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
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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
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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:
  • Azamaa Quest made its maiden call at Tampa, but the ship has really been there before.
  • 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. 



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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:
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  • 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. 

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  • 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:
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  • 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. 


Staiger Moves to Silversea

Silversea appoints new Vice President of Strategic Partners

Barbara Staiger
(Miami, FL – March 02, 2017) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has appointed Barbara Staiger as vice president of strategic partners. Staiger will report to Christian Sierralta, vice president of national accounts and Latin America.

Staiger has over 23 years of experience within the luxury cruise industry, spending 18 years as a sales director for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and five years as vice president of key accounts. As vice president of strategic partnerships, Staiger will be responsible for maximizing revenue opportunities and increasing market share with affiliated roll-ups and key accounts.

“Barbara’s knowledge of the luxury cruise business and tremendous reputation in the North American markets makes her a great addition to our sales team,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas. “We’re delighted to be welcoming her on board.”

"I'm thrilled to be joining Silversea and I look forward to enhancing and growing the strong relationships Silversea has established with our valued travel agent partners," said Staiger.

Source: Silversea Cruises

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Another Fantasy-class Ship Back from Dry Dock

Carnival Sensation has returned from dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, and it has been loaded up with many of the FunShip 2.0 facilities.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Another perfect score for Holland America's Eurodam. It aced its USPH inspection for the 11th time. 
  • Majestic Princess will be delivered at the end of this month for a short preview in the Med for western fans. Then it will be off to its new home in China. A sneak preview is in the video below. 
Details appeared in the March 1 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Getting an Edge on the Pearl

Norwegian Pearl returned to Miami yesterday completely refurbished and ready to resume its winter Caribbean program.

Unlike many dry dock refurbishments, which renew just some public rooms, or just the upper category suites. Norwegian Pearl's covered the entire ship - many of the public rooms and each stateroom of every category.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 28, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Seabourn choosing their experienced expedition team for Seabourn Sojourn 2017 Alaska season (below)
  • Viking Sky embarked on its maiden voyage from Civitavecchia to Barcelona.

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

Seabourn Sojourn's Alaskan expedition team for 2017 will be headed by Robin West. A veteran of more than 40 Antarctic voyages to date, West led the expedition team during Seabourn's highly successful first season in Antarctica in 2013. With wide-ranging experience gained along the way, he is now in charge of all aspects of expedition operations for Seabourn.

