Friday, April 20, 2018

Come Back Fit

Something almost unheard of is going on aboard Celebrity ships. People are returning from their cruises more fit that when they left.

It's all the fault of Canyon Ranch who has somewhat reinvented the idea of fitness at sea programs.

The complete story appeared in the April 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 
CND subscribers also read about:
  • The topping off of the new nine-story parking garage at Port Miami which is currently under construction
  • Meyer Werft delivered Norwegian Bliss yesterday, and today the yard gives us a look around (video below)
Details appeared in the April 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Norwegian Bliss Delivered

Norwegian Cruise Line grew to 16 ships today when Meyer Werft delivered the 168,028-ton Norwegian Bliss. The handover took place at Bremerhaven at the conclusion of an 18-month building period.

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


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Birthday

In case it wasn't marked on your calendar, today is the 145th birthday of Holland America Line - and I still have to get my gift wrapped. 

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 18, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Horizon's new features (video below)
  • An island-wide blackout (again) in Puerto Rico today
Details appeared in the April 18 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

All Talk

Princess Cruises will again offer their Encounters with Discovery at Sea program in 2018, and the speakers for Princess' summer European voyages have been announced.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Queen Mary 2 passengers being among the first to visit the newly opened QE2 hotel in Dubai
  • Most calls continuing as scheduled at Roatan despite the damaged pier
Details appeared in the April 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

QE2 at Last

It appears the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is finally going to open as a hotel - and in Dubai.

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

A Deluxe guest room aboard the QE2 Hotel in Dubai 

Photo courtesy of the QE2 Hotel. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Overboard from Anthem of the Seas

A 24-year-old man went overboard from Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas on Friday about 3:30pm when it was 65 miles off the coast of Chincoteague, Virginia.

Royal Caribbean said the man was seen “intentionally going overboard.” The ship immediately began a search for the man and notified the appropriate authorities, including the US Coast Guard which initiated a search by air and sea.

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

Police Statement on Pacific Dawn Death

Australia's Queensland police have determined the woman who went overboard from Pacific Dawn last week did so intentionally.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

MV Werften Keeps Delivering

MV Werften handed over Crystal Ravel to Crystal River Cruises yesterday. It is the line's fifth river cruise vessel and the fourth newbuild by the Wismar yard.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Miami approving Norwegian's new terminal
  • A second ship enters service for Bahamas Paradise Line
  • Vancouver opens largest cruise season ever
Details appeared in the April 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Zipper Is Bigger Than Yours

Just when you thought there was nothing new to do on St. Maarten, along comes Rockland Estate. The eco-park attraction was built by Rainforest Adventures with financing from Carnival Corp and contains the world's steepest zip line, as well as other thrilling rides set in a lush eco-friendly location.

Today was the official opening, and it will be offered as a shore excursion on all the ships of the eight Carnival brands calling at St. Maarten.

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

Overboard from Pacific Dawn

A woman went overboard from P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn Thursday afternoon when the ship was 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Details Their One-of-a-Kind Itineraries

A few weeks ago the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection announced their inaugural 2019 year program would see their ship move around the world, following the sun, to all the resort destinations you will want to go - the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada, and Northeastern United States. Now the company is ready to detail those itineraries and has published their first brochure.

The itineraries are all seven to ten days in length. No two of the itineraries are alike, so customers can book them back-to-back without repeating ports. They include both intimate and signature ports of call. 

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:

  • Your ships are now being built by someone who used to design them.
  • Fender bender at Roatan
  • Carnival dividend
Details appeared in the April 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Horizon Even Offers Extra Retail Therapy

Don't put away your wallet once you board Carnival Horizon. Carnival has expanded the shopping - both the amount of space and the scope of the brands.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Quantum of the Seas homeporting at Singapore for six-months from November 2019 to April 2020
  • A Frank talk on Bliss
Details appeared in the April 10 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Earth & Ocean to Debut on Seabourn Ovation

A new dining option for Seabourn's passengers will debut with Seabourn Ovation next month.

“Earth & Ocean at the Patio” will offer al fresco dining at poolside by candlelight with an a la carte menu developed by consulting Chef Anton Egger.

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

Costa Ships Getting New Livery

Costa Mediterranea was the first ship in the fleet to get Costa's new livery that pays tribute to the line's home country of Italy with a stylized Italian flag.

The job was completed during a call at Savona last Friday (April 6), as seen in the video below.

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


Friday, April 6, 2018

And We're Going to KEEP Going to Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line announced receiving permission for an  additional 20 voyages to Cuba in 2019. These are essentially extending the line's program from Tampa and in addition to the recently announced sailings to Cuba from Miami aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019.

The Tampa program will continue operating with the just-refurbished (and private verandas added) Carnival Paradise.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:

  • #CarbonaraDay aboard Costa
  • Still looking around Symphony of the Seas 
Details can be found in the April 6 edition of Cruise News Daily.




Please note this is B-roll so there is little or no sound.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tom Franek Could Win That Contest Standing on His Head

When pianist Tom Franek isn't wowing Princess audiences with his outstanding musical talents, he's just putting on a genuinely fun show. And he did it so well aboard Regal Princess last week, that audiences voted him Princess Cruises' Entertainer of the Year.

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

Say Hello to Pursuit

A couple weeks ago, Carnival Corp handed P&O's Adonia over to Royal Caribbean in the dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard where exterior work was done on the ship removing the Adonia and repainting the ship in Azamara livery.

The ship took another step toward its new identity on Wednesday when it arrived at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast for its interior refit.

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

Azamara Pursuit arrive at Harland and Wolff in Belfast on April 4.
Changing the metal letters on the bow at Grand Bahama Shipyard
Removing the last exterior Adona signage at Grand Bahama Shipyard
Photos courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Viking Signs LOI for New Type of Ship

Fincantieri says Viking has signed a letter of intent for Fincantieri's Vard subsidiary to build two of a new type of ship for them. Included in the contract will be options for two additional ships.

