Port of Los Angeles Readies The Sails For Tall Ships® Festival Aug. 20-24

August 19th, 2014

The Port of Los Angeles will host the Tall Ships® Festival along the LA Waterfront August 20-24, an event showcasing more than a dozen majestic domestic and international sailing ships.

NANTA at Sea for Star Cruises

August 19th, 2014

Star Cruises will showcase the globally acclaimed Korean comedy show NANTA (Cookin’), exclusively onboard SuperStar Gemini. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Juneau police: death on cruise ship not suspicious

August 19th, 2014

Police say an 87-year-old Missouri woman died of natural causes on a cruise ship in Juneau last week. (bnd.com)

Grand Circle Cruise Line Acquires the River Cloud II

August 19th, 2014

Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, announced that the fleet has acquired the River Cloud II, a 90-passenger ship that will operate Grand Circle Cruise Line’s new river cruise tour in Bordeaux beginning in March 2015. (expeditioncruising.com)

South Carolina Ports Again Seek Cruise Terminal Permit

August 19th, 2014

Nearly a year after a judge tossed out a permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston, the South Carolina Ports Authority is once again seeking federal permission for the project. (travelagentcentral.com)

Second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia

August 19th, 2014

Drawing on the success of the inaugural award at last years Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific event, UBM is now accepting nominations for the second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia. (cruisebusiness.com)

Disney Cruise Line Raises NCFs; Adventures by Disney Modifies Commission Policy

August 19th, 2014

Starting today, August 18, agents will notice higher NCFs (non-commissionable charges) as Disney Cruise Line plans to restructure its NCF approach on a sliding scale based on the length of the cruise. (travelagentcentral.com)

MSC Cruises Offers Grand Voyage and Wine Theme Cruises for Fall 2014

August 19th, 2014

MSC Cruises is offering fall cruise departures including a Grand Voyage that explores the capitals of Europe and South America and a series of themed “On The Wine Routes” cruises. (travelagentcentral.com)

Germans prefer shorter cruises, river cruise prices fall sharply – survey

August 19th, 2014

Germans are booking slightly shorter cruises this year than in 2013, while the prices of river cruises fell sharply, a study conducted by e-hoi.de, the online cruise retailer, shows. (cruisebusiness.com)

Europe River Cruise Forecast for 2015

August 19th, 2014

From the Danube to the Seine, from the Rhone/Saone to the Elbe and the Rhine, Europe’s waterways beckon past tour clients and ocean cruisers—not to mention repeat river cruisers—eager for a hassle-free, intimate floating vacation. (travelagentcentral.com)

News Analysis: Too Many Cruise Ships in the Caribbean?

August 19th, 2014

On any given day, three to four cruise ships line the dock at the Port of Miami, nearly all bound for the Caribbean. Another five homeport 30 miles away in Fort Lauderdale, and nine homeport at Port Canaveral, farther north on the Atlantic coast. (cruisecritic.com)

Star Cruises and Taiwan Tourism Charity Cruise for Hong Kong students

August 18th, 2014

Star Cruises has joined with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Hong Kong Office to organize a charity cruise to Taiwan for 60 Hong Kong underprivileged students. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Quark Takes Ocean Endeavour For Antarctica – Other Cruise News: Cruise Like A Mathematician – 4,000 Berths: The New Standard For Cruising

August 18th, 2014

by Kevin Griffin

Quark Expeditions is joining Adventure Canada as joint charterer of Fleetpro’s Ocean Endeavour. While starting in 2015 Adventure Canada will employ her in northern waters by summer, Quark will take her for the Antarctica high season starting in 2015-16. Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest “all-inclusive” trial has left people to draw different conclusions. And the number of ships now being built with 4,000 berths is rapidly leaving behind the previous 3,600-berth ship as the standard for mass market cruising.

