Carnival Cruise Line Hosts Build-A-Bear Day of Fun For 100 Kids from Boys & Girls Club Aboard Carnival Magic in Port Carnival

October 23rd, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line hosted a Build-A-Bear Workshop event that provided more than 100 kids from Brevard, Fla.-area Boys & Girls Clubs with a day of fun aboard the Carnival Magic in Port Canaveral, Fla. Coinciding with Build-A-Bear’s 20th Birthday, the event offered kids a chance to make their own cuddly bears that could be customized with a colorful Carnival T-shirt and other accessories.

Celebrity Edge To Europe In 2019 – Other Cruise News: The B Debuts – Crystal’s Shorter Cruises

October 23rd, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, it was announced that the Celebrity Edge, the first of four new generation ships, will be based in Europe in 2019. On top of this, the existing Celebrity fleet of nine will be refurbished between 2019 and 2023 as the four new ships are delivered. Elsewhere, the world’s first cruise ship designed for Millenials, U by Uniworld’s The B, is to enter service on the Seine next spring, to be followed by a second ship, The A, on the Rhine. Finally, Crystal Cruises has added to its selection of short cruises with five 6- to 8-day cruises for 2018 in addition to the seven that are being sold this year.

Cunard Returns to Alaska with the Launch of Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 Voyages

October 23rd, 2017

In 2019, Cunard will sail to Alaska, bringing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to guests once again. A series of voyages beginning in May 2019 will combine the magnificence of Alaska with the luxury of Cunard as Queen Elizabeth sails from Japan to Alaska and then remains in the region through June.

Cruise shipping season closes in Kiel Passenger and ship tonnage totals at an all-time high

October 23rd, 2017

The 2017 cruise shipping season ended in Kiel on Saturday, October 21st, with a visit from the “AIDAvita”. This year the port was visited on 143 separate occasions by 29 different cruise ships with a combined total ten million GT.

Travel Leaders Network Hosts “Elite Event” Aboard the Norwegian Epic

October 23rd, 2017

Travel Leaders Network hosted 27 of its top members and their guests on a seven-night cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic for its “Elite Event”, which celebrates and rewards the successes of the organization’s top members. (travelagentcentral.com)

Corrected – Carnival’s rumoured three ship order at Meyer Turku could accelerate removal of ageing ships

October 23rd, 2017

Finnish news sources have said that Carnival Corporation & plc is in talks with Meyer Turku shipyard for three newbuildings. Should this happen, it could accelerate removal of older ships from the Carnival group fleet and demolition of old units worldwide, said Robin Farley, leisure industry analyst at UBS in new York. (cruisebusiness.com)

Industry Leader Panel Set for China Cruise Shipping 12

October 23rd, 2017

Early on the morning of April 2, 2017, AIDAbella was the first ship of the AIDA fleet to sail past Shanghai's famous skylineKey cruise executives will come together on Monday, Nov. 6 in Sanya at China Cruise Shipping as the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) recently announced the lineup for the 90 minute panel discussion. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Le Boat to Offer Cruises to Cruisery, France

October 23rd, 2017

Horizon, the new 2016 model of Le Boat's fleetLe Boat is now offering a Three Regions Cruise that takes guests to the famed book village of Cuisery, France. The self-driven voyage departs from Branges to Gray and allows seven to 14 nights to take in architectural heritage dating back to the Renaissance, Middle Ages, Gallo-Roman, and Celtic periods. (travelagentcentral.com)

MSC Cruises Launches Brand-new 116-Night 2020 World Cruise Aboard MSC Magnifica

October 23rd, 2017

MSC Cruises announced today the opening of sales of its second world cruise, setting sail in 2020. Sales open today, October 23, for MSC Voyagers Club members and everyone else on November 23.

Schulte Marine Concept wins first cruise ship newbuilding contract

October 22nd, 2017

The 9,300-ton 176-guest World Explorer (Courtesy Quark Expeditions)The newbuilding arm of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement will provide technical consultancy and newbuild supervision services to support construction of the hybrid-powered MS World Explorer. (bunkerspot.com)

Farewell to John Honeywell – Mirror Travel’s award-winning cruise columnist Captain Greybeard

October 22nd, 2017

Captain Greybeard  blog for the MirrorMirror Travel’s renowned cruise columnist Captain Greybeard has died in a hospital in Hampshire after a short illness. He was 69. ‘Greybeard’ was the pseudonym of John Honeywell, the former Deputy Managing Editor of Mirror Group Newspapers, who left in 2009 after a distinguished Fleet Street career to concentrate on writing about holidays at sea on a full-time basis. (mirror.co.uk)

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority welcomes new bus partnership to Ogden Point

October 22nd, 2017

When they visit Victoria in 2018, cruise passengers will be boarding a fleet of greener buses. A new partnership between The Wilson’s Group and CVS Tours will bring new, quieter buses with lower emissions to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s Ogden Point cruise terminal.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence Expands Welcome Policy

October 21st, 2017

Cruise the Saint Lawrence groups the 9 ports of call on the Saint LawrenceCruise the Saint Lawrence has expanded its trademark welcome policy to include a new focus on shore excursions, the organization said in a statement. The group has initiated the evaluation of excursions marketed and sold by cruise lines. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Star Cruises Celebrates a Decade at the TTG “Travel Hall of Fame”

October 21st, 2017

Mr. Michael Goh, Senior Vice President – International Sales of Genting Cruise Lines (center) receiving the TTG Travel Awards “Travel Hall of Fame” Inductee Award from Mr. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia (left)  together with Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media (right) at the 28th TTG Travel Awards 2017 Ceremony & Gala Dinner in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 September 2017

Mr. Michael Goh, Senior Vice President – International Sales of Genting Cruise Lines (center) receiving the TTG Travel Awards “Travel Hall of Fame” Inductee Award from Mr. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia (left)  together with Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media (right) at the 28th TTG Travel Awards 2017 Ceremony & Gala Dinner in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 September 2017

Genting Cruise Lines’ Star Cruises is proud to receive the Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) “Travel Hall of Fame” Award at the 28th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand this year, celebrating its ten year induction into the hall of fame in recognition of Star Cruises’ outstanding achievement in winning “Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific” ten years in a row.

