Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fathom Rides Again

You may remember Carnival's Fathom brand. They came into being to operate people-to-people programs in the Caribbean, and began with several options in the Dominican Republic, operating with P&O's former Adonia. Then they branched out with programs in Cuba. Then P&O wanted their ship back and Fathom became a Carnival brand without a ship.

They have developed several people-to-people shore excursions that are available as day excursions on other Carnival brands calling at the DR. Now they've developed a program which has been sold as a group on a Crown Princess sailing in January. It was such a success, Fathom and Princess have scheduled two more group sailings in March and May of this year.

The complete story appeared in the January 17 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Talk among Yourselves or Win a Lottery

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the most popular in the world, both for cruise visitors and those on land-based holidays. The problem is that it has become too popular for its own good and visitors are far exceeding capacity. When that happens, it's not good for visitors, residents or the island's resources.

The island has come up with an interesting solution.

Details appeared in the January 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yet Another Carnival Ship Fails Its Health Inspection

The CDC has released an inspection report that reveals a  third Carnival Cruise Line ship has failed it's most recent surprise inspection by USPH inspectors. The surprising part is that it was Carnival's newest ship, Carnival Vista, and the newer the ship, usually the easier it is to keep clean and attain a high score because they are built to make it easier to keep clean.

The even bigger surprise is why many of the points were lost. Inspectors believed there was an organized effort to hide violations from them, and they found carts full of food and dirty dishes in crew quarters. (The last time we saw that was in the 2013 Silver Shadow incident.)

The complete story appeared in the January 16 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Steel Cut for Crystal's First Expedition Yacht

MV Werften has cut the first steel for Crystal Cruises' first polar-class expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor. The event took place yesterday at their Stralsund (Germany) yard.

Details appeared in the January 16 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Carnival Victory Being Updated with New Facilities and Cabin Categories

Have you missed Carnival Victory? It's been at Grand Bahama Shipyard for the last couple of weeks, since January 4 engaged in a multi-million-dollar refit that will see a number of new facilities added by the time it returns to service on January 21.

Many of the new additions we have seen on other Carnival ships, and Carnival Victory is just being brought up to date with Carnival's newest dining and drinking venues, but there are also some that aren't that familiar.

The complete story appeared in the January 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.