Thursday, October 18, 2018

MSC Goes Ultra-Luxury

MSC Cruises surprised the industry by surprise this morning by announcing they had signed an MOA with Italian builder Fincantieri to build four 64,000-ton ships with which to enter the ultra-luxury end of the cruise market.

The first will be delivered in the spring of 2023 with one every year thereafter.

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

It's Time to Put Some Skin in the Game

Virgin Voyages promised to be different. So far, things haven't seemed that different. True, they don't call their passengers, passengers. They're sailors. But now this.

You will be able to come home from your Virgin Voyage with a permanent reminder of the trip. You can come home from Scarlet Lady with not only the souvenir drink glass, but also a tattoo from Squid Ink, the partnership of Virgin and one of New York's iconic tattoo brands, World Famous Tattoo Ink.

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

Squid Ink aboard Scarlet Lady
Rendering courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

MSC Enters the "Extra-Luxury" Segment of Market

MSC is going to enter the "extra-luxury" segment of the cruise market with four 64,000-ton ships ordered from Fincantieri today. The ships will each have 500 staterooms.

The first ship of the 2 billion euro order is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2023.

Further details will be in today's edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Symphony Means Music

With Symphony of the Seas' arrival at her Miami homeport in just a few short weeks, musical students in South Florida are going benefit. To celebrate the naming of the ship in Miami, and it's connection with music, Royal Caribbean is giving grants, through the Grammy Museum Signature Schools Program, to twenty Miami-Dade County Public High Schools.

The Grammy Museum is the official foundation of the Recording Academy to fund underserved schools. The 20 schools were selected for maintaining thriving music programs with only limited resources. But Royal Caribbean is providing more than funding. In the cruise line's hometown, Royal Caribbean is providing a unique opportunity for aspiring performers to take their education beyond the school building and have a possibly career-building experience.

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

Overboard from Celebrity Reflection

Last night (October 16) a crew member from Celebrity Reflection was reported missing, and after reviewing video, the line believes he went overboard.

At the time the man went overboard off the Greek coast, the ship was sailing between Mykonos and Rhodes.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 17, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • NCL rebuilding schools in the Caribbean
  • Carnival declaring a dividend
Details appeared in the October 17 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Carnival to Be Victorious No Longer

Carnival Cruise Line said today that Carnival Victory will undergo an extensive renovation in 2020 that will upgrade the ship so much that when it emerges, it deserves a new name. In 2020 Carnival Victory will become Carnival Radiance.

They also said that will complete the program started in 2011 to equalize the features on the ships so Carnival will offer the same experience to passengers across the fleet.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 16, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Windstar Captain Belinda Bennett was awarded the 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, the 19th person to receive the award and the second at Windstar.
  • Three Carnival Corp ships have been chartered to house delegates to the APEC Sumit in Port Moresby in November.
Details appeared in the October 16 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Tihany Chosen to Design for Cunard

Noted hospitality-designer Adam Tihany has been appointed Creative Director of Cunard's next new ship which will join the fleet in 2022 and will oversee the entire interior design process.

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

A Place to Call for Help

The Synergy Group has launched a new 24/7 counseling service in seven languages for maritime personal called iCALL. It is available via phone, email and the chat-based nULTA app.

The goal is to reduce seafarer suicides and boost mental wellness at sea.

Details appear in the October 15 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Royal Caribbean's New Plan Is Full of Wind

Royal Caribbean's newest project will be in Kansas - far the ocean. Actually, passengers will never go there, but the world will benefit from it.

Royal Caribbean is going to be farming - wind farming, and over the next year or two, 62 huge wind turbines are going to sprout in the Kansas plains, financed by Royal Caribbean, and start spinning.

The complete story appeared in the October 1 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 12, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Another hurricane moving a ship
  • MSC being the latest cruise line to eliminate single-use plastics
  • Food Network star Guy Fieri recently took his family on a cruise aboard Carnival Horizon. The video below shows the fun they had. 
Details appeared in the October 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Countdown Is On

It's only 60 days until MSC's new Caribbean program aboard MSC Armonia launches on December 10. The itinerary is going to be a great new seven-night western Caribbean program that includes calls at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Havana. The big pluses that give MSC a competitive edge as far as itinerary are that it is a weekly program and it features a day-and-a-half call at Havana from noontime on Saturday to late afternoon on Sunday.

MSC Armonia will sail with new features including a new 35-seat premium restaurant ($35), “Surf & Turf,” a new Havana-inspired Mojito Bar, a new pub menu (sandwiches) in the White Lion Pub along with additional beer selections, and MSC's famed gelato (made onboard in dozens of flavors) is now complimentary.

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

Never Wait to Break up with Your Boyfriend until You are on a Cruise

A 22-year-old New York man was arrested at the end of his September cruise and has now been indicted on one count of attempting to strangle and suffocate the woman he was dating and with whom he went on the cruise. During the last night of the cruise, she allegedly told him she wanted to end the relationship.

A violent attack then allegedly ensued in which he dragged her screaming through several parts of the ship and back to their stateroom.

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

First Ritz-Carlton Ship Launched

The first of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's fleet is floating at the Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo (Spain) today. The first unnamed ship was launched yesterday.

Because of its small size (24,000 tons, 298 passengers), it was built on land and then slid down rails into the water after a traditional blessing.



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

Michael Now Messes with the East Coast

Things are getting back to normal in the western Caribbean, but Hurricane Michael is now sweeping across the US Southeast. It has now caused a tropical storm warning to go up at Charleston where Carnival Ecstasy is scheduled to turn around on Thursday.

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

Silver Origin Work Begins

The Netherlands' De Hoop began construction already on Silversea's Silver Origin expedition vessel for the Galapagos.

The yard said they cut the first steel on Monday for what the yard will refer to as hull number 489.

Delivery is set for March 2020. 

