Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings open renovated cruise terminal at Pier 66

May 24th, 2017

The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) showcased the new Bell Street Cruise Terminal at the Port’s Pier 66 building in a grand celebration today, May 23.

Carnival Cruise Line To Host Record 25,000 Shows At Fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs In 2017

May 24th, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s most popular cruise line, will provide its guests with more laughs than ever in 2017, hosting a record 25,000 shows at its Punchliner Comedy Clubs featured across its 25-ship fleet.

World Dream Poised to Homeport in Nansha, China

May 23rd, 2017

When the World Dream debuts for Genting’s Dream Cruises brand later this year, it is set to sail from Nansha, China, following the signing of an agreement between Guangzhou Nansha District Tourism Bureau and Genting Hong Kong. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Performer and comedian Jean Kittson is Godmother to Scenic Azure

May 23rd, 2017

Jean Kittson, the eternally witty, popular Australian performer and writer – and now Godmother to Scenic’s first river cruise ship on Portugal’s Douro River, Scenic Azure ­– christened the ship on Saturday 29 April. Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney was also in attendance. (etbtravelnews.global)

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Cruise Planners to “Best of the Best” List

May 23rd, 2017

Entrepreneur Magazine has named Cruise Planners to its 2017 Best of the Best list, making it the only travel franchise to appear on the 2017 list. The Best of the Best list recognizes elite franchises that ranked at the top of their industry categories in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. (travelagentcentral.com)

Emerald Waterways Adds New EmeraldACTIVE Excursions to 2018 Itineraries

May 23rd, 2017

Launched in 2016 by Emerald Waterways, EmeraldACTIVE Excursions provide guests the opportunity to participate in some sort of athletic activity on their daily shore excursions. For the 2018 cruise season, Emerald Waterways announced 17 new EmeraldACTIVE excursions and inclusions for nine of the cruise line’s European itineraries. (travelagentcentral.com)

UK: Joanna Lumley Joins Viking Cruises at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 23rd, 2017

Joanna Lumley visited Viking Cruises’ Barcelona-inspired garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. The TV star and travel presenter — who is also godmother to one of Viking’s longships, Odin — visited the Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration. (cruisecritic.com)

Scenic Eclipse Reaches Next Milestone With Keel Laying

May 23rd, 2017

The 16,500-ton, 228-berth ocean-going cruise ship Scenic Eclipse (Artist impression courtesy Scenic Cruises)The keel laying and coin fixing ceremony of Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first Discovery Yacht, took place on April 28 — marking the official start of the ship’s construction.

Windstar Cruises Adds 20 New Itineraries in Europe

May 23rd, 2017

Windstar at Ibiza, Baleares - SpainSmall ship cruise line Windstar Cruises continues to make big changes to its deployment, announcing eight new itineraries in Northern Europe and 12 new Mediterranean itineraries, bringing Windstar’s total unique itineraries in Europe for 2018 to an impressive 40.

‘Cocaine cruise ship’ smugglers on trial for transatlantic hash and coke trade

May 23rd, 2017

Thirty-four people who posed as tourists on Costa cruise ships have gone on trial for their part in a vast drug smuggling network that took hash from Morocco to Brazil and cocaine from South America to Europe. (thelocal.fr)

Princess Cruises Announces 2018-2019 Americas Season

May 23rd, 2017

Princess Cruises has announced its 2018-2019 Americas cruise itineraries including sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, the California Coast, and Alaska.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral commences second cruise season from Newcastle

May 23rd, 2017

Balmoral - Fred. Olsen Cruise LinesFred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Balmoral will be commencing her second cruise season from the Port of Tyne, Newcastle, with a sell-out five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ sailing on 25th May 2017.

Fincantieri Takes 66.66% Share Of STX France – Other Cruise News: Carnival Maritime Extends To Three Centres – European Cruise Market To Grow 60% In A Decade

May 22nd, 2017

by Kevin Griffin

Last Friday it was announced that Fincantieri was to acquire a 66.66% shareholding in STX France, a company that will no doubt soon be renamed. The balance of the shares are held by the French State. At the same time, following the opening of Fleet Operations Centres in Hamburg and Seattle, Carnival Corp & plc has started hiring for a third such centre in Miami to manage the twenty-five ships of original group member Carnival Cruise Line. Meanwhile, Cruise Industry News Annual predicts 60% growth in the European cruise market over the next decade.

Angela Rippon to name CMV’s Columbus

May 22nd, 2017

Angela Rippon CBE is to be godmother to the cruise ship Columbus, the latest addition to the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. On Thursday 8th June, during the Naming Ceremony at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, Angela will name the ship.

Norwegian Operator Fjord Adventures to Launch New Summer Cruises between Molde and Ålesund around a Glorious Archipelago Of Islands

May 22nd, 2017

Fjord Adventures has been offering small boat charters in and around the spectacular Hjorundfjord and Romsdal Mountain range of Norway for more than four years.  Due to demand, the specialist operator has launched a programme of summer itineraries suitable for families, couples, singles and small groups who wish to explore areas that large cruise ships do not access.

