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World Dream Christened In Hong Kong – Other Cruise News – Celebrity Orders Galapagos Newbuilding – Celestyal Aegean Itineraries

Monday, November 20th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last week, Dream Cruises christened its new 3,352-berth World Dream at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Also last week, Celebrity Cruises announced that it would be introducing a newly-built 100-berth cruise ship to the Ecuadorean-flag Galapagos Islands fleet on 2019, and that a sister ship was planned to follow. Meanwhile, Athens-based Celesytal Cruises has confirmed that the Thomson Majestic would be joining the Louis-owned Celestyal Cruises fleet as Celesytal Majestic. (more…)

Antarctica specialist Swoop announces late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Hebridean SkyThe polar travel specialists at Swoop are excited to announce late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures. Experience four full days on board the five-star luxury ship, Hebridean Sky, which has recently undergone a $10m refurbishment. (more…)

Alteza Cruises to Start Operations in February with Delphin

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Delphin in Rio de Janeiro  (Photo D.R.Carneiro)Alteza Cruises will start cruise operations from Buenos Aires in February with the chartered Delphin, according to a statement. The new cruise company said the first cruise will depart on Feb. 7 from the company’s year-round homeport in Buenos Aires. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

AmaWaterways offers free cruise to every CLIA conference delegate

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Jamie Loizou, AmaWaterways sales director, took to the stage on Saturday at the Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre to reveal the news to a packed conference hall filled with nearly 300 delegates. (travelweekly.co.uk)

French luxury cruise ship with hundreds of tourists expelled after unauthorized call

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Luxury cruise ship L’AUSTRAL with hundreds of tourists on board was expelled from waters of Banyak Islands, northwest Sumatra, Indian ocean, after she was spotted by locals on Nov 16, being anchored off Asok island, and engaged in recreational activities. (maritimebulletin.net)

Bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer reads aboard AIDAdiva. Guests in the Caribbean will experience a mix of entertaining literature and heavenly dream islands

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

AIDAdiva @ Curação (Photo courtesy AIDA Cruises)On AIDAdiva’s current cruise from/to La Romana from November 11–25, 2017, guests have the chance to experience not only the unique diversity of the Caribbean islands, but also the literary works of bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer. (more…)

This once low-key fishing city could become Maine’s next big cruise ship destination

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Cruise ships anchor in Rockland harbor far less often than they do in Portland, Bar Harbor or even Boothbay Harbor. But as the sight of huge passenger ships becomes more common in a harbor accustomed to much smaller fishing vessels, city leaders are grappling to cope with the impacts. (bangordailynews.com)

Historic day for cruise tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis as seven ships dock with 10,000 tourists

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Friday was an extraordinary day for cruise tourism in St. Kitts, as never before has the federation seen seven cruise ships docked on the same day, bringing with them in the vicinity of 10,000 visitors. (thestkittsnevisobserver.com)

Carnival Corp. to proceed cautiously with Ocean Medallion

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Carnival Corp. is taking a slow approach to introducing Ocean Medallion technology, making sure it works right and is delivering the services that customers really want, CEO Arnold Donald said Friday at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld. (travelweekly.com)

Cruise Shipping in Hamburg continues its Path towards Success: CGH announces Record Growth

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Blue Port Hamburg and Elbphilharmonie (Photo credit: Michael Zapf, Blue Port Hamburg / Elbphilharmonie 2017)Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) ended the 2017 cruise season with yet another record result. 197 ships carrying 810,000 passengers visited Hamburg. This is an increase in passenger numbers of over ten per cent compared with the previous year (2016: 170 calls and 722,000 passengers). (more…)

Royal Caribbean Scrambles 2018 Cruise Deployments

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Empress of the Seas arriving Havana for the first time April 23, 2017  (Photo credit: Caribbean News)In a surprise move, Royal Caribbean is redeploying several ships from itineraries that have long been announced and open for bookings. While a one- or two-ship swap is not unheard of, changing more than that is unusual. (cruisecritic.com)

Oceanwide Sets Delivery Date for Hondius

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The new 196-passenger polar class expedition vessel  Hondius (Artist impression)Oceanwide Expeditions will take delivery of the new 196-passenger Hondius on May 2, 2019, according to the company. The new expedition ship is being built at Croatia’s Brodosplit shipyard and will carry Polar Class 6 designation, making it suitable for extreme operations in the Arctic and Antarctica. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Singapore Welcomes Genting Dream

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Genting Cruise Lines celebrated the arrival of Genting Dream today (16 Nov.) at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore in the presence of more than 800 guests including government dignitaries, business and trade partners and media. (more…)

Genting Cruise Lines Christens Dream Cruises’ World Dream In Hong Kong

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Guest of Honour, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presented commemorative couplets to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong and Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official Godmother.

Genting Hong Kong celebrated the arrival of Dream Cruises’ second new ship, World Dream, today at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with a special blessing and christening ceremony to impart good fortune and luck to the vessel. (more…)

Hurtigruten Reveals New Hybrid Ships and 2019/2020 Polar Adventures

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The two new ships for Hurtigruten (Artist impression courtesy Kleven)Named after two of the greatest heroes in Polar history, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition ships, will combine state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destination expertise. (more…)

Victoria welcomed record number of cruise ship calls in 2017 – 600,000 seasonal visitors arrived via Ogden Point

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Victoria welcomed 239 cruise ship calls in 2017, the largest number ever recorded in the city. In a season that stretches from April through October, close to 600,000 passengers and more than 239,000 crew visited the city on cruise ships. (more…)

SkySea Golden Era Completes Drydock, Sails from Shenzhen

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The SkySea Golden Era (Ex Celebrity Century)SkySea Cruise Line announced the completion of an extensive drydock on the Golden Era and the start of its new homeport operation in Shenzhen which will run through the end of the year. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Celebrity unveils Celebrity Flora a New Ship Designed for the Galapagos Islands

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Celebrity Flora Reveal

Celebrity Cruises unveils another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. (more…)

Stranded Norwegian Gem Guests to Sail From Barbados Nov. 17

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Guests staying in Barbados since a technical malfunction forced the Norwegian Gem to stop there are set to depart tomorrow, a representative of Norwegian Cruise Line tells Travel Agent. (travelagentcentral.com)

Carnival Cruise Line to Increase Capacity on Short Cruise Programs from Galveston and New Orleans in 2019

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Carnival DreamBuilding upon its position as the leader in Gulf Coast cruising, Carnival Cruise Line has announced it will expand capacity on its short cruise offerings from Galveston and New Orleans beginning in 2019. (more…)

New £50m Cruise Terminal proposed for Liverpool

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The council is looking to create an “international standard”, permanent facility which would enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships. The application includes the controlled removal of Princes Jetty and the construction of a new terminal set within a statement building, based on a new suspended deck structure in the river. (theguideliverpool.com)

Antarctic Cruise Season to be an Exceptional One for Poseidon Expeditions

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Sea Spirit (The image refers the ship under charter at Quark Expeditions)Poseidon Expeditions’ 2017-18 Antarctic season is off to a successful start with the completion of its first voyage of the austral summer, which explored the Falkland Islands and remote South Georgia. (more…)

Scenic, Emerald Waterways Hire Rob Huffman as VP Trade Sales

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Scenic and Emerald Waterways have hired industry veteran Rob Huffman as vice president of trade sales for the U.S. market, Travel Agent has learned from Joni Rein, the group’s vice president of sales and marketing, USA. (travelagentcentral.com)

Uniworld Promotes Michelle Palma to VP Field Sales, North America

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the promotion of veteran travel executive Michelle Palma to the new position of vice president, field sales North America. (travelagentcentral.com)

MedCruise ports celebrate the inauguration of new cruise terminals in Heraklion and Lisbon

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Lisbon Cruise Terminal (Source: MedCruise)Cruise ports in the Med celebrated the inauguration of two new cruise terminals, confirming their long-term commitment to offering quality cruise infrastructure and achieve long-term sustainable growth of cruise activities in the region. (more…)

Cunard Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In tandem with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, luxury ocean liner company, Cunard will feature enticing promotions on a range of cruise itineraries on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. (more…)

Norwegian Joy Offers Diverse China Program in Early 2018

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Norwegian Joy (Courtesy Meyer Werft / Norwegian Cruise Line)Norwegian Cruise Line has rolled out deployment for the Norwegian Joy’s Shanghai-based program through early May. With the exception of one cruise to nowhere (at sea only), all short voyages visit exclusively Japanese ports. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Hurtigruten Appoints Harber as President for the Americas Region

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Hurtigruten has appointed William Harber as President for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. He will relocate from Hong Kong and be responsible for Hurtigruten’s commercial growth strategy in collaboration with the company’s senior leadership team. (more…)

Global Ports Holding launches the Global Run 2017 in Ravenna, Italy

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Global Ports Holding (“GPH”) is proud to announce that its annual Global Run event took place on 12 November 2017 in Ravenna, Italy. Ravenna is home to the Ravenna Cruise Port, which is operated by GPH. (more…)

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Names New Ship to Launch in 2020

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Seven Seas Explorer (Courtesy Fincantieri)Regent Seven Seas Cruises today (Nov.15) announced the name of its new ship, scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020. The second Explorer-class ship will embody and enhance the elegance, style and luxury that brought forth the high-end features and amenities that have made sister-ship Seven Seas Explorer renowned as the most luxurious ship ever built with her launch in 2016. (more…)

Port Canaveral Posts Record Cruise Numbers – Over 4.5 Million Passengers in Fiscal 2017

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Port Canaveral (Aereal view, courtesy Canaveral Port Authority)Port Canaveral today (Nov. 15) announced a new record for the Port’s cruise operations. More than 4.5 million cruise passenger movements were logged at the Port in 2017, outpacing numbers set in 2016. (more…)

Princess Cruises “Cyber Sale” Offers Two Can’t-Miss Steals to All Destinations. Holiday “Cyber Sale” Runs November 17-29

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In anticipation of the busy holiday shopping season, Princess Cruises is launching its annual Cyber Sale, with two can’t-miss offers to the more than 360 worldwide destinations the cruise line visits. The sale runs November 17-29. (more…)