Archive for April, 2012

Royal Caribbean Announces Brilliance and Splendour Europe Summer 2013

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Royal Caribbean International today announced summer 2013 vacations aboard Brilliance of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas, totaling 40 sailings and calling at 41 exciting ports. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CLIA, Amadeus Release Report on MICE Sector Sales Potential

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Amadeus and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released a new report, “Mixing Business with Pleasure,” which highlights the growth potential and profit opportunities for travel retailers in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibits (MICE) sector. (travelpulse.com)

Royal Caribbean Offers Prepaid Tips, Balconies in Med from $699

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Royal Caribbean International is offering prepaid gratuities on seven-night Mediterranean cruises booked May 1 to 11. (travelpulse.com)

CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. Mark Anniversaries with New Websites, Promos

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Sister travel agent networks Cruise One and Cruises Inc., celebrating their 20th and 30th anniversaries, respectively, this year, unveiled new consumer websites at the cruise3sixty conference in Fort Lauderdale. (travelpulse.com)

Cruise Planners Partners with Destination Wedding Company

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Cruise Planners/American Express has joined forces with Imagine Weddings and Events to create wedding packages and planning for its cruise clients. (travelpulse.com)

Australian Billionaire Announces Plans to Build Titanic II

Monday, April 30th, 2012

An Australian billionaire running for Parliament says he is building a replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard. (travelpulse.com)

Miami Lands Yet Another Cruise Line – Other Cruise News: About Cruise Ship Safety – Norwegian Dream Returns To Service In Asia

Monday, April 30th, 2012

by Kevin Griffin

With the confirmation last week that MSC Cruises would be moving from Fort Lauderdale’s port of Port Everglades to the Port of Miami in November 2013, Miami has added yet another cruise line to its recent list of conquests. These include not only the more upmarket Celebrity and Regent, always regarded in the past as Fort Lauderdale lines, but also Crystal and Cunard Line, who made the move to Miami earlier. Elsewhere, the European Cruise Commission and Cruise Lines International made three more proposals towards cruise ship safety at a conference in Brussels last week. And the Norwegian Dream, a ship that has been laid for the past three and a half years, is soon to go back into service with Star Cruises, possibly in China. (more…)

Cruise Industry Demonstrates Support for U.S. Travel Association’s ‘Vote Travel- Get America Moving’ Campaign

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Capping Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) successful annual cruise3sixty conference at the Broward County Convention Center, the cruise industry turned out yesterday to support the U.S. Travel Association’s “Vote Travel – Get America Moving” grassroots campaign to call attention to the economic importance of the travel industry.

Norwegian Cruise Line Reports Results for First Quarter 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Operating income for the first quarter grew 23.8% to $46.4 million, with Adjusted EBITDA posting a 10.3% increase to $93.5 million, from strong revenue performance and the benefits of ongoing business improvement initiatives. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

New Cruise Lines International Association Report Calls for Industry to Elevate the Role of Travel Agents

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the launch of a new report calling for a travel-industry dialogue aimed at elevating the role of the travel agent industry, a critical sales force for the entire travel and tourism industry.

Star Cruises’ Chefs Win Awards

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Star Cruises is pleased to announce that up-and-coming members from its chef teams have been honoured with seven awards at the reputable Food & Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge 2012 (FCC) awards recently. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Australian cruise market grew 34% in 2011, exceeds 23% annual average 2006-11

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Australian cruise marke continues to grow at a rapid rate, with 34% increase recorded in 2011 on the previous year, International Cruise Council Australia said in a statement, adding that the volume had nearly tripled in five years. (cruisebusiness.com)

New Chairman of Cruise Europe

Monday, April 30th, 2012

At the Cruise Europe Conference 2012 Captain Michael McCarthy of the Port of Cork, Ireland was unanimously elected Chairman succeeding Dirk Moldenhauer who has served as Chairman for the last four years.

