Thursday, August 16, 2018

Doggone from Royal Caribbean

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

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

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

Almost Ready

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

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

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

There's No Time to Enjoy the View

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




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Terminal to Increase Quebec's Capacity

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

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

P&O Reveals Refurbished Pacific Aria

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

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

Pacific Aria in its new Southern Cross livery

The Dome

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Theatre and Other Places to be Entertained

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Next!

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

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

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

Grand staircase on Regatta-class
Grand Hall
Main restaurant

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Let Me Tell You about Windstar

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Third Carnival Brand Receives Approval to Sail to Cuba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Princess Has New Cocktails and Free Cocktails

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

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

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

It Happened Again

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

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Am I Seeing Double?

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

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

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



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

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

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

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

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

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

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


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

Finally, a Place to Get a Burger on Land

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

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

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

Way, Way up North

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

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

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

Friday, August 3, 2018

Overboard from Amsterdam

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

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

Thank Goodness for Underwear

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

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

Thursday, August 2, 2018

An Hour with Royal Caribbean

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Signed and Sealed and Making First Plans

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

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

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

That Won't Suck

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Good-bye Triumph, Hel-lo Sunshine

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

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

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




Renderings courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sky Princess Details Emerge

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

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

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




Renderings courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved.

Polar Bear Attacks Cruise Line Guard

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

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

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

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cruise with a Real Guy

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

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

And Away She Goes

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

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


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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Out of Our Galley and into Theirs

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

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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Actors Need Not Apply

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

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

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

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


Sail with THE Captain

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

MV Werften Solves Housing Shortage

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

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

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

The Grinch Drops In

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

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

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



Such a Nice Day, the Crew Thought They'd Get Some Sun

Majestic Princess celebrated a milestone of its 100th voyage, and 300 of the crew members came up to the Pool Deck to mark the occasion with a photo.

The milestone voyage is a round trip from Shanghai to Japan.

Of course that means it's also less than two months (September 15) until the start of Majestic Princess' Summer (there) Cruise Season in Australia. Majestic will be the largest ship Princess has ever operated in Australia.

During the Australian season, the 16 cruises will take Majestic Princess to Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

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


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

Monday, July 23, 2018

Carnival Orders Two New-Generation Ships for Princess

In addition to the three Royal-class ships Princess has on order with Fincantieri, as of this morning, they now have two additional - even larger - ships in the pipeline. Carnival has signed a MOA with Fincantieri to build two 175,000-ton ships for Princess that will be dual-fuel powered, primarily by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

The ships will have approximately 4,300 lower berths and are scheduled for delivery in late 2023 and the spring of 2025.

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

First Steel Cut for Celebrity Apex

Steel was cut today for Celebrity Apex, the second of the Edge-class. It was also a coming out of sorts for the yard. With the new ownership (the French government partnered with Fincantieri) nearly in place, the name of the yard has reverted from STX France to its former name of Chantiers de l'Atlantique.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Lady in Red

The cutting of the first steel for a new ship is always a big deal because it is the very first concrete step in actually building the ship, but visually, there really isn't much to see. Cruise lines, therefore, usually couple it with something else they can announce or show at the same time to garner more attention.

So it came as no surprise when Fincantieri cut the first steel at their Sestri Ponente yard (near Genoa) for Virgin Voyages' second ship, Virgin had some other things they wanted to say and do.

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



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

Just Head North

To celebrate their 10th Silversea Expeditions will be going someplace they've never been before, and you probably haven't either. Silver Explorer will cross the Northeast Passage in 2019.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Refreshed Sun Princess Returns to Service

Sun Princess is back from a two-week multi-million-dollar dry dock and sailing in Asia at the moment. She came back with several major new features.

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

Carnival Is in a Giving Mood

Carnival Corp announced two cash disbursements coming up, one to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation in South Africa and the other was a quarterly dividend to shareholders.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Built for China, Sailing in the US of A

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that next summer Norwegian Joy would be moving from China to Alaska to operate alongside Norwegian Bliss. After the Alaska season it will move down the coast to the Mexican Riviera.

