Auckland Council approves Waitemata cruise moorings

November 24th, 2017

Auckland Councillors have given the thumbs up to new cruise ship moorings extending more than 80m out into the Waitemata harbour. The decision ends a year-long delay begun when the freshly-elected mayor Phil Goff halted a similiar plan over concerns about its cost and intrusion into the harbour beyond Queens Wharf. (radionz.co.nz9

Centre plans cruise tourism from Mumbai to SE Asian countries

November 24th, 2017

The Centre planned to promote cruise tourism linking Mumbai with prominent locations in the country besides South East Asia, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. (thehindu.com)

Heraklion opens new cruise terminal

November 24th, 2017

Heraklion Port Authority S.A. has announced that the new cruise terminal in Heraklion cruise port, pier 4-5, is fully operational. The inauguration ceremony of the new cruise terminal took place on 10 November 2017 at the new facility. (cruisebusiness.com)

MSC Sinfonia Inaugurates Pomene Bay

November 23rd, 2017

MSC Cruises is upping its game out of South Africa as the MSC Sinfonia made its first call to Pomene Bay in Mozambique, a new destination MSC said is a marine safari-style experience. Pomene Bay is a remote and unspoiled peninsula, 605 km north of Mozambique’s Capital Maputo and 170 km south of Vilanculos, the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Malfunction Cancels Silver Cloud’s First Antarctica Expedition Cruise

November 23rd, 2017

The Silver Cloud Expedition (Artist impression, courtesy Silversea)Silversea’s Silver Cloud has experienced a mechanical malfunction that forced the ship to cancel its inaugural expedition voyage to Antarctica, a cruise line representative tells Travel Agent. The ship has since returned to Puerto Madryn to perform the necessary repairs. (travelagentcentral.com)

Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new Sunstone cruise ship

November 23rd, 2017

The new expedition vessel design from Sunstone Ships of MiamiThe technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems for a new 104 metres long exploration cruise vessel. The ship is being built at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co shipyard in China for Sunstone Ships Inc of Miami, USA.

Falmouth’s cruise boon downgraded

November 23rd, 2017

Jamaica. Historic Falmouth: the Court HouseMichael Belnavis, the chairman of Jamaica National Cruise Council, says the expected boon from the increase in the number of ships calling at Falmouth Pier due to hurricane destruction to other piers in the Caribbean and Key West in Florida, has fallen short of original expectations. (jamaica-gleaner.com)

Windstar Introduces Signature Expeditions

November 22nd, 2017

Windstar Cruises has introduced its Signature Expedition program for Alaska. This includes onboard experts – naturalists, geologists, historians and more – who sails the entire cruise, providing insight, understanding and commentary on Alaska. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Royal Caribbean Adds Category Swaps and More to Espresso Travel Agent Res System

November 22nd, 2017

The new features are a continuation of updates the cruise company has been making to the reservation system, which covers the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands, since its launch. (travelagentcentral.com)

Six Success Tips for Travel Agents from Cruise Line Executives

November 22nd, 2017

With dozens of new ships coming online in the next five years, the cruise industry is in serious growth mode. That translates to job security for travel agents, since cruise lines depend on agents to sell their products, said Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of sales, trade support and service. (travelmarketreport.com)

Artlink Capturing the Spirit on Newbuilds

November 22nd, 2017

Artlink provided 150 pieces of artwork for the Seabourn Encore, and is busy tracking down more pieces for the Ovation, Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam and the 2019 newbuild for Costa that will sail in Europe. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Amawaterways Introduces ‘Luxury Of More’ With 2019 Preview Brochure Release

November 22nd, 2017

AmaWaterways' AmaMagna (Rendering, courtesy AmaWaterways)As AmaWaterways prepares for its most exciting year yet, with the much-anticipated arrival of three new ships, the company today released its 2019 preview brochure.

Amawaterways Partners With Master Chef And James Beard Award-winning Cookbook Author Joanne Weir

November 22nd, 2017

AmaKristina at Vilshofen on Danube in Germany (Courtesy AmaWaterways)AmaWaterways proudly announced its partnership with Master Chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Joanne Weir, as the lead sponsor of her new PBS series, “Plates and Places with Joanne Weir.”

Carnival Cruise Line to Transform Onboard Shopping Experience

November 22nd, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to provide its guests with the widest variety of choices at sea, Carnival Cruise Line is totally transforming its shipboard shopping experience with renovated spaces and popular items from some of the world’s best-known retailers, including Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski, Pandora, TAG and others.

Cruise ships lining up to visit South African ports this season

November 22nd, 2017

In a boon for South Africa’s tourism industry, around 20 luxury cruise vessels will dock at the country’s ports over the summer and autumn seasons. The ships, which are operated by 17 international cruise lines, will dock at different ports around the country. (iol.co.za)

Virgin Rethinks Funnel Design Concept

November 22nd, 2017

Virgin Voyages is promising to reinvent the cruise experience, and one of the most traditional parts of a cruise ship – the funnel – will be rethought and redesigned for the company’s upcoming trio of Lady-class ships. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CroisiEurope Announces Special Cruise for Valentine’s Day

November 21st, 2017

CroisiEurope's La Belle de l'AdriatiqueTo celebrate Valentine’s Day, CroisiEurope has announced a special offer for an eight-day Mediterranean Cruise that brings passengers to Southern Italy. (travelagentcentral.com)

MSC Seaside to Sail With Beer-Themed Improv, 7 Broadway-Style Shows

November 21st, 2017

MSC Cruises has announced that its upcoming new cruise ship, the MSC Seaside, will sail with a beer-themed improv comedy concept and a lineup of seven new Broadway-style shows. (travelagentcentral.com)

Ponant Statement Concerning News Posted At Maritimebulletin.net

November 21st, 2017

“On 18 November 2017, L’Austral, a cruise ship belonging to French cruise company PONANT sailing in the Banyak archipelago in Indonesia, altered course to stop in Palau Asok. Both the Captain and the expedition leader made this choice in order to offer passengers a more interesting programme than the one initially scheduled.

