Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational operator, said its first Arctic Explorer cruise was so popular it sold out in less than a week. (cruisebusiness.com)
Costa Cruises is to host a welcome event in Shanghai, China, to mark its status as Costa Serena’s new homeport. (cruiseandferry.net)
Recent revival of the second hand market for cruise ships is good news for the industry – and more so for the smaller players than the bigger ones.
Guests can save up to 50% off short cruise Getaways and weekend cruise vacations and bring along their friends and family with third and fourth guests as low as $50 per person. In addition to low fares, guests can book their stateroom with deposits of only $1 per person for getaway cruises shorter than five days.
Resorts World Bimini has appointed cruise industry sales and marketing veteran Cris De Souza to the position of VP of sales and marketing. (travelagentcentral.com)
Icy Strait Point, a port along Alaska’s Inside Passage that has been receiving cruise ships since 2004, will expand with a new 400-foot pier and Tlingit-style welcome center. (cruisecritic.com)
When ms Koningsdam debuts in 2016, the ship will feature Holland America Line’s first-ever purpose-built staterooms for families as well as single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations (total capacity is 2,650). (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced its 2016 Asia cruises and journeys are open for booking. Debuting in January 2016 will be Uniworld’s newest destination, India. (travelagentcentral.com)
With the Explorer heading to Louis Group, Semester at Sea is on the market for a new-to-them cruise vessel for the Fall 2015 semester, according to T. Kenn Gaither, president and CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. today announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand. (cruisebusiness.com)
The founder of Princess Cruises, Stanley McDonald, died in Seattle last week at age 94. His death came just weeks after he was honored in a tribute during the christening of the Regal Princess. (travelpulse.com)
Port officials welcomed Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship Vision of the Seas—which will home port in Tampa concurrent with Brilliance of the Seas—in a plaque exchange with the ship’s captain in a ceremony Saturday, November 22. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Travel industry veterans have combined forces to launch WorldCruise.cn, “a new company that is expected to change the face of the cruise industry,” catering specifically to the needs of Chinese-speaking travelers and travel professionals worldwide. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Hundreds of spectators gathered on the wooden decking of Yokohama’s Osanbashi international terminal to wave goodbye to Peace Boat’s 86th Voyage this Friday. (voices.nationalgeographic.com)
The search for an elderly man who fell overboard on a Sydney-bound cruise ship has been called off, with authorities saying it’s unlikely he survived. (9news.com.au)
Costa Crociere, Europe’s leading cruise company, released its Sustainability Report for the period from 2012 – 2013, detailing the company’s sustainability efforts. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Scenic Cruises’ newest ship, Scenic Spirit, will debut in 2016 on the Mekong, according to the cruise line, which has just released details for the vessel. (cruisecritic.com)
As cruise sellers look ahead to Wave Season and taking advantage of new cruise products in 2015, Travel Agent asked several trade and cruise executives what agents should do 2015 to ensure success and increased revenue. (travelagentcentral.com)
Celebrity Cruises has been forced to cancel two port stops on Celebrity Millennium in Indonesia this week due to an undisclosed ‘dispute’ with Indonesian authorities. (cruisecritic.com)
by Kevin Griffin
Last week saw the beginning of a new Cuba cruise season, with regular callers Thomson Cruises, Cuba Cruise and Star Clippers now being joined by small ship operator Variety Cruises. Meanwhile, the competition heats up in China as both Carnival Corp & plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises make another move. And finally, Costa abruptly withdraws the Costa Celebration while Semester at Sea announces the withdrawal of its Explorer and her charter to Celestyal Cruises from next June.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is ‘Best Value for Money’ three years in a row, as voted by Cruise Critic expertsNovember 24th, 2014
Cruise experts at influential consumer website Cruise Critic have voted Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ‘Best Value for Money’ in its ‘Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2014’,for the third consecutive year.
MSC Cruises has started a fleet-wide optimisation enabled by Marlink to improve shipboard VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity.
More than 381,000 cruise passengers are expected to arrive at Dubai’s Mina Rashid this season (October 2014 to June 2015). (gulfnews.com)
MedCruise President Carla Salvadό, MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis along with Bojan Babič, MedCruise BoD member and Cruise Terminal Director of Port of Koper promoted cruise activities in the Med and its adjoining seas during the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, that was held in Hong-Kong.
Costa Crociere, which is part of the Carnival Corp & plc group, has reportedly sold the 1987 built cruise ship Costa Celebration to undisclosed buyers. (cruisebusiness.com)
During the session on the state of the cruise industry in Asia at this year’s Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, Michael Hackman, Star Cruises’ EVP, Marine Operations and New Shipbuilding, divulged that the line’s new ship, currently on order at Meyer Werft in Germany, will be homeporting at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Cruise Terminal. (cruisebusiness.com)
Passenger numbers at the Brisbane Cruise Terminal (BCT), owned and operated by Brookfield Residential Properties, have increased by 207 per cent from 45,000 to 138,000 since its launch in 2006. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Ponant, the French boutique cruise shipping company, says its fifth luxury cruise ship Le Lyrial, ordered from Fincantieri, was launched on October 23 at the Ancona shipyard in Italy. The ship is to be delivered in Spring 2015. (cruisebusiness.com)
Cunard Line has announced that Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones will sail aboard Queen Victoria as a Cunard Insights speaker during the February 2-17, 2015, Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles segment of the World Cruise. (travelagentcentral.com)
Consultant Luis Ajamil gave Port Canaveral officials lots of good news on the outlook for cruise operations at Brevard County’s seaport. (floridatoday.com)
The newly-formed Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) bodies in Southeast and North Asia released initial findings from the new Asia Cruise Trends Project: “Analysis, Assessment, Appreciation.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ctrip.com International announced that they have agreed to form a strategic partnership through SkySea Cruises, a joint venture which is designed to serve the Chinese cruise market. (cruiseindustrynews.com)