Fincantieri is referring to the ships as “special cruise vessels,” but Viking is not commenting about what will make them “special” or how they will be different from their other oceangoing ships. Fincantieri says they will be designed by Vard in close cooperation with Viking.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 4, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Holland America continuing to play ball with the Mariners
  • Is this therapy or marinating?
Details appeared in the April 4 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

And Weddings Would Be Good for Business Too

Carnival Corp came out today to actively support OUTBermuda in their efforts to change the law in Bermuda which only allows same-sex couples to register a domestic partnership rather than a marriage.

“Carnival Corporation believes our employees, guests and the public at large deserve equal dignity and respect,” the company said today.

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

Overboard from Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line says a passenger was reported going overboard from Norwegian Spirit at 2am this morning (local time in the Mediterranean). The ship turned and began a search while all the appropriate authorities were notified.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Caribbean International is canceling the 11-night April 6 sailing of Radiance of the Seas due to a problem with the Azipod propulsion system. 
  • Carnival Legend left Sydney this afternoon to begin repositioning to Alaska for the summer. The ship will undergo a dry dock when it reaches Vancouver. 
Details appeared in the April 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Carnival Legend just before it left Sydney this afternoon
Photo courtesy of James Morgan and Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Carnival Horizon Enters Service - but No Bottle Broken

Carnival Horizon arrived in Barcelona yesterday, ready for her first passengers to board today. They did, and the ship left as scheduled this afternoon, on her maiden cruise, a 13-night Mediterranean voyage.

There was no naming ceremony in Barcelona today. That will wait until the ship reaches New York on May 23 and actress Queen Latifah will name the ship before it sets sail on its summer series of cruises from the Big Apple.

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



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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Grimaldi has contracted with Fincantieri to lengthen two of their ferries
  • A quick look at Symphony's departure (below). 
Details appeared in the April 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Symphony of the Seas entered regular service on Saturday when she left Barcelona on a five-night Mediterranean cruise:


Friday, March 30, 2018

While DeBarge had the Rhythm of the Night - Princess has the Rhythm of the Caribbean

With Princess Cruises again returning to a summer Caribbean program, they've established a program which will begin next summer that make their Caribbean cruises seem more “Caribbean.” It's called “Rhythm of the Caribbean.”

Everything from cuisine and cocktails to entertainment and enrichment programs will have a Caribbean tinge to it.

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

More Looking around Symphony of the Seas

We have more B-roll from Symphony of the Sea. Today's “tour” includes the Ultimate Abyss, Jamie's Italian, the Park Cafe, Central Park, the Pool Deck and several other features.

Remember the video is B-roll, so it's meant to be used to construct other videos, and there's little or no sound. It does give you a good look around.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

High-Energy Shows Will Wow Passengers aboard Symphony

Royal Caribbean is pumping up the crowd with four high-energy shows aboard Symphony of the Seas. The line is particularly proud of one completely new offering in the Royal Theater with eye-popping special effects called “Flight: Dare to Dream.”

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A new free wi-fi offer aboard Silversea
  • A teen with whom Carnival made a deal in exchange for his Snapchat account

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Horizon

Carnival took delivery of the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon today at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard. It is the 26th in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. 

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

Sapphire Princess “Comes Back New”

Sapphire Princess - which spends most of its time in Asia - is heading to Europe for the summer season. Before it set out on its epic 38-night repositioning voyage to Southampton today, it spent two weeks in dry dock at Singapore getting updated with many of Princess' new signature offerings.

One that's immediately noticeable is the new Princess livery on the ship that starts at the bow and flows down the sides of the hull.

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Are You Ready to Go Back to Turkey?

The government of Turkey has a new program in place now through the end of 2019 that pays cruise lines an incentive to bring passengers to Turkish ports, a sizable incentive.

This is, of course, to counter the huge drop in tourism and cruise calls the country has experienced due to actual terrorist attacks in tourist areas and the potential for continued attacks.

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

Paradise Returns

After a month-long dry dock, Carnival Paradise has returned to its year round homeport of Tampa with some significant changes.

The ship offers four- and five-night cruises to the western Caribbean as well as four- to eight-night cruises that include an overnight or day-long call at Havana.

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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Princess Sets Record Australian Deployment

The recognition of the growth of the Australian market by North American lines continued as Princess announces their largest deployment for the 2019/2020 season.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A special medevac from Norwegian Dawn today
  • A look around Symphony of the Seas
Details appeared in the March 26 edition of Cruise News Daily. 



Please note this is B-roll, so there is little or no sound.

Friday, March 23, 2018

STX France Delivers Symphony of the Seas

The world officially has a new “largest cruise ship in the world” today with Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas being registered at 228,081 gross registered tons, puts it ahead of the previous record holder, Harmony of the Seas, which is “only” 226,963 tons. The record-holder 5,518 passengers in double occupancy, but will actually carry up to a total of 6,680 passengers and a crew of 2,200.

STX France officially handed the Oasis-class ship over to Royal Caribbean today at their Saint-Nazaire yard.

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




The first video shows the handover and the celebration which followed. Included are comments from executives from both the cruise line and the yard. The second video, is a mashup of scenes from construction to delivery.

NOTE: The second video includes lots of quick edits and flashing lights. If you are sensitive please STOP the video during the 5-second transition.

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

Investing in Japan

Carnival Corp has signed an agreement with the port of Sasebo in Japan for Carnival to invest in the construction of a cruise terminal to be in operation by 2020.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 22, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line opening bookings for Norwegian Encore's inaugural season beginning in November 2019.
  • MSC launched a new partnership with Michelin-starred chef Ramon Freixa for the Spanish chef to develop menu items and tapas which will be available across the fleet. 
  • Carnival Australia revealed the initial itineraries and opened bookings for Carnival Splendor when it is transferred "Down Under" in November 2019. It will initially be based in Sydney. 
Details appeared in the March 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Dominica Nearly Recovered from Hurricane Maria

Last week the Caribbean island of Dominica marked six months since the Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and Discover Dominica reports the island has made major progress in restoring essential services and amenities on the island, reopening tourist attractions and being ready to receive visitors. The cruise ship berth at Roseau is also fully operational.

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




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dry Dock Set for Silver Whisper

Passengers sailing on Silversea's 2019 World Cruise aboard Silver Whisper will be sailing on a just-renovated ship. The ship will go into dry dock at Freeport from December 8 to December 19.

During its 11-day makeover, the interior will receive much of the same styling as the line's newest ship, Silver Muse. There will be renewal throughout the vessel.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 21, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC choosing a place and date to christen MSC Bellissima 
  • Carnival opening the books for Carnival Panorama
  • Seabourn Ovation completing sea trials
  • Costa Luminosa straying from the route slightly
Details appeared in the March 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Trouble with Horizon

Newspapers in northern Italy (where Fincantieri is the hometown business and they follow the progress of each new ship from the time it is ordered until it is delivered) are reporting there's trouble with Carnival Horizon.

It is in the Marghera yard, near Venice, which is and ultra-environmentally-sensitive area anyway. Very basically, the paint is not sticking to the hull, and flakes of the paint, which is filled with all sorts of nasty chemicals, are coming off and polluting the water.

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

Nothing Is Simple

Yesterday we told you that Royal Caribbean and CTrip were shutting down their joint venture cruise line SkySea Cruise Line, and the ship, the former Celebrity Century was being sold to TUI for use in their Marella brand. Seems simple, but nothing is simple in the cruise industry.

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


Polishing a Jewel

P&O Australia's Pacific Jewel has just returned from a 10-day dry dock which has updated her interior to the fresh modern look other P&O ships are getting, and she has her new Southern Cross livery.

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

Pacific Jewel in its new Southern Cross livery

The new, modern look in the atrium

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

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Ship with Something Extra

Holland America Line announced last week that when Nieuw Statendam is delivered in December, it will have something extra they weren't originally planning. Fincantieri has managed to build eight more staterooms into it than sister ship Koningsdam has.

Overall the 99,500-ton ship will have 1,339 staterooms and suites, including staterooms for solo cruisers, and family staterooms that accommodate up to five. 

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 19, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Caribbean and China's CTrip are ending their joint venture SkySea Cruise Lines this fall. 
  • In May, Adam Goldstein will be promoted to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Vice Chairman.
Details appeared in the March 19 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Touring for the Foodie in You

Princess Cruises has partnered with Bon Appetit on a new culinary-centered shore excursion program to give passengers an authentic local culinary experience.

The experiences include local ingredients and cooking styles as well as demonstrations and tastings from local chefs.

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

Your Ship Has Come In

Norwegian Bliss has successfully completed its conveyance down the Ems River and arrived at Eemshaven on Thursday morning. Its departure from Meyer Werft in Papenburg and the beginning of the journey down the Ems was documented by the yard in the video below.



Video courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Everybody's Going to Cuba

MSC Cruises announced plans today to operate new seven-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami that include a two-day call at Havana - and it all begins in December already.

The new program will see the 65,542-ton MSC Armonia homeported at Miami (alongside MSC Seaside and MSC Divina), which MSC says will make it “one of the largest and most modern ships to sail to Cuba.” MSC Armonia was the first ship to be renovated and lengthened in MSC's Renaissance program.

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

This Is Not Your Father's Coco Cay

Private islands have traditionally been beach days, but that's not everyone's idea of a perfect day. Some people want more action. Royal Caribbean is therefore expanding the concept of the private island so it can be everyone's idea of a perfect day.

By the end of next year, not only will Coco Cay's beachy facilities be upgraded, but the island will also have a waterpark, and not only that, but Royal Caribbean will then be expanding the concept worldwide. The Perfect Day Island Collection will include similar facilities in Asia and Australia.

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



The above video will give you a look at each of the features of the expanded Coco Cay.
Please note that the second portion of this video is B-roll, so there is no sound.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bliss on the River

Norwegian Bliss left the Meyer shipyard Tuesday night on its conveyance down the Ems River never to return. After a few days at Eemshaven at the mouth of the river to provision and board additional crew members, the ship will depart for its sea trials in the North Sea.

Overnight and through the day today, Norwegian Bliss has wound its way down the river at times like threading a needle though the narrow passages. At 994 feet long and 136 feet wide, it is passing between barriers that sometimes give it only four feet clearance or less. Of course, as always, it is doing all this stern first for better maneuverability.

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



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

Tracing Your Roots All the Way across the Atlantic

One in five who came through Ellis Island in the late 1800's came on a Cunard liner. Having played such a large role in so many families' immigration to the US, Cunard will have a special theme on one of next fall's crossings aboard Queen Mary 2.

For the first time, the luxury line has partnered with Ancestry.com to bring experts aboard to help you trace your roots.

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Silver Spirit - Like You've Never Seen Her Before

Earlier we told you about Silversea's plans to lengthen Silver Spirit. Then, a couple weeks ago, we told you when it was time for the ship to head off to Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard. Now it has been there four days, and it has been cut in a precise operation, and the ship is in three giant pieces and ready to be stuck back together.

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







Video courtesy of Fincantieri and Silversea. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

We Thought You Were Someone Else

Carnival's onboard security department in Australia is in trouble again according to Australian media. A couple weeks ago, in published video, they seemed to be responding improperly to a large brawl onboard.

This time they apparently accused the wrong passenger, which resulted in him getting beaten up.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Out of the Kitchen and onto the Sea

In 2018, Holland America will be showcasing their Culinary Council, Master Mixologist and Wine Curator and partner Winemakers on several Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises that will give passengers a chance to see these legendary masters at work, meet them and dine on their creations.

During each Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise, passengers will have the opportunity to attend (cooking, cocktail or wine) demonstrations, get to know the experts, and meet them at photo opportunities. All of the events are complimentary.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Windstar's spectacular 51-day Mediterranean cruise
  • Intercruises' SafeAshore app
Details appeared in the March 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

New Norwegian Terminal

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed the design this week for their new Miami terminal which, if approved by the county board, should see construction begin in May and be completed by the fall of 2019 when Norwegian Encore arrives in Miami.

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


Renderings courtesy of Bermello Ajamil & Partners. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • An additional security alert for Playa del Carmen
  • More info about Genting's Global-class
Details appeared in the March 9 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

First Look at Disney Newbuilds

Disney gave the world its first look at their 140,000-ton ships they will begin receiving in 2021 when they revealed a rendering at The Walt Disney Company's annual shareholders meeting today.

