Norwegian Cruise Company to Start-Up with 2019 Newbuild

January 23rd, 2017

Another new cruise line plans to enter the industry as Norwegian Cruise Company intends to start operations in 2019 with a purpose-built ultra-luxury 180-passenger ship. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Princess Cruises Adds to its 2017 Shore Excursion Programme on U.K.-Based Crown Princess Sailings

January 23rd, 2017

The 5 Terre between Genoa and La SpeziaThe 3,080-passenger ship will offer 20 brand-new shore excursions — in addition to its existing programme — on seven- and 14-night Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Sea itineraries. (cruisecritic.com)

Passengers missing from Dubai cruise ship in The Gambia

January 23rd, 2017

Five people are missing from a cruise ship in The Gambia after the country declared a state of emergency following disputed election results. According to a report by Cruise Arabia & Africa, there are two crew and three passengers among those missing, while a statement on the company’s website confirms crew and passengers are missing, without providing details. (arabiansupplychain.com)

100 cruise calls and 280,000 passengers are expected for 2017 at Toulon

January 22nd, 2017

Amongst them, six will be new ship visitors. This is a small decline on last year’s figures, -33% calls and -10% passengers. In 2016 a new cruise terminal has been completed in La Seyne sur mer and the ferry/cruise Terminal downtown has been completely refurbished.

What’s The Deal With Cruise Ship Gambling?

January 22nd, 2017

If you’re thinking that your next holiday might be an all-inclusive cruise, then there is every chance that, alongside the endless buffets and cringy cabaret acts, you will come across a casino to play at. (casino.org)

Princess Cruises Named “Best Ocean Cruise Line” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

January 20th, 2017

The Regal PrincessPrincess Cruises received top honors in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, being named “Best Ocean Cruise Line” after the cruise line was nominated by cruise industry experts and ultimately voted on by USA TODAY readers.

Desire Clothing-Optional Cruise to Sail in 2018

January 20th, 2017

The Azamara Quest (Courtesy Azamara Club Cruises)Desire has announced that its second clothing-optional cruise will sail the Mediterranean in April 2018. The adults-only cruise departs from Barcelona and culminates in Rome, visiting ports of call including Sete and Marseilles in France, Monaco’s Monte Carlo and Italy’s Portofino and Florence. (travelagentcentral.com)

Don’t let it be a ‘Blue January’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ great-value ‘Turn of Year’ sales campaign

January 20th, 2017

Award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is showcasing its exciting ‘Turn of Year’ sales campaign with a range of multi-media promotions, including a series of 30-second and 10-second advertisements being shown on 13 digital TV channels.

Bhaya Group secure a brighter future for Halong Bay

January 20th, 2017

In a major move following last year’s ‘Big Clean-up’, Bhaya cruises in collaboration with the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance have taken critical steps in preserving the natural beauty of Halong Bay and its surrounding waters. (etbtravelnews.global)

Flying Clipper Delivery Pushed Back to 2018

January 20th, 2017

Star Clippers' new ship Flying Clipper (Illustration courtesy of Brodosplit Shipyard)The Flying Clipper will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018, as the delivery of the newest Star Clippers’ ship has been pushed back from August 2017. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Viking Sea maiden Call at La Goulette Cruise Terminal in Tunis

January 20th, 2017

Viking Sea has called yesterday (Jan. 18) for the first time at la Goulette Cruise Terminal. The ship had onboard almost 900 passengers, most of them were Americans and made a stopover from 9am to 6pm.

Norwegian Cruise Line Brings Bidding-For-Upgrades To The Cruise Industry

January 20th, 2017

The Norwegian Escape (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Norwegian Cruise Line will kick off the new year with a cruise industry first: an upgrade program that allows passengers who have paid for a cruise to bid for an upgrade to a higher-category stateroom. (travelmarketreport.com)

2016 Was Yet Another Record Year For Cruiseline Passengers Visiting Malta

January 20th, 2017

Malta. La Valletta Prinsendam, MSC Splendida and MSC Musica (Image by Custom Aerial Photos)According to figures published this morning by the National Statistics Office (NSO), 2016 was yet another record year for cruiseline passengers visiting Malta. A total of 682,222 passenger movements were recorded, meaning an increase of 2% on 2015.

Michael Thamm Expands Role to Oversee Carnival Corporation’s Operations in China and Asia

January 20th, 2017

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group, is appointed CEO of Carnival Asia, and will oversee operationsin China and the regionas part of his expanded role.

Catch peak wildflower season on a small-ship cruise of Canada’s west coast

January 20th, 2017

Modern Canada turns 150 this year, and Maple Leaf Adventures is teaming up with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society to offer a small-ship cruise that explores British Columbia’s west coast and Pacific history. (latimes.com)

Next Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class Cruise Ship To Be Named Symphony of the Seas?

