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

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.



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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.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Viking Sky Loses Power in Rough Seas

Tragedy was averted on Saturday when Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sky sailed into a powerful storm off Norway's west coast and then lost power. The ship was traveling from Tromso to Stavanger at the time of the incident which occurred about 2pm local time when the ship was off the coast of Molde.

As can be seen in news footage, the ship was being tossed about badly, and passengers feared the ship would capsize. Video from inside the ship showed passengers sitting in life vests as water washed across the floor in some parts of the ship. Surprisingly, there is a lengthy piece of video that shows large pieces of furniture sliding back and forth across the room as passengers dodge it and ceiling panels fall as the ship is obviously rolling to a great degree. It's unexplained why the large furniture wasn't secured.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Power failures are better in the Bahamas
  • MSC stretches (and twists) it out to 1,000 

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

Carbon Paper at the Ready

Fincantieri cut the first steel this week at their Ancona yard for the seventh ship in the series for Viking Ocean Cruises.

Like the other Viking ships, this one will have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons with 465 staterooms and suites.

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


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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 22, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The second episode of Crystal's Culinary Journey with Chef Jon Ashton has now been published. 
  • Cunard has chosen three British wine experts to sail aboard the "Voyage Du Vin" in September. 
Details appeared in the March 22 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Seabourn Chooses Tihany for Expedition Ships

Seabourn Cruises has chosen noted hospitality architect Adam D. Tihany to design the interiors of their new purpose-built ultra luxury expedition ships.

The two ships are being built by T. Mariotti for delivery in June 2021 and May 2022.

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


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

A Most Excellent Training Center

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced plans to build a state-of-the-art crew training facility near Manila in the Philippines. The facility will be called the Norwegian Cruise Line Center for Excellence.

The innovative 200,000-foot building is built in the shape of a cruise ship. It will serve both new and existing crew members.

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


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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Filling the Lagoon

Perfect Day on Coco Cay is about to open in May, and in preparation for that Royal Caribbean has filled the Oasis Lagoon, which is the largest freshwater swimming pool (or CE-ment pond) in the Caribbean. The pool is 30,000 square feet of area and contains 800,000 gallons of water.

The pool is so large it took eight days to fill with the water rushing in at a rate of 4,160 gallons per hour.

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



Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 20, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A man going overboard from Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas
  • Royal Caribbean is being sued over an accident on Mariner's Sky Pad where a man was seriously injured
  • The Coast Guard medevaced a man from MSC Divina on Tuesday as it sailed 100 miles off the New Jersey coast. (video below)
Details appeared in the March 20 edition of Cruise News Daily.




Video courtesy of the US Coast Guard. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Look at the Sky Now

Norwegian Sky has returned to service following a three-week dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. The refurbishment was part of the Norwegian Edge program to elevate the onboard experience of the fleet to the same standards as the line's newest ships in the fleet.

Norwegian Sky's refurbishment included updating all restaurants and bars - and adding many new dining venues - and updating all staterooms.

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

A sign of the times: The new Starbucks aboard Norwegian Sky
Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line. All rights reserved. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 19, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival Cruise Line and Port Canaveral broke ground on the new Terminal 3 which will be used by Carnival's Mardi Gras.
  • Meyer Werft delayed the departure of Spectrum of the Seas' conveyance down the Ems River until Wednesday morning (local time in Germany) due to low water levels in the river. 
  • There was a minor fire aboard Costa Smeralda in the Meyer-Turku yard on Monday afternoon.
Details were in the March 19 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Spectrum of the Seas beginning its departure from Meyer Werft. 
Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Carnival Brews up Fun Fleetwide

When Carnival started brewing their own craft beers aboard Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, it was unique. Thirsty passengers could only get those three beers on those two ships. If they developed a liking for them, there was nowhere else on the planet to get them - until this week.

Thanks to a new partnership with Brew Hub, canned and kegged versions are now available fleetwide on all 26 Carnival ships, making Carnival the first cruise line to can and keg their own beers.

You can also get four-packs of 16-ounce cans to take home with you.

Details appeared in the March 18 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

If Only This Were Horseshoes

Norwegian Breakaway scored 84 points on its latest US Public Health inspection, which sounds good until you realize it takes a score of at least 86 to pass. The semiannual surprise inspection was conducted on March 10 at New Orleans during a turnaround between two seven-night cruises.

The ship consistently scores in the mid-to-upper 90's and only three times has it slid a point or two below 90.

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

A “Flood” of Excitement in Finland

Meyer-Turku celebrated the float out of Costa Smeralda today at their yard in Finland, marking the first time the ship has touched water, when Meyer and Costa officials opened the valves that let water into the dry dock.

