Friday, November 17, 2017

Silver Cloud Begins Her New Life

Silversea's Silver Cloud is just back from a $40 million refurbishment, and rather than this on being about new dining options and new furnishings, this one is about thickening the hull and places to carry Zodiacs. During this dry dock, the ultra-luxury ship was made into a luxurious expedition ship.

This week Silver Cloud departed on its first expedition cruise from Buenos Aires to Antarctica.

Even though Silver Cloud was made more rugged to go to more extreme climes, it lost none of its ultra-luxury in the process.

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

The conversion of Silver Cloud to an expedition ship
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Carnival to Increase Capacity on Short Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line is getting some new ships between now and 2019, so you know what that means? Right! The Great Carnival Ship Shuffle is on again. This time they are shuffling larger ships into position in Galveston and New Orleans to operate their short cruises.

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

Celebrity Building New Ship for the Galapagos

Celebrity Cruises is upgrading their Galapagos product with a newbuild that's the first ship ever purpose-built for cruising the Galapagos. The 5,739 ton ship may seem tiny compared to Celebrity's other ships, but it will be the largest ship in the Galapagos.

The ship will be named Celebrity Flora, and it is currently under construction at the De Hoop shipyard in the Netherlands with delivery planned for May 2019.

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MSC Celebrates Two Building Milestones at STX France

There was lots happening in France today, as two major events were coming down for MSC Cruises at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire. Then MSC threw in another piece of news just for good measure.

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

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rapunzel to Have New Disney Restaurant - and Hopefully Hairnet

Next March when Disney Magic returns from dry dock, it's going to have three new features.

The big new feature is going to be Rapunzel's Royal Table, inspired by Disney's “Tangled.”

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

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

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


Monday, November 13, 2017

Miami Becomes Record-Setter

Port Miami reports more than 5.3 million cruise passengers passed through the port in their last fiscal year (2016/2017) which ended September 30. That's not only a record for the port, but also a world record.

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


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

The lifting process began on Friday.

The process was completed on Sunday. The crane now has a height of 120 meters.

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

You Won't Recognize the Place

Carnival Corp has completed a multi-million-dollar redesign of Terminal 2 for their Princess brand at Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades.

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



Photos courtesy of Carnival Corp. All rights reserved. Many not be copied or used without express permission. 

More Power to Royal Caribbean

Canadian clean-energy specialists Ballad Power Systems has delivered a 100-kilowatt fuel cell to ABB Marine for use partially powering one of Royal Caribbean's upcoming Icon-class ships.

The fuel cell at first will be used to power the ship's hotel needs while in port.

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

Changes in Carnivals Marine Ops Department

Martin Landtman, Senior Vice President Marine Operations, For Carnival Cruise Line to retire;
Gus Antorcha, Ben Clement and Mark Jackson Promoted;
Norbert Dean Hired as Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain

MIAMI (Nov. 10, 2017) – Martin Landtman, senior vice president of marine operations for Carnival Cruise Line, will retire in 2018. Having spent seven years leading Carnival’s marine and new shipbuilding operations, Landtman will remain in his current role until a successor is named, and will stay on to support the transition. A search for his replacement currently is underway. Carnival has also announced some restructuring of Landtman's organization, along with several key promotions and a new appointment.

Gus Antorcha, previously executive vice president, guest operations, has been given an expanded role and promoted to chief operating officer for Carnival Cruise Line, reporting to Carnival President Christine Duffy. Antorcha oversees hotel operations, port operations, guest care, shipboard recruiting, travel operations, new builds and refurbishments, along with a new shared services function for both the marine and hotel operations groups.

Ben Clement has been promoted to senior vice president, new builds, refurbishments and product innovation, reporting to Antorcha. Clement joined Carnival Cruise Line in 1997 in the technical services area and progressed through several management positions with increasing responsibility in hotel operations and shipbuilding prior to his current role.

Mark Jackson has been promoted to senior vice president, technical operations. His responsibilities include marine technical operations, cross-brand technical innovation and environmental operations. Jackson currently reports to Landtman.

