Celebrities Join Fight Over Cruise Ships in Venice

July 23rd, 2014

FTI Cruises' BerlinLuminaries from the arts and fashion, including Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon and Calvin Klein, fired off an open letter to Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ministry of Culture Dario Franceschini. (blogs.wsj.com)

Suite & Balcony Sale Offers Deals on Princess Cruises

July 23rd, 2014

Princess Cruises is offering the ultimate cruise deal with the Suite & Balcony Bonus Sale, running July 22 – August 19, on select cruises.

AmaWaterways debuts 2015 Europe, Russia, Asia & Africa brochure

July 23rd, 2014

AmaWaterways announced the debut of its 2015 Europe, Russia, Asia & Africa brochure. The new brochure introduces three new ships, a new destination, and unique new theme cruises, as well as the return of the line’s popular wine and Christmas markets sailings. (cruisebusiness.com)

Carnival Offers 10 to 12-Day Cruise from Galveston and San Juan

July 23rd, 2014

Carnival Cruise Line added three new 10- to 12-day cruises departing in winter 2015 and visiting destinations throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. (travelagentcentral.com)

Star Shuffles Deployment for 2014/2015

July 23rd, 2014

SuperStar Virgo in Hong KongStar Cruises has announced changes to its upcoming deployment, with some significant tweaks heading into the 2014/2015 season. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Un-Cruise Adventures Details 2015 Adventure Cruises in New Brochure

July 23rd, 2014

Un-Cruise Adventures released a new printed brochure detailing adventures through April 2016 in Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaiian Islands, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington and British Columbia. (travelagentcentral.com)

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Desmond Tutu To Join Crystal Spring 2015 South Africa Voyage

July 23rd, 2014

World-renowned peace and human rights crusader Archbishop Desmond Tutu will bring an especially intimate perspective of South Africa, and the world, aboard Crystal Cruises’ March 13, 2015 voyage through Tutu’s African homeland.

Silversea Cruises Reveals 2015 Overland Tours

July 23rd, 2014

Eleven new overland are among more than 60 extended mid-voyage excursions Silversea Cruises will be offering in 2015. (travelagentcentral.com)

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Towed Away for Scrap

July 23rd, 2014

Costa Concordia’s refloat is complete, and the shipwreck is now being towed to Italy’s mainland to be scrapped. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Ships Cancel, Monitor Port Stops in Israel

July 23rd, 2014

With violence in Israel continuing to escalate, some cruise lines with upcoming port calls are changing their itineraries to avoid stopping in the country. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Ship Orderbook at Cybercruises.com Updated

July 22nd, 2014

With the recent Norwegian Cruise Line and Ecoventura orders (respectively two Breakaway-Plus class cruise ship at Meyer Werft in Germany and the Origin, a 20 passengers yacht for Galapagos cruises at a shipyard in Equador) Cybercruises.com has updated its official cruise ship orderbook.

Victoria Cruises Partners With Travcoa To Provide Yangtze Cruises For 2015 ‘Legendary China’ Program

July 22nd, 2014

Victoria Cruises and TRAVCOA are continuing their partnership to present 12- and 20-day versions of the operator’s 2015 Legendary China program, journeying into the heart of China’s long-storied history.

One Ocean Expeditions joins partnership to help unveil the mystery surrounding Sir John Franklin’s ships in the Canadian Arctic

July 22nd, 2014

One Ocean Expeditions has been invited to take an active role in supporting the Canadian Government on the Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) historic 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition to find the fabled and long lost vessels of Sir John Franklin, Erebus and Terror.

Viking Ocean: Capacity Estimates Show Big Sourcing Plans

July 22nd, 2014

According to the 2014-2015 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, Viking Ocean Cruises will debut in 2015 carrying some 21,390 passengers on its 930-passenger Viking Star.

Cruises to Honor Centennial of World War I

July 22nd, 2014

As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator, is offering three cruises to commemorate the Great War. (cruisecurrents.com)

CLIA Welcomes Two Public Affairs Professionals

July 22nd, 2014

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Elinore Boeke has joined the association as Director of Public Affairs, and Amanda Deatherage has joined as Manager of Public Affairs.

