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.

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. 

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

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

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. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Virgin's “Private Island”

Holland America has Half Moon Cay. Princess has Princess Cays. And Virgin Voyages will have the Beach Club at Bimini. But unlike other lines, ALL of Virgin's passengers will visit the Beach Club at Bimini.

The new line revealed today each of their cruises will include a call at their private resort on the Bahamian island of Bimini. The line says the Beach Club will rival the best beach clubs in Ibiza and Saint-Tropez.

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





Renderings courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used with express permission. 

“I Do, I Do” a Thousand Times

Tonight (Valentine's Day) is a special night aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships, especially if you're married.

The line will be hosting its first fleetwide Vow Renewal Ceremony. Upwards of a thousand couples are expected to participate.

Details appeared in the February 14 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Moving Along

There's good news and bad news about Norwegian Epic. The good news is that after a more than 24-hour call in San Juan while some engine repairs were made, the ship was able to leave San Juan this evening.

The bad news is the passengers are spending a week aboard the ship and got to call at one port during that time, they are going right back to Port Canaveral without going to any of the ports that were on the original itinerary.

The complete story appeared in the February 13 issue of Cruise News Daily.

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Royal Caribbean canceling the February 24  sailing of Navigator of the Seas due to a delay at the shipyard. 
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has declared a quarterly dividend. 
Details appeared in the February 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Epic Troubles

Norwegian Epic experienced a power loss Monday as it was sailing from Port Canaveral to Tortola. The ship reportedly had an engine failure which resulted in it having to sail at a reduced speed.

But that wasn't the end of the troubles for Norwegian Epic. It crashed into the pier when it arrived at San Juan. 

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

Into the New Millennium

Can anybody remember the turn of the millennium when we were all worried about Y2K? And then to mark the new millennium, Celebrity Cruises named their brand-new ship (and the first of the revolutionary new class) Celebrity Millennium. Can you believe that was 19 years ago?

At the end of last week Celebrity Millennium left the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore and reentered service after a month-long transformation that updated the ship and made it into the stunner it was when was delivered at the turn of the millennium. It was the first of the class to undergo the Celebrity Revolution, a half-billion-dollar program to modernize the line's ships and give them the types of features found on the line's newest ship, Celebrity Edge.

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

At the Top of the Sky

When the new Sky Princess leaves the yard in October, she will debut with some 140 years of experience with Princess among the top officers which the line named yesterday. Many will be familiar faces among customers who enjoy sailing on the newest ships because they have taken several other ships out of the yard.

Leading the team will be the master, Captain Heikki Laakkonen.

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

“Sliding” into Sydney

When Carnival Splendor arrives in her new home port of Sydney in December, she will have a somewhat different profile than when she wraps up her Mexican Riviera cruises in October and sets sail from Long Beach for Singapore.

It has become almost a Carnival Australia trademark that whenever a ship moves to Australia, they add the biggest, baddest waterslide they can, and they have plans to do the same for Carnival Splendor.

The complete story appeared in the February 11 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Seven Seas Splendor Launched

Fincantieri launched Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Splendor at their Ancona yard on Saturday (February 9).

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

Properly Attired for Australia

When you say “Cunard bell boy,” an almost iconic image comes to mind. If not, think of the classic uniformed hotel bell boy from old movies. There, you have it.

To launch their two-month-long Australian season aboard Queen Elizabeth (a record), Cunard decided to bring their bell boys into the 21st Century - at least for the time they are in Australia - by dressing them in uniforms designed by the classic Australian brand R.M. Williams

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

The Classic Cunard Bell Boy 
Today's Cunard Bell Boy - at least in Australia

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Lady Floats

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady touched water for the first time today when Fincantieri started the float out process at the Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa.

Interior work will now begin, and the ship is still on track to be delivered at the beginning of 2020.

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

Coming Together

Royal Caribbean gave the world a sneak peek at what's going on at Coco Cay today when they released a couple of photos of the work moving toward completion for an opening in May of the first phase of Perfect Day at Coco Cay.