Norbert Dean will join Carnival Cruise Line as vice president, strategic sourcing and supply chain, reporting to Jim Heaney, chief financial officer and senior vice president. Dean brings a wealth of executive leadership experience in sourcing, supply chain and shared services from top travel and consumer brand companies including the Walt Disney Company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and the Sony Corporation. Dean is slated to begin Nov. 27.

“On behalf of everyone at Carnival Cruise Line, I wish to extend our thanks and congratulations to Martin on his well-deserved retirement,” said Duffy. “He has guided Carnival’s marine operations function through tremendous growth and transition, and we are greatly indebted to him. “I also congratulate Gus on his expanded role and Ben and Mark on the new responsibilities they are taking on with their promotions,” Duffy added. “Each of them has proven to be an exceptional leader and asset to our company, and we look forward to their continued contributions in their new positions.”

“Additionally, we are extremely pleased to have Norbert Dean joining the organization. His proven track record and strong depth of experience in the sourcing and procurement arena will be of tremendous value in this very important area of our operations,” Duffy added.

Source: Carnival Cruise Line

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Caribbean Princess First Mega-Liner Through the Canal

If it were a race, there would have been a tape across the end of the Panama Canal, and someone would have hung a big gaudy medal around the bow of Caribbean Princess last week. On October 26, Caribbean Princess became the first mega-cruise ship to transit the newly expanded “Neo-Panamax” Locks of the Panama Canal.

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

Caribbean Princess in the new, larger locks of the Panama Canal.



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


The Service Station Will Go to Them

Carnival Corp has signed an agreement with Shell to provide LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) to power the two Carnival LNG-powered ships that will be based in North America. They will go into service in 2020 and 2022.

Shell will do it with an LNG Bunker Barge, which can move anywhere in the Southeast US where the ships are. It is equivalent to being able to move a service station to wherever the high traffic area is.

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


The LNG Bunker Barge chartered by Shell to service the Carnival ships at Port Everglades
Rendering courtesy of Shell LNG. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spectrum of the Seas Takes Shape

Meyer Shipyards laid the keel today for Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas at their Neptune Weft at Rostock. Spectrum will be the first of the Quantum-Ultra class, a progression of Royal Caribbean's successful Quantum-class. When completed, it will have a gross tonnage of 168,800 tons and carry approximately 4,200 passengers.

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

Meyer and Royal Caribbean executives in front of the massive 938-ton first block of Spectrum of the Seas


Azipod Troubles End Norwegian Gem Cruise at Barbados

If you are currently sailing aboard Norwegian Gem which left New York on October 31, you are having a nice cruise, but you haven't been anywhere you started out to go. First it was September hurricanes that closed your original ports, now things are changing because of problems with one Azipod that is keeping the ship from cruising at normal speeds.

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

Taking Horizon out for a Spin

Carnival Horizon successfully completed its final sea trials earlier this week, and has returned to the Fincantieri yard at Marghera.

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





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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Best Price and They Guarantee It

Holland America wants you to book your shore excursion with them. Their new line of EXC Tours now has a Best Price Guarantee.

The guarantee applies on all ships and all itineraries except in Asia.

Details appear in the November 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Ships Flocking Back to St. Thomas

Ships are hurrying back to “everybody's favorite port,” St. Thomas. Reopening to regular traffic on November 3 following repairs to damage from the September storms, the port finds 25 ships have scheduled calls during the balance of the month.

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

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

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

Something Extra for Silversea Passengers

If it's possible to get “more all-inclusive” then ultra luxury line Silversea just got “more all-inclusive” - at least in the Caribbean - at least for a while.

Silversea is offering a free shore excursion in every port in the Caribbean this winter for Silver Muse and Silver Wind passengers.

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

A Little Growth

Port Everglades is reporting only slight growth in their cruise passenger number for fiscal year 2017.

The South Florida port posted only a 2% increase in multi-day cruise passengers for a total of 3,738,252 passengers.

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

Where in the World is David Hasselhoff?

Here's a thought most people have at least once a week over their morning coffee: What do suppose David Hasselhoff is doing right now?

