Monday, June 18, 2018

Carnival Reaching for Zero

This morning I received a press release that said Carnival Corp had signed an agreement with the international NGO Bellona Foundation to continue improving the cruise industry's sustainable practices.

“So what? Who cares?” I thought. This will do about as much good as one of those things like when they give a half million dollars to some international organization to end world hunger.

But then just as my cursor approached the arrow that would put the press release back in the electronic stack of press releases I'll never look at again, my eye fell on the line in the press release that said, “Setting an aspirational goal of zero emissions in port and during operations in pristine areas will help to force breakthrough approaches in technology and operations to reach that goal.”

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

Something's Fishy

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. If you have Sushi Master Andy Matsuda aboard your ship, wouldn't it be fun to have him make the largest sushi roll at sea?

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Viking Orion Christened and Contains a Difference

Viking Ocean Cruises' fifth ship, Viking Orion, was christened yesterday in the Italian port of Livorno by its godmother, former NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher.

The 47,800-ton ship was named Orion in recognition of her work on the NASA's Orion exploration vehicle project. There was also a surprise onboard in connection with her work in space.

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

Evenings Are Not Necessarily for Sailing on Windstar

Windstar has more than 450 sailing currently open for sale. They visit 299 ports of call in 79 countries. And now more than 45% of those itineraries feature late night stays (until 10pm or later) or overnight calls. Some even stay two nights.

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RCCL Takes Majority Stake in Silversea

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (the parent of Royal Caribbean International) said today they have purchased a 66.7% stake in Silversea Cruises for approximately $1 billion. In addition Manfredi Lefebvre will receive approximately 472,000 Royal Caribbean shares if certain performance metrics are met.

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

Triple-Header at Saint-Nazaire & an Announcement!

MSC was busy at the STX France yard in Saint-Nazaire today with three major events and an announcement of yet another ship order.

Normally, any one of the events would have been newsworthy by itself, but today, MSC grouped them for a super event.

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

Chrissie Watkins Started Something

Forty-three years ago this summer a huge shark was terrorizing swimmers on Amity Island, and the world became fascinated with sharks - both fake and real. Thirteen years later the Discovery Channel celebrated their first Shark Week, and now, thirty years after that, Princess Cruises is stretching it out to a full season with the first “Summer of Shark!”

To let everyone know that the “Summer of Shark” is in full swing aboard, Princess had a decal made up for Caribbean Princess, and it went on the ship last weekend.

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


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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

She Liked It So Well She Got Herself a Ship

Last summer Oprah Winfrey went on her first cruise ever, and she took along a whole boatload of fans on Eurodam to Alaska. She liked it so well, she's scheduled a “Girls' Getaway” three-night cruise to the Bahamas aboard Nieuw Statendam in January.

One other bit of news: Holland America said that Oprah will be the godmother of Nieuw Statendam and christen the ship at a later date.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Whole New Spectrum of Features

Spectrum of the Seas, the first of Royal Caribbean's Quantum Ultra Class ships, is about a year away from entering service in China, and the line is ready to start talking about new features which will debut aboard Spectrum, and likely will then find their way onto other RCI ships.

The ship is currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany), and when we last talked about it at the beginning of the month, it was to look at Meyer's construction method for larger vessels, and a section of Spectrum has just been floated out.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

MSC Seaview Named in Genoa

Nobody ever said MSC didn't know how to throw a party. Saturday night they celebrated the christening of MSC Seaview in Genoa. They know how to do it because this is their new ship they've added to the fleet in the last twelve months
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MSC christenings are always spectacular events filled with personalities arriving on the blue carpet - notables connected with the ship and MSC executives - sparkling entertainment, pageantry and the highlight moment when Sophia Loren cuts the ribbon that breaks the bottle christening the new ship. The evening is always capped by a glittering fireworks display. Saturday night's celebration of MSC Seaview was no exception.

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



Ritz-Carlton Cruise Brand Opens for Sale

Ritz-Carlton's cruise brand, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, opened reservations today for the first time worldwide.

The program includes the entire first year of cruises that include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada and New England. The intimate size is going to take the vessels into ports where typically larger cruise ships can't go, such as Portofino, Capri, and Mykonos.

The first of three ships now enters service in February 2020.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Court Reinstates Same-Sex Weddings in Bermuda

Bermuda's Supreme Court struck down the island's Domestic Partnership Act which authorized officially sanctioned same-sex domestic partnerships but not marriage, thus allowing all people to marry, including same-sex couples. This will also allow cruise ships registered in Bermuda to offer same-sex weddings.