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

Would You Like a Little Something to Eat?

Carnival is testing small gourmet snacks at the Alchemy Bar aboard Carnival Horizon and Carnival Vista.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Michael Diverts More Ships

The main story today is again the ships that are being diverted due to Hurricane Michael. Since the storm popped up so suddenly and was moving so quickly, it didn't look like it was going cause much of a headache for the cruise industry, but it didn't move north quite as quickly as expected, and apparently, ships that were expecting to slide behind it had to hang back a little more and that's caused some more itinerary changes.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 9, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • AIDAnova has completed its journey down the Ems River and is ready for sea trials.
  • MSC Grandiosa has opened for sale
  • AIDA's second world cruise set of for its 117-day journey from Hamburg on Monday
Details appeared in the October 9 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

RCCL Orders Three Ships for Silversea Brand

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has ordered three new ships for their Silversea brand. The company signed an MOU for two of a new Evolution class were ordered from Meyer Werft, the first of which will be delivered in 2022.

They also signed a contract with De Hoop for a 100-passenger ship that will sail in the Galapagos. It will be delivered in March 2020.

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

Lack of Water Delayed AIDAnova

AIDAnova's 7am departure from the Meyer yard in Papenburg was delayed today due to lack of water in the river. The yard waited for the next tide, about twelve hours later, and they were rewarded with deeper water, and the ship slowly backed out of the yard and through the barrier into the river.

We have a photo of the ship leaving the dock below, but by the time it was passing the barrier, it was dark already. It made relatively good time overnight and by 6:30am (still in darkness), it was at Leer.

Details appeared in the October 8 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

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

Here Comes Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is forecast to move quickly through the western Caribbean this week. It is currently between Cozumel and Cuba and will make landfall in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

So far only Carnival and Norwegian have had to move ships to keep them safely away from the storm. The storm has moved so fast, that in most cases, it's just a matter of canceling a call or reordering a couple of ports, rather than rearranging an entire itinerary.

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

RCCL Orders Three New Ships for Silversea Brand

Breaking news - October 8 - 8:15am

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has ordered three new ships for their Silversea brand.

The company signed an MOU for two of a new Evolution class that were ordered from Meyer Werft, the first of which will be delivered in 2022.

They also signed a contract with De Hoop for a 100-passenger ship that will sail in the Galapagos. It will be delivered in March 2020.

The complete story will appear in today's edition of Cruise News Daily.


Friday, October 5, 2018

AIDAnova Ready to Go

Meyer Werft plans to send the 183,900-ton AIDAnova off down Ems River early Monday morning.

The plan is for the ship to begin maneuvering to leave at 7am in the Meyer lagoon and pass the barrier into the river at 8am.

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

A Most Generous Donation

Most of us cannot begin to imagine being able to tell someone to write a $5 million check for us to give away, but thankfully people like Micky and Madeleine Arison can and do.

The Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will make an immediate donation of $5 million to Save the Children and Direct Relief to support the urgent relief needs in communities affected by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines and the recent Indonesia earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Details appeared in the October 5 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Not Your Grandfather's Art Gallery

Symphony of the Seas, currently the largest cruise ship in the world, has 13,347 pieces of art aboard. Take a look at the nine coolest (below).



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


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Building Singapore

Carnival's Costa brand has renewed for three years its three-way partnerships between the cruise line, the Singapore Tourism board (to leverage the city's cruise hub) and the Changi Airport (to leverage the city's large air travel hub) and further enhance the city's appeal as a destination and port of embarkation.

The agreement is expected to bring more than 100,000 fly/cruise passengers to Singapore over the next three years.

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

You Can Be Immortalized in the Sky

Your vacation memories could help decorate Sky Princess for years to come and be seen by thousands of other Princess cruisers. In the process, you could win yourself a cruise for two on the new mega-liner.

There will be a thousand winners in this contest who have their photos printed and framed and displayed in the stateroom corridors aboard Sky Princess when it sails out of the yard next October, but only one of those will win the grand prize of a cruise for two up to a week long.

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New Interior Designers Give Mein Schiff 2 a New Look

When Mein Schiff 2 is delivered to TUI next spring, it's going to have a new look in many areas.

Two areas that will definitely have a different look and wow passengers are the Day & Night Bistro and the Schaubar ("Show Bar"). For Mein Schiff 2, award-winning German designer Werner Aisslinger has created new designs for both.

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

The Day & Night Bistro aboard Mein Schiff 2
The Schaubar aboard Mein Schiff 2

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 3, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • "Pizza Viennese" being served aboard Pacific Explorer. 
  • In case Superman sail
Details appeared in the October 3 edition of Cruise News Daily

Pizza Viennese as served aboard Pacific Explorer
Photo courtesy of P&O Australia Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Costa Fortuna to Receive 8 Million Euro Restyling for European Return

The 103,000-ton Costa Fortuna is returning to Europe next summer after several years of carrying the Costa flag in Asian markets. Before it returns, many areas of the ship will be restyled in a dry dock which will be completed in Singapore in December.

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



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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 2, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A "Frightfully Fun" time aboard Carnival
  • Milestones for Icy Strait Point
Details appeared in the October 2 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


Monday, October 1, 2018

Scrub-a-dub-dub

How much do you know about closed-loop Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). Well, if the first thought that popped into your mind wasn't “scrubber,” you are one of the people a new group is targeting. Well, you are if you are a leader of industry, national and international authorities, non-governmental organizations. If members of the public, like you and me, also get informed, that's ok too.

The new group of 18 shipping industry giants, including Carnival Corp and their nine brands, has formed the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) to inform their target audience about Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems and their associated air and water emissions.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - October 1, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A new show aboard AIDAluna
  • Grand Celebration has again been chartered for two months to house relief workers, this time in Massachusetts. The ship will be out of service for all of October and November. 
  • A woman was arrested for cutting and stabbing her boyfriend with a steakknife aboard Carnival Fantasy during an argument. 
Details appeared in the October 1 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

A scene from "Augenblick" aboard AIDAluna. Note the performer hanging above the state at the top of the picture.


