Crystal To Redeploy River Vessels from France to the Rhine and Danube

July 28th, 2016

The Crystal river yacht vessels Debussy and Ravel (Artist concepts courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Following the launch of its first river vessel, the Crystal Mozart, Crystal River Cruises announced today that it will increase its presence in the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers, deploying four of its planned newbuilds in the region over the next two years (2017 and 2018). (cruiseindustrynews.com)

New U.S. History Itinerary From Crystal Cruises

July 28th, 2016

Crystal Cruises has announced a new 14-day itinerary, departing October 25, from New York to Ft. Lauderdale exploring more than a dozen sites important to U.S. history. (travelagentcentral.com)

AmaWaterways Names Jerre Fuqua Chief Marketing Officer

July 28th, 2016

As CMO, Fuqua will bring together the line’s strategic and tactical marketing teams in order to optimize communications across all media channels, with a special focus on the travel trade, AmaWaterways said. (travelagentcentral.com)

Costa Cruises to Offer Traditional Italian Festivities on Holiday Cruises

July 28th, 2016

Costa DeliziosaCosta Cruises has announced a lineup of special events spotlighting traditional Italian festivities onboard Costa Deliziosa’s first two Caribbean sailings of the holiday season. (travelagentcentral.com)

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch to commence cruise season from Rosyth in Summer 2016

July 28th, 2016

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 804-guest ship Black Watch is due to commence her cruise season from Rosyth, Scotland on 20th August 2016, with a five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ sailing.

Pandaw to Offer Christmas & New Year Specials

July 28th, 2016

RV Mekong PandawAsia river cruise pioneer Pandaw is offering limited availability savings on Christmas-time expeditions, including a spectacular 50% reduction offer on a unique Burmese double.

Taiwan tapping booming cruise tourism

July 28th, 2016

Eying bright prospects for the cruise business in Taiwan, with growing interest in Asia in the travel model, the central government is striving to provide tailored services for cruise passengers visiting ports in Taiwan, Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said Tuesday. (focustaiwan.tw)

The Olympic Village Has A Challenger: Luxury Cruise Ships

July 28th, 2016

“I have never experienced, this is my fifth Olympic game, a village in this state — or lack of state — of readiness at this point and time,” Kitty Chiller, head of Australian delegation, told reporters. (kshb.com)

Three Bidders for Hurtigruten

July 28th, 2016

The two new ships for Hurtigruten (Artist impression courtesy Kleven)Hurtigruten is on the table again, according to sources familiar with the matter who could not speak on the record. TDR, the British private equity firm which acquired Hurtigruten in the fall of 2014, is talking to three potential buyers after receiving unsolicited offers. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

$108M later, Port of Houston gives up on cruise ships

July 28th, 2016

Commissioners who run the Port of Houston have given up the idea of using the site as a cruise ship base after spending $108 million on the project since 1999. (abc13.com)

Burgas: Second Terminal In Progress

July 28th, 2016

The fourth largest city in Bulgaria, Burgas, is located on the Black Sea before political issues in the area took center stage, was seeing a promising cruise outlook. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Michael McCarthy re-elected as chairman Cruise Europe for another four years

July 28th, 2016

Michael McCarthy has been re-elected as chairman Cruise Europe for another four years. At the same time managing director Jens Skrede’s contract has been extended to December 2021.

Passenger volumes rally Marseille Fos first half

July 27th, 2016

Marseille - The Cruise Terminal with MSC FantasiaPassenger throughput recovered from a 13% slump in Q1 to finish on 962,000, matching last year’s first-half performance as the summer season went into full swing.

Chinese Hull Art for China-Bound Norwegian Joy

July 27th, 2016

The Norwegian Joy (Artist impression courtesy NCL)Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it has hired Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the hull artwork on the Norwegian Joy, which will sail from Shanghai and Tianjin. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Scenic to Renovate Space-Ships in France for 2017

July 27th, 2016

Space Ship Scenic DiamondFor the 2017 river cruise season Scenic is redesigning its France-based Space-Ships, reducing the guest count to 155, enlarging the cabins and public areas, and adding a private cooking emporium. (travelagentcentral.com)

Tribute to legendary New Caledonia shipping agent Gilbert Thong

July 27th, 2016

Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry today (26 Jul) paid tribute to legendary New Caledonia shipping agent Gilbert Thong following his recent passing. (etbtravelnews.com)

Lindblad Explorers gearing up for South Georgia traverse

July 27th, 2016

National Geographic Orion  (Photo courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions)The sons of two iconic exploration pioneers – Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay – will be joined by Jeremy Lindblad to recreate the historic 50km South Georgia traverse in celebration of Lindblad’s 50th year expedition anniversary. (expeditioncruising.com)

‘Saga Bank Holiday Getaway – The perfect small ship cruise’

July 27th, 2016

The Saga Pearl II (Dec. 2013, photo Ivan T. at Wikipedia)Sail away on a Bank Holiday Getaway to discover what makes Saga Pearl II such a special ship ¬– the small, yacht-like vessel has a traditional nautical feel, right down to her teak decks.

