Wednesday, June 20, 2018

They Were Not Alone

Most of the passengers aboard Queen Mary 2's world cruise earlier this year on the segment through the Gulf of Aden didn't realize it at the time, but also aboard was an armed squad of former Royal Marines, set to defend the ship in case of a pirate attack.

Passengers were made aware of the unlikely possibility of an attack when Captain Peter Philpott sent a letter to each stateroom giving passengers basic instructions should there be an attack, and asking them to keep their balcony lights off at night. Passengers were also made aware the ship was under the protection of an international task force that protects merchant ships from pirate attacks. There was a uniformed Royal Marine Colonel aboard who gave passengers a security briefing.

The complete story appeared in the June 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Girl Power Down Under

When sailing on any of the Carnival Australia brands and you see a woman in a white uniform, don't assume she's a nurse. She's probably one of the ship's officers. The company says they are doing their part to achieve gender balance in seafaring careers.

Details appeared in the June 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Six third officers from Pacific Explorer, pictured here with Pacific Explorer Hotel Director Melissa Yates (centre), are (left to right) Hilary Cassano, Laura Abbruzetti, Rachel Davies, Lauren Brunton, Bryony Rodger and Emma Forbes-Gearey.
Photo courtesy of Carnival Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mickey Is Already Planning His Halloween Fun

Disney seems to be the first out of the box this year talking about Halloween aboard their ships. Of course on Disney, Halloween isn't so much a really scary affair; it's more of a fun time with stuff that's supposed to be scary but really isn't.

Take a look at this b-roll for an extended look at the detail that's incorporated into DCL's Halloween features. It is b-roll so there is just some background sound, and clips from this are meant to be used in other video productions or with voiceovers.

The complete story appeared in the June 19 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Start the New Year with Some Insight

Stage, screen and TV star Alan Cumming will kick off Cunard's Insight program for 2019 when he appears aboard the January 3 transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton.

Details appeared in the June 19 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Carnival Reaching for Zero

This morning I received a press release that said Carnival Corp had signed an agreement with the international NGO Bellona Foundation to continue improving the cruise industry's sustainable practices.

“So what? Who cares?” I thought. This will do about as much good as one of those things like when they give a half million dollars to some international organization to end world hunger.

But then just as my cursor approached the arrow that would put the press release back in the electronic stack of press releases I'll never look at again, my eye fell on the line in the press release that said, “Setting an aspirational goal of zero emissions in port and during operations in pristine areas will help to force breakthrough approaches in technology and operations to reach that goal.”

The complete story appeared in the June 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.