Friday, September 22, 2017

Carnival Cancels San Juan Sailings

The Port of San Juan is still closed, and from news reports, conditions in San Juan and all of Puerto Rico do not look hospitable for tourists in the near future. Flights in and out of San Juan's main airport were to resume today on a very limited basis. 

In addition, Carnival Cruise Line said today their cruise terminal at the Port of San Juan also received extensive damage during Hurricane Maria. With that in mind, the line canceled Carnival Fascination's next three sailings, September 24, October 1 & 8.

Details appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Pieces Will Soon All Fall into Place

Yesterday, Meyer floated the first engine room module of AIDAnova, which will be the first cruise ship powered by dual-fuel engines that can operate on clean-burning LNG both at sea and in port.

This ship is being built a bit differently than most built at Meyer Werft. Some of the larger pieces are being built at Neptune Werft in Rostock (owned by Meyer) and then floated to Meyer Werft in Papenburg where they will be assembled into the full ship inside the giant covered building dock.

The complete story appeared in the September 22 edition of Cruise News Daily.

The first piece of the FERU in the drydock before it is lowered into the river
AIDAnova's first FERU lowered into the river and floating for the first time.
Photos courtesy of AIDA. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Changes in San Juan & Havana Operations

From news reports, it appears the entire island of Puerto Rico has sustained substantial damage, with serious damage in San Juan, including to the infrastructure. Of particular concern is the island's lack of electricity, which some estimates say will be months before it's fully restored.

San Juan was removed from ships' itineraries this week since Maria was bearing down on the islands during the first part of the week, but now that it's past, cruise lines have begun to decide what to do about the ships that are based there and due to turn around this weekend.

Details appeared in the September 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Incident on Aurora

Passengers are reporting a brief fire aboard P&O's Aurora yesterday (September 20) as it was west of the Azores, which resulted in a short power outage, but P&O only confirmed the temporary power failure to CND in a statement last night.

Passengers were reporting a fire in the engine room, but that was later clarified (unofficially) by a staff member who said the incident was in the engine control room.

The complete story appeared in the September 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another Crystal Floats down the River

Crystal River Cruises took delivery of its second Rhine-class newbuild, Crystal Mahhler, today in Germany at the MV Werften yard and christened the vessel at the same time.

The event was much more low-key than last month's christening of the first newbuild, Crystal Bach.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 20, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Continuing changes due to Hurricanes Maria and Jose
  • The end of summer in Alaska
  • Carnival's live giving
  • Stanley would be pleased
Details can be found in the September 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Perfect Solution

In the 21st century, when the National Guard moves in to help, they don't live in tents (a la M*A*S*H). They live on a cruise ship, which turns out to be a perfect solution for the situation.

FEMA has chartered Grand Celebration from Bahamas Paradise Line to house the National Guard and other first responders at St. Thomas as they work to rebuild the island's infrastructure after Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Maria.

Details appear in the September 19 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Waste Not, Want Not

A couple weeks ago we told you about a program Costa was just beginning in Italy to utilize excess food prepared to feed the hungry, with hopes that it could expand.

Now Costa is implementing a program to conserve food by trying to more closely match what is prepared with what will actually be used.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Relief Is on the Way

During last week's cruise, Carnival Fascination called at St. Kitts to drop off relief supplies which will be taken to storm-damaged St. Maarten.

Now Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the same area including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, now appearing to arrive there Tuesday night.

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




Photos courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Look out Below

We're all familiar now with the amazing overhead views drones can give us of everything. Just about anywhere you can think of, a drone can now give us a new ariel perspective of it. But there's a personal perspective they haven't been able to give you yet - until now.

Have you ever wanted to look under your ship? Way down where the fish and the whales live, or to see shipwrecks. If you take a SCUBA excursion you can see some of that, but new underwater drones from Blueye Robotics can take you deeper than you can dive, and keep you high and dry on your cruise ship.

Details appeared in the September 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Italy's Finest - and Cleanest

Meyer Turku cut the first steel today for Costa's first LNG-powered ship, the second of seven ordered by Carnival Corp from the Meyer group.

At the ceremony in Finland today, Costa president Neil Palomba revealed the name of the ship will be Costa Smeralda, or “Emerald Coast.”

The complete story appeared in the September 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Costa Smeralda in Costa's new livery
Rendering courtesy of Costa Crociere. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Silversea is Getting Mooned

Silversea signed a contract today with Fincantieri to build a sister ship to Silver Muse.

The 40,700-ton ship will accommodate 596 in double occupancy. It will be built at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa for delivery in 2020.

Details appeared in the September 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. com

After Irma

All four of Florida's major cruise ports reopened today and the cruise ships lined up to come home, returning just when the cruise lines said they would. Also in that priority line were fuel tankers to resupply gas stations and give all the cruise passengers the possibility of filling their tanks for the drive home. (They will have to line up with local people who are also running on “E.”)

Carnival Conquest had the honor of being the first cruise ship into either South Florida port today.

The complete story appeared in the September 12 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tweaking the Schedule

There were very few changes announced today, probably because everything has already been changed. The only ones we are seeing today are sailings that are affected by their turnaround ports just not being ready early next week, or ones where they storm just is just in the way. 

The complete story, along with the list of today's changes, appeared in the September 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Irma Is the Star of the Show

The North American cruise industry has more or less ground to a halt, which everyone watching Hurricane Irma and dealing with changes the storm is causing. Complicating matters is that the people needed to plan and implement the changes are themselves next in the path of the storm.

Most cruise lines' headquarters shut down this afternoon or this evening, with some of the employees staying behind to work in hurricane-proof portions of the cruise lines' headquarters buildings, some evacuated to work remotely, and other functions (such as reservations) to be handled exclusively from offices in farther west in the United States. Those offices themselves were born out of past hurricane scares when South Florida was in the path of storms.

It now appears Irma will arrive in South Florida Sunday morning and at Port Canaveral on Monday. Most cruise lines seem to be anticipating the South Florida ports to be reopening on Tuesday.


Details and a complete list of changes appeared in the September 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Carnival Enters the 100% LNG Era

Carnival Corp entered a new era today when Meyer Werft laid the keel for AIDAnova, the first of seven LNG-powered ships on order by Carnival for four of their brands. These will be the first cruise ships to be 100% powered by clean-burning Liquified Natural Gas both at sea and in port.

The ships will be produced at both Meyer Werft at their yard in Papenburg, Germany, and at Meyer Turku in Finland.

