Can This Luxurious Nile Cruise Ship Revive Egypt’s Tourism Industry?

April 23rd, 2017

The Oberoi PhilaeAmid the uncertainty in postrevolution Egypt, the elegant Philae has risen from the dead—and is hoping to bring the mighty river’s tourism industry with it. (finance.yahoo.com)

Silversea to Send New Cruise Ship Silver Muse to Sydney

April 23rd, 2017

The Silver MuseLuxury line Silversea will reward its growing base of Australian passengers by sending its newly christened ship Silver Muse to cruise in Australian waters over the 2018/19 summer season. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise.com Offers Alternatives To Franchises: Teams Up With CLIA And Travtech To Offer New Certified Travel Specialist Program

April 23rd, 2017

Cruise.com, in partnership with CLIA and Travtech, has launched a Certified Travel Specialist Program to help new members with limited cruise and travel experience to develop their own cruise business.

Travel agents remain key in touting the value of cruising, industry leaders say

April 22nd, 2017

The cruise industry is riding high today with record advance bookings from a year ago, strong consumer interest and a slew of new ships and onboard and technology innovations about to deploy. (sun-sentinel.com)

Holland America Line Receives Seventh Consecutive Green Gateway Award from Port of Seattle for Environmental Stewardship

April 22nd, 2017

It’s lucky sevens for Holland America Line this Earth Day (April 20). The Port of Seattle presented Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line with its seventh consecutive Green Gateway Award.

First cruise vessel to arrive in Halifax on April 24

April 22nd, 2017

The 2017 Halifax cruise season will officially start April 24 at 4:15 p.m. with the arrival of the Amadea, a Phoenix Reisen vessel. This cruise ship will first berth at Lunenburg at 7 a.m. and will depart for Halifax at noon.

AIDA Cruises is this year’s gala host of the GOLDENE BILD DER FRAU

April 21st, 2017

October 21, 2017, will be the big day: The “GOLDENE BILD DER FRAU” will be awarded for the 11th time. The FUNKE MEDIAGROUP announced on April 21 that for the first time ever, the awards ceremony will be taking place on a cruise ship in Hamburg, on board AIDAprima, the new AIDA Cruises flagship.

Port of Seattle launches free airport luggage service

April 21st, 2017

Cruise passengers arriving at the Port of Seattle this summer will be able to check their luggage through to the airport and receive an airline boarding pass before disembarkation. (travelweekly.com)

Princess Cruises Fined $40 Million for Water Pollution

April 21st, 2017

A federal judge in Miami fined Princess Cruise Lines $40 million Wednesday for illegally dumping oil waste into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and for falsifying records. (voanews.com)

MedCruise welcomes European Blue Growth report

April 21st, 2017

MedCruise welcomes the European Commission intensive to undertake a series of steps to further translating this strategy to actions, especially the recognition that coastal and maritime tourism are among the sectors with potential for sustainable blue growth.

Cruise Executive Compensation Breakdown: Fain Highest Paid

April 21st, 2017

Key leading executives at the three major cruise companies did very well for themselves in a robust 2016, with Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, taking home just over $10 million, making him the highest paid of the key players at the public cruise companies. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Announces Transformers, My Little Pony Cruises

April 21st, 2017

Carnival ImaginationCarnival Cruise Line will be running a series of “Carnival Playtime” branded cruises onboard Carnival Imagination this summer featuring the “Transformers” and “My Little Pony.” (cruisecritic.com)

Holland America Line Marks its 70th Year in Alaska with Special Experiences, Events and Entertainment

April 21st, 2017

In 2017 Holland America Line will celebrate its 70th year of Alaska exploration, and to commemorate the milestone anniversary the cruise line has planned special experiences and events that will take place on every Alaska cruise and on the popular Land+Sea Journeys.

CruiseOne and Dream Vacations celebrates top agents on River Cruise

April 21st, 2017

S.S. Maria Theresa. The ship's lobby is dominated by a 10-foot oil painting of Maria Theresa CruiseOne®/Dream Vacations recently recognized its top-producing travel franchise owners who are members of the home-based network’s prestigious “Circle of Excellence,” with an Enchanting Danube River Cruise aboard Uniworld’s SS Maria Theresa from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. (etbtravelnews.global)

Crystal Announces Operations Reorganization

April 21st, 2017

Crystal Cruises today announced the promotion of 22-year Crystal veteran Toni Neumeister to Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, responsible for all hotel, food and beverage, entertainment and land programs for Crystal’s expanding portfolio of travel experiences. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra Joins The Gauguin for a Culinary-Inspired Voyage

April 21st, 2017

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to announce that celebrity Chef Massimo Capra will join The Gauguin’s September 23, 2017, Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage, for a lecture and culinary demonstration, along with meet-and-greet photo opportunities.

Crystal Announces Complete Details of Crystal Symphony & Crystal Serenity Redesigns

April 21st, 2017

Crystal unveils the complete plans for Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Serenity’s dry dock transformations. In what the company is calling the “Evolution of Crystal Luxury,” in 2017 and 2018, Crystal will embark on the multi-million-dollar investment that will see the two ships reimagined to new standards of innovative luxury.