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

Hawaiian Whiplash

Remember earlier this week when Norwegian Cruise Line said they were suspending all calls at both ports on the Big Island of Hawaii until further notice? Consider yourself notified.

Norwegian Cruise Line said today that Pride of America will return to its regular schedule with this weekend's sailing on Saturday.

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

Like a High-Stakes Game of Where's Waldo

This story isn't directly about cruising, but it has a visual that explains why so few people going overboard are found, despite hours and hours of searching by the Coast Guard.

On Wednesday morning a 456-foot Liberian-flagged container ship, Vega Sagittarius, docked at Port Everglades at 6:40am. It advised the Coast Guard of a missing crew member, a 25-year-old male, last seen approximately 5:30am.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat from Port Everglades and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Miami.

The helicopter crew located the missing man five miles east of Port Everglades and directed the response boat to his location. The boatcrew transferred the man to EMS.

It's not a very interesting story and has nothing to do with cruises, but the photo taken from the helicopter speaks volumes about the difficulty of the job of the Coast Guard in locating people in the water who have gone overboard. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

How easy would it be to overlook this man in the water, even looking at this photo taken from the perspective of the search helicopter when you know he's there?

This article appeared in the June 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

A view from the perspective of the search helicopter showing how difficult it is to see a person in the water
Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fincantieri Does It a Fifth Time

Fincantieri has delivered Viking Orion, the fifth ship to Viking Ocean Cruises at the builder's Ancona yard.

Like its sisters, it is 47,800 gross tons and has 465 staterooms and suites.

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


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

Carnival Expanding Shore Holdings in Alaska

Carnival Corp made a major move overnight to expand its land operations in Alaska with Holland America Princess Alaska Tours agreeing to acquire TWC Enterprises' White Pass & Yukon Route division, which includes White Pass' port, railroad and retail operations in Skagway, Alaska.

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

AIDAnova Is Smiling

Now you can tell AIDAnova is an AIDA ship. Meyer Werft has painted AIDA's iconic trademark on the line's newest ship, AIDAnova, the first cruise ship completely powered by Liquified Natural Gas.

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

AIDAnova gets its iconic logo at Meyer Werft in Papenburg
Photo courtesy of AIDA Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Princess Scores Nine Times With Coverage of FIFA World Cup

Football (soccer) fans are going to score big if they are sailing on Princess during the FIFA World Cup matches in Russia for a month beginning June 14.

Just because soccer fans are on vacation, doesn't mean World Cup fans going to have to miss the matches. Nine princess ships will be carrying 64 games beginning on June 14 all the way through the final in Moscow on July 15.

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

Who Says You Can't Buy a Perfect Day?

Remember how a few weeks ago, Royal Caribbean launched the Perfect Day concept?

It had lots of enjoyable activities at Coco Cay like Up, Up and Away, the tethered helium balloon that takes you up to 450 feet above the island, or Thrill Waterpark, with the tallest waterslide in North America. Royal Caribbean just opened them for sale.

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Norwegian Suspends Big Island Calls

Norwegian Cruise Line has now suspended Pride of America's calls at both Hilo and Kona until further notice. The line said the action was taken due to “uncertain conditions resulting from volcanic activity on The Big Island of Hawaii.”

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

Things Are Happening in Brisbane

Carnival Australia announced an agreement with the port of Brisbane to build the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) at Luggage Point and have it operating by 2020. At the same time Carnival announced that Carnival Spirit will move its home port to Brisbane year round beginning in 2020.

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

Fincantieri Delivers MSC Seaview

MSC Seaside is no longer as unique as it was just six months ago, because today, Fincantieri delivered its sister, MSC Seaview, and she is every bit as stunning as her sister. It also happens to be the third newbuild MSC Cruises has put into service in just twelve months.

The 153,516-gross ton vessel was delivered at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard near Trieste. It also now happens to be the largest and most technologically advanced ship ever to be designed and built in Italy.

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


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

Polishing the Crown

Crown Princess “came back new” from a ten-day dry dock in Freeport and headed to the Mediterranean loaded with new features.

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

An Inside Job

A lot more goes on behind those walls in the cavernous building at Meyer Werft in Papenburg than you thought. For the first time on Wednesday the German builder closed the gates around AIDAnova and made it float! (It's just incredible that this place is so vast they can have a whole cruise ship floating in it, and not just one, but several, and parts of others.)

The line also took the opportunity to announce the ship's first captain.