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


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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 8, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A passenger going overboard from Norwegian Epic and living to tell about it 
  • Viking Sun being christened in Shanghai
  • MV Werften beginning construction of their 204,000-ton Global-class and Genting saying they will transfer it to their Dream brand which will use it to expand globally. 
Details appeared in the March 8 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Construction has begun on the 204,000-ton Global-class which Dream Cruises will be used to expand globally 
Rendering courtesy of MV Werften. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

He's Making a List and Checking It Twice

Just Holland America Line has the Culinary Council to keep their dining options tip-top, they now have a wine expert to curate their wine list - something of a Wine Council of one.

Holland America has hired acclaimed wine critic James Suckling as their official Wine Curator. As the Wine Curator, his first task is to review the line's current 300-label wine list and craft a new one.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • AIDA's unusual plans for christening AIDAnova
  • Seabourn chooses a godmother for Seabourn Ovation
Details appeared in the March 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

They're Cheaper by the Half Dozen

Fincantieri announced today they have entered into an agreement with Viking Ocean Cruises to build an additional six ships.

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

Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection Begins to Detail Programs

Ritz-Carlton gave a preliminary look today at where their ship would be sailing in its first year of operation and the type of programs customers could expect.

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

Leaving Early

P&O Australia said today that Pacific Eden will be leaving the fleet in April 2019.

P&O says the move is in “preparation for the arrival of the more modern and larger 2600-guest Golden Princess in 2020.”

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Food Coming into Focus on Holland America

Until now, Holland America's Culinary Council has worked as a group. Seven very talented chefs would come together from their homes all over the world and advise on culinary concepts for the line.

Now the line has decided to reorganize that. Each chef has his own area of expertise, and they will now each focus on that expertise aboard the Holland America fleet on specific restaurants, menus or projects that will utilize that expertise.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 5, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Cruise lines canceling ship-sponsored tours that use ferries between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen due to a security alert by the US embassy in Mexico
  • MSC opening the books for sale on MSC Graniosa, the first of the Meriviglia Plus-class
  • Carnival's AIDA brand promoting their first female navigational officer to the rank of captain. The 34-year-old woman is currently captaining AIDAsol.  
Details appeared in the March 5 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Traveling Deep with Princess

You may remember that Fathom, Carnival's brand without a ship, developed a group program which sailed to the DR in January aboard Crown Princess to continue their people-to-people humanitarian work. That trip was so successful, they immediately scheduled two more in March and May.

Those booked out so successfully, Fathom has now scheduled four more through the rest of 2018 aboard Caribbean and Royal Princess.

The Fathom sailings now have been branded “Travel Deep” sailings.

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

A One-Time Opportunity

Costa's next ship, the 135,500-ton Costa Venezia, is under construction at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard, and it will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. The ship is being built specifically for the Chinese market.

Once built in Italy, it still has to get to Asia, and Costa will sell the ship's positioning cruise from Italy to Asia as a spectacular 53-day inaugural, the only time the ship will be available for sale to western passengers. Once in China, it will be limited to local sale only.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Queen Will Name Carnival Horizon

A queen will name Carnival Horizon. Queen Latifah has agreed to be the godmother to Carnival's next ship.

The award-winning musician and actress will name Carnival Horizon in New York on May 23.

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

Disney Keeps Things Moving

Disney just announced their summer 2019 programs, and like usual, some of their ships will be moving and some will be making itinerary changes just to keep things fresh for their regular customers - and so they can sail to new places without having to leave the Disney family.

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cunard Expands Down Under

Australians have a love affair with Cunard. Each year when the ships go Down Under, the market gets stronger and it seems the Australians can't get enough. And each year in response, Cunard comes up with new itineraries to give Australians more reasons to sail again. Australia is one of the luxury brand's strongest traffic generators.

The line is expanding their Australian season but next year and again the following.

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Havana Plus

How convenient! During 2019, Carnival Sensation will be sailing year round from Miami on short cruises (four- and five-nights) to two or three ports of call. Carnival has permission from the Cuban government to replace one of the ports with Havana about every three weeks or so - 17 times during 2019.

These will each feature a daylong call at Havana, and they are Carnival Cruise Line's first cruises scheduled from Miami to Havana.

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

One More, Please

Carnival Corp today ordered a third next-generation ship from Meyer Werft for their AIDA brand.

The 180,000-ton ship will be the third in the series that begins with AIDAnova, which is fully LNG-powered, and will be delivered this December. The ship ordered today is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

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

Looking over Symphony of the Seas

STX France will deliver Symphony of the Seas to Royal Caribbean next month. The yard provided a unique look around (and under and over) the new ship through the eyes of a drone in the video below.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Reaching out and Not Just Touching but Locked on and Streaming

Carnival demonstrated their super-fast mucho-bandwidth MedallionNet for the trade media today via a virtual press conference (in the olden days we called them conference calls) using the connectivity from Regal Princess as it was anchored just off Princess Cays.

Oddly, you could tell how well it worked, because there was nothing special about it, it was just like a normal phone call.

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

Records Are Breaking at Southampton

Cruise business is booming at Southampton.

The port saw two million passengers pass through in 2017 on more than 500 ship calls.

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

Friday, February 23, 2018

Carnival Horizon Passengers Will Be Entertained

Carnival Horizon is about to debut (April 2) in the Mediterranean and aboard will be three brand-new production shows.

Carnival is following the same formula they have followed with all their new ships of late, and why not? The shows, produced by Playlist Productions in their unique style have proven a hit with customers. In addition to the production shows, Carnival is also bringing some of the proven-favorite entertainment from other ships such as Hasbro, The Game Show, the Punchliner Comedy Club and even an IMAX theater.

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

O, My!

O's Reading Room debuted last year aboard Holland America, and it was so popular, the line has decided to extend it to all 14 ships.

The concept comes from the line's partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine.