According to Norwegian it sounds as if the tremendous demand in Alaska, coupled with the success of Norwegian Bliss, is behind the decision to reposition the ship. But we suspect conditions in the Chinese market have as much to do with it.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Not Just a Ship, It's a Revolution

Until today, you probably thought the Edge was just a ship - or a class of Celebrity ships. But today, Celebrity revealed it is actually the model for a $500 million revolution that will bring the other nine ships of the fleet “to the Edge.” In other words, Celebrity is spending a half billion dollars bringing elements of the Edge-class to the rest of the fleet. Celebrity is billing it as “a game-changer.”

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Overboard in Glacier Bay

A 69-year-old man went overboard from Holland America's Westerdam in Glacier Bay early Friday morning, but was not reported missing by his wife until approximately 3:50pm.

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

Around the World in Luxury

Seabourn has scheduled an ultra-luxury world cruise in 2020 aboard Seabourn Sojourn. The 146-day cruise will depart Miami on January 4, 2020, sailing eastward, with the cruise ending in San Francisco on May 28.

 Along the way, the itinerary will include 62 ports in 36 countries on five continents which will include marquee ports as well as hidden gems. Those port calls will include 16 overnights and 18 late evening departures.

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

All in a Day's Work

Today we have a short video shot high over the bow of Adventure of the Seas Saturday night. The US Coast Guard performed a medevac of a 53-year-old man from the ship when it was 80 miles east of Charleston (SC).

Even though there's an incredible amount of expertise necessary to coordinate the helicopter with the ship, the pros and the Coast Guard always make it look so easy. This video is no exception, but what struck us in this one was the nonchalance of the rescue swimmer (the person who is lowered to the deck on cruise ships) as he hangs there outside the helicopter waiting for it to get into position over the ship, and the same as he comes back up.

It just seems like for most of us, it's a typical day at the office waiting for the page to come out of the printer.

This story appeared in the July 16 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Friday, July 13, 2018

TUI Goes Bigger with New Order

TUI Cruises and Fincantieri announced a new order today for two ships that will be about 50,000 tons larger than their current ships, and they will be LNG-powered.

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

Seattle Wants You to Stick Around

After getting the results of their survey at how lucrative it is for cruise passengers to stay in Seattle even for a few hours, the port is doing what they can to encourage cruise passengers to spend some time downtown for a few hours or a couple of days.

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Exercising Their Options

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today said they were confirming an order for two additional Leonardo-class ships from Fincantieri.

The ships were originally options on an order placed for four of the new class in February 2017.

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

Rich Uncle Pennybags Is Going on a Cruise

You've seen him on promotions for a number of different companies (including those game tickets from McDonald's where you can also win free fries) but now Hasbro (the owner of the Monopoly brand) is sending Rich Uncle Pennybags on Princess Cruises. The line, in conjunction with Scientific Games Corp, has the Monopoly Cruise for Cash promotion running on Princess sailings through December 9.

The promotion will reach its climax with a $200,000 slot tournament aboard Regal Princess on December 9.

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


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Overboard from Seven Seas Mariner

The US Coast Guard received a call from Seven Seas Mariner this morning saying a 73-year-old man had gone overboard about 4:30am (Pacific time). It was verified by video of the man going overboard from his eighth-deck stateroom balcony.

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

Think Twice Before Zipping Along

To most cruise ship passengers, shore excursions that include a zipline over some scenic landscape are assumed to be an exciting but benign activity. Some of the excitement is derived from the speed involved. Some of it, from whatever the participants are skimming over the top of.

An accident last week on Roatan indicates the activity may not be so benign, and another one, not connected to a cruise line, but which got a lot of news coverage, indicates incidents may not be so unusual.

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Details of Iona Begin to Emerge

P&O began to release information today about the features passengers will find inside Iona, which will open for sale in just a couple of months and go into service in May 2020.

The star of the show will be the Grand Atrium, which spans Decks 6, 7 and 8 with three-deck-high glass walls that fill the space with incredible sea views and light.

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




Photos courtesy of P&O Cruises. All rights reserved.

It Was Downhill All the Way in Genoa

Costa celebrated their 70th anniversary in their hometown of Genoa on Saturday by throwing a party, and one of the centers of attention was the world's longest water slide - 340 meters or 1,115 feet or almost four football fields long.

Not only that, but the Guinness World Record people also certified the most sliding - 775 kilometers - in an hour.