The complete story appeared in the September 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

In a flashier-than-normal event, Meyer Werft lowered the 120-ton block into the building dock.
Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Adjusting the Plan

As Hurricane Irma thrashes on westward in the Caribbean, cruise lines have spent their night and today trying to decide when the storm will make its northward turn and then decide what to do with the ships.

Throughout the night and today, each update of the computer models and each update of the National Hurricane Center's prediction has moved Irma's track a little farther east after its northward turn, so that the eye now appears to be going up the east coast of Florida until it gets to Florida's northeast corner.

Details appeared in the September 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Timing Is Everything

Hurricane Irma is at the eastern edge of the Caribbean and ready to move westward along the northern edge of the Caribbean and striking some of the most popular cruise destinations. When it reaches as far west as Florida, it currently appears that it will make a northward turn and envelope Florida as it moves north.

To make matters worse the timing during the week precludes cruise ships from going around the storm and following it, and it's going to mess with South Florida over the weekend just when so many cruise ships need to turn around.

The complete story with all of the changes appeared in the September 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 5, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A fight involving Norwegian Breakaway passengers in Bermuda results in a fine for the passengers even though they were robbed. 
  • MV Werften is now producing their own passenger and crew cabins at a rate of one every 20 minutes through the day. 
Details appeared in the September 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Still Delicious after All These Years

You loved it in the '60's. Then came the Disco era, and you still loved it. Then NCL (that was before they discovered they were Norwegian) brought the first teppanyaki table aboard a ship, and those dozen seats were the most coveted spots on the ship. Trying to satisfy passenger demand, with each new ship they expanded the number of teppanyaki tables until today when Norwegian Cruise Line has whole rooms full of people huddled around hot steel tables just waiting for one of a dozen or more chefs to flip them a sizzling little shrimp.

So whaddya know? Carnival has decided just maybe their customers would enjoy teppanyaki, so the line is going to put two tables on Carnival Horizon which will debut in April.

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

Seabourn Ovation Floats Up at Fincantieri

Seabourn Ovation, the second of the Encore-class order from Fincantieri, was floated up at the builder's Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa today.

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



Photos courtesy of Fincantieri. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Stage Is Set

Yesterday we reported that the Port of Galveston had reopened on a limited basis. Tonight we can report that all three ships are showing on track and scheduled to arrive first thing Friday morning, all of them almost a week overdue.

Details appeared in the August 31 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Janneh Felix and Zachary Hensley and Seaman Sara Weinrich hoist a new section of a day board in Galveston that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Photo courtesy of US Coast Guard

Now We Just Have to Get Him Back

A 30-year-old man from Mississippi is sitting in jail in Bermuda, and the US Government began the process in US federal court today in Massachusetts to have him extradited to the US. He's charged with raping a 15-year-old boy aboard Norwegian Dawn while it was in Bermuda on the evening of August 14.

The complete story appeared in the August 31 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Galveston Partially Opens for Business

Everyone having anything to do with Galveston and the four cruise ships based there has their attention focused on this Friday and the coming weekend, when they all plan to turn around.

As the ships are all heading for Galveston at this time, the captain of the port issued some good news this afternoon when he partially opened the port, allowing ships with drafts of 33 feet or less to enter the port during daylight hours.

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

Two Is Twice as Nice as One

An initial $2 million donation will be going to Gulf Coast hurricane relief from Carnival Corp and its chairman, Micky Arison.

It consists of $500,000 from each Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corp), and $1 million from Micky and Madeline Arison through their foundation.

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

A Real Hanger On

A small exploration cruise ship was involved in an interesting incident with a whale on Sunday near the entrance to Tracy Arm in Alaska. It seems the young humpback whale became entangled in the ship's anchor chain and couldn't free itself.

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Don't Touch That Dial

Carnival Corp is about to roll out the second season of their trio of television shows that gives the audience a glimpse of cruising. The shows are all destination-focused, but the hosts are brought there aboard a ship of one of the Carnival brands.

Last season, the three shows garnered 10 Telly Awards, which recognize the best in TV and cable, digital and streaming, and non-broadcast productions. All three shows ranked number one or number two in their time periods.

The complete story and review appeared in the August 29 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Galveston Remains Closed

The continued rain from Tropical Storm Harvey is keeping the Port of Galveston closed, and the uncertainty of when the storm is going to move is keeping the cruise lines from having any firm plans about when they can get their ships into the port. Consequently, there have been several changes of plans over the weekend, with both lines now hoping they can get their passengers home on Friday.

There are four ships involved: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Valor and Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. All left last week, and most of their passengers are enjoying a vacation almost twice as long as they planned, although for many, under rather stressful circumstances.

Details appeared in the August 28 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Meyer Werft Floats Out World Dream

Remember when a white hull was considered sleek and stylish? Now the sea is awash in colors. On their way toward an award for the most colorful ships is Dream Cruises. Meyer Werft floated out World Dream on Saturday, at their Papenburg yard, and its hull art is colorful to say the least.

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



Photos courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Harvey Messes with Galveston Turnarounds

The port of Galveston remains closed due to Hurricane Harvey. Carnival has two ship which were scheduled to turnaround at Galveston on Saturday, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor.

Carnival announced this afternoon that those two ships will remain out of the storm's way and await Galveston's reopening.

Details appeared in the August 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Underground Railroad Derailed

Back in June, two Indonesian crew members went ashore from Carnival Fantasy in Mobile on a turnaround day, and as happens occasionally, they didn't return. At about the same time, the same thing happened with another crew member from Indonesia who worked aboard Carnival Ecstasy from Charleston.

Carnival reported each of them to the Customs and Border Protection folks when they did not return to their ships.

The complete story appeared in the August 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 25, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Asia president resigns
  • AIDAprima becomes a leader
Details appeared in the August 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Place to Watch

After crossing the Yucatan, Hurricane Harvey has once again regained hurricane strength and is headed toward the Texas coast, expected to arrive late Friday and early Saturday.

The port to watch is Galveston, farther up the coast to the north from where it looks like the eye will come ashore. Still, the Galveston area is expected to be affected.

The complete story appeared in the August 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

More Reef Balls, Please

No, that wasn’t an Annette Funicello movie you missed in the '60's.

Royal Caribbean is doing some work at Adrenaline Beach in Labadee, their private beach resort on Haiti and they will be using more reef balls there.

Details appeared in the August 24 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fincantieri Floats MSC Seaview

MSC Seaview was floated today for the first time at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard.

The 154,000-ton ship is the second in the Seaside-class. The class is designed to bring passengers closer to the sea with the experience focused on sun and sea.