Solomon Islands Cruise Potential Highlighted at National Tourism Forum

August 18th, 2014

Recognition of the potential the international cruise market holds for the Solomon Islands, the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) will address government, local tourism officials and operators attending the 2014 National Tourism Forum. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Alanya Traffic Up On Israel Situation

August 18th, 2014

Situated between Cyprus and a variety of Greek islands, the Turkish port of Alanya is seeing a nice boost in its cruise traffic as lines seek an alternate port as the situation in Israel and Palestine continues. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Philippines Military to Offer Cruise Service in South China Sea

August 18th, 2014

The Philippines military wants to create a cruise service to take tourists around disputed parts of the South China Sea. (thediplomat.com)

Cruise-only sales model perhaps on the decline

August 17th, 2014

With Cruise Holidays becoming a division of Vacation.com, agencies will transition from a franchise model to a licensee model, which will lower fees. (travelweekly.com)

Copenhagen named best Baltic cruise destination

August 17th, 2014

Efforts to develop the city’s harbour areas and a high standard of tourist attractions win international attention for Copenhagen at the Bon Voyage Awards 2014.

Yorktown Remains in Limbo

August 17th, 2014

Yorktown - Travel Dynamics InternationalThe 138-passenger Yorktown was quietly arrested by German bank KfW in Florida last month. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Cruise Lines Takes On #IceBucketChallenge, Donates $100,000 to ALS Association

August 16th, 2014

The world’s most popular cruise line enlisted all 24 of its “Fun Ships,” as well as President and CEO Gerry Cahill, to participate in the #IceBucketChallenge.

Survey Shows Almost All Americans Believe Relaxation is Essential for Health and Well-Being – But Their Habits Prove Otherwise

August 16th, 2014

Princess Cruises released results from its fifth annual Relaxation Report, conducted in celebration of National Relaxation Day on Aug. 15.

Royal Caribbean Offers WOW Sale From Aug. 16-20

August 16th, 2014

Royal Caribbean International announced a five-day WOW Sale taking place from Aug. 16 through 20, 2014, designed to help consumers plan for their next vacation. (travelagentcentral.com)

First look at build of next-generation Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ Scenic Jasper and Scenic Opal

August 16th, 2014

The build of Scenic’s two next-generation Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ is fully underway, ready for launch in April 2015. (australia.etbnews.com)

Cunard Line plan big cathedral celebration for 175th anniversary

August 15th, 2014

The 175 year history of Cunard Line since its founding in Liverpool in 1840 will be retold in two special concerts at the Anglican Cathedral next year. (liverpoolecho.co.uk)

River Cruise Ship Damaged After Striking Lock on Danube; Three Cruises Canceled

August 15th, 2014

German-owned river cruise ship A-Rosa Mia has been taken out of service and is undergoing repairs after striking a pedestrian bridge above a lock on the Danube River early Sunday morning. (cruisecritic.com)

Holland America Promotes Suites

August 15th, 2014

Guests who book a suite on qualifying “Explore 4” itineraries receive a $300 onboard spending credit per stateroom ($150 per person) and a free Canaletto dinner. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Regent Seven Seas reports results for second quarter 2014

August 15th, 2014

Regent Seven Seas Cruises reported financial results on August 12 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. (cruisebusiness.com)

Carnival: “Book Five & Win” with $50,000 in Prizes for Agents

August 15th, 2014

Travel agents who make five new Carnival bookings have a chance to win one of 40 $1,000 cash prizes or the grand prize of $10,000 as part of the line’s new “Book Five & Win” contest. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Quark Expeditions launches new ship for Antarctica 2015-2016

August 15th, 2014

The 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour will replace the Sea Spirit during the 2015.16 Antarctic season. (cruisebusiness.com)

Celebrity Offers Incentive to Book Onboard

August 15th, 2014

Celebrity Cruises’ onboard booking program, “Celebrity Future Cruise Vacations”, is now giving guests the chance to enjoy an instant onboard credit of up to $500. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

First Calls Ever for Western Australia’s Busselton

August 15th, 2014

The north-facing waters of Geographe Bay provide a safe and inviting anchorage for ships, and Busselton itself is home to the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Princess Cruises Brings Regional Menus to Cruise Ship

August 15th, 2014

Princess Cruises will debut a regional menu onboard its newest ship, Regal Princess, when it begins sailing from Florida later this year. (cruisecritic.com)