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


Oasis Lagoon will be the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean

The waterslides of Splash Speedway at Splash Summit in the Thrill Waterpark appear ready for the first slider.

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Viking Jupiter Delivered

Fincantieri delivered Viking Jupiter, the sixth ship in the series, to Viking Ocean Cruises, today at the company's Ancona yard.

Like its five sisters, the 47,800-ton ship will carry 930 passengers, double occupancy.


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

Unusual Even for Las Vegas

A bride, a groom, a flamboyant officiant and an Elvis impersonator are all normal elements of a Las Vegas wedding, but this couple wanted something a bit different, so when Carnival Cruise Line offered their blimp, it was a match made in heaven.

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


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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Top Deck Feature Makes Caribbean Princess Even More Family-Friendly

Princess Cruises revealed plans today to add a “family splash zone” to a currently under-utilized upper deck of Caribbean Princess during its upcoming dry dock. When the ship returns to service in June, the new water feature will be ready for families to splash the summer away during the ship's summer Caribbean season.

   The Reef Family Splash Zone will be located on the aft portion of Deck 17, running up to the swimming pool, hot tub and splash pool on that deck.

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

And the Pizza Comes to You

Already 5.1 million have downloaded the Carnival Cruise Line Hub app for their phones, but the next time they cruise and upgrade it, they are going to have even more functionality.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Passengers allegedly intending to sell drugs aboard Allure of the Seas arrested
  • New Orleans sets passenger record
Details appeared in the February 5 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Diamond Glitters Again

Diamond Princess has returned to service in Asia following a 14-day dry dock in Singapore. During its time in the shipyard, Diamond Princess received a number of enhancements and upgrades to its features.

None of them are earth-shaking, nor are they enough to make you run off to Asia just to sail on the ship, but should you choose to vacation aboard, in addition to its splendid itineraries, they are upgrades you will notice.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival's Mardi Gras already breaking records
  • Oprah dedicates Nieuw Statendam (video below)
  • Carnival having a relationship with Michaels
Details appeared in the February 4 edition of Cruise News Daily.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Other Things You'll Want to Know - February 1, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Princess Cays reopening after the fire this week
  • Carnival extends their AirShip's swing out west for visits to Las Vegas and Phoenix
  • Norweigan has a new 30-second commercial that will appear during the Super Bowl (video below)
  • Meyer Werft cut the first steel for Odyssey of the Seas (video below)
Details appeared in the February 1, 2019 issue of Cruise News Daily.




Thursday, January 31, 2019

Virgin Says Where They're Going

In the first of a pair of announcements today in anticipation of the opening of sales next week for their 2020 inventory, Virgin Voyages partially detailed Scarlet Lady's itineraries by revealing their ports of call.

The line said the ship would initially operate four- and five-night cruises from Miami.

Details appeared in the January 31 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

No More Sitting on the Bed

In the second of a pair of announcements today, Virgin Voyages revealed what their cabins will be like, and yes, they use the word “cabin.” The centerpiece will be their exclusive Seabed.

The complete story appeared in the January 31 issue of Cruise News Daily.



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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Carnival's Mardi Gras Open for Business

Carnival today began sales on Mardi Gras, which will enter service on August 31, 2020, and become their first ship powered by LNG. It will also be a new class of ship with a bunch of new features and a roller coaster!
   Mardi Gras will debut with four unique cruises that will position the ship at Port Canaveral, its home port, for year round alternating seven-night Caribbean itineraries.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 30, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Holland America is going live-stream Oprah dedicating Nieuw Statendam.
  • Royal Caribbean says they are seeing strengthening in the China market.
  • New chairman for CLIA Europe

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fire on Princess Cays

A major fire broke out on Princess Cays Monday night about 11pm local time, engulfing several buildings on the south side of the property. The fire was fought by local firefighters and island staff for about an hour before it was extinguished.