Photos of MSC Seaview taken at today's float out are below. 

The complete story appeared in the August 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Water begins to flow into the dry dock for the first time.



Photos are courtesy of Fincantieri and MSC. All rights reserved. They may not be copied or used without express permission. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 23, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:

  • A new program on AIDA that allows passengers on one ship to visit a sister ship
  • The man accused of murdering his wife aboard Emerald Princess pleading not guilty.
Details appeared in the August 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

And Watch Out for Stray Bullets

The US Department of State today issued a new Travel Advisory for US Citizens going to Mexico.

Two places they have stepped up the cautions are in Baja California Sur (including the cities of Los Cabos and La Paz) and Quintana Roo (including Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum).

The complete story appeared in the August 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

This Is Breakfast?

If you are the type who thinks of breakfast as a Danish and a cup of coffee and juice, and maybe for a treat, a little bacon, Azamara has something interesting for you.

Details appeared in the August 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Looking for a Few Good African Women to Drive Our Ships

Celebrity Cruises has partnered with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Ghana. As a result, Celebrity will become the first in the industry to openly recruit female bridge officers from a West African country.

The complete story appeared in the August 22 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bahamas Paradise to Add Second Ship

Bahamas Paradise Line inked a deal with the Port of Palm Beach to add a second ship homeported there, and the ship will be the former Costa neoClassica, renamed Grand Classica.

Details appeared in the August 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Big Weekend for Southampton

As Britain’s main cruise port, Southampton is always busy, but the port warned those in Southampton and those coming into the city that Saturday and Sunday were going to be extra busy, because ten cruise ships were scheduled to be in port over the two-day period.

The complete story appeared in the August 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

A Pair of Total Eclipses on Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean kind of got out ahead of everyone else with this week’s sailing of Oasis of the Seas. Early on they sold it as a cruise to see the eclipse of the sun and made it a point to have the ship in the path of the total eclipse and (thanks to their own meteorologist) have that place along the path be under clear skies - a definite advantage of viewing from a cruise ship.

Details appeared in the August 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.





Bonnie Tyler and DNCE perform “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on route to the Total Eclipse onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Video provided by Royal Caribbean.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Here Comes Harvey, but Where Is Jimmy Stewart?

Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to swing through the southern Caribbean toward Central America, running along the northern Honduran coast on Monday and striking the Yucatan on Tuesday.

So far the only cruise line to have flinched is Norwegian Cruise Line.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 18, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Crystal River Cruises live webcast of their naming ceremony
  • Royal Caribbean's new Adventurist is a Liar
  • The wheels of justice continue to turn slowly
Details appeared in the August 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Monday Morning with Limited Sunlight

As you know, the Discovery Chsnnel’s Discovery at Sea program operates aboard every Princess ship. The discovery next Monday is going to be that every 99 years, give or take, the sun slides behind the moon and it gets darker during the day.

Passengers on six Princess ships in Alaska next Monday are going to get a chance to experience a partial eclipse (approximately 54%) from the top deck of their ship while listening to commentary by the Discovery at Sea staff - and here’s the coolest part - while wearing their branded Science Channel/Discovery at Sea eclipse glasses.

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

Sleep Your Vacation Away

If you just want to get some rest on your vacation, Celebrity ships might be the right place to do it.

The line has partnered with their spa operator, Canyon Ranch  SpaClub, to create a program called Mindful Dreams. It’s aimed at travelers who want to experience new treatments to help them sleep, new sleep products and sleeping aids.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Carnival Adds 2018 Sailings With Havana Calls

Earlier when Carnival Cruise Line announced their cruises from Tampa that included Havana calls, there was one sailing in 2018. The line has now added five more in 2018.

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

Meyer Werft Begins Work on First Quantum Ultra

Meyer Werft began the first step of construction Tuesday on the next evolution of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class, called Quantum Ultra.

Officially designated by the yard as newbuild S.700, Royal Caribbean revealed the ship will be named Spectrum of the Seas.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Since QE2 Isn’t Available ....

Cunard is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth 2, the longest-serving Cunarder at the time of her retirement. And they are going to do it aboard the current Queen Elizabeth.

If you want to be in on the celebration, you’d better hurry. The celebration will be aboard Queen Eilzabeth’s September 8 sailing from Southampton to the Mediterranean.

The complete story appears in the August 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 15, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • An additional home port for Majestic Princess
  • Crystal publishing a coffee table book about Crystal Serenity's 2016 Northwest Passage voyage
Details appeared in the August 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Norwegian Reveals Norwegian Bliss Features

At an industry meeting for travel agents over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line revealed some of the main features of Norwegian Bliss which will debut next summer in Alaska. Guess what? They are remarkably similar to Norwegian Joy, the first of the class which is homeported in China for that market.

The complete story appeared in the August 14 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 14, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Dream's propulsion system being repaired. 
  • A godmother was chosen for Crystal Bach
Details appeared in the August 14 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, August 11, 2017

I Just Need Some Sleep

According to Princess Cruises eighth annual Relaxation Report, we Americans aren’t getting any better at the fine art of relaxing.

Of course Princess wants you to take notice that you need to rest and relax, and of course they want you to do it on a Princess Cruise, but the figures are always fascinating - and eye-opening.

The complete story appeared in the August 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 11, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:

  • Propulsion problems on Carnival Dream
  • Grand Princess arriving in Ketchikan with a whale stuck in its bow
Details appeared in the August 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Azamara Expands Cuba for Winter 2018/2019

Azamara Club Cruises set their Cuban program for the fall and winter 2018/2019 season, and Royal Caribbean’s boutique brand seems to be setting themselves up as the go-to line for travelers that want to see a lot of Cuba. The island has almost become their entire Caribbean product.

Their itineraries include multiple Cuban ports and/or long stays in Havana, and they’ve also announced new experiences ashore in Cuba.

The complete story appeared in the August10 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Construction Begins on New MV Werften Facility

MV Werften began construction on Wednesday of their new shipbuilding hall at their Rostock yard. MV Werften is the collection of German shipyards purchased by Crystal Cruises’ parent to build the ships for the luxury line’s expansion into river cruising and their next generation of oceangoing ships.

Details appeared in the August 10 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

You Encounter Unexpected Things in Other Parts of the World

Sometimes you just have to drive through the bad part of town to keep from going miles and miles out of your way. It’s no place you’d want to walk, but driving through, you’ll be ok as long as you just keep on going except for stop lights, and then keep your doors locked and chances are you’ll be just fine. If you want to, you can whistle or sing, if it makes you feel better.

