Fincantieri Takes 66.66% Share Of STX France – Other Cruise News: Carnival Maritime Extends To Three Centres – European Cruise Market To Grow 60% In A Decade

May 22nd, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last Friday it was announced that Fincantieri was to acquire a 66.66% shareholding in STX France, a company that will no doubt soon be renamed. The balance of the shares are held by the French State. At the same time, following the opening of Fleet Operations Centres in Hamburg and Seattle, Carnival Corp & plc has started hiring for a third such centre in Miami to manage the twenty-five ships of original group member Carnival Cruise Line. Meanwhile, Cruise Industry News Annual predicts 60% growth in the European cruise market over the next decade.

Angela Rippon to name CMV’s Columbus

May 22nd, 2017

Angela Rippon CBE is to be godmother to the cruise ship Columbus, the latest addition to the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. On Thursday 8th June, during the Naming Ceremony at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, Angela will name the ship.

Norwegian Operator Fjord Adventures to Launch New Summer Cruises between Molde and Ålesund around a Glorious Archipelago Of Islands

May 22nd, 2017

Fjord Adventures has been offering small boat charters in and around the spectacular Hjorundfjord and Romsdal Mountain range of Norway for more than four years.  Due to demand, the specialist operator has launched a programme of summer itineraries suitable for families, couples, singles and small groups who wish to explore areas that large cruise ships do not access.

Enjoy the thrill of the Isle of Man TT Race – A cruise perfectly timed for Saga Sapphire passengers to go ashore to watch the world-famous motorsport spectacle

May 22nd, 2017

Motorsport lovers can enjoy the thrill of the Isle of Man TT Race during Saga Sapphire’s British Isles and Ireland cruise in May 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates American Craft Beer Week with New Miami Guava Wheat Beer Brewed Exclusively on Carnival Vista

May 22nd, 2017

To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Carnival Cruise Line has created a special one-of-a-kind tropical-flavored beer served exclusively at Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery, the first brewery aboard a North American-based cruise ship.

UK: Cruise ship giant Cunard apologises as booking gaff sees customers charged TWICE for same holiday

May 22nd, 2017

Cruise ship giant Cunard apologised today (May 20) after charging customers TWICE for the same holiday. Holidaymakers who had already booked trips with Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises discovered their bank cards have been debited a second time. (mirror.co.uk)

Four Europe-Based Cruise Lines Targeting U.S. Travelers

May 22nd, 2017

Global cruise lines not based in the U.S. are increasingly promoting to Americans. Here’s a look at four of these cruise products — offering either ultra-luxury pampering, destination immersion, a yacht-style experience or in-depth enrichment. (travelagentcentral.com)

Monterey welcomes first cruise ship of a busy season

May 21st, 2017

The Celebrity Cruises’ Infinity ship that appeared in the Monterey Bay on Friday was just the first of a slew of cruise ships expected to make a stop in the coming weeks. Eleven cruise liners are scheduled to make stops in Monterey before the end of the year. (montereyherald.com)

Cruise staff arrested in Vancouver ordered deported, accused of cocaine smuggling

May 21st, 2017

Three Nicaraguan crew members arrested on a cruise ship docked at Canada Place last week are now being deported under the transnational crime provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Federal officials allege they smuggled Colombian cocaine to Canada while muling for a cartel. (bc.ctvnews.ca)

Expedition company coming to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

May 20th, 2017

With the opening of a second berth at the port of Sydney, it will become the home port for One Ocean Expeditions, its managing director says. (capebretonpost.com)

Lindblad Names Hanrahan as Independent Director

May 20th, 2017

Lindblad Expeditions announced that it has appointed Daniel J. Hanrahan to serve as an independent director. In addition, Hanrahan was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Salerno Exchange Port For Israel For Passengers From The US, Transatlantic By CMA CGM And Transmed by Grimaldi Lines

May 19th, 2017

With an increase in the number of passenger-carrying container ships working CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express Transatlantic service to four, Salerno has become the new exchange port for Israeli-bound passengers from the US.

P&O Australia to Homeport in Townsville for Trial Period

May 19th, 2017

The Pacific Eden (Photo courtesy P&O Cruises Australia)P&O Cruises Australia has announced that the Pacific Eden will complete partial ship turnarounds at the Townsville Port next year as part of a trial project. It is the first homeporting operation ever for Townsville. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CLIA Announces New Online Certificate Program

May 19th, 2017

Bringing specialized certificate programs online, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that travel agents can now expand their business with the new Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate Program.

Iceland: Coast Guard Unable To Ensure Cruise Liner Safety

May 19th, 2017

Due to lack of funding the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICC) is too ill equipped to respond to large scale accidents at sea. (grapevine.is)

Fincantieri Signs An Agreement With Stx Europe For The Acquisition Of A Majority Stake Of STX France

May 19th, 2017

FINCANTIERI S.p.A. announces that it signed today a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66% of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder STX Europe AS.