Greece to raise cruise ship that sank off Santorini in 2007

October 21st, 2017

The Greek government has ordered the raising of a sunken cruise ship (Sea Diamond) that foundered just off the holiday island of Santorini ten years ago, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead. (foxnews.com)

51st MedCruise General Assembly concludes successfully in Toulon

October 20th, 2017

More than 170 cruise industry professionals and port executives gathered in Toulon last week, to discuss the latest developments in the sector and also the implications and prospects of cruising in the Med and its adjoining seas.

Princess Cruises Offers Special Savings on Caribbean and Panama Canal Cruises

October 20th, 2017

Princess Cruises will offer guests free gratuities and deposits for only $1 beginning Oct 20, 2017 for select voyages to the Caribbean and Panama Canal.

Norwegian Ports Launch Environmental Port Index

October 20th, 2017

Norwegian ports have agreed upon a model for a future Environmental Port Index (EPI). “Our goal is to use economic incentives for ships with the lowest environmental footprint in our ports,” said a statement from the port of Bergen. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Stephen Mulhern & Jonathan Wilkes to create “game-changing” show for P&O Cruises in new entertainment partnership

October 20th, 2017

Entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern has teamed up with singer, performer and producer Jonathan Wilkes in a new entertainment partnership with P&O Cruises which will include the creation and production of a stunning new show for the company.

CLIA Opens Enrollment for 2018 Travel Agency and Individual Agent Membership

October 20th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened enrollment for its 2018 Travel Agency Membership and Individual Agent Membership (IAM) programs.

Oceania Cruises Introduces 2019 Europe And The Americas Itineraries

October 20th, 2017

Oceania Cruises' Insignia in ManhattanOceania Cruises introduces the Europe & The Americas 2019 Collection of itineraries, which open for sale on October 18th.

London Cruise Terminal At Tilbury Keeps On Investing

October 20th, 2017

The Tilbury Landing Stage (Courtesy Kevin Griffin)London International Cruise Terminal Tilbury continues to invest quite heavily in its facilities with £1.5m (€1.68m) being spent on refurbishing the old baggage hall.

Michael Bayley to Keynote Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, Dream Vacations Conference

October 20th, 2017

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations, which are part of World Travel Holdings, have announced their lineup of speakers for their 2017 National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas. (travelagentcentral.com)

Crystal Cruises Announces Expanded Collection of 2017 & 2018 ‘Crystal Getaways’

October 20th, 2017

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

In its continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices, Crystal Cruises has unveiled an expanded selection of Crystal Getaways – abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries – for both 2017 and 2018.

Edie Rodriguez to Ponant

October 20th, 2017

Ponant announced it has hired Edie Rodriguez as its new Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor. Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant and Navin Sawhney, CEO of Ponant Americas said in a statement they pleased that she is joining the team. Rodriguez was most recently president and CEO of Crystal Cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces Extended Hours for Reservations

October 20th, 2017

Seadream I in LondonSeaDream Yacht Club announces extended hours in its reservations department. Due to increased demand, reservations is now available on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST in addition to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(Update) Caribbean Cruise Ports Are Open; Others Show Signs of Recovery

October 20th, 2017

Oceania Cruises’ MS Sirena alongside the Caribbean Princess on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Port Zante, St. Kitts

As the days and weeks pass after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Caribbean is moving toward recovery — and its cruise ports are some of the first major tourism hubs to re-open. (cruisecritic.com)

Carnival Cruise Line, Brees Dream Foundation Team Up for Fun Sweepstakes

October 19th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line – the Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints – and the Brees Dream Foundation have teamed up for a fun sweepstakes awarding a different lucky fan a free cruise each time the Saints pass for more than 300 yards in a game during the 2017 season.

Keel laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ second, new expedition ship: HANSEATIC inspiration

October 19th, 2017

The keel laying for the HANSEATIC inspiration held on 18 October 2017 has set in motion the next stage of construction for the second of the two new expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten announces November 2017 opening

October 19th, 2017

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. In the image one of the two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. In the image one of the two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. The park will launch with two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman — the world’s steepest zip line — and the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, as well as the Emilio Wilson Museum and Emilio’s Restaurant.

AmaWaterways Appoints Donna Cook as Director, Strategic Initiatives

October 19th, 2017

The AmadagioAmaWaterways has announced the appointment of Donna Cook to the newly created position of director, strategic initiatives. She will report to Chief Marketing Officer Jerre Fuqua and work on a variety of new programs to evaluate and improve the performance of strategic marketing and sales initiatives. (travelagentcentral.com)

Thomson reveals TUI rebrand cost ‘tens of millions’

October 19th, 2017

Coinciding with Thomson's transition to TUI later this month, Thomson Cruises will take on a new name of its own, Marella Cruises (Click to enlarge)Thomson admitted that its rebrand to TUI has cost the company ‘tens of millions’ of pounds, which will be spread over three years. However, the company has retained the First Choice and Crystal Ski brands after market research revealed that it would have lost the majority of their customers if they had adopted the TUI brand. (travelmole.com)