Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for April 16, 2014

* A Quantum Change of Plans (or With Quantum You Get Egg Roll)
In a move that shocked the industry, Royal Caribbean announced this afternoon, that after its initial winter season in New York, Quantum of the Seas would be homeported in Shanghai for 3- to 8-day cruises.
   If anyone was doubtful of the growing importance of Asia and China in particular to the cruise industry, this should convince them that the market is one upon which the industry places high importance and wants to court.
* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about two more failures ... and finally doing what it was built to do.

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Quantum of the Seas to Homeport in Shanghai, China

Royal Caribbean International announced this afternoon that Quantum of the Seas, will have its home port in Shanghai after its inaugural season in North America.

The ship will enter service in November 2014 at Cape Liberty at Bayonne, NJ with cruises to the Caribbean, and then in May 2015, it will reposition to Shanghai where it will sail 3- to 8-night cruises.

Details will be in today's edition of Cruise News Daily.

Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation Receives Donation from Holland America Line

Holland America Line Makes $100,000 Donation to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
Donation follows Tutu’s guest appearance on Grand World Voyage sailing Durban to Cape Town

Seattle, Wash., April 16, 2014 — In honor of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s work to spread peace, justice and democracy around the globe, Holland America Line has made a $100,000 donation to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (DTPF). The donation follows Tutu’s appearance as a special guest lecturer on a segment of ms Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage.

The DTPF celebrates young people 17-22 who are changing the world as the next generation of peace makers in the U.S. The goal of the foundation is to teach one million young people the power of peace within, peace between, and peace among all people. Their mission is guided by the concept of Ubuntu; that we are all connected to each other and that what affects one of us affects us all.

“We are truly honored that one of the world's foremost human rights activists and spiritual leaders recently spent time onboard with our Grand World Voyage guests,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “We are proud to be supporting the important mission of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation to create a society that nurtures tolerance and understanding among all people.”

Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town, sailed on the Grand World Voyage March 28 to April 1, 2014, from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa.

During the segment, two very special conversations were held for guests onboard, moderated by Robert V. Taylor, president and chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, based in New York. Archbishop Tutu spoke about his role as the first black African to serve as archbishop of Cape Town and about his work forging racial equality throughout the world. Beginning with his public stance against apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice and democracy around the globe. A question-and-answer session enabled guests to gain more insight into his remarkable life.

The Archbishop also led a Holy Eucharist on March 30, and was joined for the service by the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir who was also onboard as part of the line’s “On Location” program. This event was an exclusive and meaningful experience for guests onboard, bringing historical perspective and cultural enrichment to their time visiting the region.

About the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
Archbishop Tutu founded the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York, a nonprofit organization that is guided by the virtues that Archbishop Tutu identified as essential human values and the building blocks for sustainable peace: love, hope, tolerance and courage.

One of the principal ways the DTPF is undertaking their mission is through their premier program, Peace3. DTPF partners with organizations and influencers to provide curriculum, grants and scholarships to young people committed to peace within, peace between, and peace around them. The work and wisdom of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, is the foundation for learning, along with innovative methods for “living peace.” For more information, visit

About Holland America Line Giving
As part of its corporate giving and community outreach, Holland America Line has developed programs to support a variety of organizations with cash and in-kind donations, services and employee volunteerism. Around the world, the cruise line’s employees can be found engaged in helping others. Whether giving cash sponsorships to non-profits, donating cruises for fundraising efforts, providing disaster relief, sharing reusable shipboard goods with communities in need or raising money for six international cancer organizations through the On Deck for a Cause walk held on their 500 sailings annually, the line is committed to making a difference. Holland America Line just received the 2014 Global Giving award from the Puget Sound Business Journal in its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards program.

Source: Holland America Line

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for April 15, 2014

* It’s a Hit!
The Carnival Live Concert Series began last week with two concerts by STYX aboard Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination, and it was a hit with both concerts selling out.

* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about Venice opening a new cruise terminal ... and "We'll put a stop to that!"

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for April 14, 2014

* The Situation on Roatan
As far as we can tell, with regards to safety on the Honduran island of Roatan, the situation hasn’t changed from last week when a crew member from Norwegian Pearl was murdered for his cell phone during a street robbery. The signals from the cruise lines and the support industry are mixed and confusing.

* There’s a New Ship in Town
The continued recovery of New Orleans’ cruise industry was evident today as Carnival again expanded capacity at the port by replacing Carnival Sunshine (on its way to Port Canaveral) with the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream. The switch also escalates the competition among lines to have the newest and most feature-rich ship in the market.

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Carnival Dream and Carnival Elation at New Orleans this afternoon