While a handful of Caribbean cruise ports re-emerged from Hurricane Irma to welcome cruise ships in the weeks following the storm, many others still recovering from damage to their islands were put back on alert as Hurricane Maria made its devastating way through. (cruisecritic.com)
When Heritage Expeditions’ Vessel, the Akademik Shokalskiy, berthed in the Russian Port of Anadyr on Monday 24th September, it had made history. It had successfully completed a double transit of the Northern Sea Route (more commonly known as the North East Passage).
Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) made a joint announcement during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg in September, following a decision that the member ports will be better served under one umbrella.
A new executive team and overarching strategy at SkySea Cruise Line is being led by industry veteran Ken Muskat, who was named CEO in early January. The Chinese brand is a joint venture with ownership by Royal Caribbean Cruises and China’s largest online travel agency, Ctrip. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today it will deploy the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway to the Port of New Orleans beginning November 2018. The 1,068-foot vessel will be the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from Port NOLA, and its arrival will nearly double Norwegian’s guest occupancy from New Orleans.
Virgin Voyages has announced that it will unveil a “ship tease” during a Facebook Live event on October 31. The company, led by President and CEO Tom McAlpin, is expected to get its first 110,000-ton, 2,800-passenger ship in 2020, and has promised to essentially reinvent the cruise vacation. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Last week Azamara Club Cruises announced that it was acquiring the newest of the eight “R” class ships, thus giving it a fleet of three sister ships. She will be named Azamara Pursuit. Still in the all-inclusive arena, Silversea has announced that it will lengthen its Silver Spirit so as closely to approximate the size of its newest ship, the Silver Muse and her planned sister ship Silver Moon. Both Azamara Pursuit and the lengthened Silver Spirit will be delivered in March 2018. Elsewhere, with two new ships due to be introduced to the Great Lakes in 2020, initial itineraries can now be pre-booked with both lines. But the question arises as to where they will berth in Chicago.
The Turkish government is opening its wallet in a bid to attract cruise ships back to the country’s ports, as cruise traffic has dramatically fallen off in the Eastern Mediterranean amid geopolitical issues. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Andrea Trevisan as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building. The announcement coincides with Damen’s ambitions to further expand its standing in the Expedition and small size Cruise Vessels market.
P&O Cruisess Australia, the Sydney based contemporary market unit in the Carnival Corporation & plc group, plans to replace its existing fleet of five ships, all of which were built in the 1990s to other brands, with more modern tonnage over time. (cruisebusiness.com)