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



Monday, January 28, 2019

Inside Carnival's Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a little more than a year away from entering service, and later this week, Carnival will reveal the ship's homeport and initial itineraries at the same time as they open them for sale. Last week they began to reveal some of the features of the new class' interior features.

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



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

The Big Get Bigger

Remember those great big balconies on the Sky Suites aboard Sky Princess. Sit down. Princess is going to make them even bigger.

The two sky suites aboard Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess were originally announced to be a whopping 700 square feet. They have now grown to 1,012 square feet for the suite on the starboard side and 947 square feet for the suite on the port side.

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



Medevac from Carnival Ecstasy

The US Coast Guard medevaced an 80-year-old woman from Carnival Ecstasy on Sunday (January 27, 2019) when it was 55 miles east of Savannah (Georgia). The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Charleston met the ship at 10:20pm and transported the patient to a Savannah hospital.

As the rescue diver is being lowered to the deck of the ship at the beginning of the video, note the speed at which the ship and helicopter are moving forward, and how steady the pilot is keeping his position over the ship.

Note: This is b-roll, so there is no sound and these are just edited clips, not the entire operation.


Friday, January 25, 2019

They Like It - They Really Like It

Last month, Carnival Cruise Line announced plans for a further expanded presence on the West Coast in 2020 with Carnival Miracle sailing from San Francisco from March through August in a varied series of cruises to Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

Demand for San Francisco sailings has been so strong, Carnival has added five sailings from the City by the Bay in August and September 2020. That will bring the total to 27 cruises from the city in 2020.

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

Flora Floats

It may be tiny, but it floats. Last Saturday, Celebrity Cruises' newest ship, Celebrity Flora, took to the water for the first time when it was launched at the Shipyard De Hoop in the Netherlands.

Because it's so small, just 5,739 gross-tons, the ship was built on land (instead of in a drydock) and slid down rails into the water, affording us what is a rather unusual sight these days. Ironically, it's one of the largest vessels De Hoop has built in the last decade.

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




Video courtesy of Shipyard De Hoop. All rights reserved.

Search Suspended

The Coast Guard reports they suspended their search the morning at approximately 7:20am for the crew member from Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas.

Details appeared in the January 25 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Insignia Fails

The Centers for Disease Control released a report this week of Oceania Insignia's latest public health inspection as part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, and the ship scored a failing grade of 80 points (out of 100). A score of 86 is considered passing.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Food & Wine Goes Hawaiian

Holland America's unique series of shore excursions in conjunction with Food & Wine magazine is expanding to Hawaii and Tahiti, bringing the total of the special class of excursions to nearly a hundred.

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

Overboard from Majesty of the Seas

The Coast Guard is searching for a 26-year-old man who went overboard from Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas in the early morning hours today as it was returning to Port Everglades at the end of a five-night cruise to the Bahamas.

The crew member was witnessed going overboard approximately 2:30am when it was approximately 37 miles east of the Hillsboro Inlet.

Details were in the January 24 issue of Cruise News Daily.

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • MSC details the notable celebrities who will be at the christening of MSC Bellissima in Southampton in March. Can you guess who the godmother will be?
  • Now there's something you don't see every day: a cat in a hat in a blimp. Carnival's resident "big cat" took to the skies over Southern California in the Carnival AirShip. (Photo below)
Details appeared in the January 24 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Every Summer Since '69

What were you doing in the summer of 1969? If you were Neil Armstrong you were walking on the moon, but fifty years ago in 1969 Princess Cruises was taking their first 525 passengers to Alaska aboard Princess Italia. They haven't missed a summer since (can Neil Armstrong say that?), and they've taken more than five million people to Alaska.

To celebrate their fifty years in the Great Land, Princess has a number of new enhancements to the passenger experience that will await their customers this summer.

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - January 23, 2019

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Holland America own premium brand of coffee
  • The Russians have come to NCL and Celebrity
  • The US Coast Guard medevaced a 40-year-old woman from Carnival Pride on Monday when it was 50 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Video is below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mein Schiff 2 Handed Over

Meyer Turku delivered Mein Schiff 2 to TUI Cruises today at Kiel (Germany).