In the same way, cruise ships sometimes have to sail through bad parts of the world, among other threats, there are pirates. They aren’t the ones like you see in Disney movies, but these are bad guys, who chase down ships at sea, board them (by force), take them over and hold them and the people aboard for ransom.

Recently it was necessary for Sea Princess to sail through the Indian Ocean where pirates are known to operate, and in this article CND takes a look a some of the precautions taken aboard the ship.

The complete article appeared in the August 9 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Seeing Stars

One of the most noticeable changes to Pacific Eden after her dry dock in Singapore is P&O Australia’s new Southern Cross livery. The photo below was taken just before they began flooding the dry dock this morning. She will emerge tomorrow morning and we can see it all.



Photo courtesy of P&O Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An Extra Helping of Cuba Courtesy of Carnival

Passengers sailing aboard Carnival Paradise to Havana don’t have to wait until the ship arrives in Cuba to feel like they are in Cuba. Carnival has loaded up the sailings with Cuban-themed events to enjoy while sailing to the island nation.

The complete story appeared in the August 8 edition of Cruise News Daily.

First Woman Captains Celebrity’s Galapagos Line

Celebrity has named Nathaly Alban their first female captain in their Galapagos line-within-a-line.

Captain Alban will be the master of the recently revitalized 100-passenger catamaran Celebrity Xploration.

Details appeared in the August 8 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Working

In last week's conference call to discuss Royal Caribbean's second quarter earnings, a topic that came up several times was their price integrity program. Executives said it's working well, and that's evidenced in the strength of their bookings in all markets.

That's excellent news for Royal Caribbean. Unfortunately for consumers' pocketbooks, though, it's really bad news because it means there are no longer those super sales to help fill up the ship.

The complete story appeared in the August 7 edition of Cruise News Daily.

3-Year-Old Falls from Stateroom Balcony

A 3-year-old girl was injured but very fortunate when she fell from her stateroom balcony aboard Carnival Breeze on Friday during a sea day in the Gulf of Mexico.

Carnival did not provide any explanation of how the toddler got over the railing - either climbing or sat upon the rail by an adult - but she was fortunate that she fell onto an open deck only one level below.

The complete story appeared in the August 7 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 7, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Tropical storm Franklin suddenly appeared headed for the Yucatan, but has only caused one ship to change course.
  • Disney Magic assisted ten migrants in the Mediterranean and waited with them until the Italian Coast Guard came to assist. 
Details appeared in the August 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Azamara Adds European Rail Option

Azamara is now extending their “Destination Immersion” concept of slower travel from their itineraries and ports of call to getting to or from the ship via a luxurious rail connection aboard the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express.

The pre- or post-cruise option will be offered next year to passengers boarding or disembarking their Azamara cruise at Venice.

The complete article appeared in the August 4 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

What the Tourism Minister Has Forgotten

There was an interesting article in The Bahamas' Tribune 242 on Friday in which the Bahamas' Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D'Aguilar, talks about how the cruise lines “make all the money, and we have nothing."

That school of thought may say lots about why the Bahamas - or at least the major ports - may lose much of their cruise business in the coming years and why they are not a favorite among cruise passengers, many opting to stay aboard when their ship docks.

Details appeared in the August 4 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Holland America Has a Surprise for You

On your next Holland America cruise, be ready for a surprise, a Chocolate Surprise.

We'll give away the surprise: It's a dessert parade that brings the chocolate buffet to you in the ship's main public areas on the last gala evening of every voyage.

The complete story appeared in the August 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Thing You'll Want to Know - August 3, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Nick Jonas being added to the Carnival Live lineup 
  • The delivery of Crystal Bach
  • Updating Pacific Eden again
Details appeared in the August 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Costa neoClassica Leaves Fleet - Costa Victoria Leaves China

Costa said that one of its longest-serving ships, Costa neoClassica will leave the fleet on March 10, 2018 when it finishes its series of cruises between India and the Maldives.

Costa Victoria will leave China, where it has mainly sailed since 2012, to return to the Mediterranean to maintain capacity there during the summer of 2018.

Details appeared in the August 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Staying Put for Now

Carnival Cruise Line confirmed they have signed a contract extension with the City of Mobile to continue to homeport Carnival Fantasy at the city through December 2018.

The one-year extension (the current contract expires in December 2017) is actually an option  in the current contract that is being picked up.

The complete story appeared in the August 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Galveston Wants to Swat Drones

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Port of Galveston is considering technology for their cruise terminals that will detect drones flying over the building and ships and help identify the operator of the drones.

Details appear in the August 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

19 Ways to Cross the Canal

During the 2017-2018 season, Holland America will have 19 cruises through the Panama Canal, and another 16 that partially transit it. No matter how you want to do it - to go all the way through the Canal or a partial transit, or you want a long cruise or a shorter cruise, Holland America is going to have something in their selection that will fit the bill.

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

Another Line Benefitting from Bermuda Registry

Cunard's three ships are all registered in Bermuda, and as a result, due to the recent Supreme Court ruling there, same-sex couples can now legally marry on Cunard ships.

As a result, Cunard has just booked their first same-sex wedding at sea.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Now, Marriage for Everyone on P&O

Weddings at sea have been a popular way to get married for Britons ever since P&O made them available when they switched their registry to Bermuda for the majority of their fleet. Now P&O is set to become the first British line to conduct same sex marriages at sea beginning in January.

Details appeared in the July 31 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

There's More Than One Way Off a Ship

The US Coast Guard medevaced a 26-year-old man off Carnival Dream Sunday about three hours after it had left New Orleans, but there was no helicopter spectacle involved. More and more we're seeing medical evacuations performed by boat.
 
The complete story appeared in the July 31 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Victory in Cuba

Victory Cruise Lines has finalized berth agreements with the Cuban government for their series of six winter 2018 in-depth cruises from Miami to Cuba.

The round trip cruises from Miami will be 13-, 14- and 15-night itineraries that circumnavigate the island calling at five ports. They will make multiday stops and overnights at Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad.

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

On the Horizon

It's still there. Construction continues on the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon at Fincantieri's Marghera yard. To remind us, Carnival sent along some photos taken this month at the yard. The ship is set to enter service on April 2 from Barcelona.




Photos courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

French Government Getting into the Shipbuilding Business

The French government is apparently uneasy about Fincantieri moving jobs out of Saint-Nazaire if they would have control of the STX France yard, because the Macron government today moved to nationalize the yard.

