A teenager and his mother frolic with puppy-like sea lions. A couple kayak around a 200-pound sea turtle, while some snorkelers spot a small reef shark. The zodiac pulls up to a beach littered with sleeping sea lions, and further on, a Blue-footed Booby sits guarding its egg.
The keel laying ceremony of “Seabourn Ovation”, the second of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Seabourn Cruise Line, took place today (December 02), in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard. (marinelink.com)
Costa Asia announced the Atlantica had departed on its first-ever 46-day cruise from Tianjin to the South Pacific Islands, signaling an important development in the maturing of the Chinese cruise market. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
The 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour II, Lindblad Expedition’s newest addition to the fleet, will make its debut tomorrow, December 3, one month ahead of schedule. (cruisecritic.com)
European Tourism Day: ΜedCruise welcomes EC announcement for making available €1.5 million to promote maritime sites across EuropeDecember 2nd, 2016
In front of an audience including MedCruise, and a total of more than 400 stakeholders, the European Commission celebrated today (Nov. 29) in Brussels the European Tourism Day.
China is building a life-size replica of the doomed RMS Titanic in a landlocked county more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from the sea. (edition.cnn.com)
MSC Cruises and STX France held the steel cutting ceremony on Monday to mark the official commencement of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia generation of ships that will come into service in 2019. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is today [1st December 2016] launching its new multi-strand ‘Cruise Sale’, as part of its New Year promotional campaign.
Australia’s leading cruise line, P&O Cruises has raised its glass to a new social venture, becoming the first national partner for a new beer which supports the conservation of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.
“We are extremely disappointed about the inexcusable actions of our employees who violated our policies and environmental law when they bypassed our bilge water treatment system and discharged untreated bilge water into the ocean,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, in a video presentation on the line’s website. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess), part of Carnival Corporation & plc, has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas in the waters of the US and the UK and intentional acts to cover it up, the US Department of Justice said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)
Wärtsilä has recently developed a complete offering for handling dry waste in cruise ships. This new offering complements the company’s extensive portfolio for handling wet waste, thus providing a total waste management offering.
Region Gotland and CMP have been working hard to market the island for its maiden season and it has produced excellent results.
Royal Caribbean International has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with its unique North Star attraction aboard the cruise line’s Quantum-class ships.
A new cruise line, Croisières M/S Jacques-Cartier Inc., has announced its intentions to start service on the St. Lawrence river in summer 2018 with the M/S Jacques Cartier. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
The project will “not only rejuvenate and update the existing terminal to provide new contemporary amenities,” but will also expand the terminal through the construction of a new uilding in order to house both MSC Cruises’ next-generation cruise ship MSC Seaside, as well as MSC Divina, which is currently sailing year-round from Terminal F at PortMiami. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
On Friday, 25 November, Chilean port of Valparaíso inaugurated its much-anticipated, brand new 5,300m2 passenger terminal. Owing to its geographical position, Valparaíso struggles to gain traction in contemporary cruise business, despite being Chile’s top seaborne passenger port. (cruisebusiness.com)
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Catherine Couplan has joined the organization as Vice President, Public Relations, Europe. Couplan will be responsible for leading public relations and communications efforts across Europe.
More ships are building up in Trois-Rivières, with expected first-time calls from Hapag-Lloyd and Phoenix Reisen ships in 2017, and Silversea and Crystal the following year. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
In a major interior renovation, Trimline upgraded Windstar Cruises’ all-suite yacht Star Pride in good time for the 2016 summer cruise season. In June, the 212-guest ship underwent a $4.5 million transformation in Athens, Greece, including the revitalisation of two owner’s suites and refurbishment of public spaces.
Whether you’re considering a cruise for the first time or you’re an experienced cruiser looking for new inspiration, the upcoming CRUISE Show, taking place in London, could be the perfect port of call. (cruisecritic.com)
One in four guests is celebrating a special occasion with Princess Cruises and now the cruise line is making it even easier to turn “Sailabrations” into lasting memories with new packages and convenient online ordering.