Bhaya Group redefines luxury cruising in Halong Bay

November 21st, 2017

With constant efforts for the commitment to innovation, quality and exclusivity, Bhaya Group – one of the leading luxury cruise operators in the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay in Gulf of Tonkin with 17 overnight cruises, is now launching a new set of 2-day-1-night and 3-day-2-night itineraries for all three cruise brands. (asia.etbtravelnews.global)

Innovative Solutions on Display at Upcoming Passenger Ship Safety Miami

November 21st, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Transport Canada and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue have all confirmed their attendance at Passenger Ship Safety Miami, Jan. 30-31, 2018. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Aurora Expeditions reveals name of new world-class expedition ship

November 21st, 2017

The new expedition vessel design from Sunstone Ships of MiamiAurora Expeditions, Australia’s leading expedition cruising company, has today announced that its new world-class expedition ship will be named Greg Mortimer in honour of the Australian adventurer and Aurora Expeditions co-founder. (etbtravelnews.global)

American Song Launched 7 Weeks Ahead of Schedule

November 21st, 2017

American Song: American Cruise Lines' first of a new class of 5 modern riverboats (Artist impression)American Cruise Lines announced that it successfully launched its brand new riverboat American Song into the Wicomico River on Friday, November 17th. The first ship in the Line’s highly anticipated Modern Riverboat Series, American Song has made a big splash—both in the water and the news.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Cruise Deals 2017

November 21st, 2017

Scoping Black Friday cruise deals (and Cyber Monday too!) is an annual tradition for any cruiser looking to reel in a little end-of-the-year savings. In a turducken or Tofurky coma, hitting the net to track down bargain basement pricing has become something of an American pastime. (cruisecritic.com)

World Dream Christened In Hong Kong – Other Cruise News – Celebrity Orders Galapagos Newbuilding – Celestyal Aegean Itineraries

November 20th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, Dream Cruises christened its new 3,352-berth World Dream at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Also last week, Celebrity Cruises announced that it would be introducing a newly-built 100-berth cruise ship to the Ecuadorean-flag Galapagos Islands fleet on 2019, and that a sister ship was planned to follow. Meanwhile, Athens-based Celesytal Cruises has confirmed that the Thomson Majestic would be joining the Louis-owned Celestyal Cruises fleet as Celesytal Majestic.

Antarctica specialist Swoop announces late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures

November 20th, 2017

Hebridean SkyThe polar travel specialists at Swoop are excited to announce late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures. Experience four full days on board the five-star luxury ship, Hebridean Sky, which has recently undergone a $10m refurbishment.

Alteza Cruises to Start Operations in February with Delphin

November 20th, 2017

Delphin in Rio de Janeiro  (Photo D.R.Carneiro)Alteza Cruises will start cruise operations from Buenos Aires in February with the chartered Delphin, according to a statement. The new cruise company said the first cruise will depart on Feb. 7 from the company’s year-round homeport in Buenos Aires. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

AmaWaterways offers free cruise to every CLIA conference delegate

November 20th, 2017

Jamie Loizou, AmaWaterways sales director, took to the stage on Saturday at the Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre to reveal the news to a packed conference hall filled with nearly 300 delegates. (travelweekly.co.uk)

French luxury cruise ship with hundreds of tourists expelled after unauthorized call

November 20th, 2017

(See statement by Ponant – November 21st, 2017) Luxury cruise ship L’AUSTRAL with hundreds of tourists on board was expelled from waters of Banyak Islands, northwest Sumatra, Indian ocean, after she was spotted by locals on Nov 16, being anchored off Asok island, and engaged in recreational activities. (maritimebulletin.net)

Bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer reads aboard AIDAdiva. Guests in the Caribbean will experience a mix of entertaining literature and heavenly dream islands

November 19th, 2017

AIDAdiva @ Curação (Photo courtesy AIDA Cruises)On AIDAdiva’s current cruise from/to La Romana from November 11–25, 2017, guests have the chance to experience not only the unique diversity of the Caribbean islands, but also the literary works of bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer.

This once low-key fishing city could become Maine’s next big cruise ship destination

November 19th, 2017

Cruise ships anchor in Rockland harbor far less often than they do in Portland, Bar Harbor or even Boothbay Harbor. But as the sight of huge passenger ships becomes more common in a harbor accustomed to much smaller fishing vessels, city leaders are grappling to cope with the impacts. (bangordailynews.com)

Historic day for cruise tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis as seven ships dock with 10,000 tourists

November 19th, 2017

Friday was an extraordinary day for cruise tourism in St. Kitts, as never before has the federation seen seven cruise ships docked on the same day, bringing with them in the vicinity of 10,000 visitors. (thestkittsnevisobserver.com)