Riviera Travel Introduces New Budapest to Black Sea Cruise for 2018

July 24th, 2017

The Danube in BudapestRiviera Travel has just announced its new 15-day “Budapest to the Black Sea” itinerary – where travelers can relax while also taking in the wonders of a region that once lay behind the Iron Curtain. (travelagentcentral.com)

Class In Session: New ‘Royal Caribbean University’ Agent Training Program Opens Its Doors

July 24th, 2017

Enrollment is now open. Royal Caribbean International has launched an entirely new online travel agent training program – Royal Caribbean University (RCU).

Costa Cruises And Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus Take The Battle Against Food Waste To Sea

July 24th, 2017

Costa Cruises and the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus present their partnership project that will allow surplus food on board cruise ships to be retrieved and reused for the first time to help society.

Work #portstogether: Specialised WGs to advance the interests of MedCruise members

July 24th, 2017

Following the decision of the 50th MedCruise General Assembly held in Gibraltar, two specialised Working Groups have been formed within the Association – with the aim being to advance the interests of MedCruise member ports and associates.

China names fifth cruise tourism development pilot zone

July 24th, 2017

The southern port city of Fuzhou, in the province of Fujian, has just been named as the fifth Chinese Cruise Tourism Development Pilot Zone. (cruisebusiness.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line Sails for Prime Time

July 24th, 2017

Scheduled for later this month, Norwegian Cruise Line will be featured in a one-hour episode of CNBC’s reality series “The Profit.” (travelagentcentral.com)

Mystic Cruises Confirms Expedition Newbuild Program

July 24th, 2017

As first reported by Cruise Industry News last week, Mystic Cruises today confirmed a newbuild under construction at Portugal’s WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Secrets of a Cruise Ship Designer

July 22nd, 2017

Joe FarcusAsk any cruise ship designer, and they’ll tell you the same thing: that they’re constantly torn between the compulsion to make passengers forget they’re on a moving sea-bound vessel, while reminding them that they’re in, on, and by the sea. (cntraveler.com)

Earthquake Strikes Cruise Destination Kos, Greece

July 22nd, 2017

Kos is a port call on several Aegean Islands cruises. According to CruiseTimeTables.com, there are three calls scheduled in Kos over the next two months. (travelagentcentral.com)

Cruise experts are blunt on improving V.I.’s appeal

July 22nd, 2017

Representatives of the cruise industry were asked to be “candid and direct” Thursday during a town hall meeting at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas, and they were. (virginislandsdailynews.com)

Major Expedition Newbuilding Program Underway in Portugal

July 22nd, 2017

Add West Sea shipyard in Portugal to the list of yards welcoming their first cruise ship building projects as an expedition newbuilding program is well underway. Quark Expeditions recently announced the addition of a new expedition cruise vessel for the 2018-2019 Antarctica season, the World Explorer, which will be the first in a series of 176-passenger ships built in Portugal. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

AIDA Mountain Bike and Racing Bike Weeks

July 21st, 2017

During the 2017/2018 winter season, cyclists will be in for a real treat with AIDA. AIDAperla will be staging a Mountain Bike and a Racing Bike Week in September. In November, everything will revolve around two-wheelers in the Canary Islands with AIDAprima, while in December AIDAdiva will be offering a bike training camp during her Caribbean cruise.

USVI: Drop in cruise numbers accelerates

July 21st, 2017

The number of cruise ship passengers and cruise ship calls to the territory continued to slide in the second quarter of 2017, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Economic Research. (virginislandsdailynews.com)

The dark side of cruises

July 21st, 2017

In August 2004, Merrian Carver, a 40-year-old mother of one from Massachusetts, boarded a ship with Celebrity Cruises that sailed from Seattle to Alaska. She chose to travel alone while her daughter stayed with her ex-husband in England. She never made it home. (marketwatch.com)

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Top 7’ sizzling Summer savers

July 21st, 2017

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Boudicca. In this image sailing around the Isle of Mull, Scotland (Courtesy Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced its ‘Top 7’ best-selling cruises for Summer 2017, as part of its great-value ‘Summer Sale’ campaign. Fred. Olsen’s ‘Summer Sale’ – which closes on 31st July 2017 – offers guests the chance to ‘sail and save’ on a selection of 35 holidays, departing from June to December 2017.

”History Of Ships” – Exhibition At The New Cruise Terminal: A Trip Through Montreal’s Rich Port History

July 21st, 2017

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is pleased to announce the opening of its History of Ships exhibition, which will welcome the public starting July 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. The exhibition is being held at the Port Centre on the second floor of the new Cruise Terminal on Alexandra Pier, at 200 De la Commune Street, Montreal.

Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer Heads to Pacific Northwest

July 21st, 2017

The Silver ExplorerSilversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer will sail the line’s first-ever Pacific coast explorations as part of the ship’s lineup of 2018 Americas voyages, the expedition cruise line has announced. (travelagentcentral.com)

Travelers Celebrate Culture at Marquesan Festival 2017 as part of the Aranui 5 Journey

July 20th, 2017

The Aranui 5Travelers aboard the one-of-a-kind passenger-freighter vessel, the Aranui, will have the opportunity to attend the Marquesan Festival as part of voyage 19 (departing Dec. 14, 2017).

