Monday, September 16, 2019

The Best Laid Plans

Meyer Turku has some bad news today for Costa. They need to push the delivery of Costa Smeralda back a month from next month to November. Of course, that means reworking of all of Costa's inaugural plans.

The complete story appeared in the September 16 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

A Majestic Arrival

Majestic Princess arrived in Sydney Tuesday morning (Australian time) just before dawn to kick off the 2019-2020 summer cruise season.

Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises' newest ship (until next month), has spent the northern summer months in China and Asia and is returning to Australia for their summer season for the second time.

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



Friday, September 13, 2019

Finally!

Royal Caribbean announced today they will seasonally homeport Odyssey of the Seas at Ft Lauderdale beginning in November 2020. It will be the first Quantum Ultra-class ship sailing in North America. (The only other one, Spectrum of the Seas, is based in China.)

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

They Will Have No Stripes but They Will Have Red Sneakers

Virgin Voyages is out to change as much as they can about cruises to appeal to non-cruisers. Since they call their passengers “sailors,” they wouldn’t want their crew members to look like sailors or even just crew members, so stuffy old uniforms that other cruise lines give their shipboard employees just wouldn’t do.

Instead Virgin has hired maverick British fashion designer Gareth Pugh to design their uniforms. There will be no epaulets or stripes. Instead, look for touches such as custom red unisex sneakers by PLAE.

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




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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Trial Run

Princess Cruises reports that their next ship, Sky Princess, completed sea trials at the end of last month in the Adriatic.

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


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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Floating in Italy

Last week saw an important moment in the life of a ship. Fincantieri floated Silversea's Silver Moon for the first time at their Ancona yard.

Silver Moon is the second in the three-ship series the luxury line will have constructed by Fincantieri. Silver Moon will be delivered next summer. The first in the series, Silver Muse, was delivered in 2017.

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


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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Word on the Caribbean Street

If you are sailing from Florida on one of the Carnival brands, it seems you'll probably have a new port to visit in the not-too-distant future. Caribbean media is reporting that Carnival Corp is on the verge of announcing a new cruise port on Grand Bahama Island.

Carnival has confirmed to CND that the project is moving forward, but they aren't ready to talk about details at this point.

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

How It Works - Medallion Net

Princess has been excited about rolling out Medallion Class to their passengers. It works on Medallion Net, a superior upgrade to regular wi-fi and internet connections that have been available on cruise ships. It's such a better system, Princess has been making Medallion Net available as quickly as they can across the fleet, even ahead of offering Medallion Class on each ship.

We've explained how it works, but Princess has just released a new video that makes the explanation clearer with the use of graphics.

You can watch the video below.

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



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sprucing up the Kiwis' Home

Princess Cruises' Australian branch launched a new program to support local community interest in the destinations they visit and give passengers an opportunity to connect with them.

The first beneficiaries of the new “Princess Local Partnerships” will be New Zealand's Kiwis (the birds, not the fruit) around the Bay of Islands.

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



Monday, August 19, 2019

Norwegian Encore Makes Its Debut at Meyer Werft

Norwegian Encore made its debut at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg Saturday when it was floated out of their giant covered building dock.

   A float out at a shipyard is always a big event, but it's a bit more dramatic at Meyer Werft. At other yards it's a big deal because it's the first time the ship has ever touched water. Then a day later or so, the ship is actually floated (and towed) out. It's been built in full view of everyone. The big deal in the float out is basically symbolic.

   At Meyer, the ship and/or pieces of it have been floating for some time because of the way vessels and pieces of them have to be moved around in covered building dock. It's been somewhat visible in photos and on the webcam, but because of the close quarters, it's impossible to really see the whole ship. Where the drama comes in at the float out, it's usually the first time the public has seen the entire ship, and it's usually dramatic.

   In the case of Norwegian Encore, it's colorful. This time the line has gone with a bright geometric pattern for the hull art rather than the whimsical sea creatures in blues and greens of late. There are photos below.

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



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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Meyer Begins Production of AIDAnova 2

Meyer Werft cut the first steel today at their Papenburg yard for the second ship in AIDA's Nova-class

The ship will be a sister to AIDAnova which will be powered by clean-burning Liquified Natural Gas.

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


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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

All That Jazz

Sky Princess will be delivered in October, just three months away, and Princess is still revealing major new features. Today the line said Sky Princess (and next summer, Enchanted Princess) will have a jazz theater, the only ones at sea, called Take 5.

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

Rendering of Take 5 aboard Island Princess
Renderings courtesy of Princess Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Meyer Turku Cuts Steel for Costa Toscana

The first steel was cut today at Meyer Turku for Costa's second LNG-powered ship, Costa Toscana. The 180,000-ton ship will be a sister to Costa Smeralda which will have entered service this fall.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cunard & Julien's Team Up for Baseball Exhibition

Sports fans crossing the pond this September can have a once-in-a-lifetime treat courtesy of Cunard and Julien's Auctions.

The famous auction house will give passengers aboard Queen Mary 2 an opportunity to view sports memorabilia like you've never seen before. The rare items will be displayed in a daily rotating exhibition on the September 15 voyage from New York to Southampton.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 25, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Episode 11 of Crystal's Culinary Journey with Chef Jon Ashton (below)
  • Both ships scheduled to make calls in San Juan today visited without incident following the resignation of the island's governor.
Details appeared in the July 25 issue of Cruise News Daily.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Seabourn Reveals Dining Options on Expedition Ships

Seabourn's passengers are used to having the best. When the luxury line's new small expedition ships debut in June 2021 and May 2022, they will each only have 132 suites, but they are going to have many dining choices for the passengers.

There will be an amazing eight dining “experiences” (as Seabourn calls them) to tempt the passengers whether they are in the mode for a full meal, just some pastry or even some fresh sushi.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 24, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Windstar's new video and 14 new itineraries in the South Pacific
  • Today's update on conditions in San Juan
Details appeared in the July 24 issue of Cruise News Daily.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Exploring Ocean Cay

Anticipation is building for the opening of Ocean Cay, MSC's private island in the Bahamas, in November. The transformation from an industrial sand extraction site to lush marine reserve is nearing completion. The island will be completed with dining and bar facilities to make for a fun day in the sun (and sea) for MSC's passengers.

In the past, we've shown you how the island is being developed, but now MSC has released a video rendering of just what it will all look like as you explore the island.

