Aranui 5 to offer a traditional Polynesian tattoo carried out by a native artist

September 28th, 2016

One of the joys of taking a cruise on board the Aranui 5, is the opportunity to become immersed in Polynesian culture as the ship docks at some of the most remote islands in the world.


True North returns to Barossa Valley in 2017

September 28th, 2016

The True NorthThe True North’s 2017 Southern Safari is again set to feature the world-famous Barossa Valley. Guests will start their Seppeltsfield visit in the original 1851 homestead and discover the history of the Seppelt family before being treated to a private tasting in the “Trophy Cellar”. (expeditioncruising.com)


P&O Cruises Australia Serves Up the Action on its 2017 Australian Open Cruise

September 28th, 2016

P&O Cruises Australia - Pacific Pearl (Photo credit John Wilson at Shipspotting.com)P&O Cruises has announced an ace line-up of legendary tennis talent and tennis-themed onboard activities on its popular Australian Open cruise in January.


Discover the majestic scenery of Norway on a winter sailing with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

September 28th, 2016

Stavanger, NorwayFred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests the choice of two ‘Norway Winter’ cruises, on either Balmoral, departing on 20th January 2017 from Southampton, or Braemar, sailing from Dover on 18th March 2017.


A cruise ship is the home of this Chinese ‘Dota 2’ tournament

September 28th, 2016

Some of China’s best Dota 2 teams will be competing in a LAN tournament in October, but not in your typical arena setting. This tournament will take place on a cruise ship. (mashable.com)


Murray Princess, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island combo

September 28th, 2016

Murray PrincessDiscover the best of South Australia with a fantastic eight, nine or twelve night cruise and land package from Captain Cook Cruises and SeaLink. (etbtravelnews.com)


Adam Goldstein to Become New Chairman of the FCCA Executive Committee

September 28th, 2016

Today during the the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean, it was announced that Adam Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will become Chairman of the FCCA, effective January 1, 2017.


ALMACO Group to build passenger cabins and galleys for Crystal River Cruises’ “Rhine Class” at MV Werften Shipyard

September 28th, 2016

The Crystal river yacht vessels Debussy and Ravel (Artist concepts courtesy of Crystal Cruises)ALMACO Group announced today that the German shipyard MV Werften has awarded the company the newbuilding contract for luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four “Rhine Class” luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar.


AIDA supports Rostock Migrant Council’s Multicultural Weeks

September 28th, 2016

In 2016 the cruise operator AIDA Cruises is once again supporting the Migrant Council’s work for the Hanseatic City of Rostock’s Multicultural Weeks, sending out a signal for tolerance and cultural diversity.


Carnival Australia Welcomes NSW Government Announcement of Multi-User Cruise Terminal In Newcastle

September 28th, 2016

Carnival Australia welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a multi-user cruise terminal in Newcastle to support cruise tourism in the Hunter region.


Grand Bahama Shipyard Announces Infrastructure Improvements

September 28th, 2016

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportGrand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) announced that significant maintenance programs were competed on Floating Dry Dock #1 and Floating Dry Dock #2. Maintenance to Dry Dock #3 is due for completion by December 2016. (cruiseindustrynews.com)


International Cruise Summit to gather in Madrid 22 and 23 November

September 28th, 2016

The latest edition of the International Cruise Summit will bring together in Madrid experts of the Cruise Industry worldwide. “The sixth edition will turn Madrid into the international centre of the cruise industry on 22 and 23 November,” the organisers said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)


TUI upbeat as cruises and UK continue to perform well

September 28th, 2016

TUI AG, the Anglo-German tour operator, said its cruise operations and UK source market continue to perform well and highlighted four points that drive the good performance these activities. (cruisebusiness.com)


Oceania Cruises Makes Four New Executive Appointments

September 28th, 2016

The Oceania Marina in MiamiOceania Cruises has named four new members to its executive team following the appointment of Bob Binder to the position of president and CEO at the line. (travelagentcentral.com)


Blohm+Voss Sold to Lürssen Maritime

September 28th, 2016

“Luerssen is entering into a long term relationship to strengthen their portfolio in the repair and refit activities for yachts, naval and commercial ships as well as enhancing its naval new build activities within their corporation,” said a statement. (cruiseindustrynews.com)


Royal Caribbean to call at the Kingdom of Tonga

September 28th, 2016

Radiance of The SeasRoyal Caribbean International has announced Tonga as a brand new destination for its upcoming 2016/17 season. Radiance of the Seas will call at the stunning Tongan ports of Vava’u on 12 December 2016 and Nuku’alofa on 13 December 2016 for the very first time. (etbtravelnews.com)


MV Werften Invests in Rostock Facility

September 28th, 2016

MV Werften, Genting Hong Kong’s shipyard consortium, has announced further investments. On Tuesday the group announced three contracts for an “extensive” investment program in its Rostock facility. (cruiseindustrynews.com)


Hala Abu Dhabi confirmed for Sir Bani Yas Island cruise launch

September 27th, 2016

Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination management company of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), has been selected as the exclusive shore excursions and activities provider for Sir Bani Yas Island and Beach Oasis, the latest cruise destination stop in the UAE for the 2016/2017 season. (etbtravelnews.com)


Croatia’s Katarina Line announces 2017 brochure with expanded fleet

September 27th, 2016


Katarina Line. The 38 passengers Infinity
Katarina Line, Croatia’s leading DMC and premier small ship cruise company, announced that it is expanding its fleet for 2017 with three new deluxe ships to meet demands for lavish, more comfortable cruising from North American travelers. (etbtravelnews.com)


SkySea: Accelerating Growth Plans for More Ships

September 27th, 2016

The SkySea Golden Era (Ex Celebrity Century)Having launched service in 2015 with the Golden Era, SkySea Cruise Line has major backers in Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)


Tempers flare in Venice as angry protesters block cruise ships

September 27th, 2016

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar in VeniceHundreds of demonstrators have taken to the water in Venice to protest against visiting cruise ships, as relations between tourists and locals reach a new nadir. (telegraph.co.uk)


Australia. Terminal will secure Newcastle’s future as a global cruise ship destination

September 27th, 2016

Port of Newcastle and the Port Authority of NSW welcome the NSW Government’s commitment of $12.7 million for a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle.


One Ocean Expeditions highlights Reasons to visit the Arctic in 2017 as Canada Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

September 27th, 2016

As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, specialist adventure cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), reflects on the successes of the 2016 cruise season, highlighting why 2017 will be a great time to travel to the Canadian High Arctic.


Hurtigruten Expedition Leaders Explore America to share their adventures with travelers

September 26th, 2016

A former sea kayak and polar bear guide, Ralf Westphal is one of two Hurtigruten expedition experts who will be traveling across the U.S. in September and October to inform travelers about the great adventures that await them when they take a Hurtigruten cruise.


Pandaw Prepares For Growth Drive With New Top Appointment

September 26th, 2016

River cruise pioneer Pandaw is strengthening its senior management team, appointing one of Europe’s most experienced travel industry executives as Vice President Sales and Marketing.


Del Rio: ‘Better Product and Better Earnings on All Three Brands’

September 26th, 2016

“One of the advantages of running a small cruise line, like we do, with just 25 ships, is that we can still share ideas and implement the best practices in a very simplistic, non-bureaucratic manner,” said Frank del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), in a press conference at China Cruise Shipping. (cruiseindustrynews.com)


Carnival Corp. Reports Record Quarterly Earnings, Positive Advance Bookings

September 26th, 2016

Carnival Corporation announced net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.93 diluted earnings per share (EPS), for third quarter 2016, which compares to $1.2 billion or $1.56 diluted EPS for the same period a year ago. (travelagentcentral.com)


China Closer To Building Cruise Ships – Other Cruise News: MSC Cruises Adds More China – NCLH Management Triumvirate

September 26th, 2016

by Kevin Griffin

Last week came news that the Carnival-China State Shipbuilding-China Investment cruise shipping joint venture would order two with an option for two more 133,500-ton cruise ships from the Fincantieri-China Shipbuilding joint venture. The four ships are to be built by China Shipbuilding’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard in Pudong. These vessels, along with a number of existing ships to be transferred in from the Carnival fleet, will form the basis of a new Chinese brand to be based in Hong Kong. Just before this announcement, MSC Cruises said that it would be sending its 3,274-berth MSC Splendida to work out of China in 2018. Meanwhile, over at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, each of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises has now been given its own president and ceo.


Carnival Australia Jumps Onboard with Cruise Month

September 26th, 2016

Each of the cruise operator’s seven lines – P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Cunard, P&O Cruises World Cruising and Seabourn – is offering deals and savings to celebrate Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s inaugural month-long promotion.


Despite tiff, Chinese tourists make cruise stop at Boracay, Philippines

September 26th, 2016

Ati-atihan dancers with their rhythmic drumming welcomed more than 2,700 Chinese tourists and crew of a cruise ship that stopped over briefly on Boracay yesterday. The Legend of the Seas was the first cruise ship to visit the Philippines since President Duterte took office on July 1. (globalnation.inquirer.net)


West Africa’s back on the Saga cruise map. 2018 cruise programme includes The Gambia and Dakar

September 26th, 2016

The Saga Pearl II (Dec. 2013, photo Ivan T. at Wikipedia)Saga Cruises has released its new programme of 2018 sailings which include putting West Africa back on the cruise map. The 20 night Saga Pearl II ‘Traditions of the Canaries and Africa’ Cruise gives guests time to go ashore in Banjul, in The Gambia, and Dakar, in Senegal.


Norwegian pushes the boat out in China with Joy

September 26th, 2016

The Norwegian Joy (Artist impression courtesy NCL)Not wanting to be overshadowed by its bigger competitors, at the China Cruise Shipping Conference and Expo (CCS 11) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd (NCLH) is pushing its boat out, relentlessly promoting its brands and showcasing its new ship, the Norwegian Joy, to the Chinese market. (cruisebusiness.com)