Actually, it was more of a float up because it will take about 24 hours to fill the giant dry dock and tow the ship to an outfitting pier where its interior will be completed in time for delivery in October.

This is also an important milestone because Costa Smeralda is the first Costa ship, and the first to be sold globally, that will be powered both at sea and in port by clean-burning liquified natural gas (LNG).

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

Note: Additional photos still being added to this item. 



Water begins to flood the dry dock

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The Port of Seattle considering an additional cruise terminal
  • The Port of Dublin considering cutting cruise capacity
Details appeared in the March 15 edition of Cruise News Daily. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Splendor in Australia

When Carnival Splendor arrives in Australia in December, it won't be the same ship it was when it leaves Long Beach in October. A lengthy stop in Singapore for refurbishment will change a lot.

We've already told you about the new waterslides that will be added. Now Carnival is announcing four new restaurants that are being added to the ship, specifically to appeal to Aussie tastes.

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

Tandori Chicken at the new Masala Tiger Restaurant aboard Carnival Splendor
Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise 'Line. All rights reserved. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 14, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC finalizing their order with Fincantieri for four small luxury ships to be delivered beginning in 2023.
  • Meyer Werft schedules Spectrum of the Seas' river transit to begin March 19. 
Details appeared in the March 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Spectrum of the Seas ready for river conveyance
Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft. All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where You'll Live on Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line today introduced a new cabin design for Mardi Gras by DCA Design International. Now before you panic, it's nothing radical like the wavy walls Norwegian tried out on Norwegian Epic. Mardi Gras' new design seems to be mostly centered around new features passengers will find convenient rather than a new shape or concept.

Beyond that, the design seems to employ features to make the stateroom feel bigger, and it has cleaner lines and lighter colors - but no wavy walls.

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



Video courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 13, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Seabourn naming their new purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture. 
  • Fincantieri cut the first steel for Holland America's next Pinnacle-class ship. 
Details appeared in the March 13 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Fincantieri cuts the first steel for Holland America's third Pinnacle-class ship

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Freedom in Galveston

Carnival Freedom has returned to Galveston following a three-week refit in Freeport that added a number of new features and updated many existing ones.

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

The Joy of Learning and a Free Cruise

You can show your appreciation to a teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) by nominating her or him for Norwegian Cruise Line's Giving Joy campaign to reward educators.
 
"Travel is a powerful means of education," said Norwegian Cruise Line president Andy Stuart. "It brings people closer to each other and to diverse cultures around the world. It promotes awareness and understanding...it broadens perspectives. Through our Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, we celebrate the power of education and travel, and reward teachers who have taken responsibility for our future, our children, and who lean into that responsibility with all they've got."
 
From now through April 12 (2019), Norwegian is asking for nominations of certified or accredited teachers in the US and Canada who are inspiring joy in the classroom. The 15 teachers with the most votes will win a seven-day cruise for two. They will also be provided airfare and accommodations for an award ceremony taking place in Seattle on May 3, where they will have the chance to win $15,000 for their school. So get your whole class or school in on the voting.
 
To nominate a favorite teacher, to vote and for terms and conditions, please visit nclgivingjoy.com.

This article appeared in the March 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

If They Like It in China, They'll Love It in the Caribbean

Princess Cruises said today that La Mer, the casual French bistro restaurant, that debuted aboard Majestic Princess in China and is now wowing them in Australia, will join the lineup of specialty restaurants aboard Sky Princess when it sails in the Caribbean beginning in December. It will mark the first time the line has offered a French restaurant to North Americans.

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

Friday, March 8, 2019

Taking Charge of Sunrise

As we reported earlier this week, Carnival Triumph is currently making its way across the North Atlantic toward a shipyard in Cadiz for conversion into Carnival Sunrise. Carnival is treating its return more or less as a new ship. 

Just as it's crossing the Atlantic, Carnival has announced the “new” Carnival Sunrise's senior officers.

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

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

CND subscriber also read about:
  • Bermuda has delayed increased taxes on cruise passengers
  • Juneau city officials have declined an offer from Norwegian Cruise Line of familiarization cruise on Norwegian Joy.
Details appeared in the March 8 issue of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Looks Good Enough to Eat

Crystal has a new video series with celebrity chef Jon Ashton that's more about traveling than it is about dining. In the 12-part series, Ashton travels to different Crystal port cities where he meets up with a local dining expert and then samples the local cuisine at several local favorites. These aren't the high-end restaurants where Crystal customers would normally dine. These are the places only locals know about. But he samples the flavors that really define the city and then interprets those for a new dish on Crystal Serenity.