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



Thursday, July 18, 2019

Crew Gratitude

Former Carnival president Bob Dickinson resisted the introduction of restaurant-style seating in the line's dining rooms because he felt the relationship that develops between passengers and their waiter as well as other crew members, such as the stateroom steward whom you interact with regularly, is very important to customer satisfaction.

Today, Bob is in retirement and restaurant-style seating in the dining room has to co-exist with flexible seating, but passengers still develop relationships with the crew members, and Carnival has different type of gratuity system than it used to be where you put cash in an envelope and hand it to your waiter, but something hasn't changed. Crew members still value their customers and appreciate the gratuities.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 18, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Panorama completing sea trials
  • Despite ongoing political unrest in San Juan, Royal Caribbean returned to San Juan today for the first time in three day with the scheduled call of Allure of the Seas
  • Seabourn announced a new champagne partner
Details appeared in the July 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Carnival Panorama on sea trials this week
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Boka Vanguard Lifts Carnival Vista

On Saturday (July 13), outside of Freeport, Boka Vanguard lifted Carnival Vista out of the water and transported it to Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport. It will hold it out of the water, acting as a floating dry dock, for servicing of the Azipod propulsion system.



Video courtesy of Bosjakus..All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Alley-OOOOOP!

When Carnival Vista finishes its current cruise, its off to dry dock for repair of its two Azipods, one of which has been keeping the ship from attaining normal cruising speed and has necessitated modifying the itineraries. It will be out of service for a couple of weeks causing the cancellation of three scheduled sailings.

There are few dry docks in the region that can handle a ship the size of Carnival Vista, and fewer that have the expertise to do this kind of work. Normally, the most logical place to have the work done would be Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, but as you may remember, its large dry dock was damaged in an accident when a crane collapsed on Oasis of the Seas several weeks ago.

At the time Carnival announced Carnival Vista's repairs, Carnival said they were working on a repair solution with ABB (the manufacturer of the podded propulsion system). Carnival detailed that solution today and explained how the repair would be accomplished.

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


Monday, July 1, 2019

Claustrophobics Need Not Consider This Excursion

In the race to have the coolest luxury amenities, Seabourn is definitely pulling ahead on their expedition ships. Today they provided details of the seven-person submarines that will be carried aboard each of the two ships.

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


Rendering courtesy of Seabourn Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permissin.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Voyager Is Next

Royal Caribbean announced plans to “Amplify” Voyager of the Seas similar to what they have done with other Voyager-class ships, adding new and updated features while at the same time doing a general refreshment of the ship. What's significant about the $97 million project in this case is that upon completion in November, the ship will be going to the Australian market, a market into which a lot of companies are pouring resources.

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

Welcome Back, Jack

Very few lines can celebrate their one hundredth anniversary of anything, but Cunard already has a whole list of centennials. An upcoming one in November is the 100th anniversary for operating their signature route from Southampton to New York, which they will mark with a special transatlantic crossing of Queen Mary 2.

Equally impressive is that Cunard has former employees who started with the company as little more than children and now at 100 years old can come back and visit today's ships.

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

99-year old former Cunard bellboy John ‘Jack’ Jenkins during his visit to Queen Mary 2 in Southampton.  John joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1933 & his first job was as a bellboy and lift operator. One of his main jobs was to open the doors for the first class passengers in the dinning saloon working on the famous Cunard liner RMS. Mauretania,
Photos couresty of Cunard Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Longer Means New Layout

MSC opened the next Seaside-class ship for reservations today, but since it's the first of the next generation of the class, the line also released some new details of the class.

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

Star-Class Ships to Have Anthony Sasso Restaurant

Windstar Cruises has partnered with noted Michelin-starred chef Anthony Sasso to open three restaurants aboard their renovated Star-class ships. “Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso” will open first aboard Star Breeze in February 2020, followed by Star Legend and Star Pride later in the year.

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Royal Caribbean Expands on Land

Royal Caribbean seems to be on their way to providing an answer to customers who think there's nowhere different to go. They are going to create their own destinations.

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

Enchanted Crew

Princess has chosen their leadership team for Enchanted Princess which will enter service at Civitavecchia on June 19, 2020. Together they have more than 160 years experience serving aboard Princess ships.

They will be led by Captain Nick Nash (who will bring the ship out) and Captain Gennaro Arma.

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Celebrity Flora Will Leave Just a Tiny Footprint in the Galapagos

Celebrity's megayacht, custom designed for service in the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora, finally arrived in Ecuador after a month-long transit from the shipyard in the Netherlands and was officially named today. The event revolved around the ship's eco-friendliness, and to highlight that, the ship's godmother was environmental advocate and former World Wildlife Fund International president Yolanda Kakabadse.

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

Below is some b-roll video which will give you a look around the ship, inside and out. 


Friday, June 21, 2019

The Salmon Are Running on Holland America

Last week the first catch of Copper River king salmon from Alaska arrived in Seattle and Holland America took delivery of it to supply the Pinnacle Grills on Eurodam, Oosterdam and Amsterdam, their three ships sailing to Alaska.

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

Spice-y Video

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner has made a video with Richard Branson to promote Virgin Voyages' Rock Star Suites.

In the video, Horner is giving the Mega Rock Star Suite the mega rock star test.

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



Thursday, June 20, 2019

MSC's Ocean Cay Moving toward November Opening

It's just four months until MSC ships in the Caribbean will be making regular stops at Ocean Cay, the line's new private island in the Bahamas. When I say “new” I really mean “new.” The lush tropical resort has been created from literally nothing. The island was a barren industrial site. Today, that transformation is nearing completion.

A big part of the work is restoring the island's and its surrounding water's ecosystem. Just like the island's resort beach facilities, restaurants, spa and cruise pier which are springing up, the wildlife is already returning to the island and the surrounding waters.

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



Azipod Trouble to Take Carnival Vista Out of Service

Carnival Vista is sailing a bit slower due to trouble with one of the pods of the ABB Azipod propulsion system. The line is adjusting the next two sailings to accommodate the slower attainable speeds, and then will take the ship out of service for 17 days while the three-year-old ship goes to dry dock for repairs.

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Eat, Drink and Be Casual aboard Mardi Gras

If sandwiches and snacks are your thing, it sounds like Mardi Gras is your ship. Carnival today revealed more of the food and beverage outlets aboard their upcoming vessel, and it seems most are focused on a delicious take-away type of dining rather than alternative sit-down restaurants.