January 19th, 2017

Cruisers loyal to Royal Caribbean are always on the lookout for the next ship name announcement. So when the new moniker Symphony of the Seas popped up as the name for Royal Caribbean’s next Oasis-class ship, fans broadcast the news. (cruisecritic.com)

Dream Cruises to Homeport “Genting Dream” Year-Round in Singapore

January 19th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Dream Cruises, announces its inaugural vessel, Genting Dream, to be home ported year-round in Singapore starting from 3 December 2017. This marks a first for Singapore to host a brand-new and large-scale 151,300-tonne cruise ship year-round.

China Cruise Shipping Launches New Website

January 19th, 2017

The China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) has launched a new website ahead of their annual conference, China Cruise Shipping (CCS). (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Lindblad Expeditions Names New Cruise Ship National Geographic Venture

January 19th, 2017

The National Geographic Quest is currently being built in Seattle and will make her first voyage on 26 June 2017Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic now has a name for its brand-new 100-passenger ship, launching in June 2018: National Geographic Venture. The expedition vessel and its sister ship, National Geographic Quest (launching in June 2017), are the only new-builds in the history of the cruise line. (cruisecritic.com)

Carnival Corporation to Build Two New Cruise Ships with Fincantieri for Holland America and Princess

January 19th, 2017

Majestic Princess will be the first ship in the fleet to debut an elegant new livery design featuring the company's iconic logoCarnival Corporation & plc today announced that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships with final contracts expected to be executed in early 2017.

Anchored Cruise offers musical luxury on the high seas this summer

January 19th, 2017

The hottest new summer music cruise to hit Europe is to take place on a no expenses spared Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas ship. The finest talents from the house music world will line-up, and the entertainment, accommodation, food and drink on offer as the ship sails around the Med from June 11th to 18th 2017 will be truly unrivalled.

Cruise Planners Adds New Role, Welcoming Stacy Lowman as Director of Training and Development

January 19th, 2017

This month, Stacy Lowman joined the team in a new role created to heighten the focus on travel agent and internal training and development. In his new role, Lowman will lead a seasoned training team charged with redesigning the training platform, Cruise Planners University (CPU).

Key Cruise Line Executives and Industry Stakeholders Build Business and Relationships at FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit

January 19th, 2017

Business and relationship development were in high gear on the high seas from January 13-16. More than 150 FCCA Platinum Members, key cruise industry stakeholders, joined over 25 top-level FCCA Member Line cruise executives for the annual FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit.

Original Group announces itinerary for second nude cruise

January 19th, 2017

Original Group, whose made headlines around the world when it announced its first adults-only, couples-only, “clothing optional” cruise last year, has just announced its second itinerary. (news.com.au)

Lion – explore the locations of this new film as Saga roars into Kolkata during a unique new river cruise holiday

January 18th, 2017

The MV Mahabaahu Lion, a new film based on the true story of Saroo, a five-year-old boy who fell asleep in an empty train and ended up lost in Kolkata (Calcutta), opens in UK cinemas this week (Friday 20th January).

Carnival Cruise Line Upgrades Travel Agent Rewards Program With New Point Redemption Offerings And Enhancements

January 18th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line has enhanced its popular Travel Agent Rewards Program by offering agents a new point redemption process so that all gift cards are now offered in electronic format.

Seabourn Opens Bookings for New Seabourn Ovation’s Inaugural Season

January 18th, 2017

Scheduled to launch in spring 2018, the ship will sail on a variety of voyages in and around Europe between May and November 2018, hailing at ports throughout Northern Europe, the United Kingdom and Mediterranean. (travelagentcentral.com)

Emerald Waterways Launches Three New River Cruise Ships

January 18th, 2017

The Danube in BudapestEmerald Waterways is kicking off 2017 with the launch of three new ships, which will almost double the size of the line’s fleet and allow it to expand its river cruise offerings in Europe to include France and Portugal. (travelagentcentral.com)

MSC Breaks Ground on Ocean Cay

January 18th, 2017

MSC Cruises broke ground earlier this week on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line’s new private island destination. Located south of Bimini in The Bahamas, the island is set to become a “natural paradise exclusive” to MSC Cruises guests as of November 2018. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruise Season 2017 Schedule Announced at Port Saint John

January 18th, 2017

The 29th cruise season at Port Saint John will get an early start with the April 27th arrival of Holland America’s Veendam.

Tremendous December rainfall provides Silversea Expeditions travellers with once in a life time experience

January 18th, 2017

Silversea Expeditions invites guests to discover a unique opportunity to experience the ancient wonders and thundering waterfalls of the Australian Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer on 10 or 11-day voyages travelling between Darwin and Broome. (etbtravelnews.global)

Charleston cruise ship terminal fight back on appeals court docket

January 18th, 2017

The debate over a new cruise ship terminal in Charleston’s Historic District is finally going to be heard by the state Court of Appeals – nearly three years after environmental and preservation groups filed their petition with the court. (postandcourier.com)