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

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Special Meal Off the Ship

Holland America Line is expanding their collection of culinary-themed shore excursions in conjunction with Food & Wine (Magazine), which have proven immensely popular with passengers.

They have developed more than 20 new tours throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada & New England. (Note: The new tours are taking the program into new areas, not just adding to the catalog in Europe where the program launched.)

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




Video courtesy of Holland America Line. All rights reserved.

He's Got a Ticket to Ride

Rank has its privilege. Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald got to go for a special ride last week. Carnival brought the new Carnival AirShip (a/k/a blimp) to Miami for the Miami inaugural of Carnival Horizon. As part of the Miami launch, it circled the ship a number of times, entertaining passengers and Miami residents. How often do you actually see a blimp right above you, let alone one painted like a cruise ship?

How often do you get to ride in one? While the AirShip was visiting Miami as part of its own inaugural tour of the Southeastern United States, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald got to go for a ride. During the flight, the pilot took him over local landmarks and beaches at altitudes of up to 1,000 feet.

This item appeared in the September 28 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald takes off from Miami aboard the Carnival AirShip
Photo Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Disney Headlines Early 2020 with New Orleans & Hawaii

Disney Cruise Line released information about their itineraries for the first part of 2020. They include the line's first homeporting at New Orleans and a return to Hawaii as a cruise destination.

There will also be short series of cruises from San Juan, San Diego to Mexico, as well as a continuation of the line's traditional Caribbean and Bahamas programs from Florida home ports.

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

The Future Is Here, Almost

This was a day for celebrating on Caribbean Princess and at Princess Headquarters in California, even Carnival's corporate headquarters in Miami. Ocean Medallion is working for every passenger on Caribbean Princess. Yea! Yea!

Ocean Medallion, of course, is the Carnival innovation that, by carrying a quarter-size electronic ID, enables all sorts of electronic conveniences for passengers such as staff members magically knowing who you are and processing charges without swiping your cruise card, keyless stateroom access, the ability to play casino games anywhere onboard, and your friends can find you wherever you are onboard - to name just a few. It allows the staff (and the ship) to give you a much more personalized experience. And don't forget Medallion Net, the super-fast internet connection with gobs of bandwidth available everywhere on the ship.

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

First Look at a Diamond

Crystal Cruises released the first renderings of their Diamond-class oceangoing ships today.

Although they said more details will be released next year, they did say the ships, which will be built at MV Werften's Stralsund yard, will be sized at about 67,000 gross tons and carry about 800 passengers. Among the details to be announced later: a name.

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



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

All that Glitters Is Not Golden

If you were to guess what the name will be of P&O Australia's first Grand Class ship, what would it be? Readers of P&O's Facebook page tried to guess. Six guessed Pacific Adventure - and they were right.

In October 2020, when Golden Princess is transferred to P&O Australia, after refurbishment to match the fresh and contemporary designs of the rest of the P&O fleet, it will become Pacific Adventure.

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


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

At the Top

When Holland America's Nieuw Statendam leaves the Fincantieri yard in December, the 99,500-ton ship will be commanded by Captain Sybe de Boer.

Yesterday, the line announced the ship's initial senior officers. Together the officers have a combined 80 years of service to Holland America.

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tampa Bay Hits the Big Numbers

More than a million cruise passengers have passed through Port Tampa Bay in a year for the first time in history. When the day ended on Monday, September 17, 1,000,524 passengers had visited the port in fiscal year 2018.

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

Simon & Garfunkel Had Scarborough Fair, P&O Has Strawberry Fair

P&O Cruises (Australia) is a major customer for Australian strawberry farmers, purchasing on average 6,000 kilograms (13,228 pounds) a year.

So when Australian strawberry farmers ran into a bit of trouble recently, P&O stood by their friends on the farm and organized Strawberry Fair aboard their ships.

Details appeared in the September 25 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Back for another Season

Carnival Corp's Ocean TV's three original series have been picked up for a third season by ABC and NBC, and the new seasons will begin on October 6. The new episodes will air on Saturdays through the fall of 2019.

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






Videos courtesy of Carnival Corp.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Upgrading the Galapagos

As most giant turtles in the Galapagos Islands know, Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity's mega-yacht used to explore the remote unspoiled islands, hasn't been around for a couple of weeks. They don't get news so they don't know where it's been. It has been in Panama for a seven-day makeover.

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

FunDay in Miami

If you were a cruise line with a huge new ship, a new blimp and a larger-than-life sports legend who is on the payroll with the title of Chief Fun Officer, what would you do? That's right. You'd bring them all together for an afternoon of fun, and that's what Carnival Cruise Line did in Miami yesterday.

The occasion was Carnival Horizon's inaugural special two-night cruise from Miami. After a summer series of cruises from New York, the new ship has arrived in Miami, its new year round home port.

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

The Carnival AirShip over Carnival Horizon (lower right ship) in Miami
Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Caribbean Is Ready

It's been a year since a couple of hurricanes devastated parts of the Caribbean, and this afternoon, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association this afternoon hosted a conference call to talk about the region's recovery in the time since.

Taking questions were Adam Goldstein from Royal Caribbean (parent of Royal Caribbean International) and Arnold Donald of Carnival Corp, but they were actually there in their capacities at the current heads of CLIA and the FCCA.

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

Nautica Breaks Lines and Pushed from Dock

Oceania Cruises' Nautica was docked at Greenock (Scotland) yesterday (Wednesday) when winds in excess of 90mph broke the mooring lines and pushed the ship away from the dock.

Details appeared in the September 20 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Another Year of Luxury in Alaska

After a successful 2018 summer season (that's not quite over yet), Seabourn confirmed they will return to Alaska next year in response to high customer demand.