If you just thought about that today and fantasized that he was sailing aboard Costa Favolosa right now, you'd be correct! He boarded in Savona on Saturday with more than 600 fans who are thrilled to spend five days in the western Mediterranean with Hasselhoff.

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




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

Friday, November 3, 2017

Private Islands Aren't Just for Caribbean Cruises Anymore

Private islands and self-contain resorts have become a staple of the American cruise industry. Genting Cruise Lines announced today they will develop a private island in Asia (their home base) for their brands in Myanmar. The Lonely Planet travel guide selected Myanmar (the former Burma) as one of the top ten countries to visit in 2017.

Plans call for the development of a facility on MacLeod Island for the use of passengers of Genting's three brands: Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. The Genting operation will be a self-contained resort (rather than a truly private island) much as is Royal Caribbean's Labadee or Carnival's Grand Turk Cruise Center.

MacLeod Island is located in the Myeik Archipelago in southern Myanmar, and features untouched tropical forests, unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

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

The unspoiled beaches and forests that will be part of the Genting facility on MacLeod Island


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Details appeared in the November 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

T Minus 50 and Counting

Only 50 days left! No, not shopping days until Christmas. Fifty days until Miami enters the Seaside Era. And that means lots of excitement for Miami and the American market.

That's when the 154,000-ton MSC Seaside will have arrived, fresh from the yard, and will commence year round seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami.

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



Video courtesy of MSC Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

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

Carnival Ecstasy was the first ship to return to Grand Turk
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Building for China

The Costa brand may have been the first western cruise line to enter the Chinese market back in 2006, but they're playing catch up in building ships specifically for that market as a handful of brands has already beaten them to it and have ships operating there with features custom-designed for Chinese passengers.

But Costa is ready to catch up and surpass as Fincantieri laid the keel today for the first of two Costa designed for China.

Costa held a coin ceremony today in which a commemorative coin was welded to the keel for good luck before Fincantieri laid the keel at their Monfalcone yard near Trieste.

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



Video courtesy of Costa Crociere.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fincantieri Lays Virgin Keel and Line Reveals Details

Virgin Voyages made a splash today when Fincantieri laid the keel for the first of their three 110,000-ton ships at their Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa.

The line used the opportunity to reveal some interesting details about the ships and to reveal the first exterior renderings.

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


Rendering of Virgin Voyage's stern and livery

Virgin Voyages new livery
Virgin Voyages' logo
Despite everything else, there was a keel laying at the Fincantieri yard. 
Photo courtesy of Fincantieri. Renderings courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 
 

Free Gift Cards from Disney - Until Arrested

Federal agents boarded Disney Wonder in San Diego Friday to arrest a Brazilian crew member who worked in the gift shop alleging he embezzled at least $275,000 from the line.

The government says the 32-year-old man has been transferring Disney funds to gift cards since October 2015, and that he used $35,000 worth of the gift cards to take his family on a two-week trip to Disney World last April.

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

Windstar Promotes Peterson to Director of Revenue & Itinerary Planning

Windstar Cruises Promotes Jess Peterson to Director of Revenue and Itinerary Planning
Star Staffer Advances After Only One Year with Boutique Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises has promoted Jess Peterson on the heels of his first anniversary in joining the luxury line after a series of outstanding efforts quickly resulted in significant profitability for Windstar. In accepting the larger role, Peterson will take on additional responsibilities for detailed revenue analytics while continuing to have oversight for all aspects of itinerary planning for the award-winning cruise line.

"Jess is an incredibly bright individual who brings a disciplined analytical approach to everything he does, helping us make informed yet bold choices in our itinerary planning processes," said Windstar President John Delaney. “We couldn’t have taken on everything we have over the last year without Jess’ efforts.”

With Peterson’s leadership working across multiple departments at Windstar including Port and Nautical Operations, Marketing, and Public Relations, Windstar opened three new regions including Asia, Alaska, and Canada/New England. In 2018, Windstar will embark on 49 new cruise itineraries and an astonishing 148 maiden ports of call, in part due to Peterson’s efforts. In this new role, Peterson will continue directing the itinerary planning efforts while also taking a growing role in advanced revenue analytics, forecasting, budgeting, and strategic pricing.