Enjoy the thrill of the Isle of Man TT Race – A cruise perfectly timed for Saga Sapphire passengers to go ashore to watch the world-famous motorsport spectacle

May 22nd, 2017

Motorsport lovers can enjoy the thrill of the Isle of Man TT Race during Saga Sapphire’s British Isles and Ireland cruise in May 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates American Craft Beer Week with New Miami Guava Wheat Beer Brewed Exclusively on Carnival Vista

May 22nd, 2017

To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Carnival Cruise Line has created a special one-of-a-kind tropical-flavored beer served exclusively at Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery, the first brewery aboard a North American-based cruise ship.

UK: Cruise ship giant Cunard apologises as booking gaff sees customers charged TWICE for same holiday

May 22nd, 2017

Cruise ship giant Cunard apologised today (May 20) after charging customers TWICE for the same holiday. Holidaymakers who had already booked trips with Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises discovered their bank cards have been debited a second time. (mirror.co.uk)

Four Europe-Based Cruise Lines Targeting U.S. Travelers

May 22nd, 2017

Global cruise lines not based in the U.S. are increasingly promoting to Americans. Here’s a look at four of these cruise products — offering either ultra-luxury pampering, destination immersion, a yacht-style experience or in-depth enrichment. (travelagentcentral.com)

Monterey welcomes first cruise ship of a busy season

May 21st, 2017

The Celebrity Cruises’ Infinity ship that appeared in the Monterey Bay on Friday was just the first of a slew of cruise ships expected to make a stop in the coming weeks. Eleven cruise liners are scheduled to make stops in Monterey before the end of the year. (montereyherald.com)

Cruise staff arrested in Vancouver ordered deported, accused of cocaine smuggling

May 21st, 2017

Three Nicaraguan crew members arrested on a cruise ship docked at Canada Place last week are now being deported under the transnational crime provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Federal officials allege they smuggled Colombian cocaine to Canada while muling for a cartel. (bc.ctvnews.ca)

Expedition company coming to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

May 20th, 2017

With the opening of a second berth at the port of Sydney, it will become the home port for One Ocean Expeditions, its managing director says. (capebretonpost.com)

Lindblad Names Hanrahan as Independent Director

May 20th, 2017

Lindblad Expeditions announced that it has appointed Daniel J. Hanrahan to serve as an independent director. In addition, Hanrahan was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

Salerno Exchange Port For Israel For Passengers From The US, Transatlantic By CMA CGM And Transmed by Grimaldi Lines

May 19th, 2017

With an increase in the number of passenger-carrying container ships working CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express Transatlantic service to four, Salerno has become the new exchange port for Israeli-bound passengers from the US.

P&O Australia to Homeport in Townsville for Trial Period

May 19th, 2017

The Pacific Eden (Photo courtesy P&O Cruises Australia)P&O Cruises Australia has announced that the Pacific Eden will complete partial ship turnarounds at the Townsville Port next year as part of a trial project. It is the first homeporting operation ever for Townsville. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

CLIA Announces New Online Certificate Program

May 19th, 2017

Bringing specialized certificate programs online, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that travel agents can now expand their business with the new Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate Program.

Iceland: Coast Guard Unable To Ensure Cruise Liner Safety

May 19th, 2017

Due to lack of funding the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICC) is too ill equipped to respond to large scale accidents at sea. (grapevine.is)

Fincantieri Signs An Agreement With Stx Europe For The Acquisition Of A Majority Stake Of STX France

May 19th, 2017

FINCANTIERI S.p.A. announces that it signed today a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66% of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder STX Europe AS.

MSC to Give Guests The Chance To Star In Kids Web Series Kelly & Kloe

May 19th, 2017

MSC Cruises is further deepening its family entertainment offering by giving younger guests the opportunity to star in the second series of its popular kids web series ‘Kelly & Kloe’ (www.kellyandkloe.com) via onbaord auditions that are now open.

Holland America Line’s 2017-18 Mexico Cruise Season to Feature a Second Vista-Class Ship

May 19th, 2017

Oosterdam - Holland America LineFor the 2017-18 Mexico cruise season, Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego, California. From September 2017 through February 2018, the 1,964-guest ships will sail 11 seven-day cruises calling at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Cruise Planners 2017 Convention Set to Ignite Agents’ Passions and Spark Innovation

May 19th, 2017

Cancun, MexicoCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, will be hosting its annual convention at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico October 15-19, 2017.

Quebec Adds Berthing Options With Agreement to Operate Quai Paquet

May 19th, 2017

QM2 at Quebec CityCiting a record season, Quebec City has announced an agreement to provide additional cruise berthing options at the Quai Paquet. The agreement with the Ville de Lévis for use of the Quai Paquet offers the opportunity to accommodate more vessels, giving cruise lines a variety of berthing options. (cruiseindustrynews.com)