Details appeared in the July 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Details Emerge in Emerald Princess Death

Details began to emerge today about the violent death of a 39-year-old woman aboard Emerald Princess as it sailed between ports in Alaska Tuesday night. Princess and law enforcement officials aren't revealing much, just what is in an FBI affidavit filed in US District Court in Alaska that was used in today's first court appearance of the woman's husband who was arrested and charged with her murder.

The couple was traveling with their three children, and it seems the death was a result of an argument that escalated out of control.

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Domestic Violence on Emerald Princess Ends in Death

A 39-year-old woman died as a result of a domestic dispute aboard Emerald Princess about 9pm Tuesday evening, as the ship was sailing from Ketchikan to Tracy Arm.

Princess reported the incident to the FBI and other relevant authorities. During the night, the ship changed course, dropping the Tracy Arm cruising, and headed right to Juneau where more than a dozen FBI agents boarded the ship to process the crime scene and interview potential witnesses.

The complete story appeared in the July 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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Details appeared in the July 26 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Cruise Few of Our Readers Will Care about, but We Should Because Other Cruise Lines Could Use Their Concept

It was just announced this morning (actually tomorrow morning Sydney time, but by the time you read this, it will be this morning) that P&O Cruises (Australia) is going to have a ship going to Melbourne for the 2018 State of Origin! You know - the NRL. Well, Google it. It's huge in Australia.

The four-night cruise from Sydney includes sailing with league legends, tickets and transfers to the game and footy-themed entertainment onboard. Even though the cruise doesn't sail until next June, it's expected to sell out quickly.

The complete story appeared in the July 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Costa Feeding the Children

Italy has a new law, enacted last fall, that removes obstacles for organizations with prepared and leftover food to donate it to organizations who need food, and Costa is taking advantage of it to feed Italian children in need.

It began this week, and it is only a pilot project, but the potential is enormous, and Costa wants to expand it.

The complete story appeared in the July 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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Details appeared in the July 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Exploring New Territory

Silversea is going to be exploring the west coast of South and North America for th first time ever with a series of expedition cruises aboard Silver Explorer. The series of nine to 14-day cruises will run from March through May of next year and take the ship from Ushuaia to Vancouver.

Details appeared in the July 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

May We Have the Envelope, Please?

It seems things have come full circle again. Remember the olden days when stateroom doors had locks that you opened with a key? You would board the ship and find your stateroom unlocked with the key on the nightstand.

Carnival has been testing a similar system they are moving toward returning to, and the line just said they are expanding the test to a total of eight ships.

The complete story appeared in the July 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

AIDA Doubling Down on World Cruising

Carnival's German brand, AIDA, will announce their second world cruise on Friday. This one is being scheduled for October of 2018. It's being opened for sale months before their first world cruise departs (October 17, 2017).

AIDAcara is operating this year's cruise, but next year, AIDAaura has been chosen to make the epic journey, and again it will be a complete circumnavigation of the globe. AIDAaura will sail from Hamburg on October 7, 2018. Her itinerary will 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents over the next 117 days, meaning she won't return to Hamburg until February 2, 2019.

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

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nickelodeon Finding a New Home

It shouldn't be a surprise, considering Dora the Explorer christened Pacific Explorer a couple of weeks ago, but Nickelodeon will be having a bigger role in P&O Australia's children's program.

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

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting to Them Early

The Carnival “cruise ship” at Miami's Children's Museum just returned from “dry dock” with a newly refit upper deck and new Carnival features for the kids.

The complete story can be found in the July 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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Details can be found in the July 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Disney Increases Order with Meyer

Disney made a lot of announcements about upcoming additions and enhancements to their theme parks and resorts over the weekend at the D23 expo for Disney super-fans, but no one saw the announcement coming about their Disney Cruise Line unit.

Chairman (Disney Parks & Resorts) Bob Chapek announced Disney was increasing their order with Meyer Werft from two to three of the 135,000-ton ships the line ordered in the spring of 2016. When they are all delivered, it will bring the Disney fleet to seven.

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

Any Excuse to Raise a Glass of Ale is a Good One

It was just in April, Carnival Australia was celebrating National Beer Day with a glass of their ThirstyFrog Summer Ale, which is available only on Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.

Now in July they are celebrating with ThirstyFrog Summer Ale again, but this time it's another milestone for the beer. It's the third anniversary, and they have served 200,000 schooners, proving how much Australians like beer, especially this unique brand.

The complete article appeared in the July 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Welcome Home

Last Saturday the newest member of the AIDA fleet, AIDAperla, returned to its home port of Palma de Mallorca for the first time since the official naming and maiden voyage. Awaiting the arrival was a local Mallorcan delegation to welcome the ship back to its summer home, which is a favorite destination of German vacationers.

Details appeared in the July 14 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Let's Go to the Video

Last weekend Majestic Princess was named in Shanghai by international basketball superstars Yao Ming and Ye Li. The Royal-class ship will sail most of the year in the Chinese source market from Shanghai. The ship is Princess' first to feature customization for the Chinese market.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Norwegian Expands Meet the Winemakers

Thanks to the success of this year's Meet the Winemaker cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line will be expanding them for the 2017/2018 Caribbean season aboard Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn.

Details appeared in the July 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Some Jazzy Ways to Spend a Couple of Weeks This Fall

Seabourn is treating their passengers to some outstanding jazz performances this fall by two of the greats in the jazz world as their ships sail the Caribbean and transit the Panama Canal.

Details appeared in the July 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Unfinished Symphony

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is really starting to take on some of the Royal Caribbean "look" in its interior now. A few weeks ago it looked very much like a house under construction where you could really only see the studs. The owner was excited about it, but it was hard to catch the vision. Now on Symphony you can begin to see the "rooms." In these photos taken last week in the STX France yard in Saint Nazaire, you can now see the AquaTheater taking shape, and then looking forward into the 230,000-ton ship, it begins to look something like you expect a ship to. Delivery is still set for early next year. 




Photos courtesy of Royal Caribbean. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Learning to Become a Leader of Expeditions

A key feature of Silversea's expedition cruises is knowledgeable and capable expedition team members to go ashore. As Silversea's expedition fleet expands, so does their need for those knowledgeable and capable expedition team members. Where do they find them? They don't grow on trees.

Silversea will be recruiting them themselves and developing talents they already have in Silversea's Expedition Leadership Training Academy.

