Archive for February, 2011

Mitsubishi Rumors Heating Up?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Unconfirmed media reports coming out of Japan earlier this week had Mitsubishi Heavy Industries moving towards a two ship newbuild order for an unnamed customer. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruising for Cocaine: Pair of Royal Caribbean Crewmembers Busted in Jamaica

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Cruisers, please say no to drugs. The Associated Press is reporting that a pair of Royal Caribbean crewmembers were busted Wednesday in Montego Bay after they were found with close to 75 pounds of cocaine. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Planners’ CP Cares, Princess Cruises Help Wyland Foundation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Cruise Planners/American Express is selling select Princess Cruises as part of its 2011 CP Cares initiative, allocating $50 from each booking made by a Cruise Planners/American Express agent to raise funds for the Wyland Foundation. (travelpulse.com)

P&O Cruises Announces Adonia Godmother

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Britain’s greatest and best loved female performer, Dame Shirley Bassey DBE, is to be Godmother to Adonia, the latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet. Dame Shirley will name the stylish ship in a glittering ceremony in Southampton on Saturday May 21, 2011. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Smithsonian Journeys Offers Three Mediterranean Cruise Deals

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Smithsonian Journeys, the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program, announced three all-inclusive cruise deals to the Mediterranean for this spring and summer. (travelpulse.com)

Star Clippers Features Sailings to the Monaco Grand Prix

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Star Flyer’s May 21 and May 28 departures offer itineraries planned around the time trials and Grand Prix race, enabling guests to go ashore in Monte Carlo and get up close to the action. (travelpulse.com)

Uniworld to Debut New Antoinette River Ship in March

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is counting the days to the introduction of its new Antoinette, which will begin sailing along the Rhine River in late March. (travelpulse.com)

Cunard Hosts War Veterans On Queen Mary 2 – Recalling 1941 Rendezvous Of Troopships Queen Mary And Queen Elizabeth

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Australian veterans, who sailed to war on the two converted luxury liners, were honoured at a special Remembrance Service and a lunch in tribute to ‘Australia’s Finest Generation’ onboard Queen Mary 2 at Garden Island. (etravelblackboard.com)

CVC Confirms Charter of Ocean Dream for 2011/2012

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Brazilian tour operator CVC has announced it will charter Pullmantur’s Ocean Dream next winter, 2011/2012, from November through March. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador Announces a New Executive

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

At the February Annual General Meeting of the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, a new Executive was elected for the 2011 Cruise Season. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Pokertek, Carnival Begin Satellite Tournaments for Fourth Annual Carnival PokerPro Challenge Featuring Chris Moneymaker

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

PokerTek, Inc. and Carnival Cruise Lines have announced that qualifying tournaments are underway for the fourth annual Carnival PokerPro Challenge. (carnival-news.com)

Princess Cancels Call to Christchurch Following Quake

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The line has cancelled the Feb. 28 call by Sun Princess. Instead, the ship will extend its stay in Wellington on Feb. 27. (travelpulse.com)

NCL Plans to Add 58 Staterooms, Suites to Norwegian Dawn

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Norwegian Cruise Line will add 58 new staterooms and suites to the Norwegian Dawn when it enters dry dock in May. (travelpulse.com)

Windstar Hires Cecilia Blevins as Director-Charter and Incentive Sales

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Blevins will be responsible for charter and incentive sales, building and maintaining group relationships and leading the charter and incentive team. (travelpulse.com)

Regent Seven Seas to Host PBS, NPR Voyage

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Voyager will host a line-up of Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) personalities on its May 4 to 24 cruise. (travelpulse.com)

Paul Gauguin Offers Two-Week Sale on Tahiti Cruises

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering additional savings on select sailings when booked by March 5. (travelpulse.com)

Quark Expeditions Awards North Pole Voyage to Indiana Blogger

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Quark Expeditions named Giovanni Savaglio, of Munster, Ind., the winner of its “Blog Your Way to the North Pole” contest. (travelpulse.com)

Culinary Stars Serve up Hands-on Classes for Crystal’s 15th Annual Wine & Food Series

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Food writer/personality Mark Bittman, a Michelin Star chef, Bocuse d’Or World Championship of Cooking winners, and even an Italian wine heiress are among the international culinary luminaries set for Crystal Cruises’ 15th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery series in 2011.