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




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

Medallion Marches On

Princess announced today that three more ships have been scheduled to become Medallion Class this year, setting things up so that next fall all Princess ships in the Caribbean will have the Ocean Medallion capability activated. Royal Princess will also be the first Medallion Class ship on the West Coast sailing in Alaska and Mexico.

Details appeared in the January 22 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Flying to Your Cruise

The national news media continues to fret over a growing number of TSA screeners not showing for work. The last few days they have practically beside themselves worried that so many won't show up the government will need to shut down the national air transportation system.

If you're worried about getting to your cruise in this “horrible” mess and wondering how many hours in advance you'll have to check in, don't.

Each day the TSA issues a press release with figures from the day before, and honestly, things don't look that bad.

Details appeared in the January 22 issue of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

One Time Only (for Now)

Add Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to the list of lines going to Cuba. The line which normally only sails two-night cruises to Freeport has scheduled a four-night cruise to Havana next month.

The best part is that when you return home, you can honestly say you've been to Havana twice.

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

Overboard from Golden Princess

A 22-year-old male passenger was reported missing from Golden Princess Monday night (Sunday US time) as the ship sailed between Auckland and Melbourne.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Canberra was notified, and a shipwide search was instituted.

Video now confirmed that the man went overboard.

Details can be found in the January 21 edition of Cruise News Daily.  

Who Says There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

The news media doesn't seem to want to cover it, but lots of companies are offering concessions and assistance to federal workers who aren't receiving paychecks due to the partial shutdown of the government. One of those companies is Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

Federal workers (and their families) can have a free buffet lunch on either of the line's ships in Palm Beach beginning today.

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Cruises James Beard Would Love

Who doesn't love to eat? And lately more and more people have been combining that love with travel and they now travel to eat. Because culinary travel has become so popular, more and more cruise lines and tour operators are getting into it.

But, of course, Windstar Cruises has the inside track there because they've partnered with the James Beard Foundation on an annual series of culinary-themed cruises. Because of the partnership, these cruises have itineraries designed to highlight interesting local cuisine and have enriching culinary programming aboard.

Below is the listing of this year's cruises in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation. The complete story appeared in the January 18 issue of Cruise News Daily. 


February 16, 2019 – Costa Rica & Panama Canal, 7 days aboard Star Breeze
Chef Jamilka Borges
JBF: Chef Boot Camp Alumna & 2015 Rising Star Chef Semifinalist
Restaurant: Independent Brewing Company & Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh, PA.
Chef Jamilka Borges, born in Puerto Rico, has a genuine connection to the region and will guide guests on a gastronomic journey through exotic Costa Rica and the Panama Canal that combines incredible food experiences with amazing natural and man-made wonders. Highlights include learning about the area from a local on board Naturalist; making a Zodiac wet-landing directly on the beach for a guided nature walk; hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of abundant animal life; ziplining high above the Quepos jungle floor past monkeys, sloths, and toucans; exploring Golfo Dulce’s intense rainforest landscape; and enjoying  a narrated daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering, on a small ship that gets you close to it all.

March 16, 2019 – Pop Culture Kings of Asia, 11 days aboard Star Legend
Chef Judy Ni
JBF Chef Boot Camp Alumna
Restaurant: Baology in Philadelphia
Chef Judy Ni brings her experience of being raised by traditional Taiwanese parents (and grandparents), who passed on their culture and culinary traditions to her while growing up in the United States. Chef Ni will share her unique culinary and cultural perspective on this voyage of a lifetime through this crucial corner of Asia featuring Japan, China, and South Korea. Spend time in Kyoto, one of the most traditional cities in Japan, and admire the beautiful pottery of Karatsu. Overnight in Busan for more time to see the five UNESCO sites in the area. Cruise the Inland Sea, stopping for famed art pieces in Uno port, mixing equal parts pop culture and cultural heritage throughout the journey.

