Norwegian Cruise Line launches new Australian website

July 1st, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) this week celebrated the launch of its new Australian website, which has been transitioned to the brand’s new global platform. (etbtravelnews.com)

Lineup for Australasia’s biggest cruise festival announced

July 1st, 2016

The Livescape Group today announced its full lineup for the third voyage of the world’s 2nd largest EDM cruise festival, and Asia’s largest at sea hosted by legendary actor, David Hasselhoff. (etbtravelnews.com)

Fincantieri launches “Silver Muse”

July 1st, 2016

“Silver Muse”, the new ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for the shipowner Silversea Cruises, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in April 2017. 

CLIA Australasia announces details of 2016 Cruise360 Conference

July 1st, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced details of its annual Cruise360 Australasia industry conference, which will take place at The Star Event Centre on Friday September 16. (etbtravelnews.com)

Ketchikan dock repairs complete after cruise ship crash

July 1st, 2016

Repairs to a Ketchikan dock that was damaged in early June by a cruise ship have been completed ahead of schedule. (newsminer.com)

Businessmen mull buying cruise ship to house homeless people

July 1st, 2016

A group of New Zealand businessman have come up with an idea to help New Zealand’s homeless – place them on a cruise ship. (theguardian.com)

Trinidad and Tobago: Increase in cruise ship arrivals

July 1st, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago (TT) got a bigger slice of the billion dollar cruise ship industry pie during the 2015 to 2016 season, thanks to a significant increase in the number of cruise passenger visits. (newsday.co.tt)

Boston Hoping to Build on Disney Magic and Anthem of the Seas Visits

July 1st, 2016

Boston - The Cruise TerminalComing off a strong 2015, this year will be consistent for Cruiseport Boston before things pick up in 2017. “We have the exact same number of calls this year, 50 turns and 64 transits,” said Michael Vanderbeek, deputy port director, business development. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CLIA Announces Third Annual Port & Destination Summit

July 1st, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the 2016 Port & Destination Summit will take place on Tuesday, September 20 in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. (travelagentcentral.com)

Discover the ‘Wonders of the World’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2018

July 1st, 2016

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' 'Black Watch' at HarwichFred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled a specialist new brochure, dedicated to Black Watch’s epic 108-night ‘Wonders of the World’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 5th January 2018.

Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship Returns to Port After Pool Accident

July 1st, 2016

Anthem of the Seas (Foto: Christian Eckardt - Columbus Cruise Center) Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was forced to return to port just hours into a cruise after a boy, 8, was found unconscious in one of the pools. (cruisecritic.com)

Marlink Selects Intelsat for MSC Contract

July 1st, 2016

MSC DivinaIntelsat announced in a press release that Marlink has selected it to “deliver fast, high quality Intelsat EpicNG broadband connectivity” to MSC Cruises, starting with service on the MSC Divina, which sails year-round from Miami. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

MedCruise to continue contributing expertise to European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF)

July 1st, 2016

MedCruise is appointed among the expert groups to continue providing expertise to the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), following a selection procedure by the European Commission.

Updated: Cruise Lines Canceling, Monitoring Istanbul Calls After Latest Terrorist Attack

July 1st, 2016

Istanbul, TurkeyMost cruise lines with calls in Istanbul have cancelled all port stops following Tuesday’s airport bombing which killed 41 people, with one line still monitoring the situation. (cruisecritic.com)

Fathom Unveils Details on New Cuba Onboard Programming

June 30th, 2016

May 2, 2016: Fathom's Adonia slipped through the channel into Havana Bay, Cuba (Photo credit Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini)Fathom announced additional onboard activities designed to enrich travelers’ cultural experience to Cuba aboard the MV Adonia.

