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Carnival Cruise Line Named ‘Most Trusted Cruise Line In America’ By Reader’s Digest For Third Consecutive Year

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Carnival Vista: the  SkyrideFor the third consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line has been named Most Trusted Cruise Line in America by Reader’s Digest, a Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (TMBI) company and one of the nation’s largest and most respected media brands.

Australia’s Cruise Industry Sails to Record Highs in 2016

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Queen Elizabeth at SydneyThe Australian cruise market has grown by 21 per cent, with 1,281,159 Australians taking a cruise in 2016. The growth of 222,378 passengers is the biggest increase on record, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 2016 Australian Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report.

Carnival Australia Brands Supercharge Record Surge in Cruise Passenger Numbers In Australia

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Australia’s largest cruise operator Carnival Australia says the growth in cruising on its locally-based ships has helped fuel a staggering 21 per cent increase in the number of Australians taking an ocean cruise. (more…)

It’s the Final Countdown: National Geographic Quest to Launch June 26

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The National Geographic Quest is currently being built in Seattle and will make her first voyage on 26 June 2017The new ship is scheduled to launch June 26, and to drum up excitement the cruise line has launched a countdown on its blog with behind-the-scenes footage from the shipyard, time-lapse videos of the construction process, interviews with the team behind the ship, and more. (travelagentcentral.com)

Arctic tourism organizations launch guidelines for community visits in the Arctic

Friday, May 12th, 2017

In April, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Visit Greenland, Cruise Iceland, Visit Svalbard and the Northern Norway Tourist Board presented a set of Community Guidelines aimed at Arctic tourists. (more…)

DATA VIZ: See how Alaska’s cruise tourism tax impacts the state

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Data is sourced from Alaska’s Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development’s Commercial Passenger Vessel Excise Tax’s February 2017. (ktuu.com)

CLIA: Awareness, Popularity of Cruises Continues to Rise

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released more good news for the cruise industry as part of its first Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook of 2017, conducted in partnership with J.D. Power. (travelagentcentral.com)

One tourist at a time can help save the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle from extinction

Friday, May 5th, 2017

“Cruise ship passengers in particular need to be discerning when purchasing souvenirs. Several sellers of turtleshell reported that their top purchasers come from international cruise ships and these companies have an opportunity to help stop this trade by educating their clients on how to avoid turtleshell products,” said said Brad Nahill, President and Co-Founder of SEE Turtles and director of Too Rare To Wear.

Cruise Industry Surpasses $100 Million Mark For The First Time In Atlantic Canada

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA) is very pleased to report that direct spending by the cruise industry in Atlantic Canada in 2016 totalled $102 million. These details come from a recent study titled, “The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada 2016.” (more…)

Carnival Introducing Online Pre-Sale Wi-Fi Packages On Carnival.Com

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line is now offering guests an opportunity to pre-purchase Wi-Fi packages on carnival.com prior to their cruise. The pre-purchase option is currently available on two ships – Carnival Vista and Carnival Fascination – with fleetwide rollout expected by mid-summer. (more…)

Latest Antarctic Tourism Figures Released by IAATO

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Skorpios 3 - Cruceros Maritimos SkorpiosThe International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2016-2017 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. (more…)

Fewer Americans Considering Travel to Cuba?

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)Allianz Global Assistance has released the findings of a survey that show that a year since the U.S. government’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than in 2016. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Washington Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Cruise Passenger Safety

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Himes (D-CT) have introduced the so-called Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line Infographic: 50 Years

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 50 Year History is now available for download from Cruise Industry News as a PDF infographic. The infographic was designed and developed by Cruise Industry News, and first published in the 2017 Cruise Industry News Spring Quarterly Magazine.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Releases 2016 Environmental Report

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH), a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today (24 Apr.) released its 2016 Environmental Report and unveiled its global environmental program, ‘Sail & Sustain’, in observance of Earth Day. (finance.yahoo.com)

Cruise ship industry contributes $3.2 billion to the Canadian economy in 2016

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Cruise ships, together with their passengers and crew, make a significant annual contribution to the Canadian economy – and cruise industry spending is increasing at a healthy rate in all three of Canada’s major coastal cruise regions – BC, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. (finance.yahoo.com)

New York and Dubai named as the World’s ‘Instagram hotspots’ a research by Cruise Specialists Iglu Cruise reveals

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Social butterflies around the world are perfecting the art of the ‘selfie’ and creating ‘celebrity-style’ Instagram feeds by uploading approximately 1-2 pictures per day when away on a holiday, new research has found. (more…)

MedCruise welcomes European Blue Growth report

Friday, April 21st, 2017

MedCruise welcomes the European Commission intensive to undertake a series of steps to further translating this strategy to actions, especially the recognition that coastal and maritime tourism are among the sectors with potential for sustainable blue growth. (more…)

Cuba Itinerary Guide

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A Cuba cruise itinerary guide is now available to download from Cruise Industry News. It is based off available deployment data. The PDF provides an overview of deployment trends in the Cuba cruise market.