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




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

Things Are Floating in Turku Too

Just a month after Meyer Turku delivered Mein Schiff 1 to TUI Cruises, the yard floated out its sister, Mein Schiff 2, today.

Always a special moment in the life of a ship, the first water touched the hull when the floodgates were opened and 300 million liters of water flooded the dry dock.

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


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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Here It Comes Again

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on Friday (June 1) already, and the folks at InsureMyTrip.com wanted to remind everyone that now is the time to get your trip insurance coverage in order, if you haven't already.

“Once a storm starts forming,” the company reminds us, “it is considered a foreseeable event and insurance coverage will no longer be available to cover losses related to that storm.”

What are the chances of a storm? We also give you the latest NOAA prediction.

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

Spectrum Construction Update

Photos released by Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft this week graphically demonstrate Meyer's latest method of ship construction to maximize use of their indoor building dock at their Papenburg (Germany) facility.

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


Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 31, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Pride of America canceling its call at Kona again this week. 
  • Little Carnival is providing a little fun for Carnival Australia
Details appeared in the May 31 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Little Carnival is providing a little fun for Carnival Australia



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Norwegian Bliss Named in Seattle

Norwegian Bliss became the largest cruise ship ever christened at Seattle on Wednesday when Seattle radio personality Elvis Duran named the ship in the Emerald City.

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


Update on Emerald Princess Death

Remember the case of the man accused of murdering his wife during a domestic violence incident aboard Emerald Princess during a family vacation in Alaska last July? The man was arrested and held without bond. He is still awaiting trial, and is now going to wait longer.

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Big Seven-Oh

While those of us on this side of the Atlantic had a three-day weekend and observed Memorial Day, Costa partied and observed a big birthday: Its seventieth!

The main party last week was aboard Costa Pacifica where about three thousand CostaClub members spent 11 nights on a new Mediterranean itinerary.

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


The entertainment aboard the celebration cruise was Gloria Gaynor

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

Crystal River Cruises Adds another Ship

Crystal was also busy overseas over the holiday weekend. Their river cruise brand christened the third of their newbuild river ships, Crystal Debussy.

The event took place in Amsterdam during the ships three-day stopover during its 10-day “Splendors of the Rhine” cruise. The ship was named by its godmother, Broadway star Rachel York.

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

Rachel York christens Crystal Debussy

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

Friday, May 25, 2018

AIDA to Expand Selections Program with Costa neoRiviera

At the end of next year, Costa neoRiviera is going to be transferred to the AIDA brand for use in their AIDA Selection program.

The ship will be refurbished and renamed AIDAmira before its first cruise for AIDA on December 4, 2019.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line returning to Kona
  • Royal Caribbean brands committing to buy chicken from processors that guarantee more humane treatment of the birds. 
  • Carnival Spirit getting a new duty-free store
Details appeared in the May 25 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Made You Look!

If the point of christening a new ship is to be noticed, Carnival took their best shot yesterday, but it takes a lot to get noticed in New York. How could anyone not notice a 133,500-ton ship with Queen Latifah headlining a lip-sync battle with Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion Jake Elliott? In New York, you never know.

In an other-than-classic ceremony, Queen Latifah named the ship and christened the ship by pouring champagne on the ship's bell.

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



PLEASE NOTE: The video contains quick edits in places with flashes of light that may affect some viewers. If you are susceptible these, PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO.

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Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 24, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • P&O choosing a name for its next ship to join the fleet in 2020. 
  • The opportunity to go on a ghost hunt aboard RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
Details appeared in the May 24 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Meanwhile, 20 Years Later

Windstar has returned to Alaska after a 20-year absence. The boutique line returned to the 49th State with the 212-passenger Star Legend for 25 sailings in 2018 and 2019.

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

Search Suspended

At approximately 9pm this evening, the US Coast Guard suspended their search in the Gulf of Mexico for the 50-year-old man who apparently went overboard from Carnival Paradise yesterday as it was sailing from Tampa to Key West.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 23, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Crystal webcasting the christening of their latest river ship on Monday
  • Carnival Miracle delaying the May 27 sailing from Tampa
Details appeared in the May 23 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GPH to Take Over Havana Management

Most of our readers really won't be interested in the fact that Global Ports Holding has signed an agreement to manage the cruise port at Havana for 15 years. They will, however, be interested in the effect of it. They should prepare for a significant increase in the number of cruises including calls at Havana, and chances are good that their next cruise may include a Havana call. 

