51st MedCruise General Assembly concludes successfully in Toulon

October 20th, 2017

More than 170 cruise industry professionals and port executives gathered in Toulon last week, to discuss the latest developments in the sector and also the implications and prospects of cruising in the Med and its adjoining seas.

Princess Cruises Offers Special Savings on Caribbean and Panama Canal Cruises

October 20th, 2017

Princess Cruises will offer guests free gratuities and deposits for only $1 beginning Oct 20, 2017 for select voyages to the Caribbean and Panama Canal.

Norwegian Ports Launch Environmental Port Index

October 20th, 2017

Norwegian ports have agreed upon a model for a future Environmental Port Index (EPI). “Our goal is to use economic incentives for ships with the lowest environmental footprint in our ports,” said a statement from the port of Bergen. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Stephen Mulhern & Jonathan Wilkes to create “game-changing” show for P&O Cruises in new entertainment partnership

October 20th, 2017

Entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern has teamed up with singer, performer and producer Jonathan Wilkes in a new entertainment partnership with P&O Cruises which will include the creation and production of a stunning new show for the company.

CLIA Opens Enrollment for 2018 Travel Agency and Individual Agent Membership

October 20th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened enrollment for its 2018 Travel Agency Membership and Individual Agent Membership (IAM) programs.

Oceania Cruises Introduces 2019 Europe And The Americas Itineraries

October 20th, 2017

Oceania Cruises' Insignia in ManhattanOceania Cruises introduces the Europe & The Americas 2019 Collection of itineraries, which open for sale on October 18th.

London Cruise Terminal At Tilbury Keeps On Investing

October 20th, 2017

The Tilbury Landing Stage (Courtesy Kevin Griffin)London International Cruise Terminal Tilbury continues to invest quite heavily in its facilities with £1.5m (€1.68m) being spent on refurbishing the old baggage hall.

Michael Bayley to Keynote Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, Dream Vacations Conference

October 20th, 2017

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations, which are part of World Travel Holdings, have announced their lineup of speakers for their 2017 National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas. (travelagentcentral.com)

Crystal Cruises Announces Expanded Collection of 2017 & 2018 ‘Crystal Getaways’

October 20th, 2017

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

In its continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices, Crystal Cruises has unveiled an expanded selection of Crystal Getaways – abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries – for both 2017 and 2018.

Edie Rodriguez to Ponant

October 20th, 2017

Ponant announced it has hired Edie Rodriguez as its new Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor. Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant and Navin Sawhney, CEO of Ponant Americas said in a statement they pleased that she is joining the team. Rodriguez was most recently president and CEO of Crystal Cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces Extended Hours for Reservations

October 20th, 2017

Seadream I in LondonSeaDream Yacht Club announces extended hours in its reservations department. Due to increased demand, reservations is now available on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST in addition to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(Update) Caribbean Cruise Ports Are Open; Others Show Signs of Recovery

October 20th, 2017

Oceania Cruises’ MS Sirena alongside the Caribbean Princess on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Port Zante, St. Kitts

As the days and weeks pass after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Caribbean is moving toward recovery — and its cruise ports are some of the first major tourism hubs to re-open. (cruisecritic.com)

Carnival Cruise Line, Brees Dream Foundation Team Up for Fun Sweepstakes

October 19th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line – the Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints – and the Brees Dream Foundation have teamed up for a fun sweepstakes awarding a different lucky fan a free cruise each time the Saints pass for more than 300 yards in a game during the 2017 season.

Keel laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ second, new expedition ship: HANSEATIC inspiration

October 19th, 2017

The keel laying for the HANSEATIC inspiration held on 18 October 2017 has set in motion the next stage of construction for the second of the two new expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten announces November 2017 opening

October 19th, 2017

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. In the image one of the two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. In the image one of the two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman

Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. The park will launch with two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman — the world’s steepest zip line — and the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, as well as the Emilio Wilson Museum and Emilio’s Restaurant.

AmaWaterways Appoints Donna Cook as Director, Strategic Initiatives

October 19th, 2017

The AmadagioAmaWaterways has announced the appointment of Donna Cook to the newly created position of director, strategic initiatives. She will report to Chief Marketing Officer Jerre Fuqua and work on a variety of new programs to evaluate and improve the performance of strategic marketing and sales initiatives. (travelagentcentral.com)

Thomson reveals TUI rebrand cost ‘tens of millions’

October 19th, 2017

Coinciding with Thomson's transition to TUI later this month, Thomson Cruises will take on a new name of its own, Marella Cruises (Click to enlarge)Thomson admitted that its rebrand to TUI has cost the company ‘tens of millions’ of pounds, which will be spread over three years. However, the company has retained the First Choice and Crystal Ski brands after market research revealed that it would have lost the majority of their customers if they had adopted the TUI brand. (travelmole.com)

Genting Dream Unwraps Holiday Program Lineup In Singapore

October 19th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Dream Cruises, Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line, has announced the new holiday program line-up for Genting Dream, which will arrive at her new homeport at Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore this November.

