Rotterdam Renovation Will Be Ready By Year-end

September 1st, 2014

The renovation and expansion of Cruise Terminal Rotterdam built in 1947 is underway with no inconvenience being caused to visiting passengers.

The Athenia, The Southern Cross & The Enigma Machine – Other Cruise News: The Quantum Factor – Hanseatic Sets Northernmost Record

September 1st, 2014

by Kevin Griffin

Seventy-five years ago this week saw the first sinking of a passenger ship during the Second World War. Parts of this story are now forgotten but there, to rescue many of her passengers, was a rather interesting yacht. Meanwhile, the U-Boat commander that sank the ship lost his life after sinking another ship managed by the same line. In that event, the Royal Navy captured its first Enigma machine, something that changed the course of the war. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean International last week announced a number of technical advances for its new Quantum class ships, while Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic set a record for the northernmost position ever reached by a passenger ship.

Norway. Kristiansand Opts For A New Pier

September 1st, 2014

A decision has been taken to build a new pier in Kristiansand closer to the city centre.

Norwegian Cruise nears $3 bln Prestige Cruises deal – Reuters

September 1st, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd NCHL.O, the world’s third largest cruise operator, is in advanced talks to acquire peer Prestige Cruises International Inc for around $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. (pehub.com)

Lisbon Cruise Terminals Is Up And Running

September 1st, 2014

Lisbon Cruise Terminals, a company established under the Portuguese law by a consortium, begins running the terminal on August 26 for a period of 35 years until 2049.

SuperStar Aquarius launches new destination cruise to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Puerto Princesa City

September 1st, 2014

SuperStar AquariusStar Cruises is pleased to announce that SuperStar Aquarius will return to the beautiful shores of Sabah (Malaysia) and homeport in the city of Kota Kinabalu from 8th November 2014 till 1st March 2015.

Coast Guard rescues sick cruise ship passenger

August 31st, 2014

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., medically evacuated a 67-year-old woman Friday evening from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy 80 miles east of Ponce De Leon Inlet, Fla. (news4jax.com)

Glut of cruise ships leads to bargains in Galveston

August 31st, 2014

The Caribbean is chock-full of cruise ships right now, and that’s good news for consumers, with rates falling to as low as $41 a day. (star-telegram.com)

European Waterways “Takes Ten” in 2015 and declares the “Year of the Family”

August 31st, 2014

European Waterways has declared the 2015 cruise season “the year of the family,” offering up to 10% off the price of whole boat charters on ten of its most popular hotel barges in the fleet. (allthingscruise.com)

Blount Small Ship Adventures Announces New Itineraries For 2015. Guests Who Book by October 31 Receive 15 Percent Off

August 30th, 2014

Blount Small Ship Adventures continues to innovate in small ship experiences with the announcement of three new, one-of-a-kind cruises for the 2015 year.

The world’s cruise industry heads in record numbers to Barcelona, Spain

August 30th, 2014

In just a few weeks, cruise industry professionals from around the world will be heading to Barcelona, Spain’s leading cruise port, for the tenth edition of the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention. (traveldailynews.com)

New Great Lakes Chicago To Montreal Cruise By The “Saint Laurent” on August 28, 2015, Plus Six Gulf of St Lawrence Cruises

August 30th, 2014

The Cruise People is pleased to be able to offer a unique Great Lakes cruise leaving Chicago on August 28, 2015, and taking in Mackinac Island, an excursion into Lake Superior, Georgian Bay and the Ojibwé, the Henry Ford Museum, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and the St Lawrence Seaway, finishing in Montreal nine nights later.

Push to navigation: Cruise sails in Ganga after 5 yrs

August 30th, 2014

In a sign of revival of navigation in the Ganga, a cruise vessel carrying nearly a dozen tourists reached Varanasi from Kolkata on Wednesday. (indianexpress.com)

Shelley Wright launches new book aboard Adventure Canada’s Expedition to the Canadian Arctic

August 29th, 2014

Author and Inuit advocate Shelley Wright reveals her latest nonfiction work “Our Ice is Vanishing/Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change” aboard Adventure Canada’s Northwest Passage expedition, September 8th to 22nd, 2014.