Costa contemplates future of Costa Allegra, docked in Savona

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Costa Crociere is contemplating the future of Costa Allegra that remains docked in Savona in Italy after the vessel arrived there following a fire in the engine room in the Indian Ocean last month. (cruisebusiness.com)

CLIA Opens cruise3sixty Conference, Issues New Report on Travel Agents

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) opened its eighth annual cruise3sixty conference in Fort Lauderdale with about 1,200 agents included in the nearly 2,000 attendees. (travelpulse.com)

Cruise Ship Battles Choppy Waters, Wind; Hits Pier in New York

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

On Friday morning, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star grazed Pier 86 in New York — where the USS Intrepid is docked — as it attempted to pull into Pier 88. (cruisecritic.com)

Priscilla Presley re-christens beloved steamboat in Memphis

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Priscilla Presley late Friday re-christened one of America’s best known steamboats, the American Queen, in a ceremony along Memphis’ waterfront that marked its return to multi-day cruising on the Mississippi River. (usatoday.com)

Major cruise lines will be stopping in Quebec and the Maritimes

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Hardly a day goes by in the spring and summer that West Coast Canadians don’t see a cruise ship heading to Alaska, via Victoria and the outside of Vancouver Island, or via the Inside Passage from Vancouver. (montrealgazette.com)

Carnival to Launch “Saw” the Cruise

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Any idea what cruise ships and the movie “Saw” have in common? Not much until recently. Carnival Cruises will launch its first ever “Saw” movie cruise this summer from New York, with stops in Eastern Canadian port towns. (vagabondish.com)

Norwegian Dream Set to Sail for Star

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

After sitting in limbo in Europe and Asia, as reported by Cruise Industry News, Genting Hong Kong, the owner of Star Cruises, has said that the 2,150-passenger Norwegian Dream will join its fleet. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Royal Caribbean 15th Annual G.I.V.E. Day to Assist Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

More than 140 volunteers from Royal Caribbean Cruises will spend this Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. cleaning, planting and handling other projects at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Safari Spirit Fire at Seattle Dock

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

The 105-foot 12-passenger Safari Spirit, operated by American Safari, burned at a Seattle dock last night (26 April) , resulting in massive amounts of damage according to various reports. 8cruiseindustrynews.com)

New Conference Center and Ballroom on Celebrity Reflection

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

When Celebrity Reflection sets sail in October of this year, the ship will feature an entirely new, multi-functional space that can serve as a spacious ballroom or conference area, or be divided into smaller banquet or classroom settings, depending on each individual group’s needs. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Oceania Cruises takes delivery of Riviera

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Oceania Cruises took delivery yesterday of its new 1,250-guest Riviera at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The line’s newest entry to the upper-premium cruise segment comes just 15 months following the launch of her highly acclaimed sister ship, Marina. (cruisebusiness.com)

Top Ship? Norwegian Breakaway to Feature Ropes Course, 5 Waterslides, For-Fee Club

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line announced the sun deck amenities to be found on its under-construction Norwegian Breakaway, set to launch April 2013. (cruisecritic.com)

Tasport Seeks to Become Cruise Hub

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Tasports is set to source a contractor to bring the $7 million redevelopment of Macquarie Wharf No 2 Wharf Shed to life as a hub for Antarctic and cruise operations, according to a press release. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

FTI Names Director of Sales and Marketing

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

FTI Cruises has named Falk-Hartwig Rost as its new director of sales and marketing. He will report directly to CEO Ralph Schiller of the FTI Group. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Paul Gauguin Cruises Earns Eco-Award for Recycling Practices

Friday, April 27th, 2012


Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the luxury ship Paul Gauguin sailing the South Pacific, said it is the first travel company to earn the “e-Stewards Enterprise” designation for pursuing globally responsible recycling practices for its electronics. (travelpulse.com)

Island Routes Tours Introduces Caribbean Cruise Shore Excursions

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours is offering its travel agent partners a new option when it comes to booking their cruise clients. (travelpulse.com)

Oceania’s New Riviera Nears Completion at Fincantieri Yard in Genoa

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The line’s founder and chairman, Frank Del Rio, and the vessel operations team has been on-site for the last two weeks focused on every detail. (travelpulse.com)

Portland (UK) Gearing Up for Big Season

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Portland, UK is gearing up for this year as 2012 cruise calls start with a bang at the beginning of May, with a very exciting inaugural call from Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Steigenberger Set to Operate Cruise Ships on Nile and Lake Nasser

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Steigenberger Hotel Group said that starting in October 2012 it will, for the first time, begin operating three luxury cruise ships in Egypt — Minerva and Legacy on the River Nile and Omar El Khayam on Lake Nasser. (travelpulse.com)