In the first episode, Ashton is in Los Angeles where he meets up with Chef Katsuji Tanabe of Top Chef fame, who takes him to his favorite local places for tacos. The first is open only one day a week, with the chef getting up in the middle of the night to cook and by mid-afternoon they are sold out - and the tacos are served on his back porch. The next place looks most like a fast-food restaurant and probably serves the artsy-ist tacos, and the last place is in a gas station, which Ashton just can't get over. In each, he loves what he has to the point of having multiple food-gasims. He's right; it all looks delicious and you can almost taste those tacos.

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Emeril Lagasse to Take Creole to Sea aboard Mardi Gras

For almost thirty years, Emeril Lagasse and his restaurant have been a fixture in New Orleans' culinary scene. So who more appropriate to operate a restaurant in the French Quarter of Carnival's newest ship, Mardi Gras?

That's why Carnival Cruise Line announced today they are partnering with Lagasse to bring to his style and his cuisine to Mardi Gras.

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


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

Do You Think She Likes to Cruise?

Her first cruise was in 1989 in the Caribbean aboard Fair Princess. Now, thirty years later, she's just celebrated 282nd totaling up to 2,500 days at sea, and Ilene Weiner has been named Princess Cruises' Most-Traveled Guest.

She achieved her “Most-Traveled” milestone on her 280th cruise, which was a 28-day Pacific crossing aboard Golden Princess from Los Angeles to, appropriately enough, Australia, because Australia is her favorite destination.

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Two Bigger Pluses

As we reported earlier, Windstar is about to g-r-o-w, but not by adding more ships, but by making three of the ones they have l-o-n-g-e-r to give customers more of what they like about Windstar.

The program is called “Star Plus,” and in it Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride will all be cut in half and a new center section added with more suites and enlarged spaces for the public areas. This will happen over a 14-month period from October 2019 to November 2020.

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

Let's Ride!

The “amplified” Navigator of the Seas debuted last week with a practically whole new top deck, and one of the main features is the Perfect Storm waterslides, which are actually two different experiences.

There's the Blaster, the industry's longest watercoaster that you ride down on a raft, and Riptide, the industry's only head-first waterslide that you go down on a mat.

Here's your chance to go down them without even getting wet. 

Details were in the March 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 




Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 4, 2019

A Quick Look at Bellissima

MSC Bellissima was named Saturday night in Southampton with MSC's perennial godmother, Sophia Loren, doing the honors.

The video below gives you a quick look around inside the ship. 




Video courtesy of MSC Cruises. All rights reserved.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 4, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:

  • Winter weather in the Northeast creating some scary moments for passengers aboard Norwegian Escape on Saturday night
  • Say good-bye to Carnival Triumph 
  • Princess sets specific dates Medallion Net will be available on next ships to get their faster internet
  • Fincantieri says Viking has finalized the order for two ships which will be delivered in 2024 and 2045.
  • Costa Venezia was named in Trieste on Friday, and part of the show was a flyover by the Italian Air Force's precision flight team, Frecce Tricolori. (photo below)
Details appeared in the March 4 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Friday, March 1, 2019

Amplified for Your Sailing Pleasure

Navigator of the Seas returned to service today after a two-month $115 million “amplification” in dry dock. During that time, the top deck was almost completely revamped and updated features were added throughout the ship.

Through next month it is sailing five- and nine-night cruises (the nine-night is an outstanding combination of Labadee, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire), but then incredibly, it will shift to three- and four-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas to coincide with the opening of Perfect Day at Coco Cay.

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




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

MSC Bellissima Arrives at Southampton

MSC Bellissima arrived at Southampton this morning (March 1, 2019) in anticipation of its naming tomorrow by Sophia Loren.

While this aerial video isn't thrilling (except for new-ship enthusiasts), it does give a great opportunity to see the ship in detail from all angles. MSC Bellissima is the first of MSC's three Meraviglia-Plus class ship.




But before it arrived, it had to leave. Below is some video of its nighttime departure from the shipyard at Saint-Nazaire Wednesday evening.



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

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ready for China

Fincantieri delivered Costa Venezia today at their yard in Monfalcone, and within six hours it was on its way to Trieste for Costa's celebration of its new ship will be held. After a brief preview cruise, the 135,500-ton ship will be headed to Asia, never to be seen in the west again - or at least not for the foreseeable future. Even though Costa was Carnival's original pioneer brand for China and has been sailing there for more than a decade, this is the first ship the brand had built specifically for the Chinese market.

After a quick five-night preview cruise, the West will have one more chance to see the ship during a 52-day positioning cruise from Trieste to Asia sailing on March 8.

