Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Princess Cruises Reveals 2017 Encounters with Discovery at Sea Program

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Princess Cruises has announced the newest additions to the Encounters with Discovery at Sea speaker series program. Princess Cruises will welcome a variety of celebrities and notables to share their experiences on board with guests on select sailings this year. (more…)

Paul Gauguin Cruises Presents Its 2018 Voyages Brochure

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Paul Gauguin PG CruisesPaul Gauguin Cruises debuts its new 2018 Voyages brochure featuring Tahiti, French Polynesia, and South Pacific itineraries. (more…)

Emerald Waterways Offers River Cruising Travel Guarantee

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Emerald Sky moored at Cologne  (Photo cruisepassenger.com.au)Emerald Waterways has launched its own River Cruise Travel Guarantee program, an offering that was first launched by the line’s sister company, Scenic Luxury Cruises. (travelagentcentral.com)

CLIA has added 67 new members this year

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today that it has added 67 new members this year following a successful week at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, FL that took place in March. (more…)

Saga published it’s preliminary results to year ended 31st January 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Saga Sapphire  (Photo Jim the Geordie at Jim's Tyneside photo blog)Cruising remains essential to Saga’s brand and customer offering. Our two cruise ships, the Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, had another good year, with exceptionally high customer satisfaction levels. (more…)

Los Angeles And Oakland Gain CMA CGM Columbus Loop Cargo-Passenger Route While Seattle And Vancouver Get A Branch Line

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Until recently, the well-known Columbus Loop service ran from the North American East Coast to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope and on to Seattle and Vancouver, with return to New York via Asia and Suez.

Azamara Club Cruises Announces First Alaska Cruises and Other 2019 Voyages

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Azamara Quest (Courtesy Azamara Club Cruises)Azamara Club Cruises has released details of its 2019 itineraries, and they include the line’s first foray into Alaska, as well as nine “special event” voyages and nine country-intensive cruises. (cruisecritic.com)

Acapulco Confirms More Calls for 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Acapulco has announced that it has 28 confirmed cruise ship calls this year, compared to 18 during 2016, representing a 64 percent increase for this upcoming season despite Holland America’s announcement about their route adjustment. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess to Debut Seven New Dining Option

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

When Caribbean Princess debuts from a two-week, multi-million-dollar renovation on April 6, Princess Cruises will have completed its largest food and beverage innovation to ever take place during a drydock and guests will delight in seven new onboard dining destinations.

Saga Cruises announces new cruise ship will be named “Spirit of Discovery”

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The new Saga's cruise vessel (Artist impression, courtesy Saga - Feb. 2017)The new ship will carry less than 1,000 passengers, retaining the intimacy and personal touch for which Saga is renowned and will have more than 100 cabins for solo travellers, 20% of the ships capacity. (more…)

Chef Graeme Cockburn Appointed Corporate Executive Chef at Windstar

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Windstar Cruises announced the appointment of Graeme Cockburn as Corporate Executive Chef overseeing menu and recipe development; culinary talent retention, recruitment and training; culinary partnerships, standards and procedures, and innovations. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

The South Pacific is calling as Aranui releases 2018 French Polynesian Cruise Schedule

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Aranui 5Aranui 5, the passenger-cum-cargo ship which departs every three weeks from Papeete in Tahiti to visit the Tuamotu Archipelago, Bora Bora in the Society Islands, and the world’s most remote archipelago, the Marquesas, has released details of its Polynesian cruise programme for 2018. (more…)

Global Industry Leaders Headline Cruise360 Australasia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced a new format for this year’s Cruise360 conference in Sydney, including a speaker line-up featuring global industry leaders. (more…)

Royal Caribbean Aims to Reunite 2008 Championship Basketball Team on Harmony of the Seas

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Harmony of the Seas (Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International)After learning that a team of iconic basketball greats were planning a 10-year reunion without inviting a key member of the squad, Royal Caribbean International decided that something needed to be done to mend the lifetime bonds made by winning at the ultimate level.

