Crowds and cruise ships have ‘ruined’ Dubrovnik

June 24th, 2017

MSC Magnifica at DubrovnikDubrovnik, the city once described by the great romantic poet Lord Byron as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is at risk of being blighted by an overwhelming number of visitors, locals have warned. (telegraph.co.uk)

Cruise ship serial killer fears after 200 passengers VANISH over 17 years

June 24th, 2017

UP to 200 passengers have vanished from cruise ships since 2000 and investigators fear they may have been murdered by killers who have escaped justice. (dailystar.co.uk)

Genting Cruise Lines and China Southern Airlines Sign Strategic Fly-Cruise Partnership

June 24th, 2017

Genting Cruise Lines, a division of Genting Hong Kong, and China Southern Airlines, which has the largest air fleet in Asia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a strategic fly-cruise partnership in China.

Lindblad Cancels Two More Sailings on New Ship

June 24th, 2017

The National Geographic Quest is currently being built in SeattleLindblad Expeditions has cancelled two more sailings on the new National Geographic Quest. The company announced on Friday the July 8 and July 15 sailings aboard the new Quest have been cancelled. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

AmaWaterways Launches Limited-time Promotion On 2017 Christmas Markets Sailings

June 23rd, 2017

Amsterdam: the LeidsegrachtAmaWaterways today (22 June) announced the launch of a limited-time offer, giving travelers who book one of the company’s popular Christmas Markets cruise itineraries by July 31, 2017 up to $1,500 off their cruise fare.

UK: Belfast sails ahead of rivals as cruise sector prospers

June 23rd, 2017

This year, it will outperform cities like Liverpool and Cork and two ships in one day is not uncommon – in 1999, that was the total for the entire year. In 2017, the port will host a record 89 ships and recent, accelerated growth in the market has come despite delays in building a £15m cruise terminal. (bbc.com)

Victoria welcomes seven-millionth cruise ship passenger at Ogden Point

June 23rd, 2017

Victoria’s Ogden Point hit a huge milestone Thursday as the port welcomed its seven-millionth cruise ship passenger to date. The city has been welcoming cruise ships for nearly 40 years, with just 20,000 passengers arriving in 1978. (vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca)

Holland America Line Announces O, The Oprah Magazine Curated Programming for July 15 “Share the Adventure Cruise to Alaska”

June 23rd, 2017

The Eurodam - HALHolland America Line’s upcoming “Share the Adventure Cruise to Alaska” on July 15 aboard the ms Eurodam will feature tips and advice from Emmy Award winner and O, The Oprah Magazine creative director Adam Glassman.

Alipay Goes Live on Norwegian Joy

June 23rd, 2017

The Norwegian Joy (Courtesy Meyer Werft / Norwegian Cruise Line)Norwegian Cruise Line has deployed Alipay on the new Norwegian Joy, a mobile payment solution targeted at Chinese cruise passengers. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Crystal Gives Guests VIP Access to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 Race

June 23rd, 2017

Adrenaline rushes are inevitable for Crystal Symphony guests in Abu Dhabi this November, as Crystal unveils three exclusive ways for travelers to experience the most glamourous international event in the United Arab Emirates.

Emerald Waterways’ Newest Ship, Emerald Radiance, Christened in Portugal

June 23rd, 2017

Emerald Radiance, Emerald Waterways’ newest river ship, was christened in Porto, Portugal, on June 16, making it the line’s seventh Star Ship. Gill Williams, a U.K. travel agent, served as godmother. (cruisecritic.com)

Viking Sky named in Norway

June 23rd, 2017

The Viking Sky (Courtesy Fincantieri)Viking Cruises, the premium market ocean cruise operator, said that its third ship, Viking Sky, was named during a public celebration in Tromsø, Norway. (cruisebusiness.com)

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Launches a Series of Child-Friendly Sailings, From August 2017

June 23rd, 2017

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Columbus (Courtesy CMV)Cruise and Maritime Voyages — well-known for specialising in adult-only no-fly cruises for Brits — has launched a series of multigenerational sailings, starting with two child-friendly voyages on the line’s flagship vessel, Columbus, in August 2017. (cruisecritic.com)

CMV to Add Cricket theme at the ‘Medieval Cities & River Seine’ Magellan cruise

June 23rd, 2017

We are extending the appeal of our ‘Medieval Cities & River Seine’ Magellan cruise departure from London Tilbury 24 October for six nights, with an added Cricket theme.

Carnival Q2: Driving Future Growth

June 22nd, 2017

A variety of initiatives will drive future growth, according to Carnival Corporation’s president and CEO Arnold Donald, speaking on the company’s 2017 Q2 earnings call. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Marriott No Stranger to Cruise

June 22nd, 2017

Marriott, which owns Ritz-Carlton, is not new to the cruise industry. Earlier on Thursday Ritz-Carlton announced its long awaited entry to the industry. Marriott, a global hotel operator, had a significant stake in Sun Line, a Greek cruise company, in the 1980s and 1990s. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Barreras Shipyard Set to Build Ritz-Carlton Vessels

June 22nd, 2017

Yet another new shipyard may be joining the cruise ship building business as sources told Cruise Industry News that Barreras Shipyard will build the three new 298-passenger ships for The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

The Ritz-Carlton Takes to the Sea – First Luxury Hotel Brand to Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences

June 22nd, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea.