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

Overboard from Paradise

A 50-year-old man from North Carolina went overboard from Carnival Paradise this morning as it was traveling from Tampa to Key West.

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Meyer Cuts Steel for Next P&O Vessel

Meyer Werft announced it has cut the first steel for hull number S.710, which is a 180,000-ton vessel ordered by Carnival Corp for their P&O UK brand.

The Papenburg yard will deliver the ship in the spring of 2020. A sister ship is on order for the brand for delivery in 2022.

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

Pressing the button to start the plasma torch are Paul Ludlow (SVP P&O Cruises), Josh Weinstein (Carnival UK President), Tim Meyer (MDirector Meyer Werft), Stephan Schmees (Member of Project Management, Meyer Werft).

Photos courtesy of Meyer Werft and P&O Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Overboard from Sun Princess

An Australian man in his 80's went overboard from Sun Princess about 1:30pm on Saturday when it was approximately 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore.

Princess said it appeared the man went overboard intentionally.

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

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

CNS subscribers also read about:
  • Windstar adding Cruise Tours in Asia
  • Figures show Puerto Rico recovering well  
Details appeared in the May 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Fall of Disney 2019

Disney has set their fall 2019 programs, which is a bigger deal than most lines, because two of Disney's ships float around and home ports change seasonally.

They give Disney Fans a varied selection of itineraries and bring the Disney ships to a new set of fans in local drive markets.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A painting party at Port Everglades
  • A short-distance medevac
Details appeared in the May 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Sea, a New Ship and a Flock of Parrots

While you probably haven't even thought about Christmas shopping this year yet, and are dreaming of this year's cruise. Princess Cruises already has your 2019-2020 Caribbean cruise planned, maybe even on their next ship that isn't even floating yet.

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

Search Ends

The US Coast Guard ended their search for the crew member who went overboard from MSC Seaside early Wednesday morning. The search ended Wednesday night at 8pm.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carnival Corp to Expand at Dubai

Dubai may not be on your radar, but the city has become a cruise hub for the region. Gulf cruises have become hot items for Europeans as well as locals.

So it should be no surprise Carnival Corp is involved in a major effort to expand cruise tourism at the port.

The company has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, to develop the Dubai Cruise Terminal and grow maritime tourism in the region and transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub.

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

Overboard from MSC Seaside

A 37-year-old crew member from the Philippines went overboard from MSC Seaside early this morning.

The US Coast Guard says the incident occurred approximately eight nautical miles southeast of the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas.

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

Made for Bliss

When the Panama Canal expanded in 2016 to accommodate larger ships, it was like they were just waiting for this. This week, at more than 168,000 gross tons, Norwegian Bliss became the largest passenger ship ever to transit the new Panama Canal.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Windstar Doubles Concierge Collection

When you ask the concierge at a hotel for something unusual, not his usual request, and he (or she) thinks for a moment and then opens a drawer and pulls out his special little address book or contacts he has collected over the years, you know he's thought of something very special for you.

Windstar's Concierge Collection of shore excursions is much the same. They are special off-the-beaten path experiences, sometimes known only to locals, and limited to 12-16 people, usually less than 10. They are rare, but not as rare as they once were, because Windstar has doubled them to 90 worldwide this year.

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

French Cadets to Intern aboard Costa & AIDA Ships

Carnival Maritime has entered into a cooperation agreement with ENSM French Maritime Academy that will see ENSM cadets being trained on Carnival ships in the Costa Group (Costa Crociere, Costa Cruises Asia and AIDA).

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

Orlando's Loss Is Alaska's Gain

Alaska cruises have become the most-booked domestic destination.

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

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Big Friday Night on Malta

British actress and singer Elaine Paige officially named Seabourn Ovation in Valletta's harbor Friday evening at the conclusion of an event which included a performance by Ms. Paige.

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

Silver Muse Will Have Yet Another Sister

Silversea ordered a second sister to their recently-delivered (April 2017) flagship, Silver Muse.

Fincantieri will deliver the ship, named Silver Dawn, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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

Silver Wind Fails Health Inspection

Silversea's Silver Wind failed its latest public health inspection on March 18 (2018) with a score of 79. A passing score is 86 or higher.

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Enlarged Silver Spirit Returns to Service

Silver Spirit returned to service this week after a 59-day dry dock that saw the ship grow by 49 feet when Fincantieri inserted a pre-built mid-section into it.

The project was conceived to give Silver Spirit passenger much the same experience and onboard features and amenities as those sailing on Silversea's new flagship, Silver Muse.