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


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Meyer Starts Mardi Gras Assembly

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras has begun to move from concept to reality today with the keel laying at Meyer Turku in Finland. The event put the first 750-ton block of the ship, numbered block 3C, into place in the dry dock. In maritime tradition, with it were good-luck coins.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 18, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A passenger drowning aboard Caribbean Princess
  • Crystal naming a captain for Crystal Endeavor 
Details appeared in the June 18 issue of Cruise News Daily

Monday, June 17, 2019

Not Your Grandfather's Igloo

Holland America Line officially opened the new 99-room wing of their McKinley Chalet Resort hotel on Friday in Alaska.

Fifty-four of the rooms in the new Ridge View building are junior suites, the first at the hotel.

The complete story appeared in the June 17 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 17, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A rate increase is proposed for cruise ships transiting the Panama Canal.
  • Carnival has new fun for people in Atlanta. 
Details appear in the June 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Carnival has new fun for Atlanta Braves fans
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Lucky Bowl-ing

This new Carnival option has nothing to do with strikes and spares - but it is all about noodles and rice.

Carnival Sunshine is the first ship in the Carnival fleet to offer the new “Lucky Bowl” dining option in the Lido Marketplace, replacing the Mongolian Wok station.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

(More) New Orleans Comes to Disney Wonder

Disney is going to expand upon the New Orleans theme aboard Disney Wonder which they started a couple of years ago with the Tiana's Place restaurant conversion. That restaurant has a French Quarter and jazz theme based on “The Princess and the Frog” story.

This fall, Disney will debut the French Quarter Lounge aboard Disney Wonder, and Disney says it will be a natural complement to dinner at Tiana's Place or the perfect destination for drinks and entertainment.

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

The Top of Mardi Gras

Carnival's new Mardi Gras is a year away from entering service, but today Carnival released their selections for the ship's senior officers. They should prove familiar faces to loyal Carnival passengers.

Details appeared in the June 13 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Original Artwork

We have a winner! Well, actually two winners. Or more precisely, a thousand winners. More than 13,000 people submitted photos to Princess Cruises' “Sea to Sky Princess” contest with Princess promising to more or less permanently display the best 1,000 aboard their new Sky Princess which will debut in October.

Princess asked their fans to submit photos from Princess destinations that embodied discovery and inspire exploration. The top 1,000 which they chose would become artwork displayed in the corridors and staterooms of Sky Princess.

The grand prize winner was Carol Lahnum from Juneau, Alaska, who submitted a photo of Brown's Cave at Mendenhall Glacier (shown below at left). Princess employees also submitted photos in their own contest, and the grand prize winner of that competition was Mark Harris, who is based in Seattle. He submitted a photo of a hidden cafe in Mykonos, Greece (below, right).

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

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 12, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A coming restaurant aboard Norwegian Encore
  • A different type of medevac from Island Princess
  • All about how Princess' new Medallion Net works


Monday, June 10, 2019

Looking for Somebody New (and Funny)

Keep your eye on social media for Carnival's latest fun. The line has partnered with Thrillist to create a new “mobile-first” video series called “Island Hoppers.”

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - June 10, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A passenger going overboard from Norwegian Epic
  • A protest that delayed Zuiderdam
  • A behind-the-scenes-look at Royal Caribbean's new helium balloon ride.

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



Friday, June 7, 2019

Norwegian Getaway Completes Refurbishment

Norwegian Getaway has just returned to service after its extensive “Norwegian Edge” refurbishment, and European passengers are the first to experience it on the Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic itineraries.

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


More Than They've Been Letting on

Another party was heard from today when NCLH revealed exactly how much not being able to go to Cuba is going to cost their brands. Again, as they've been asked in the past, they've downplayed how the importance of the market to them, saying how little of their capacity was involved in the market.

But when they published the numbers, it turns out Cuba was worth even more to Norwegian than it was to Royal.

Details appeared June 7 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Seabourn Venture Construction Begins

T. Mariotti cut the first steel today for Seabourn's first luxury expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, which will enter service in June 2021. The event took place in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy, with Seabourn President Richard Meadows and T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione looking on.

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


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

The Cost of Canceling Cuba

In the runup to this week's cancellation of calls to Cuba, it seems that whenever cruise operators would be asked about Cuba, they would downplay the importance of Cuban cruises saying in the whole scheme of things, they have so much capacity to so many places, the capacity they have sailing to Cuba isn't very significant.

It may just be a blip on the radar, but Royal Caribbean said today it's a bit more of a significant blip than they have been letting on.

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

More Time to Investigate

Apparently it takes longer to investigate an accident in Italy than anyone thought.

MSC had previously canceled this week's sailing of MSC Opera after last week's accident in Venice. While repairs were going to be completed earlier this week, MSC canceled the rest of the cruise so the Italian authorities would have plenty of time to complete their investigation.

MSC said today that the investigation still is not complete, so the line will cancel this weekend's sailings also.

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lines End US-Cuba Cruises

The US cruise industry halted their Cuban operations today after having the door was shut yesterday by the Trump administration, and they are doing it in a rather chaotic way.

They seem to only now be putting together actual alternative itineraries and programs.

Frankly, we've seen the industry respond much more efficiently and elegantly to the uncertainty of an impending hurricane than to this government order for which they were given a seven-week warning. They just didn't know the exact effective date.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

US Shuts Door on Cruises to Cuba

If you have been thinking about cruising to Cuba, but haven't done it by now, you probably won't be able to do it for the foreseeable future. Back in April, the Treasury Department began to close the door when they announced the new policy, but the cruise industry continued to operate until they were given more specifics about the restrictions and when they would take effect.

In an announcement today, the rules remained ambiguous, but it was clear, the end was coming as the press release specifically singled out cruise travel (among other types of non-family-visiting travel) was no longer allowed, nor was “group people-to-people travel” under which most cruise passengers qualified for their visas.

The press release said the new rules become effective tomorrow (June 5). And this afternoon Royal Caribbean became the first to begin canceling calls in Cuba.

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

Looking around Spectrum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International's Spectrum of the Seas is the first of the new Quntum Ultra Class. Since it's dedicated to the Chinese market and based in Shanghai, most Westerners won't have an opportunity to see it. Take this opportunity to take a quick look around Spectrum and see her unique features as well as some of her familiar ones.



