Ponant has announced a new schedule of cruises to Northern Europe and the Atlantic Islands. The cruises call at ports that only small ships, such as Ponant’s L’Austral, Le Boréal and two new Explorer Ships called Le Champlain (new in 2018) and Le Dumont-d’Urville (new in 2019) can navigate. Itineraries range from seven to 10 nights. (travelagentcentral.com)
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed the appointment of Geoff Ridgeon as its new Head of Sales, with effect from 7th May 2019. Reporting into Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director, Geoff will take overall responsibility for managing Fred. Olsen’s UK Sales teams, as well as further developing relations with the travel trade.
The Vladivostok Sea Terminal has announced the start of its biggest cruise season ever with the March 20 call of Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros. She is the first 16 vessels slated to call throughout the year, which will also see Vladivostok serving as an embarkation port. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Crystal Cruises has unveiled its 2022 Full World Cruise aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, a singular circumnavigation featuring five embarkation and disembarkation choices ranging from 86 to 116 nights, each option offering World Cruise benefits.
Following the huge success of past world cruises, AIDA is now launching its fourth world cruise. The highlights on this 117-day XXL adventure are wonderful, distant destinations such as Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, Sydney and the Australian island of Tasmania, Mauritius and Cape Town. Bookings open on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday voted against a request by a cruise company (UnCruise Adventures) to use the borough assembly chambers at the municipal building this summer for a passenger gathering spot. (kfsk.org)
Twenty cruise ships are slated to call on Unalaska this year. That’ll set a new record, according to Executive Director Carlin Enlow of the Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor Convention and Visitors Bureau. (ktoo.org)
Etstur, a Turkish tour operator, announced it will once again operate the 1,074-guest Gemini for the 2019 summer season, sailing from the Turkish homeport of Izmir to Greece. The seasonal operation offers three and four-night cruises from Cesme/Izmir calling in various Greek ports. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Valletta Cruise Port has welcomed MSC Bellissima, the 16th ship to join MSC Cruises’ global fleet. The ship, which entered into service earlier in the month, marks a key milestone in the MSC Cruises’ strategy and is the first of two MSC cruise ships which are set to come into service in 2019.