A lengthened cruise pier for the Port of San Sebastián de La Gomera in the Canary Islands

July 22nd, 2014

Currently the port has a 302m cruise pier for ships up to 275m length, but after the works to increase the pier, the port will offer a 340m berthing line. (cruisebusiness.com)

RCCL: No Celebrity Crew Members on MH17

July 22nd, 2014

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. says no Celebrity Cruises crew members were aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine, despite reports circulating online.

Disney Cruise Line Raises Minimum Age for Babies

July 22nd, 2014

One of the most baby-friendly cruise lines will get just a tad less friendly next year, when Disney Cruise Line raises the minimum age for babies permitted on its ships from 12 weeks to 6 months. (cruisecritic.com)

Another Chinese Cruise Line? Ctrip Acquiring Tonnage?

July 22nd, 2014

Ctrip may be entering the cruise industry as soon as this coming 2014/2015 cruise season in Asia, according to sources and a Chinese media report. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

First Gates Moved to New Locks for the Panama Canal Expansion

July 22nd, 2014

The Panama Canal Expansion has reached another important milestone with the transfer of the first gates to the new locks complex in the Atlantic side. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line Enhances Main Dining Menus

July 22nd, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is overhauling the menu offerings in their main dining rooms fleetwide, as part of its Norwegian NEXT onboard enhancement program. (cruisecritic.com)

Crystal “Discovers” The Northwest Passage – Other Cruise News: More Beakaway Plus Orders – Shipping Activity By Royal Caribbean Shareholders

July 21st, 2014

by Kevin Griffin

Last week Crystal Cruises surprised the market with the news that it would send its 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage in 2016. Last year the Danish cargo ship Nordic Orion ran from Vancouver across the Canadian Arctic with a cargo of coal for Pori, Finland, and this and other recent activity seem to have emboldened Crystal to try it for themselves. This is despite the fact that there have been times in the past when Ice Class ships have had to abandon their efforts and return from whence they came. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered two more Breakaway Plus class ships while there has been some more activity around Royal Caribbean’s shipping shareholders.

Royal Caribbean Int. named Best Cruise Operator – Australian Based Operation

July 21st, 2014

Royal Caribbean International has taken out the prestigious award for Best Cruise Operator – Australian Based Operation at the 2014 National Travel Industry Awards. (australia.etbnews.com)

P&O Cruises Australia: Like no place on Earth

July 21st, 2014

P&O Cruises Australia unveiled a new brand message to the public this week, including the new phrase to coincide with the two new ships on the cruise line’s horizon.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ losses continue to mount

July 21st, 2014

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational operator of four medium sized vessels, has reported a deeper net loss for both the second quarter and first half of the year compared to the same periods in 2013. (cruisebusiness.com)

MSC Cruises and Chicco Announce New Partnership

July 21st, 2014

MSC Cruises and Chicco have teamed up to bring even more happiness on holiday with a cruise tailor-made for babies.

Show Preview: Ninth China Cruise Conference

July 21st, 2014

The China Cruise Shipping and Cruise International Expo (CCS), the most influential international cruise conference in China and the Asia-Pacific, is returning for a ninth edition in Tianjin, October 15-17. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Grace of Monaco and M/Y Grace Celebrity Yacht

July 20th, 2014

M/Y Grace yacht looks as young and elegant today as Princess Grace Kelly did when she honeymooned aboard her in the 1950s. Watch the movie and experience her elegance on a Luxury Galapagos Cruise with Quasar Expeditions.

To Keep Cruise Ships, Tampa Port Authority Faces Costly Choices

July 20th, 2014

To save the local cruise ship industry, Tampa Bay has to choose between two of the biggest and most expensive public infrastructure projects in its history. (theledger.com)

Poseidon Announces Early Booking Savings for 2015-16 Antarctic Season Expeditions

July 19th, 2014

Poseidon Expeditions announced Early Bird Savings on cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands for the 2015-16 season.

Nova Star Cruises Launches Regional Guest Chef Program

July 19th, 2014

Passengers on the new cruise-ferry service between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia can indulge in sumptuous cuisine prepared by some of the regions’ most renowned chefs. (cruiseindustrynews.com)