European Waterways Announces New 2017 “Champagne Cruises”

June 30th, 2016

European Waterways has announced it will be offering five new “Champagne Cruises” in Champagne, France, aboard the Panache luxury hotel barge in 2017. (travelagentcentral.com)

Cruise Brothers Becomes CLIA Diamond Agency Member

June 30th, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that Cruise Brothers has joined the organization as a CLIA Diamond Agency Member. (travelagentcentral.com)

Holland America Partners with Mariners to Honor US Military

June 30th, 2016

Holland America Line is now the presenting sponsor of the Seattle Mariners’ “Salute to Those Who Serve” on-field recognition program honoring some of the men and women of the United States Military. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Port of Sydney (Canada) celebrates millionth cruise ship passenger

June 30th, 2016

The Port of Sydney is celebrating the arrival of its one-millionth cruise ship passenger, but port management says that number might have been reached sooner if it had a second, longer berth. (cbc.ca)

MSC Cruises Reveals More Details of Meraviglia Class Cruise Ships

June 30th, 2016

The MSC Meraviglia (Artist impression courtesy MSC Cruises)MSC Cruises has released more details and renderings of its Meraviglia class ships, including the name of the Cirque de Soleil lounge, more family offerings and how the popular Yacht Club concept will be extended. (cruisecritic.com)

Fincantieri Delivered The Seven Seas Explorer, The first of two ultra luxury cruise ships for Regent Seven Seas Cruises

June 30th, 2016

The Seven Seas Explorer (Courtesy Fincantieri)“Seven Seas Explorer”, the newest ultra luxury ship of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa).

Incentive Structure Helps Drive Cruise Calls to Portland, Maine

June 30th, 2016

“All our fees are covered by the head tax ($10), for all ships with 1,000 or more passengers. We don’t charge for security or berthing, all of that is included. The ship itself is not paying anything,” said Bob Leeman, marketing manager for Cruise Portland (Maine). In addition are further incentives for ships calling earlier in the season, he explained. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Thomson Cruises Unveils Spanish Homeports for TUI Discovery 2

June 30th, 2016

Thomson Cruises announced that its latest ship TUI Discovery 2 — currently sailing as Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas — will homeport in Malaga, Spain, and the Canary Island of Tenerife when it joins the fleet next year. (cruisecritic.com)

Stacie Faulds Named New Marketing Director at Cruise Planners

June 29th, 2016

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has appointed Stacie Faulds as its new director of marketing. (travelagentcentral.com)

Saga offers something completely different … Captain Rentell’s Final Mystery Cruise

June 29th, 2016

Cruise passengers looking for something completely different can join a voyage full of suspense and intrigue on Captain Rentell’s Final Mystery Cruise.

Costa Cruises Announces New Perks and Exclusive Spaces for Suite Passengers

June 29th, 2016

Costa Pacifica and Costa Luminosa in GenoaCosta Cruises is expanding its suite perks, giving passengers who book in its more expensive accommodations complimentary meals in specialty restaurants, all-inclusive beverage packages, exclusive access to ship events and more. (cruisecritic.com)

Grand Circle Cruise Line Announces Cuba Itineraries aboard the Clio

June 29th, 2016

Paul Gauguin Cruises' Tere Moana. She will be renamed Clio by Grand Circle Cruise Line after a $5M refit beginning in May 2016Alan E. Lewis, chairman of Grand Circle Cruise Line, the leader in small ship cruising worldwide, announced that it will begin operating Cuba’s Cultural Treasures: A Coastal Voyage, an 11-night, 89-passenger cruise tour from Miami to Cuba in January 2017.

48th MedCruise GA advances cruise development in the Med and the Black Sea, and welcomes membership expansion

June 29th, 2016

Odessa: the Passenger TerminalThis June, the city of Odessa in the Black Sea turned into the centre of discussions regarding cruise development in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, as Odessa Sea Port Authority hosted the 48th MedCruise General Assembly, 22-25 June 2016.

P&O Cruises Australia Launches Flagship Site for Agents

June 29th, 2016

Developed specifically for Australian and New Zealand agents, Flagship provides a central hub for information on P&O Cruises’ product, as well as a range of agent marketing tools and an image and video gallery.

Carnival says booking volumes, prices higher than year-on

June 29th, 2016

At this time, cumulative advance bookings for the remainder of the year are well ahead of the prior year at slightly higher prices. (cruisebusiness.com)

COSCO to Enter Chinese Cruise Market

June 29th, 2016

Southern Sea Cruises will start service out of Sanya, China, and is a joint venture including COSCO, China Travel Services Group and the China Communications Construction Company. COSCO already owns a large fleet of cargo vessels. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Crystal Cruises Expands to Australia Under New Management

June 29th, 2016

SydneyCrystal Cruises is the latest cruise line to expand its presence to Australia and the Pacific, announcing that it will open its first dedicated corporate office in Sydney. (cruisecritic.com)