Cruise ships are the new super-fan conventions for TV and film

February 19th, 2017

“What’s interesting about TV-theme cruises is that it’s the single hottest niche in the genre,” said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief at the cruise guide Cruise Critic. “It’s a fairly new specialty of theme cruises and the themes on offer represent such a wide range of television programming.” (qz.com)

Auckland rammed with visitors after four cruise ships arrive in port

February 18th, 2017

For the first time four cruise ships are in Auckland harbour at the same time. That means 3,500 tourists are in Auckland today shopping, eating and drinking and many will be heading to different ports in New Zealand in the coming days.(tvnz.co.nz)

AdventureSmith Explorations Enhances Galapagos Experiences With Expanded Fleet and Charter Flights

February 18th, 2017

The Galapagos IslandsA world-class, 16-guest yacht, Natural Paradise, recently joined an extensive fleet of more than 25 diverse vessels available to small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations for island-hopping explorations of the Galapagos archipelago.

Holland America Line Raises Daily Gratuities

February 17th, 2017

Effective May 1, 2017, Holland America Line will charge an additional dollar per person, per day, for service charges on standard cabin bookings, and an additional $1.50 per person, per day, to passengers booked in suites. (cruisecritic.com)

UnCruise Adventures introduces an updated wine itinerary aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy with additional departures for 2017

February 17th, 2017

SS Legacy former Spirit of '98Weeklong river cruises depart round-trip from Portland, Oregon, along the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers and explore one of the country’s most renowned wine regions.

Princess Cruises Announces Fourth Ship to Debut Medallion Class Ocean Vacations

February 17th, 2017

Princess Cruises announced today that Island Princess will be the fourth cruise ship to feature the Ocean Medallion™, debuting May 16, 2018 for the Alaska season.

Cruise ship crew member found hanging

February 17th, 2017

A young crew member aboard the Costa Magica vessel which was docked at Heritage Quay pier was found hanging in his cabin yesterday afternoon, police confirmed. (antiguaobserver.com)

Gastro outbreak repeat aboard Sun Princess cruise ship

February 17th, 2017

Not even crew members decked out in hazmat suits could prevent the dreaded norovirus from striking down passengers aboard a cruise ship currently docked in Brisbane. (9news.com.au)

Cleophas, Norwegian Cruise Line, Named Bartender of the Year

February 16th, 2017

Beating competition from over 2,500 entries across 13 different cruise lines, Wade Cleophas from Norwegian Cruise Line has scooped the title of 2017 Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year, according to a statement. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cunard Presents 2017 Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” Winner with Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2

February 16th, 2017

Cunard, the only line to carry pets across the Atlantic, presented Rumor, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show winner, with an invitation to sail on a Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 today (Feb. 15) in New York’s Times Square.

Cruise Industry Digs Deep for Mercy Ships at The CLIAs

February 16th, 2017

There was an extra winner at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 16th Annual Cruise Industry Awards – Mercy Ships.

Cruise passengers party on‚ crew tests lifeboats as Dineo approaches

February 16th, 2017

Crew aboard the MSC Sinfonia cruise liner have been testing their lifeboats and changed their itinerary as cyclone Dineo approaches the Mozambique and South African east coasts. (timeslive.co.za)

Sembcorp Marine taps into Asia cruise boost

February 16th, 2017

Sembcorp Marine Repairs & Upgrades has a strong focus on building up its cruise refit business – and it has seen this business boosted by growing demand for cruising in Asia. (passengership.info)

Is Norwegian Star the unluckiest cruise ship at sea? Blighted vessel abandons another five ports of call

February 16th, 2017

A cruise ship whose voyages have on several occasions been blighted by mechanical breakdown and missed ports of call has been given the all-clear. (independent.co.uk)

Cunard Offers up to 2-for-1† Savings for Presidents Day

February 16th, 2017

Queen Mary 2 is greeted by Queen Elizabeth (left) and Queen Victoria (right) as the Cunard flagship arrives into Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014. Below, from the left: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2. (Courtesy Cunard Line)In tandem with Presidents Day, luxury cruise line company Cunard will offer up to 2-for-1 savings off Launch Fares on select cruise itineraries on its three Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines encourage trade partners to book onto one of its free ship visits and onboard training days

February 16th, 2017

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is encouraging trade partners to book onto one of its free ship visits and onboard training days in April, May and June 2017, to find out more about the unique Fred. Olsen product first-hand and help give a real understanding of the ‘Fred. Olsen Difference’.

The keel laying ceremony for “Viking Spirit” took place today at Fincantieri

February 16th, 2017

The Viking Star (Photo Neven Jerkovic at Shipspotting.com)The keel laying ceremony for “Viking Spirit”, the fifth of six cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri, took place today at the shipyard in Ancona.

Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards Winners Revealed

February 16th, 2017

Disney DreamFor the fifth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line has taken top honors in Cruise Critic’s annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, with Cruise Critic reviewers choosing Disney Dream as the “Best Overall” large cruise ship for the third year in a row. (cruisecritic.com)

Norwegian Star Sets Sail, to Resume Itinerary in Auckland February 18

February 16th, 2017

Norwegian Star (Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star is underway and scheduled to be alongside in Auckland, New Zealand, at 9:30 a.m. local time on February 18, according to the latest statement from the line provided to Travel Agent. (travelagentcentral.com)

Oceania Cruises Adds 6 More Cuba Itineraries for 2017

February 16th, 2017

More Cuba visits are on the horizon for Oceania Cruises. The luxury line owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has revealed a series of new departures for fall 2017. (cruisecritic.com)

Enjoy scenic sailing from Scotland with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2017

February 16th, 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 is reinforcing its reputation as the ‘cruise line of choice’ from Scotland, a country that has historically been very close to the Olsen family, with a total of 12 departures in 2017: four from Glasgow (Greenock) and eight from Edinburgh (Rosyth).

Fincantieri to Built A New Class Of Ships For Norwegian Cruise Line

February 16th, 2017

Fincantieri was awarded an order from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. for the construction of 4 new generation cruise ships with an option for additional 2, for the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brand.

Victoria Cruises introduces world’s largest ship elevator in 2017

February 15th, 2017

World’s Largest Ship Elevator Opens at Three Gorges Dam in Central China Victoria Cruises will introduce passengers to another technological marvel along China’s Yangtze River with the inclusion of the world’s largest ship elevator in its 2017 programs.

Hagen: ‘Focused Clearly on What We Are’

February 15th, 2017

“We give great value. We have the best value of any line. In reality, you get a luxury product at a (premium) price. That sells, people like value,” Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, told Cruise Industry News.

One Ocean Expeditions’ Spring Voyages to South Georgia Feature Some of the Most Awe-Inspiring Wildlife Shows on Earth

February 15th, 2017

Akademik Sergey VavilovKing penguins by the hundreds of thousands, albatross rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, fur and elephant seals mating and pupping, covering the beaches in frenzied chaos, and a profusion of seabirds from albatross to giant petrels and skuas.  

Carnival Offers Travel Agents ‘Funomenal Group Sail’ Promotion Through March 15

February 15th, 2017

As part of a new “FUNomenal Group Sail” promotion, Carnival Cruise Line is reducing its initial deposit requirement by fifty percent for group bookings, as well as offering an enhanced free cruise berth program, through March 15, 2017.

More Millennials, Strong Dollar to Drive River Cruises in 2017

February 15th, 2017

Balconies are a big feature on Scenic's river cruisers (Courtesy Scenic)A new AAA survey indicates that four in 10 Americans say they would consider a river cruise for their upcoming vacation. (travelagentcentral.com)

Costa Cruises Is A Top Employer Italy For The Fourth Consecutive Year

February 15th, 2017

Costa Cruises is once again among the top Italian companies for employee working conditions. During yesterday’s event in Milan, the Italian company was recognised by the Top Employers Institute for the fourth consecutive year and awarded the prestigious “Top Employers 2017” certification.

Even more vegetarian variety on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2

February 15th, 2017

First-class vegetarian and vegan menus: working alongside EUROPA 2’s own chef de cuisine, top chef Michael Hoffmann has developed a menu exclusively for the 5-stars-plus* luxury ship, inspired by his own vegetarian cuisine.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises appoints a new Sales Representative for the UK & Ireland

February 15th, 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is delighted to announce the appointment of Aishling McLoughlin as the new Sales Representative for the UK & Ireland. Aishling takes over responsibility for sales in the marketplace from Mike Flanagan, who has retired after eight years working for the cruise line.

Genting Dream Adds More Onboard Programming

February 15th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)In celebration of the International Women’s Day, Dream Cruises said it will ring in the month of March with a series of events inspired by the “Golden Shanghai era in the 1920s, including the first-ever Cheongsam Catwalk at Sea, professional hair and makeup workshops, skincare talks as well as dancing parties to set the mood for everything Shanghai.” (cruiseindustrynews.com)

AIDAperla to be christened in Palma de Mallorca On June 30, 2017

February 15th, 2017

The AIDAPrima (Courtesy AIDA Cruises)The secret has finally been unveiled: AIDAperla, the twelfth member of the AIDA fleet, will be christened on Friday, June 30, 2017, in Palma de Mallorca (Spain).