The South Pacific is calling as Aranui releases 2018 French Polynesian Cruise Schedule

March 28th, 2017

The Aranui 5Aranui 5, the passenger-cum-cargo ship which departs every three weeks from Papeete in Tahiti to visit the Tuamotu Archipelago, Bora Bora in the Society Islands, and the world’s most remote archipelago, the Marquesas, has released details of its Polynesian cruise programme for 2018.

Global Industry Leaders Headline Cruise360 Australasia

March 28th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced a new format for this year’s Cruise360 conference in Sydney, including a speaker line-up featuring global industry leaders.

Royal Caribbean Aims to Reunite 2008 Championship Basketball Team on Harmony of the Seas

March 28th, 2017

Harmony of the Seas (Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International)After learning that a team of iconic basketball greats were planning a 10-year reunion without inviting a key member of the squad, Royal Caribbean International decided that something needed to be done to mend the lifetime bonds made by winning at the ultimate level.

New Monarto Zoo tour on Murray Princess Cruise

March 28th, 2017

The Murray PrincessCaptain Cook Cruises has added an exciting new on shore tour to their Murray Princess three-night Discovery Cruise and seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise with guests able to visit Monarto Zoo on a Wildlife Tour from April 1, 2017. (etbtravelnews.global)

CLIA Australasia’s 2017 Master Conference to Be Held onboard the luxury Genting Dream

March 28th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced that its 2017 Masters Conference will take place onboard the luxury Genting Dream, cruising from Hong Kong.

P&O Pacific Partnership Expands Reach in South Pacific with Two New Programs

March 28th, 2017

The P&O Pacific Partnership is expanding its reach in the South Pacific with two new community programs, after surpassing a milestone of one million dollars in voluntary contributions from passengers and special donations in only four years.

Bloommiami Targets Onboard Brand Activation

March 28th, 2017

Bloommiami is looking to build upon its onboard consumer experiences on cruise ships, which range from fully integrated stores aboard to window displays, in partnership with leading brands. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Poseidon Expeditions Announces Early Bird Discounts On Three North Pole-bound Icebreaker Expeditions in 2018

March 28th, 2017

The Russian icebreaker 50 Years of VictoryPoseidon Expeditions announces early booking savings of $1,435 to $2,255 per person on three 2018 voyages aboard the only passenger-carrying vessel in the world that can attain 90º north, the geographic North Pole.

Royal Caribbean Wants to Give a Team of Thrill Seekers a Trip Around the World and a Shot at the Ultimate Instagram

March 28th, 2017

Royal Caribbean International is on the lookout for the “World’s Most Adventurous Squad.” The #AdventureSquad social media contest will challenge explorers and aspiring Instagram stars to act on their wanderlust and prove that their adventurousness is off the charts.

Royal Caribbean Announces 2018 European Odysseys, Featuring New Ports of Call

March 28th, 2017

Rome - Piazza San Pietro - Vatican CityRoyal Caribbean International invites travelers to come seek Europe like never before with its 2018 European deployment, headlined by the fleet’s newest ship Symphony of the Seas ̶ the world’s largest and most adventure-filled cruise ship.

Holland America Line’s ‘Ready Set Sail’ Promotion Features Pre-Paid Gratuities and Onboard Spending Money

March 28th, 2017

As travelers get ready to cruise this year, Holland America Line is launching its popular Ready Set Sail promotion featuring pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 onboard spending money per stateroom.

Carnival Corporation Chief Strategy Officer and Cunard SVP Josh Leibowitz Defends Vacations at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas

March 28th, 2017

Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President for Cunard North America and Chief Strategy Officer for Carnival Corporation & plc, was part of the panel “Guest-centricity Delivers on the Experience of Travel” at the Adobe Summit 2017 in Las Vegas — the world’s premiere digital marketing conference.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy Completes Conveyance to the Sea

March 28th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-made ship for the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Joy, has completed its journey along the River Ems from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to the Netherlands. (cruisecritic.com)

Celebrity Cruises Cancels Summit Sailing, Shortens Another

March 28th, 2017

Celebrity Summit in Bermuda (Courtesy Linda Allen)Celebrity Cruises will pull Summit from operation for a two-week emergency dry dock after ongoing problems with the ship’s propulsion system continue to plague the ship. (cruisecritic.com)

Jiffo Named Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises USA

March 28th, 2017

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry – including positions at other cruise lines, a major travel agency consortium and a land-based tour operator – at MSC Cruises’ Jiffo will be responsible for strategically continuing and expanding relationships with trade partners. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Leadership change for Carnival UK

March 28th, 2017

Josh Weinstein, corporate treasurer of parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, will become president of Carnival UK following the planned departure of current CEO David Noyes in July after six years in the business.

