Friday, April 29, 2016

And They’re Off ...

Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam arrived in Seattle early this morning to kick off the start of the summer Alaska cruise season, and it’s anticipated that this will be a record season for both Holland America and for the Port of Seattle.

Nieuw Amsterdam is one of three Holland America ships that will be homeported at Seattle this summer and one of the fleet of 11 of seven brands that will be sailing from Seattle this year.

Details appeared in the April 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Nieuw Amsterdam arriving at Seattle this morning to begin the 2016 Alaska season

Fathom May Get Some Competition

As you know, Carnival’s new Fathom social impact brand will begin cruising from Miami to Cuba on Sunday. It will be the first time in 50 years the average American can cruise to Cuba.

Under US law it’s still not possible to legally take a conventional cruise to Cuba where the point is just dining well, being entertained, going to the beach and doing some shopping and sightseeing. US law says if you aren’t in some special category like vising your Cuban relatives or a journalist on assignment, you have to be on some kind of educational or humanitarian mission - and learning something about the country and its culture qualifies as “educational.” So for the moment, if you want to cruise to Cuba, Fathom is your ticket.

Other lines have expressed their desire to cruise there, but for their type of cruise, they know they are going to have to wait until US law changes. Royal Caribbean executives talked about their interest in eventually cruising to Cuban ports during their conference call this morning to discuss their quarterly earnings. But after the call, they revealed they have some other plans in process.

The complete article appeared in the April 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet grew a little today - by one ship - but its capacity grew by a lot - 3,954 passengers - when the line took delivery of the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista from Fincantieri.

The ship will enter service on May 1 in the Mediterranean and remain there through October when it repositions to North America.

The complete story appears in the April 28 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Carnival Vista at delivery
Photo courtesy of Fincantieri. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 28, 2016

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  • A quick look around AIDAprima (below)
The complete stories appeared in the April 28 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Oceania Homecoming

Godmother Claudine Pepin christened Oceania’s newest ship to join the fleet, Sirena, with a bottle of Moet & Chandon's finest champagne. The event took place at the Port of Barcelona this evening.

Claudine Pepin is the daughter of Master Chef Jacques Pepin, who is Oceania’s Executive Culinary Director.

The complete story appeared in the April 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Christening Oceania's Sirena
Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.