Seabourn Sojourn will return to Alaska for a season that will be just 10 sailings running just from June to October.

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

Update from Dominica

It's been a year since Hurricane Maria swept over the Caribbean island of Dominica destroying many of the structures and much of the infrastructures. The island's thriving cruise business was also devastated with cruise ship calls for the 2017/2018 season dropping from 219 scheduled to just 33 actual calls.

Yesterday, we received an update from the island showing us most the damage is in the past, and the island has recovered almost completely. It is looking forward to a rebounded 2018/2019 winter season.

Details appeared in the September 19 issue of Cruise News Daily


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Have You Booked Your Summer Vacation Yet - for 2020?

Now that summer's over and the kids have just gone back to school, we assume you have your vacation plans all wrapped up for next summer. Made your reservations and got that deposit in. Good. You can't leave things until the last minute. So now that you've got next year all wrapped up, Norwegian Cruise Line wants you to start planning the summer after that, because they've just released the deployment details for their marquee ships for the summer of 2020 and opened it for sale. (11 of their 17 ships)

If you like to plan even farther, Norwegian can help there too, if you want to go to Hawaii. They opened sale on Pride of America all the way through the spring of 2022.

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Celebrity Reveals Edge's Grand Plaza

It's less than three months before Celebrity's “transformational” Edge enters service, and the line is continuing to reveal aspects of the ship. At the end of last week, it was The Grand Plaza, the “heart and soul” of the ship, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku.

The complete story appears in the September 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



The Stamp of Approval

If anyone is mailing you something from Australia, check the stamp. They may be mailing you a tiny picture of P&O's Pacific Explorer.

The Australian postage stamp is actually celebrating Norfolk Island which is a popular cruise destination, but it prominently features the P&O Australia ship, which is a regular visitor there.

Details appear in the September 17 issue of Cruise News Daily.


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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Majestic Princess Lands in Sydney

Majestic Princess arrived at Sydney for the first time on Saturday morning (their time) and became the largest ship Princess has ever operated in Australia at 143,700 tons.

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





This B-roll includes several views of Majestic Princess arriving, including a spectacular "captain's eye" view from the bridge for the pre-dawn approach and berthing at the terminal.

Delayed Turnaround

Hurricane Florence will delay the turnaround of Grandeur of the Seas at on Saturday. To avoid the storm, Royal Caribbean will hold the ship at Port Canaveral until Saturday.

It will then set out for Baltimore, now scheduled to arrive on Sunday (September 16). They will delay the sailing of Saturday's cruise until Monday (September 17) and make it into a five-night cruise. It will sail to Halifax spending the day on September 19, and returning to Baltimore on Saturday, September 22, so it will be in position for the next cruise.

Other details appeared in the September 14 issue of Cruise News Daily.

An Award-Winning Performance

Last year, you may remember, we wrote about Carnival Elation picking up the captain of a shrimp boat that was sunk during Hurricane Irma. The other man aboard the boat was lost at sea, and the captain barely made it into the lifeboat.

For their bravery and humanitarian assistance, Captain Gigliotti and the crew of Carnival Elation were recognized this week with the Cruise Line Humanitarian Assistance Award from the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS), an organization whose mission is to provide worldwide support and assistance to volunteer maritime rescue services and recognize and honor extraordinary maritime rescues.

The complete story of the rescue appeared in the September 14 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rocking the Boat

Holland America added another step in their Music Walk aboard the ships when they announced today they have partnered with Rolling Stone to create the Rolling Stone Rock Room.

The Rock Room will be to classic rock what B.B. King's Blues Club is to the blues, for example, aboard the ships.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 13, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • NCL change the itinerary of Norwegian Escape again thanks to a change by Hurricane Florence. 
  • It's not often you get something free in Alaska.
  • Meyer Werft put the two parts of Spectrum of the Seas together. You can see it happen in the video below. 
Details appeared in the September 13 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Big Dream

Yesterday, MV Werften (the chain of German shipyards owned by Genting) laid the keel for the first 204,000-ton Global-class ship for the Dream Cruises brand.

The block itself which was lowered into the dry dock was 22 meters long (72 feet), 26 meters wide (85 feet) and weights 410 tons.

With 2,500 staterooms and suites a total berth capacity of 9,500 passengers, and sized at 204,000-tons (approaching Symphony of the Seas' 228,000 tons), the ship will be the largest ever built in Germany.

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


Rendering courtesy of MV Werften. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 12, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Two more Holland America ships attain perfect scores 
  • Dream Cruises set expansion to destination markets outside Asia.
Details appeared in the September 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Three Storms Reroute Three Ships

Even though we have lots of storms on the map, their paths are fairly well-defined and stable, so we don't have lots of updates and changes of things we've already told you, just additions to the short list of ships cruise lines are keeping well away from the storms.

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

Norwegian Shifts Gears for the Look of Norwegian Encore

Gone are the stylized icons representing the ships' names and destinations. Gone are the tranquil pictures of marine creatures swimming in the sea. Say hello to big, bold, abstract designs that will decorate the hull of Norwegian Encore.

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

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 11, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Princess names a new commodore. It's not Lionel Richie. 
  • Carnival raises prices in the Steakhouse. 
  • Has Royal Caribbean selected some possible names for their next ships?
Details appeared in the September 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Commodore Giorgio Pomata

Monday, September 10, 2018

Lines Moving Ships in Response to Storms

The weather in the Caribbean has been relatively quiet until the end of last week, and there are lots of things now brewing that have already caused some changes.

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Florence are causing changes.



Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 10, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A German pop singer went overboard from AIDAluna off the coast of Newfoundland. 
  • Disney is considering expansion at Miami with two large ships and a new terminal.
Details appeared in the September 10 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Star Pride Loses Power

Windstar's Star Pride, on the way to its New York debut, lost power today for a time off the Massachusetts coast. That resulted in the loss of propulsion as well as regular hotel services.

