Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season ever in 2017

April 29th, 2017

The Sapphire Princess at SeattleThe Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

Holland America Line Launches Complimentary Navigator Shipboard Web Application for Guests to Use On Board

April 29th, 2017

Holland America Line is changing the way guests digitally access shipboard experiences and information across the fleet with the launch of Holland America Line Navigator, a free mobile-friendly tool.

Holland America Line to Introduce First Filson Alaska Retail Pop-Up Store at Denali Square Complex

April 29th, 2017

Holland America Line guests on Alaska Land+Sea Journeys will be able to shop at an exclusive Filson pop-up store that will open at Denali Square in time for the summer 2017 cruise season.

SkySea Offers Faster and Cheaper WiFi and New App Functions

April 28th, 2017

The SkySea Golden Era (Ex Celebrity Century)SkySea Cruise Line has announced that the SkySea Golden Era will introduce what it calls a newly enhanced “social network at sea” for all guests, which, it said, is especially important in the Chinese market. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruise lines lower Med capacity based on terrorism fallout

April 28th, 2017

Costa Pacifica and Costa Luminosa in GenoaFewer and smaller cruise ships being deployed in the Mediterranean this year by major cruise lines will hurt ports throughout the region, according to a recent projection of 2017 cruise passenger totals. (travelweekly.com)

Garden Island the key to Sydney’s cruise crisis, says Port Minister Melinda Pavety

April 28th, 2017

Oceania Cruises' Nautica entering SydneyThe solution to Sydney’s cruise crisis is sorting out how much access to the Garden ­Island docks Defence must share with ocean liners, ­according to NSW Ports Minister Melinda Pavety. (dailytelegraph.com.au)

Record number of cruise passengers spend 63 million euro in Stockholm

April 28th, 2017

Statsgården pier in central Stockholm (Courtesy Ports of Stockholm)Stockholm is growing in popularity as a cruise destination. This year the region will be visited by 270 cruise liners carrying a record number of 650 000 passengers.

Design work OK’d for new Port Canaveral cruise terminal

April 28th, 2017

Port Canaveral has embarked on setting the foundation for building a new cruise terminal. The terminal will be on the site of the current Cruise Terminal 3, on the south side of the port, west of Jetty Park. (floridatoday.com)

Washington Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Cruise Passenger Safety

April 28th, 2017

Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Himes (D-CT) have introduced the so-called Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Three World-Renowned Photographers to Join Poseidon Expeditions On Select 2017 and 2018 Polar Journeys

April 27th, 2017

Three internationally renowned photographers will travel with polar cruise expert Poseidon Expeditions on select voyages in 2017 and 2018. On these journeys the photographers will host seminars and workshops for passengers.

AIDAdiva kicks off the cruise season in Rostock-Warnemünde

April 27th, 2017

AIDAdivaAIDAdiva kicked off the cruise season in Rostock-Warnemünde on Thursday, April 27, 2017. At around 7 a.m., the ship arrived at pier 7 from Gothenburg with some 2,000 guests on board, rounding off its cruise from the Caribbean to Rostock-Warnemünde via the Canary Islands.

Few ship calls, low passenger spending: Hong Kong cruise terminal needs to boost usage, auditor says

April 27th, 2017

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongIs Hong Kong’s much-hyped cruise terminal a white elephant of an underused facility that resembles a ghost town more than the bustling hub for luxury tourism it was billed as? (scmp.com)

Carnival Expands Destination Choices From Mobile, Provides Longer Sailings

April 27th, 2017

A boom for tourism in Mobile: Cruising will no longer be limited to just Mexican ports from Mobile aboard the Carnival Fantasy. The cruise line announced Tuesday that it is going to offer longer sailings to a variety of ports next year. City leaders are taking this as a good sign for things to come. (local15tv.com)

AIDA Cruises receives latest member of the fleet – AIDAperla

April 27th, 2017

Today (April 27, 2017), AIDA Cruises took delivery of AIDAperla in Nagasaki (Japan) from Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of Norwegian Joy, the First Purpose-built Ship For China

April 27th, 2017

The Norwegian Joy (Courtesy Meyer Werft / Norwegian Cruise Line)Norwegian Cruise Line today took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s fifteenth ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Norwegian Cruise Line Infographic: 50 Years

April 27th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 50 Year History is now available for download from Cruise Industry News as a PDF infographic. The infographic was designed and developed by Cruise Industry News, and first published in the 2017 Cruise Industry News Spring Quarterly Magazine.