Patras Aiming to Rebuild Cruise Business

July 27th, 2016

“Last year we had very few calls, with 1,090 passengers total,” said Andreas Papapanagiotou, board member for the Port of Patras in Greece. “That’s why we attended MedCruise this year. We want to turn the trend. The new port authority took over in December and we want the cruise business to come back.” (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Falmouth cruise ship arrivals to reach 1.5m by 2021 – Bartlett

July 27th, 2016

Jamaica. Historic Falmouth: the Court HouseMinister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is projecting that cruise arrivals to Falmouth’s port should reach 1.5 million by 2021. This, Bartlett sad, is in light of current plans to transform Falmouth into a premiere regional destination. (jamaicaobserver.com)

Cruise ship port for Samui, Thailand

July 27th, 2016

Government officials are getting excited about making Koh Samui a hub for cruise ship tourism to Thailand. Officials met with private-sector cruise ship experts while touring a ship docked off of Samui’s gulf coast yesterday. (phuketgazette.net)

Business case for cruise ship terminal at Lyttelton Port, NZ, being considered

July 27th, 2016

The cost and likelihood of cruise ships returning to Lyttelton Port may be known next month. A business case for a new cruise terminal is being reviewed by the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) and Christchurch City councillors are expecting a response next month. (stuff.co.nz)

Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal Cruises, to Speak at ASTA Global Convention

July 27th, 2016

Crystal Cruises CEO Edie Rodriguez is set to speak at this year’s ASTA Global Convention. She’s slated to speak during the General Session on Tuesday, September 27. Guests must sign up for the event when registering for the convention. (travelagentcentral.com)

G Adventures offers 30% off unique river cruise experiences

July 26th, 2016

G Adventures has launched a promotion for 30% off its new river cruises on the Ganges and Mekong rivers, and in Burgundy, booked by September 30, 2016 and departing before December 31, 2016.

Finalists Announced for 4th Annual China Cruise Awards

July 26th, 2016

The China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association announced the finalists for its fourth annual China Cruise Awards ceremony, which will be held alongside the China Cruise Shipping conference in Tianjin, September 23-25. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruise companies reducing Mediterranean presence

July 26th, 2016

Rome - Piazza San Pietro - Vatican CityOngoing instability in the Mediterranean region is prompting cruise companies to trim capacity there, with the latest example coming from Celebrity Cruises, for summer 2017. (travelweekly.com)

MSC Cruises Names Tom Muldoon New Business Development Manager

July 25th, 2016

MSC Cruises has announced that the cruise line has hired Tom Muldoon as its new business development manager for north and central Florida. (travelagentcentral.com)

Take an ‘Exotic Fly-Cruise’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2017/18

July 25th, 2016

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has released a dedicated ‘Exotic Fly-Cruises’ brochure, which includes 17 far-flung holidays on board Boudicca and Black Watch, with durations of between 14 and 38 nights, to tempting destinations around the world, such as the Indian Ocean, South Africa, Australia and Mexico.

The New Hurtigruten Ships – Other Cruise News: Titan Enters River Cruising With Serenade I – Grand Circle Cruise To Cuba

July 25th, 2016

by Kevin Griffin

This week, we have a closer look at the first two new Rolls Royce-designed Hurtigruten ships, recently ordered at Norway’s Kleven shipyard. Some of their features actually date back to ships on the Great Lakes a century ago, while others will be much more modern. We also look at Titan River Cruises chartering its own ship from Spring 2017. And Grand Circle Cruise Line of Boston plans to run its m.v. Clio between Miami and Cuba starting in January 2017.

Summer’s been a long time coming – extend it with an October river cruise with Saga

July 25th, 2016

It’s been a slow start to the British summer but it can be extended on a selection of October river cruises with Saga. Several sailings also include one or two night breaks to make the most of the destinations and late sunshine!

Special Interest Sailing Around Bali on the Rise

July 25th, 2016

According to Indonesian Island Sail, special interest sailing trips around Bali has not only begun to trend, but will continue to rise steadily in popularity as more and more travellers venture beyond Bali in search of untouched islands and authentic Indonesian experiences. (expeditioncruising.com)

The Costa Crociere Foundation launches six new social betterment and marine environmental projects

July 25th, 2016

The Costa Crociere Foundation has concluded the annual selection process reserved for Italian non-profit organizations and has chosen six new social betterment and marine environmental protection projects for funding. (cruisebusiness.com)