MSC Divina Set to Offer Luxury Yacht Club Concept

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

MSC Cruises’ new MSC Divina, which will enter service in May 2012, will offer the MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive luxury area. (travelpulse.com)

The Early Word on Falmouth, Jamaica: Photos, Video, Stories Filter In From the Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Port

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Firsthand accounts, photos and videos of Falmouth, Jamaica, are beginning to trickle in, offering a thumbnail sketch of the Caribbean’s newest cruise port. (cruisecritic.com)

MS Europa Introduces Complimentary Honeymoon Packages

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The packages include an invitation to the “Restaurant Dieter Mueller,” Europa’s speciality restaurant, and on-board credits. (travelagentcentral.com)

Learn About Wine and Wealth Management on Windstar

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Windstar Cruises offers guests the opportunity to learn about wine from David Gianulias and Todd Rustman, founders of Napa Valley’s Levendi Winery, along with wealth management on Wind Surf’s May 8, 2011 Barcelona to Rome voyage.

Sector Snap: Cruise cos. fall on rising oil prices

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Shares of two major cruise-ship operators plunged more than 6 percent in Tuesday afternoon trading, giving way to the pressure of oil prices that jumped to the highest level in more than two years. (businessweek.com)

Kapitan Dranitsyn returns for Oceanwide

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Oceanwide Expeditions have chartered the Russian icebreaker, “Kapitan Dranitsyn”, for a 10-day expedition to Franz Joseph Land in July this year. (Expedition Cruising | Adventure Cruising)

Cruisers return to ship after New Zealand earthquake

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Passengers on a Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship have all returned safely to the vessel after being out on shore excursions during the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand. (travel.usatoday.com)

SeaDream Yacht Club Hosts UK-Bsed Celebrity Chef, Levi Roots

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

SeaDream Yacht Club is delighted to announce that celebrity chef and entrepreneur Levi Roots, who found fame in 2007 on the popular BBC Two series Dragons’ Den, will be joining SeaDream I aboard a 7-night voyage departing from Antigua (round-trip) on December 4, 2011. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Borton Overseas Releases 2011 Brochure with Olsen Cruises, Tours

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Borton Overseas has released its 2011 brochures that cover the destinations of Scandinavia and Africa as well as Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. (travelpulse.com)

Louis Cruises Adjusts Mediterranean Itineraries to Avoid Egypt

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Having re-evaluated the present situation in Egypt, Louis Cruises has revised upcoming cruise itineraries aboard the Louis Majesty and the Louis Cristal to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew. (travelpulse.com)

Royal Caribbean introduces special wedding package a’la William and Kate

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Royal Caribbean International is celebrating the British royal wedding in its own special way by offering an exclusive Royal Wedding Experience, ideal for anyone looking for majestic treatment on their special day, the company said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)

Cruise Ship Crime: ‘He Raped Me’

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

When Darla and Enoch, who asked that their last names not be used, took their then 14-year-old daughter on an eight-day Caribbean cruise, the family never expected their dream vacation would turn into a nightmare. (abcnews.go.com)

Star Clippers to offer sailings from Southampton and Hamburg

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Sailing specialist Star Clippers will bring the 170-passenger square rigger, Star Flyer, to the UK in 2012 for the first time since the vessel’s launch in 1991, as part of the company’s first ever season sailing the Baltic, the company said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)

Cunard to Celebrate Historic Royal Rendezvous in Long Beach

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

On March 3, maritime history will be made, once again in Long Beach Harbor, when Queen Victoria and Queen Mary meet for the first time during a Cunard Royal Rendezvous. (cruiseindustrynews.com)