The complete story appeared in the July 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An Opportunity to Be Creative

P&O's next ship needs a name - and it has to be a special name. The ship, which will be delivered in 2020, will be Britain's biggest ship - 180,000 tons and 5,200 lower berths.

They want you to name it. They said they are looking for a name “worthy of [the ship's] size and credentials.”  

The complete story appeared in the July 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Honeyboomers

Carnival Cruise Line Australia has discovered a trend down there called “Honeyboomers.” No, it has nothing to do with flatulence caused by eating too much honey. It's parents of older children getting away without their children and remembering why they fell in love.

Carnival has seen an 80% increase in the last four years of Honeyboomers sailing in Australia, so they decided to look further into this phenomenon.

Details appeared in the July 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

More Cuba from Norwegian

There are several ways cruise lines go to Cuba, and we've said before that we believe Norwegian has the right idea about how to do short cruises there. Others must agree because they have so much business, Norwegian is doubling capacity next summer with a second ship.

Norwegian Sun will be sailing four-night cruises to Cuba weekly from Port Canaveral beginning next summer.

Details appeared in the July 10 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The End of the Road

Apparently at the end of the Silk Road is ... a giant bottle of champagne (which beats a pot of gold, if you're thirsty). After a 49-day voyage from Rome, and 22 ports along the way, Majestic Princess arrived at Shanghai on Sunday ready to be officially named.

Standing right there next to the bottle were naming ambassadors (and international basketball stars) Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li.

The complete story appeared in the July 10 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Carnival Vista 3 Work Underway

Fincantieri began work today at their Marghera yard on hull #6272, by cutting the first steel for the ship.

The sheet metal will then be assembled into blocks and those blocks will then be assembled in the dry dock into Carnival's third Vista-class ship, which at this point, is still unnamed.

Details appeared in the July 7 edition of Cruise News Daily.

The plasma torch in the background cutting the sheet metal is cutting the first steel for Carnival Vista 3.
Photo courtesy of Fincantieri. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Queen Meets Queen

Britain will soon have a new aircraft carrier which is named HMS Queen Elizabeth. She will be commissioned shortly, but is currently on sea trials off the coast of Scotland. Cunard's RMS Queen Victoria is currently sailing a 13-night British Isles cruise. Yesterday (July 6) their paths crossed in the Moray Firth.

The complete story appeared in the July 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



Photos are courtesy of the Royal Navy. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

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Details appeared in the July 7 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

All Ashore ....

MSC has added a number of service enhancements about being ashore beginning with MSC Meraviglia which entered service in the Mediterranean last month.

The most notable is a new port info service in which personnel at the ship's Port Info Desk have been trained by local tourist boards in each port to become experts on the ports of call.

The complete story appeared in the July 6 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Curtain Coming Down after 18 Years

Here's an idea to keep in the back of your mind for the next time you are sitting in the audience of an improv show and they want the audience to throw out ideas: A group of actors getting fired from a cruise ship job.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Second City improv troupes will be ending their run on Norwegian Cruise Line ships early next year.

Details appeared in the July 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Silk Road Reaches China

On May 21 Majestic Princess set off from Rome for her new homeport in China along the traditional sea route of the ancient Silk Road, and Monday it arrived in China.

The route took the ship and more than 7,000 passengers to ports in Greece, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore to Xiamen, where the ship was welcomed to China. The voyage is continuing to Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Shanghai where the ship will be based when it arrives on July 9.

The object of the voyage obviously was to reposition the ship from Italy, where it was built, to China, but during the trip, the focus was on promoting Chinese culture and tradition.

Details appeared in the July 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Burgers with Pickle, Onion, and a Thank You

Who doesn't enjoy a free burger? Especially if it comes with message thanking you for what you're doing right on top? The Marines at Miramar Air Station at San Diego did today at Carnival's “social media-powered barbeque” - nearly 2,000 of them.

The complete story appeared in the July 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Port Canaveral Moves Forward

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that commissioners at Port Canaveral voted unanimously last week to move forward in building a new cruise terminal and parking ramp on the south side of the port on the site of the current Terminal 3. It will open in late 2019.

Details appeared in the July 5 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Adding a Little Variety to the Christening

German model and TV host Lena Gercke christened AIDAperla tonight at Palma de Mallorca in a ceremony that offered a touch of the unexpected. In the end, though, AIDA's twelfth ship was officially named, there was champagne running down the side of the ship, and a ton of fireworks overhead. The party aboard may still be going on.

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

Tweet a Burger

Here's something you can do to appropriately celebrate the holiday, and support the US military via Operation Homefront and Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival and Operation Homefront are holding the first “social media-powered BBQ” for military members.

Your role is to post messages of thanks or support to our military members on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #ThankYouBurger

Carnival will put your message on a bun with a laser and they'll then put a burger on that bun and hand it to a service man or woman at a giant barbeque on July 5 on the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. As the cruise line that sails the most military personnel, Carnival will also donate $1 (up to $25,000) for each post received with the hashtag.

So what are you waiting for? Tweet a burger or two to a Marine with a message of support. It's another great way to celebrate the Fourth.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

There Is Now Fun in Cuba

In case you didn't have your calendar marked, today was the day Carnival's first ever cruise sailed to Cuba, and probably by the time you're reading this, Carnival Paradise will be docked in Havana. The FunShips have arrived!

This is the first of 12 four- and five-night cruises Carnival has scheduled from Tampa. The four-night cruises, like today's, are simple round trips to Havana, while the five-night itineraries add a call in Key West or Cozumel. They will operate approximately twice a month.

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

Colder Than a Reindeer's ....

Viking Ocean Cruises has chosen an unusual program to show off their “Vikingness” that will give passengers an opportunity to sail into the Arctic Circle in the early months of 2019.

The 12-night cruises aboard Viking Sky will sail from London (Tilbury) to Bergen (or the reverse).

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Contracts with Yard

Things are moving along for Ritz-Carlton's Yacht Collection. Yesterday, the line announced the choice of a yard to build their three yacht-like vessels. Ritz-Carlton has signed a contract with the Spain's Hijos de J. Barreras yard (at Vigo) to build the first ship, with options for two more.

Details appeared in the June 28 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Crystal River Captains Going for a Virtual Voyage

Crystal River Cruises' captains will soon be polishing their training in something of the virtual world. With a new agreement between Crystal's parent company, Genting Hong Kong, and Netherlands-based Simwave, Crystal's captains will be training at Simwave's brand new simulators in the Netherlands once the facility is completed in November.

