CMA CGM’s 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget Joins Hong Kong – China – Taiwan – New Zealand – Hong Kong Cargo-Passenger Service

December 19th, 2014

The Cruise People Ltd are pleased to announce that the 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget is joining the cargo-passenger service between Asia and New Zealand, with sailings between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand.

Phoenix Reisen: Renewed Artania

December 19th, 2014

Phoenix Reisen has announced that the Artania has just completed a 71-day drydock at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven that included the installation of new engines and related systems. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Italy’s Finest In The New Costa Cruises’ International Advertising Campaign

December 19th, 2014

Costa Cruises launches a major international advertising campaign on air on TV, cinemas, radio and online.

Canadian-owned Cuba Cruise foresees increased bookings from travellers eager to experience the iconic island before it changes

December 19th, 2014

While unlicensed U.S. tourist travel remains banned, Cuba Cruise, a Canadian company, anticipates increased bookings from international travellers. (incentivetravel.co.uk)

Update: Fincantieri Moving Toward STX France Purchase

December 19th, 2014

Following up on reports in October regarding Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri looking to purchase STX France, the French Finance Minister recently told reporters that there is in-fact an interest by an “Italian part(y)” for a portion of STX France. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Corporation to Build New Cruise Ships for Holland America and Carnival Cruise Line

December 19th, 2014

Carnival Corporation has committed to build new cruise ships for two of its cruise lines: Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. (cruisecritic.com)

InsureandGo Australia Reports High Growth in Cruise Travel Insurance

December 18th, 2014

Global online travel insurance specialist InsureandGo has achieved significant growth in the 2014 calendar year, with a substantial increase in its volume of travel insurance products, notably cruise travel insurance. (australia.etbtravelnews.com)

Costa Marine Department Could Move to Germany

December 18th, 2014

Various reports in Italian media are claiming that Costa Crociere’s marine department will soon be managed out of Rostock, moving the Italian brand’s marine operation in with AIDA Cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CLIA announces line up for Cruise3sixty Australasia

December 18th, 2014

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has unveiled a strong line-up of local and international cruise industry professionals for the second Cruise3sixty Australasia conference in February. (australia.etbtravelnews.com)

Australia. Bicton Travel hosts 600 guests on CMV’s Astor

December 18th, 2014

Bicton Travel chartered the cruise ship Astor on Saturday night in Fremantle Harbour. Loyal clients and new to cruise clients sampled the delights of the small ship that homeports in Fremantle from December to March each year. (australia.etbtravelnews.com)

Cruise Critic Names Top Cruise Trends for 2015

December 18th, 2014

Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource, has released its annual list of the top cruise trends to expect in the upcoming year.

Carnival to Run Super Bowl Commercial

December 18th, 2014

Carnival Corporation today announced it will unveil the first TV commercial from its new multi-brand national marketing initiative during Super Bowl XLIX airing on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) Launches Emergency ‘Double Matching’ Fundraising Campaign To Help Save the Charles Darwin Foundation

December 18th, 2014

The International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) recently announced that it has launched an emergency fundraising campaign on behalf of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) that faces a year-end budgetary crisis potentially impacting the organization’s efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands.

CBR Odo Commentary – Opening of Cuba to US cruising could have far reaching implications

December 18th, 2014

The opening of Cuba for cruise passengers from the US could have far reaching consequences for the cruise industry in the region.

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes AIDA Cruises

December 18th, 2014

Port Tampa Bay officials welcomed the AIDAvita into port on Wednesday, one of six port calls that AIDA Cruises will make in Tampa this busy 2014-2015 cruise season. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Costa neoClassica enters service following $28.1 million restyling

December 18th, 2014

Following a major US$28.1 million restyling Costa Cruises’ 53,000-ton Costa Classica will join the Costa neoCollection as Costa neoClassica Dec. 18, 2014. (cruisebusiness.com)

Can Americans Take Cruise Ships to Cuba? Not Yet…

December 18th, 2014

The White House’s move toward normalizing relations with Cuba has fueled interest among American cruise passengers hoping to visit, although the agreement doesn’t allow U.S.-based cruise ships to call. (cruisecritic.com)