The ship did have emergency power so it could maintain navigational equipment, essential safety systems, and basic comforts for the passengers and crew.

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

Complain, Complain, Complain

Despite all the technology like scrubbers and so forth, Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation received at least ten complaints from citizens watching Norwegian Pearl dock at Juneau on Tuesday. They were complaining about the emissions coming from the ship's smokestack.

The DEC hasn't received the reports from their own observers yet, and they can't talk about whether or not they are in the process of issuing a fine.

Details appeared in the September 7 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It Was a Fall, but Now Is Called Murder

A January incident aboard Carnival Elation has resulted in a second-degree murder charge against one of the passengers.

On the January 18 sailing from Jacksonville to the Bahamas, a woman reportedly fell from her balcony on Deck 14 and landed on the Deck 11 where she was found dead.

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

Tell the World

Thanks to Carnival's thoughtfulness, you can now tell the world that you've gone “Hog Wild for Craft Brews.” Of course, that refers to the Parched Pig craft beer brewed aboard Carnival Horizon.

Alternatively, there's a similar proclamation Carnival Vista passengers can make about Red Frog Pub & Brewery aboard that ship.

Carnival Cruise Line has begun to sell logo items for their two shipboard craft breweries aboard Carnival Horizon and Carnival Vista.


Other Things You'll Want to Know - September 6, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • P&O adding a unique new feature to Iona when it debuts 
  • Royal Caribbean increasing their quarterly dividend
Details appeared in the September 6 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Like Getting One Topping Free

Picture calling the pizzeria to order your pizza and the owner tells you you're getting a special: One extra topping free. You'd feel like your ship had come in.

Your MSC ship has come in, because MSC is giving MSC Fantasia passengers one port free, and very appropriately for this analogy, it's Naples, famous for its pizza. Next summer, the line is adding a call at Naples to the ship's seven-night Mediterranean itinerary.

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

It Would Have Been a Better Story

A week ago last Monday, a US Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 61-year-old male crew member off Celebrity Summit when it was some 230 miles off the New Jersey coast. But there was something extra in the press release that caught our attention and made this medevac more noteworthy.

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

Norwegian Getaway to the Rescue

A flash of light in the night darkness at sea, seen by a passenger aboard Norwegian Getaway, caused the cruise ship to notice a tiny boat with four people in it adrift in the Florida Straits.

That flash led to the rescue of the four Cuban nationals and their being taken to Mexico. 

Details appeared in the September 5 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Carnival Talking about AIDA's Innovative Ship

As you read in Friday's edition, AIDAnova was named in the Meyer Werft yard Friday night during a really splashy party, and it will go into service in November. That's something you don't see much anymore. (Remember how ships used to be built on dry land and you would see them slide down the rails into the water? Christening them with the champagne bottle is usually what triggered them sliding down the rails.) Then the interior work would be done, and months later they would be finished and go into service.

AIDA is a rather unusual Carnival brand in that it is marketed only in a relatively small geographic area, but it is one of Carnival's strongest brands because that area (Germany) is Europe's strongest travel market.

So Carnival Corp is promoting the arrival (shortly) of  AIDAnova and getting the word out because it is a rather important and unusual ship. It is the first cruise ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) both at sea and in port. LNG is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, so it is going to be operating much cleanly than other ships of the same sizes (180,000 tons).

The complete story appeared in the September 4 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Counting Down

Princess has started a countdown until Royal Princess arrives at Los Angeles, the first time the ship, or any of its class has been on the US West Coast. It's just 200 days until it arrives (from South America) and begins a spring series of Princess' signature seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises on March 23, 2019.

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

Friday, August 31, 2018

AIDAnova Named in Papenburg

THE place to be in Germany tonight was at the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, because THAT was the site of AIDA Open Air, and it just so happened, THAT's when they named AIDAnova. (Yes, they meant to.) If that wasn't enough, the highlight of the evening was a concert by DJ / producer David Guetta. And a huge laser and fireworks display.

When AIDA throws a party, AIDA throws a party, and that's why 25,000 people showed up.

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



Thursday, August 30, 2018

And Baby Makes Three

Azamara Club Cruises' fleet has officially expanded to three with the naming ceremony of Azamara Pursuit this week in Southampton.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 30, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Fascination rescuing two fishermen in the eastern Caribbean
  • Saga Pearl II "making contact" with four sailboats as it arrived at Dartmouth
Details appeared in the August 30 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

They Bought a WHAT?

There was a time a few years ago when if Carnival Cruise Line told me they had bought a blimp, it would seem perfectly normal. But Carnival hasn't been quite as much “fun” in the last few years under later management.

So when the Fun Ship Cruise Line announced plans for their new 128-foot-long AirShip to tour the Southeast over the next month, I said, “You're kidding, right?” To which they answered, “No, the whole Southeast.” “No, I meant about the blimp. You really bought a blimp?” Yes, they did, and now we're back to the Carnival I loved where I never knew what to expect from their marketing.

The airship was already seen in the skies over Memphis today at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Six Annual Day of Play.

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


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Canaveral Approves Carnival Deal

The port authority at Port Canaveral has formally approved the agreement with Carnival Corp that will see the line build a new terminal (Terminal 3) at the port to accommodate its largest (180,000 tons) ship which will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

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



Cruise Terminal 3 and Port Canaveral
Rendering courtesy of Canaveral Port Authority. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pier Gets in the Way of Carnival Horizon Docking

When you get a new car, it's only a matter of time until you get that first scratch, and then you can relax. Carnival can now relax because Carnival Horizon, which was delivered in March, got more than a scratch today when it made contact with the west end of Pier 90 at the West Side Cruise Terminal as it was docking in New York Tuesday morning, about 5:50am.