Jess Peterson joined Windstar in the fall of 2016 as the manager of deployment and revenue planning enhancement, a position that had been newly created at the time. He supported the company’s cross-departmental deployment and itinerary planning efforts to enhance profitability, guest satisfaction, and brand positioning within the marketplace. He also drove efforts to increase overall revenue performance.

Prior to working with Windstar, Peterson held positions at Holland America and Seabourn, where he was part of the Deployment and Itinerary Planning team. Peterson is based in Seattle and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Computer Science.

Source: Windstar Cruises

Monday, October 30, 2017

Out with the Old, up with the New

It happens about every five years. Windstar ships get new sails.

Containing enough material to cover nearly half a football field, it's no trifling matter.

Recently, it was Wind Surf's turn, the line's largest ship at 14,745 grt with five towering masts. 

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

Carnival Names New Environmental VP

Carnival Cruise Line Names Richard Pruitt Vice President, Environmental Operations

Richard Pruitt, a highly respected and seasoned cruise industry professional, has been named vice president, environmental operations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line effective November 20, 2017. He will report to Mark Jackson, senior vice president, technical operations, for Carnival Cruise Line.

As vice president of environmental operations, Pruitt will be focused on further strengthening and expanding the company’s shipboard and shoreside environmental programs and practices.

“Rich is extremely well respected in the industry and we’re thrilled to gain his exceptional knowledge, expertise and leadership,” said Jackson. “We look forward to tapping into his experience to ensure we maintain the highest level of operational standards.”

Previously Pruitt was at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for 13 years, serving in a variety of positions, including associate vice president/vice president, safety and environmental stewardship and as the director and associate vice president of environmental programs. Most recently, Pruitt served as the principal and founder of RMP Sustainability, a company providing consulting services on environmental equipment marketing, compliance and sustainability initiatives to industry associations and companies.

Pruitt began his career in the U.S. Air Force where he spent 10 years as an Airborne Russian Linguist and Mission Supervisor. He then served for 13 years in the U.S Coast Guard in various roles, including program manager, passenger vessel safety and security.

Since 2010 Pruitt has been an active guardian ad litem for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, Florida, and has served on the board/executive committee of several organizations, including Florida Ocean Alliance, Florida Sea Grant Advisory Council, Florida Oceans and Coastal Council, U.S. N.O.A.A. National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council, International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association. He was chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association’s Maritime Safety and Environmental committees, and founding board member of Voices for Children Broward.

Pruitt holds an Environmental MBA from Florida Atlantic University, a BA degree in Management from National Louis University and an AA degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the Air Force.

Source: Carnival Cruise Line

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Southern Route

MSC's first world cruise doesn't sail until January, but MSC must have had such a good time planning it, they just had to plan another already, and this week they announced their second world cruise.

The 2020 version will sails in early January from four Mediterranean ports and immediately makes a southerly turn to travel around the world mostly below the equator. MSC Magnifica will visit 43 ports in 23 countries in 116 days.

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

Roll out the Red Carpet

There have been many firsts aboard Cunard ships, but this December, Queen Mary 2 is set to hose the first premier of a Hollywood movie when she is the setting for the world premier of the 20th Century Fox release, “The Greatest Showman.”

The movie, which is the story of P.T. Barnum and how he created the Barnum & Bailey Circus, stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Disney Sets Early 2019 Programs

Disney Cruise Line has set their schedule for the first part of 2019, and the line will have ships in the Caribbean and from March to May on Mexico's west coast sailing from San Diego.

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

It's a Dream

Few of our readers will probably ever sail this 151,300-ton ship, so this might be your only glimpse of a newbuild for the Asian market. Meyer Werft delivered World Dream to Genting's Dream Cruises today in Bremerhaven at the conclusion of the ship's sea trials.

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

World Dream at sea during sea trials

Balcony stateroom

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Return to Normal

Royal Caribbean has set dates to return to San Juan and St. Maarten in addition to St. Thomas, which they announced plans for earlier. They also updated the status on a couple of ports that still aren't ready for their return.