Monday, June 3, 2019

Trouble in the Canal

It was a quiet Sunday morning in Venice along the Guiadecca Canal. Passengers on the second day of their cruise from Verona were having breakfast in the outdoor restaurant atop Uniworld's River Countess which docked at the San Basilio dock along the canal. About 8:30am (local time) MSC Opera rounded the bend and the River Countess passengers had a nice view of the large (65,591 gross tons) MSC heading up the canal to the Venice Cruise terminal.

That was until something went wrong aboard MSC Opera and it went out of control directly toward the smaller river boat. MSC says the captain applied all the established required procedures (including the long warning blast of the ship's whistle), but the cruise ship grazed the San Basilio dock and collided with River Countess.

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

And Another Ship You Won't Be Sailing

Knowing that none of our subscribers are in China, it's a safe bet you won't be sailing aboard Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas as it is dedicated to the local market in China.

It has arrived at Shanghai, and was named today in a “grand naming ceremony.” Chinese celebrities, Xiaoming Huang and Angelababy, who also happen to be Royal Caribbean brand ambassadors, also became godparents of Spectrum of the Seas. At the ceremony today, they named the ship and bestowed a blessing of safekeeping over all those who sail on Spectrum.

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


Thursday, May 30, 2019

There's Been Something Missing When You Get Your Pizza

Of course you want something to drink with your pizza and Carnival now delivers it. When Carnival Cruise Line rolled out their Pizza Anywhere feature on their HUB app a few months ago, they promised you would soon be able to order a beverage with pizza delivery anywhere on the ship, and they have now “delivered” on that promise.

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

What's Wrong with South Dakotans?

It's less than a year until Virgin Voyages sails their first cruise, and they've been taking reservations for several months. But they noticed something odd. They have reservations from across the USA - from every state in the union. It seems everyone is just waiting for the day Scarlet Lady will set sail - except people from South Dakota. They have no reservations from anyone in South Dakota. No one.

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

Ritz Orders Second Vessel

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has ordered a second ship from Vigo's (Spain) Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard, the same yard where their first is under construction.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A New Fun Partnership

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a new partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous basketball team, with Carnival becoming their official sponsors worldwide.

Known for their athleticism, theatrical stunts and comedic acts, the Globetrotters are a good fit with Carnival's brand of fun.

The complete story appeared in the May 29 issue of Cruice News Daily.


Wining in New Zealand

Crystal Cruises' “Culinary Journeys” video series takes a different turn in the seventh, and latest, episode. In this one Chef Jon Ashton explores New Zealand's signature wines.

Details appear in the May 29 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

One Million Australians Can't be Wrong

Carnival Cruise Line began their outpost operation in Australia just six years ago with one ship dedicated to the Australian market bringing Carnival's brand of fun Down Under. Now they have two based in Sydney with one being upsized in December, and they have reached an important milestone.

The line has just celebrated their one-millionth passenger.

The complete story appeared in the May 28 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Go to Court. Go Directly to Court. Do Not Pass Go.

Last month we told you that federal prosecutors were accusing Carnival Corp of violating their probation in a 2017 case in which Carnival pleaded guilty to violating environmental laws and discharging oily waste into the sea. Carnival paid a record $40 million fine in that case and was put on probation for five years. Last month, prosecutors charged that Carnival had been violating the terms of that probation essentially from the first day.

Judge Patricia Seitz made it clear she was unhappy with the situation and made it clear that she was disposed to punishing Carnival Corp severely at next month's hearing. One of the things she proposed is prohibiting Carnival brands from using US ports for a period of time.

Since then, Carnival Corp has retained new Miami-based attorney, David Markus, and last week prosecutors announced they had reached an agreement with Carnival and it will be presented for Judge Seitz' approval at a June 3 hearing.

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

MSC Matches Your Level

Loyalty programs are designed to keep you loyal to that cruise line by offering you benefits that you won't get if you sail on another cruise line because you haven't been sailing them to accrue their benefits. If you want to try a different cruise line, you have to be willing to take a step down. Until now.

If you are a member of another cruise line's loyalty program, with status on that line, you no longer have to step down to sail with MSC (and hopefully keep sailing with them). MSC is willing to match your status on “Brand X” with similar status (or higher) in their Voyager Club so you can see what MSC is all about and still have special perks.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Carnival Sunrise Named in NYC

Carnival made it official in New York today. Carnival Triumph has officially become Carnival Sunrise. Godmother Kelly Arison named the ship at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

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


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

Overboard from Carnival Fascination

Carnival reports that a passenger jumped overboard from Deck 10 of Carnival Fascination about 8am last Saturday (May 18) as the ship sailed from Barbados to San Juan.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Port Canaveral Inks New Deal with Disney

Disney has three new ships (Triton-class) being delivered beginning in 2021 (through 2023), and a new long-term contract with Port Canaveral will have at least two of them homeported at the Central Florida port for their first five years in service.

The new contract will give Disney the exclusive use of their new upgraded terminal and the possible use of a second terminal. In return, the line is guaranteeing more passengers and paying increased fees.

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

Look! Up in the Sky!

It's been seen above the South and on the West Coast, and even Arizona and Las Vegas. Now it's coming to New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. (Ben Franklin would be shocked.) Yes, the Carnival Airship is making its Big Apple debut.

The visit is to promote the New York debut of the transformed Carnival Sunrise, which will be officially named at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Thursday.

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A New Oasis for 2019

It's hard to believe, but Oasis of the Seas is ten years old. That means it's time to update the ship with not only Royal Caribbean's newest features already installed on other ship but also with features which will debut on Oasis.

Royal Caribbean announced today Oasis will be “amplified” in a 63-day period beginning in September. The $165 million project will be completed when the ship returns to service on November 24, 2019.

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

Another Fatal Crash for Taquan

Taquan Air, one of the two airlines that carried Royal Princess passengers in the fatal floatplane crash in Alaska last week had another fatal crash near Ketchikan on Monday.

This one, however, had nothing to do with cruise lines, nor carried any cruise passengers. There were only two people aboard the plane this week, the pilot and one passenger.

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

Monday, May 20, 2019

Did Someone Say That Was Vegan?

Your meal may literally still be growing until just before Regent Seven Seas introduces a new range of menu items on October 1. On that day, the luxury line will be introducing a list of 200 new plant-based items across all its menus.