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


Nieuw Statendam Completes Sea Trials

The 99,500-ton Nieuw Statendam is back at Fincantieri's Marghera yard after successfully completing two sets of sea trials in the Adriatic earlier this month.

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

We have a shorter version of this video on our YouTube site. 


Fincantieri to Keep Cooperating

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri signed an MOU with the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) to extend their agreement and continue cooperating on all segments of merchant shipbuilding.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rescued by a Princess

The smallest Princess ship chalked up another big rescue at sea for the line on Saturday when Pacific Princess rescued three men in the North Sea on a life raft from a fishing vessel which had sunk several hours earlier.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 27, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • New Zealand's cruise growth
  • A new port for the Panama Canal
  • QE2 about to open as a hotel
Details appeared in the August 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Hurricane Delays Pride of America Turnaround

The change in speed of Hurricane Lane has delayed the turnaround of Pride of America at Honolulu from Saturday to Sunday and Monday.

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

Another Reason for Choosing Princess for Your Cruise to New Zealand

Princess Cruises has expanded their program in New Zealand for the Austral 2018/2019 summer season that will take customers to places off the beaten track with the launch of two industry-first overland excursions in New Zealand's North Island and more than twenty exclusive shore tours. As part of the Local Connections Program, passengers will be able to experience the destination through the eyes of our local expert partner visiting their favorite local food, beverage and art establishments in every New Zealand port.

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Training for Nova

AIDA will take delivery of Carnival Corp's first LNG-powered ship AIDAnova, in mid-November. Operating an LNG-powered ship is a bit different not only in the way they perform but also in the fueling (bunkering) process and in the way safety measures are handled.

Rather than have AIDA crews being totally inexperienced in operating an LNG-powered ship on the day it is handed over to them, Carnival Maritime has partnered with Wessels Reederei, to do hands-on officer training aboard Wessels Reederei's LNG-powered container ship WES Amelie.

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

WES Amelie on which AIDAnova officers will be training.

Less Threatening

The US government has reduced the level of travel warning for US citizens going to Cuba.

The State Department reduced it from a Level 3 warning to a Level 2. The reduction takes the warning from advising citizens to “reconsider travel” to simply advising travelers to “exercise extreme caution.”

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

AIDAnova Comes Out

The 180,000-ton LNG-powered AIDAnova made its debut at Meyer Werft on Tuesday when the yard floated it out of the covered building hall to the equipment pier where it will remain until its river conveyance at the end of September.

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

AIDAnova at float out




Propellers are attached in the dry dock shortly before the float out.



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

While You Were Watching the Caribbean, Lane Is Bothering Hawaii

Hurricane Lane is expected to track near to Hawaii at least Thursday and Friday. A direct hit is not expected, although it is possible due to the widening cone of uncertainty later in the week. The Big Island and Maui are expected to be affected on Thursday and Friday, however.

That has prompted Norwegian Cruise Line to make changes in Pride of America's itinerary.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Star Princess to Transfer to P&O Australia

Star Princess will move from Princess Cruises to P&O Australia at the end of 2021. That will replace the smaller Pacific Jewel, which has been with P&O since 2009.

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

Good News for Canaveral

Carnival Cruise Line had a double shot of good news for Port Canaveral today. They will be basing their 180,000-ton LNG-powered ship there when it is delivered 2020, and they are partnering with the port on a new state-of-the-art terminal to accommodate it. That will be necessary because it is Carnival's largest ship, with 5,286 lower berths.

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

The Beginning of a Trend?

P&O Cruises (UK) will eliminate the discretionary daily service charge which is automatically added passengers' onboard accounts. The change becomes effective in May 2019, and will apply across the fleet.

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

Overboard and Lived to Tell about It

A 46-year-old British woman went overboard from Norwegian Star in the early morning hours (apparently just after midnight) of Sunday morning (August 19) as the ship was sailing from Dubrovnik to Venice.

The ship was approximately 60 miles off the Croatian coast at the time, but the water was about 70 degrees. The woman managed to tread water for about ten hours until she was spotted by a Croatian Coast Guard vessel and taken aboard about 9:40am, a little more than a half mile (1.3 km) from where the ship calculated (from video) she must have gone overboard.

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

And the next Princess ship will be named ....

Princess Cruises revealed this morning that their next ship will be named Enchanted Princess. The 143,700-ton ship will be an evolution of the Royal-class ships and will be built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard for delivery in the early summer of 2020.

“The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship which will introduce more travelers to the pleasures and value of cruising,” said Princess president Jan Swartz. “We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise vacation.”

Enchanted Princess will debut in Europe on June 15, 2020. The summer 2020 season will open for sale on November 8 (2018).

After Enchanted Princess, the next Royal-class ship (the sixth in the series) will debut in 2022. Princess also has two LNG-powered ships (liquified natural gas) on order. In the meantime, Sky Princess, the fourth in the Royal-class series, will debut in October 2019. 

This story appeared in the Ausugt 20 issue of Cruise News Daily.



Friday, August 17, 2018

Seeing Spots?

Passengers who were aboard the August 6 sailing of Norwegian Jewel from Vancouver to Seward (disembarking August 13) are being warned to look out for symptoms of measles. A passenger aboard the sailing was found to have measles and was quickly isolated, but officials are warning all passengers and doctors in the area to watch for signs of measles.

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

There's Going to Be a New Little Crystal

MV Werften will lay the keel for Crystal Endeavor on Tuesday (August 21), but readers in the US will have to get up early to see it live. The event will take place at the yard in Germany at noon (local time), meaning the live broadcast will be at 6am Eastern time in the US.

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



Thursday, August 16, 2018

Doggone from Royal Caribbean

Fido (as well as Kitty, Porky and Mr Ed) is going to have to stay home. Even though you might be an emotional wreck sailing without him, Royal Caribbean has decided they have enough animals aboard their ships if you count service animals (like Seeing-Eye dogs) and the ones at the bar.

