The Belly Flop Competition!

At some point on almost any cruise there a belly-flop competition will occur.  This time honored tradition draws a crowd without fail and provides those in attendance the bohemian rapture of seeing adult men embarrass themselves for entertainments sake.  This competition took place aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.  No bellies were injured in the making of this video....

Belly Flop Competitions at Sea

Driving On Water

Norwegian Cruise Line will launch the China based Norwegian Joy in just under a year.  The ship will introduce a new feature, unique in the arms race of innovation driving the industry.  For the first time a go-kart track and cars will become “a thing to do” at sea.  

Star Clippers Grows

It isn’t a Dutchman, but the Flying Clipper will join her four other sail driven sisters in the Star Clippers fleet.  Carrying an modest 300 passengers the ship will be the largest among the sailing ships the line offers.  She will enter service in 2017.

MSC Gets Gas

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.

Norwegian Gem Arriving in San Juan - Video

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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