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

Many Are Sailing but Few Are Chosen

When Carnival Corp announced Ocean Medallion, it sounded great, and they said it was going to be a “game changer.” Then they announced the initial roll-out schedule beginning with Princess Cruises, and said it was first going to be available on Regal Princess on November 17 of this year. Princess customers were excited to have an opportunity to glimpse the future of cruising.
 
The good news is that it still will be operating aboard Regal Princess in November, but the bad news is that most passengers are going to have to wait to have their “games changed.” Not everyone aboard the ship will be able to experience the enhancements Ocean Medallion will offer.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Norwegian Books Second Season Down Under

Norwegian Cruise Line today opened bookings for a 2018/2019 program in Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

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

No More Overhang

Length matters, especially when you're parking a ship.

That's why Port Everglades extended the slip at Terminal 4 as part of an $18 million project. The 900-foot slip was extended 225 feet to accommodate today's larger cruise ships, up to 1,100 feet.

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


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

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Details appeared in the October 24 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


Monday, October 23, 2017

There's More to Alaska

Last spring we told you Cunard had scheduled a cruise through Alaska for the first time in 20 years when Queen Elizabeth will spend a week there as part of a repositioning cruise from Asia to North America in May 2019. Today, Cunard revealed that their Alaska program won't end there.

Queen Elizabeth will then sail four more ten-night round trip cruises from Vancouver to Alaska.

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

The Caribbean Is More Open for Business

Carnival has been working to get the message out that there was little storm damage in most of the Caribbean. But today, Carnival said they now have specific plans when they will return to islands where there was severe damage.

Details appeared in the October 23 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Sea Diamond to Resurface

Longtime readers will remember the sinking of Louis Cruises' Sea Diamond at Santorini on April 5, 2007.

The 21,484-ton ship had hit a reef the day before and took on water. After evacuation, the ship was beginning to be towed when it sank in 300 feet of water.

The Greek government last week ordered the salvage of the ship in compliance with Greek law.

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

MSC Lirica Returns from China to New Med Itinerary

MSC will expand their capacity in China next spring by sending MSC Splendida there to replace the smaller MSC Lirica. MSC has decided to return MSC Lirica to the Mediterranean, and they created a brand new itinerary for her.

The seven-night eastern Mediterranean program not only has an unusual collection of ports, but it's also going to offer more time ashore than normal in some of the destinations.

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

First Down and 300 to Go

Carnival Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the New Orleans Saints, and they have partnered with the Brees Dream Foundation to send Saints fans on Carnival Cruises.

Every time the Saints pass for more than 300 yards in a game, Carnival will send one lucky fan on a Carnival Cruise.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Princess Selects Chefs for Culinary Cruise

The chefs have been chosen, and the pieces are falling into place for Princess' third annual Culinary Cruise. This year it will be aboard Regal Princess as it sails from Port Everglades on February 11 (2018) to the western Caribbean.

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

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  • Carnival raises its quarterly dividend
  • Fincantieri begins construction on the sixth of eight ships for Viking Ocean Cruises. 
Details appeared in the October 19 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Fincantieri began work on the sixth ship for Viking Ocean Cruises
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can You Catch an Early Symphony?

Royal Caribbean had some surprising news about Symphony of the Seas today. The fourth Oasis-class ship was to have been delivered next spring and started her service in the Mediterranean in April. Royal Caribbean now says they will put the ship into service three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

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

As you can see from the photos below, which were taken last Friday, the ship is nearing completion and looks like will easily be ready in five months.





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

Port Canaveral Plans to Keep on Growing

Port Canaveral made their 30-year master plan public this week. While it showed a lot of transformation for the port overall, at a time when most ports are concerned about keeping the cruise ships they have or planning for modest growth, possibly through accommodating larger ships, Port Canaveral is seeing a need for three new cruise terminals by 2030.

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

Update to Carnival Glory Incident

There is a small update to the incident aboard Carnival Glory in which an 8-year-old girl fell to her death in the atrium last Saturday.

