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.
CMA CGM’s 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget Joins Hong Kong – China – Taiwan – New Zealand – Hong Kong Cargo-Passenger ServiceDecember 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)
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 changesDecember 19th, 2014
While unlicensed U.S. tourist travel remains banned, Cuba Cruise, a Canadian company, anticipates increased bookings from international travellers. (incentivetravel.co.uk)
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 has committed to build new cruise ships for two of its cruise lines: Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. (cruisecritic.com)
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)
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)
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)
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, the world’s largest online cruise resource, has released its annual list of the top cruise trends to expect in the upcoming year.
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 FoundationDecember 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.
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 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)
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)
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 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)
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 will front P&O Cruises’ new advertising campaign, which will launch on Christmas Day. (cruisecritic.com)
Carnival 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, 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 chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio has received Club de l’Eco Monaco’s Personality of the Year award for 2014. (travelagentcentral.com)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)