Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 1 4 FEATURE American Symphony will also feature a four-storey glass atrium, along with an onboard fitness centre and several lounges. The ship will have capacity for 175 guests and is to begin sailing along the Mississippi River in the summer of 2022. American Cruise Lines has also begun work on a series of 12 new coastal cruise ships, with the first ships due for delivery in 2023. (Read more on page 64). Virgin Voyages’ third ship Resilient Lady will also be making her debut in the summer, following her scheduled delivery from Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard on 1 July 2022. The 110,000gt ship will offer two seven-night Mediterranean itineraries sailing from Piraeus, Greece. Like her sister ships, 93 per cent of Resilient Lady’s cabins will offer ocean views, with 86 per cent including a balcony. She will also not feature a traditional main dining room, instead offering venues such as Korean barbecue restaurant Gunbae, The Galley food hall and Mediterranean restaurant The Dock House, among many others. Norwegian Cruise Line will be launching its new Prima-class with the debut of Norwegian Prima. The ship, currently undergoing interior work at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, will be 965 feet long, 142,500gt and have capacity for 3,215 guests at double occupancy. According to Norwegian, she will feature the most outdoor deck space of any newbuild, with the Ocean Boulevard wrapping around the entire deck over 44,000 square feet and offering several alfresco dining options. Meanwhile, The Haven, Norwegian’s exclusive ‘ship-within-a-ship’ suite complex, will be spread over eight decks and located at the aft of the vessel for the first time. “Our 18th ship, Norwegian Prima represents an exciting new chapter for our brand and the first vessel to be delivered in our groundbreaking new Prima-class,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We’ve worked closely with our partners at Fincantieri to deliver a truly remarkable vessel. Their passion, skill and craftsmanship has brought to life one of the most stylish and innovative ships to ever set sail.” Finally, Disney Wish will be the first new ship for Disney Cruise Line in a decade when she begins sailing in summer 2022 following her construction by Meyer Werft shipyard. The ship has been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering around the concept of ‘enchantment’ and will feature a central Grand Hall inspired by the film Cinderella, with three-storey columns, a hanging chandelier and a bronze statue of Cinderella set to decorate the space. Disney will also debut a new salon, a selection of new bars, and a ‘Disney Uncharted Adventure’ interactive experience onboard the ship. “Enchantment is about unlocking the wonder in everything we do and experience,” said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. “For Disney Wish, we are creating a signature design language that exudes this emotional magic like only Disney can, by infusing every inch of this enchanted ship with more Disney stories and characters than ever before. Disney Wish will be a place where families really do get to wish upon a star.” CFR Norwegian Prima will be the first ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima-class