Friday, July 1, 2016

Another Swimming Pool Accident - Anthem of the Seas

An 8-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a swimming pool aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Friday afternoon shortly after it left Cape Liberty Cruise Port at Bayonne (NJ).

The complete story appeared in the July 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

How Dry You'll Be

Norwegian Cruise Line has changed their beverage policy, effective July 15, to essentially prohibit bringing any beverages onboard their ships.

The new policy prohibits hard liquor and beer as well as all nonalcoholic beverages (including water, soda and juices).

Details appeared in the July 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Hello, Newman - I Mean - Kitty

We've been hearing how cruise lines sailing in China ae customizing their product for the local market, and this is probably one of the best examples. Hello, Kitty is iconic in Asia, and Costa Group Asia has partnered with Sanrio Company to create the first ever Hello Kitty design tailor-made for a cruise liner.

The complete story appeared in the July 1 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just Delivered

Fincantieri delivered the 55,200-ton Seven Seas Explorer to Regent Seven Seas today at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa.

The complete story appeared in the June 30 edition of Cruise News Daily.

More Lines Rethink Istanbul Calls

Cunard and Princess became the latest two lines to drop calls at Istanbul in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist bombing at the airport.

Details appeared in the June 30 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

It Seems Like Just Yesterday He Was Murray Slaughter

Even though he was an actor well before, most of us probably remember Gavin MacLeod first from his long-running role as Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. From there he went on to the iconic role of Captain Merrill Stubing on the Love Boat. But only after that role ended could he step into his longest running one, that of Global Ambassador for Princess Cruises (The Love Boat).

It's hard to believe, but Gavin is celebrating his 30th anniversary in that position. To mark the occasion, the City of Santa Clarita (where Princess' headquarters is located) has proclaimed next Wednesday, July 6, as “Gavin MacLeod Princess Cruises Ambassador Day.”

The complete story appeared in the June 30 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Update on Istanbul

The travel industry today dealt with the effects of yesterday's terrorist bombing at Istanbul's airport.
Contrary to the way things looked last night, the airport reopened and was operational today.

Cruise lines are now taking a second look at the wisdom of continuing to call at Istanbul, and three lines have canceled their calls. Others have not yet canceled, but CND believes they are moving in that directions and are now simply finalizing plans before making announcements yet this week.

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

Fathom's Evolving Onboard Experience

Part of launching a new product is getting feedback from customers and finetuning it after the launch. Fathom is doing that aboard their cruises from Miami to Cuba.

"We have been listening to our travelers and creating new experiences onboard based on their feedback to facilitate rich immersion and to provide more robust insight into the culture and people of Cuba," said Fathom president Tara Russell.

The complete story appeared in the June 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Royal Caribbean Expanding at Port Miami

Royal Caribbean announced plans today to build a striking new 170,000-square-foot terminal on the northeast side of Port Miami. At the same time they said one of the ships using it will be an Oasis-class ship, marking the first time one of the giant ships will be based in Miami.

The complete story appeared in the June 28 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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Istanbul bombing

In light of the terrorist incident at Istanbul's airport this afternoon, the next few days may see lots of changes for passengers on at least three ships scheduled to call at Istanbul over the next few days.

The complete story appeared in the June 28 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Empress of the Seas is sailing slower due to engine problems resulting in a modified itinerary on the current sailing. Repairs are underway which the ship sails. It is unknown if the next sailing will be affected.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd reports they have secured their financing for the first two Edge-class ships for their Celebrity brand. 
Details appeared in the June 28 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

They'll Race You around the Ship

Warning: This video contains fast-paced cuts and flashes. If these bother you, please do not watch the video. It will be a shame, though, if you don't see it because it contains one of the most spectacular drone races you'll ever see aboard a cruise ship (as if you'll ever see another).

A little more than a month ago we showed you the first video of a new style of marketing campaign AIDA was beginning, to promote their newest ship, AIDAprima. It was an eye-popping tour of the ship in which the focus was on some amazing bicycle-riding whee the young Austrian trick-rider balanced on impossible things such as the ship's rail and the edge of a bar.

The idea was to make the video so amazing you just had to share it and it would go viral. Of course as you watch it a half dozen times in disbelief, you see AIDAprima too. The point, of course, is to get the video in front of as many people as possible, especially people who wouldn't normally be watching an AIDA video.

Now here comes the second of the campaign, and this one is just as worthy of going viral.

It features drone racing - two Vortex 250 Pro drones racing over, around and through the ship at speeds up to 75 mph. Don't worry. The two-minute video was shot while the ship was sailing from Japan to Germany in April when no passengers were aboard. The drones were flow by two professional pilots, Detlef Wormstall and Alex Wulf von Skypros, wearing virtual reality goggles. The video comes from the cameras on the drones themselves, stationary track cameras and from a third camera drone.

During the video the drones take viewers on the Lanai Deck and the Patio Deck, across the Beach Club, through the Theatrium and the restaurants, into the Organic Spa and even in the glass-enclosed double waterslide.

While you see the ship (if you remember to look) in this video as well as the previous one, it's an entirely different type of thrill from watching someone balance on a bicycle on the ship's rail.

Buckle up and start the video below.

The Easier Way to Get to One of the Most Remote Corners of the World

When P&O says they're making a maiden call, they really mean a maiden call. Last Tuesday, Pacific Jewel became the first cruise ship ever to call at any of the 21 Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea. The 2,000-passenger ship visited the uninhabited Panasesa Island.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 27, 2016

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Port Everglades says Crystal Cruises has scheduled eight calls there beginning October 27, 2017.
  • In case you missed it, the new larger locks in the Panama Canal opened on June 26. 
Details appeared in the June 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.