Already, the first month of 2014 is drawing to a close. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to recap on the headlines that have been making waves in the cruise scene in January!

Read on to find out who has been showing off on the Flowrider, where the Norwegian Epic is going to be based in 2015 and which cruise line is planning a new addition to its fleet…

Norwegian Epic to home port in Europe throughout 2015

Aquapark slide on the Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that their award winning ship, the Norwegian Epic, will home port in Barcelona all year from the 30th April 2015. Throughout next year, the Norwegian Epic will offer various tantalising European itineraries, more details of which will be announced in March.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for European cruise fans, as they will be able to experience the Norwegian Epic’s award winning on-board facilities, including the huge Aqua Park, rock climbing wall, bowling alley and the Mandara Spa – one of the largest spas at sea.

Stay tuned to find out more about Norweigan Epic’s itinerary, as more information will be coming very soon!

Tom Daley puts the Flowrider through its paces

Tom Daley on the Flowrider

Young hearts were sent a-flutter this week as Olympic heart-throb Tom Daley showed off some moves on the ‘Flowrider,’ on board Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas.

The star diver was joined by other Olympic athletes, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and US gymnast Gabby Douglas, to take part in the cruise line’s ‘Caribbean Cup’ and promote their Caribbean sailings.

The athletes were set a variety of challenges including surfing, rock climbing and dodgeball, all activities that are available on the ship. You can see how they fared on the official Royal Caribbean site.

Seabourn announces a new ship

The Seabourn Quest

Luxury cruise line Seabourn has announced that work has begun on a new ship for their fleet. The new ship will be based on the popular Odyssey class, but it will have an extra deck and larger public areas.

It is expected that the new ship will have the capacity for 604 passengers. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, it will actually carry over 150 passengers more than the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn or Quest.

If you like the sound of Seabourn’s latest offering, keep your eyes peeled on the CruiseDeals blog for more updates!

What are your opinions on this month’s news stories? Let us know in the comments below!

Images via Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn

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