Princess Cruises has been recognized by SHAPE magazine as a winner in its fourth annual Healthy Travel Awards, recognizing the cruise line’s state-of-the-art Lotus Spa and Fitness Centers onboard its 17 cruise ships.
The Florida-Caribbean Association (FCCA), the trade group representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America, is proud to announce that the 2017-2018 cruise year brought record economic contributions to the region, despite the historic hurricane season.
The Marine Hotel Association (MHA) and Cruise Industry News (CIN) today announced a new partnership, making CIN the official media partner of the MHA. MHA is a not-for-profit international association representing the cruise industry and its supporting supplier community, and dedicated to enhancing the overall quality of the guest experience.
The Orderbook page at Cybercruises.com has been updated: a) With the announcement that CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited has signed a contract for two new cruise ships that will be built in China and serve the Chinese cruise market. b) Virgin Voyages has confirmed a fourth order for a 2,750-berth “Lady” class ship. c) Hurtigruten has signed for a third of its 530-berth “Amundsen” class ships d) The Heritage River Journeys is building two new river cruise boats.
Sisimiut has become the first Greenlandic town to launch its own Community Specific Guidelines. The guidelines instruct tourists on how to be considerate visitors and were developed using a template created by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and partners.
Findings from a report conducted by the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) on behalf of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) concluded that the cruise industry generated €10.4 billion to the UK economy in 2017, representing around 22% of the cruise industry’s ‘total output’ across Europe, CLIA said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)
Carnival Cruise Line is launching a completely redesigned version of its popular Travel Agent Finder. The upgraded tool is more user-friendly and provides enhanced individual agency information, as well as displays more agencies to help consumers find a local travel professional within Carnival’s extensive network.
Mega-size cruise ships that can carry upwards of 5,000 passengers are becoming more common on the high seas and are popular with a wide range of travelers, including those looking for a premium cruise vacation. At the same time, an analysis of AAA Travel’s cruise booking data from the last 12 months reveals an emerging trend of vacationers increasingly selecting smaller-ship voyages on luxury ocean and river cruise lines.
More young people are considering going on a cruise in the next 12 months compared to last year, according to ABTA’s latest Holiday Habits report. The report found 12 percent of 18-34 year olds are considering taking a cruise in the next 12 months –compared to 11 percent of 18-24 year olds and nine percent of 25-34 year olds in 2017. (cruisecritic.co.uk)
Saga have today announced the launch of a new trade website and booking engine, allowing agents to book online as opposed to calling the contact centre, although they will of course, still be available to support as required.