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ready for the Knife

Silversea's Silver Spirit arrived at Dubai this morning at the end of an eight-night cruise from Mumbai. When passengers disembarked, the 36,000-ton ship left for Palermo where it has a date with the welder's torch (as well as other unspeakable instruments) at the Fincantieri shipyard on March 5 that will run until May 1.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 22, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • P&O's Aurora is going to be for adults only
  • Soon Celebrity's passengers are going to be able to learn about Hot Glass
Details appeared in the February 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Grand Classica Unveiled

Bahamas Paradise's Grand Celebration has a sister on the way, and she's someone we all know, Costa Classica. But she'll soon be reborn to be Grand Classica and then she'll be more like Grand Celebration.

Grand Classica will join her new sister sailing two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island from Palm Beach beginning April 13. 

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

The Greatest Generation Goes to Sea Again

Cunard will again partner with the Greatest Generation Foundation and commemorate the service of World War II veterans during the July 20 Queen Mary 2 crossing.

Eight special veterans of World War II will be aboard to tell their personal stories of their experiences in “The Great War.”

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The End Is Near

Meyer Werft floated out Norwegian Bliss on Saturday, a sure sign that the ship is nearing completion.

It will remain at the dock at the Papenburg facility until mid-March when it goes down the Ems River (never to return) for sea trials and whatever adjustments are necessary after that.

Delivery is expected sometime (just) prior to April 19. Then after preview events in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, Norwegian Bliss has a date in Seattle on May 30 for its christening. It's the first new ship Norwegian has ever entered into service in Seattle where it will be sailing seven-night Alaska cruises round trip beginning June 2.

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





Norwegian Bliss (left) with section of AIDAnova being towed into the building dock
Video and photo courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

For the Explorer in You

This fall Holland America will launch a new type of cruise, which actually seems to be an evolution of what most lines term an exotic itinerary. Those cruises are being enhanced with a variety of special interest programs both onboard and off, focused on the destination, covering a wide range of topics - and Holland America will call them EXC In-Depth Voyages.

A special feature of these voyages is that the ship will carry Zodiacs for up-close discovery of less-accessible areas of the shoreline.

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How They Made Princess Cays Even Better

Princess Cays has had a number of enhancements added during its recent renovation. Princess' private 40-acre resort on the southern tip of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Princess Cays has always been a passenger favorite, featured on eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, but with the new enhancements it will be even “more favorite.”

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

The Not-So Fun Ship

Yesterday we told you aboard a brawl aboard P&O's Pacific Explorer where seven people had to be removed from the ship. Today we have news of a brawl aboard Carnival Legend which apparently has smoldered through much of the cruise and when the fighting broke out, apparently occurring at least a couple of times (or more), it was worthy of a hockey game.

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Indulge Your Foodie Urges Ashore

Holland America is extending their partnership with Food & Wine to develop culinary-themed EXC Tours (shore excursions).

There are already 23 available for 2018 sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. And more are on the way. The tours offer a variety of experiences. They might be a hand-on cooking class with a local chef, a culinary walking tour, a visit to a winery, or a walking tour that samples local street food to name just a few.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 14, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Virgin Voyages settles on a new home
  • Seven passengers were removed from a ship after a move you usually only see in old movies
Details appeared in the February 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Something for Everyone

Norwegian Cruise Line has been operating a program to Cuba for most of the year with Norwegian Sky, and giving the market what most people want, who say they want to go to Cuba: a short cruise that visits Havana for a full day. In addition, the four-night cruise calls at Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas and has a full day at sea.

Now the line is expanding that with another choice. Norwegian Sun will operate longer (seven-night and longer) Caribbean cruises that include a call at Havana on a typical Caribbean itinerary. In short, Norwegian will be giving customers a choice: either making Havana the point of the trip, or just a bonus along the way.

The longer cruises will operate this fall.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A west-coast-oriented culinary cruise aboard Ruby Princess on March 22 featuring Mexican food expert Bill Esparza along noted chefs Sabina Bandera and Carlos Salgado.
  • Royal Caribbean declaring a 60-cent quarterly dividend. 
Details appeared in the February 13 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Something New for the West Coast

In the first of three news items concerning Carnival on the West Coast, Carnival Cruise Line announced on Saturday that their next Vista-class ship, Carnival Panorama, will be homeported at Long Beach.

It will be the first time in 20 years Carnival has sent a brand-new ship to the West Coast.

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

A Bigger Home in Southern California

Carnival debuted their newly remodeled and enlarged cruise terminal in Long Beach coinciding with the arrival of Carnival Splendor which will be homeported there until late 2019.

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

The unique interior of Carnival's Long Beach terminal
Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission. 

Coming Soon Just South of the Border

In the third piece of news to come from Long Beach over the weekend, Carnival announced a new port project for Ensenada.

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

Agreement to Order

Meyer Turku reports TUI Cruises has agreed to order Mein Schiff 7 from the yard.

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Three New Entertainment Concepts aboard Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises is launching a new cabaret-style of entertainment aboard their three ships with three unique types of shows.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Nassau becoming even more dangerous
  • TUI beating Celebrity to the same-sex altar
Details appeared in the February 9 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

America's Test Kitchen - At Sea

Fans of America's Test Kitchen can now sail with a version of the popular show aboard three very special sailings on Holland America Line, thanks to the ongoing partnership between the two companies.

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


Juneau Building War Chest

As you may remember, the city of Juneau is in a fight with the cruise lines over the proper use of money the city receives from the Alaskan head tax. It is supposed to be used for things which benefit cruise passengers. To make a long story short, the city used some of the money to build a park in an area of town the cruise lines say it would be unlikely for cruise passengers to ever go to, and the cruise lines sued the city.

The city is now planning to set aside even more funds to cover the estimated $1.6 million cost of legal fees.

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















Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Finally, another Reason to Go to Antarctica

Even if you have no interest in the scenic beauty or the science of going to a polar region, Silversea is now providing possibly another type of self-improvement reason for going to Antarctica: learning about digital photography and  photo editing. This isn't just some “classroom” set up in a corner of a lounge. Silversea seems to have the professional equipment and instructors in Silver Cloud's new Photo Studio to allow the interested individual to truly learn.

Of course what better place to practice than on the hundreds of photos you can take where the ship is sailing - in some of the most unique scenery in the world?

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

Another Perfect Score for a HAL Ship

While some lines seem to lately be struggling to get passing scores on their US Public Health Inspections, Holland America Line just keeps acing the inspections with perfect scores.

This time it was Zuiderdam's turn.

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Good-Bye, Hollywood - Hello, Sydney!

Carnival Cruise Line is growing their year round Australia-based fleet by sending the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor Down Under. The 3,900-passenger ship will represent a 66% for Carnival Cruise Line's Australia capacity.

Carnival Splendor will begin sailing from Sydney in December 2019 after a repositioning cruise from Singapore (operated under the Carnival Australia flag). Anticipating the demand, bookings will open next month.

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


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

Other Things You'll want to Know - February 6, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC's 3-year agreement with the Miami Dolphins so fans can sail with Miami Dolphin legends and the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders. 
  • Cunard and P&O decide to phase out all single-use plastic aboard their ships by the end of 2022.
  • Meyer Werft gave us the first look at the hull art for Norwegian Bliss (below)

Details can be found in the February 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Now There's Something You Don't See Every Day

Remember the old news reels where you saw a ship christened and it slid down the rails into the water? As ships grew in size, they started building them in dry docks and brought the water to the ship instead of taking the ship to the water.

Now since ships are getting even bigger, they are being built in sections and then the sections are being assembled in the dry dock. Sometimes then, the sections are built on land and slide down the rails into the water.

That was the case for the bow section of Sky Princess. The bow was built at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia yard near Naples. Last Thursday the 7,600-ton (weight) section was launched and rolled down the rails into the water.

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



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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 5, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A new program at Costa Crociere that seeks to reduced food waste by half fleetwide by 2020.
  • There are reports that QE2, still docked in Dubai, is getting ready to open as a hotel. 
  • Carnival Fascination has left St. Croix at the conclusion of its charter to FEMA
Details appeared in the February 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fincantieri Finalizing Purchase of STX France Stake

After one false start, Fincantieri and the French government seem to have again settled on a plan for Fincantieri to purchase half of STX France. The previous agreement was nixed by the Macron government using the government's veto when it came to power fearing too much control of a major French asset and employer by the Italian shipbuilder.

The new agreement provides for Fincantieri to purchase exactly 50% of STX France from the French government for 59.7 million euros.

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

More Time to Enjoy the Ride

Life is slower in the Caribbean, and even the Caribbean Princess is slower in the Caribbean these days. As a result, passengers are being advised of revised Caribbean itineraries.

The company said an unspecified technical issue is preventing Caribbean Princess from sailing at top speeds which was required on certain portions of the published itineraries, so in many cases, port times were adjusted.

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

AIDAnova to Be Delivered Early

Meyer Werft will deliver AIDAnova about two weeks early, and AIDA has scheduled a series of four-night “pre-premier” cruises (a term only a cruise line could invent) to either Oslo or Rotterdam.

Not to worry. AIDAnova's maiden voyage will still leave Hamburg on December 2 for the Canary Islands.

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

A New Era in Short Cruises

We are about to enter a new era in the cruise industry. In June, Royal Caribbean's will place the 138,000-ton Mariner of the Seas in the short (three- and four-night) cruise market from Miami.

The Voyager-class ship, built for seven-night itineraries, is already feature-rich, but after a $90 million makeover, she'll have even more.

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Meyer Werft Cuts Steel for Next Norwegian Ship

Meyer Werft cut the first steel today for Norwegian Cruise Line's seventeenth ship, and the fourth and final of the Breakaway Plus-class, which Norwegian says is their most successful class ever.

The event took place at Meyer's Laser Center in Papenburg (Germany). Norwegian used the event to make two major announcements about the ship.

The complete story appeared in the January 31 edition of Cruise News Daily,

People on the Run Need a Vacation

When a 30-year-old woman checked in for her cruise on Carnival Triumph on Monday, she had a surprise waiting for her. She was arrested by New Orleans police on an outstanding warrant for desertion from the army in 2012.

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

Even Birds Need to Get Away

This is the story of Harri, who is an Australian galah, which is a type of cockatoo. He's also a very fortunate one at that. He had a nice home with a nice family in Brisbane (Australia). One day he apparently decided he just needed to get away, so he flew the coop, so to speak
.
His (human) family was devastated, but this happens with birds sometimes. They carried on and went on the cruise they had planned aboard P&O's new Pacific Aria. They had no idea of the surprise they would have before the end of their cruise.

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Can You Wait until Next Year?

If you'd like to have more space to spread out in the wide-open spaces of Alaska, Holland America will soon have a new option for you. The line has planned a new 99-room wing at the McKinley Chalet Resort at Denali National Park. Fifty-five of the units will be junior suites, the first-ever at the resort.

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

A First for Celebrity

Two gentlemen became the first same-sex couple to be married at sea aboard a major cruise line today when they were married by the captain aboard Celebrity Equinox.

The grooms were joined by their immediate families who were with them on the western Caribbean cruise.

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

Lots of Practice

The crew of Carnival Pride got lots of practice today with helicopter medevacs as the ship sailed off the Carolina coast toward the Bahamas when not one, but two patients were medevaced off the deck of the ship in separate incidents. `

The Coast Guard shot outstanding video of both, which are shown below.

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

First medevac of the day:



Second medevac of the day:



Video courtesy of US Coast Guard. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Doubling Up in Tampa

Carnival Miracle arrived in its new home port of Tampa on Saturday at the end of a trans-Panama repositioning cruise from Long Beach. Saturday evening it sailed on its first seven-night cruise from Tampa to the western Caribbean.

Carnival Miracle joins Carnival Paradise at Tampa. With the addition of a second year round ship, Carnival expects to carry 280,000 passengers annually from the Gulf Coast port, the most of any cruise line in Tampa.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 29, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Crystal is downsizing the plans for their three large oceangoing newbuilds.
  • The Mexican navy has ended their search unsuccessfully for the woman who went overboard from Carnival Triumph last week. 
Details appeared in the January 29 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Jamaica's State of Emergency Continues

It's getting virtually no notice by major news outlets in the US, but the state of emergency in Jamaica's St. James parish, declared January 18, is continuing, and there are signs it will continue for a while. St. James parish contains Montego Bay.