The plant-based items are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

The complete story appeared in the May 20 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Paradise to the Rescue

On its way back home to Tampa this weekend, Carnival Paradise received notification of a small boat sinking 13 miles off the coast of Cozumel. In the tradition of the sea of assisting other mariners in distress, the ship turned back to the small boat's location north of Cozumel.

Once there, it spotted the boat and put a rescue boat in the water. It picked up the single man aboard the boat and brought him back to Carnival Paradise.

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Montreal Continues to Grow

The Port of Montreal's strategy to expand as a turnaround port is apparently paying off with the port expecting 76 calls this year from 24 ships of 17 different cruise lines.

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

An E-Z-er Way to Pay for Your Cruise

For most people, the most painful part of their cruise is making the final payment. Holland America has a new program to take some of the pain out of it.

Their new EZpay program allows passengers to make interest-free payments so that they're paid up when final payment date comes.

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

Interesting New Hire at MSC

There's a new man with a familiar name at the top of MSC's F&B department. Jacques Van Staden has joined MSC's global team as Vice President, Food & Beverage and will be based at the company's global headquarters in Geneva leading all Food & Beverage activities for MSC Cruises worldwide

The complete story appeared in the May 16 edition of Cruise News Daily.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Carnival Completing Three Large Ship Repositionings

Carnival Cruise Line has repositioned three large ships into new markets with new year round home ports. Carnival Dream is now in Galveston. Carnival Valor, in New Orleans, and Carnival Sunshine is now at Charleston.

Of course the reason behind the moves is to give passengers fresh, new experiences on new ships and also to increase capacity where it's needed.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 15, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Norwegian Joy setting a record
  • A passenger being medevaced from Carnival Dream when it was 66 miles off the Galveston coast Monday night. (Video below)
Details appeared in the May 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Norwegian Joy Reenters Service in Alaska

Norwegian Joy was originally built specifically for the Chinese market. When Norwegian Cruise Line decided to shrink their presence in China and move Norwegian Joy to the North American market, they invested $50 million in “Americanizing” it. The ship went to Singapore for three weeks and then crossed the Pacific for its first season in Alaska.

Norwegian Joy just completed its first seven-night cruise in Alaska to rave reviews, and it's now on its second.

Part of the reason for those rave reviews is that the ship's makeover was more than just changing the signage and menus from Chinese to English. Norwegian made major changes. For example, many Chinese passengers go on a cruise because they want to shop for foreign goods (especially luxury goods), but Americans, on the other hand, go on cruises for different dining experiences and to socialize, so space devoted to luxury shopping was converted to restaurants and bars. Likewise, you can say good-bye to the bumper cars because that space is now a teen club.

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

Update from Alaska

Yesterday as events of the tragic mid-air collision of two float planes carrying Royal Princess passengers became known, there were constantly-changing reports. What at first appeared in reports to be two planes which were found intact with their passengers later was revealed to be wreckage scattered over George Inlet and the shoreline with some of the passengers actually missing.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Royal Princess Passengers Involved in Midair Collision of Sightseeing Planes

Two float planes collided in midair at 1:08pm (local time, 5:08pm Eastern Time) about eight nautical miles from Ketchikan that afternoon. Both planes were carrying passengers from Royal Princess.

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

The Cruise Souvenir You'll Always Have

If you bring home a coffee mug you could break it or lose it. If you bring home a t-shirt it will wear out. Come home from AIDAnova and you could come home with an original Nori Storm tattoo - and that won't come off, even if you wash it.

Details appeared in the May 13 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Changes Made to Azamara Quest

Azamara Quest has returned to service after refurbishment in Singapore beginning in March. During the time in Singapore, some significant changes were made to the ship along with the normal refurbishment and freshening.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 10, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Signs Cuba may be more lucrative for cruise lines than they have been letting on
  • Royal Caribbean declares quarterly dividend
Details appeared in the May 10 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Coco Cay's Gain Is Southampton's Loss

British trade media is reporting that Royal Caribbean has confirmed they are canceling Independence of the Seas' summer 2020 program from Southampton and will be keeping the ship in Ft. Lauderdale.

Anthem of the Seas will continue to sail as scheduled for its summer 2020 season from Southampton.

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

Overboard from Amsterdam

A 69-year-old woman went overboard from Holland America's Amsterdam early Wednesday morning as the ship was sailing from Glengarriff, Ireland (on Ireland's west coast), to Ft. Lauderdale, the last leg of its 113-day world cruise.

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



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Princess Expands West Coast Programs

Princess Cruises is going to continue their dominance of the West Coast markets during the winter of 2020-21 by adding a ship, Ruby Princess, which will be homeported primarily at San Francisco to expand cruises from there. Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver will also see more cruises sailing from there during the season.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 9, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC bringing a new tapas restaurant to North America
  • Eight out of ten parents say they feel guilty taking a vacation without their kids. But when their kids were surveyed, it turns out the kids don't mind at all. In fact, they kind of look forward to a little time away from Mom, as can be seen in the video below from Virgin Voyages which will be launching in 2020.
Details appeared in the May 8 edition of Cruise News Daily


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Royal Caribbean Opens Perfect Day at Coco Cay

Royal Caribbean officially opened the upgrade to Coco Cay, called Perfect Day, over the weekend, but it was a bit anticlimactic because many of the attractions had been opened softly as they were completed over the past few weeks.

The upgraded facility is the first of what Royal Caribbean says will be the first of the Perfect Day Island Collection of next-level private destinations around the world, enabling the line to bring the private island concept to cruisers in other parts of the world, including Europe, Australia and Asia.

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

More Medallions

Princess Cruises has decided they will add six additional ships to Medallion Class next year, in 2020, in addition to the five they will have on the program by the end of this year.

That will bring the service to passengers sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, California Coast and on the World Cruise.

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

Monday, May 6, 2019

Like a Trip to Florence

Costa Cruises said today their second new ship dedicated to the Chinese market will be named Costa Firenze. The 135,500-ton vessel will be a sister to Costa Venezia, which entered service on March 1.

Costa Firenze is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera yard for delivery in October 2020.

The complete story appeared in the May 6 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 6, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A fender bender in Vancouver that damaged Oosterdam and Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Norwegian Cruise Line choosing 30 teacher-winners in their Teacher Appreciate contest
  • A bookkeeper allegedly embezzles from Silversea
Details appeared in the May 6 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Meyer Lays Keel for Odyssey of the Seas - Differently

Meyer Werft laid the first block of Odyssey of the Seas today at their Rostock/Warnemunde yard, Neptun Werft. That marks the beginning of the actual construction phase of the ship which is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2020.

