Friday, May 26, 2017

AIDA Ready to Promote the Next Ship

AIDA's newest member of the fleet, AIDAperla, is still on its way from the shipyard in Japan to its homeport in Spain, but AIDA is already looking forward to their next (thirteenth) ship which will enter service in December 2018 and be based in the Canary Islands initially. It's so far out, AIDA hasn't even named it yet, but they will open it for sale next week on June 1.

The keel isn't even scheduled to be laid at Meyer Werft until September, but AIDA is beginning to reveal some of the design details.

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Every Day Is Burger Day on Holland America

Holland America is known for their elevated and varied dining experiences. So you wouldn't necessarily think of them as the burger capital of the cruise industry. But their chefs know that burgers themselves - even meatless ones - can be elevated and varied and come in many different varieties.

They've been quietly developing different burgers and adding them to the menus in just about every restaurant aboard every ship in the fleet. Around just about any corner, you can get a good burger on Holland America ships.

With Sunday (May 28) being National Burger Day, other lines are doing publicity stunts in connection with it, but Holland America is more or less passing, because they feel every day is Burger Day on their fleet.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Princess going Around the Horn in 2019
  • A matter of trust - part 2
Details appeared in the May 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It Was a Bliss-ful Day in Papenburg

Meyer Werft began the block assembly of project S.707 today at their Papenburg yard, or to the rest of us we'd say they laid the keel for Norwegian Bliss when the first 350-ton block was lowered into the dry dock today.

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

The first block o Norwegian Bliss was lowered into the dry dock at Meyer Werft in Papenburg today.
Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Holland America Line is adding Cuban ports of call to eleven Caribbean itineraries this winter from Ft. Lauderdale. 
  • Majestic Princess has begun its 37-day positioning voyage from Rome to China. 
Details appeared in the May 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And You Could Even Be Eaten by a Polar Bear

When Crystal Serenity makes its second crossing of the Northwest Passage through the Arctic this summer, passengers are going to have a wider, more varied selection of experiences available off the ship.

Crystal has spent the winter creating and curating new types of shore excursions. As a result, more than 100 new shore excursions await Crystal Serenity passengers, most of which are not offered with any other cruise line.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • 34 people being prosecuted for carrying drugs aboard Costa ships between Europe and South America in both directions over a two-year period
  • NCLH opened a new terminal at the Port of Seattle
Details appeared in the May 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Princess Ups Their Game on the Mexican Riviera

The Mexican Riviera is coming back. Cruise lines are beefing up their offerings both in terms of hardware used and in terms of number of sailings. The number of sailings is being boosted, but the real growth seems to be in the hardware.

Princess today announced that during the winter 2018-2019 season, they will have 35 sailings from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Mexico.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 22, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival celebrated American Craft Beer Week by creating a new beer, created on, brewed on and served on Carnival Vista only. 
  • Former Celebrity chief Dan Hanrahan returned to the cruise industry last week. 
  • The case of those drugs aboard Island Princess took another unusual twist late last week.
  • And you can see how Legend of the Seas became TUI Discovery 2 in the video below.
Details appeared in the May 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

Fincantieri Takes Majority Stake in STX France

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri (one of the world's largest builders of cruise ships) signed the paperwork today to acquire another large builder of ships, STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire, France, formerly Chantiers D'Alantique.

The company agreed to purchase 66.66% of the STX Europe stock for 79.5 million euros, which will be paid in cash.

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

Holland America Adds Second Vista-Class to Mexican Riviera

Apparently the Mexican Riviera is coming back for cruisers on the West Coast. Holland America's Oosterdam will be joining Westerdam on the popular itinerary, with both Vista-class ships based at San Diego for the 2017-2018 season.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cirque Goes to Sea

One of the main features of MSC's Meraviglia-class is the ultra high-tech $22 million Carousel Lounge, which is designed specifically for its starring entertainers, Cirque du Soleil. The famous acrobatic troupe is designing eight entirely new shows for the four Meraviglia ships in the series.

With the first ship in the series, MSC Meraviglia, set to enter service on June 4, MSC has release details of the first two Cirque du Soleil shows.

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

A Scenic Place for a Fire

Earlier this week (Monday morning), Island Princess experienced a small engine room fire while the ship was doing scenic cruising in Glacier Bay.

Princess said the cause of the fire was a lubrication leak that allowed lubrication oil to drip onto a hot exhaust pipe.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Open voor Zaken

How many people know exactly what they will be doing on a given day in the first quarter of 2019? Or even in December 2018? If you were one of the first to book Holland America's Nieuw Statendam today, you know what you'll be doing.

The line opened the books today for the inaugural season for their second Pinnacle-class ship, and announced that the ship will be homeported at Port Everglades for the 2018-2019 winter season, so its inaugural voyage will be a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.

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

Carnival Adds Cruise to Bermuda from Jacksonville

Carnival Cruise Line has scheduled Carnival Elation to sail a special eight-night cruise next spring from Jacksonville to Bermuda and the Bahamas.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coming Together

A couple months ago we told you about all the additional features being added to Cunard's Queen Victoria during its month-long dry dock. The ship is now about half way through it, and Cunard has provided us with some cool video of the extra space being created on the ship.

Queen Victoria arrived at Fincantieri in Palermo on May 5, and work began immediately. Last week the new aft sun deck and three decks below it (creating three new decks of interior space) were lifted onto the ship. A short video of the operation is below.

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



Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 16, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Port Everglades taking a page from Tom Sawyer's book
  • A matter of trust
Details appeared in the May 16 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

It May Not Look Like Much Now, But ....

Carnival Horizon is set to enter service less than a year from now (April 2). The line released some current yard photos, and it looks like there is a massive amount of work yet to do (there is), but it will go quickly.

Details appeared in the May 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.





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

Why the Ships Keep Going Down Under

The 2016 figures are in, and the demand in Australia for cruises is officially exploding. Last year, passengers increased by 21%.

That means an additional 222,378 Australians cruised last year for a total of 1,281,158 cruised in 2016.

Details appeared in the May 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Commitment: The Winner

Carnival is having a big sales rally for agents in New Orleans (Agent Palooza). The company has even adopted the motto “Travel Agents Rock.” They are committed to travel agents.