The state of emergency was declared to deal with the high crime rate of the area. The murder rate in St. James is twice as high as in any other parish. Last year there were six murders a week on average in the parish. The government says that since the start of the year "general lawlessness" has intensified.

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

One Beautiful Night in the Caribbean

The Milky Way as seen from P&O's Britannia while sailing in the Caribbean.
(Click in the lower right to turn on the sound.)



Video courtesy of P&O Cruises.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Carnival Inks Order for Additional Ship for P&O UK

Carnival Corp contracted for an additional ship today from Meyer Werft for their P&O brand.

This ship will be a sister to the one already on order for delivery in 2020 and will be delivered in 2022. It will be built at Meyer's Papenburg (Germany) yard. 

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

Carnival Liberty Joins a Growing Carnival Club

While other lines are bragging about the number of consecutive perfect scores their ships achieve, lately, Carnival is struggling to get theirs to attain passing scores. Yet another ship from Carnival Cruise Line has failed its semiannual surprise health inspection.

The CDC made the results of Carnival Liberty's January 4 inspection public today, showing the ship scored an 80, when a passing score is 86. This is the fourth Carnival ship in two months to fail.

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Business as Usual

The e-flyer came earlier this week along with all the other press releases and ads for pills that will stimulate me and make me Superman. It promises me a four-night cruise to Cuba as low as $139, and to get me to book now, I only have to pay a $50 deposit, and I get an open bar, and up to five free offers of great things like specialty dining, wi-fi, or other good things. (This is real and on Norwegian Cruise Line, but there are asterisks all over the place.)

A year or so ago, I'd be writing this saying it looks like the program is really in trouble. Why would a cruise line be offering all these incentives unless they really needed to fill the ships?

Actually, it might be a sign of how healthy the Cuban market is.

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

Josh Now Speaks Spanish

Carnival Corp's Saturday morning show “The Voyager with Josh Garcia,” which is now in its second season on NBC, is expanding. The show's first season has been dubbed in Spanish and can now also be seen on Saturdays on Telemundo where it is known as "El Viajero Con Josh Garcia."

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

Death from Suspected Overdose aboard Harmony of the Seas

Joel Taylor, the host of the reality show “Storm Chasers,” died aboard Harmony of the Seas Tuesday, reportedly from a suspected overdose of drugs.

And that raises questions about security.

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Watch Celebrity Edge Make Her Debut

Celebrity Edge made her debut Monday afternoon at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire when the yard floated the ship out of the dry dock to the finishing dock. The event was preceded by one of equal importance, when the dry dock was flooded and the ship made its first contact with water.

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



Video courtesy of Celebrity Cruises. All rights reserved.

Ignore the Men with Guns - Have a Good Time Ashore

Last Thursday, the island of Jamaica declared a state of emergency in St. James Parish, the parish where Montego Bay is located. Despite armed government troops in the parish, the Jamaican government insists that tourists are not affected. The government said the move was necessary to combat the high crime in portions of the parish outside of Montego Bay.

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

Muscling in on the Coast Guard's Territory

Last Friday just after leaving Cape Liberty at Bayonne (NJ) an 88-year-old man aboard Anthem of the Seas suffered a heart attack and needed urgent shoreside medical attention.

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



Video courtesy of the NYPD. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Overboard from Carnival Triumph

A 44-year-old woman was seen going overboard from Carnival Triumph Sunday evening as it sailed between New Orleans and Cozumel.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 22, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The Grill by Thomas Keller was added to Seabourn Soujourn
  • Triple record month for Galveston
Details appeared in the January 22 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Friday, January 19, 2018

Carnival Triumph to Homeport in Ft. Lauderdale & NYC

Carnival Triumph is moving into an interesting new assignment for the line next year. The ship's basic assignment is to be homeported at Ft. Lauderdale for four- and five-night cruises during the winter season. During the summer and fall months, the ship moves north to New York for a variety of interesting longer itineraries. As it repositions north and south en route to and from New York it sails short series of five- and six-night cruises from Norfolk.

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

Balcony Fall Results in Death

A woman aboard Carnival Elation fell from her balcony to a deck several decks below, resulting in her death this morning.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Big Ship Shuffle

Norwegian Cruise Line will be shuffling their largest ships among home ports as revealed when the line released their winter 2019/2020 programs this week.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 18, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Next winter (2018/2019) MSC will have a second ship homeporting at Dubai. MSC Lirica will be sailing longer cruises from the UAE port to the Gulf and India.
  • Seattle chef Ethan Stowell has joined Holland America's Culinary Council.
  • Carnival has declared a 45-cent-per-share quarterly dividend.
Details appeared in the January 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fathom Rides Again

You may remember Carnival's Fathom brand. They came into being to operate people-to-people programs in the Caribbean, and began with several options in the Dominican Republic, operating with P&O's former Adonia. Then they branched out with programs in Cuba. Then P&O wanted their ship back and Fathom became a Carnival brand without a ship.

They have developed several people-to-people shore excursions that are available as day excursions on other Carnival brands calling at the DR. Now they've developed a program which has been sold as a group on a Crown Princess sailing in January. It was such a success, Fathom and Princess have scheduled two more group sailings in March and May of this year.

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

Talk among Yourselves or Win a Lottery

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the most popular in the world, both for cruise visitors and those on land-based holidays. The problem is that it has become too popular for its own good and visitors are far exceeding capacity. When that happens, it's not good for visitors, residents or the island's resources.

The island has come up with an interesting solution.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yet Another Carnival Ship Fails Its Health Inspection

The CDC has released an inspection report that reveals a  third Carnival Cruise Line ship has failed it's most recent surprise inspection by USPH inspectors. The surprising part is that it was Carnival's newest ship, Carnival Vista, and the newer the ship, usually the easier it is to keep clean and attain a high score because they are built to make it easier to keep clean.

