Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fathom Rides Again

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

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

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

Talk among Yourselves or Win a Lottery

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

The island has come up with an interesting solution.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yet Another Carnival Ship Fails Its Health Inspection

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

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

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

Steel Cut for Crystal's First Expedition Yacht

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

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Carnival Victory Being Updated with New Facilities and Cabin Categories

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Latest Schwartz Show Set to Debut aboard Royal Princess

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Begins to Take Shape

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

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

What They Didn't Mention

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Star Princess Came Back New

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

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


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

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tried and True

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

Closer to the Edge than We Thought

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 5, 2018

Viking Picks Name and Launches Ad Campaign

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

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

Going in through the Back Door

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

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

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Port in the Western Caribbean?

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NTSB Issues Report on Celebrity Infinity Accident

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Less Than Perfect Score

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

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

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

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