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







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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • For the first time, Royal Caribbean has chosen a "godfamily" to name their next ship, Symphony of the Seas. 
  • Fincantieri floated up Viking's sixth ship, Viking Jupiter. 
Details appeared in the May 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The New Center of the (Carnival) Universe

Carnival today previewed their new state-of-the-art (or beyond) Fleet Operations Center in Miami from which they monitor and interact to support any of their 26 ships worldwide.

The 35,000-square-foot facility was designed by Constant Technologies, a design firm that specializes in building operations centers, and located on an entire floor in a Category 5 hurricane-resistant building on Carnival's headquarters campus in Miami.

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



The video is b-roll from Carnival, which means it was intended to be sliced up and used within other videos with a voiceover, so there is little sound. It does give you a chance to look around Carnival's new FOC, however.

Carnival Expands Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line is expanding their cruises to Cuba and will add the port of Charleston (SC) as a departure port in 2019.

Carnival has received approval for 23 additional sailings to Havana from four East Coast ports during the 2019-2020 season.

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

She's Coming Back

At the completion of its Alaskan season in 2019, Carnival has announced that Carnival Legend will go to Tampa rather than returning to Australia as it will this year.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Cruise Lines now has expanded Camp Ocean facilities to all 26 of their ships for the marine-themed children's program.
  • GNV DL will provide classification for the first two of Royal Caribbean's Project Icon ships.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has declared a quarterly dividend.  
Details appeared in the May 9 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Carnival Corp Opens Second Barcelona Terminal

Carnival Corp opened their second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona on Saturday and named it the Helix Cruise Center.

The 12,500-square-meter (134,549 square feet) state-of-the-art terminal is on the port's Adossat Wharf.

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

Carnival Dream Update

Carnival reports that life quickly got back to normal after the water line break on Thursday. Crews worked quickly to replace wet carpeting in the corridor and in a few of the staterooms. They also immediately started drying carpeting that did not need to be replaced.

The break occurred about 6pm and by midnight most passengers were back in their staterooms.

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

Friday, May 4, 2018

Costa's Next Ship Will Be Celebrating Italy

Costa pulled back the curtain a bit on their next new ship, Costa Smeralda which will debut late next year.

In addition to being on the cutting edge environmentally by being the first cruise ship in the global market to be powered by LNG (liquified natural gas) both at sea and in port, Costa Smeralda will also be a tribute to Italy.

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

Water, Water Everywhere

About a hundred passengers aboard New Orleans-based Carnival Dream are wringing out their socks today after a pipe burst Thursday evening on Deck 9 flooding about 50 staterooms with ankle-deep water. Videos posted online show water pouring from a wall at ceiling height. Carnival says that luckily, it was clean water from the fire suppression system.

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Showing Appreciation

It doesn't get much coverage, but Carnival Cruise Line does a lot to show appreciation for US military members. Tampa has a lot of military members stationed there, so last Sunday, Carnival had a military appreciation day for 100 military couples aboard Carnival Miracle at Port Tampa Bay.

It was like a cruise for a day - but without leaving port.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Windstar has liberalized rules on their beverage packages which can result in significant savings for some customers. 
  • MSC announced MSC Grandiosa will be named in Hamburg on November 2, 2019
Details appeared in the May 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Expanding the Staff

Windstar will be elevating the dining experience a notch with the addition of sommeliers on their larger ships.

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

Longer Is Better

Viking Ocean Cruises has scheduled something of a record-breaking world cruise in 2019. On August 31, 2019, Viking Sun will depart London on an eight-month world cruise that will end up back in London 245 days later. The itinerary will take a westward direction around the world.

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


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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival "Down Under"
  • The Alaska cruise season getting off to an icy start in Juneau
  • People love to watch the bionic bartenders work aboard Royal Caribbean ships (video below) 

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



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Three Queens and a Wedding

Don't tell Cunard passengers, but a couple weeks from now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't getting married on their ship. But you'd never know it, because Cunard is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Royal Nuptials on each of their “Three Queens” on May 19.

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

Honoring the Love Boat (and its crew)

We know our readers all know the story of “The Love Boat” TV show, what part of Americana it became, and how beloved it still is, so we won't repeat the story. The show, the original stars and Princess Cruises, as the provider of the setting that made it all happen, are all being honored again next week by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, superintendent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

Two for the Road

The US Coast Guard performed a rare double medevac from Carnival Pride Monday morning when the ship was nine miles east of Virginia Beach.

