Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Scenic Waterways & River Cruising 2018’ brochure to showcase a selection of 18 cruises

March 27th, 2017

In 2018/19, Fred. Olsen will be making the most of its fleet of four smaller, more intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch -– by featuring even more river, fjords and scenic cruising.

Hapag Lloyd Cruises launches the new Europa 2 programme for the 2018/19 season

March 27th, 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2  (Photo Christophe Dedieu at  Vesseltracker.com)Early 2018 in South Africa, a premiere cruise to Spitsbergen in summer, the Baltic Sea in August and Christmas Eve celebrated around the islands of Thailand: the new Europa 2 programme for the 2018/19 season is highly varied and features a wide range of routes and maiden calls.

Dame Joan Collins Christens Uniworld’s New River Ship, Joie de Vivre, in Paris

March 27th, 2017

Dame Joan Collins christened the world’s newest river cruise ship, Joie de Vivre, in Paris today. But it was revealed at the ceremony that the ship was almost a “no go” after recent terrorist attacks in the city. (cruisecritic.com)

Cruise Ships in Australia Rerouted Due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie

March 26th, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie, currently listed as a Category 1 storm, is expected to make landfall off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia early this week. (cruisecritic.com)

The Ocean Liner Society 2017 Annual Cruise On Celestyal Nefeli, 7 Nights From Athens (Lavrion) on September 29

March 26th, 2017

The Celestyal Nefeli (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)The 2017 Ocean Liner Society cruise is planned for the 19,093-ton Celestyal Nefeli, the former Gemini, operated by Celestyal Cruises of Piraeus. This 7-night cruise will depart Athens (Lavrion) on September 29, making calls at Santorini, Izmir, Nafplion, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme and Mykonos.

North Korea is trying to lure investors and tourists aboard its casino cruise

March 25th, 2017

North Korea is seeking up to $20 million in investments from foreign entities to run its cruise ship, which is currently docked at Kosong Port near Mount Kumgang, and establish routes to Southeast Asia and Vladivostok in eastern Russia, reports Seoul-based NKNews. (qz.com)

CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express Now Offers Four Container Ships And Liberty Bridge One For 29 Passenger Berths On The North Atlantic

March 25th, 2017

With two ships being transferred in from its Liberty Bridge service and two more from Pacific Express 3, CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express service is now up to four passenger-carrying ships running between Mediterranean ports and US ports between New York and Miami.

Chinese Taishan to Sail from Dalian this Summer

March 25th, 2017

The Chinese Taishan features new cruises this spring, sailing to Vietnam from Haikou for Bohai Ferry. Thirty-six voyages are scheduled. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Lisbon to host Seatrade Cruise Med 2018

March 24th, 2017

Lisbon Cruise Terminal (Source: MedCruise)Lisbon is the port-city to welcome the major biennial cruise event focused on the world’s second largest cruise destination – the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas: Seatrade Cruise Med 2018.

Improving cruise port infrastructure in the Med

March 24th, 2017

MedCruise was invited to contribute with an article at the latest version of the International Cruise & Ferry Review (Issue 50, Spring 2017), with MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis providing input on the continuous upgrade of cruise port infrastructure in the Med, and the need for longer term engagement of cruise lines, in order to improve planning.

Uniworld Debuts 2018 Brochure, “The World Is Your Canvas Campaign

March 24th, 2017

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is revamping its brand strategy with the debut of its 2018 brochure. The brochure focuses on the individuality of the brand by emphasizing its new, “The World Is Your Canvas” campaign, which encourages travelers to embark on a Uniworld journey for world travel and self discovery. (travelagentcentral.com)

CCYIA and Norwegian Ink Memorandum of Understanding

March 24th, 2017

The China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA), which oversees the cruise business in China, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

New Canaries Cargo-Passenger Service Between Antwerp And Las Palmas By The Tim S – 10 Days Each Way

March 24th, 2017

For years now, since Safmarine’s “Big Whites” disappeared, passengers have sought a means of travelling by sea to and from the Canary Islands. But cargo ships have only offered round trip voyages between north Europe and the islands.

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven to carry out extensive redesign and renovation of numerous areas of AIDAvita

March 24th, 2017

“Unikt” means “unique” in Norwegian, and it is an apt description for the Northern European cruises that AIDAvita will embark on from Hamburg or Kiel starting from April 5, 2017, as part of the new AIDA Selection program.

NCL reiterates commitment to India; Norwegian Star calls on Indian shores

March 24th, 2017

Norwegian Star (Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)Norwegian Star, one of the flagship vessels of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) made ports of call to the Indian shores as part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s voyages in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. (travelbizmonitor.com)

Meyer Werft announces River Conveyance of Norwegian Joy

March 24th, 2017

The Norwegian Joy (Artist impression courtesy NCL)The new cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (USA), the Norwegian Joy, will probably leave Papenburg on Sunday, 26 March 2017 to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands).

