This month ran out of space for the following tidbits:

Viking Sea's christening will be on the River Thames at Greenwich (UK) next month following her departure from the Italian shipyard at Ancona where she was built.
Next month Viking Sea will be christened on the River Thames at Greenwich (UK) after being “floated out” this week from the Italian shipyard where she was built.

Viking has taken delivery of her second ship, the 930-passenger Viking Sea, which “floated out” at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in Italy, this week, and will be officially christened on the River Thames at Greenwich (UK) on May 5. This new cruise ship will spend her maiden season sailing in Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.  Viking Sea is a sister ship to Viking Star which launched in April last year. Intent on further growth, Viking – already a major player on the river cruise scene – has placed an order for four additional ships to bring its ocean fleet to six by 2020,

Royal Caribbean’s latest sea monster, Ovation of the Seas, is completing sea trials and will be launched in Southampton (UK) next month (April 17). She then leaves on a 52-night voyage to Tianjin (China) via the Suez Canal where she will home port until the end of the year when she sails to Australia for a summer Down Under. Ovation of the Seas arrives in Perth on December 6, Adelaide on December 11, Hobart on December 13, and to her homeport in Sydney on December 15,

Silversea’s new expedition ship, the 128-guest Silversea Discoverer, has a number of exotic itineraries lined up, including an 11-day Indonesian odyssey to ports in the Java Sea, before Kumai where guests can explore Borneo’s tropical ecosystem, or see orangutans at Camp Leakey, as well as clouded leopards, civets, Malaysian sun bears, mouse deer, barking deer, and 230 species of birds,

P&O Cruises has introduced an Italian flair to three of its Australian-based ships, by adding bocce to the list of onboard activities. One of the world’s oldest sports, bocce is similar to lawn bowls, and can now be played onboard Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Dawn.  The cruise line’s Head of Entertainment, Brett Annable, says P&O is always looking for new experiences for guests, and the inflatable bocce courts onboard will introduce this fun sport to people of all ages and physical abilities,

Carnival’s experiential cruise ship MV Adonia, carrying 704-guests, has been granted approval to sail voyages to Cuba following US authorisation last year, and will sail under the Fathom cruise brand. It is the first time in more than 50 years that a cruise ship has been approved to sail between the US and Cuba,

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