European Waterways Spends $600,000 on Barge Upgrades

March 31st, 2015

European Waterways has invested more than $600,000 in upgrades on its hotel barges for the 2015 season.

Québec and Montréal Invest $55 Million in Cruise Facilities

March 31st, 2015

QM2 in Quebec CityThe Québec government has budgeted $55 million to improve passenger greeting infrastructure at the ports of Québec and Montréal. (travelpulse.com)

Cruise Ship Orderbook at Cybercruises.com Updated

March 31st, 2015

With the recent order of Carnival plc, the delivery of Viking Star, the delivery of Avalon Siem Reap, the christening of Avalon Waterways’ Tapestry II in France, Viking Cruises 12 new river vessels and Uniworld’s newest S.S. Maria Theresa in Amsterdam Cybercruises.com has updated its official cruise ship orderbook.

Enjoy Big Savings on the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line

March 31st, 2015

Windstar Cruises is offering guests the chance to save big during the week of March 31 – April 7, 2015. Save up to 76 percent on featured voyages in the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Tahiti, with fares starting at $1,599 per person. (travelpulse.com)

Carnival Liberty is first ship to berth at Tortola’s newly renovated pier

March 31st, 2015

On Saturday, March 28, Carnival Liberty became the very first ship to berth at the newly renovated pier. The ship docked alongside the north eastern berth, which was completed a few weeks ago. (cruisebusiness.com)

QM2 to Call in Gaspe in 2016

March 31st, 2015

Escale Gaspésie has announced it will be among the ports of call chosen by Cunard Line for the Queen Mary II’s St. Lawrence itinerary in 2016. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Martinique To Welcome A Record 22 New Cruise Ships in 2015-2016

March 31st, 2015

The Martinique Tourism Authority is projecting another strong cruise season in 2015-2016, with a record 22 ships slated to make their first-ever port calls in The Isle of Flowers between October 26, 2015 and August 31, 2016. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Banana Coast Named Most Improved Destination by Cruise Insight Magazine

March 31st, 2015

Banana Coast, the newest cruise port in the western Caribbean located at Trujillo, Honduras, was named most improved destination by Cruise Insight magazine in its spring 2015 edition.

Princess Cruises and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Take The Sound of Music Out to Sea

March 31st, 2015

Beginning mid-April, Princess Cruises will partner with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to screen the biggest movie musical of all time, The Sound of Music, onboard all 18 of its cruise ships and feature sing-a-longs, trivia games, and other movie-themed experiences throughout the year.

Royal Caribbean’s New Espresso Reservation System Goes Live

March 31st, 2015

The new reservation system allows travel agents to sell cruises from Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. (travelagentcentral.com)

Antigua and Barbuda: Major Upgrades Coming

March 31st, 2015

Chinese investments will drive a significant pier upgrade for cruise ships in Antigua and Barbuda in the coming years.

Chinese Cruising Gets Serious – Other Cruise News: Carnival Corp & Plc Orders Nine Ships

March 30th, 2015

by Kevin Griffin

Last week big news broke from both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp & plc. Royal Caribbean for its part will be sending its newbuilding “Quantum” class ship Ovation of the Seas to cruise from China next year, bringing the Royal Caribbean International fleet based in that country to five ships sailing from four ports. Meanwhile, for its part, Carnival Corp & plc has announced orders for nine new ships, five from Fincantieri and four from Meyer Werft. As yet, their distribution has not been announced but they are to be delivered between 2019 and 2022 and will be not only for European and North American brands, but also for China.

Blount Small Ship Adventures Announces New 2016 Itineraries. Small Ship Cruise Line Celebrates 50 Years of Sailing with Anniversary Cruise

March 30th, 2015

Grande MarinerBlount Small Ship Adventures, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, will offer 10 itineraries for the season, including new, updated cruises and returning favorites. The sailings, to run January to October, will visit Caribbean, Canadian and domestic destinations.

Un-Cruise Partners With Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

March 30th, 2015

Un-Cruise Adventures has announced a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Pride Back in Baltimore

March 30th, 2015

Today the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) celebrated the return of the newly renovated Carnival Cruise Lines ship Pride to the Port of Baltimore. Carnival will offer five to 14-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Ongoing improvement in cruise industry fundamentals – Carnival’s Donald

March 30th, 2015

Carnival Corp & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald says the the cruise industry’s fundamentals continue to improve.

