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What We Know About Royal Caribbean Group's Muster 2.0

16th September 2020

What We Know About Royal Caribbean Group's Muster 2.0

While it may not be the most exciting way to begin your cruise holiday, a muster drill is a completely necessary part of your time onboard. Required to take place within the first 24 hours of a cruise, the muster drill is designed to familiarise guests with emergency procedures. In the past this meant gathering in large groups, however, thanks to Royal Caribbean Group's virtual safety briefing, Muster 2.0, guests will be able to take part in the drill without even leaving their stateroom.

From the sound of the siren to where to meet on deck and how to put on a lifejacket quickly, it's essential that guests are aware of the emergency evacuation procedures on a cruise ship. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, gathering large groups of people either on deck or in a theatre to take part in the briefing no longer seems to be a viable option. To adapt to the need for social distancing, Royal Caribbean have introduced Muster 2.0.

A virtual safety briefing which can be accessed through stateroom TVs or via an app, guests will be able to review all the information before heading to their muster point where a member of crew is on hand to check that all steps have been completed and answer any further questions. This will be available on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises. Silversea, Azamara Cruises, TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.

However, it's not just through the Muster 2.0 Drill that the Royal Caribbean Group is using technology to enhance their onboard health and safety. Thanks to their app, there are several other ways in which cruise lines are reducing social contact between guests and crew:

  • Online check in
  • Allocated boarding times
  • Digital stateroom keys
  • Stateroom lighting, temperature, TV and windows controlled through the app
  • Entertainment, activities and dining reserved through the app

Thanks to this technology, guests will be able to enjoy their cruise knowing that the utmost is being done to ensure that social distancing is maintained from start to finish of their cruise. To find out more about other health and safety measures being introduced by cruise lines, visit our page on cruising with confidence.


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6 New Cruise Ships Launching in 2017

17th January 2017

If new year, new you didn’t work out quite the way you had planned, how about new year, new cruise?

With six shiny new cruise ships launching in 2017 we can’t think of a better time than now to try something totally different for your next cruise holiday. With the impressive selection on offer you can look forward to sleek, state-of-the-art design, ultra-luxurious indulgence and super sun worshipping, all whilst visiting many exciting destinations.

Take your pick from the new cruise ships below and let us know which you’d most like to meet.


Silversea, Silver Muse

Seabourn Encore

Seabourn Encore is the fourth luxury ship to join Seabourn Cruises spectacular six star fleet. A welcome addition to an award winning fleet, Seabourn Encore is here to re-define small ship ultra-luxury cruising and is hailed as the most beautiful and innovative ship for Seabourn thus far.

Designed by renowned hospitality designer, Adam Tihany, Seabourn Encore oozes the same elegant charm of sister ship, Seabourn Odyssey, but with an extra emphasis on beautiful details. Guests will be pleasantly surprised from one day to the next during their cruise, with a standout highlight being the incredible culinary offering onboard including the new Sushi venue.

What to expect: Winter in Australasia, Summer in the Mediterranean, spectacular culinary experiences, six-star service and sumptuous surrounds.

Find cruises on Seabourn Encore

Silver Muse

Silver Muse is set to sail in April 2017 and as the largest ship for Silversea, brings with her an incredible amount of choice for your luxury experience. Although still classed as a small ship, Silver Muse proudly claims to have the best dining experience at sea with eight different dining options on offer. From Spanish Tapas with live music and dancing in Silver Note to the sensational Japanese cuisine prepared before your eyes in Kabucki, there is something to suit all tastes onboard.

Luxury becomes even more lavish for Silversea’s new flagship with a total of seven different suite types to choose from. The largest spanning 1,475 sq ft, that’s twice the size of an average UK house!

What to expect: Silversea’s first full sized theatre, an abundance of culinary choices, an elegant and intimate experience, full butler service and a charming summer in the Mediterranean.

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Viking Sky

Although relatively new to ocean cruising, debuting its first cruise ship in 2015, Viking Cruises got it so right that it’s sticking to a similar style and trend for the newest additions to its fleet. Viking Cruises ships are sleek, modern and comfortable with a distinct Scandinavian design.

Practicality is infused with subtle luxurious touches onboard Viking Sky. The main pool has a retractable roof so that the area can be enjoyed in all weather, whilst the aft infinity pool provides breath-taking sea views.

The ship has been specifically engineered in a way that allows direct access to smaller ports, meaning that you can sail straight to the heart of many fascinating destinations. And with destination rich itineraries including the Baltic capitals and ancient gems of the Mediterranean you’ll appreciate easy access to explore.

When a day of exploring is done, Viking Sky’s innovative spa provides holistic methods and traditional Nordic treatments.

What to expect: Simple yet satisfying Scandinavian style, many alfresco dining options, destination rich itineraries and a comfortable home away from home.

Find cruises on Viking Sky

Viking Sun

Sister ship to Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky - Viking Sun joins Viking Cruises modern fleet late in 2017 offering even more choice for a stylish mid-sized cruise ship experience. With an identical design to her sister ships, Viking Sun increases Viking Cruises offering of popular holidays allowing you to explore the world in comfort.

What to expect: A thinking person’s cruise with art lectures and informative port talks, a simple and stylish atmosphere with comfortable furnishings and delightful dining options.

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MSC Meraviglia

Dubbed as the ship for all seasons, MSC Meraviglia sets sail for MSC Cruises in 2017 with an extraordinary level of entertainment options onboard.  The perfect choice for families and groups, MSC Meraviglia has plenty of cabin and suite options available including connecting cabins that can accommodate up to 10 people.

Each day onboard can be different with MSC Meraviglia’s unique offering of things to see and do. Check out the indoor promenade, 12 dining venues, Aqua Park with waterslides, Himalayan Bridge (ropes course) or the TV studio broadcasting games, quizzes and interviews to screens ship wide. Kids and teens are well looked after with five kids clubs and dedicated teen hangout spaces.

Evening entertainment is just as exciting with exclusive performances from Cirque du Soleil in Cirque du Soleil at Sea.

What to expect: a fun filled cruise with lots to see and do onboard. Mediterranean style cruising calling at ports such as Genoa, Barcelona, Malta and more.

Find cruises on MSC Meraviglia

MSC Seaside

Follow the sun in 2017 with MSC Seaside, the ship that has been specifically designed for you to enjoy the outdoors and be closer to the sea. A unique wraparound promenade provides multiple options for alfresco dining, sea gazing, shopping and sunbathing.

Experience life outdoors at sea with MSC Seaside boasting one of the most advanced Aqua Parks at sea spanning two whole decks of fun, plus an extensive Adventure Trail ropes course.

What to expect: Being outdoors most of the time with maiden season in the Caribbean, lots of thoughtful sea gazing and fantastic Mediterranean style cruising.

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From the moment you step on board a luxury cruise ship you will receive first-class and personalised service thanks to their intimate capacities. You’ll also enjoy some of the best cuisine at sea alongside immersive excursions and enriching activities, proving just why luxury cruising is one of the best ways to see the world. [More]

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