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


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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - May 3, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Oasis of the Seas left the Cadiz yard where it was repaired after "extensive" damage it received in the Grand Bahama Shipyard accident. 
  • Carnival has chosen a name for the big green waterslide that will be added to Carnival Splendor.
  • Carnival Corp has been sued by the Americans who claim ownership to Cuban cruise facilities.
Details appeared in the May 3 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

“Navigating” Your Holland America Cruise

Holland America Line has joined the club, and they now have an app for passengers to use aboard their ships to provide conveniences such as dining reservations, shore excursion reservations and free passenger-to-passenger communications. It's called Navigator.

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

Princess Sets Caribbean and Panama Canal Programs

Looking ahead a couple of winters, Princess has released their winter 2020/2021 Caribbean and Panama Canal programs. It will bring Princess' newest and largest ships to the region.

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Royal Caribbean Calling

Royal Caribbean held their conference call today to discuss their first quarter earnings. As usual, a couple of topics seemed to keep arising. This quarter it was Perfect Day at Coco Cay and the impact on earnings of shipyard accident involving Oasis of the Seas. There were also a couple of other interesting comments.

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It Has Begun

When Ruby Princess sailed into Ketchikan and Juneau over the weekend, it began Princess' 50th year sailing in Alaska. The season will continue through September with seven Princess ships sailing to the state.

Princess will take a further step forward on May 11 when Royal Princess arrives and with it comes Medallion Class, the first ship in Alaska to feature Ocean Medallion and all the conveniences it brings with it.

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

Black Gold

The fifth episode of Crystal's Culinary Journey with Chef Jon Ashton is out, and this time he's in Perth to explore Perigord black truffles.

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




Video courtesy of Crystal Cruises. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Carnival Sunrise Arrives

Carnival Triumph entered the shipyard at Cadiz and left a month later as Carnival Sunrise, and today she reentered service at Norfolk with a host of new and upgraded features, including her new identity.

The complete story appeared in the April 29 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Up in the Air

As Royal Caribbean International gets ready to open Perfect Day at Coco Cay next month, some of the features are having soft openings. Some visitors are getting to see the island like no others from a tethered helium balloon 450 feet above the island. From the vantage point, they can see the beautiful beaches (which have always been an attraction), the Oasis lagoon (the largest freshwater swimming pool in the Caribbean, which is now open) and the pier where ships are now docking.


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

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Milestone in Barcelona

The cruise industry took a major step forward today when AIDAnova arrived in Barcelona to begin its summer Mediterranean season and was the first LNG-powered cruise ship to refuel at the important Mediterranean port. AIDAnova is the first cruise ship to be able to operate on clean-burning Liquified Natural Gas both at sea and in port.

AIDAnova refueling today at Barcelona
Photo courtesy of Carnival Corp. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Custom Refreshment

Happy Koningsdag! Saturday is the biggest national holiday celebration in the Netherlands - King's Day, celebrating His Majesty King Willem-Alexander's official birthday, and the entire country celebrates and wears orange (the national color). Holland American, too, celebrates their heritage by observing the holiday and asking everyone to wear orange (and supplying some things passengers may not have packed, like orange wigs).

You know that you've really arrived, however, when your beer supplier, Dutch brewer Heineken, supplies you with custom-labeled bottles for the occasion. The orange-wrapped bottles have the Holland America logo and the King's Day date.

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


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

Stanley Has a Friend

Stanley has a new friend. Princess Cruises' plush mascot, Stanley, named after the line's founder (Stanley B. McDonald), has a new plush friend. He's a moose created to celebrate Princess' 50th anniversary of sailing to Alaska.

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Celebrity Flora Well Connected to Galapagos Environment

Celebrity Flora is only a little more than two months away from introduction in the Galapagos, and Celebrity is already busy forming relationships that connect the small ship to the Galapagos. Since it involves the Galapagos, it's only natural those relationships are then connected to nature and the environment.

The relationships Celebrity announced today even included the ship's godmother.

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



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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Chantiers Begins Work on Oasis 5

Chantiers de l'Atlantique cut the first steel today for the fifth Oasis-class ship for Royal Caribbean. The steel plate was cut at the builder's Saint-Nazaire (France) yard.

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

This Is a Good Thing

MSC Cruises has inked a partnership with home and lifestyle queen Martha Stewart to create a number of experiences of various types for passengers in the Caribbean.

These will come both on land and at sea - and even in the dining room, because the Martha Stewart experiences will come in a number of different forms.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Going East

Azamara has opened their inventory for their fleet of destination-oriented ships through 2021 and through the spring 2022 season. With it, we will see a new deepening of itineraries in Eastern Europe, the Black Sea and Turkey.

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

Record-Breaker Down Under

While much of the industry discussion has been focused on China, and its growth (or declining rate of growth), there's a market that's been steadily growing and continues to do so: Australia.

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

Friday, April 19, 2019

Turning 20

The Port of Seattle celebrated the start of its twentieth cruise season earlier this week with the arrival of Celebrity Eclipse at the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66.

This year promises to be a record-breaking year. The port estimates 1,208,590 passengers will pass through the port this year on cruises, breaking last year's record by more than 93 thousand.

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Minnie Gets Promoted

Somewhere along the line recently aboard Disney Cruise Line, Minnie has received her fourth stripe, because she's now Captain Minnie Mouse, and encouraging girls to be like her and pursue maritime careers aboard the Disney ships. Disney is counting on the power of the Mouse - Minnie Mouse - to do it.

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


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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 18, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • An update on the situation with cruises to Cuba with relation to the latest Trump administration announcement.
  • Carnival declares a dividend
Details appeared in the April 18 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Rules Could Halt US Cruises to Cuba

Details regarding travel are still not clear, but an announcement by the Trump administration on Wednesday said they were imposing restrictions on trade with Cuba which, among other things, would limit travel. The announcement in separate speeches by both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton did not specifically mention cruises, but from what was said, it seems passengers on cruises are definitely the type of tourism they want to prohibit.

