Hill Dickinson Helps Cruise Industry Win Key Norovirus Judgment

July 31st, 2015

Thomson SpiritIn what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.

RCCL reports interim profit rise on strong Caribbean, China yields

July 31st, 2015

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., (RCCL) has reported a rise in both second quarter and first half interim profits on strong yields in the Caribbean and China markets plus favourable development of costs. (cruisebusiness.com)

India steps up support to cruise shipping

July 31st, 2015

India has stepped up financial assistance to ports for upgrading cruise terminal facilities, shipping minister Pon Radhakrishnan has told Parliament. (ihsmaritime360.com)

2 cruise ship workers injured while docked in Hilo

July 31st, 2015

Pride of AmericaOfficials say two crewmembers of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America were seriously injured while working aboard the ship when it was docked in the port of Hilo. (kitv.com)

Travel Agent Discusses the Galapagos Islands With Ecoventura’s Executive President

July 31st, 2015

Travel Agent recently had an opportunity to chat with Santiago Dunn, executive president of Ecoventura, about his company’s new premium class vessel, as well possible hotel development on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. (travelagentcentral.com)

New guidelines say Alaska cruise, tour ships should stay 500 yards from seals

July 31st, 2015

A 100-yard buffer is not good enough to protect seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords from cruise-ship and tour-boat disturbances, so federal regulators have issued new guidelines advising the ships to stay about 500 yards away. (adn.com)

Supreme Court declines to hear SC cruise permit suit

July 31st, 2015

The South Carolina Supreme Court is declining to hear a challenge of a permit for a contentious $35 million cruise passenger terminal in Charleston. (abcnews4.com)

Pacific Pearl to Take on Edgy New Style in Sydney Dry Dock

July 31st, 2015

P&O Cruises Australia - Pacific Pearl. Photo credit John Wilson at Shipspotting.comPacific Pearl will become the latest ship in P&O Cruises’ fleet to offer guests an extra dose of holiday adrenaline, following the addition of the popular P&OEdge Adventure Park as part of a major refurbishment next month.

Carnival Foundation to donate $2.5 Million to The Nature Conservancy

July 31st, 2015

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its first year of supporting The Nature Conservancy through its Carnival Foundation helped the conservation organization further some of its critical preservation activities.

French Riviera Ports Reports Summer Cruise Events

July 31st, 2015

French Riviera Ports has reported that during the month of July, Cannes has had two days with three ships in port and more than 10,000 passengers. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Canada. Greater Victoria, BC, Celebrates Six Millionth Passenger

July 31st, 2015

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) welcomed the six millionth cruise ship passenger to Ogden Point on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Crystal Cruises Enhances On Board Experience With ETRO In-Room Luxury Amenities

July 31st, 2015

Crystal Cruises is partnering with ETRO Spa products to introduce plush new amenities for guests to enjoy in their staterooms and penthouses while also introducing Medi-Spa Cosmetic Treatments to its menu of services in the Crystal Spa and Salon.

Costa Group Appoints Rahul Chakkara As New Chief Digital Officer

July 31st, 2015

As of August 1, 2015, Rahul Chakkara will be joining and strengthening the Costa Group leadership team as the new Chief Digital Officer following the creation of the Costa Group Digital Unit in Hamburg earlier this year.

Royal Caribbean Debuts Kung Fu Panda Noodle Shop on Quantum

July 31st, 2015

Quantum of the Seas (Photo credit: Meyer Werft)Royal Caribbean International and DreamWorks Animation have commemorated the grand opening of the Kung Fu Panda Noodle Shop, a new family style eatery on board Quantum of the Seas and the first-ever DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda themed restaurant on land or at sea. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line Boss Hints at Asia Move; Insists a la Carte Dining is Here to Stay

July 30th, 2015

The boss of Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed a new focus on Asia, hinting the line could place a ship aimed at the Asian market in the region. (cruisecritic.com)

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Name Geek Squad Founder Robert Stephens Keynote Speaker

July 30th, 2015

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. have announced that Robert Stephens, the founder of Geek Squad, will be the keynote speaker at their 2015 National Conference which takes place the week of November 14 aboard the brand-new Norwegian Escape. (travelagentcentral.com)

Oceanwide Expeditions first to circumnavigate Spitsbergen

July 30th, 2015

PlanciusOceanwide Expedition vessels m/v Ortelius and m/v Plancius have managed a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen as the first of any vessels this Arctic season.

