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Cruise notes: What’s happening

Star Clippers’ new ship, to be launched at the end of 2017, will be called the Flying Clipper.
Star Clippers’ new ship, to be launched at the end of 2017, will be called the Flying Clipper. Star Clippers

▪ Star Clippers names upcoming ship: Star Clippers’ fourth ship, to launch at the end of 2017, will be named the Flying Clipper, the cruise line announced this week. Star Clippers’ ships are a recreation of the classic sailing ships of the 19th century, and Flying Clipper will be its biggest and the most ambitious. The world’s largest square-rigger, it will carry 300 passengers, measure 8,770 gross tons and be powered by 35 sails. Details: www.starclippers.com.

▪ Regent orders new ship: Regent Seven Seas is continuing to grow its fleet, now adding a fifth vessel set to sail in 2020, the cruise line announced Thursday. The new ship will be a sister ship to the line’s latest addition, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, which will begin sailing in July. The Seven Seas Explorer was the first new ship in 14 years for Regent Seven Seas. The new ship will be constructed at the Ficantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, at a cost of $480 million, and will have many of the luxury features of its sister ship.

▪ Carnival brings Miami brewery on board: Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery will brew one of its signature beers right on the ship when Carnival Cruise Lines launches the Carnival Vista in May. Plus, it will brew three other beers on board, specifically for the ship. Concrete Beach, an independently run subsidiary of the larger Boston Beer Company (which owns Samuel Adams), will start with one of its stable of beers, Tropic of Passion, a passion-fruit wheat beer. It will add some variety for beer lovers, creating ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat and FriskyFrog Java Stout for the ship. Concrete Beach Brewery’s Rica Wheat IPA is already served across Carnival’s fleet. The Vista will launch in Europe, then move to PortMiami in November. Details: www.carnival.com.

▪ New features for Norwegian Joy: Norwegian Joy, which was designed and is being built specifically for the Chinese market, will have a new Concierge category of staterooms, two-level competitive racetrack, laser tag and other first-in-the-fleet amenities. The 3,900-passenger ship is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is due to enter service in summer 2017. It will sail primarily out of Shanghai and Tianjin, a port about 70 miles from Beijing. Norwegian Cruise Line this week unveiled details about the ship’s features, which will also include a top-deck open space park; the Galaxy Pavilion with virtual reality experiences, simulator rides and interactive video walls; two multi-story waterslides; and the largest shopping venue in Norwegian’s fleet. Details: www.goncl.cn.

▪ Pride of America comes out of dry dock: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America resumed cruising the Hawaiian Islands last weekend after an extensive overhaul during a dry dock of 3 1/2 weeks. The ship, which entered service in 2005, got newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms. Several restaurants — including the main dining room — and bars were updated with contemporary decor; the spa was expanded; the Conservatory, library and card rooms got new flooring and furniture; and all staterooms got new bedding, new furniture, new flat screen televisions and updated flooring.

▪ Seabourn Encore’s Observation Bar: Unveiling details about its next ship bit by bit, Seabourn has revealed design details of the Seabourn Encore’s Observation Bar, which will be different from the Observation Bars on other Seabourn ships. (Seabourn Encore is based on the line’s Odyssey-class ships, but will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas.) Encore’s Observation Bar will be located on Deck 11 and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the 270-degree forward-facing views, and a skylight to cast sunlight and moonlight over the bar area. It will feature a variety of culinary and beverage services throughout the day and well into the evening. Details: www.seabourn.com.

Herald staff writers Chabeli Herrera and Carlos Frias contributed to this report

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