Leading that commitment is Carnival's VP of Trade Sales & Marketing, Adolfo Perez. So much so that over the weekend at the Agent Palooza had “Travel Agents Rock” tattooed to his arm. Yes, it's real. It's not a temporary tattoo. If you want proof, you can see him get it in front a group of cheering agents, in a video that was originally broadcast live.

We can't imagine what other lines' VP's will to show they are more committed than Carnival.

This story appeared in the May 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.


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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Go to Jail - Go Directly to Jail

The Italian Supreme Court this afternoon upheld the conviction and sentence of Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino. He was convicted in 2015, but has been on home confinement pending his appeals. He reported to prison this afternoon to begin serving his 16-year sentence.

Schettino was in command of Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012, when it struck rocks while sailing on an unauthorized course off the coast of Tuscany and partially sank off the coast of Giglio Island. More than 4,229 people were aboard at the time. Thirty-two people died during the confused evacuation of the ship.

The complete story appeared in the May 12 edition of Cruise New Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 12, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Three crew members arrested on Island Princess.
  • Cunard's Queen Victoria arrived at Fincantieri's Palermo yard for her monthlong dry dock.
Details appeared in the May 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fall 2018 Takes Disney to New Ports

Disney Cruise Line released their fall 2018 programs today, and the itineraries will take Disney to Bermuda for the first time as well as Quebec City.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Meyer Turku delivering Mein Schiff 6
  • Micky Arison talking about transatlantic crossings and building Queen Mary 2
Details appeared in the May 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Everybody Loves a Good Burger - and Pizza

P&O Australia will soon debut two new casual dining experiences aboard Pacific Explorer, which will enter service in June.

The first will be a poolside grill called Luke's, and it will be serving up gourmet burgers and is the creation of Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan.

The other is the result of a new partnership with popular Melbourne-based pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco. It will be called 400 Gradi, serving traditional Italian Neapolitan pizza.

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

400 Gradi aboard Pacific Explorer
Rendering courtesy of P&O Cruises Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Royal Caribbean Adds More Sailings to Havana

Royal Caribbean released the Empress of the Seas schedule through the first quarter of 2019 and opened them for sale today. Why is that important? Because Empress of the Seas is operating the company's programs to Cuba and it contains 28 cruises that include overnight stays at Havana among its 58 sailings.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yet another Majestic Opportunity

Majestic Princess was supposed to be dedicated to the Chinese source market year round, but it hasn't even departed Europe yet for its home port in China (Shanghai) and Princess has scheduled two more sailings this coming winter for international passengers.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

“Like You've Never Seen Her Before”

Celebrity Constellation will be going into a two-week dry dock this Friday for routine maintenance below decks, but above decks, she's going to get some new restaurants and some wonderful new features.

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

Meet Stanley

When Princess' Alaska season opens next Monday, passengers sailing to the 49th state will meet someone new aboard the Princess fleet: Stanley.

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

Stanley


Friday, May 5, 2017

Passenger Apparently Overboard from Golden Princess

Princess Cruises believes a 61-year-old man, a US citizen traveling alone, went overboard from Golden Princess somewhere between Fiji and Sydney.

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

And Aren't There Supposed to Be 40 Thieves in the Deal?

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with China's Alibaba Group to market Norwegian Cruises in the Chinese market.

Alibaba is the world's largest online and mobile commerce company.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The Love Boat's 40th anniversary today
  • Ten years in China with Royal Caribbean
Details appeared in the May 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Exploring Cuba

Azamara Club Cruises has been approved to operate four new 2018 cruises to Cuba, each with a different itinerary. These are in addition to the two they have approved for late 2017.

These itineraries are a bit longer and, for the most part (except for one Panama Canal cruise), concentrate on Cuba with another port or two added for variety.

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

Pay Now, Connect Later

Carnival is now offering passengers the opportunity to pre-purchase their wi-fi package on two ships (Carnival Vista and Carnival Fascination), but it will be offered on all ships by mid-summer.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 4, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:

  • Royal Caribbean declaring a quarterly dividend.
  • Holland America executives going aboard Oosterdam last week to celebrate Koningsdag. Shown below are Oosterdam's Hotel Director Prem Kainikkara; Senior Director of Trade Communication and Engagement Denella Ri’chard; HAL President Orlando Ashford; Captain Michiel Willems; and Vice President of Sales Eva Jenner. 
Details appeared in the May 4 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What's That I Smell in the Breeze?

Do I smell smoke? Hickory smoke? Something new in the Breeze?

Yes, Carnival Breeze is back from a two-week dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard and it has a couple of new venues to titillate the taste buds of Galveston cruisers.

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

Race You to the Lifeboat

Most cruise ship passengers give very little thought to the ship's lifeboats. It's actually a major piece of equipment, and it has to meet some very tough standards.

The lifeboats for Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships, are very special because of the ship's size, since it's the largest cruise ship in the world. Austria's Palfinger Marine won the contract to supply the lifeboats for Symphony of the Seas, now under construction for delivery next year.

The contract was actually awarded two years ago in 2015 for 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats (larger than the tenders, which are also used as lifeboats), 36 davits (the cranes used to hoist the lifesaving boats) and six rescue boats for the series of ships being built at STX France. These “boats” have to be delivered well in advance of the ships since they have to be put aboard for sea trials and testing, so the ones for Symphony are now being completed and need to pass tests before delivery, including one rather unusual one because they are a completely new design. 

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Confirmation - Carnival Cruise Line Will Finally Have Their Own Private “Island”

About six weeks ago the Prime Minister of the Bahamas let the cat out of the bag that Carnival was very close to signing the paperwork to build a port and private resort on Grand Bahama Island. Today, Carnival made it official and signed an agreement with the Bahamas. And they started talking details.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC Meraviglia completing the second set of sea trials
  • RCI returning to New Orleans
  • The US State Department issuing an advisory about terrorism in Europe
Details appeared in the May 2 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Going Once, Going Twice

For those who collect things, there's always the problem of what to do with it when we collect too much, especially when we move. For most of us, it probably means a garage sale. For those who collect on a bit higher level, such as Holland America Line, it means an auction at Sotheby's.