South Georgia expecting 64 cruise vessel calls this coming season

August 29th, 2014

Sixty-four cruise ships are currently booked to visit the island on the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) ship scheduler; six more ship visits than were booked last season. (en.mercopress.com)

Cruise ship sinks in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, 12 foreigners rescued

August 29th, 2014

A cruise ship with 12 foreigners on board sank in Ha Long Bay due to violent winds in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Thursday afternoon but all of them were saved, according to local authorities. (tuoitrenews.vn)

AmaWaterways to Build Two New River Cruise Ships

August 29th, 2014

River line AmaWaterways will welcome two new ships to its fleet in the spring of 2015 when AmaSerena and AmaVista take to the Danube, Main and Rhine. (cruisecritic.com)

FleetPro to Manage Saint Laurent

August 29th, 2014

FleetPro has announced that it has been awarded the technical and hotel operational management of the Saint Laurent of Haimark Line, starting service on the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway May 3, 2015. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CroisiEurope Partners with Revelex For Bookings on Power Agent Platform

August 29th, 2014

CroisiEurope has inked a distribution agreement with Revelex. Starting in the fourth quarter, the river cruise line’s global inventory will be available for sale via the Revelex Power Agent Platform. (travelagentcentral.com)

Preparations Underway for the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

August 28th, 2014

Construction is coming along at Port St. Maarten, where four buildings are being erected for a convention center to host the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show from October 6-10. (caribbeannewsdigital.com)

PPI Group Appoints Vice President, Broadcast Operations

August 28th, 2014

PPI Group announces the appointment of Anthony Heywood as Vice President, Broadcast Operations, a role that begins effective immediately.

Ralph Aliseo Joins MSC Cruises in National & Strategic Accounts

August 28th, 2014

MSC Cruises USA said Ralph Aliseo has joined the cruise line as associate director of national and strategic accounts, a newly expanded role for the contemporary line. (travelagentcentral.com)

Australia. Newcastle Offering Competitive Port Pricing

August 28th, 2014

“The increase in visits and the attraction of new operators has been influenced by two recent initiatives by the port,” said David Brown, cruise development coordinator, Port of Newcastle (Australia). (cruiseindustrynews.com)

UK. Sting Brings The Last Ship to Tyneside, England, Supported by Cunard Line

August 28th, 2014

Famed singer Sting will perform songs from The Last Ship, the name of his latest album and also his new Broadway musical, on 24 and 25 April 2015 at the Tyneside shipyard in England to benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal.

P&O Britannia Offers New Spa Firsts for UK Market

August 28th, 2014

P&O Cruises has promised it will unveil the most opulent wellness facilities in its fleet as well as the largest gym and most extensive selection of classes and additional spa treatments when Britannia launches in March next year. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Small Ship Cruises and Adventurous Land Packages Still Available for Year-End Holidays

August 28th, 2014

AdventureSmith Explorations that offers both sea and land excursions year-round reports that plans can still be made with them for prime holiday season December 2014 and early January 2015 escapes.

Costa Rica tourism minister calls cruise ship industry a ‘cornerstone’ for economic recovery

August 28th, 2014

The cruise ship season began on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast last Sunday with the arrival of the Carnival Legend in Puntarenas. (ticotimes.net)

China Port Focus: Qingdao

August 28th, 2014

Qingdao is located in the southeast part of the Shandong Province in China, bordered by the Yellow Sea on two sides, and a short distance from Korea and Japan. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cunard Line Announces 2016 World & Exotic Cruise Programme

August 27th, 2014

Embark on the journey of a lifetime and take to the seas with Cunard Line on its 2016 World and Exotic Cruise Programme, travelling to 92 unique destinations, including 32 maiden calls, in 47 countries. (robertsleading.com)

Expedition ship HANSEATIC sets new record for passenger ships

August 27th, 2014

Yesterday afternoon (August 26, 2014), the 122.8-metre-long ship reached the northernmost point at 85°, 40.7′ north and 135°, 39.6′ east.

Meet Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s 2015-2016 Speakers

August 27th, 2014

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced the guest speakers in their Global Perspectives Program aboard the National Geographic Explorer for the 2015/2016 season. (travelpulse.com)

Tauck to Double River Cruise Capacity in Two Years

August 27th, 2014

Tauck started in river cruising in the early 1990s, at that time using chartered boats. In 2006 Tauck launched its first river cruiser the ms Emerald. In 2014 the company has six. Next year the fleet will expand to seven. (travelpulse.com)