Bookings Open for Britannia Cooking School at Sea

December 18th, 2014

Bookings are now open for Britain’s first cookery school at sea on the new P&O Cruises ship Britannia, as well as availability for Eric Lanlard’s afternoon tea and the new Limelight Club. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Celebration Cruise Line to Rebrand, Launch with New Ship in 2015

December 17th, 2014

Costa Celebration (Image courtesy of Costa Cruises)After an incident with the Bahamas Celebration in October, Celebration Cruise Lines seems set to rebound, and perhaps under a new company name, according to a report in the Freeport News. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Rob Brydon to Front P&O Cruises’ New Ad Campaign

December 17th, 2014

Rob Brydon will front P&O Cruises’ new advertising campaign, which will launch on Christmas Day. (cruisecritic.com)

Carnival Cruise Lines Names New President

December 17th, 2014

Christine DuffyCarnival Corporation & plc has appointed Christine Duffy as president of Carnival Cruise Lines, effective February 1, 2015. Duffy currently serves as president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association. (cruisecritic.com)

Britannia to be named on 10 March at Southampton

December 17th, 2014

Britannia during sea trials on December 7, 2014. Photo P&O CruisesBritannia, the eight ship in the fleet of P&O Cruises, will be named at an event in Southampton on 10 March next year. (cruisebusiness.com)

Silversea’s Lefebvre Named Personality of the Year 2014 by Club de l’Eco Monaco

December 17th, 2014

Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio has received Club de l’Eco Monaco’s Personality of the Year award for 2014. (travelagentcentral.com)

P&O Unveils New Livery on Aurora Cruise Ship

December 17th, 2014

P&O Cruises’ Aurora today unveiled the new-look livery that will be added to the rest of the line’s fleet, including its soon-to-launch newbuild, Britannia. (cruisecritic.com)

Affluent Give High Priority to Travel

December 17th, 2014

With 85% of the affluent planning to spend the same or more for domestic vacation travel as in 2014 and 77% planning to spend the same or more for international vacation travel, the 2015 prospects for the travel industry are positive. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Rainforest Cruises Launches New River Cruise Deep into the Amazon

December 17th, 2014

Boutique Amazon specialist Rainforest Cruises has launched a new river cruise to the Central Amazon Conservation Complex in Brazil, the largest protected area of tropical rainforest in the world.

More Thrills in Store for Norwegian Escape

December 16th, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship will have a three-story ropes course with two six-inch-wide planks that extend eight feet beyond the side of the ship and zip tracks that let guests soar for a bird’s-eye view. (travelpulse.com)

Cruise Baltic celebrated 10th anniversary in Copenhagen

December 16th, 2014

At this month’s Cruise Baltic meeting held in Denmark at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, over 40 delegates combined a 2-day business agenda with also celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the original formation of the Association in 2004. (cruisebusiness.com)

CMP to lease planned Visby cruise pier on 20 year contract

December 16th, 2014

The provincial government of the Swedish island of Gotland and Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) formally signed an agreement whereby the Swedish-Danish port company is to lease a cruise pier to be built in Visby, the island’s capital.

Princess Cruises Announces Winner of 50th Anniversary “Inspiring Stories” Contest

December 16th, 2014

Out of nearly 1,000 entries submitted in Princess Cruises’ 50th Anniversary “Inspiring Stories” essay contest the story of a World War II veteran’s Memorial Day return to the South Pacific has been selected as the grand-prize winner.

Pending Legislation Makes Crime on Cruise Ships More Transparent

December 16th, 2014

Many crimes that occur on cruise ships go unreported to the public. Now, pending federal legislation would require cruise lines to publically disclose all allegations of crimes at sea. (nbcbayarea.com)

Crystal Cruises’ Microbrew Cruises to Return in 2016 and 2017

December 16th, 2014

In response to guest feedback, Crystal Cruises has announced its microbrew and craft beer cruises will return as part of the line’s roster of Experiences of Discovery theme cruises for 2016 and 2017. (travelagentcentral.com)