When Holland America transferred Statendam and Ryndam to P&O Australia, there were some exquisite pieces of Holland America decor that just wouldn't fit into P&O's sleek modern plans, so they are being auctioned by Sotheby's in London on May 2.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 1, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Disney Wonder becoming the first passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal's new locks
  • MSC opening MSC Bellissima for sale almost two years before the ship enters service. 
Details appeared in the May 1 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Carnival Unveils Sleek Design for New Barcelona Terminal

In the planning since 2015, Carnival Corp unveiled the designs for their newest cruise terminal at Barcelona yesterday. It will be the second terminal the company has built and operated at Barcelona.

The terminal, which is scheduled to open next year, is designed specifically to service Carnival's next generation of ships which will be fully powered by liquified natural gas (LNG).

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



Renderings courtesy of Carnival Corp. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Holland America Begins Seattle's Alaska Cruise Season

This weekend will open the Alaska cruise season at the Port of Seattle when Holland America ships begin arriving for their summer duties.

It kicks off on Saturday (April 29) when Eurodam arrives for the first of 22 round trip seven-night cruises to Alaska.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Princess Has Lots for non-Australians Down Under

Princess Cruises has opened their 2018-2019 Australian programs for sale worldwide. The programs are created for the locally-sourced market, but for non-Australians they offer some more unusual itinerary options than programs by other lines that were created for Americans.

Princess already announced that Majestic Princess would come south for the northern winter (Austral summer), and now Princess has detailed the rest of the four-ship program.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Meyer Werft delivering Norwegian Joy
  • Holland America Line's new Navigator app
  • AIDA taking delivery of AIDAperla from Mitsubishi
  • Carnival Fantasy finding a man floating in the ocean and then losing him again
Details appeared in the April 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Royal Caribbean Sets 2018-2019 Asian Programs & Quantum Ultra Deployment

On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean announced their 2018-2019 program for Asia and the Pacific, meaning primarily China, Singapore and Australia.

At the same time they announced that their first next-generation Quantum-class ship, called the Quantum Ultra-class, will join her two sister Quantum-class ships in China in early 2019.

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

Ships of Orange

Do you know what Thursday is? If you're Dutch or aboard a Holland America ship you knew immediately that it's Koningsdag! King's Day - the celebration of King Willem-Alexander's birthday - a national holiday when everybody goes a little crazy celebrating their national heritage.

Of course Holland America, which started out as a Dutch company in 1873, celebrates decorating the ships in orange (the national color) and invites passengers to join in the celebration and sample some Dutch treats.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An Experience You Won't Forget

Holland America has a new perk for suite passengers on selected itineraries that sail from five European cities or Montreal. The line is offering them a complementary two-night stay in their port of embarkation along with a special Signature Experience created for exclusively for Holland America.

The offer applies for passengers embarking on 2018 sailings from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome, Venice and Montreal. It will soon be extended to select cities in South America and Asia.

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

Coast Guard Suspends Search

The US Coast Guard suspended their search for the missing crew member from Liberty of the Seas at 12:42pm Tuesday afternoon.

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

A First for Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean made their first visit to Cuba Sunday morning when Empress of the Seas arrived at Havana Sunday.

The one-day call came as part of a five-night cruise from Miami.

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


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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Overboard from Liberty of the Seas?

The US Coast Guard is searching for a 39-year-old Filipino crew member who disappeared from Liberty of the Seas sometime before 4:30am this morning.

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

Holland America Adds Beverage Package

Holland America Line has a new Elite Beverage Package for their customers with premium tastes. At the same time, the line also added a new lower advance purchase rate for one of their other popular packages.

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

An Old Friend to the Rescue

The US Coast Guard, a good Samaritan and our old friend, the cruise ship Zenith (one of Celebrity's first ships and currently operated by Royal Caribbean's Pullmantur brand) combined forces to rescue six people on three small boats sailing between St. Thomas and St. Croix early today.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Crystal Reveals Plans for Symphony & Serenity Redesigns

While Crystal has been planning for expansion in the air, on the rivers and on the oceans, their two classic ships remain as popular as ever. In the next two years the line will update them to please their legions of fans.

Crystal is calling the redesigns “Evolution of Crystal Luxury.” The dry docks for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will take place in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

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

Another Murder Right Where You'd Be in Nassau

Nassau continues to be a dangerous port for passengers.

A minibus driver was shot and killed Thursday morning about 7am at East Street North near Prince George Wharf, an area usually busy with tourists and cruise ship passengers. The minibus was from Stuart Cove's so the driver was presumably going to pick up passengers from the arriving cruise ships.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Carnival Expands Partnership with Dr Seuss to Top Deck

A favorite feature of many kids on Carnival ships is the top deck water park, Carnival Waterworks. When Carnival Horizon debuts next spring, it will have a Waterworks like no other, unless you happen to know of another one inspired by the writings of a doctor who hangs with a cat in an extra tall striped stovepipe hat.

Carnival announced today that Carnival Horizon will be the first ship with a Dr. Seuss Waterworks.

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


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

Silver Muse Christened in Monaco

Silversea's ninth ship, Silver Muse, was christened yesterday at Monaco in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, by Costanza Lefebvre, the daughter of Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio.

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


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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Someone to Watch over You

Norwegian Cruise Line is joining the movement to add certified lifeguards to their ships, following Disney and Royal Caribbean International. They will start appearing on the line's four largest ships (Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic) “this summer” (no specific dates given), and they will be fleetwide by early next year.

The lifeguards will be trained and certified by the American Red Cross and staff the family pools during scheduled pool hours.

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

Overboard from Norwegian Escape

During the early morning hours today a male passenger went overboard from Norwegian Escape as it sailed between St. Thomas and Tortola.

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

Sentencing Day

This was sentencing day in federal court for Princess Cruises in the case of the 2013 incident in which they were found guilty of illegally dumping overboard contaminated waste and falsifying logs to conceal it. They were ordered to pay a $40 million fine, the largest ever for deliberately polluting.