A witness has come forward and spoken to the Miami Herald saying that just before the girl fell, she saw her at the railing on Deck 5 standing on her “tippy toes” to see over the railing which was estimated to be more than 40 inches high. The witness, who didn't see what actually caused the girl to fall, said she was looking over the railing at the people disembarking on Deck 3. The witness said she assumes someone going by accidentally bumped into her and knocked her over.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Europe on Edge

Celebrity made an announcement today about Europe in the summer of 2019. No, that's not next summer. It's the summer after that. You may not have been thinking about two years from now, but cruise lines have - and well beyond.

Oh, yes. Celebrity's news. After Celebrity Edge debuts in the Caribbean during the winter 2018/2019 season, it will reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer 2019 season.

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

Taking Casual Friday One Step Further

Almost all of Costa Cruises' land-based employees are soon going to going to the office a little less. Costa has become Italy's first “smart cruise company” by launching “Sm@rt Working Costa - Moving Forward.”

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Back to the Caribbean

The cruise lines have turned up the volume in their campaign to let everyone know that despite the perception the mainstream media is giving, the Caribbean is still open for business, and the vast majority of it was not damaged by the recent series of hurricanes. But our readers already knew that.

The Florida Caribbean Cruise Assn held a conference call today with Adam Goldstein and Arnold Donald to get the word out that the Caribbean is still open, and to launch their new website CaribbeanIsOpen.com that is aimed at getting that message out there.

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

Gloria Estefan Would Be Proud

What's long and floats and moves to a beat, goes on for several days and wraps all around the world?

It's the world's longest conga line at sea on Carnival Cruise Line!

In honor of World Conga Day (who knew?) more than 60,000 Carnival passengers took part - across 25 Carnival ships, in 13 countries and across seven time zones - in the longest conga line at sea.

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


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

Passenger Dies in Atrium Fall

A passenger aboard Carnival Glory died Saturday morning as a result of her injuries when she fell over the atrium railing.

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Two New Restaurants Created for Symphony of the Seas

In a ship the size of Symphony of the Seas, it might be tempting to fill it with new dining concepts, but Royal Caribbean says they are populating it with their tried and true signature restaurants. The twenty eateries aboard will include Wonderland, Jamie's Italian, 150 Central Park, the Park Cafe, and Izumi Hibachi and Sushi.

But they did make a point of announcing they would have two new (for RCI) concept restaurants.

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

Costa Gets in the Pink

Breast cancer awareness is worldwide. Just like some American-based cruise lines have programs to support breast cancer research, Costa has a program in the Mediterranean.

Unlike the American programs, the Costa program is an annual event, but it makes contact with everyone aboard the ships. Costa's program partners with the Umberto Veronesi Foundation's "Pink is Good" program. This year the events will culminate with an event in Naples on October 16.

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Symphony Gets Bigger and Boarding Gets Faster

Symphony of the Seas will have the capacity to carry more than 6,800 passengers, and Royal Caribbean has developed a  faster way to get them aboard at embarkation, minimizing the check-in process, and they barely see the terminal.

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

Weddings for Everyone

You wouldn't think what happens in Malta would affect what happens on ships in the Caribbean, but it does. Thanks to a vote in Malta's parliament, where most of Celebrity Cruises' fleet is registered, same-sex couples can now legally wed aboard the Malta-registered ships.

Details appeared in the October 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FEMA Goes Cruising Again

Change of plans: After just announcing that Carnival Fascination will return to San Juan sailings this weekend despite ongoing repairs to the terminal, Carnival announced this afternoon that the ship will instead be chartered to FEMA to house relief workers on St. Croix.

The charter will necessitate canceling the ship's San Juan sailings from October 15 through January 28.

Details appear in the October 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Now You Can Get a Beer with That Barbeque

Passengers love Guy's Burger Joint on many Carnival ships. As a result, Guy Fieri developed the Pig & Anchor barbeque restaurant for Carnival where the meat is smoked right on the ship. It's available on just a couple of ships and only at selected times. Now Carnival has him branching out again.

Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse/Brewhouse is more of an evolution to a third brand than just an expansion of the Pig & Anchor franchise. It will debut aboard Carnival Horizon.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nate Takes His Turn

Hurricane Nate turned out to be the least disruptive to turnarounds of the recent hurricanes. Still, it is relatively unusual for hurricanes to keep ships at sea for extra days, but 2017 seems to be the year for it.

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

MSC Deploys First Man Overboard Detection System

MSC Cruises has become the first cruise line to implement a man overboard detection system in regular operation on one of their ships.

Other lines have tested systems but have found them too unreliable (too many false alarms) to put into regular use.

MSC has developed the system in conjunction with Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise aboard MSC Meraviglia, and they have brought it to the point of 97% accuracy.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Playing Games

When you cruise, do you like to go into the casino? Just to play the slots a couple of times, or bet on roulette two or three times - just enough to win enough for a couple of drinks? And who hasn't played a game or two of bingo on a sea day?

Well, thanks to Carnival (Corp), now you can do that from the comfort of your own home - or anywhere you have your smart phone. And not only that but it may be even better because this app is filled with all kinds of cute and flashy graphics that even make it fun to watch the roulette ball spin around. But here's the best part - it doesn't cost you a-n-y-thing.

Ah, but there's an insidious part to it too.

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

Recovery Continues

Carnival Cruise Line released more revised itineraries today for their eastern Caribbean sailings that were to call on ports heavily damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Just as Carnival has been broadcasting, there are plenty of alternatives available. These sailing dates run into late December.

CND subscribers also read about Carnival's San Juan sailings, as well as other line's plans to return to San Juan and the condition of the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The complete story appeared in the October 6 edition of Cruise News Daily


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Viking to Lack Spirit

Viking Ocean Cruises announced that Dr Anna Fisher will be the godmother of Viking's fifth ship, now to be named Viking Orion, which will debut in July.

Dr Fisher is a chemist, emergency room physician and recently retired NASA astronaut, one of the “original six” women accepted into the NASA astronaut program in 1978.

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

Dr Fisher with Viking chairman Torstein Hagen just before Viking Orion is floated out
Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The new FCCA campaign to let consumers the Caribbean is still open for business
  • NCLH is one in 500
  • Mein Schiff 1 just floated out last Friday, and today Meyer laid the keel for Mein Schiff 2.
  • Here comes Nate
Details appeared in the October 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Meyer Turku lays the first steel block of Mein Schiff 2
Photo courtesy of TUI Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elation Gets Bigger

Carnival Elation will return to service from its home port at Jacksonville on Friday after an extensive dry dock that was interrupted (and lengthened) by Hurricane Irma. (Carnival Fantasy has been operating Carnival Elation's cruises since the end of last month, while Elation returned to dry dock to have the work completed.)

Unlike on many of the Fantasy-class ships, the work on Carnival Elation was more than just cosmetic. Carnival added 38 new staterooms and added balconies to 98 existing staterooms.

The complete story appeared in the October 4 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

US Ports Set Records

The CLIA lines have set several new records in the US as the cruise industry continues to grow.

In the US the cruise lines, passengers and crew spent a record $21.69 billion in US ports in 2016 in direct and indirect spending. This represents a 15% increase in just five years.

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Just Wait until Next Year

Since fans of the Chicago Cubs aren't using that phrase anymore, Norwegian Cruise Line thought they'd use it in New Orleans.

Next winter Norwegian will be replacing Norwegian Pearl with the 145,655-ton Norwegian Breakaway at New Orleans, the largest ship ever to be based at the Crescent City. The 4,000-passenger ship will nearly double Norwegian's capacity at New Orleans.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

Open for Business

If the average person in America has been watching the news he or she knows there were hurricanes in the Caribbean, and they have seen the evening news anchor standing in the midst of what used to be someone's home saying there is complete devastation. So where should they go on vacation? There's no point in even thinking about the Caribbean, they reason. Who would want to cruise to a port like that?