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

March 24th, 2017

The Coast Guard Thursday night suspended the search for a 23-year-old Florida man who went overboard on a Carnival cruise ship north of Cuba early Wednesday. (nbcnews.com)

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies on cruise ship

March 24th, 2017

Sib Hashian, the former drummer of the rock band Boston, died while performing on a cruise ship on Wednesday night. Hashian’s, son Adam Hashian, told TMZ that the 67-year-old drummer collapsed while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise. (upi.com)

Indonesia Survey Shows Massive Coral Death From Cruise Ship Caledonian Sky

March 24th, 2017

Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters (204,000 square feet) of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month. (usnews.com)

P&O Australia Races Towards a Record 2018 with First Ever Melbourne Cup Cruise from New Zealand

March 23rd, 2017

Pacific Jewel, in this image moored at SydneyP&O Cruises is stepping up the cruise pace in New Zealand, sailing on its first Melbourne Cup Carnival voyage from Auckland this November ahead of a record-breaking season in 2018.

Feature Film Florist Jenny Tobin Joins Queen Victoria’s Festival of Flowers Voyage

March 23rd, 2017

Luxury travel brand Cunard has today announced leading film and TV floral designer Jenny Tobin will join its first-ever Festival of Flowers voyage this summer on Queen Victoria, giving guests the opportunity to explore some of the Atlantic Isles’ most awe-inspiring gardens and floral landscapes.

Holland America Line Introduces Rudi’s Sel de Mer French Brasserie Pop-Up Restaurant to Six Ships in the Fleet

March 23rd, 2017

Holland America Line is honoring its Master Chef and culinary consultant Rudi Sodamin, the creator of Sel de Mer aboard ms Koningsdam, by launching the French brasserie as a pop-up in the Pinnacle Grill and naming it Rudi’s Sel de Mer.

CLIA 2017 Summit at Sea to Set Sail from Hamburg on Queen Elizabeth

March 23rd, 2017

Queen Elizabeth at Southampton (Image Steve Dunlop, courtesy Cunard Line)Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced its 2017 Summit at Sea –an exclusive, flagship event for cruise industry stakeholders, taking place from 9th – 12th May 2017 aboard Cunard Cruise Line’s majestic Queen Elizabeth, the company’s newest luxury liner, named for her Majesty the Queen.

Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales, trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International, has been named chair of the CLIA Trade Relations Committee

March 23rd, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is pleased to announce that Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales, trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International, has been named chair of the CLIA Trade Relations Committee.

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister announces Cruise Jamaica initiative

March 23rd, 2017

Jamaica. Historic Falmouth: the Court HouseJamaica’s Minister of Tourism the Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook announced at Seatrade Cruise Global a new ambitious Cruise Jamaica initiative. (cruisebusiness.com)

Oceania Cruises Introduces Ten New Journeys To Cuba

March 23rd, 2017

Oceania Cruises announced ten new Journeys to Cuba in 2018. Sailing roundtrip from PortMiami, itineraries range in length from 7 to 10 days; all include calls in Havana and the storied destinations of Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba.

Virgin Voyages makes ship happen at Fincantieri Genoa with first steel cutting. VV also announced the firms that comprise cruising’s first creative collective

March 23rd, 2017

Celebrating a major milestone in Virgin Voyages’ ascent towards its 2020 debut, President and CEO Tom McAlpin was joined by Fincantieri team members and their hand-picked, world-class design collective to cut the first piece of steel for the construction of Virgin’s three mid-sized ships.

Holland America Line Renews Partnership with Seattle Mariners Through community-based Programs

March 23rd, 2017

Holland America Line announces the renewal of its partnership with the Seattle Mariners through the 2018 season.

Ponant Participates in Third Edition of Goût de Good France

March 23rd, 2017

Ponant participated in the third edition of the Goût de / Good France event on March 21. The cruise line celebrated its French food and beverage program but holding a special dinner for its passengers. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Coast Guard Hosting Eight-Nation Arctic Forum

March 23rd, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting an eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Principals Meeting March 22-24 at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston in Boston. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Viking Ocean Cruises to Add Resident Historians, Boosting Enrichment on All Ships

March 23rd, 2017

The Viking Sea in Venice (Courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises)Beginning this month, a resident historian will join the staff of all Viking Ocean Cruises ships to lead a variety of in-depth enrichment activities on all sailings. (cruisecritic.com)

Silver Cloud Expedition Renderings Revealed

March 22nd, 2017

The Silver Cloud Expedition (Artist impression, courtesy Silversea)The Silver Cloud will re-launch later this year as an expedition ship after a length conversion process that will add a number of new features to the vessel, as well as allow it to cruise safely in polar regions with an ice-class hull. (cruiseindustrynews.com)