Here are a few firsts your favourite cruise ships have been involved in…
- P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel broke records on June 13, 2015, when she visited Timor-Leste’s capital Dili (the first cruise ship to ever do so). Welcoming such a large vessel was a clear demonstration that it was cementing itself as a free and independent nation. “After years of struggle, Timor-Leste finally won its independence only in 2002, but even five years ago few could have imagined nearly 2000 cruise tourists going ashore in Dili,” said Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry.
- Royal Caribbean and Zumba creator Beto Perez have joined forces to create the Zumba Cruise! Departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 25, 2016, the five-day adventure aboard Independence of the Seas will include Zumba-themed classes run by 130 of the best instructors from across the world. And, of course, once you’re done shaking your thang, you’ll be able to head over to the onboard ice-skating rink or rock-climbing wall, or just relax by the pool or at the spa. “We wanted to create a way to keep the party going and offer Zumba fans around the world a chance to celebrate together outside the class setting,” said Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman.
- As a way of encouraging cruise liners to port overnight in Malta and Gozo, the Malta Gaming Authority has accepted an application from Crystal Cruises to keep its casino open while it’s docked – the first it has ever approved. Passengers of Crystal Serenity on June 5 and 6, 2015, were happy to retire to the ship after a day of exploring, knowing an access-all-areas pass had been granted.
- In 2010, AIDAbella became the largest ship to pull a waterskier. German TV reporter Jan Schwiderek waterskied for six minutes and 25 seconds at 14 knots behind the liner, which is 252 metres long and has a passenger capacity of more than 2000.
- A popular Royal Caribbean ship became the first to have a non-human godmother. Any guesses? OK, we’ll put you out of your misery… It’s Allure of the Seas, with Princess Fiona from the Shrek films. “We felt such a unique ship deserved a unique godmother, and Princess Fiona symbolises the fun and entertainment that is so extraordinary on Allure of the Seas,” said CEO Richard Fain.