Well, Carnival is on a mission, according to their earnings call last week. They want to let everyone know that “the Caribbean is open for business and is going strong,” according to Carnival President and CEO Arnold Donald.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Disney Dream allides with the pier while docking in Nassau opening a hole in the stern
  • Carnival Corp agrees to more responsible sourcing of chickens
Details appeared in the October 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Carnival Brands Ready New, Faster, Better Internet Connection

Carnival Corp this week unveiled a new internet service they are calling MedallionNet, which will soon be available aboard all their brands, and they say it “will deliver the best Wi-Fi experience in the cruise industry.”

Carnival says it will offer “exceptional speeds and bandwidth, pervasive stateroom signal strength and unprecedented service consistency.”

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

The STX Deal Is On Again

After getting cold feet, and backing out, France has again struck a deal to share ownership of STX France with Fincantieri and let the Italian shipbuilding giant run the company.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 29, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • US State Department warns US citizens against travel to Cuba. 
  • Cruise lines are continuing to change itineraries in the eastern Caribbean
  • Meyer floats Mein Schiff 1
Details appeared in the September 29 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Mein Schiff 1 at Meyer Turku
Photo courtesy of TUI Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A New Perspective on Denali

Look! Up in the trees! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a treehouse! And it's even swanky enough to be on Animal Planet's “Treehouse Masters.”

The “treehouse” (and don't think some little crate a kid hammered together up in a tree - think “house” up in a tree) was built by “Treehouse Masters” host Pete Nelson at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge as the ultimate viewing platform to see the south face of Denali from the trees.

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

The new treehouse at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

You Probably Already Have an OceanView Right in Your Home

An ongoing theme on Carnival's earnings calls is how the company keeps doing nontraditional things to expose people to cruising. One of those which we've told you about several times is producing television shows about cruising or what you can do in cruise ports.

Taking that one step further, Carnival has now created OceanView, a streaming service where you can watch these plus two new direct to digital series, as well as other videos about cruising.

Details appear in the September 28 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Few Words about Australia

During yesterday's earnings call to discuss Carnival's third quarter results, after mentioning the sale of three less-efficient ships during the year, CEO Arnold Donald said, “For that end, we have taken a write-off on assets currently deployed in Australia, which are less efficient with the intention of replacing those assets with more efficient vessels over time. ... P&O Australia generates revenue yields, both ticket and onboard, in line with our other brands in Australia, however, they have a higher operating cost in Australia and a disproportionate number of less-efficient assets."

Later during the call he said, "The write-down was strictly related to less-efficient vessels in the plan to put more efficient vessels there all the time. Australia is a strong market, has been for us and will continue to be and we are looking forward over time, you know the ships will come out over time and we will replace them all the time with more efficient capacity."

That was all that was said. It wasn't a major topic of discussion during the hour-and-fifteen-minute call, but later in the day, Carnival Australia released details of a series of ships that would either transfer brands or be reassigned to Australia by brands that sail there. The changes clearly demonstrate that Carnival sees the Australian market has become a major player in producing for the company.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 27, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Fincantieri delivering Viking Ocean's fourth ship
  • Eurodam hits #12 in their cleanliness streak
Details appeared in the September 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This Pursuit Isn't Trivial

Next fall, Azamara will expand their capacity by 50% through the acquisition of a third vessel of the same series (originally built for Renaissance) that has been operating as P&O's Adonia.

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

Longer Is Better

Fincantieri said today they will lengthen Silversea's Silver Spirit early next year, the first time Silversea has lengthened one of their vessels.

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

Maria Still Changing Cruise Plans

Royal Caribbean and MSC both made changes today based on Hurricane Maria's effect on the eastern Caribbean.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

And We Only Have to Wait Five Years

Carnival Corp signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri to build a new ship for the Cunard brand that is expected to be delivered in 2022.

No name has yet been chosen for the new ship, but at 113,000 tons, it will be sized between Queen Mary 2 (still their largest at 149,215 tons) and Queen Elizabeth (90,901 tons).

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


Rendering courtesy of Cunard Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 24, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival delivering relief supplies for Barbuda
  • Royal Caribbean Reviving "Hairspray" for Symphony of the Seas
  • Port Everglades waives tariff charges for relief supplies to the Caribbean
  • Crystal will be drastically downsizing capacity for Northwest Passage cruises. 
Details appeared in the September 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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.