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




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

One Degree of Separation from Kevin Bacon

Passengers will be dancing in the aisles when Norwegian Joy makes its North American debut in Alaska in May.

Norwegian Cruise Line says they have chosen the musical “Footloose” to be the headlining entertainment production on the ship this summer.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Chantiers Delivers MSC Bellissima

Chantiers de l'Atlantique delivered MSC Bellissima to MSC Cruises today at their Saint-Nazaire yard, and tonight it's making its way toward Southampton where it will arrive early Friday morning in anticipation of its gala naming ceremony on Saturday.

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when a ship is delivered? It's probably not what you think. Prior to that moment when the half-billion-dollar piece of equipment officially changes ownership, the ship was completed by the builder, the cruise line has checked it over in detail and agrees it was completed to their satisfaction and they have provided payment to the yard.  Then comes the moment of the actual transfer, and thanks to MSC, they gave us a look behind the scenes today at the moment when all that was agreed to and ownership of MSC Bellissima was transferred. (Video is below.)

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




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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 27, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A delay in Norwegian Gem's turnaround
  • A delay in a murder trial for an Alaskan cruise passenger
  • A deal for leapsters down under
  • Royal Caribbean's take on Spectrum of the Seas' float out.
Details appeared in the February 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.




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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Teaming up to Design a Liner

Cunard has chosen the design team that will design the interior of its fleet's fourth ship which will be delivered in 2022.

That's a huge responsibility considering the attention to detail Cunard demands and the many connections to its past liners that are always present in Cunard vessels. There is a lot to connect this one to because it will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag.

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


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

Topping Off

Meyer Turku "topped off" Costa's new flagship, Costa Smeralda, this week when it installed the funnel aboard the 180,000 ship. The ship is the first for the world market to be powered by Liquified National Gas (LNG) both at sea and in port. Costa Smeralda will enter service on October 20, 2019.




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

Another Perspective on Spectrum of the Seas' Float Out

Meyer Werft provided their perspective on the float out of Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas on February 25, 2019.



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

Droning On

There's a fascinating new element to the ice show in Studio B aboard the "amplified" Navigator of the Seas: Drones. Yes, 60 lighted ones, similar (but smaller) to the things that fly around and give airports trouble. These fly in formation in the relatively limited confines of over the ice rink, which makes what they do all the more amazing. Take a look at a VIDEO from a dress rehearsal last week.  (When the link opens, you have to click on the black video box.) The show on debuts on Navigator next week, but Navigator is just the beginning.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Look under the Ship

Last week Meyer Werft attached the propellers to Spectrum of the Seas' Azipods. The five-day process was completed on February 20 in anticipation of this week's float out.

The two propellers each weigh 29 tons, which includes five blades weighing 3 tons each.

This story appeared in the February 25 issue of Cruise News Daily. 




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

Meyer Werft Floats Out Spectrum of the Seas

Meyer Werft floated Spectrum of Seas out of their covered building dock tonight (this afternoon US time) and parked it at the outfitting pier to get it ready to leave the yard in mid-March.

It also has set of a game of Musical Berths with a piece of Norwegian Encore.

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


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Navigator, Amplified

Navigator of the Seas is currently in the Grand Bahama Shipyard receiving a “shipload” of new features, and it's only a few days until it returns to service on March 1, better than new.

When the 140,000+-ton ship returns to service after its $115 million amplification, it will be packed with new features.

The new video below takes you behind the scenes at the Grand Bahama Shipyard to see just what the thousands of workers are doing to “amplify” Navigator of the Seas in a process that leaves no deck untouched.

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



You're about to be Connected

Passengers aboard six Princess ships are about to get an upgrade before the end of the year. Medallion Net is the best wi-fi at sea, according to the line, offering fast, affordable, reliable and unlimited internet service.

Medallion Net is actually a part of the Medallion Class that is rolling out across the Princess fleet in a multi-year project, but demand for improved wi-fi has been so high, Princess is unbundling it and making the Medallion Net product available faster on more of the fleet.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Farthest Outpost

Although you don't hear much about it, at least not on an ongoing basis, Celebrity continues to constantly cruise in the Galapagos Islands. You'll hear more about it later this year when their new mega-yacht Celebrity Flora goes into service and gets positioned there, but for now they have just set their 2021 program not only with Celebrity Flora but also with the modernized Celebrity Xpedition, and it promises to be their best season yet, according to the line.

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

Look Out! Look Out! Look Out!

MSC Orchestra allided with MSC Poesia (which was docked) Wednesday afternoon at Buenos Aires causing some slight damage to both vessels.

