “Today is cause for great celebration, as this moment marks the beginning of the highly anticipated ship-building process.” Four Seasons will join the likes of Ritz Carlton as another prolific name in luxury land-based hotels looking to take their talents to the open sea.
Sir Richard Branson was on hand himself yesterday to welcome the Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady into Sydney Harbor as the embattled cruise line expands to the land down under. Sir Richard met up with the ship via speedboat and then apparently commandeered a “Virgin Voyages Takeover” by scaling the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Resilient lady will spend the summer season homeporting in Melbourne and sailing to destinations like Tasmania, Burnie and Hobart.
Popular, yet not so popular, cruise port Nassau has already broken its all-time passenger record this year by welcoming 3,869,003 guests in 2023. This comes on the heels of the port completing a $300 million renovation project that began in 2019 (the year the previous record of 3,859,183 was set). Nassau remains one of the more polarizing ports of call. While it is one of the most called-upon cruise destinations, reviews are certainly a mixed bag.
“Something special is close.” “We are excited to announce bigger adventures on the horizon soon.” These are some of the vague quotes that are coming from the folks over at Margaritaville at Sea. While it seems to be common knowledge that the upstart cruise line will be adding a new vessel to its fleet, details beyond that are difficult to come by. It is expected that a larger vessel will join the fleet (of one so far) and that longer itineraries will become available. Off the record, there is speculation that the new ship will homeport in Tampa, Florida. That last detail was not confirmed at the time of the release of this article
How about some Hall of Fame beef to go with your next Princess Cruise? Legendary MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan and his brand Goodstock are collaborating with Princess Cruises which will pave the way for the addition of his USDA Choice Angus beef to be served in their Crown Grill Steakhouse and main dining room. In reaction to the announcement Ryan offered, “This is a great opportunity to bring an incredible eating experience and the Texas ranching spirit to Princess Cruises’ guests, and we are honored to serve them for years to come.”