Queen Victoria Makes Maiden Call in Marmaris

July 30th, 2015

Cuinard Line’s Queen Victoria made her Maiden Call at Marmaris on Tuesday with 2,023 passengers and 983 crew aboard. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

5 best new stage shows on cruise ships

July 30th, 2015

Gone are the days when stage shows on cruise ships were warmed over medleys of show tunes sung by performers in high school musical-style costumes. (foxnews.com)

Paul Gauguin Offers Fall Voyages to Fiji

July 30th, 2015

Paul Gauguin PG CruisesPaul Gauguin Cruises offers exotic fall Fiji sailings on The Gauguin that feature optional shore excursions celebrating the destination’s culture, history, and traditions. (travelpulse.com)

Vicki Freed Seeks Names For Royal Caribbean’s Robot Bartenders

July 30th, 2015

Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of sales, is asking travel agents for help naming the bionic bartenders on the Anthem of the Seas. (travelpulse.com)

Windstar Waives and Reduces Single Supplement

July 30th, 2015

Attention solo travelers: Windstar Cruises is waiving or slashing the dreaded single supplement on 130 voyages if booked by Sept. 30. (travelpulse.com)

NSB Integrating Rail into Cruise Program

July 30th, 2015

NSB has been focusing on building up its tourism traffic for the past decade, according to Johanne Meyer, senior consultant of international sales for Norwegian State Railways (NSB). (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Update: More Europe River Cruises Canceled Because of Low Water Levels

July 30th, 2015

The Danube in BudapestLow water on the Danube is disrupting river cruise itineraries, forcing cruise lines to cancel cruises, change itineraries and bus passengers between ports and ships in order to complete itineraries. (cruisecritic.com)

Aqua Expeditions Upgrading Both Amazon Cruise Ships: Aqua Amazon And Aria Amazon

July 29th, 2015

Aria AmazonAqua Expeditions has announced new renovations to its two Peruvian Aqua Amazon vessels, the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon. The upgrades are being overseen by the boats’ original designer, renowned Peruvian architect Jordi Puig.

Norwegian Escape Hull Art Being Painted On

July 29th, 2015

Famed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey laid eyes upon his hull artwork on the new Norwegian Escape for the first time this week. The ships debuts this November in Miami. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Costa Cruises Updates Lunch and Dinner Menus

July 29th, 2015

Michelin-star Chef Fabio Cucchelli and a new team of corporate chefs have launched an update of the lunch and dinner menus onboard Costa Cruises. (travelagentcentral.com)

MSC Cruises Further Enhances Beauty Treatment Offering Across Its Fleet.

July 29th, 2015

MSC Cruises announced today plans for enhancing its already rich beauty and care offer available to guests on its fleet, by adding targeted winkle treatments with Botulinum and dermal fillertreatments with hyaluronic acid.

Video. An Eye For Design: A Visionary Behind Royal Caribbean Innovations

July 29th, 2015

Behind every masterpiece there is a unique and innovative vision. Take a glimpse at the creative process through the eyes of Royal Caribbean’s Vice President of Architectural Design, Kelly Gonzalez.

AIDA Shore-Ex: Wider Variety

July 29th, 2015

Gerd Lübbren sees a trend toward a wider variety of shore excursion selection on AIDA Cruises vessels, offering guests more specific tours, activities and exclusive experiences. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Take in ‘Venice & the Beauty of the Adriatic’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in Autumn 2015

July 29th, 2015

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar in VeniceFred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests the chance to cruise right into the heart of Venice and take in the splendour of the Adriatic, on Braemar’s 28-night M1526 ‘Venice & the Beauty of the Adriatic’ cruise, which departs from Dover on 12th September 2015.

Costa Asia, part of Costa Group has signed an agreement with Rescompany Systems

July 29th, 2015

Costa Fortuna in GenoaTeams from both companies are currently working on implementing Resco’s cruise industry leading applications into the operation of Costa Cruises China.