Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Public Sales Date Announced For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2018

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

70000 Tons Of Metal, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the public sales date for the February 1st-5th, 2018 voyage which sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back. (bravewords.com)

Carnival Cruise Line Appoints Anomaly As Agency of Record

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Carnival's cruise experience involves an interactive and participatory style of holidayCarnival Cruise Line has appointed New York-based Anomaly as its strategic and creative agency of record. Anomaly was awarded the business following a competitive national search. (more…)

Riviera Travel Launches Lifetime Commission for Travel Agents

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Jane Austen (Image courtesy of Riviera Travel)To celebrate its expansion into the U.S. market, river cruise line Riviera Travel is unveiling a lifetime commission benefit for travel agents who book clients on the company’s ships. (travelagentcentral.com)

Norway Is Inviting Competition for Hurtigruten’s Coastal Service

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Finnmarken - HurtigrutenThe Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communication is inviting companies to compete for the transportation service and subsidy currently enjoyed by Hurtigruten. Providing 24/7 cargo and passenger service to 34 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes, Hurtigruten operates 11 vessels along the Norwegian coast. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Scenic Adds Two New 2018 Christmas Market Cruises

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Alsatian city of StrasbourgScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has added two new Christmas Market cruises for the 2018 season. Cruises will take guests on either the Rhine or Danube River through traditional European Christmas Markets. (travelagentcentral.com)

End of the cruise season approaches at the Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The terminal at the Columbus Cruise Center (CCCB) in BremerhavenThe 2017 cruise season is drawing to a close. This year’s highlight was the arrival of four vessels on September 7, with ms Amadea, ms Albatros ms Artania and ms Costa Magica all berthed at the Columbus Quay at the same time. (more…)

FEMA Charters Grand Celebration to House National Guard in St. Thomas

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Grand Celebration (Click to enlarge)The Grand Celebration, owned and operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the request of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Cruise Line Announces Preferred Partnership With Signature Travel Network

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Carnival joins its North American sister brands Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard, and Seabourn as part of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines preferred supplier team with Signature. (more…)

Cruise Lines Contribute to Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Nearly one week after Hurricane Irma left its devastating mark on parts of the Caribbean and Florida, a handful of cruise lines continue to utilize their ships for supply deliveries in some of the most damaged ports as well as donate funds toward recovery. (cruisecritic.com)

Hurricane Maria Affects Cruise Itineraries (Update)

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Several cruise ships have been rerouted to avoid Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane ripping through the same region of Caribbean islands still recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise & Maritime Voyages: Last Minute Fares For Auckland And Sydney, Astor Departs London Tilbury October 15th, 2017

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

This epic southbound voyage provides an opportunity to visit some of the places that you thought you might never get a chance to visit – all in one outstanding itinerary. Sailing from the UK to Australia you will visit the West Indies, navigate the Panama Canal, call on Acapulco in Mexico, discover island paradises of the South Pacific, be enthralled by New Zealand’s dramatic scenery; and complete your voyage in amazing Sydney.

Hurricane Season 2017: Which Caribbean Cruise Ports Are Open?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

While a handful of Caribbean cruise ports have re-emerged from Hurricane Irma to welcome cruise ships in the past few weeks, many others still recovering from damage to their islands are back on alert as Hurricane Maria swings through. (cruisecritic.com)

Scenic is First and Only River Cruise Line to Offer Therapeutic Salt Lounges on its Ships

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Space Ship Scenic Diamond (Click to enlarge)Scenic’s recent redesign of two of its France-based Space Ships (Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire) included numerous improvements, from reducing the number of cabins/guest to 78/155 while keeping the same crew count for even greater personal service to adding Culinaire – a private cooking emporium offering tailored cooking classes. (more…)

Let’s face the music and dance on Saga Sapphire’s all-inclusive Canary Island Medley cruise

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The Saga Sapphire  (Photo Jim the Geordie at Jim's Tyneside photo blog) (Click to enlarge)Get in the mood for dancing with an intoxicating cocktail of music and winter sunshine on Saga Sapphire’s all-inclusive Canary Island Medley cruise which departs from Southampton on December 8, 2017. (more…)

What does the new Polar Code mean for expedition cruising?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The introduction of the new Polar Code requirements for all maritime traffic in the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic waters is about to have a much greater impact on expedition cruising than many people in the industry may realise, claims longtime cruise professional, Gerd Wilmer of Sydney’s Landmark Travel. (expeditioncruising.com)

Crowds gather for unveiling of giant World Dream cruise ship as it navigates tiny river on its maiden voyage through the German countryside

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

A giant, brightly painted cruise ship has been seen looming above the German countryside, sending herds of perplexed sheep running as it made its seemingly impossible journey down a narrow river. (dailymail.co.uk)