It was enough of an indication that the stock of all three major US-based cruise companies closed down slightly on Wednesday. All, though, have said in the past that cruises to Cuba are a small part of their total business.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 17, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Oasis of the Seas safe arrival at the shipyard in Cadiz for repair after its transatlantic crossing
  • Mobile working to keep Carnival there when its contract expires
Details appeared in the April 17 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

AIDAluna Now Has More to Smile About

AIDAluna returned to service today after a two-week stay in Blohm+Voss' floating dry dock at Hamburg.

The 69,000-ton ship had a number of routine maintenance and technical projects completed while in the yard, but a couple of items on the list added new features, including a unique new one that passengers aboard Carnival's German brand will especially enjoy.

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




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

Royal Caribbean Plans New Headquarters Building

The Miami Herald is reporting that Royal Caribbean is planning to expand its headquarters at the Port of Miami with a new building adjacent to its current buildings on the southwest corner of Dodge Island.

The new building would boost space to enough room for 4,200 employees compared to the current 2,200. Yes, a parking garage will also be included in the project.

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Princess Returns - Five Years Later

After a five-year absence, Princess is going back to Tahiti in the fall of 2020, and they're doing it as it was meant to be done with a small ship - Pacific Princess.

It won't be a permanent stay, however. It will be a “limited run” of five, 10-night cruises in October and November 2020.

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

Back for a Second Season

Norwegian Sun is back at Port Canaveral beginning a second season of cruises to Cuba from the port. Beginning today they include four-, five- and seven-night cruises to Havana.

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

Friday, April 12, 2019

Judge Proposes Severe Penalty for Carnival Brands

A federal judge has proposed a severe penalty for the Carnival brands for violating their probation in a 2017 pollution case and not taking the probation seriously.

Prosecutors say Carnival brands are not only continuing to intentionally pollute but taking corrective measures just in advance of inspections, despite their agreement not to.

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

Viking to Tap Chinese Market

Viking Cruises has signed an MOU with China Merchants Shekou to form a joint venture to build a cruise line with worldwide cruises for the Chinese market.

In addition, Viking will also partner with China Merchants to build oceangoing ships for the new line to operate.

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

RCCL Orders another Edge for Celebrity

If you liked Celebrity Edge when it debuted last fall, there are going to be five of the technologically advanced ships five years from now, because today, Chantiers de l'Alantique said Royal Caribbean ordered a fifth Edge-class ship for Celebrity.

The French yard said the vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2024.

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

Spectrum of the Seas Delivered

Meyer Werft handed over the first Quantum Ultra-class ship today to RCCL in Bremerhaven. Spectrum of the Seas is now sailing to Barcelona from which it will sail its repositioning cruise on April 18.

That cruise will eventually take Spectrum to Shanghai where it will be homeported year-round beginning June 6.

Video of the day's events is below.

Details appeared in the April 11 issue of Cruise News Daily. 




Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not Your Grandfather's Cruise Terminal

MSC Cruises is full of surprises. First, between the time of saying they were going to build their own cruise terminal at Port Miami and the formal board action, the project doubled in size to encompass two berths to handle two megaliners at the same time.

Yesterday, at the Seatrade Global Cruise Conference in Miami, MSC unveiled the actual design for the terminal, and it's stunning.

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

But Will the Host Kiss the Contestants?

With the success of the Hasbro games on Carnival ships beginning a few years ago, when Mardi Gras enters service next year the line will be turning to classic TV game shows for entertainment and engaging passengers.

Carnival has partnered with Fremantle to bring “Family Feud Live” aboard Mardi Gras.

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


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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Carnival Debuts Excel Suites

Carnival Cruise Line seems to be trying to jump on the luxury suite bandwagon with Mardi Gras when it debuts next year - but they aren't quite going to full “exclusive” route most other mass market lines have.

The line said they would debut four types of Excel suites aboard Mardi Gras when it enters service next year.

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




Video courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

No More Bouncing - for Now

Royal Caribbean has suspended the use of Sky Pad aboard both ships which have it while they review their safety measures after a February accident in which a passenger was severely injured. The line did say the attraction would eventually reopen.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ryndam 4

Holland America said today their third Pinnacle-class ship will be named Ryndam. It will be the fourth Holland America ship bear that name.

Fincantieri began cutting steel for the ship last month at their Marghera yard, and when it's delivered in May 2021, it will be very similar to its sisters, Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, carrying 2,662 passengers and sized at 99,500 tons.

The complete story appeared in the April 8 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 8, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Oasis of the Seas departing the Bahamas for Cadiz to be repaired
  • Norwegian Cruise Line doubling the prizes for teachers in their Giving Joy teacher appreciation contest
  • Royal Caribbean executives talking about the creation of Perfect Day at Coco Cay and giving a preview of the attraction which will open next month (video below).
Details appeared in the April 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 




Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

Friday, April 5, 2019

It's Like 1984 Again

Those last 35 years slipped by fast. It was in 1984 that Kathie Lee Gifford starred in the first Carnival Cruise Line commercial.

You remember it. She sang Carnival's catchy jingle, “Ain't We Got Fun,” in the first national television campaign for a cruise line. It was the first of several, and people still refer to them today.

Actually, they showed one on the Today Show today. Kathie Lee was retiring from the show, and after they showed the one in which she was seen all around the ship singing, “If They Could See Me Now (on a FunShip Cruise),” Carnival gave everyone in the audience a free three- or four-night cruise for two.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - April 5, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Virgin Voyages selecting a spa operator
  • O3b launching four more satellites
  • A faster and less expensive way for crew members to send money home
Details appeared in the April 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

New Home (for a short while), New Entertainment

Although we didn't cover it at the time (basically, because the ship just started doing what we already reported it was going to be doing), Royal Princess is now comfortably in its new seasonal West Coast home port of Los Angeles sailing Princess' signature itinerary to the Mexican Riviera.

Captain Stubing, Gopher, Julie, Doc and Isaac would be proud at how the hardware has evolved from Pacific Princess to this magnificent Medallion Class ship. They would also have a new feature which would be a source of different guest stars to board the Love Boat every week.

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

It Takes Longer to Get to Australia

“Anywhere” now includes Australia. Back in February we told you how Carnival Cruise Line's “Pizza Anywhere” program available via their Carnival Hub app was being expanded beyond Carnival Horizon and Carnival Visa. Our friends down at Carnival Australia are excited to tell us that “Pizza Anywhere” is now available on Carnival Spirit and it will be available on Carnival Splendor when it arrives in Australia in December.