Viking Ocean Accepts Delivery of First Ship

March 28th, 2015

The 47,800-ton, 930-passenger Viking Star was delivered to Viking Chairman and Founder Torstein Hagen at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, on March 28.

Cruise ship passengers evacuated

March 28th, 2015

A number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of a cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten. (independent.ie)

Alanya’s Season Kicks Off with the Arrival of a TUI Duo

March 28th, 2015

Alanya Cruise Port in Turkey kicked off its season yesterday with calls by both UK and German cruise lines belonging to the TUI Group. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Holland America Ships Receive Perfect Scores for Health Inspections

March 28th, 2015

Three Holland America Line cruise ships just received perfect scores of 100 on recent United States Public Health inspections. (travelagentcentral.com)

Norwegian Zoning in on Fincantieri Ship Order?

March 28th, 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings may be ordering additional ships, or adjusting future orders already on the company’s orderbook. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Hurtigruten to Offer Norwegian Experience Tours

March 28th, 2015

As part of its Norwegian Experience Tours, Hurtigruten will be offering three September sailings for guests to discover the history and culture of Norway.

A Costa cruise is one of the most popular vacations this Easter 2015

March 27th, 2015

Key ingredients are the Mediterranean Sea, Italian regional cuisine and giant Eatser eggs. Once again this year Costa Cruises’ itineraries are proving very popular, with a healthy growth trend in bookings.

Meyer’s newly acquired Turku shipyard to build two Carnival ships

March 27th, 2015

Meyer Werft, the privately owned German shipbuilder that signed a strategic agreement with Carnival Corp & plc, the world’s largest cruise shipping group today, will share the four ships allocated to it between its yards in Papenburg, Germany and Turku, Finland. (cruisebusiness.com)

Carnival Reports Earnings: 2015 Q1

March 27th, 2015

Carnival Corporation & plc announced non-GAAP net income of $159 million, or $0.20 diluted EPS, for the first quarter of 2015 compared to non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2014 of $3 million, or $0.00 per share. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

MSC Sinfonia re-enters service after refit

March 27th, 2015

MSC Cruises said its that MSC Sinfonia has left Genoa, Italy, to resume service following ground-breaking enlargement and enhancement work at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, Italy. (cruisebusiness.com)

Lloyd Triestino Adriatic – Far East Cargo-Passenger Route Is Revived

March 27th, 2015

In 1993, Taiwan-based Evergreen Line acquired the company Italia Marittima, which up until fairly recently had been know as Lloyd Triestino, and had been famous for running an attractive fleet of ocean liners from the Adriatic to Australia and New Zealand and the Far East.

Anzac historians and soldiers’ relatives board cruise ship bound for Gallipoli

March 27th, 2015

MSC OrchestraA cruise ship carrying nearly 3,000 passengers will depart Fremantle for Gallipoli later today, retracing the voyage taken by the Anzacs. The MSC Orchestra will stop in Albany, Sri Lanka and Egypt, before reaching Turkey mid-next month.

Puerto Rico to receive world’s 2 largest cruise ships in ’16

March 27th, 2015

Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world’s two largest cruise ships for the first time next year.

TUI says cruise sales continue to grow

March 27th, 2015

TUI AG, the world’s largest tour operating company, says its cruise business is enjoying a rise in sales on the back of growing capacity and improved performance of its niche brand. (cruisebusiness.com)

San Diego: Local Flagship Cruises is part of Port’s Green Business Network

March 27th, 2015

Flagship Cruises & Events of San Diego has announced that after investing $2.1 million in the development of a new facility on Port tidelands, which includes a shore power system, its 11 vessels plug into on-shore electricity while docked, eliminating the need to run diesel engines. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Avalon to Launch Two Cruise Ships and New River Destination in 2016

March 27th, 2015

Avalon IlluminationAvalon Waterways will next year debut the Avalon Passion on the Danube River and Avalon Imagery II on the Rhine, as well as offer two new itineraries in Holland and Belgium.