TUI Cruises revamps Internet tariffs

June 22nd, 2017

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg launches  Mein Schiff 6 (Photo Hamburg Marketing Christian Spahrbier)TUI Cruises, the Hamburg based premium market cruise shipping company, said it has revamped its Internet use tariffs by introducing a range of new price plans that allow customers to use between 75MB and 6 GB of data per day. (cruisebusiness.com)

Kieler Woche draws cruise ships Cunard’s “Queen Elizabeth” and P&O’s “Arcadia” at the Ostseekai

June 22nd, 2017

The Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – is a big draw for cruise ships as well as many other vessels. Between the 17th and the 25th of June Kiel expects visits by a total of fifteen different luxury liners.

MSC Meraviglia’s maiden call at Valletta Cruise Port, Malta

June 22nd, 2017

The MSC MeravigliaThe MSC Meraviglia called Valletta Cruise Port, Malta on its maiden call on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

American Cruise Lines Launches American Constitution

June 22nd, 2017

American Cruise Lines has announced that American Constitution was successfully launched on Tuesday morning. The ship was launched into the Wicomico River in Salisbury, Maryland. The new ship is being designed and built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, located in Salisbury. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

British delegation to attend CCYIA in November

June 22nd, 2017

On 6 June, Stewart Gorman, Consul of Trade and Investment Office of British Embassy, and Yang Haixia, Trade and Investment Officer of British Embassy, visited CCYIA together. Zheng Weihang, Secretary General and EVP of CCYIA, received the consul. (cruisebusiness.com)

STX France Lays Keel for Celebrity Edge

June 22nd, 2017

Today, (June 21) the ceremonial keel laying took place for Celebrity Edge in Saint-Nazaire, France at STX France. An 875 ton block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed in the dock before the block was lowered into position. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Holland America Line’s Linda Springmann Takes on New Role of Vice President, Onboard Revenue

June 22nd, 2017

Holland America Line’s Linda Springmann is moving into the newly created role of vice president, onboard revenue for the premium cruise line. With this appointment she will engage with the senior leaders of the brand to provide dedicated focus on the prioritized initiatives of Holland America Line related to revenue across its fleet of ships.

Key Cruise Line Executives and Industry Stakeholders Gather to Improve Business at FCCA PAMAC Conference in Aruba

June 21st, 2017

Improving cruise tourism business was easier and happier than ever last week in Aruba. A group of more than 200 FCCA Platinum Members, key cruise tourism stakeholders, and their family members and colleagues joined 20 senior executives from the FCCA’s Member Lines in the One Happy Island for the FCCA Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council (PAMAC) Conference.

Keel Laid for Hanseatic nature: marking the start of the next construction stage

June 21st, 2017

On June 20th, 2017 the next construction stage of HANSEATIC nature, the first of two expedition new-builds, has begun with the keel laying. At the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, placed a coin inside the steel block; the coin was welded into the block and will accompany the ship on all its future cruises.

Peek at the private island for cruisers that just got a major makeover

June 21st, 2017

Cruising’s original private island, Great Stirrup Cay, is emerging from a major makeover. As can be seen in the photo tour, the 268-acre beach getaway owned by Norwegian Cruise Line has been spruced up over the past year with new and revamped food and drink venues, rebuilt cabanas and expanded areas of powdery soft sand. (usatoday.com)

Princess Cruises Announces Thirst-Quenching Sip & Sail Cruise Promotion

June 21st, 2017

Princess Cruises announced today (June 20) a thirst-quenching deal with the Sip & Sail cruise promotion offering free all-inclusive beverages, plus an early booking bonus offer of free specialty dining for mini-suite and suite bookings made before July 5, 2017.

Venetians vote to ban giant cruise ships from city’s lagoon

June 21st, 2017

Aerial view of the Venice port (Courtesy VTP)Venetians have voted in favour of banning giant cruise ships from the city’s lagoon, saying they disgorge too many tourists and damage the environment. (telegraph.co.uk)

Constructing the World’s Largest Ship: Symphony of the Seas Brings New Adventures

June 21st, 2017

Symphony of the Seas is one step closer to claiming the title of the world’s largest cruise ship. The ship’s construction continues right on schedule, with Royal Caribbean innovators developing even more groundbreaking wow’s for the latest member of the Oasis class of ships.

Holland America’s Westerdam Emerges from Drydock With Snazzy New Spaces

June 21st, 2017

Holland America Line's Westerdam (Courtesy HAL)When Holland America Line’s Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April, the ship debuted major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. (travelagentcentral.com)