MSC Orchestra appeared to initially lose control for some reason while there was plenty of room to maneuver, but then regained some control in time to avert major damage with MSC Orchestra's starboard side contacting the port side of MSC Poesia's bow.

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

Not Just for the Caribbean

Just as it's always five o'clock somewhere, it is also hurricane season somewhere, and now it's Australia's turn.

Just like in the Caribbean, cruise lines are moving their ships out of the way to keep them and their passengers safely away from Cyclone Oma, and proving the advantage of booking a cruise vacation.

A list of changes by Carnival Australia brands was included in the February 21 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Don't Follow the Crowd

If you enjoy going where none of your friends have ever been, or for that matter where few people ever go, and you'll never see a Diamonds International store in port, Crystal Expeditions has just the cruise for you. 

In its inaugural year, Crystal Endeavor is going to sail a 28-night expedition through the Northeast Passage from Anadyr, Russia to Tromso, Norway. The 200-passenger ship will take the adventurous passengers to some of the world's most remote islands, archipelagos and coastlines, few people ever visit, in the luxurious comfort of the brand-new ship.

Details are in the February 20 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Purple Sunset and Its Creator Are Winners

If you're sailing aboard Carnival Conquest, look carefully when you order a drink, because there may be a celebrity behind the bar. Carnival bartender Sanja Cvijetic was named the 2019 Bacardi Bartender of the Year.

The Bosnian native took home the top prize for her “Purple Sunset" cocktail made with Bacardí Superior. The complete recipe is below.

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

Purple Sunset®

Ingredients:
  • 60ml BACARDÍ Superior
  • 22ml Monin® Lavender Syrup
  • 15ml lemonade
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • Splash of MARTINI Prosecco®
  • Fresh rosemary bunch
Preparation Method:
  • Gently muddle fresh rosemary bunch
  • Place all ingredients (except MARTINI Prosecco) into shaker
  • Add ice, and shake 10 seconds
  • Double strain into a chilled glass
  • Add a few more drops of lavender syrup and a splash of MARTINI Prosecco
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Brewing up Relief

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company created a beer to raise money nationwide for relief efforts for victims of last November's devastating California wildfires, and Carnival Cruise Line is in a unique position in the cruise industry to join this effort.

The complete story ran in the February 19 issue of Cruise News Daily.



One of a Kind Barrel

Last week we told you about the record-setting stay in Australian waters this year of Cunard's liner Queen Elizabeth. To commemorate that Cunard commissioned special uniforms for their iconic bellboys from Australian clothier R.M. Williams, and the Australian look was completed with Akubra hats.

But there's another tastier Australian partnership aboard Queen Elizabeth that has been three years in the making and is now “maturing.” We told you about the final year last year at this time.

Details appeared in the February 19 edition of Cruise News Daily

Monday, February 18, 2019

Royal Caribbean Orders 6th Oasis-Class Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd said today they have ordered a sixth Oasis-class vessel from Chantiers de l'Atlantique for delivery in the fall of 2023.

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

Building of Silver Moon Begins

Fincantieri laid the keel for Silver Moon at their Ancona yard on Thursday. The ship will be the second in Silversea's Muse class.

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


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

Cuba Turns Away Grand Classica

When Bahama Paradise's Grand Classica arrived at Havana on Friday, after prolonged negotiation with immigration authorities, the ship was turned away and sailed on to its next destination.

It is unknown at this point if the reason was some perceived rule infraction by the charterer or cruise line, or if the Cuban authorities had simply changed their minds about the special nature of the charter. Either way, it was the first ship turned away from Cuba since regular cruises began from the US.

Details appeared in the February 18 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Epic Chugging Along

Norwegian Epic left Port Canaveral this afternoon for its shortened cruise to the Bahamas (pared down from a seven-night western Caribbean itinerary) and still apparently not able to cruise at normal speeds.

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Princess Triple Header in Monfalcone

Fincantieri and Princess Cruises celebrated important construction milestones yesterday for three ships at the builder's Monfalcone (Italy) yard.

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


The first block of the keel of Enchanted Princess was laid

2nd Officer Kerry Ann Wright, the madrina, with Jan Swartz

Sky Princess at Float Out

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

Norwegian Epic Troubles Grow

After experiencing propulsion problems in the early part of this cruise on Monday and having to divert to San Juan, things seem to be getting worse on the way back.

After canceling their first to calls (Tortola and St. Thomas) and diverting to San Juan and crashing into the pier and damaging it, passengers were told yesterday they were skipping their one port left from the original itinerary (Great Stirrup Cay) and heading directly back to Port Canaveral.

Today they were given the news they were going to be twelve hours late arriving at Port Canaveral. 

Details can be found in the February 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.