The conviction was only for the one 2013 incident aboard Caribbean Princes but evidence later uncovered the practice had actually been going on since 2005. The investigation also found other illegal polluting practices were ongoing on five ships: Caribbean Princess, Star Princess, Grand Princess, Coral Princess and Golden Princess.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Viking Ocean Sets More Growth

Fincantieri said today Viking Ocean Cruises has signed a memorandum of agreement for two more ships with an option for two additional ships.

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

Sushi's Popping Up All Over at Carnival

Sushi is popular with Carnival passengers, as seen with the success of the Bonsai Sushi restaurants on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Vista. Now Carnival is extending the opportunity for sushi to four more ships with limited pop-up sushi restaurants.

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

Ketchikan Considering Upgrade of Docks

Ketchikan had 489 cruise calls during their five-month cruise season last year, and later this week the city council will consider upgrading their docks so that they work better with the newer, larger ships which are beginning to appear in Alaska.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Does This Mean the Watches Run Really Fast?

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that one of the unique features of Norwegian Joy, the go-cart race track, will be branded with Scuderia Ferrari Watches.

If you read between the lines in the announcement, they also told us a couple more things without really telling us.

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


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

Friday, April 14, 2017

When “Nowhere” Might Mean Somewhere

When Carnival Fantasy left Mobile yesterday, it had a propulsion issue and passengers were advised they weren't going to be able to call at Cozumel as scheduled. The cruise was becoming a cruise to nowhere and would remain at sea the entire time.

Passengers were offered some generous compensation (50% refund and 50% future cruise credit), but quite a few decided to disembark and receive a full refund. It turns out they may have made the wrong decision.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • New cruise operation in Iran
  • The US Navy bans e-cigarettes on their vessels
  • Medevac from Carnival Ecstasy
Details appeared in the April 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fincantieri/STX Deal Moves Forward

Fincantieri moved another step closer to being the largest shareholder in STX France yesterday when they signed the “Head of Terms” agreement with the French government.

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

Carnival Fantasy Not Sailing in the Fast Lane

Another Carnival ship is experiencing propulsion problems, but the folks aboard are on one of those cruises for people who love sea days.

Carnival Fantasy was scheduled to leave Mobile at 4pm this afternoon for an Easter cruise to Cozumel, but it remained in port through the early evening as technicians worked on the ship's propulsion system.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 13, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Lena Gercke serving as godmother for AIDAperla
  • P&O's Pacific Dawn became the first ship to return to Airlie Beach after Cyclone Debbie
  • Vancouver's cruise season opening
  • Trouble on the poop deck
Details appeared in the April 13 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When “Year Round” Doesn't Necessarily Mean All Year

Majestic Princess was just delivered, and hasn't even yet arrived at its year round home port in China. It was purpose-built for the Chinese market with features aboard that will specifically appeal to the market and lots of other customization they will love.

Breaking with previously-announced plans, Princess has just decided, Australians will love them too, and the line announced today that the ship will be based in Sydney for the 2018-2019 Austral summer season (peak there, off-peak in winter China).

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

Spreading out in Long Beach

Carnival broke ground today on their terminal expansion at Long Beach to better accommodate the larger number of passengers that come with the larger ships they will be operating from there.

The new addition will more than double Carnival's space taking it from about 66,000 square feet to 142,000 square feet. Of course the existing part of the terminal is part of the iconic geodesic dome that used to house Howard Hughes' “Spruce Goose.”

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Royal Caribbean Upgrading Puerto Rico

Royal Caribbean confirmed last week they will be investing in the expansion of San Juan's Pan American Pier II to upgrade the facilities in order to homeport Freedom of the Seas there beginning May 12, 2018.

The ship is the largest ever to be based in Puerto Rico, although the larger Oasis-class does call there. Freedom will be operating a seven-night eastern Caribbean itinerary from San Juan.

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

Opening Early - First Ship Already In

Even though your US taxes aren't even due until next week, the Alaskan cruise season opened yesterday with the arrival of Star Princess at Victoria (BC).

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

Star Princess opened the cruise season at Victoria on April 10, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Harbor Authority. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

And Now for Something Completely Different

The shows in the AquaTheater aboard Harmony of the Seas aren't just high-diving and swimming demonstrations. They're, well, fun. Yes, if you look beyond the story, you see incredible feats of high-diving and synchronized swimming, but you also see some cops and robbers in “Hideaway Heist,” which is currently running in the AquaTheater aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.

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


Monday, April 10, 2017

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today ...

What were you doing twenty years ago in the late '90's? (Yes, if you were in Sgt Pepper's band he was teaching you to play, but besides that?) If you were Cunard Line, it was the last time you were sailing in Alaska. It's been so  long since Cunard sailed in the 49th state that none of their current fleet has ever been there.

That's going to change in a couple of years, because in 2019, Cunard is going to return, if only briefly. Queen Elizabeth will be sailing in Alaska as she repositions from Japan to North America.

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


Only in Australia and Only on Carnival

In case it slipped by and you missed it, National Beer Day was last Friday (April 7) in the United States. But that didn't deter the folks at Carnival Australia from celebrating it with an icy glass of Thirsty Frog Summer Ale. The beer is a take off of Carnival's Thirsty Frog Red served in the US, but it was developed in conjunction with The Lord Nelson Brewery in Australia to suit Australian tastes. It's available only on the two ships the Carnival brand has based in Australia, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Search for Carnival Liberty Passenger Suspended

At 5:57pm Saturday evening, the US Coast Guard suspended their search for the 32-year-old man overboard from Carnival Liberty.

The 29-hour search of the Berry Islands covered 1,064 square miles.  The Coast Guard was assisted by Carnival Liberty and Norwegian Jade.

Crew members aboard USCG Cutter Charles David Jr continued the search through the night for Carnival passenger
Photo courtesy of US Coast Guard. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Time for another Sabatini Upgrade

Can you believe it? It's been almost 20 years since Sabatini's Trattoria debuted aboard Grand Princess (1998). Every four or five years, it seems like Princess reworks the restaurant - the menu style and the decor - and each time it comes out better than the last.

This time they are elevating the menu through a partnership with acclaimed Italian Chef Angelo Auriana, proprietor of The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA, in Los Angeles.

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

Overboard from Carnival Liberty

A 32-year-old man from Decatur, Georgia went overboard from Carnival Liberty early this morning as the ship was sailing off the Berry Island chain in the Bahamas.

Carnival said the man was observed jumping overboard from a stateroom balcony on Deck 9 just before 4:53am. The ship's command immediately turned the ship around and initiated search procedures.

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

Crew members aboard USCG Cutter Charles David Jr searching for missing Carnival passenger
Photo courtesy of US Coast Guard. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Sharing More of the Wealth

Carnival Corp declared a dividend today of 40 cents per share, representing a 14% increase over their previous dividend of 35 cents.

The quarterly dividend will be paid on June 16 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 26.

Carnival Fills Corporate Treasurer Post

Carnival Corporation Names Darrell Campbell as Corporate Treasurer

MIAMI, April 7, 2017 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest leisure travel company, announced today that Darrell Campbell joins the company as corporate treasurer, effective April 10, 2017. His responsibilities will include overseeing global treasury operations, risk management, tax compliance and tax strategy. Campbell fills the role currently held by Josh Weinstein, who is transitioning to a new position as president of Carnival UK.

Campbell brings to Carnival Corporation extensive accounting, audit and financial experience. He most recently served as an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he led financial statement and internal control audits of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies with revenues over $10 billion and market capitalization up to $40 billion. During his career he has supervised multinational teams, provided regulatory reporting advice for capital market transactions and periodic filings, and co-authored guidance on industry topics including compliance, accounting and financial reporting.

"Darrell brings us nearly two decades of extensive financial experience, and has the depth of expertise and insights to provide critical leadership for this key global role," said David Bernstein, chief financial officer for Carnival Corporation. Campbell will report to Bernstein and will be based at Carnival Corporation's headquarters in Miami.

Campbell is a licensed CPA in Florida and New Hampshire. He has master's degrees in accounting from Florida International University and in international business from the University of Florida. He also holds a bachelor's degree from University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Source: Carnival Corp

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fincantieri Closer to Acquiring STX France

After a series of negotiations, the French government said today they will approve Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri buying up to a 48% stake in STX France which has been for sale (subject to French approval) since the Korean-based STX entered bankruptcy.

After early interest from a number of potential buyers, Fincantieri was the only actual bidder.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 6, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • European river cruise operator Uniworld launching a new brand
  • Juneau adding to their defense fund
  • After a call at St. Vincent, suddenly Seaworld doesn't look so bad
Details can be found in the April 6 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Costa Goes Bollywood

For years cruise lines have been appealing to brides to have their wedding on a cruise ship because the staff can take care of everything and make it a hassle-free way to get married. Sometimes the happy couple does it for a romantic wedding with just the two of them, and other times a whole wedding party sails, but Costa seems to have snagged the ultimate cruise ship wedding.

Indian industrialist Rizwan Sajan, the founder and of the Danube Group, a leading building materials supplier headquartered in Dubai, has chartered the 114,500-ton Costa Fascinosa for the wedding of his son, Adel, who is a director or the company. He is marrying the charming Sana Khan who is a dentist, beauty queen, artist and writer. They will be accompanied by one thousand guests.

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Norwegian Sets Cuba Program through 2018

The Cuban market may be becoming much like every other Caribbean itinerary faster than anyone imagined it would. Yes, everyone still has to meet government requirements, and cruise lines still need everything approved, but consider Norwegian Cruise Line's announcement today.

On April 20, they will open their 2018 Cuban program for sale. It will consist of a weekly sailing, with the same itinerary for 33 weeks (except for one sailing) that will run consecutively from March 26, 2018.

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

For Those Who Love Food

Sometimes a couple marks a special occasion with a new piece of jewelry. Michelin-starred chef Bruno Barbieri marked his continued collaboration with Costa Cruises by creating a new menu for the line's passengers.

Barbieri has more Michelin stars (seven) than any other Italian chef, and the collaboration with Costa demonstrates the importance the line put on having Italy's finest aboard their ships.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Silver Muse Delivered

Fincantieri delivered Silver Muse today at its Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa. The ship was formally presented in a ceremony yesterday, and the completion of the transfer of ownership took place today.

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

Overboard from Costa Deliziosa

A crew member apparently went overboard from Costa Deliziosa last week during its repositioning cruise from Florida to Europe.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 3, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival's first customers to sail 200 cruise with the line
  • Jamaica is upgrading their Dunn's River Falls attraction as part of an effort to improve cruise passengers' satisfaction with the country.
  • AIDAbella has made the brand's first call in China. 
Details appeared in the April 3 edition of Cruise News Daily.

AIDAbella's maiden call at Shanghai April 2-4
Photo courtesy of AIDA. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Van der Werff Joins HAL as F&B VP

Holland America Line Names Frits van der Werff Vice President, Food and Beverage

Fruts van Der Werf
Seattle, Wash., April 3, 2017 — Holland America Line has named Frits van der Werff to the position of vice president, food and beverage within the Guest Experience and Product Development Department. In this role, van der Werff will oversee all of the culinary operations as well as manage beverage operations for the Holland America Line fleet, including revenue activities, product innovation and service.

The Netherlands native, who will be based in Seattle at the Holland America Line headquarters, will report to Michael Smith, senior vice president, guest experience and product development, as well as have reporting responsibilities to Paul Goodwin, executive vice president, onboard revenue and port/shore operations, for Holland America Group.

“Holland America Line is highly respected for the culinary and beverage experiences onboard our ships, and we’re thrilled to have someone of Frits’ caliber join our team in this leadership role,” said Smith. “Frits brings a wealth of high-end food and beverage and cruise experience to our company, and we look forward to tapping into his knowledge and expertise as we continue to evolve our brand and our food and beverage offerings.”

Most recently van der Werff was brand performance director at MSC Cruises, where he was the project leader for food and beverage and hotel operations in the North American market. Additional cruise line experience includes director, restaurant operations and development at Norwegian Cruise Line.

Van der Werff has extensive experience outside of the cruise industry, having served as director of operations for Fisher Island Club on Florida’s most exclusive private island; director of food and beverage for both the St. Regis Resort & Spas in Aspen, Colorado, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and director of food and beverage for One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida.

Van der Werff holds a Bachelor of International Hospitality Management degree from Stenden University in the Netherlands.

Source: Holland America Line

Friday, March 31, 2017

AzAlaska!

Azamara has built its reputation on sailing to interesting ports in far off places around the world, but in 2019 they have scheduled a series of cruises in close-to-home Alaska.

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

One Legendary Season after Another

Australia's summer cruise season has wound down and Carnival Legend is leaving Saturday for North America. The ship is sailing an 18-night cruise through the South Pacific to Hawaii and then an 11-night voyage to Vancouver. Carnival Legend will then settle into a summer-long series of seven-night round trip cruises from Seattle to Alaska.

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

Caribbean Princess Is Da Bomb

We told you earlier about all the new features and restaurants that are being installed aboard Caribbean Princess during its 12-day dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport to make it da bomb, but today there were fears there really was a bomb aboard the drydocked ship.

Details appeared in the March 31 edition of Cruise News Daily

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fincantieri Delivers Majestic Princess a/k/a Great Spirit

What's blue and white, is 145,000-gross tons, has two names, plays the Love Boat Theme on request and is going to disappear in a couple of months? Yes! That's right! It's Majestic Princess.

And it was a big deal today for people around the globe when Fincantieri handed it over to Princess Cruises at Monfalcone.

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



A who's who of Carnival Corp were at the handover ceremony today. 

The original crew of Majestic Princess
Photos courtesy of Fincantieri and Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Holland Who?

Despite all the media coverage given to Holland America's decision to cancel their calls at Acapulco for security reasons, Acapulco says they are doing just fine, thank you, with nine other lines calling at the port.

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

Anyone Else Would Order from Amazon

When Silversea's new flagship, Silver Muse, debuts, it will have a library as most ships do. But they won't just be stocking it with a bunch of books. The ultra luxury line has partnered with the noted literary institution Haywood Hills to create the library for them.

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

Broken Ships

Celebrity Summit passengers were disappointed to learn the line will be taking the ship out of service next month for some unscheduled repairs, while Anthem of the Seas' passengers learned yesterday that Royal Caribbean is going to be making some “roadside repairs” on their ship.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Going Upstairs for Dinner Now Means Something Entirely New

When Caribbean Princess returns to service on April 6 following its two-week dry dock, it will come back with a slew of new restaurants and changes to existing ones, all offering new choices and options.

"Fresh, regionally-inspired and family friendly offerings were the inspiration behind our largest food and beverage makeover ever," said Princess president Jan Swartz. "With updated decor and designs that offer a welcoming atmosphere, the seven new dining options aboard Caribbean Princess are sure to please any palate and delight the senses."

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

The World Fresh Marketplace will replace the Horizon Court
Planks BBQ
Steamers Seafood
Coffee & Cones
Renderings courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

A Journey of Ten Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step - and a Backward Cruise

If you logged onto the Meyer website on Sunday afternoon you would have seen Norwegian Joy leaving the Papenburg yard on its way to Eemshaven at the other end of the River Ems, the first leg of its journey to Shanghai.

It moves with the speed of paint drying because the ship is so big (the largest class ever built in Germany at 168,800 gross tons), the river is so shallow, and the passages are so narrow. Not only that, but it sails backwards for better maneuverability.

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


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



Monday, March 27, 2017

How Adventurous Are You?

Do you like to sky dive into active volcanos? Or jump into alligator-infested waters just to see if they'll eat you? Well, Royal Caribbean isn't necessarily looking for anyone quite that adventurous (but if you really happened to do those things, you'd probably win), but they are looking for what would pass for “very adventurous” in the normal world - so adventurous they also have an Instagram account.

What Royal Caribbean is looking for is the “World's Most Adventurous Squad.” When they find them, they are going to give them a trip anywhere in the world Royal Caribbean sails.

To win that trip for you and your squad, all you have to do is prove it.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
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  • When the murder victim in a suitcase turns out not to be the murder victim who is missing from the ship 
  •  It was a threepeat for Carnival Victory
Details appeared in the March 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Josh Weinstein to Head Carnival UK

Leadership change for Carnival UK

Josh Weinstein, corporate treasurer of parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, will become president of Carnival UK following the planned departure of current CEO David Noyes in July after six years in the business.

Weinstein will be responsible for overseeing both P&O Cruises and Cunard.

He will report to Stein Kruse, currently CEO of the Holland America Group, who is promoted to group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.

Noyes will remain in his role until July 18 to ensure a smooth transition. The Southampton-based Carnival UK executive team will then report to Weinstein, following his move to the UK in April. Carnival UK chairman David Dingle will continue in his role.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law, Weinstein, 43, joined Carnival Corporation 15 years ago as an attorney in the corporate legal department before assuming the role of corporate treasurer.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said: "Some time ago, David Noyes advised me that he wished to step down as CEO Carnival UK during 2017 to spend more time with his family.

"David has excelled in his time as CEO of Carnival UK and has planned a smooth and effective transition.

"We greatly appreciate his leadership, his team spirit and the many important contributions he has made to our success."

Donald added: "In his current role, Josh Weinstein has been a strong contributor to the company's successful results.

"I am confident he will do a great job in his new role and continue to build on our strong legacy of success in the UK. "

Donald continued: "Stein Kruse has done an exemplary job in leading the Holland America Group.

"The two groups will continue to be managed separately as they are today but will benefit from more closely aligned collaboration."

Noyes said: "I will be leaving Carnival UK as a thriving, profitable and market leading business. I know that with Josh at the helm, the company will continue to go from strength to strength as the UK cruise sector maintains its exceptional levels of growth."

Source: Carnival Corp

MSC USA Fills SVP Sales Post

Joseph Jiffo named Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises USA

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 27, 2017) – MSC Cruises USA — the North American arm of MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa — announced today that travel industry veteran, Joseph Jiffo, will join the company as senior vice president of sales, effective April 11.

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry – including positions at other cruise lines, a major travel agency consortium and a land-based tour operator – at MSC Cruises’ Jiffo will be responsible for strategically continuing and expanding our valued relationships with trade partners.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Joe as the newest member of our executive team,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. “Joe is well-respected and has a proven track record of exceeding sales goals and increasing market share. His relationships with the travel agent community and broad experience within the travel industry will prove invaluable as MSC Cruises significantly grows its brand in North America.”

Prior to joining MSC Cruises, Jiffo served as vice president of sales for Exclusive Group Travel, a division of Tourism Holdings Inc. Jiffo has also held leadership roles at Ensemble Travel Group as well as multiple cruise lines.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at MSC Cruises,” said Jiffo. “The company is expanding incredibly fast and I am looking forward to continuing the team’s initiatives to grow the brand in North America and ensuring that MSC Cruises is the easiest and most profitable brand to work with.”

Source: MSC Cruises USA

Friday, March 24, 2017

Opening the Royal Caribbean Umbrella

There's a new company under the Royal Caribbean umbrella, but this isn't another cruise line. It's GoBe, a tour booking website.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Norwegian Joy leaving the Meyer yard in Papenburg
  • Carnival Elation receiving another perfect score
  • AIDAvita going to Lloyd Werft for a major refit
Details appeared in the March 24 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MSC Getting Flexible

MSC passengers will finally be able to choose their dining times - to an extent. Beginning with MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside, the line will begin offering customers a choice of Classic dining (so they can have their same table and companions and waiters each evening at either early or late seating) or Flexi Dining.

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

Search Suspended

The US Coast Guard said they suspended their search tonight at 7:31pm for the 23-year-old man who went overboard from Carnival Victory in the early morning hours Wednesday.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Overboard from Carnival Victory

The US and Cuban Coast Guards are tonight searching for a 23-year-old Florida man who fell overboard from Carnival Victory about 3am Wednesday morning when it was off the northern Coast of Cuba.

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

Virgin Takes First Tangible Step toward Reality

Fincantieri cut the first steel this evening for the first of Virgin Voyage's three 110,000-ton ships on order. The ceremony was held at the company's Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa.

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

The first steel is cut for the first of three 110,000-ton vessels odered by Virgin.

This is not your typical corporate event. Virgin president and CEO Tom McAlpin (center) holds the ceremonial first cut.
Photos courtesy of Fincantieri. All rights reserved. May not be copied o used without express permission. 

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to Acapulco

For a time it seemed that cruise lines had all but abandoned the once busy port of Acapulco. At one time Acapulco was popular both as a port of call and also a turnaround port, but cruise lines left as drug gang violence controlled the city.

As authorities have begun to again control the city, cruise lines have begun to return.

But a growing lack of security has caused Holland America to cancel all their calls in the 2017/2018 schedule.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Somebody Is Watching the Ships from Afar

Carnival is expanding, but not in a way the average customer would notice. You have to go behind the scenes - way behind - to see it - in Seattle.

Last week's expansion is actually the middle of the process, having started a couple of years ago when Carnival opened their first Fleet Operation Center in Hamburg to service the AIDA, Costa and Costa Asia fleets. Later this year the third one will open in Miami and the entire 102-ship fleet will be covered by the three centers.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nieuw Statendam about to Take Shape

Dry dock work began today for the sister to Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, at Fincantieri's Marghera yard today, when the keel was laid.

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



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

Gearing up for Speed

Building Hall IV at Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany) is being lengthened by about 100 meters to accommodate a new production method that will have the yard turning out cruise ships faster than ever.

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

Building Hall IV at Meyer Werft

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

Casting Call

Have you ever wondered where they get those families they show in cruise line commercials? In Disney's case, they had a general casting call last weekend, and any family could have come to Orlando and auditioned.

Well, almost. Disney was rather specific about what they were looking for.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cunard Releases Queen Victoria Plans

Cunard has released details of the changes they plan to make to Queen Victoria during its May dry dock, which includes the creation of Britannia Club facilities aboard the ship.

The work will be done during a monthlong dry dock at Fincantieri's Palermo yard beginning May 5. Completion is planned for June 4.

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

The new Chart Room aboard Queen Victoria
Britannia Club stateroom aboard Queen Victoria
The new Britannia Club restaurant aboard Queen Victoria
Renderings courtesy of Cunard Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 17, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Three "do-overs" for horrible honeymoons
  • Good-by to a Legend as the 1995-built Legend of the Seas completes its final voyage for Royal Caribbean International
Details appeared in the March 17 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Princess Details Dry Dock Plans for Caribbean Princess

Where has the winter gone? It's only ten days until Caribbean Princess' big spring dry dock on March 26 when she gets all spiffed up for her summer in Europe (and even bigger summer next year, you know where).

She's going to be spending two weeks in Freeport getting rejuvenated and a bunch of new features.

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

(Almost) Too Many to Count

Quick! Can you remember which Holland America ship just scored a perfect score on its US Public Health inspection? (It was Oosterdam on March 3.) Holland America ships are so clean and the 100's are coming so fast, it's hard to remember which ships have obtained the hard-to-get score.

Here comes another one. The line said today Koningsdam now has also scored 100 on its unannounced inspection on March 12 during a turnaround at Ft. Lauderdale.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Shape of Things to Come

You don't order a ship and have it delivered next week, or next year, for that matter. Then again you don't have to order it ten years in advance either. Yet the world's shipyards have cruise ships on order that far out.

The health of shipyards' order books relates directly to the strength of the demand for cruises, and right now, those order books have never been stronger.

Details appeared in the March 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Queen Has Expensive Tastes - in Maintenance

For the last couple of days, media outlets in Southern California have been reporting on a new study which has been done on Queen Mary, which is permanently moored at Long Beach. The news isn't good. They found the hull corroding in numerous places, and in some places, such as the engine room, so severe that they could be prone to flooding.

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

The Titanic Up Close

A UK tour operator is offering very unique trips to the wreck of the Titanic in May 2018 that will show you the ship in a way few others have seen it.

Details appeared in the March 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Carnival Working Toward New Bahamian Port

It's been talked about for months in the Bahamas, but last Thursday, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie confirmed that Carnival is nearly ready to sign an agreement to build a port on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • RCCL signs to expand at Port Everglades
  • Behind the scenes at the front of the ship

Details appeared in the March 14 edition of Cruise News Daily



Putting on full-scale productions in the middle of the ocean requires seamless choreography between the marine operations and entertainment teams on board Royal Caribbean’s ships. Precision is key, and not just for the performers. Stage managers communicate with navigational officers and engineers who make the call to use the ship’s stabilizers or adjust course into the wind, in order to cancel out even the slightest motion. From backstage to the bridge, the entire team on board works together to ensure every performance is flawless for guests.