Members of Seabourn's handpicked expedition team for Alaska this season include:
  • Peter Damisch, Historian & Lecturer - Beyond explorations of polar, temperate and tropical regions, Damisch has written about ancient civilizations, sailing, navigation, weather, leadership and world explorers. A former president and CEO of several NASDAQ publically traded corporations as well as a retired U.S. Navy Captain, he is a licensed Master Captain of more than 190 sail and motor vessels.
  • Greg Horn, Naturalist & Zodiac Driver - Following his schooling and military service, Horn fueled his dual interests in business and adventure by starting a SCUBA diving center along South Africa's famed Garden Route and later running a bush camp and dive resort in Mozambique. A certified diving guide, he has completed over 5,000 dives in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.
  • Paul Lazarski, Kayak Guide & Zodiac Driver - Ever drawn to nature, Lazarski  has worked and explored some of the world's most scenic locations, including both Poles. For the past 30 years he has been working as a wilderness and wildlife guide, outdoor educator, historian, naturalist and Wilderness First Aid Instructor.
  • Moira Le Patourel, Naturalist & Zodiac Driver - With her diploma in Renewable Resources, Le Patourel has carved out a niche as an adventure guide and naturalist on the coast of British Columbia, including seven years guiding in the Great Bear Rainforest.
  • Kate Rannaste, Naturalist & Zodiac Driver - Having spent her youth exploring wilderness and wildlife in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales Australia, Rannaste was bound for the adventure industry. A seasoned explorer of the Polar Regions, she spends most of the year on expedition ships sharing her passion as a general naturalist.
  • Juan Carlos Restrepo, Expedition Leader - Hailing from the coffee-growing region of Colombia, Restrepo has a graduate degree in geology and is a certified Dive Master. Spending three months of the year in the Arctic and three months in Antarctica, his various expedition experiences include the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, and sailing throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • Richard Sidey, Photographer, Videographer & Filmmaker - An award-winning environmental filmmaker and international nature photographer, Sidey has spent more than a decade documenting the profound beauty of the world's Polar Regions. His poignant nature documentary, Speechless - The Polar Realm (2015) won multiple awards and was hailed as "a transcendent cinematic experience."
  • Chris Srigley, Assistant Expedition Leader - Drawn to extreme weather conditions, Srigley spends up to nine months a year on expedition ships, including full seasons in Antarctica and the Arctic. Along with regular duties on the expedition team, he serves as a Polar Bear Guard advancing landing parties and keeping a watchful eye while guests experience natural wonders around them.
  • Rachel Sullivan-Lord, Marine Biologist & Lecturer - An avid scuba diver and sailor, Sullivan-Lord has studied critters both small and large from coral to blue whales. When not working in research labs, she divides time as a whale watch naturalist, whale skeleton articulator and more.
  • Dr. Sean Todd, Whale Expert & Lecturer - A marine mammal researcher for nearly 30 years, Todd's areas of focus are human-marine mammal interactions. He has enjoyed a long career as a professional guide and naturalist, and has worked in a variety of polar and sub-polar regions, including 10 seasons in the Antarctic and 10 years in the Canadian sub-Arctic.
  • Kirstie Yeager, Researcher & Lecturer - Yeager has spent more than two decades studying and working in natural resource management and wildlife research. Her extensive background includes studying grizzly bears in Montana, Steller sea lions in Alaska, and several species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations in Antarctica.
  • Aliscia Young, Photographer & Videographer - An award-winning photographer and videographer, Young is inspired by her love of photographing nature, indigenous communities and ancient traditions. She has worked on expedition vessels from Antarctica to the Arctic, and her photography has been featured in galleries worldwide.

Monday, February 27, 2017

No Smoking

Carnival Corp reports they have reached the 60% mark in their program to install scrubber technology on their global fleet of ships.

The technology removes the vast majority of pollutants from the ships' exhaust gases, enabling the ships of Carnival Corp meet new environmental regulations which limit the amount of sulfur content of emissions to less than 0.1%.

The system works by using filters and seawater to “scrub” the ships' emissions.

The complete story appears in the February 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
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Details appeared in the February 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Silver Muse completed sea trials and returned to the Fincantieri yard near Genoa.

The Ultimate "Hello from Sydney" Postcard

Queen Mary 2 arrived at Sydney early Sunday morning as part of a Royal Rendezvous with Cunard's Queen Elizabeth. When the iconic ship sailed into the harbor it paused by one of Sydney's most recognizable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House to give Sydney residents a spectacular view of the grand ship. But what's that atop one of the Opera House's sails?


It's Queen Mary 2's master, Capt. Chris Wells waving hello to Sydney. Few people have a selfie like this.


Photos courtesy of Cunard Line, copyright James Morgan. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Enjoy Queen Mary 2's arrival into Sydney a bit faster than it actually happened, and now you'll better understand the end on this video.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lifeguards Take to the Seas on Royal Caribbean International

You no longer have to go to the beach to flirt with the cute lifeguard who won't even know you're alive. You will soon be able to do it aboard every Royal Caribbean International ship.

Lifeguards will be staffing every pool on every RCI ship during its complete opening hours. It will be hard to miss them in their red and white uniforms.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
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  • The people of New Orleans think size matters
  • Something to worry about for the next two months
Details appeared in the February 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Norwegian Expanding/Revamping Cirque Dreams

Norwegian Cruise Line said today they will be expanding their popular “Cirque Dreams & Dinner” dinner theater to Norwegian Getaway, just in time for its summer season in Europe.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
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  • Silver Muse getting its own scarves
Details appeared in the February 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Here We Go!