Genting Cruise Lines Begins River Conveyance of World Dream

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Genting Cruise Lines announced the official river conveyance of World Dream, the newest ship for the Dream Cruises fleet. (more…)

New Member at Cruise Europe: Harstad, Norway

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Harstad in Norway has three cruise quays: town centre Larsneset (215m in length with a draught of 7.5m), town centre Seljestad (270m/7m) and Stangnes (120m/11m) which is 5km from the town centre. (more…)

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines highlights Northern and Scottish sailings on flagship ‘Balmoral’ in 2018

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is promoting its commitment to ‘bringing the world closer’ to its guests in the North and Scotland in 2018, with its new ‘Balmoral from the north’ brochure, highlighting a range of enticing sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh) next year, aboard its flagship, Balmoral. (more…)

Koningsdam’s $4.1 Million Art Collection Ranges from Classic to Contemporary and Traditional to Avant-Garde

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Holland America Line's Koningsdam (Courtesy Fincantieri) (Click to enlarge)One of the most notable features of any Holland America Line ship is the remarkable collection of museum-quality art on board. The line’s newest vessel, ms Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016, is no exception. (more…)

Scenic Adds Additional Cuba Departure on Scenic Eclipse

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org) (Click to enlarge)Citing demand for Cuba aboard the Scenic Eclipse, the company has added a new departure in 2018, a two-week Cuba in-depth voyage departing on Oct. 5, according to a statement. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Iceland ProCruises Eyeing Expansion with Booming Business

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The 224-berth Ocean Diamond (Photo courtesy Alba)  (Click to enlarge)Iceland ProCruises has signed a three-year extension to operate the Ocean Diamond on a seasonal basis. The company’s cruise business heading into 2018 is up 200 percent over a year ago, according to Anka Bröcker, managing director and partner at Iceland Pro Travel. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Survey: 94 Percent of Advisors Think Cruise Lines Handled Hurricane Shifts Well

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

More than 94 percent of travel agents polled in a TravelAgentCentral.com survey say the cruise industry performed well or did a reasonable job during the hurricane issues of the past month. (travelagentcentral.com)

Costa Cruises Partners with Winnow to Reduce Food Waste at Sea

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Costa Diadema at Trieste (Click to enlarge)Costa Cruises is joining forces with Winnow to fight food waste, extending Costa’s deep commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement. (more…)

Victoria Cruises: Save more than 75% on February Yangtze River Cruises

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Victoria Cruises is extending its limited time 2-for-1 promotion to its already discounted winter departures in February 2018. (more…)

Reduced speed impacts itineraries in the Saint Lawrence

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Cruise the Saint Lawrence (CSL) wishes to underscore that the association understands and supports the measure recently introduced which requires ships operating in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to reduce their speed in an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales. (cruisebusiness.com)

Silver Moon And Seabourn Ovation – Other Cruise News: Coral Expeditions Order From Vard – APL Back In The Cargo-Passenger Trades

Monday, September 18th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, after some delay, Silversea finally announced that it would build a sister ship to the Silver Muse. This followed an announcement ages ago by Seabourn that it would build two ships of similar size for the same upmarket range. Elsewhere, Vard has secured its eighth order for an expedion ship, this time from Coral Expeditions of Australia. And a name from the past, APL, has re-entered the passenger trades after a very long absence, by accepting passengers on some of its container ships. (more…)

New Innovative Conservation Fundraising Program Set to Launch Aboard Galapagos Cruise Vessels

Monday, September 18th, 2017

In mid September 2017 the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA – www.igtoa.org/) will launch an exciting new traveler philanthropy initiative onboard some of the finest live-aboard cruise vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands. (more…)

AmaWaterways to Join the USTOA

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The AmadagioThe United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) has announced that river cruise line AmaWaterways will join the association’s growing list of members. (travelagentcentral.com)

Carnival UK to split Cunard Line and P&O Cruises’ sales teams – report

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Cunard Line and P&O Cruises will return to running separate sales organisations following a short period operating under a multi-brand Partnership Team umbrella, Travel Weekly reports in a newsletter. (cruisebusiness.com)

Pandaw to introduce third ship in Laos in 2019

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Pandaw Expeditions, the Singapore-Scottish river cruise company, said it would introduce its third ship in Laos, on the Mekong River in September 2019. (cruisebusiness.com)

Saga Introduces French Barges, A unique way to explore the French waterways

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Saga holidays have introduced a new and inspiring collection of cruise and stay programmes. These 7 night breaks are the perfect introduction for those wishing to experience river cruising and a great way to explore the French waterways. (more…)