Scenic Reveals Dining Details for its First Ocean Cruise Ship

July 20th, 2017

The 16,500-ton, 228-berth ocean-going cruise ship Scenic Eclipse (Artist impression courtesy Scenic Cruises)Scenic has revealed the 10 dining experiences that will be offered onboard Scenic Eclipse, a 228-passenger, all-suite discovery yacht slated to launch August 2018. (cruisecritic.com)

Around South Africa with AIDAaura – AIDA stages second world cruise: 41 ports in 20 countries

July 20th, 2017

SydneyTomorrow, Friday, July 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. is when bookings open for AIDA’s second world cruise as part of its new AIDA Selection program. In fall 2018 AIDAaura will follow AIDAcara’s first cruise around the world which sets sail on October 17, 2017.

Europe’s Famed Christmas Markets Come Alive on Emerald Waterways’ Holiday Sailings

July 20th, 2017

The Danube in BudapestEurope’s Christmas markets are a lovely holiday tradition that draw travelers from around the globe. Held during the four weeks of Advent, these open air markets offer a charming, communal atmosphere in which visitors can shop for such gifts as nutcrackers and hand-crafted toys while sampling winter favorites like mulled wine and Austrian lebkuchen, a kind of iced honey cake.

Genting Launches African Safari and Tahiti AirCruise

July 20th, 2017

Genting Hong Kong has officially launched its inaugural itinerary for Crystal Skye for the Asia Pacific region. Crystal Skye’s first itinerary in Asia will be an expedition for 86 guests, “ushering in a new standard of bespoke travel experiences in the region,” the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Book a Scenic 2018 Europe River Cruise by Sept. 30 and Get Free or Greatly Reduced Flight Fares

July 20th, 2017

Space Ship Scenic DiamondBooking early has always been the best way to secure the best pricing and suites with Scenic. For those booking a 2018 Europe river cruise by Sept. 30, 2017, Scenic is taking the bite out of getting there – offering free and reduced airfare on select sailings.

MSC Announces MSC MasterChef At Sea

July 20th, 2017

Collaborating with MasterChef producers, Endemol Shine Group, the partnership will bring the MasterChef brand to MSC Cruises in an immersive entertainment format that will roll out across the fleet from summer 2017, the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Passenger Ship Pollution: Major Cruise Lines to Speak at Conference

July 20th, 2017

Passenger Ship Pollution 2017, chaired by Richard Vie, Former Vice President for Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Carnival Corporation, will provide cruise and ferry operators with a unique forum to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency as required by new regulations. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Stats: Alaska Named Top “Mancation” Destination

July 20th, 2017

The White Pass & Yukon Route rail excursion by Princess Cruises (Photo Judith A.)A new survey conducted by ManTripping and #MenWhoBlog found that over 26 percent of more than 500 men said their top pick for a “mancation” would be an Alaska cruise bundled with a land tour. (travelagentcentral.com)

Another New Expedition Ship; Quark Adds Tonnage (Updated)

July 20th, 2017

Quark Expeditions has announced its 2018-2019 Antarctica program which is being highlighted by the World Explorer, a new luxury expedition cruise vessel. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

New Itineraries Added to Crystal Mahler’s 2018 Spring Season

July 20th, 2017

The Crystal river yacht vessels (Artist concepts courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Crystal River Cruises has unveiled four new 2018 itineraries for its second “Rhine Class” vessel, Crystal Mahler. In April and May next year, the brand new river yacht will sail three seven-day “Danube Serenade” routes between Budapest and Vienna, and one 11-day “Reflections on the Danube” sailing.

Carnival Corporation & plc Names Jason Glen Cahilly to Board of Directors, Announces Quarterly Dividend

July 20th, 2017

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today (July 19) announced that on July 18, 2017, Jason Glen Cahilly, former chief strategic and financial officer of the National Basketball Association, has been appointed to the company’s boards of directors, effective immediately.

Saga Pearl II’s Iceland Discovery cruise offers rejuvenation for mind, body and soul

July 20th, 2017

The Saga Pearl II (Dec. 2013, photo Ivan T. at Wikipedia)Nurture mind, body and soul during Saga Pearl II’s new Iceland Discovery cruise which includes five calls to the island of hot springs, geysers and waterfalls.

Abu Dhabi expects a record-breaking cruise season in 2017-2018

July 20th, 2017

Sir Bani Yas Island is a popular new cruise destination in the United Arab Emirates (Courtesy Anantara Hotels)Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates expects to welcome more than 300,000 passengers during 148 calls from 18 ships from 15 cruise lines during the 2017-2018 cruise season. (cruiseandferry.net)

Cruise ships eye Mount Pleasant as Charleston hits annual limit

July 20th, 2017

For the first time, the number of cruise ships scheduled to dock in Charleston has hit the State Ports Authority’s voluntary 104-ship annual limit, and that could send some cruise ship business here. (postandcourier.com)