Galveston Wharves Director Pitching Galveston At Caribbean Regional Cruise Conference




The Port of GalvestonGalveston Wharves Port Director Rodger Rees will be touting the benefits of Galveston as a cruise homeport to cruise executives from around the world at the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) annual conference and trade show Oct. 21-25 in Puerto Rico.

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Royal Caribbean to Launch Spa Cabins, Upgraded Group Bookings




Royal Caribbean International  (logo)Royal Caribbean has announced plans for new spa staterooms and a new feature that will make it easier for travel advisors to booking connecting staterooms. The cruise line said it will offer the new spa staterooms on its Radiance-, Voyager-, Freedom-, Oasis-, Quantum- and Quantum Ultra-class ships. (travelagentcentral.com)

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Cruise Europe new Members: Mo i Rana, Torquay and Stornoway




Newcomer to cruise, Mo I Rana, dates back to the eighteenth century and is the Norwegian town closest to the Arctic Circle, just one hour away. It has two calls booked in 2020 (Astor and Spirit of Discovery) and one (Deutschland) in 2021.

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Portland’s cruise ship schedule blown off course by nor’easter




Cruise ships are either changing course to avoid the Maine coast or heading to Portland to seek shelter from a powerful nor’easter that was forecast to arrive Wednesday night. The storm will impact thousands of passengers and crew members, according to figures provided by the city of Portland. (pressherald.com)

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Cruise ships in French waters agree to pollute less



The main cruise ship operators in French waters have agreed on measures to limit pollution caused by their vessels, including hooking up to the power grid instead of keeping their engines running during stopovers. The “Blue Charter” agreement signed in Marseille by Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Carribean Cruises and Ponant also pledged to use less-polluting fuel when maneuvering in harbors as well as other measures to reduce emissions. (reuters.com)

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AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference donates, Thanks to Silversea Cruises, to Tara Ocean Foundation




AECO (Logo)Representatives from the expedition cruise industry, Arctic stakeholders, authorities and researchers gathered in Oslo this week for AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference. In addition to the conference and side meetings, attendants were invited to be part of AECO’s traditional Annual Dinner, which took place October 16.

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Fincantieri Cuts Windstar’s Star Breeze in Half, Inserting 84-Foot (25.6 Meters) New Section in Palermo, Italy



Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze is cut in two, with the new section inserted, at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo (October 2019: courtesy Fincantieri)It’s only appropriate that the culture that gave birth to the Renaissance is where Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begin the process of inserting a new 84-foot mid-section (25.6 meters) that will help evolve and transform the Windstar experience.

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Free Things To Do On A Cruise Ship




On a cruise you can watch sunsets and sunrises at sea. They are spectacular and totally freeIt costs quite a lot to go on a cruise. However, it should be noted that the basic fare includes food, room, as well as other on-board activities that will surely entertain you. In fact, a cruise is almost all-inclusive, that is if you manage to resist the many optional ashore and on-board opportunities that require you to spend some money.

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Port of Newcastle eyeing record passenger numbers as cruise season begins




The arrival of 317-metre Celebrity Solstice to Port of Newcastle on Wednesday will mark the start of the city’s 2019-20 cruise seasonThe arrival of 317-metre Celebrity Solstice to Port of Newcastle on Wednesday will mark the start of the city’s 2019-20 cruise season. On the back of recent growth in cruise ship numbers, the region is looking forward to 15 visits this season, suggesting a new record of more than 30,000 cruise passengers could be set.

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