P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn has begun a multi-million dollar transformation

February 25th, 2017

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn has begun a multi-million dollar transformation in Singapore which will include the installation of two spectacular waterslides on her top decks.

Royal Caribbean Adding Lifeguards, Water Safety Signage to All Cruise Ships

February 25th, 2017

This weekend, passengers onboard Oasis of the Seas will notice a few new crew members hanging out by the pools — licensed lifeguards. The lifeguards are just one piece of a new water safety program Royal Caribbean is implementing fleetwide that will also include water safety instruction and shipwide signage. (cruisecritic.com)

Husband is arrested in Italy after his wife ‘disappears’ during a Mediterranean cruise with their two children

February 24th, 2017

MSC MagnificaA husband has been arrested in Italy after concerns were raised that his wife had disappeared during a Mediterranean cruise with their two children. Police detained the 45-year-old Irishman, from Dublin, at Ciampino Airport in Rome after a roll call on the cruise ship Magnifica noted his Chinese-born wife was missing. (dailymail.co.uk)

Steel Cut for New Hurtigruten Ship

February 23rd, 2017

The new vessels will be equipped with a wave piercing bow surmounted by a covered observation area forward  (Artist impression courtesy Kleven)Hurtigruten marked the official start of construction of its new class of Explorer-class ships as company CEO Daniel Skjeldam was on hand to get things going at the Kleven Shipyard in Norway. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Crystal’s Alaska Season Offers Enticing Adventures for Families

February 23rd, 2017

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Crystal Serenity’s Alaska voyages are offering far more than the comprehensive exploration of the Last Frontier that has drawn luxury travelers to the region for years. For all seven 2017 Alaska cruises aboard the award-winning vessel, luxury travelers can enjoy a host of value propositions and savings that specifically apply to families traveling with children and multiple generations.

Crystal River Cruises to Offer Exclusive Complimentary Event at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw

February 23rd, 2017

When Crystal River Cruises’ newest luxury vessel embarks on her maiden voyage this June, guests will be treated to numerous experiences specially designed to showcase the elegance and history of the destinations along the Rhine and Moselle River itinerary.

The Development Network and Cruise Industry News Confirm Lead Media Partnership

February 23rd, 2017

The Development Network, event organizers of Passenger Ship Safety Southampton and Passenger Ship Safety Miami, and the Cruise Industry News, the leading independent media source covering the cruise ship industry, have today announced a Lead Media Partnership agreement concerning the above events.

Carnival Sensation Undergoes Extensive Renovation

February 23rd, 2017

Carnival Sensation has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation and emerged with a variety of popular food and beverage concepts, as well as a new nautical-themed children’s play area.

Introducing Seabourn Encore’s Stylish Sushi Restaurant

February 23rd, 2017

The Seabourn Encore (Courtesy of Fincantieri)One of the most striking and innovative features of Seabourn Encore is the new alternative dining venue Sushi.

Oceania Cruises Brings Cuban Cuisine to All Cuba Voyages

February 23rd, 2017

Oceania cruisers bound for Cuba will find Cuban menus onboard, featuring traditional dishes like ropa vieja, which is stewed shredded beef; malanga fritters, made from a root similar to taro; and arroz con pollo, or rice with chicken and saffron. (cruisecritic.com)

Italian Fabric Company Faliero Sarti to Create Custom Scarves for Silversea Cruises’ New Ship

February 23rd, 2017

The Silver Muse (Artist impression)Italian textile maker Faliero Sarti has partnered with Silversea Cruises to design a line of exclusive scarves in honor of the line’s new flagship vessel, Silver Muse. The scarves, focusing on the Silversea values of exploration, luxury and uniqueness, will be given to a number of passengers to promote the new ship; they will also be available for purchase in Silver Muse’s onboard gift shop. (cruisecritic.com)

U.S. Virgin Islands Embarks on New FCCA Sponsorship Package for Sustained Growth

February 22nd, 2017

The FCCA is proud to announce that the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism, a long-time FCCA Featured Marketing Partner and prominent cruise and tourism destination, became the first to embark on the FCCA’s new partnership package to continue their cruise tourism growth.

Windstar Hires Steinbrunner as Corporate Hotel Manager

February 22nd, 2017

In his new position, Steinbrunner is responsible for overseeing all aspects of shipboard product delivery on Windstar’s six vessels, including standards, procedures, enhancements, efficiencies and innovations as well as the leadership, training, coaching and collective performance of the hotel management team. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Capture Cunard Queens this weekend to win a Queen Mary 2 cruise

February 22nd, 2017

Historic Cunard Queens Rendezvous in Sydney Harbour, February 2007: The Queen Elizabeth 2 whistle saluted  Queen Mary 2 during an historic afternoon arrival into Sydney Harbour. Not since World War II have two Cunard Queens called on Sydney togetherLuxury cruise line Cunard is offering a special Queen Mary 2 experience to the spectator who captures the best image of this weekend’s Royal Rendezvous of two of the world’s most famous ships in Sydney – Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. (etbtravelnews.global)

