MSC Cruises held today at STX France the ceremonies of the coin for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of the first steel for its first Meraviglia-Plus class ship

November 15th, 2017

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises' Executive Chairman MSC Cruises celebrated today a further acceleration in its industry-unprecedented ten-year investment plan. Under the €9 billion plan, six of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, resulting in a doubling of the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.

World Dream will soon make history as the first-ever cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong

November 15th, 2017

World Dream, the newest mega ship of Asia’s luxury cruise line Dream Cruises, will soon make history as the first-ever cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong on Friday, 17 November 2017.

AdventureSmith Explorations Announces New 18-Day Alaska Tour That Explores Three National Parks by Land and Sea

November 15th, 2017

Visiting one national park in Alaska is a privilege. Now arrangements are in place for exploring three national parks — Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali on one seamless 18-day expedition journey by small ship, rail car, small boat and safari bus.

The worldwide cruise industry will meet in Madrid on November 29 and 30 at the International Cruise Summit 2017

November 15th, 2017

The International Cruise Summit will gather, in its seventh edition, the most relevant professionals of the cruise industry, who will meet in Madrid during 29 and 30 November to discuss this outstanding tourism sector that generates more than 1,300 million euros in Spain. (cruisebusiness.com)

Why the Cruise Industry Is Booming in the Middle East

November 15th, 2017

It’s less risky a business than you’d think—and the easiest way to connect the region’s most exciting destinations and sights. (bloomberg.com)

Disney Cruise Line welcomes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Disney Dream

November 15th, 2017

Disney Cruise Line welcomed its third new stage show in two years to its fleet as “Beauty and the Beast” began its run on Disney Dream. The new 70-minute show is the centerpiece entertainment now on the ship sailing out of Port Canaveral on three- and four-night Bahamas cruises. (orlandosentinel.com)

Québec Reports Record 2017, Aims for Year-Round Traffic

November 15th, 2017

QM2 at Quebec CityQuébec City has reported that the cruise passenger count has reached an all time high of 201,000 for 2017, an increase of over 30% from 2016. The port welcomed a total of 132 ships that made 118 port calls and 14 turnarounds. Five maiden calls were made from Ponant, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea, and Viking. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Port Saint John experienced 3% Increase in cruise activity in 2017

November 15th, 2017

The 2017 cruise season at Port Saint John provided a 3% year-over-year increase with 208, 818 visitors from cruise ships in 2017 as compared to 202,929 in 2016. Cruise passenger count increased to 147,736 in 2017 from 143,926 in 2016, while ship count increased to 64 in 2017 from 63 in 2016.

Montréal’s cruise season sees a record 33% increase in 2017

November 15th, 2017

Montreal's existing cruise terminal with Mackay Pier oppositeThe Port of Montréal welcomed 114,517 passengers and crew members during the 2017 cruise season, up 33% compared to 2016. In all, some 21 ships representing 16 international cruise lines moored 52 times at the newly renovated T1 Terminal located at the Alexandra Pier in Old Montréal and at Terminal T3 located east of Jacques-Cartier Bridge. (cruisebusiness.com)

Marella Cruises Announces First Ever Onboard Partnership With Uk’s Favourite Spa, Champneys

November 14th, 2017

The UK’s third largest cruise line Marella Cruises has announced a new onboard partnership with the UK’s biggest and original health spa, Champneys. The collaboration will be a first for both customer-favourite brands.

Alaskan Dream Cruises Expands Family, Adventure Itineraries

November 14th, 2017

Alaskan Dream Cruises - Chichagof DreamFrom expanded family sailings to new itineraries timed to coincide with the herring run, Alaskan Dream Cruises is offering a number of new options for travelers headed to Alaska in 2018, cruise line representatives tell Travel Agent. (travelagentcentral.com)

Analyst: New Tax Bill Could Hit Cruise Industry

November 14th, 2017

A prominent cruise industry analyst estimates that a proposal in the new tax bill currently moving through Congress would impact the cruise industry. (travelagentcentral.com)

Victoria Cruises Offers Executive Suites From $522 In Limited Winter Promotion Valid Through Nov. 30

November 14th, 2017

After offering more than 75% off private balcony Superior Staterooms on river cruises along China’s Yangtze, Victoria Cruises is now offering Executive Suites from $522 per person, based on double occupancy, for biweekly departures from Feb. 1 – 25, 2018.

New cruise dates for Fiji’s remote north discovery

November 14th, 2017

Captain Cook Cruises' MV Reef EndeavourCaptain Cook Cruises Fiji has released the 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its two seven night’s Northern Fiji Discovery cruises – The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise and Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise. (etbtravelnews.global)

American Cruise Lines’ brand new riverboat will be named American Song

November 14th, 2017

American Song: American Cruise Lines' first of a new class of 5 modern riverboats (Artist impression)American Cruise Lines announced today that its brand new riverboat will be named American Song. The first ship in the Line’s highly anticipated Modern Riverboat Series, American Song will be the finest state-of-the-art ship available to the U.S. river cruise market.

