Cruise news: Blue World Voyages gets ready to set sail and more

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On our cruise radar this week, Blue World Voyages announces sailing in 2021, Nordic ports unite to work on environmental challenges, World Dream presents Alice’s Christmas Wonderland and more.

Blue World Voyages sets sail in 2021


Blue World Voyages - Exterior

Set to launch in 2021, Blue World Voyages will provide guests with access to onboard sports and wellness facilities, along with an itinerary focused around staying active and exploring destinations beyond their port towns.

The vessel will be home to state-of-the-art facilities, including a functional training and strength conditioning centre, golf & football simulators, various fitness studios for classes such as yoga and spinning, and a sea-water lap pool enabling guests to do their laps right in the ocean.

Onshore, guests will be invited to try a range of activities, from sunset yoga in a Castellon monastery and rooftop climbing in St Petersburg, to Nordic walking in Helsinki and running in Riga. The inaugural voyage will travel around Europe before heading to South America for the winter season.

Nordic ports unite

Nordic ports unite

Ports of Stockholm has signed a declaration, together with nine other Nordic ports, to work together on the environmental challenges related to the UN sustainability goals.

The ports are important nodes for the transport of people and goods and have an essential role in global trade and the world economy. They therefore also have a decisive role in creating a sustainable future aligned with the Paris Agreement and the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

“A good initiative in the right direction”

“Stockholm has had ambitious environmental and sustainability goals for many years. This is a good initiative in the right direction. It is important to work together with many actors to solve common challenges,” said Joakim Larsson, vice mayor for City Planning.

Alice’s Christmas Wonderland

Alice's Christmas Wonderland

To ring in the Christmas season, one of the most beloved works of literature comes to life aboard World Dream, the 150,000-ton mega-ship of Dream Cruises.

From 15 November 2019 to 16 January 2020, follow Alice through the rabbit hole and enter the whimsical world of The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and the Red Queen for a magical Christmas adventure at sea!

Put your brainpower and agility to the test and win delicious treats at the Mad Tea Party, where you can meet the challenge through a series of thematic activities, such as a giant card game, fantasy musical chairs and teacup relay. Kids are invited to join a dress-up party and role-playing storytelling with Alice exclusively for children, where they can dress up as various Wonderland characters.

Royal Caribbean’s newest home

Perfect Day at Lelepa

Vanuatu, one of the natural gems of the South Pacific, will be the new home of Royal Caribbean’s newest private island destination – Perfect Day at Lelepa, Vanuatu. The announcement of the new project was made by Vanuatu’s prime minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean’s international president and CEO Michael Bayley.

Perfect Day at Lelepa (part of the cruise line’s new Perfect Day Island Collection of private destinations around the world) will be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems and will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world. Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused contemporary architectural firm based in Australia, will serve as the lead architect on the project.

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