Colorful Dr. Seuss Waterworks Park To Be Featured On New Carnival Horizon Debuting In 2018

April 20th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, will be the first in the fleet to feature Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, a vibrant water park inspired by the whimsical world and words of the legendary children’s author. The 3,934-passenger vessel is set to debut in Europe April 2, 2018.

Celebrity sends off Solstice following biggest Australian season on record

April 20th, 2017

Celebrity Cruises is toasting a spectacular cruise season as Australia’s favourite cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, prepares to farewell Sydney for the final time this summer today. (etbtravelnews.global)

UK: Fred. Olsen cruise lines to pull out of Falmouth due to lack of cruise faciltities

April 20th, 2017

A cruise company is pulling out of Falmouth and has blamed it partly on the lack of dedicated cruising facilities. Fred. Olsen only began using the port last year, but has already decided it is not suitable. (cornwalllive.com)

Celebrate St. George’s Day with a free drinks package on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines!

April 20th, 2017

To mark England’s patron saint day, on 23rd April, guests booking one of two specific Fred. Olsen UK sailings, from Friday 21st April to Monday 24th April 2017 inclusive, will be treated to a free upgrade to its ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package, on selected drinks.

Skagway cruise ship season kicks off May 2

April 20th, 2017

The Pacific Princess at SkagwayCruise ship season is right around the corner in Skagway. The first boat is set to arrive at the beginning of May, kicking off a busy tourism season in the Northern Lynn Canal. (khns.org)

Carnival Australia Commemorates Anzac Day with Special Service in Sydney Harbour

April 20th, 2017

Carnival SpiritFormer Royal Australian Navy Commander John Hodges will head back to sea for the first time since his retirement from the Navy in 1989 to lead a special Anzac Day service onboard Carnival Spirit in Sydney Harbour on April 25. (etbtravelnews.global)

Scenic Reveals More Details of New Luxury Ocean Cruise Ship

April 20th, 2017

The 16,500-ton, 228-berth ocean-going cruise ship Scenic Eclipse (Artist impression courtesy Scenic Cruises)Scenic’s first ocean-going cruise ship, Scenic Eclipse, will feature 10 dining experiences, eight bars and lounges, two pools, and a large spa. The ship, which the line is calling a Discovery Yacht, is scheduled to launch in the Mediterranean on August 31, 2018. (cruisecritic.com)

Viking Cruises Partners with National Geographic To Sponsor New “Genius” Series

April 20th, 2017

Viking Cruises announced it has signed on to sponsor National Geographic’s first fully scripted global anthology series, “Genius,” which in its debut season tells the story of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein.

Norwegian to Add Lifeguards to Fleet

April 20th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line said that it will begin employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across its ships. The first responders will be trained and certified by the American Red Cross in lifesaving rescue measures and will monitor the family pools during scheduled pool hours. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Oceania Cruises Unveils 2018-19 Tropics And Exotics Itineraries

April 20th, 2017

Oceania Cruises' Insignia in Manhattan (Click to enlarge)Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, unveiled its most extensive collection of tropics and exotics itineraries to date.

CroisiEurope Adds Five New Ships, Joins USTOA

April 20th, 2017

In conjunction with the start of the 2017 river cruising season, CroisiEurope introduced two new ships to its fleet. The additions are two of the five new CroisiEurope ships expected between now and December. (travelagentcentral.com)

Silversea Christens Silver Muse in Monaco Ceremony

April 20th, 2017

The Silver Muse
Silversea’s newest and biggest ship, 596-passenger Silver Muse, was christened today (19 Apr.) at Monaco’s Port Hercule in the presence of royalty. Prince Albert II of Monaco was the guest of honor at a glamorous ceremony attended by local dignitaries and passengers who had booked the luxury vessel’s maiden voyage. (cruisecritic.com)

Indonesia to cut cost port charges to reverse cruise call decline – report

April 19th, 2017

Indonesia is planning to cut port charges in order to revert a sharp fall in the number of cruise ship calls, government ministers said, according to the Jakarta Post newspaper. (cruisebusiness.com)

Springwatch naturalist and photographer Chris Packham to explore Australia’s remote Kimberley on Steppes Travel’s exclusive private charter onboard True North

April 19th, 2017

The True NorthHot on the heels of Springwatch, (BBC2 Friday 21st April; 8:30-9:30pm), Steppes Travel is excited to announce another collaboration with Chris Packham, heading for an off-the-beaten track adventure in Australia’s remote Kimberley, one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet.

New Russian cruise operator to offer six night Black Sea cruises

April 19th, 2017

The 770-berth cruise ship Royal IrisBlack Sea Cruises, a new Russian cruise operator, will start to offer six night cruises in the Black Sea region in June, using a 14,717 gross ton vessel that last sailed for an Israeli company. (cruisebusiness.com)