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Cruise passenger numbers seen to stage strong 2021 leap but remain way behind 2019

The number of people taking a cruise worldwide this year is likely to stage a strong rebound from 2020, but even this would leave the 2021 levels more than 50% below the figure reached before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, a leading research and forecasting consultancy Maritime Strategies International (MSI) said in a report. (

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Releases 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook Report

Cruise Lines International Association - CLIA (logo)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, has released the 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report highlighting the industry’s global economic impact, trend forecasts and the industry’s continued commitment to responsible tourism practices and leadership. (more…)

Virgin Voyages Launches New E-Learning Platform for First Mates

Virgin Voyages' newest ship, Scarlet LadyVirgin Voyages today announced the launch of its new E-Learning platform for travel professionals, which the company calls First Mates. As an extension of its “Brilliant to do Business With” approach, the online platform, dubbed “Seacademy” will serve as a one-stop-shop and resource tool for First Mates. (

Saga sees surge in interest in ‘once in a lifetime’ holidays as vaccine sparks sense of adventure in people over 50

Saga (Logo)Saga has experienced a spike in interest from customers looking for once in a lifetime adventures. In the week following the news of successful trials of the vaccine, there was a 78% increase in traffic to Saga’s Traveller’s World website pages and a 36% increase for the Traveller’s World online brochures compared to the week beforehand. (more…)

The Greenlandic communities of Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq launch tourist guidelines

AECO (Logo)The Greenlandic communities of Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq offer unique experiences to travelers. The two communities have now developed “Community Specific Guidelines” to help visitors understand how they can make the most of their stay while being considerate guests. (more…)

Cruise Planners Offers Enhanced Social Media Platform and Launches a Social Media Campaign asking clients “Where2Next?”

Cruise Planners (Logo)Cruise Planners has always provided a free platform offering creative and visually-appealing social media content for its network of travel advisors that is automatically published several times a week – called CP Social. Recently, upgraded, the platform offers even more flexibility. (more…)

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association recognises MSC Cruises with Maritime Industry category award at 2020 Marine Environment Protection Awards

MSC Cruises (logo)MSC Cruises’ industry leading sustainability programme has been recognised at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) 2020 Marine Environment Protection Awards, being honoured with the Maritime Industry category award. (more…)

81% of luxury passengers plan a cruise next year

Research by Mundy Cruising has revealed that 81 per cent of luxury cruise passengers plan on taking a cruise next year, although the majority will wait until they have been vaccinated first. The findings were the first to be gleaned from Mundy’s new Cruise Expert Panel, which was launched to coincide with the cruise agencies 50th anniversary. (

Azamara to Launch ‘Masterclass Series’ to Support Travel Advisors

Azamara (Logo)Azamara is launching a new masterclass series of on-demand videos aimed at supporting its travel advisor community, according to a statement from the cruise company. The series will provide “much needed destination education and sales boosting modules that will coach travel advisors to optimize their business”. (

Expedia Group says search data an early sign of cruise recovery

Global searches between April and September for 2021 cruises have been increasing on a monthly basis, spiking as much as 30% between August and September. The majority of U.S. travelers searching for cruises in September were looking at sailings in January 2021, with the most popular 2021 destinations being the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Europe and Alaska. (

UnCruise Adventures Launches “No Ordinary Adventure” Podcast Series with a Fresh Perspective. Now Available Across All Platforms

UnCruise Adventures (Logo) The small boat adventure company, UnCruise Adventures, recently announced that it has launched its own adventure travel podcast, “No Ordinary Adventure”. Hosted by industry veteran, and UnCruise Adventures CEO, Dan Blanchard, the curated audio stories are 30-45 minutes long and will be released monthly. (more…)

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