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

A Long Way to Go

A 14-year-old boy and his grandmother got an experience Tuesday afternoon few other cruise passengers get, although they had to trade most of their cruise for it. They were hoisted from the bow of Norwegian Breakaway to a Coast Guard helicopter when the ship was 303 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.



The video was shot from a Coast Guard HC130J fixed-wing aircraft which accompanied the helicopter to provide support.

The introductory title card in the video is incorrect. According to the Coast Guard correction, the ship was 303 miles off the coast of Ocean City MD at the time, which is nearing the limits of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

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

Video courtesy of the US Coast Guard.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

There Was Joy in Shanghai Today

Norwegian Cruise Line (and their parent) took that first actual step into China today when Norwegian Joy was christened in Shanghai.

The 167,725-ton ship was christened by its godfather, Chinese entertainment personality Wang Leehorn. He was joined in a gang christening by a number of NCL and Chinese officials. The method was rather unusual.

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

The unusual method of christening Norwegian Joy started here.

But the christening ended up the same way
Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

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Queen Mary 2 and one of the trimarans it is racing to New York
Photo courtesy of Cunard. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Port Canaveral Considering New Terminal

Once again, Port Canaveral is preparing to go down the path of building another new cruise terminal. At this week's board meeting, they are set to decide if they want to move forward with the first step in the bidding process, which is the first step in constructing the new buildings.

The complete story appeared in the June 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Princess Announces Expansion of Ocean Medallion

Princess announced the next three ships that will support Ocean Medallion, which will bring a new level of personalization to Princess' customers. And it includes another ship in the Australian market, indicating the importance of Australia to the line.

Details appeared in the June 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oprah Readies the Adventure of Your Life

It's less than a month until Oprah and Gayle head out on their most excellent adventure of their first cruise to Alaska. They will be taking along a whole boatload of their friends aboard Holland America's Eurodam (for a price, of course). Among those friends will be some better friends of Oprah's who are wealthier and brighter than the rest (because they get to go for free), and they will be telling the other friends how to have better lives (but not as good as Oprah's, of course).

Oprah's magazine, O, has just finalized the list of Oprah's friends who will be going (for free) and letting everyone in on the secret of how to live better or telling everyone what it's like to work for O behind the scenes.

The complete story appeared in the June 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Work Continues on Symphony of the Seas

A couple weeks ago, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of the dry dock at STX France in Saint-Nazaire, which means the construction phase is completed. They are now in the finishing phase, and Royal Caribbean has released a new video where some of their executives talk about the continuing work that will go on at the yard.

This story appeared in the June 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Goes to Sea

The crowded luxury segment of the cruise industry got a little more crowded today when Ritz-Carlton decided to move from hotels into cruises with a line they are going to call the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

The complete story appeared in the June 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Rendering of one of three ships for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Rendering courtesy of Ritz-Carlton. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Waiting until the Stars Aligned

Even though it was delivered back in January and entered service at the end of February, Viking Ocean Cruises' third ship, Viking Sky, was christened today, on the Summer Equinox in Tromso, Norway. The port is north of the Arctic Circle, and that, of course, allowed the ship to be christened under the Midnight Sun.

Details appeared in the June 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Godmother with a Connection

P&O's newest ship, Pacific Explorer, arrived in Sydney on Monday, but until (Wednesday evening - Thursday morning in Sydney) no one knew the identity of her godmother who will her on July 2. Who more perfect than another explorer? Like, Dora the Explorer?

"In keeping with the ship's family appeal, it felt only fitting to invite a much loved household name like Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to be godmother,” said P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell. “She's a family favorite, enjoys adventure and trying new activities, and is a perfect fit to help showcase all that our ship has to offer.”

Details appeared in the June 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.

When Godparents Dribble

International basketball stars Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, will serve as inaugural cruise ambassadors for Princess Cruises in China and will officially name Majestic Princess.

The naming will take place in connection with a gala celebration for the ship in Shanghai on July 9.

The complete story appeared in the June 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Trip for Seabourn's Newest Ship

Seabourn released most of their 2018/2019 fall/winter programs, and Seabourn Ovation will be heading to Asia.

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

Sailing Three Crew Members Short

Three crew members from Norwegian Escape were arrested by Belize authorities when the ship was at Norwegian Cruise Line's new private island, Harvest Caye, last Tuesday, according to 7 News Belize. The three men are alleged to have two kilos of cocaine on the ship and for drug trafficking.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Royal Caribbean Takes You Around the World and Now Under the Sea

Beginning on Wednesday (June 21 through June 25), viewers of Royal Caribbean's Snapchat channel are going on a unique voyage thanks to “SeaSeekers.”

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

Keep It Down

Brilliance of Seas is in hot water in Spain. The ship made an overnight call at Ibiza last Thursday, and they had a deck party, but the volume got a little out of control according to the police - and the Coast Guard - and the port authority.

It got so loud during the night, the neighbors across the harbor called the police.

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

Have You Always Wondered What Mermaids Drink?

I'm going to have to get a better calendar. This was National Martini Day, and my Google calendar didn't inform me. It's lucky Carnival Cruise Line did or I wouldn't have known about the Mermaid Martini they created for the occasion.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Your Experience on the Shore Is Up in the Air

This afternoon about 2pm, President Trump signed his executive order enacting his policy toward Cuba and canceling the policies of the previous administration, effective immediately. As expected, his are more restrictive.

But like most governmental actions, the order just gives the broad overview and then it is left to some governmental body, in this case, the OFAC (the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control), to interpret it for the real world situations and put in place the mechanisms to administer it and make the actual rules everyone will have to follow.

Your cruise will still sail to Cuba, but what happens when you get there isn't yet certain. 

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Keep on Cruising (to Cuba)

Advance drafts of President Trump's speech tomorrow in Miami indicate he will roll back many of the liberalized policies President Obama put in place with respect to Cuba, but he won't break diplomatic relations with the island nation that President Obama ordered reestablished last year.

In the preview Reuters was given, it seemed to increase restrictions on companies doing business with Cuba, but will continue to allow travel to Cuba under the 12 categories of travel allowed. He will tighten enforcement of those regulations, however, according to Reuters.

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

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bar Harbor Votes to Stay in the Cruise Business

Voters in Bar Harbor (Maine) on Tuesday voted for a measure that would help to keep the city as a port of call for cruise lines (and possibly expand its capacity) and against another measure that would limit the number of cruise passengers visiting the city.

The measure that was approved 945-658 allows the city to rezone a former ferry terminal, and sets the stage for the city to buy it and upgrade the pier to handle large cruise ships.