Tourico Holidays Reports Record Cruise Bookings in 2016

February 22nd, 2017

Tourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today shared data revealing a 37 percent increase in 2016 cruise bookings compared to 2015 – with an 8 percent increase in average transaction size.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Reports 2017 Booked Position at Historic High

February 22nd, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) just became the latest cruise company to report a strong start to 2017, describing its 2017 booked position as a “historic high.” That’s from its new earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, which the line just released. (travelagentcentral.com)

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces 2018 Wine Voyages

February 22nd, 2017

The 5 Terre between Genoa and La SpeziaContinuing its commitment to and enhancing the superbly established level of award-winning culinary experiences, SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season.

MHA Champions Small and Large Vendors

February 22nd, 2017

The 32nd conference and trade show for the Marine Hotel Association (MHA) is scheduled for April 2-4 at the Naples Grand Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Norwegian to Design 2019 Newbuild for China

February 22nd, 2017

The Norwegian Joy (Artist impression courtesy NCL)Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will design its 2019 newbuild for the Chinese market, according to President and CEO Frank del Rio, speaking on the company’s fourth quarter and full-year earnings call on Wednesday, Feb 22. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Best Ever Cruise Excellence Awards Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in Cartagena, Spain

February 22nd, 2017

The ceremony of the Cruise Excellence Awards has succeeded in surpassing the success of previous editions. Over 350 attendees filled the “El Batel” Auditorium and enjoyed the special gala now in its tenth anniversary.

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships

February 22nd, 2017

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional 4, the first units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market.

Royal Caribbean latest cruise line to cancel Turkey ports of call

February 21st, 2017

Royal Caribbean has canceled all scheduled stops in Turkey for the 2017 season, becoming the latest cruise line to do so following Carnival Corporation’s Cunard Line and P&O Cruises December decisions to stop sailing to the Mediteranean nation. (foxnews.com)

Coast Guard: Handful of people die falling from cruise ships each year

February 21st, 2017

The presumed death of a Warner Robins man who fell from a cruise ship last week highlights a little-mentioned phenomenon: A handful of similar deaths occur each year. (13wmaz.com)

Talented sugar crafter Frances McNaughton to be on board Saga Sapphire’s Canary Island Medley cruise in December

February 21st, 2017

Frances McNaughton is one of the UK’s most talented sugar crafters and her sugar-sweet props have been used in the box-office hit films Notting Hill, Harry Potter, Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Gulliver’s Travels.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines enjoyed strong 2016

February 21st, 2017

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational cruise shipping company, enjoyed a strong 2016, with full year profit significantly higher than in the previous year and the final quarter loss markedly lower than that in 2015. (cruisebusiness.com)

MSC Names Snitzer as SVP Guest Services

February 21st, 2017

MSC Cruises has announced that Adam Snitzer has joined the company as senior vice president of guest services for North America. In this position, Snitzer will be responsible for overseeing the North American travel agent and consumer call centers, group operations, customer service and revenue management. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Maritime welcomes Minas Miliaras as Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution

February 21st, 2017

Since February 15, Minas Miliaras has taken on the role of Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution at Carnival Maritime, the Marine Service Unit of the Costa Group (AIDA, Costa) in Hamburg.

Salamis Targets Niche Med Market

February 21st, 2017

The Salamis Filoxenia (Courtesy Salamis Cruise Lines)“The cruise business plays a significant role for our overall company, fitting in with our tourism activities,” said Kikis A. Vassiliou, general manager of Salamis Cruise Lines. The Salamis Organization, based in Cyprus, has various travel interests including a tour company and a seasonal cruise operation. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

SuperStar Virgo Increases Length of Shanghai Homeport Cruises to International Standard of 8D/7N

February 21st, 2017

Shangai (Photo courtesy Star Cruises)Due to popular demand, Star Cruises has enhanced its itineraries from Shanghai to meet International standards of 8-Day/7-Night voyages, now taking in the capital city of Tokyo and the iconic Mt. Fuji, two “must see” destinations in Japan, in addition to Osaka and Kagoshima.

Disney Cruise Line Offers Families a Chance to See the World and Explore Magnificent New Destinations in Summer 2018

February 21st, 2017

Rome - Piazza San Pietro - Vatican CityIn summer 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland.

Start of construction of the first LNG cruise ship in the world at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg for AIDA Cruises

February 21st, 2017

On February 21, 2017, a new age dawned for the cruise shipping sector at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. AIDA President Felix Eichhorn and Meyer Werft Director Bernard Meyer performed the symbolic first steel cutting for the world’s first cruise ship that can be run completely on liquid natural gas (LNG).

Carnival Cruise Line Expands ‘Carnival Journeys’ Program

February 21st, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys enrichment cruise series with 13 new 12- to 14-day seagoing adventures departing from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico in 2018 and 2019.