Dream Cruises Introduces New Crystal Life Spa Wellness “Journeys”

October 19th, 2017

Dream Cruises, the Asian luxury cruise brand of Genting Cruise Lines, has launched brand new Crystal Life Spa wellness offerings curated to deliver the ultimate experience of relaxation, fitness and beauty for guests who want to rejuvenate and nourish the body and soul as part of a holistic cruising experience.

Carnival Cruise Line celebrates 5 years in Australia

October 19th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its fifth anniversary in Australia today, October 18, with the world’s longest conga line at sea, marking the first ever World Conga Day™. (etbtravelnews.global)

AIDA’s first world cruise launched from Hamburg

October 19th, 2017
AIDAcara as she set out from Hamburg on AIDA Cruises' very first world cruise

AIDAcara as she set out from Hamburg on AIDA Cruises’ very first world cruise

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8.00 p.m., the cry of “cast off” went up for AIDAcara as she set out from Hamburg on AIDA Cruises’ very first world cruise.

MSC Announces Game Changing Features for China-Bound Splendida

October 19th, 2017

The MSC SplendidaWhen the MSC Splendida arrives in China next May, it will bring with it a number of fresh, new features for the Chinese cruise market following a November refurbishment. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

New Members at Cruise Europe: Leknes, Norway, and Galway, Ireland

October 18th, 2017

Kirwans Lane - Galway, Ireland (Courtesy Travel Guide Ireland - blog.galwaytourism.ie)

Kirwans Lane – Galway, Ireland (Courtesy Travel Guide Ireland – blog.galwaytourism.ie)

Leknes calls itself ‘the gateway to the most beautiful islands in the world’, the Lofoten, an Arctic island group that has been a cruise destination since 1889. Galway, situated on the west coast of Ireland, is primarily a tender port.

Oslo, With Two New Key Appointments, Renews Focus On Cruise

October 18th, 2017
Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo

Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo

Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo. The board of directors was very clear it wanted the focus to be on the core business, ie port development and increasing cargo and passenger throughput. Mathisen previously held the same position at the Port of Bodo, where he remained for 12 years.

Shakira’s Fundación “Pies Descalzos” and Costa Cruises together for the construction of a school in Colombia

October 18th, 2017

Shakira’s Fundación “Pies Descalzos” and Costa Cruises together for the construction of a school in Colombia

Shakira’s Fundación “Pies Descalzos” and Costa Cruises together for the construction of a school in Colombia

International superstar Shakira and Costa Cruises top management celebrated in Barcelona the official start of the donation project to the Fundación Pies Descalzos for the construction of a school in Colombia.

Fincantieri: Dry Dock Works Start On Viking’s Sixth Ocean Ship

October 18th, 2017

The Viking Star (Photo Neven Jerkovic at Shipspotting.com) (Click to enlarge)The keel laying ceremony for the sixth of eight ocean cruise ships Viking has ordered from Fincantieri, took place today at the shipyard in Ancona. The first building block of the ship is about 11 meters long, 28.8 wide and weighing about 380 tons.

Full Rollout of Carnival Corp.’s “Ocean Medallion” Wearable Cruise Technology Delayed

October 18th, 2017

Carnival Corp. is slowing down the rollout of its Ocean Medallion technology program, opting for a phased-in approach rather than a full, shipwide implementation as originally planned. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Ship Design Trends Report Now Available

October 18th, 2017

Cruise Industry News has released the debut edition of its Design Trends Report, profiling the leading cruise ship designers across the globe.

The World’s Best Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

October 18th, 2017

Disney Magic arriving at New York Disney Magic arriving at New York with Manhattan in the background (Courtesy Disney Cruise LineCondé Nast Traveler readers ranked the best cruise lines in the world in our 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards survey, including large ships (more than 2,500 passengers), medium ships (500 to 2,500 passengers), small ships (fewer than 500 passengers), and river cruises.

Western Australia Committed to Growing Cruise Business

October 18th, 2017

Aerial view of the Queen Mary 2 maiden visit, March 2010 leaving port (Courtesy Fremantle Ports)

Aerial view of the Queen Mary 2 maiden visit, March 2010 leaving port (Courtesy Fremantle Ports)

“The State Government (of Western Australia) is committed to growing the cruise industry by addressing regulation and infrastructure issues,” said Tourism WA (Western Australia) Acting CEO Stephen Wood. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Mérida, Mexico Targets $7 Million Boost by Hosting the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

October 18th, 2017

For more than 20 years, destinations have increased their cruise tourism benefits by hosting the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Belfast Celebrates End Of The Most Successful Cruise Season On Record

October 18th, 2017

Belfast Harbour has just brought to a close its busiest ever cruise season with an unprecedented 94 calls.