Cunard rockets its way to top of 2017 Travel + Leisure readers’ cruise ship awards

July 20th, 2017

Travel + Leisure readers have spoken: Cunard is the best mega-ship line and relative newcomer Viking Ocean Cruises is the best large line. The annual 2017 awards also identify medium-size, small-ship and river cruise lines that took top spots. (latimes.com)

Reasons to Book the Blue Cruise in Turkey This Summer

July 20th, 2017

Alaturka Yachting and Cruises is the specialist in cabin cruises and private charters covering the routes from Fethiye to Olympos and return, Marmaris, Bodrum, Antalya and the nearby Greek IslandsIf you’re feeling unsure about booking a blue cruise on Turkey’s most photographed coastline, here are some top reasons to spend some time on a Turkish gulet.

Ponant announced as Title Sponsor of The Ponant Sydney Noumea Yacht Race

July 19th, 2017

The world leader in luxury expeditions, PONANT, has been confirmed as the title sponsor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race (PSNYR), due to take place next year. (etbtravelnews.global)

Buffalo can be a Port of Call for Larger Lake-Bound Cruise Ships

July 19th, 2017

Buffalo is on the map for smaller cruise vessels (Erie Basin Marina), one of which is operated by Blount currently. (buffalorising.com)

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) has expanded its Antarctica programme for 2018/19

July 19th, 2017

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov in  South GeorgiaOne Ocean Expeditions (OOE) has expanded its Antarctica programme for 2018/19 with the addition of fly/cruises, giving a choice of start and end points in South America, plus the option of travelling by ship across the Southern Ocean or flying to provide more time in destination.

Cruise Baltic aims to deliver the greenest cruise experience in the world

July 19th, 2017

Cruise Baltic ports and destinations stand together in the aim to create a green and sustainable cruise experience in the Baltic Sea. That was one of the results of the Cruise Baltic summit recently held in Kalmar in Sweden.

Work #portstogether: Specialised WGs to advance the interests of MedCruise members

July 19th, 2017

Following the decision of the 50th MedCruise General Assembly held in Gibraltar, two specialised Working Groups have been formed within the Association – with the aim being to advance the interests of MedCruise member ports and associates.

Kids Movie Nights, Nickelodeon TV and Nick Jr TV Added to All P&O Australia Cruise Ships

July 19th, 2017

Kids on P&O Australia cruises can now enjoy Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. television channels as well as a Nickelodeon movie night. The new Nickelodeon channel will include shows such as Sam & Cat, Victorious, The Thundermans and The Loud House. (cruisecritic.com)

SkySea Expands 2018 Deployment to More Homeports

July 19th, 2017

The SkySea Golden Era (Ex Celebrity Century)SkySea Cruise Line will add three more Chinese homeports to its operation in 2018 in addition to a plan to homeport in Keelung, Taiwan, as the Ken Muskat-led brand continues to mature with more than 80 cruises on offer in 2018. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Carnival Corporation & plc Change Of Senior Independent Director And Presiding Director

July 19th, 2017

Carnival Corporation & plc announced a change in keeping with good corporate governance that encourages the periodic rotation of board leadership positions among directors.

Carnival Cruise Line Australia and Lord Nelson Raise a Glass to ThirstyFrog?s 200,000th Milestone

July 19th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line has toasted the success of Australia’s first custom-made cruise beer, ThirstyFrog Summer Ale. Launched three years ago, the specially created Ale – developed in partnership with The Lord Nelson Brewery – has proved one of the most popular beers on Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.

Cunard Offers ‘Drinks on Us’

July 18th, 2017

Cunard is now offering the Drinks on Us sale which delights guests with Free Drinks in Balcony staterooms and Grill Suites with a $200 Reduced Deposit per person on select 2018 Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Transatlantic Crossing voyages.

Designing the Future of Cruising: Royal Caribbean’s Innovation Lab Fuses Technology and Creativity

July 18th, 2017

Royal Caribbean’s Innovation Lab

Royal Caribbean’s new Innovation Lab takes the ship design process to new heights by bringing the best creative minds and the latest technology together under one roof. From engaging virtual reality rooms to collaborative work spaces, the cruise line’s new facility in Miami helps accelerate innovation and gives experts the ability to tangibly play and push the envelope before construction even begins.

Disney Cruise Line Offers Sneak Peek at New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Musical

July 18th, 2017

Sneak Peek: “Beauty and the Beast” on Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line has offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of its new cruise-bound musical “Beauty and the Beast,” which debuts on Disney Dream this November. (cruisecritic.com)

Royal Caribbean to trial new fly-cruise booking tool in UK and Ireland

July 18th, 2017

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is to trial a new booking platform with more than 350 travel partners in the UK and Ireland, allowing them to book fly-cruise packages more quickly and securely. (cruiseandferry.net)

Windstar Cruises Launches Star Collector Voyages

July 18th, 2017

Star Pride at Rovinj, Croatia on August 20, 2014 (Photo © Elias Balazs at www.shipparade.com)Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages. (expeditioncruising.com)

Seabourn Collection Available For A Limited Time At Molton Brown Stores

July 18th, 2017

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has been working with Molton Brown, London’s bath, body & beauty connoisseurs, for more than 15 years. Last year, Molton Brown created two bespoke fragrances for Seabourn – The Seabourn Collection – which, up until now, has only been available on board Seabourn’s beautiful ships.