Cruise Baltic announced comprehensive results of its Market Review 2017

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Riga  (Stefano Fermi)2016 saw a total of 4,333,529 passengers visit the Baltic Sea Region: plus 1.2% over 2015; while in 2017, passenger, call and turnaround figures all expected to increase to record levels. (more…)

Costa Launches CostaExtra Portal for Travel Professionals

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Travel professionals now have a new tool to become fully versed in Costa Cruises, Europe’s leading cruise line. CostaExtra (www.CostaExtra.com), exclusively for travel professionals in North America, provides key information and materials to help agents become experts on all things Costa Cruises. (more…)

CLIA: New Study Shows Cruise Industry’s Leadership In Environmental Performance

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A new study released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) provides the first-ever wide-ranging analysis by independent maritime environmental experts of the cruise industry’s environmental practices and performance.

Stats: 34.3 Percent of Cruise Travelers Stay on the Ship in Port

Monday, March 27th, 2017

After being administered to the U.S. Internet population and receiving 1,529 answers, a survey conducted by Allianz Global Assistance concluded that a surprising 34.3 percent of cruise travelers prefer to stay on the ship the entire time or a majority of the time. (travelagentcentral.com)

Improving cruise port infrastructure in the Med

Friday, March 24th, 2017

MedCruise was invited to contribute with an article at the latest version of the International Cruise & Ferry Review (Issue 50, Spring 2017), with MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis providing input on the continuous upgrade of cruise port infrastructure in the Med, and the need for longer term engagement of cruise lines, in order to improve planning.

Analyst Sees Solid Cruise Booking Year, Strong Wave Season

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

“Seeing strong volume late in Wave Season”, is Robin Farley, a cruise industry analyst with UBS Investment Services. In advance of Carnival Corporation’s upcoming earnings report, she provided these tidbits for investors. (travelagentcentral.com)

Cruise Ship Orderbook at Cybercruises.com Updated

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The Orderbook page at Cybercruises.com has been updated with the images concerning the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Project Leonardo ships, the Celebrity Cruises’ “Edge” class and the Sunstone’s X-Bow expeditions ships.

P&O Cruises Australia Launches First Flagship College Master Class

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

P&O Cruises has released its first Flagship College Master Class, giving travel agents an easy way to boost their cruise knowledge. (more…)

CLIA Announces significant increase of European Cruise Travellers in 2016

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) confirms a 3.4 per cent increase of European passengers compared with 2015, essentially lead by the German and UK & Ireland markets, according to its annual CLIA survey*, presented this week by Kyriakos Anastassiadis, chairman CLIA Europe and CEO of Celestyal Cruises, at Seatrade Cruise Global 2017. (more…)

UK Ocean and River Cruise Passenger Numbers Set New Records in 2016

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

A record 1.9 million holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland took an ocean cruise in 2016 — up by 100,000 on 2015. The 5.5 percent increase outpaced all other European cruise markets and put the UK just behind Germany, which passed the two million mark for the first time, according to figures released by the Cruise Line Industry Association. (cruisecritic.com)

The Mediterranean continues attracting cruisers says the MedCruise Statistical Report

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

MedCruise presented today to the cruise world gathered in Fort Lauderdale for Seatrade Cruise Global, the 2017 edition of the MedCruise Statistical Report, covering in detail the cruise activities in its member ports during 2016. (more…)

European river cruise market grew 2,7% to 1.36 million passengers 2016

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The 128-passenger Avalon Tapestry II in Paris (Photo: Avalon Waterways)The number of passengers on river cruises in Europe increased by 2.7% to 1.36 million last year, figures released by IG River Cruise, an industry association based in Basel in Switzerland said in statement. (cruisebusiness.com)

Passengers on cruise ships visiting Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2016 spent about $15 million

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Passengers on cruise ships visiting Bar Harbor in 2016 spent about $15 million while here, for an estimated economic impact of $20.2 million, according to a study by University of Maine economists. The study results come as the town is embroiled in debate over the cruise ship industry and a plan to convert the former international ferry terminal facility on Eden Street to a cruise terminal. (mdislander.com)