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



Photos courtesy of Costa Crociere. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Costa Smeralda Takes Shape

While we took some days off for the holiday, Meyer Turku was busy laying the keel for Costa Smeralda, which will be the first cruise ship marketed worldwide that is completely powered by clean-burning Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). The keel laying and coin ceremony took place on July 4 at Meyer's yard in Turku, Finland.

During the ceremony, commemorative coins were placed on the keel for luck in the traditional fashion. The godmother of the event was Elisabetta Moraci, a 28-year-old Second Deck Officer in the Costa fleet from Messina.

The complete story appeared n the July 6 issue of Cruise News Daily. 



Monday, July 2, 2018

Overboard with an Incredible Ending

It started out like so many stories do, with the Coast Guard saying they had been notified of a person going overboard from a cruise ship, and they were mounting a search. This time the ship was Norwegian Getaway as it was on the last leg of its voyage back to Miami on Saturday.

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

Seabourn Signs LOI for Two Ships

Seabourn is going the small-ship expedition route, and they are going to do it with a new builder. The line said this morning they signed a letter of intent with the new partnership between T Mariotti and Damen (which will be known at Mariotti Damen) to build two ultra-luxury expedition ships.

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

Prinsendam Leaves the Fleet

Holland America said today that Prinsendam has been sold and will leave the fleet on July 1, 2019. The buyer was the German line Phoenix Reisen.

Details appeared in the July 2 edition of Cruise News Daily

The Rewards of Philanthropy

Just in time for the fourth, Cunard wants you to help build the new Statue of Liberty museum on Liberty Island. No, you don't have to plaster any walls, but it would be helpful if you could open your wallet. Cunard has some incentives that may help you decide to do that.

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


Friday, June 29, 2018

Oriana Leaving the P&O Fleet

P&O Cruises said today that Oriana will be leaving their fleet in August 2019.

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

Drive Carefully

It took some careful driving (sailing) on Wednesday, but Windstar's Star Legend became the largest ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and sail on Seattle's Lake Union.

The ship is sailing this summer on an Alaska program from Seattle, and this was a special detour that carried employees, VIPs, travel partners and media on the daylong excursion. It was the first time a Windstar ship had visited Seattle in 27 years.

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

At some points, Star Legend had only 12 feet of clearance.
Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Humor for Heroes

Last night it was a night out courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line for the brave men and women of the Armed Forces at Point Loma Naval Base in San Diego. The cruise line hosted “Humor for Heroes” in conjunction with Operation Homefront. The evening featured stand-up comedy performances, BBQ, fun activities and more.

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Seven Seas Splendor Keel Laid

Fincantieri laid the keel today for Seven Seas Splendor at their Ancona yard.

The 55,000-ton ship is a twin to Seven Seas Explorer that was delivered by Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard in 2016. Delivery is scheduled for the spring of 2020.

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


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

It's a Miracle - Carnival Returns to San Diego

Carnival said they will return to San Diego for the first time in seven years with a winter 2019/2020 program operated with Carnival Miracle.

The program will run from December 2019 into February 2020 with a varied schedule of three- to 15-night cruises.

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

The King Is Going Down Under

Prepare yourself. There is going to be another Elvis sighting. This time it will be Down Under.

Elvis will be seen aboard P&O's Pacific Explorer as it sails on a three-night cruise from Sydney on May 17. (Yes, that's almost a year away, but they are giving you plenty of time.) Coincidentally it will be a special sailing, which will be the second annual “Tribute to the King.”

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Celebrity Unveils New Terminal at Port Everglades

Last week Celebrity Cruises announced they will have a new terminal for their home port at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale). The new terminal will be called Terminal 25, or T25, and it will reflect the same styling as Celebrity's soon-to-be-delivered Celebrity Edge.

T25 is scheduled for completion in late October of this year, and it will be the home port of Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette this winter. Other Celebrity ships will use it as they pass through Port Everglades as well as other cruise lines when Celebrity doesn't have a ship in port.

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



Port Canaveral Counting Chickens Again

With Disney planning to add three new large ships to their fleet annually beginning in 2021, Port Canaveral is believing at least one of them will be homeported at the Central Florida port.