On the Downward Slope: 10 Quick Tips for Increasing 2017 Cruise Sales

July 18th, 2017

As 2017 begins its downward journey, with just five months until Auld Lang Syne is played on December 31, travel agencies are making a strong dash for more revenue. Here are 10 tips from travel industry experts to help increase your cruise sales by the dawn of 2018. (travelagentcentral.com)

Formula E Drives Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Improvements

July 18th, 2017

Have a cruise terminal with a few weeks available years in advance? The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Formula E may be interested in utilizing it as a temporary street circuit and funding various upgrades for the globe-trotting electric racing series, a kind of “green” corporate diplomacy now on display from Hong Kong to Brooklyn. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Disney Orders Seventh Ship – Other Cruise News: Thomson Spirit To Return In 2018 – All Change In The Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Trades

July 17th, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

This weekend saw the announcement of a seventh ship for Disney Cruise Line, which will serve to expand their potential areas of operation in the world market quite significantly. One of a trio of new 2,500-berth ships to be built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg, all three will be LNG-powered. Elsewhere, Thomson Cruises has announced that it will retain an old favourite, the Thomson Spirit, for one more season in 2018, despite that fact that it is introducing the 1,870-berth TUI Explorer in the same year. And in the Australian cargo-passenger trades, four of the five existing CMA CGM Europe-Australia ships are being transferred to ANL’s Singapore-Australia service. Two German-owned ships will replace the four leaving the Europe-Australia service, meaning a 60% drop in passenger capacity.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes the America’s Cup aboard ‘Boudicca’ in Bermuda

July 17th, 2017

Guests on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca were lucky enough to get a rare glimpse of the America’s Cup last month, when the world-famous trophy was brought on board the 880-guest ship during a special themed cruise to Bermuda.

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Experts Share Tips on How to Find The Best Small Ship Cruise Cabin Fit For the Family

July 17th, 2017

“Great idea,” says Todd Smith, Founder/Owner of AdventureSmith Explorations, the small ship cruise experts. “But do consider which departures (family friendly preferred) and which cabins will provide the most comfort and space for your family, as not all cabins are created equal.”

Hurtigruten Steps Up Digital Marketing in China

July 17th, 2017

The Hurtigruten's 318-berth FramHurtigruten has signed a digital marketing agreement with Dragon Trail Interactive, who will manage Hurtigruten’s consumer social media channels in China, Weibo and WeChat. Dragon Trail Interactive will also support Hurtigruten to enhance its Chinese website and strategy to serve both consumers and trade partners. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

One Ocean Expeditions to Offer Early season Expedition Cruises to South Georgia

July 17th, 2017

Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland IslandsMany thousands of miles away in the Southern Ocean, spring is coming to life on the remote island of South Georgia, bringing with it such amazing spectacles of nature that amateur and professional photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists flock from around the globe to marvel.

Coral Expeditions maritime themed Sydney to Hobart itinerary

July 17th, 2017

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise operator, launches a unique Sydney to Hobart maritime themed itinerary which sets sail with the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. (expeditioncruising.com)

Bermello Ajamil & Partners names Michael Vanderbeek Director, Ports & Maritime

July 17th, 2017

Vanderbeek, who has more than ten years of experience in the ports and maritime industries, joins B&A from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in Boston, MA, where he served as Deputy Port Director for New England’s busiest seaport. (cruisebusiness.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line to Host Top Winemakers on Cruise Series

July 16th, 2017

The Norwegian Escape (Courtesy Meyer Werft)Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the lineup for the brand’s 2017/18 Meet The Winemaker Cruises, a selection of cruises aboard Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn during which guests will have the opportunity to wine and dine with top figures in the winemaking industry. (travelagentcentral.com)

All Change On The Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Routes (Again)

July 16th, 2017

In April 2016, we announced six new ships, five from CMA CGM, the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini and her sister ships CMA CGM Chopin, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini and one from NSB, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey, for the Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports.

Costa Concordia Dismantling Completed in Italy

July 16th, 2017

The dismantling and recycling of the infamous Costa Concordia cruise liner has been completed in Italy, marking the official end to final phase of what is considered the largest maritime salvage job in history. (gcaptain.com)

Ocean Adventurer Gets New Engines, More for Summer Season

July 16th, 2017

Ocean Adventurer / Sea Adventure (Former Clipper Adventurer)The Ocean Adventurer has been upgraded at Ulstein Verft in Norway in time for her summer season in the Arctic with Quark Expeditions. All main equipment and engines have been replaced, and the accommodation capacity has been increased. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Disney Cruise Line to Build Seventh New Ship at Meyer Werft

July 16th, 2017

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced plans today (July 15) at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., to add a seventh ship to Disney Cruise Line’s award-winning fleet, giving families even more opportunities to create magical memories at sea and visit spectacular destinations around the globe.

American Samoa Hosting Pacific Port Conference

July 16th, 2017

American Samoa’s Department of Port Administration will host the 104th Conference of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP) next week, July 17-20. (cruiseindustrynews.com)