In brief: cruise

Eclipse welcomed in style

THE lavish christening ceremony laid on for Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse in New York last month was almost fit for a queen, with esteemed actress Helen Mirren heading up the event as the ship’s godmother.

The official naming ceremony was attended by more than 350 VIPs who watched as Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ latest pride and joy was formally christened by Mirren, who broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne against her hull.

“It was an honour to welcome Helen…on board and to share our vision and passion which together with the dedication and talent of the Scenic team has created an experience which has set a brand new benchmark in discovery cruising,” said the company’s Chairman and Glen Moroney.

Magnifica the magnificent

MSC Cruises has announced a major US$140 million upgrade for MSC Magnifica at the start of 2021, a refurbishment that will include adding 23 metres of length to the ship, 215 new cabins, and an impressive 7,000m of extra space.

When completed, the renovation will bring the total number of balcony cabins to 63% of the overall accommodation and will see new attractions added such as a sundeck, water park, a redesigned kids area, two extra restaurants and a shopping area.

New environmental measures will also be added during Magnifica‘s refit, including a Selective Catalytic Reduction system and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment system.

HLO beefs up wholesale

Helloworld Travel has continued the reorganisation of its wholesale cruise division, appointing Catherine Allison to the newly created role of General Manager Cruise — Product and Commercial.

In her new role based in Sydney, Allison will be charged with managing the commercial and product requirements of the company’s newly restructured Wholesale Cruise division, Seven Oceans Cruising, as well as the preferred retail relationships with all cruise lines.

The appointment is in line with Helloworld’s strategy to provide a “channel agnostic option” for networks when it comes to preferred suppliers.