They have changed their policy and no longer allow passengers to bring emotional support animals of any kind. Animals which are “trained to perform a function for a person with a disability” are still allowed, of course, with proper documentation and arrangement.

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

Almost Ready

In less than a week, AIDAnova should be “out the door” at Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The yard has scheduled the ship to leave the covered building dock next Tuesday, August 21.

It's a big deal because AIDAnova is a big ship, 180,000 gross tons, and the first of class, powered with LNG.

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

There's No Time to Enjoy the View

Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships. On its eastern Caribbean itinerary, one of the ports of call is St. Thomas. With a very narrow channel, sailboats anchored in the harbor, a tight turn and just six feet of water below the keel, it's very challenging to maneuver the giant ship into “everyone's favorite port.” In the video below, the master explaining just how it's done every time the giant ship arrives.




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Terminal to Increase Quebec's Capacity

Quebec is set to scoop up a lot of business, especially large-ship business, within two years' time. The port announced they will build a second cruise terminal, this one 100,000 square meters, to handle simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation (for turnarounds) of ships carrying 4,000-5,000 passengers.

The complete story appeared in the August 15 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

P&O Reveals Refurbished Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria is on her way back from dry dock in Singapore to her home port in Brisbane. During her time in dry dock, she received her new P&O Southern Cross livery as well as refurbishment to a number of areas of the ship.

Details appeared in the August 15 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Pacific Aria in its new Southern Cross livery

The Dome

The aft Oasis Pool
Photos courtesy of P&O Australia Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Theatre and Other Places to be Entertained

Celebrity Cruises has released the first details of The Theatre, the main entertainment venue aboard Celebrity Edge. This is noteworthy because The Theatre is so different from the conventional theater, and also with its state-of-the-art equipment, “sets the stage” for some very unusual productions.

Celebrity says the goal in The Theatre is to blur the line between the audience and the performance and immerse the audience in the experience.

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

The Theatre aboard Celebrity Edge
Rendering courtesy of Celebrity Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Next!

Oceania's four Regatta-class ships are about to get a completely new look. It will be part of a $100 million transformation called OceaniaNEXT, which the line says is the NEXT chapter in the Oceania story.

Fans needn't worry, though. The designers, Miami's Studio DADO, spent time aboard the ships talking to regular customers. “The guests we spoke with kept telling us how dearly they loved the ships,” said Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of Studio DADO, “so it was important that we kept the intimacy and warmth in the redesign. What we landed on provides a modern and airy atmosphere, similar to what you would find in an elegant estate home."

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

Grand staircase on Regatta-class
Grand Hall
Main restaurant

Concierge Veranda Stateroom
Renderings courtesy of Oceania Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Let Me Tell You about Windstar

What's it like to sail on Windstar? A new video series produced by the line will answer that question for potential customers. What's unique about these is that they are all in the voices of actual Windstar employees telling us how Windstar is 180-degrees different from other cruise lines.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 10, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Cunard passengers got a special show from the RAF's Red Arrows aerobatic team this evening while leaving Southampton.
  • Help doesn't always come just when you call it. A passenger needing a medevac from Adventure of the Seas had to wait overnight while the ship got close enough to shore to be within range of the Coast Guard helicopter.  
Details appeared in the August 10 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

The Red Arrows above Queen Mary 2
Photo courtesy of Cunard Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Third Carnival Brand Receives Approval to Sail to Cuba

Seabourn has received permission to sail to Cuba on cruises from Miami and San Juan, beginning with a cruise on November 4, 2019.

Seabourn joins Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line as Carnival brands approved to operate between the US and Cuba, meaning that Carnival will be able to offer cruises to Cuba each market segment, mass market, premium and luxury.

The complete story appeared in the August 9 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

More than a Pre-Cruise Hotel, It's a Voyage and Tour

Cunard has new Voyage and Tour packages available on select Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria sailings that include a pre-cruise land package in the port of embarkation.

This seems to be more than a pre-cruise hotel, because it is for several nights and includes some tours or events in the city, but differs from some other tour packages offered by some lines in that they are only one city and involve no overland touring.

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Princess Has New Cocktails and Free Cocktails

Princess Cruises has revamped their beverage menu, adding a bunch of new signature cocktails created for them by master mixologist Rob Floyd, 39 new wines by the glass, and 17 new international and craft beers.

The signature cocktails were designed by Floyd using fresh ingredients and Princess destinations as an inspiration.

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

It Happened Again

A 22-year-old man who was a crew member aboard Carnival Fascination was found dead in his cabin last Sunday after the ship arrived in San Juan.

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Am I Seeing Double?

Azamara Pursuit is on its maiden voyage for the company, but when it arrived in Haugesund, Norway, there was one of its sisters, Azamara Journey.

“We could not think of a better way to welcome the new ship and team members than with a celebration that brings together our crew and guests,” said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.

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



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Other Things You'll Want to Know - August 7, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Australia is looking for the 25 millionth person born in Australia. They have something special for him or her. 
  • A Coast Guard officer going out of his way to save a life. 
Details appeared in the August 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

There's No Place Like Dome (or Dome Sweet Dome)

P&O's Pacific Aria has just begun its 12-day dry dock in Singapore, it's first since P&O acquired the ship in November 2015.

A key highlight of the refurbishment will be updating the look of The Dome, the popular late-night hot spot at the top of the ship overlooking the bow.

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


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

Finally, a Place to Get a Burger on Land

Lovers of outstanding burgers know the place to go at sea is the Salty Dog Gastropub aboard Princess ships for an “Ernesto,” created by chef Ernesto Uchimura.

You just couldn't get it anywhere on land - until now.

