Thursday, February 4, 2016

Crystal Options the SS United States

Contrary to earlier plans and assumptions, the SS United States will not become a floating hotel or amusement center, permanently moored in some East Coast city. Plans now are to once again revive it as a cruise ship.

With great fanfare, Crystal Cruises today announced they have an option to buy the classic liner and restore it to sailing status. They are currently beginning a feasability study which they plan to complete by the end of the year.

The complete story appeared in the November 4 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Now Selling at Popular Discount Prices

It would seem the Fathom paradigm is changing. The line announced a BOGO promotional rate on their program to the Dominican Republic. This should not be much of a surprise to most cruisers, because cruises are seldom sold at full price. (It was perhaps more surprising to cruisers that Fathom ever tried to sell any cruises at full price.)

It doesn’t fit with Carnival’s original vision of the brand. 

The complete story appeared in the February 3 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 3, 2016

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A new man at the helm of Silversea in the Americas
  • The generosity of Holland America's passengers participating in "On Deck for the Cure" has reach $4.7 million.
  • Royal Caribbean is extending their "no last-minute discount" policy. 
Details appeared in the February 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Step, Order Ships - Second Step, Hire a Designer

Costa Cruises’ next generation of ships will have a new look inside, because the line has a new architectural visionary to lead the design process.

Costa has appointed noted New York-based hospitality designer Adam Tihany as Creative Director for the two ships scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020. They are the next generation of Costa’s vessels.

Details appeared in the February 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Supporting the Troops

Last week, Carnival Cruise Line announced an initiative called “Honor, Family, Fun.” The purpose is to raise money for Operation Homefront and support military families through a series of special events. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support to military families.

The initiative works alongside Grammy-winning star Carrie Underwood. Ms. Underwood will also be joining the Carnival Live roster of artists in early 2017. 

The complete story appeared in the February 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.