A timeline of cruise ship design

November 14th, 2017

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman Richard Fain delivered some thoughts in a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts on how cruise ship design has evolved since the modern industry set sail in the 1960s. (travelweekly.com)

Lindblad Orders X-Bow Ship – Other Cruise News: New Chinese Cruise Ship Concept – Shell Cruising With LNG And Carnival

November 13th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Lindblad Expeditions has now joined Aurora Expeditions in ordering a new 138-berth X-Bow expedition ship in Norway. The similar Aurora ship is being built in China. Elsewhere, current ferry builder Guangzhou Shipyard has exhibited a new design for a mid-sized cruise ship at the China Cruise Shipping event in Sanya last week and Carnival Cruise Line and Shell have announced an agreement for LNG bunker barge fuelling of two new ships to be built for Carnival.

International cruise season ends on a positive note for Baie-Comeau

November 13th, 2017

The cruise ship Pearl Mist, of the Pearl Seas Cruises line, closed the international cruise season at Baie-Comeau on Sunday, October 22. This year, ten cruise ships docked at the Baie-Comeau port for a total of eight days. In all, some 6,000 passengers and crew members were able to enjoy the Baie-Comeau experience.

Genting Brands Eye Expansion to North America and Europe

November 13th, 2017

A massive expansion plan for Genting Hong Kong now includes eventual deployment in Europe and North America, sourced by the company in Asia and specifically, China, according to Colin Au, group president, speaking at China Cruise Shipping in Sanya. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Ocean Expeditions (OOE) to celebrate its 10th Birthday with the launch of an extraordinary Circumnavigation of Canada

November 13th, 2017

The Akademik IoffeCanadian polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is celebrating its 10th Birthday with the launch of an extraordinary Circumnavigation of Canada, showcasing the nation as it has never been seen before.

AIDAblu opens first Langnese Happiness Station at sea and now has even more attractive onboard features

November 13th, 2017

Following its scheduled period in dry dock from October 29 to November 10, 2017, at the Chantier Naval shipyard in Marseille, AIDAblu now has even more attractive onboard features.

BSO deputies hospitalized after boat collides with cruise ship at Port Everglades

November 13th, 2017

Two Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were taken to a hospital, Saturday, after their patrol boat crashed into a cruise ship in Port Everglades Harbor. (wsvn.com)

Celestyal Cruises’ Majesty Will Sail Iconic Aegean Cruises During March and April 2018

November 13th, 2017

Celestyal Cruises announced the Majesty will conclude its successful charter with Thomson and will contribute to the extension of the 2018 Celestyal Cruises season: the Majesty will sail approximately one month of 3- and 4-day Iconic Aegean cruises, from 30 March 2018 until 27 April 2018, when she embarks on her final Iconic Aegean cruise of the season.

Celestyal Cruises Extends its 2018 Cruise Season. Revised Schedule Includes More 3-Day and 4-Day Iconic Aegean Cruises

November 13th, 2017

Celestyal Cruises announced it will extend its 2018 cruise season with two extra 3-Day Iconic Aegean cruises, departing November 2nd and November 9th, and with two extra 4-Day Iconic Aegean cruises, departing October 29th and November 5th.

Norwegian Cruise Line Launches First Full Season in Australia and New Zealand

November 13th, 2017

Norwegian JewelNorwegian Cruise Line’s first full cruising season in Australia and New Zealand started today with the maiden arrival of Norwegian Jewel into Sydney Harbour. (cruisecritic.com)

The Montblanc Meisterstück Collection celebrates the Europa 2

November 11th, 2017

In an exclusive collaboration between Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and the long-established Montblanc brand, extraordinary travel experiences on board the EUROPA 2 have been immortalised by the creation of a very special pen.

Sea Princess Completes Refurb

November 11th, 2017

Sea PrincessThe Sea Princess has completed a two-week drydock, emerging with a new look on the ship’s bow, new entertainment and dining options as well as luxury beds in all cabins. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

MSC Cruises Goes Behind The Scenes With Cirque Du Soleil At Sea

November 11th, 2017

The long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil has seen the creation of the entertainment concept Cirque du Soleil at Sea and will result in a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia generation ships, coming into service between 2017 with MSC Meraviglia and 2020.

(Update) Caribbean Cruise Ports Are Open; Others Show Signs of Recovery

November 11th, 2017

As the days and weeks pass after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Caribbean is moving toward recovery — and its cruise ports are some of the first major tourism hubs to re-open. (cruisecritic.com)

Greater Miami Convention And Visitors Bureau Reports A Record Twelve Months Of Travel And Tourism Sector

November 11th, 2017

The Norwegian Epic at MiamiPortMiami, known as “The Cruise Capital of the World” helped fuel Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry’s growth, reporting a record-breaking 5.3 million passengers sailed from Miami, October 2016 – September 2017.

Viking Offers Ocean and River Combination Cruises in 2018

November 11th, 2017

Amsterdam: the LeidsegrachtTaking advantage of its ocean and river ship fleet, Viking is offering combination cruises where passengers do both types of itineraries in one trip. Called Ocean & River Voyages, the sailings allow passengers to easily go between two cruises by transferring them between ships in a single port. (cruisecritic.com)

Carnival Cruise Line: Martin Landtman, Senior Vice President Marine Operations, To Retire; Gus Antorcha, Ben Clement And Mark Jackson Promoted; Norbert Dean Hired As Vice President, Strategic Sourcing And Supply Chain

November 11th, 2017

Martin Landtman, senior vice president of marine operations for Carnival Cruise Line, will retire in 2018. Having spent seven years leading Carnival’s marine and new shipbuilding operations, Landtman will remain in his current role until a successor is named, and will stay on to support the transition.