MSC Cruises will build a minimum of two and possibly up to four liquefied natural gas powered cruise ships, each with exceeding 200,000 gross tonnes and carrying over 5,400 passengers. To be built by STX France at a cost exceeding four billion dollars, they will begin to enter service in 2022.
Watching from a ship as it departs is a favorite of many cruisers. For those rare birds able to rise early, watching as one's ship arrives in a port can be something special. In this case we split the difference and enjoy watching the Norwegian Gem as she enters the Bay of San Juan. Seen from the aft deck of the Royal Caribbean ship Independence of the Seas, she sails quickly to dock.
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Costa has secured an agreement with Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilder, to build two ships for 2019 and 2020. Each carrying 4,200 passengers they will surely mean the ship is a follow-on to the Vista class Carnival has begun to deploy. These news vessels will sail out of China and designed for that market specifically. If Costa retains the existing ships deployed in the Chinese market it will have five.
The Florida Turnpike is one of the nicer such roads I've driven. The route serves the main artery of tourist travel from Miami to just north of Orlando. Although I-95 runs parallel to it and costs nothing, I choose to use it because of the steady flow of rest-stops complete with gas and food. The Turnpike likes to use the motto "The Less Stress Way," and there is some truth to that. The only aggravation I've ever experienced is the sometimes confusing layout of the parking lots. Unlike some toll roads, the service plazas are in the middle of the north and southbound lanes, so everything is designed around an essentially circular traffic pattern. In plazas where construction is underway, especially at night, you can easily miss where to turn for the gas station or parking.
Ah, that first night dilemma. To go below deck for dinner or the show, or to remain at a railing to watch the sight of the ship putting to sea. Sometimes that hard choice is made all the more difficult because of the hypnotic image of the city lights at night or the setting sun.