Carnival Corp announced finalization and updating of the terms of the MOU they signed last September to build two 133,500-ton cruise ships with the Fincantieri/CSSC (Chinese State Shipbuilding Corp) joint venture for Carnival's j/v Chinese cruise line. This MOU also made the agreement binding.

One of the updates was that the number of options for additional ships was doubled from the original MOU from two to four. Another update was that the first ship's delivery date has slipped a year to 2023.

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

Too Soon to Be Excited by Cuba for the Long Term

Like all other cruise lines, the brands of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are excited to be sailing to Cuba. And, yes, travelers are excited to be going to Cuba.

During today's conference call to discuss the company's fourth quarter earnings, NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio said he's “tremendously excited” by the first Havana call next month, and he went on to say they are “thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer weekly sailings from Port Miami with overnight stays in Cuba's historically and culturally rich capital, Havana, through December of 2017.” But ...

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

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  • And this couple may win
Details were in the February 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

They're smiling now that P&O Hotel Director Melissa Yates came to the rescue

Guenter Steinbrunner Named Corporate Hotel Manager by Windstar Cruises

Windstar Hires Cruise & Hospitality Veteran Guenter Steinbrunner as Corporate Hotel Manager

Steinbrunner is the latest addition to small ship leader’s talent arsenal.


Guenter Steinbrunner
Seattle, WA, February 22, 2017 — Windstar Cruises names Guenter Steinbrunner to the position of Corporate Hotel Manager for the award-winning small ship operator. In his new position, Steinbrunner is responsible for overseeing all aspects of shipboard product delivery on Windstar’s six yachts including standards, procedures, enhancements, efficiencies and innovations as well as the leadership, training, coaching and collective performance of the hotel management team.

“Guenter is the picture perfect hotelier. His passion and love for hotel products is his daily dose of motivation. He is an accomplished leader and role model who will help us to evaluate, enhance and elevate the very good Windstar guest experience and help progress our product and service delivery to the next level. Guest luxury and customization is the predominant trend throughout travel today, and that is where we intend to excel,” explained Christopher Prelog, Windstar’s Vice President of Fleet Operations. “It is a true honor and privilege to have Guenter join Windstar in this role, the entire team is very excited for his arrival.”

With the addition of Steinbrunner, Windstar debuts a power-house of culinary industry talent along with Director of Hotel Operations Peter Tobler. Together with their teams, the duo will concept and implement new guest experiences and innovations for the award-winning small ship cruise line.

“At Windstar we believe it takes talent to create talent. Building a team of consummate hospitality professionals lets our loyal cruisers, new guests and travel partners know that we are a customer-first operation, dedicated to creating those magical moments that perfectly match our legendary and luxurious small ships and deliver the experience that dream vacations are made of,” says Prelog.

Steinbrunner begins with Windstar immediately, bringing a host of international travel and hospitality experience in the cruising and hotel industries. Previously with Seabourn, Steinbrunner spent eight years at sea as Hotel Director and then held a key leadership role on the Newbuild product development team ashore before overseeing the line’s ultra-deluxe vessels as Corporate Hotel Director. Steinbrunner was instrumental in designing the guest experience in conjunction with the role-out of the line’s Odyssey-class ships. Steinbrunner has familiarity in working with the three new-to-Windstar all-suite yachts that joined the fleet in 2014-15; his experience with Windstar dates back to early career days as Steinbrunner was instrumental in the launch of the three original Windstar sail ships in the late 1980s.

Steinbrunner’s guest-centric perspective and far-reaching knowledge of cruising, culinary and service will allow for rapid integration of his expertise and influence onboard Windstar’s casually elegant ships.

Steinbrunner began his career in cruise management in 1998 working for Premier Cruise Line; prior to that he worked in various roles onboard vessels and at numerous elite hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, England, Austria and the United States. He studied management at Cornell Institute and was trained as a chef and service professional in his home country of Austria.

Steinbrunner joins the 130-plus Windstar team headquartered in downtown Seattle and will assist to lead an 800-strong team of ship culinary and service staff and crew across the fleet. The industry leader in small ship cruising, Windstar recently received numerous kudos from CruiseCritic.com cruise reviewers in the 2017 Best Small Ships awards including Best Overall Small Ships, Best Dining and Best Cabins; was voted #1 Best Boutique Cruise Line by readers of USA Today and was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Gold List.