MSC to Give Guests The Chance To Star In Kids Web Series Kelly & Kloe

May 19th, 2017

MSC Cruises is further deepening its family entertainment offering by giving younger guests the opportunity to star in the second series of its popular kids web series ‘Kelly & Kloe’ (www.kellyandkloe.com) via onbaord auditions that are now open.

Holland America Line’s 2017-18 Mexico Cruise Season to Feature a Second Vista-Class Ship

May 19th, 2017

Oosterdam - Holland America LineFor the 2017-18 Mexico cruise season, Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego, California. From September 2017 through February 2018, the 1,964-guest ships will sail 11 seven-day cruises calling at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Cruise Planners 2017 Convention Set to Ignite Agents’ Passions and Spark Innovation

May 19th, 2017

Cancun, MexicoCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, will be hosting its annual convention at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico October 15-19, 2017.

Quebec Adds Berthing Options With Agreement to Operate Quai Paquet

May 19th, 2017

QM2 at Quebec CityCiting a record season, Quebec City has announced an agreement to provide additional cruise berthing options at the Quai Paquet. The agreement with the Ville de Lévis for use of the Quai Paquet offers the opportunity to accommodate more vessels, giving cruise lines a variety of berthing options. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Porto, Portugal, to become focus of Cruise Industry

May 18th, 2017

Porto will become, on 24 May, the focus of the cruise industry, with the celebration of PORTO & DOURO CRUISE FORUM 2017, an event that will bring together in Porto the local, national and international cruise industry.

Hurtigruten’s Freedom to Roam Sale Starts on Norway’s National Independence Day

May 18th, 2017

In celebration of Norway’s National Independence Day, adventurers can connect with their inner Norwegian and save up to 10% per person* when booking select Hurtigruten coastal Norway and Explorer itineraries with the Freedom to Roam Sale starting this Wednesday, May 17 through May 27.

Carnival Cruise Line Unveils ‘Carnival Studios’ in Davie, Fla.

May 18th, 2017

In a move designed to further elevate its award-winning entertainment offerings across the fleet, Carnival Cruise Line yesterday unveiled “Carnival Studios,” a state-of-the-art 44,500-square-foot rehearsal venue in Davie, Fla., near the company’s Miami headquarters.

Hurtigruten in Legal Battle with Norwegian Ports for Overcharging

May 18th, 2017

In Norway, Hurtigruten has an ongoing series of law suits against many of the ports it is calling at for allegedly overcharging port fees. According to the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), Norwegian ports have misinterpreted official fee regulations. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

MSC Cruises Reveals Concepts For The Two New Cirque Du Soleil Shows

May 18th, 2017

The MSC Meraviglia (Artist impression courtesy MSC Cruises)MSC Cruises revealed the names and concepts for the two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Cruises’ new next-generation flagship, MSC Meraviglia.

Bar Harbor Debates Proposed Cruise Ship Amendments

May 18th, 2017

The future of cruise ships in Bar Harbor (Maine) was discussed Tuesday at an open town meeting. There are two proposed amendments on the upcoming June ballot – both highly debated topics. (wabi.tv)

Scenic, Emerald Waterways Launch Deposit Protection Plan

May 18th, 2017

To help relieve the stress of travel planning, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Waterways are offering cruise travelers some piece of mind with their newly launched Deposit Protection Plan. (travelagentcentral.com)

Jefferson Starship, Yes, Queensryche and More Rock Bands to Headline 2018 Theme Cruises

May 18th, 2017

From classic rock to heavy metal, three new theme cruises will give rock ‘n’ roll fans more opportunities to head-bang with their favorite legends at sea. (cruisecritic.com)

Katarina Line to Launch New Ships in 2018

May 18th, 2017

Katarina Line. The 38 passengers InfinityKatarina Line announced that it will be introducing new, “more luxurious and modern” vessels for 2018 as part of a fleet-wide rebranding program that raises its category of ships to six from its current four-category designations of Deluxe, A+, A and B.

Etstur to Run Summer Season with Louis Aura

May 18th, 2017

Louis Aura at Patmos (Photo courtesy Haynes World - haynesworld-u-cdolly.blogspot.it) Etstur, a major Turkish tour operator, is set to charter the former Louis Aura for a season out of Cesme (Izmir) sailing to the Greek Islands. Pricing starts at 199 euro per person. The season will run from June 24 through early October with three and four-night cruises offered. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Alaskan Dream Cruises: New Itinerary, Booking Discounts

May 18th, 2017

Alaskan Dream Cruises - Baranof DreamSmall ship cruise line Alaskan Dream Cruises will celebrate its eighth cruise season in 2018 with the launch of the new “Alaska’s Frontier & Wilderness Quest” itinerary. (travelagentcentral.com)

Amawaterways Announces Investment From Certares LP

May 18th, 2017

AmaWaterways is pleased to announce that it has closed on an investment from travel and hospitality investor group Certares LP.