Details appeared in the August 6 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Way, Way up North

Silversea's Silver Explorer is exploring way up north in Alaska. Actually it's sailing 19-night round trip from Nome, and it's been in the Russian Arctic. But on Friday, when a 35-year-old man aboard the ship began having cardiac problems, the ship moved within range of the US Coast Guard when they requested assistance.

The rendezvous point that was chosen was 150 miles northwest of Kotzebue, Alaska, in order to be within range of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which was based at Kodiak.

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

Friday, August 3, 2018

Overboard from Amsterdam

A 35-year-old crew member from Holland America's Amsterdam was reported overboard Thursday evening while the ship was in Sitka Sound (Alaska).

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

Thank Goodness for Underwear

The FBI arrested a 31-year-old man from New Jersey whom they allege took a photo up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl, and possibly others, on a cruise ship that was sailing from Bayonne to Bermuda last month.

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

Thursday, August 2, 2018

An Hour with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean had their quarterly conference call today to discuss their earnings with financial analysts, and as usual, there were some interesting comments which weren't directly financial.

There was an important trend we spotted, as well as a couple interesting minor news items, like Royal Caribbean trademarking (literally) a new term. There were also a few just plain interesting observations by RCCL executives. 

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Signed and Sealed and Making First Plans

Royal Caribbean closed on their acquisition of two-thirds stake in Silversea Cruises yesterday, making the luxury brand part of the Royal Caribbean family.

Royal Caribbean said this “fills out RCL's portfolio of cruise brands across all key market segments.”

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

That Won't Suck

On Monday, Norwegian Cruise Holdings announced a plan to reduce the use of single-use plastics and eliminate the use of plastic straws by August 2018.

The plan applies to all 26 ships in their fleet across all three brands (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) and both island destinations (Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye).

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Good-bye Triumph, Hel-lo Sunshine

In March, Carnival Triumph will enter dry dock in Cadiz (Spain), and two months later, after $200 million worth of work, it will emerge with such an extensive makeover, that Carnival says it deserves a new name, Carnival Sunrise.

When Carnival Sunrise enters service at the end of April, it will do so with all of Carnival's latest features, newest branded restaurants, lounges, and “fun” venues, along with completely redecorated staterooms.

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




Renderings courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sky Princess Details Emerge

The launch of Sky Princess is still a little over a year away (October 2019), but already Princess is beginning to fill in their fans on features of the new ship.

One of the major ones revealed today is the addition of “Sky Suites” to the Sky Deck.

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




Renderings courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved.

Polar Bear Attacks Cruise Line Guard

A guard from Hapag-Lloyd's Bremen shot and killed a polar bear who was attacking another guard on Saturday on a northern Norwegian archipelago in the Sjuoyane Islands. No passengers were yet ashore.

The guard who was mauled sustained injuries to his head but was responsive when airlifted to a hospital, and is now in stable condition.

Details appeared in the July 30 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cruise with a Real Guy

Conservationist and Marine Artist Guy Harvey created the hull art for Norwegian Escape, the first of the Breakaway Plus-class of ships for NCL. Now for the second year in a row, others interested in marine conservation can sail aboard Norwegian Escape with him.

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

And Away She Goes

Celebrity Edge left Chantiers de l'Atlantique Thursday evening on its first sea trials with 470 people aboard.

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


Photo courtesy of Chantiers de l'Atlantic. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Out of Our Galley and into Theirs

It's not unusual to see a Princess chef come out of the galley and be in the elegant dining room of a huge Princess cruise ship, but on Labor Day, you can see them where you've never seen them before - coaching military teams of chefs at LA Fleet Week.

For the third year, one of the highlights of LA Fleet Week will be “Galley Wars,” in which four teams of chefs from seagoing military branches compete to see who can deliver the tastiest meal. The difference is that this year Princess Cruises is the presenting sponsor, and a Princess chef will be coaching each cooking team to help advise them on menu decisions and winning strategies.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 26, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Lindblad completing the elimination of all single-use plastics from their ships. 
  • Celebrity Edge ready to leave on its first sea trials
Details appeared in the July 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Photo courtesy of Chantiers de l'Atlantique. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Actors Need Not Apply

Crossing the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2 is a special experience. It's on every experienced traveler's “must do list.” After they've done it, it's not simply checked off; it's an experience they want to repeat as often as they can.

Those who haven't thought about doing it, don't quite understand it. That's why Cunard put together a video that explains what it means to cross the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2.

They didn't write a script for a voiceover announcer to read, or get actors to read their lines in a  script. Cunard had actual passengers on a real crossing sit down and tell them about the experience.

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


Sail with THE Captain

Quick, name a Princess captain! Most people may not want to admit it, but the first name that probably popped into their head was Captain Stubing.

Would you like to sail with Gavin MacLeod and ask him what it was like to be Captain Stubing? You can on September 1, because he'll be sailing aboard Caribbean Princess going to the eastern Caribbean.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 25, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Moulton Brown products with the exclusive Seabourn scent will be available for a short time again on the Moulton Brown website. 
  • Virgin Voyages has chosen Wartsila to power and operate their ships, allowing Virgin staff to focus on passengers. 
Details appeared in the July 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

MV Werften Solves Housing Shortage

The shipbuilding business is booming at MV Werften in Germany, the shipyards owned by Genting Hong Kong. The shipyards are busy building ships for brands owned by Genting. They are ramping up production so much they are increasing employment to about 1,500, plus a large number of outside contractors.

Housing in the Wismar area is limited, and to solve that problem, Genting is sending Star Cruise's (a Genting brand) Superstar Libra to the yard to be used as a residential ship beginning in August.

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

The Grinch Drops In

It was Christmas in July today aboard Carnival Spirit in Sydney Harbor, and in a surprise move, the Grinch “dropped in” to the ship from a helicopter in an attempt to steal the Christmas fun from Carnival Spirit.

He swooped in past the Opera House and across the Harbor and onto Carnival Spirit yesterday.

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