Provincetown, Massachusetts Proposes Pier Fee Hike for Cruise Ships

March 28th, 2017

Provincetown will see more traffic from cruise ships on MacMillan Pier this year and the town is proposing hiking fees for the vessels. (capecod.com)

$10m solution for mooring cruise ships in Auckland

March 28th, 2017

A $10 million solution has been found for mooring giant cruise ships such as Ovation of the Seas at Queens Wharf in Auckland. (nzherald.co.nz)

An Ebb In Cruise Ship Size To 3,300 Berths – Other Cruise News: Cunard and P&O Cruises To Report To Seattle – Costa Chooses Tarragona

March 27th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

We reported in August 2014 that 4,000 lower berths seemed to be developing as the new norm for ship size. But things have once again changed. With Norwegian’s reveal of its five new “Leonardo” class ships, the target size has come down to 3,300 berths, compared to 4,000 or more in its previous ships. With the exception of Celebrity, whose exisiting “Solstice” class and planned “Edge” class ships are of almost the same size, other lines such as Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are doing much the same. On the management side, it has been announced today that Carnival UK will be acquiring a new boss in May when Josh Weinstein moves from Miami to Southampton as president. In an organisational change, Carnival UK will now report to group chief exeutive Stein Kruse in Seattle. Finally, Costa Cruises is adding another Spanish base port, in Tarragona.

Stats: 34.3 Percent of Cruise Travelers Stay on the Ship in Port

March 27th, 2017

After being administered to the U.S. Internet population and receiving 1,529 answers, a survey conducted by Allianz Global Assistance concluded that a surprising 34.3 percent of cruise travelers prefer to stay on the ship the entire time or a majority of the time. (travelagentcentral.com)

Improvements Keep Coming for Costa Maya

March 27th, 2017

“The idea is to accommodate four vessels, and two of them Oasis class,” said Robert Shamosh, chief marketing officer at Costa Maya. A new pier project and expansion will be ready in part for the 2017-2018 season, and fully online by 2018-2019, when traffic should go from 900,000 passengers to over a million. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Scenic Waterways & River Cruising 2018’ brochure to showcase a selection of 18 cruises

March 27th, 2017

In 2018/19, Fred. Olsen will be making the most of its fleet of four smaller, more intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch -– by featuring even more river, fjords and scenic cruising.

Hapag Lloyd Cruises launches the new Europa 2 programme for the 2018/19 season

March 27th, 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2  (Photo Christophe Dedieu at  Vesseltracker.com)Early 2018 in South Africa, a premiere cruise to Spitsbergen in summer, the Baltic Sea in August and Christmas Eve celebrated around the islands of Thailand: the new Europa 2 programme for the 2018/19 season is highly varied and features a wide range of routes and maiden calls.

Dame Joan Collins Christens Uniworld’s New River Ship, Joie de Vivre, in Paris

March 27th, 2017

Dame Joan Collins christened the world’s newest river cruise ship, Joie de Vivre, in Paris today. But it was revealed at the ceremony that the ship was almost a “no go” after recent terrorist attacks in the city. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Ships in Australia Rerouted Due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie

March 26th, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie, currently listed as a Category 1 storm, is expected to make landfall off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia early this week. (cruisecritic.com)

The Ocean Liner Society 2017 Annual Cruise On Celestyal Nefeli, 7 Nights From Athens (Lavrion) on September 29

March 26th, 2017

The Celestyal Nefeli (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)The 2017 Ocean Liner Society cruise is planned for the 19,093-ton Celestyal Nefeli, the former Gemini, operated by Celestyal Cruises of Piraeus. This 7-night cruise will depart Athens (Lavrion) on September 29, making calls at Santorini, Izmir, Nafplion, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme and Mykonos.

North Korea is trying to lure investors and tourists aboard its casino cruise

March 25th, 2017

North Korea is seeking up to $20 million in investments from foreign entities to run its cruise ship, which is currently docked at Kosong Port near Mount Kumgang, and establish routes to Southeast Asia and Vladivostok in eastern Russia, reports Seoul-based NKNews. (qz.com)

CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express Now Offers Four Container Ships And Liberty Bridge One For 29 Passenger Berths On The North Atlantic

March 25th, 2017

With two ships being transferred in from its Liberty Bridge service and two more from Pacific Express 3, CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express service is now up to four passenger-carrying ships running between Mediterranean ports and US ports between New York and Miami.

Chinese Taishan to Sail from Dalian this Summer

March 25th, 2017

The Chinese Taishan features new cruises this spring, sailing to Vietnam from Haikou for Bohai Ferry. Thirty-six voyages are scheduled. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Lisbon to host Seatrade Cruise Med 2018

March 24th, 2017

Lisbon Cruise Terminal (Source: MedCruise)Lisbon is the port-city to welcome the major biennial cruise event focused on the world’s second largest cruise destination – the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas: Seatrade Cruise Med 2018.

Improving cruise port infrastructure in the Med

March 24th, 2017

MedCruise was invited to contribute with an article at the latest version of the International Cruise & Ferry Review (Issue 50, Spring 2017), with MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis providing input on the continuous upgrade of cruise port infrastructure in the Med, and the need for longer term engagement of cruise lines, in order to improve planning.

Uniworld Debuts 2018 Brochure, “The World Is Your Canvas Campaign

March 24th, 2017

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is revamping its brand strategy with the debut of its 2018 brochure. The brochure focuses on the individuality of the brand by emphasizing its new, “The World Is Your Canvas” campaign, which encourages travelers to embark on a Uniworld journey for world travel and self discovery. (travelagentcentral.com)