As the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, in 2017 Windstar will offer numerous sailings featuring JBF-endorsed chefs as a part of JBF Culinary Cruise Collection. The line offers more than 250 cruises annually sailing to 170 ports worldwide with new cruise destinations offered in Arabia in 2017; in Asia and Alaska in 2018; and scheduled to visit a dozen new ports in Europe in 2018.

Source: Windstar Cruises

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Taking a Slow Boat (but not to China)

It used to be that Carnival saw the future as shorter cruises. They still do, but they've also discovered there's a market out there for cruises longer than seven or eight days. A couple of years ago they created the Carnival Journeys concept just for some specific situations.

The program has been growing year by year, and Carnival just announced the 2018-2019 winter program and next year it grows to 13 of the longer (12- to 14-day) cruises from a wide variety of ports.

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

Finally, a Happy Ending

The crew of Sun Princess did an expert job of saving a woman who apparently jumped overboard last Friday while the ship was sailing from Brisbane to Noumea one day into a ten-night cruise from Brisbane to the South Pacific.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 21, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Caribbean International dropping calls at Kusadasi due to security concerns.
  • Meyer Werft cutting the first steel for AIDA's first fully-LNG-powered ship. (Video below)
Details can be found in the February 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.




The audio is in German, but you can get English subtitles by turning on closed captioning and then going to the settings (under the gear) and selecting auto-translate.

Miliaras Joins Carnival Maritime

Carnival Maritime welcomes Minas Miliaras as Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution

Minas Miliaras
Hamburg, February 21, 2017 – Since February 15, Minas Miliaras has taken on the role of Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution at Carnival Maritime, the Marine Service Unit of the Costa Group (AIDA, Costa) in Hamburg. Minas will head the fleet teams and the maintenance development team for all AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Costa Asia ships. He will be responsible for the fleet management of the 26 vessels according to efficiency and sustainability targets of Carnival Maritime. This includes technical management, improvement of repair efficiency, standardization and harmonizing processes as well as connecting offices and ships across the globe.

Greek-born Minas is a studied naval architect, and MBA marine engineer. Before joining Carnival Maritime, he worked for Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises for sixteen years. Since 2013, he headed the fleet team of 13 Royal Caribbean vessels in the position of Associate Vice President for Marine Operations. From 2009, Minas was Director Technical Systems at Celebrity Cruises where he was responsible for technical systems and services including Electrical and Automation, Energy, Advanced Water Treatment, Piping & Engines Maintenance. Minas started his career in the cruise industry in 1999 at Lloyds Register. In 2006 he began working as Site Office Manager for Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises where he supervised the construction of the 120,000 tons Celebrity Solstice Class Cruise Vessels.

Minas takes over his position from Björn Sprotte, who has led the department for the past 1 ½ years. Lars Ljoen, Managing Director of Carnival Maritime, says “I am very happy to welcome Minas to the team. He will add great competencies and longtime experiences in fleet operations to our team and is therefore a fantastic fit. I am confident that he will make a valuable contribution to the team and further advance our fleet management operations.”

Minas adds, “I am more than excited to join Carnival Maritime in this position and build on Björn’s great work. I look forward to further increasing the efficiency and sustainability targets of our services together with our international teams.”

Carnival Maritime is the marine service unit for the Costa Group, Europe’s leading Cruise Company. This unit bundles competences and best practices in the area of marine operations to achieve the highest safety standards in the cruise industry for the fleet of the Costa Group, which currently includes 26 cruise ships of the brands Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises. Carnival Maritime combines the company’s expertise in the areas of marine, technology, health, environmental protection and security for the Costa Group in Hamburg. The embedded Fleet Operations Center (FOC) monitors and supports 37 ships of the Costa Group, P&O Cruises and Cunard line. Carnival Maritime was founded in 2015, and employs 180 specialists.

Source: Carnival Maritime