That has sent the port into another round of studies of how to expand.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

No Excuses Now

MSC Cruises said today they would be collaborating with Total Marine Solutions in installing Ocean Guardian aboard all their ships fleetwide by the end of next month.

The software is essentially a database, which is updated constantly, of all international and local environmental regulations.

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

This Man Doesn't Want You to Cruise to Cuba

According to an American man, living in the UK, every time you take a cruise to Havana it's like trafficking in stolen property. That's because he and the US Government believe he owns Havana Harbor.

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

A Spirited Return

Carnival Spirit returned to its Sydney home port on Sunday after a two-week dry dock in Singapore. The ship has been away over a month, however, because of the lengthy repositioning cruises each way.

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

Carnival Spirit's return to Sydney Sunday morning
Photo courtesy of Carnival Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Security Failure

Passengers sailing on cruises out of Southampton should feel very uneasy thanks to a leaked British report that says in a test, investigators were able to smuggle a total of 28 weapons past security in all four terminals at Southampton. This included guns, knives and even eight IEDs (bombs).

They got them past walk-through scanners, detection wands, pat-downs and x-rays, causing investigators to conclude in the report that the screeners “lack the moral fibre to challenge suspicious behavior, or are completely oblivious to what is going on around them.”

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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fincantieri Floats out Costa Venezia

The new ships just keep coming, but this one has a rather special mission.

There was that special moment at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard today where a ship's hull first touches water when the yard flooded the dry dock where Costa Venezia had been built, and the ship floated up.

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



Passengers will feel like they are in Italy with full-size gondolas as part of the decor.
Photos courtesy of Costa Crociere. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.

Larger Ships Mean Larger Cranes

Meyer Turku became the proud owner of a gigantic crane, the largest in the Nordic countries, when it was delivered to the shipyard by the Finnish builder KoneCranes.

As cruise ships of the future increase in size, they will necessitate the larger (and higher) lifting capacity that the crane will provide.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mariner Ready to Change the Game

Back in February we told you that short cruising from Florida was going to change when Mariner of the Seas entered the short cruise (3 & 4-night) market from Miami this summer. A ship of this class would have made a huge impact by itself, but with a $120 million investment in added new features, it's going to have Royal Caribbean's competitors playing catch-up.

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



The first portion of this video is b-roll, which contains limited sound.

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Bahama Paradise Line's new program for solo travelers
  • A change at the top of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
  • The end of an era for Norwegian Cruise Line
Details appeared in the June 21 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

They Were Not Alone

Most of the passengers aboard Queen Mary 2's world cruise earlier this year on the segment through the Gulf of Aden didn't realize it at the time, but also aboard was an armed squad of former Royal Marines, set to defend the ship in case of a pirate attack.

Passengers were made aware of the unlikely possibility of an attack when Captain Peter Philpott sent a letter to each stateroom giving passengers basic instructions should there be an attack, and asking them to keep their balcony lights off at night. Passengers were also made aware the ship was under the protection of an international task force that protects merchant ships from pirate attacks. There was a uniformed Royal Marine Colonel aboard who gave passengers a security briefing.

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

Girl Power Down Under

When sailing on any of the Carnival Australia brands and you see a woman in a white uniform, don't assume she's a nurse. She's probably one of the ship's officers. The company says they are doing their part to achieve gender balance in seafaring careers.

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

Six third officers from Pacific Explorer, pictured here with Pacific Explorer Hotel Director Melissa Yates (centre), are (left to right) Hilary Cassano, Laura Abbruzetti, Rachel Davies, Lauren Brunton, Bryony Rodger and Emma Forbes-Gearey.
Photo courtesy of Carnival Australia. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mickey Is Already Planning His Halloween Fun

Disney seems to be the first out of the box this year talking about Halloween aboard their ships. Of course on Disney, Halloween isn't so much a really scary affair; it's more of a fun time with stuff that's supposed to be scary but really isn't.

Take a look at this b-roll for an extended look at the detail that's incorporated into DCL's Halloween features. It is b-roll so there is just some background sound, and clips from this are meant to be used in other video productions or with voiceovers.

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

Start the New Year with Some Insight

Stage, screen and TV star Alan Cumming will kick off Cunard's Insight program for 2019 when he appears aboard the January 3 transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton.

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

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.