Carnival Corporation Unveils Artistic Renderings for Second Cruise Terminal at Port of Barcelona

April 27th, 2017

Carnival Corporation & plc released artist renderings of its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona – which will be Europe’s newest passenger cruise terminal when it opens in 2018.

CLIA Introduces New Features and Announces More Speakers for Cruise360 Australasia

April 27th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced some new features for this year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference, with the event to include interactive discussions and workshops as well as a range of keynote addresses from international cruise executives.

Seabourn and ACTA Announce Corporate Partnership Agreement Through 2017

April 27th, 2017

The Seabourn QuestSeabourn announced that it has entered into a Bronze Level Corporate Partnership with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).

MSC and Caissa Set to Extend Lirica Deal to 2020

April 27th, 2017

MSC Cruises and Caissa Touristic Group are set to renew their agreement for the MSC Lirica, keeping the ship in the Chinese cruise market for an additional two years, through early 2020, according to a source familiar with the matter. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Princess Cruises Announces Australia Deployment for 2018-2019. Majestic Princess Joins the Region for its Inaugural Season

April 27th, 2017

The Majestic PrincessPrincess Cruises has announced it will homeport four ships to ports in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for the 2018-2019 season. Princess Cruises will introduce the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess to the market for its Inaugural Season, calling Australia home from September 2018 to March 2019.

Be spellbound by Norway’s mighty fjords on a Fred. Olsen smaller-ship cruise

April 27th, 2017

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new brochure, entitled ‘Spellbinding Norway’, dedicated to its range of ‘Norwegian Fjords’ holidays in 2017 and 2018.

Royal Caribbean Reveals China, Singapore and Australia 2018-19 Deployment Lineup. Newest Quantum Ultra-class Ship To Sail From Asia-pacific

April 27th, 2017

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region. Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will be the next evolution of the groundbreaking Quantum class and will join her sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.

Celebrity Cruises Announces Support for Malala Fund. Malala Yousafzai to be honored as Godmother of Celebrity Edge

April 27th, 2017

Today, April 27, Celebrity Cruises has announced a two-year partnership with Malala Fund. With the shared commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equality, the brand is partnering with Malala Fund whose mission is to secure 12 years of safe, free quality education for every girl.

Scenic Names Shary Dyer VP of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

April 26th, 2017

Industry veteran Shary Dyer is joining the Scenic family of brands – comprised of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways – as the vice president of business development and strategic partnerships. (travelagentcentral.com)

Julien’s Auctions and Cunard Showcase the Largest Collection of Judy Garland Costumes

April 26th, 2017

Julien’s Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars and Cunard will pay homage to Hollywood icon Judy Garland when flagship Queen Mary 2 showcases highlights from the largest collection of her costumes to ever go to auction on the August 12-19, 2017 Transatlantic Crossing, departing out of New York.

Bok Named President of Carnival Asia, Zanetti President of Carnival China

April 26th, 2017

Carnival Corporation has announced that Buhdy Bok has been promoted to the new position of president of Carnival Asia. He will report to Michael Thamm, group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruise360: Agents Are “Voice of Reason” and Create “Validation,” Says Fain

April 26th, 2017

Championing the value of travel agents as “the voice of reason” was Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., who delivered the keynote address at Cruise360’s third General Session over the weekend. (travelagentcentral.com)

Cruise360: Cruise Planners Execs “Talk Cruise” With Sales & Marketing Executives

April 26th, 2017

Touches of humor and cruise product information flowed at Cruise360’s third General Session at Port Everglades, FL on Saturday. (travelagentcentral.com)

Saga to Offer Christmas cruises in Scandinavia and in The Med

April 26th, 2017

Stortorget - Old Town in Stockholm (Stefano Fermi)This year Saga is offering a nine-night Scandinavian Christmas Markets cruise which gets passengers home just in time for Christmas plus two sailings during Christmas and New Year – a new 17-night Scandinavian cruise and a 22-night sailing to the Med.

Captain Boris Becker takes command of AIDAperla

April 26th, 2017

His name is Boris Becker (36). We’re not talking about the German tennis player, but the commander of a cruise ship – soon to be AIDAperla.On the most recent test trip a few weeks ago, AIDAperla successfully demonstrated its maneuverability.

Quebec Expects Record Cruise Season

April 26th, 2017

QM2 at Quebec CityThe Port of Quebec is expecting to set an all-time record this year with some 200,000 cruise passengers, according to Caroline Tetu of Tourisme Quebec. (cruiseindustrynews.com)