Friday, September 23, 2016

Carnival Orders Ships for New Chinese Brand

The Chinese cruise industry took a giant step forward today when Carnival Corp signed a memorandum of agreement to order two Vista-class ships for use by their new Chinese brand. The MOA for the two ships also includes an option for two additional ships.

The order is also another first because the ships are the first ordered from the joint venture Chinese yard that is a partnership between China's CSSC - China State Shipbuilding Corp - and Italy's Fincantieri - the world's largest cruise ship building company.

Details appeared in the September 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Barcelona Considering New Cruise Visitor Tax

Cruise ship passengers visiting Barcelona soon could be paying a tourism tax if local officials have their way.

The tax is currently only levied on visitors staying overnight in hotels, and expanding it to all visitors would greatly expand the revenue. Last year there were 30 million visitors to the province of Catalunya (where Barcelona is located) but only 8 million were subject to the current tax by staying in hotels.

The complete story appeared in the September 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Custom Show for Seabourn

Seabourn will have a new ship in January (Seabourn Encore) and aboard it, passengers will see a brand new show that's exclusively for Seabourn - “An Evening with Tim Rice.”

The show will debut on the ship's inaugural voyage from Singapore in January and then be added aboard other ships in the fleet. The final ship to have the musical will be Seabourn Ovation on its inaugural voyage in the spring of 2018.

Details appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Seems Like Old Times

Something happened today in Juneau that hasn't happened in seven years. Alaska welcomed its one millionth cruise ship visitor for the year.

The last time this happened was in 2009.

The complete story appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Karl Who?

You may not have heard much about Tropical Storm Karl since it's not affecting the United States, but it is due to brush by Bermuda Friday night, and the island is now under a tropical storm watch.

Details appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily.