Thursday, July 20, 2017

AIDA Doubling Down on World Cruising

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nickelodeon Finding a New Home

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting to Them Early

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

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

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Disney Increases Order with Meyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Welcome Home

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

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

Let's Go to the Video

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Norwegian Expands Meet the Winemakers

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

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

Some Jazzy Ways to Spend a Couple of Weeks This Fall

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

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

The Unfinished Symphony

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




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Learning to Become a Leader of Expeditions

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An Opportunity to Be Creative

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

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

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

Honeyboomers

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

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

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

More Cuba from Norwegian

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

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

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

The End of the Road

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

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

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


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Carnival Vista 3 Work Underway

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

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

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

The plasma torch in the background cutting the sheet metal is cutting the first steel for Carnival Vista 3.
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Queen Meets Queen

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

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



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

All Ashore ....

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

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

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

Curtain Coming Down after 18 Years

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Silk Road Reaches China

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

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

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

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

Burgers with Pickle, Onion, and a Thank You

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

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

Port Canaveral Moves Forward

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

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Adding a Little Variety to the Christening

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

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

Tweet a Burger

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

There Is Now Fun in Cuba

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

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

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

Colder Than a Reindeer's ....

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Contracts with Yard

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

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

Crystal River Captains Going for a Virtual Voyage

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

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

A Long Way to Go

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



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

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

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

Video courtesy of the US Coast Guard.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

There Was Joy in Shanghai Today

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

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

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

The unusual method of christening Norwegian Joy started here.

But the christening ended up the same way
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Queen Mary 2 and one of the trimarans it is racing to New York
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Port Canaveral Considering New Terminal

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

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


Princess Announces Expansion of Ocean Medallion

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

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oprah Readies the Adventure of Your Life

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

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

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

Work Continues on Symphony of the Seas

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

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


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Goes to Sea

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

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

Rendering of one of three ships for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
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Waiting until the Stars Aligned

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

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Godmother with a Connection

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

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

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

When Godparents Dribble

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Trip for Seabourn's Newest Ship

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

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

Sailing Three Crew Members Short

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

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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

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

Keep It Down

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

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

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

Have You Always Wondered What Mermaids Drink?

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

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Your Experience on the Shore Is Up in the Air

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Keep on Cruising (to Cuba)

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

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

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

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bar Harbor Votes to Stay in the Cruise Business

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

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

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

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

The first block of Celebrity Edge is placed in the dry dock.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ready to Explore

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

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

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

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Cunard Again to the Rescue

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

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

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

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Friday, June 9, 2017

As the Slogan Says, It Came Back New

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

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

Symphony of the Seas Floats!

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

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

Trump to Reveal Cuba Policy on Friday

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

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

More Fun Down Under

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

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

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The $100 Million Terminal

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What Have They Done to Legend of the Seas?

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

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

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



Once Again, the Magic of Princess Cruises

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

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday Night in France

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

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

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

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Not So Fast

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

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

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

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

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

MSC Grows Again with Another Ship Order

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

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

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

MSC World-class
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Is the Big One, Elizabeth

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

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

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

Just in Time

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Getting Bigger in Italy

Costa and its parent, Carnival Corp, are major brands in Italy, and therefore both major employers and impact the country's economy in several ways. And Costa is set to grow in Italy becoming an even larger employer.

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

What If the Ship Isn't Ready?

That's something cruisers would often ask when they had booked the first cruise after a dry dock. Lately, it's hardly been an issue because the shipyards have become much more reliable. But passengers booked on Sunday's sailing of Celebrity Constellation found out what happens.

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

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.