New Monarto Zoo tour on Murray Princess Cruise

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Murray PrincessCaptain Cook Cruises has added an exciting new on shore tour to their Murray Princess three-night Discovery Cruise and seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise with guests able to visit Monarto Zoo on a Wildlife Tour from April 1, 2017. (etbtravelnews.global)

CLIA Australasia’s 2017 Master Conference to Be Held onboard the luxury Genting Dream

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced that its 2017 Masters Conference will take place onboard the luxury Genting Dream, cruising from Hong Kong. (more…)

P&O Pacific Partnership Expands Reach in South Pacific with Two New Programs

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The P&O Pacific Partnership is expanding its reach in the South Pacific with two new community programs, after surpassing a milestone of one million dollars in voluntary contributions from passengers and special donations in only four years. (more…)

Bloommiami Targets Onboard Brand Activation

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Bloommiami is looking to build upon its onboard consumer experiences on cruise ships, which range from fully integrated stores aboard to window displays, in partnership with leading brands. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Poseidon Expeditions Announces Early Bird Discounts On Three North Pole-bound Icebreaker Expeditions in 2018

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Russian icebreaker 50 Years of VictoryPoseidon Expeditions announces early booking savings of $1,435 to $2,255 per person on three 2018 voyages aboard the only passenger-carrying vessel in the world that can attain 90º north, the geographic North Pole. (more…)

Royal Caribbean Wants to Give a Team of Thrill Seekers a Trip Around the World and a Shot at the Ultimate Instagram

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Royal Caribbean International is on the lookout for the “World’s Most Adventurous Squad.” The #AdventureSquad social media contest will challenge explorers and aspiring Instagram stars to act on their wanderlust and prove that their adventurousness is off the charts. (more…)

Royal Caribbean Announces 2018 European Odysseys, Featuring New Ports of Call

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Rome - Piazza San Pietro - Vatican CityRoyal Caribbean International invites travelers to come seek Europe like never before with its 2018 European deployment, headlined by the fleet’s newest ship Symphony of the Seas ̶ the world’s largest and most adventure-filled cruise ship. (more…)

Holland America Line’s ‘Ready Set Sail’ Promotion Features Pre-Paid Gratuities and Onboard Spending Money

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

As travelers get ready to cruise this year, Holland America Line is launching its popular Ready Set Sail promotion featuring pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 onboard spending money per stateroom. (more…)

Carnival Corporation Chief Strategy Officer and Cunard SVP Josh Leibowitz Defends Vacations at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President for Cunard North America and Chief Strategy Officer for Carnival Corporation & plc, was part of the panel “Guest-centricity Delivers on the Experience of Travel” at the Adobe Summit 2017 in Las Vegas — the world’s premiere digital marketing conference. (more…)

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy Completes Conveyance to the Sea

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-made ship for the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Joy, has completed its journey along the River Ems from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to the Netherlands. (cruisecritic.com)

Celebrity Cruises Cancels Summit Sailing, Shortens Another

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Celebrity Summit in Bermuda (Courtesy Linda Allen)Celebrity Cruises will pull Summit from operation for a two-week emergency dry dock after ongoing problems with the ship’s propulsion system continue to plague the ship. (cruisecritic.com)

Jiffo Named Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises USA

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry – including positions at other cruise lines, a major travel agency consortium and a land-based tour operator – at MSC Cruises’ Jiffo will be responsible for strategically continuing and expanding relationships with trade partners. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Leadership change for Carnival UK

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Josh Weinstein, corporate treasurer of parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, will become president of Carnival UK following the planned departure of current CEO David Noyes in July after six years in the business. (more…)

Provincetown, Massachusetts Proposes Pier Fee Hike for Cruise Ships

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Provincetown will see more traffic from cruise ships on MacMillan Pier this year and the town is proposing hiking fees for the vessels. (capecod.com)

$10m solution for mooring cruise ships in Auckland

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

A $10 million solution has been found for mooring giant cruise ships such as Ovation of the Seas at Queens Wharf in Auckland. (nzherald.co.nz)

An Ebb In Cruise Ship Size To 3,300 Berths – Other Cruise News: Cunard and P&O Cruises To Report To Seattle – Costa Chooses Tarragona

Monday, March 27th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

We reported in August 2014 that 4,000 lower berths seemed to be developing as the new norm for ship size. But things have once again changed. With Norwegian’s reveal of its five new “Leonardo” class ships, the target size has come down to 3,300 berths, compared to 4,000 or more in its previous ships. With the exception of Celebrity, whose exisiting “Solstice” class and planned “Edge” class ships are of almost the same size, other lines such as Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are doing much the same. On the management side, it has been announced today that Carnival UK will be acquiring a new boss in May when Josh Weinstein moves from Miami to Southampton as president. In an organisational change, Carnival UK will now report to group chief exeutive Stein Kruse in Seattle. Finally, Costa Cruises is adding another Spanish base port, in Tarragona. (more…)

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)

Improvements Keep Coming for Costa Maya

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“The idea is to accommodate four vessels, and two of them Oasis class,” said Robert Shamosh, chief marketing officer at Costa Maya. A new pier project and expansion will be ready in part for the 2017-2018 season, and fully online by 2018-2019, when traffic should go from 900,000 passengers to over a million. (cruiseindustrynews.com)