Monday, March 13, 2017

On the Edge

I've always thought it would a lot of fun for a cruise line to launch a ship with absolutely no advance publicity at all. The first passengers to board on the first sailing would be the first people to know anything about the clever new designs and features. Although the mystery would probably create an enormous amount of buzz, it would probably never work.

But that's almost what Celebrity would like to do with Celebrity Edge. The ship doesn't sail until December 18, 2018 - a year and nine months away - but they have to open it for sale, so they have to release some of the information.

Today they told the world about some of the concepts, and a few of the major features, but they're holding out and there will still be a lot to reveal over the next 21 months.

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

The Magic Carpet aboard Celebrity Edge
The Infinite Veranda aboard Celebrity Edge
Renderings courtesy of Celebrity Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 13, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Comedian Robbie Prinz was chosen Princess' 2016 Entertainer of the Year
  • Carnival reports that Carnival Splendor has been repairs and has returned to normal operation.
Details appeared in the March 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

For me? You shouldn't have.

MSC Cruises is the latest line to unveil their digital guest service program where an electronic bracelet unlocks a whole new world of recognition and services for passengers. It's called “MSC for Me.”

The reason for revealing it now is that it's going to debut on MSC Meraviglia in less than 90 days. But it's nothing they just threw together. MSC has been developing MSC for Me for three years in conjunction with a list of top names in the tech and behavioral science fields.

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

Carnival Horizon Readied to Leave Dry Dock

Carnival Horizon will debut in Europe in just a little more than a year from now, and today it passed a major construction milestone when water was let into the dry dock at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard.

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

Carnival Horizon in the empty dry dock. Water will flood in after the coin ceremony and christening with a bottle of champagne. 
Photo courtesy of Fincantieri. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Murder Mystery Rides Again

Remember the murder mysteries that were all the rage on cruise ships for a long time? Many lines had them. They went ashore, got reworked, and became “escape rooms.” And now they're coming back aboard.

Four Norwegian ships now have escape rooms from which passengers have to solve the puzzle in order to escape.

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

Cleanliness Runs in the Family

A few days ago we told you about the continuation in 2017 of Eurodam's incredible string of perfect scores on US Public Health inspections (eleven!). Now comes an announcement that another Holland America ship, Oosterdam, has also achieved a perfect score.

Oosterdam's unannounced inspection was held March 3 in Tampa during the ship's turnaround between cruises.

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Royal Caribbean Expands in Miami and the Bahamas

Royal Caribbean had a bevy of announcements today, mostly to do with ports, but there was big ship news included, too. Something for everyone, as long as you were in Miami or the Bahamas.

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

Going Where Other Ships Haven't Gone

Bangladesh is not a destination you normally think of when you think about going on a cruise, but taking travelers to remote and unusual places in luxury is what Silversea is all about. Proving that point, last month, Silversea took passengers there on the country's first-ever call by a cruise ship.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Verdict Is In

Think back, if you will, to the morning of May 8, 2016. Carnival Pride had sailed trouble-free through Chesapeake Bay toward Baltimore, and glided right into the port. As it approached the pier, things began to go wrong, and the ship's bow struck the pier and fendering. It then struck the passenger boarding bridge, destroying it when it fell over, slightly damaging three vehicles parked under it.

After ten months of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board released their findings today.

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

Did Juneau There's No Sales Tax on Cruise Ships While in Town?

After lots of discussion, Juneau's Assembly (city council) has agreed to exempt cruise ships from charging and collecting sales tax while they are in port in Juneau. We earlier reported that for the most part, cruise lines ignored collecting the tax, but the reason the city was considering eliminating it was that no other cities had laws on the books that required the cruise lines to collect sales tax so Juneau didn't ever want the cruise lines to get nervous about it reroute ships to avoid it. During the discussion, it came out that only one (unnamed) cruise line was actually collecting and remitting the tax. There was a faction that wanted to eliminate the tax because it would help the city appear “business-friendly” to the cruise lines.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Carnival Splendor Not Repaired

Last week we told you Carnival Splendor was limping to Miami for repair to its propulsion system after having to miss two of its four ports just to have enough time to get back to Miami for its Sunday turnaround. The plan was to make repairs during the turnaround, but technicians were unable to fix the ship on Sunday. Consequently, it is sailing on a drastically altered itinerary while additional repairs are made this week.

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

It's Colorful

Look quickly, because once it's delivered you won't see Norwegian Joy again in the West for quite awhile.

Meyer Werft floated out the 168,800-ton Breakaway Plus ship at their Papenburg yard on Saturday, and once it's delivered on April 27, it will be sailing right to China for the foreseeable future.

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





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

The Plot Thickens

Last week we told you about a German man who was living in Ireland and went on a Mediterranean cruise with his wife and children aboard MSC Magnifica. But his wife didn't return with him.

He had a plausible story, but now the plot thickens.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Another Carnival Ship Can't Get up to Speed

Just after Carnival Splendor broke down this week, and the line said it was going to have to finish the cruise at reduced speed (canceling two ports to make it home on time), now word comes that Carnival Paradise sailing out of Tampa is also experiencing an ongoing propulsion problem which will be affecting cruises into June.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 3, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • China vs South Korea and cruise lines caught in the middle
  • Princess is inviting UK agents to visit their ships and bring their kids. 
  • Records were broken in Auckland
Details appeared in the March 3 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Carnival Splendor Going S-l-o-o-w-w

If you love sea days, you should be aboard Carnival Splendor. Three days into the cruise, the ship has developed an unspecified “technical problem” that is affecting the propulsion system and is limiting the ship's maximum speed.

The complete story appeared in the March 2 edition of Cuise News Daily. 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • How Carnival celebrates Dr Seuss' birthday with the Cat in the Hat
  • A vote in Juneau to exempt cruise lines from collecting sales tax, not that they ever do
Details appeared in the March 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.