The complete story appeared in the June 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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Details appeared in the June 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The first block of Celebrity Edge is placed in the dry dock.
Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ready to Explore

After spending 12 days in Singapore, P&O's (Australia) “new” Pacific Explorer is on its way to her new home port in Sydney. She will come sailing into Sydney Harbor on Monday wearing her distinctive new Southern Cross livery (which debuted on Pacific Dawn in March).

After her multi-million-dollar refit, fans of the former Dawn Princess will hardly know her. More than 1,000 contractors spent more than 200,000 hours converting her while she was in dry dock. During that time, they replaced more than 269,000 square feet of carpeting, brought aboard more than 3,000 pieces of new furniture and 1,200 pieces of artwork.

The complete story appeared in the June 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Cunard Again to the Rescue

A 73-year-old British man was rescued by Queen Mary 2 over the weekend in the middle of the Atlantic when a severe storm disabled the yacht he was sailing along across the Atlantic as part of a 22-yacht race from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island.

The storm had 60-knot winds and 45-foot waves. Four of the yachts declared emergencies, with two of them sinking and another losing a mast. QM2 was only involved in the one rescue, however. At this point, only nine of the yachts remain in the race.

The complete story appeared in the June 12 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

As the Slogan Says, It Came Back New

Pacific Princess returned to service today after a two-week, multi-million-dollar dry dock that gave the ship a new look inside and out.

The complete story appeared in the June 9 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Symphony of the Seas Floats!

STX France floated out Symphony of the Seas today at their Saint-Nazaire yard.

Details appeared in the June 9 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Trump to Reveal Cuba Policy on Friday

Are you planning to sail to Cuba? Maybe, or maybe not. The Miami Herald reports that President Trump will reveal his Cuba policy next Friday in Miami.

Details appeared in the June 9 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

More Fun Down Under

It seems the Australian market just keeps growing, and  Carnival Cruise Line is just about to open their 2018-2019 Australian program for sale, expanded with the two ships offering more than 70 sailings during the Austral summer season.

The complete story appeared in the June 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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  • Carnival easing the pain of the final payment
  • Twin sisters meeting after four years apart
Details appeared in the June 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The $100 Million Terminal

A long-term agreement between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) and Broward County (a/k/a Port Everglades) has prompted the port to invest more than $100 million in a complete makeover of Cruise Terminal 25.

The complete story appeared in the June 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 7, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Playa del Carmen is considering building a pier to accommodate cruise ships, but financing is a problem. 
  • Southampton had its busiest cruise ship weekend ever last weekend. 
  • It's not just cruise ships. The US Navy reported a man overboard Tuesday afternoon 80 nauticle miles off the North Carolina Coast. 
Details appeared in the June 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What Have They Done to Legend of the Seas?

The former Legend of the Seas has been sailing for a couple of weeks in her new identity for Thomson as TUI Discovery 2. A couple weeks ago we shared a video with you about the painting of the hull. That was the exterior of the ship. But inside, interior refit specialists Trimline were given the task of rebranding it, and making it look like a Thomson ship, not Legend of the Seas.

One of the major projects was the combination of two spaces into one of the main entertainment areas, the Live Room, shown below.

The complete story appeared in the June 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



Once Again, the Magic of Princess Cruises

The folks in Abu Dhabi saw something yesterday that they aren't used to seeing: a cruise ship calling during the summer months. Majestic Princess visited the port as part of its repositioning cruise from the Med to China where it will next be homeported.

Details appeared in the June 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday Night in France

If you happened to open Facebook on Saturday afternoon (in the US) and happened to go to MSC's page, you had the opportunity to attend the christening of MSC's new flagship, MSC Meraviglia. It was a very French affair.

It was a formal affair, set in one of France's most historic ports (Le Havre), to watch a great ship christened, built in one of the great French shipyards with a history for building iconic vessels. And it was about to be christened by an iconic Italian godmother (and film legend) - but she was speaking French.

The complete story appeared in the June 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Not So Fast

At MSC Meraviglia's handover on Wednesday at the STX France yard, newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron, said he wants to review (and possibly renegotiate) the agreement to sell a 48% stake of the yard to Fincantieri before the sale is finalized.

Macron is concerned that French jobs could be lost or that business that would have been won by the French yard will be diverted to Fincantieri's multiple Italian yards.

The complete story appeared in the June 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 2, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Mein Schiff 6 being christened in Hamburg. 
  • Adonia wrapping up its cruises for Fathom and returning to P&O
  • AIDAperla has arrived at its home port
  • Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas will operate a cruise that will put it right under the path of a total solar eclipse.
Details appeared in the June 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Mein Schiff 6 christening at Hamburg
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

MSC Grows Again with Another Ship Order

When MSC officials were at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire on Wednesday, they didn't just pick up their new ship. They ordered two more with options for two additional ones. These won't be Meraviglia clones; they will be the latest in cruise ships: the 2022 World-class model - with the high-tech engine - and whitewalls.

As you may have noted by the model year, MSC (and passengers) will be waiting awhile to ride these beauties. The two under firm order will be delivered in 2022 and 2024, with the options being for 2025 and 2026.

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

MSC World-class
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Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 1, 2017

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  • Oprah taking more friends with her to Alaska
  • The Carnival brands in China now accepting China's most popular mobile method of payment
  • Just in time for hurricane season, Royal Caribbean has their own meteorologist, as seen in the video below:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Is the Big One, Elizabeth

STX France officially delivered MSC Meraviglia to MSC Cruises today at the STX yard in Saint-Nazaire (France), and the handover is marked by the changing of the flags on the ship. The flags of the yard are lowered and replaced by those of the cruise line and the country where the ship is registered.

The importance of this handover was elevated because, at 171,598 gross registered tons and a capacity of 4,488 double occupancy (5,714 total), MSC Meraviglia is the largest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner. (Translation: Royal Caribbean's Oasis- and Harmony-class ships are still larger.)

The complete story appeared in the May 31 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Just in Time

Last week we told you about AIDA's next generation ship which will be powered by LNG and will enter service in December 2018. As we noted, AIDA will begin taking reservations for the inaugural season tomorrow (June 1), but its name had yet to be revealed.

AIDA took care of that detail this afternoon when it was revealed during a presentation aboard AIDAperla, which just entered service in the Mediterranean. It was revealed when a banner was unfurled at Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany) where the new ship and a sister will be built. The new ship will be named AIDAnova.

Details appeared in the May 31 edition of Cruise News Daily.