The even bigger surprise is why many of the points were lost. Inspectors believed there was an organized effort to hide violations from them, and they found carts full of food and dirty dishes in crew quarters. (The last time we saw that was in the 2013 Silver Shadow incident.)

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

Steel Cut for Crystal's First Expedition Yacht

MV Werften has cut the first steel for Crystal Cruises' first polar-class expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor. The event took place yesterday at their Stralsund (Germany) yard.

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Carnival Victory Being Updated with New Facilities and Cabin Categories

Have you missed Carnival Victory? It's been at Grand Bahama Shipyard for the last couple of weeks, since January 4 engaged in a multi-million-dollar refit that will see a number of new facilities added by the time it returns to service on January 21.

Many of the new additions we have seen on other Carnival ships, and Carnival Victory is just being brought up to date with Carnival's newest dining and drinking venues, but there are also some that aren't that familiar.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 15, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Panorama's keel being laid at Fincantieri's Marghera yard
  • A long-distance medevac conducted by the US Coast Guard
  • Carnival Cruise Line returning to St. Maarten
Details appeared in the January 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Latest Schwartz Show Set to Debut aboard Royal Princess

Beginning the middle of next month, passengers sailing aboard Royal Princess will be treated to the third production show in the series of collaborations between Princess and award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.

   Audiences will be treated to adventure, romance, and enchantment the evening they see “The Secret Silk,” but there is also a special twist to this show - live puppetry created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The NGV fetty Fantastic allided with Viking Cruises' Viking Star at Barcelona on Friday. 
  • Norwegian Bliss will homeport at New York for the 2019/2020 winter season.
  • 21 more passengers were arrested on drug-related charges while boarding Wednesday's sailing of Norwegian Epic.
Details appeared in the January 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Begins to Take Shape

The Hijos de J. Barreras yard had a keel-laying ceremony today in Vigo (Spain) for the first of three ships Ritz-Carlton has on order. During the event, the first block was lowered into the dry dock.

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

What They Didn't Mention

In case you've missed just about any newscast in the last couple of days, Norwegian Breakaway encountered extremely  heavy seas as it sailed through winter storm Grayson on January 4 while it returned to New York from the Caribbean. Newscasts are showing lots of video of wet places in the ship as rain blew in through the various sliding doors, and there are numerous accounts of how rough the seas were.

There's an important piece of information being left out of most of the stories, however. 

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Star Princess Came Back New

Princess Cruises' advertising has, for a long time, said you “come back new,” and guess what? The same applies to their ships. Star Princess has returned from her two-week stay in dry dock and is like a new ship. It has a bunch of new features just in time for its 2018 program to Hawaii.

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


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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival adding a charge
  • Bermuda's 2018 cruise program gets off to a disappointing start
Details appeared in the January 10 edition of Cruise News Daily

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tried and True

A new advertising campaign is about to be launched by Carnival Cruise Line, and it's going to use a tried and true device that Carnival has used many times before in their ads: the customer testimonial. Each time they use it, they give it a new twist, and the new campaign by their new ad agency, Anomaly, is no different.

The campaign itself revolves around the theme that fun is a result of the choices you make, and you choose what's personally going to be fun for you.

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

An example of one of the new TV spots is below: 

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival has created four new beers which will be brewed aboard Carnival Horizon
  • An old friend may soon have an historic new role
  • Carnival returned to St. Thomas today when Carnival Glory visited St. Thomas. 
Details appeared in the January 9 edition of cruise News Daily. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Closer to the Edge than We Thought

The shipbuilding process has become so precise and exacting, that the builders and their customers can tell very quite accurately if they are falling behind or are running ahead of schedule and how much. This has been so perfected that they can now quite confidently tell almost a year before delivery that they will be able to deliver the ship early.

That has enabled STX France to notify Celebrity of Celebrity Edge's early delivery, and the line has now moved the ship's first sailing back from December 16 (2018) to November 21.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 8, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity passengers aboard excursion boat which sank off Cozumel.
  • 24 Norwegian Epic passengers arrested on alleged drug charges
Details appeared in the January 8 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Viking Picks Name and Launches Ad Campaign

Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sun arrived in Los Angeles today, three weeks into its 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London via the Pacific. It was also the new ship's maiden visit to the city, and Los Angeles is also the line's US headquarters, so Viking used the occasion for a press conference in which they made a couple of announcements.

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

Going in through the Back Door

Grand Cayman is still at tender port. When seas are rough, it makes tendering too uncomfortable or too dangerous so ships cancel their call and sail right on by. Sometimes there is an alternative. When conditions permit, the tenders can land at Spotts Dock on the south side of the island.

Thousands of cruise passengers have been diverted there since Wednesday this week, and the forecast is that the conditions will continue through the weekend.

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Port in the Western Caribbean?

South Padre Island (Texas) has decided they want to get into the cruise business, but unlike so many other ports, they're not looking to become a home port. They want to be a port of call on western Caribbean itineraries.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 4, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Winter storm Grayson changing cruise itineraries
  • A footnote to history running for parliament
Details appeared in the January 4 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NTSB Issues Report on Celebrity Infinity Accident

Last month the National Transportation Safety Board issued their final report on the June 2016 accident when Celebrity Infinity allided with the dock in Ketchikan. The accident did relatively minor damage to the ship (a nine-inch hole was opened in the forward port side of the ship about 12 feet above the waterline) but extensive damage was done to dock, with a cost of approximately $1.15 million.

While the NTSB's mission isn't to assign blame, the report did find that the allison with the dock was the result of “the master's failure to plan, monitor, and execute a safe docking evolution.”

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Business is back to normal at St. Maarten
  • The Falkland Islands are considering an increased head tax
Details appeared in the January 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Less Than Perfect Score

A couple weeks ago we told you about Carnival Breeze receiving a failing score on its USPH inspection in December. It turns out it wasn't the only Carnival ship that failed recently. Today the CDC issued an inspection report on a November 11 inspection of Carnival Triumph in which it scored only 78. (A score of 86 is passing.)

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Valparaiso considering expanding
  • Medevac from Caribbean Princess
Details appeared in the January 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.