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

The Journey Begins

As you remember, on Monday afternoon, a shipyard crane collapsed onto Oasis of the Seas while it was in the floating dry dock in the Grand Bahama Shipyard. The damage to the ship caused Royal Caribbean to cancel three sailings. Although Royal Caribbean has yet to publicly detail the damage, they did say they were going to move the ship to a yard in Cadiz (Spain) for repair, and Oasis would return to service with its May 5 sailing from Barcelona.

The line did not give a timetable for the move but it began in a small way today.

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Cheesy Day on Costa

Most people who book a Costa cruise do so because they want the Italian experience Costa exports so well all around the world. Costa often positions themselves as the ambassadors of aspects of Italian excellence with short- term initiatives onboard.

Usually these special experiences aren't significant enough that one would book a cruise just for it, or even choose one itinerary over another just to be on the right ship, but if you happen to be on one of the selected ships, it's like you've won a small prize in the lottery.

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

Fastest around the World

Last week we told you about Princess opening sales on their 2021 world cruise.

This week we can tell you Princess says that within 24 hours, the 2021 cruise became their fastest-selling world cruise in the more than two decades Princess has been taking passengers around the world.

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

Vancouver Ready for Record-Breaking Year

Vancouver's 2019 cruise season began last weekend with the arrival of Emerald Princess at Canada Place.

This year, Vancouver expects more than a million passengers to pass through the BC port on 290 ship calls,

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oasis to Return to Service in May

While Royal Caribbean still hasn't told us specifics about the damage Oasis of the Seas sustained yesterday when a crane collapsed on it at the Grand Bahama shipyard, they have acknowledged the inevitable and begun to advise passengers booked on canceled sailings.

Royal Caribbean said today they will cancel three sailings: April 7, 14 and 21. Those are what were to be its last three sailings from Port Canaveral, and include what would have been the 14-night transatlantic repositioning cruise to Barcelona.

Details appeared in the April 2 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Windstar's Star Plus Initiative Begins in Trieste

Back in November we told you how Windstar was going to have Fincantieri enlarge their Star-class ships. Today, that program began when Fincantieri cut the first steel for the new mid-section of Star Breeze.

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

Living on the Edge

The courageous among our readers may be interested in this special cruise being planned for next year - if the organizers can find enough members of their group willing and curious enough to go.

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

Monday, April 1, 2019

Oasis of the Seas Involved in Shipyard Accident

This is no April Fools Day joke. Oasis of the Seas was damaged this afternoon at the Grand Bahama Shipyard when a construction crane collapsed. The ship had arrived in the shipyard last night for maintenance, so no passengers were aboard.

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

Overboard from Carnival Spirit

A male passenger went overboard from Carnival Spirit last Thursday as the ship was traveling from Sydney to Noumea, but was not reported missing until the next morning.

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


Passenger Arrests aboard Two Ships for Smuggling Drugs

Authorities in two countries have disrupted major drug smuggling operations on two cruise ships in the last few days by arresting groups of passengers traveling to Europe carrying significant amounts of drugs.

Details appeared in the April 1 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Royal Caribbean Plans for Boosting Grand Bahama

Royal Caribbean and Mexico's ITM Group have formed a joint venture and signed a letter of intent to purchase the Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama Island.

The Prime Minister says Royal Caribbean plans to develop the resort into “a world-class destination, featuring water-based family entertainment, with dining, gaming and entertainment options, and five-star hotel accommodations.”

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

Silversea Opens 2021 World Cruise

Silversea opened bookings to the public today on what they call their Finest World Tour. The 2021 World Cruise aboard Silver Whisper will depart Ft. Lauderdale on January 7, 2021.

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Virgin Will Be the Cruise Line You Hear

Virgin Voyages revealed more of their coming onboard experience this week when they talked about a series of musical connections onboard with Virgin's musical roots.

Virgin Voyages will feature DJ residencies, an onboard record shop and karaoke lounge. They will also have access to top-name live music on select voyages.

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

Voyage Vinyl aboard Scarlet Lady
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A Family Tradition

Kelly Arison will be the godmother of Carnival Sunrise. Ms Arison is the daughter of Carnival Corp Chairman Micky Arison.

And with that comes a couple of other interesting family connections. 

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

Princess Sets 2021 World Cruise

Princess has chosen the 91,627-ton Island Princess to operate their 2021 world cruise which they say will be the most destination-rich world cruise they have ever offered.

The 111-day cruise will visit 50 ports in 32 countries on six continents. It will cover 34,000 nautical miles as it completely circumnavigates the world, and it will cross the equator twice. 

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Norwegian Maritime Authority's Finding on Viking Sky

After an intense investigation, to complete its work as quickly as possible, the Norwegian Maritime Authority has determined at this point, they believe Viking Sky's engine failure during the extremely rough weather/sea conditions on Saturday was due to low oil pressure.

The Authority found that the levels of lubricating oil were within the limits set by the manufacturer, but they were at the lower end of the limit. The rolling of the ship in the heavy seas was so extreme that as the oil moved in the tanks, the oil too rolled so much that it triggered a low oil level alarm and that triggered an automatic shutdown of the engine.

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

Two More Ships on Order for Princess

Carnival and Fincantieri have finalized a contract for two 175,000-ton ships for their Princess brand which will be delivered in late 2023 and the spring of 2025. An MOA was signed for the ships last July.

The ships will be a next-generation design (probably indicating there will be further orders by Carnival) carrying approximately 4,300 passengers and powered by LNG.

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



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Seems Like Old Times

Costa Cruises' headquarters are in Genoa. Of course their cruise ships always called there at the busy port in the heart of town. Then about twenty years ago, Costa built a gleaming new terminal down the coast in the nearby town of Savona and the big Costa ships moved there. But Costa's headquarters (and heart) stayed in Genoa.

Today, there was a homecoming, because Costa returned to the Port of Genoa, right in the heart of town, when the 103,000-ton Costa Fortuna returned to make its homeport there through this fall for a total of 34 calls.

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



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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 26, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • ABB winning a contract to supply the propulsion and Azipod systems for the first cruise ship built in China which will be operated by CSSC Carnival. Delivery of the ship is scheduled for 2023.
  • Royal Caribbean releasing a video that follows Spectrum of the Seas from Meyer Werft down the Ems River during its careful conveyance. (The video is below)
Details appeared in the March 26 edition of Cruise News Daily 




Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved.