M/Y Grace back to the Galapagos Islands after dry-dock

September 17th, 2014

After a productive dry-dock period M/Y Grace will be departing the port of Guayaquil to return back to the Galapagos Islands for its first cruise. She has undergone some important cosmetic changes, making her more comfortable for her guests.

A-ROSA Releases Brochure for 2015, The Year of Choices

September 17th, 2014

A'Rosa VivaA-ROSA Cruises, in conjunction with David Morris International, released their 2015 brochure now with over 200 departures sailing exclusively on the rivers of Europe. (travelpulse.com)

From Airport Check In To Aft Deck Dining, Cuba Cruise Launches Pioneering Holiday Package With Air

September 17th, 2014

Cuba Cruise, the Canadian initiative that revolutionized travel to Cuba, is launching its second season with a pioneering holiday package.

Lindblad Expeditions to implement Adonis Suite

September 17th, 2014

Lindblad Expeditions will be implementing Adonis Personnel Manager (APM) for all their crewing and payroll activities. The solution will enable Lindblad to integrate and centralize their HR, payroll and crew planning for their fleet. (cruisebusiness.com)

Tallink’s Liisi Kutt crowned Bacardi Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year 2014

September 17th, 2014

The award-winning Gale Hotel on Miami’s South Beach was the setting for the spectacular grand finale on September 5 in the quest to crown the Bacardi Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year 2014. (cruisebusiness.com)

Jacques Pépin to Host Oceania Cruises Sailing in 2015

September 17th, 2014

Master chef Jacques Pépin will host a sailing onboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera in 2015, along with his family. (travelagentcentral.com)

Costa Cruises Offers Free Upgrades, Reduced Deposits on Caribbean Cruises From Miami

September 17th, 2014

Costa MediterraneaCosta Cruises is offering free upgrades and reduced deposits to guests when Costa Luminosa and Costa Mediterranea reposition to Miami, Fla., in December for a season of 10-, 11- and 12-night cruises to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. (travelagentcentral.com)

Hurtigruten’s Voyage, Air and Hotel Packages Position Guests to See the Northern Lights

September 17th, 2014

Hurtigruten announced a series of specially-priced voyage, hotel and air packages on their six- and seven-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage winter sailings. (travelagentcentral.com)

Silversea Announces 2016 Deployment

September 17th, 2014

Silver WhisperSilversea is offering a record number of voyage options in 2016, with reservations now open. The schedule for Silversea’s five cruise ships will encompass 385 destinations on 177 voyages. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

UK. Cruise ships give Orkney economy £3m boost

September 17th, 2014

Orkney’S economy has been boosted by over £3 million following a record number of cruise ships sailing to the islands. (scotsman.com)

Carnival Cruise Lines Renews Satisfaction Guarantee Through 2015

September 17th, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines is renewing its Great Vacation Guarantee through 2015, following a successful first year with a record number of passengers. (cruisecritic.com)

Abu Dhabi Reveals New Cruise Port Design

September 17th, 2014

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) unveiled the design of the Zayed Port’s new cruise terminal building. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Baroni Named Communications Director at Costa

September 17th, 2014

Gabriele Baroni has joined Costa Crociere S.p.A. in the position of Communication Director and will be reporting to the Vice President Communication & Sustainability Hansjoerg Kunze. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CTO: Opening Annual Conference

September 16th, 2014

Delegates and other guests arrived in St. Thomas on Monday for the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization Conference. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Couple kicked off cruise after medical issue

September 16th, 2014

A dream cruise turning into a nightmare for Valerie O’Farrell and her husband, Paul, when they were thrown off their cruise ship. (wcnc.com)

SuperStar Virgo: The New Culinary Oasis

September 16th, 2014

SuperStar Virgo in Hong KongStar Cruises is pleased to introduce an all new culinary destination in Hong Kong – SuperStar Virgo. A series of ongoing enhancement programmes will see new dining options added onboard the ship, offering an unrivalled gastronomy experience at sea.

Industry Report Reveals Top Cruise States

September 16th, 2014

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released a report on the impact of cruising on the U.S. economy. (cruisecritic.com)

UK. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launches TV campaign to highlight its longest-ever ‘Grand Voyage’ to the Far East in 2015

September 16th, 2014

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a promotional TV campaign on four digital channels – Drama, Alibi, Yesterday and Home.

U.S. Cruise Industry Saw Continued Growth, Economic Contributions in 2013. Cruise Lines Contributed $44 Billion to U.S. Economy

September 16th, 2014

New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) show that the North American cruise industry continued to expand in 2013, generating employment, income, and other economic benefits throughout the U.S. economy.

Reno Named Vice President of Entertainment at Carnival Cruise Lines

September 16th, 2014

Sarah Beth Reno – a 27-year travel industry veteran – has been named vice president of entertainment for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Update: Princess Cruises Forced to Cancel 14-Night Cruise due to ‘Technical Problems’

September 16th, 2014

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises has confirmed Sea Princess’ inability to sail at full speed on recent itineraries is due to a problem with the ship’s crankshaft. (cruisecritic.com)

Port Everglades Celebrates 2014-2015 Cruise Season with New Terminal, New Day Cruise and Regal Princess Naming

September 16th, 2014

Port Everglades will kick off its 2014-2015 winter cruise season by hosting the traditional naming ceremony for Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess, welcoming Resorts Worlds’ Bimini SuperFast day cruise, and celebrating the grand opening of its completely renovated Cruise Terminal 4.

Norwegian’s “All-Inclusive” – Other Cruise News: A Prestige Ship For Bermuda? – Chinese Taishan Enters Service

September 15th, 2014

by Kevin Griffin

Last month, Norwegian Cruise Line announced a new all-inclusive program for 2015 in North America, and this month it announced a similar program for the UK. There are some interesting comparisons between the two programs in that fare reductions that are part of the package differ, as do rates of exchange used for different bands. Elsewhere in Norwegian’s “new” realm since agreeing to acquire Prestige Cruises, Kevin Sheehan remarked that Bermuda might see more Prestige ships in future years. And in China, Bohai Cruise has inaugurated its independent cruise service using the 800-berth Chinese Taishan, formerly Costa Voyager.

Princess Launches New Seawitch Craft Beer

September 15th, 2014

Princess Cruises is pouring a new craft beer to toast its upcoming 50th anniversary. The “Seawitch” West Coast IPA beer – named for the company’s logo – was developed exclusively for Princess Cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Steven B. Stern serves up best of cruise vacations in latest edition of his travel guide

September 15th, 2014

The most reliable source for over 40 years, Steven B. Stern’s “Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation” is out with its 2015 edition in soft cover and color e-book.

P&O Cruises Australia Offers a Different View on New Brand

September 15th, 2014

P&O Cruises has revived a nostalgic childhood favourite to help agents view its new brand positioning through a different light. (australia.etbnews.com)

Cruise ship business booms in Portland, Maine

September 15th, 2014

Tens of thousands of dollars poured into the city of Portland this weekend, with two large cruise ships docked at the Portland Ocean Terminal on Saturday. (bangordailynews.com)

2000 stranded by ‘Pandemic Princess’

September 15th, 2014

The gangplank leading, for some, to the cruise trip a lifetime was withdrawn in Fremantle yesterday, leaving 2000 Sea Princess passengers pondering a one-way journey back to their homes. (au.news.yahoo.com)

Sea Cloud Cruises appoints Daniel Schäfer as Managing Director

September 15th, 2014

Daniel Schäfer (35) has been appointed to the Management Board of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH by the company’s General Meeting with immediate effect. (cruisebusiness.com)

Holland America Line names its new ship as Koningsdam

September 15th, 2014

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500 gross ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be Koningsdam. (cruisebusiness.com)

PPI Group Appoints Associate Vice President, Port Shopping Programs

September 14th, 2014

PPI Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn McCullough to Associate Vice President of Port Shopping Programs.

Puerto Rico Sees Increase in Cruise Ship Visits

September 14th, 2014

Officials in Puerto Rico say the number of summer cruise ship passengers visiting the U.S. territory has increased in the past three years. (abcnews.go.com)