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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Staying Put in Jacksonville

It wasn't so long ago, it didn't even look like Jacksonville was going to have a cruise terminal as it was needing to be relocated as the clock was ticking on the current location and the factions involved couldn't settle on a new site.

But a few years later, Carnival has again signed a contract to stay in the city at least through May 2021 and possibly through 2027.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Pacific Princess can't be bought 
  • The easy way to cruise for free
  • Looking down on Anthem (Medevac from Anthem of the Seas last Friday). See below
Details appeared in the April 30 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Friday, April 27, 2018

Seabourn Takes Delivery of Seabourn Ovation

Fincantieri delivered Seabourn Ovation to Seabourn and Carnival Corp today at their Sestri yard near Genoa.

The 40,350-ton vessel is the second in the Encore-class, with Seabourn Encore being delivered just over a year ago at the end of 2016.

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

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

Port Canaveral Begins Work Toward New Cruise Terminal

The first phase of construction of a new $150 million cruise terminal at Port Canaveral has begun with the start of demolition work on Cruise Terminal 3, one of the port's oldest cruise terminals used for day cruises and vessels just making a port. The deconstruction of the present terminal is expected to be completed by July of this year.

It will be replaced with a new two-story, 188,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art cruise terminal able to accommodate 6,500 cruise passengers. Adjacent to the terminal will be a new parking garage with covered, secure parking space for approximately 1,800 vehicles.

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

Maybe She Really Went to China

Remember the man who went on a Mediterranean cruise last February (2017) with his Chinese wife and children, and he and the kids disembarked without her at the end of the cruise? He was arrested for murdering her and has been in jail in Italy since then.

Italian authorities have now released him apparently because they don't have any evidence against him.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

For Those Who Can't Sing

The battle lines are drawn. Next month Jake Elliott, kicker for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, and Queen Latifah, Grammy-award winning musical artist, actress and most important of all - godmother of Carnival Horizon, will face off aboard the new ship in a special edition of “Lip Sync Battle.”

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

Dig This

Norwegian Cruise Line broke ground today for their new dedicated terminal at Port Miami. The terminal was approved by the country board on April 10, and Norwegian wasted no time in moving forward. Construction will start May 1. The pressure is on because the terminal must be completed in time for the arrival of Norwegian's new ship, Norwegian Encore, in the fall of next year.

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

All in a Day's Work

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from Holland America's Veendam today requesting a medevac for a 65-year-old woman who was suffering from lower leg pain. A rendezvous point was set 50 miles east of Charleston (SC).

The Coast Guard sent an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Charleston and an HC-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft from Clearwater (FL) to support communications coverage, and they recorded this video.

The helicopter crew hoisted the woman from Veendam's deck at 7:31pm Thursday evening and transported her to a hospital in the Charleston area.




Video courtesy of US Coast Guard.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Meyer Turku delivers Mein Schiff 1

Meyer Turku delivered Mein Schiff 1 to TUI Cruises (the partnership with Royal Caribbean) today at the Finnish yard. This is the fifth ship the yard has built to TUI.

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



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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Roughing It Crystal Style

When you think of expedition cruises, you don't exactly think of what Crystal has in mind for their “expedition yachts,” but then again Crystal is out to change your mind, or at least the minds of a certain segment of the market.

Crystal today released details - and renderings - of the accommodations on their first expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, and they are stunning.

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

More Expansion for MSC in Asia

If you are the type who tracks where ships are, then you know that the 138,000-ton MSC Splendida arrived in China today to begin its season there sailing mostly from Shanghai, with several sailings from Yokohama.

The line used the occasion to announce that MSC Bellissima will be deployed to Asia in the spring of 2020. Like MSC Splendida, MSC Bellissima will sail most from Shanghai, but will have a number of sailings from Yokohama.

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Size Matters

Due to the popularity of their 2019 World Cruise, which is still nine months away from sailing, Princess Cruises has decided it will again be the intimate Pacific Princess to operate their 2020 World Cruise.

The 2020 voyage will offer a 111-day round trip sailing from the US, departing either Ft. Lauderdale or Los Angeles (on January 5, 2020 or January 20, 2020). Shorter segments will also be available if you can't be away for almost four months.

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


Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 23, 2018

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival announcing the senior officers for Carnival Panorama
  • TUI Cruises' 10th anniversary
  • New man at the top of Disney Cruise Line
  • More of our look around Symphony of the Seas (video below)

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

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. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 20, 2018

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.