June 22, 2019 – Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras, 7 days aboard Wind Surf
Chef & Restaurateur Jamie Leeds
JBF Chef Boot Camp Alumna
JL Restaurant Group; Hank’s Oyster Bar, Pasta Bar, & Cocktail Bar, Washington, DC
Chef and Restaurateur Jamie Leeds, owner of JL Restaurant Group, will be seeking out the freshest French oysters as she sails the world’s premier yachting playgrounds from Rome to Barcelona aboard the world’s largest sailing ship. These stunning ports string together like perfect pearls each shining with its own individuality. Enjoy charming villages with chef-led visits to lively markets to gather produce, herbs, fish and more to showcase in cooking demonstrations and a gala evening meal. Sailing into secluded harbors to intimate beaches delivers the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only small ship cruising reveals.

September 24, 2019 – West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza, 10 days aboard Star Legend
Chef Duskie Estes
JBF: Chef Boot Camp Alumna; Co-Awardee, 2009 Rising Star Chefs for Sustainability
Restaurants: Zazu Kitchen + Farm, Bovolo, and Black Pig Meat Co., Sonoma County
The West Coast of America is the birthplace to many important food movements, innovations, and chefs, ideal for expert-led expedition to the heart of diverse, regional food scenes. Award-winning Chef Duskie Estes is the perfect culinary guide as she was born in San Diego, raised in San Francisco, and spent eight years in Seattle working for JBF-awarded Restauranteur Tom Douglass before moving to Sonoma County, where she is celebrated as a chef and avid farmer/advocate for “snout to tail” cooking. Ten days fly by visiting cosmopolitan ports including two immersive days with an overnight call in Portland; a full day call to hip Seattle; coastal cruising down to San Francisco for a second overnight with the opportunity to visit the Napa Valley; followed by quaint Monterey; and wrapping up in San Diego. Join Chef Duskie to taste wine in Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley, indulge in local food truck scenes to fine dining, farmers’ markets to cooking classes that puts cruises at the heart of the action. This brand new cruise is for people who have a taste for life and a thirst for adventure.

October 14, 2019 – Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast, 8 days aboard Star Breeze
Chef Chris Pandel
JBF: Chef Boot Camp Alumnus
Restaurant: Swift & Sons, Cold Storage, and Dutch & Doc’s in Chicago
Chris Pandel has a love affair with Italy and Italian-American heritage, so who better to explore the shores of Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast? Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the sparkling fjord to Kotor, and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as the ship anchors in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik while larger ships only pass by. From remarkable small ports such as Rovinj to timeless cities like Venice and Rome, discover the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations in one incomparable voyage.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Disney Is There to Stay

The Port of Galveston has entered into a long-term agreement with Disney Cruise Line to remain at the port and give them preferential berthing rights throughout.

The agreement initially calls for a 10-year term effective November 1, 2018, and has the option of renewing for two additional five-year periods.

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

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

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Genting Hong Kong expanded MV Werften with the acquisition of Neptun Ship Design
  • Carnival declared a quarterly dividend
Details appeared in the January 17 edition of Cruise News Dailiy. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sail Like a Rock Star

Rock Stars are known for living large. Since Virgin Voyages wanted to convey the message that you are living large in their top-of-the-line suites, they will be called RockStar Suites, and you will indeed be living large aboard Scarlet Lady in these huge, well-appointed suites.

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

One of the Massive RockStar Suites aboard Scarlet Lady 
Rendering courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Additional Ship Ordered for Regent Seven Seas Brand

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has ordered a 54,000-ton ship for their Regent Seven Seas brand from Fincantieri.

The ship will be the sixth ship in the Regent fleet and a sister to Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor (scheduled for delivery in 2020).

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

Ready to “Venture” off the Ship

Summer in Alaska and British Columbia is approaching (eventually), and Seabourn is finalizing their plans for their 2019 season there. That includes assembling their skilled expedition team that will take passengers on the optional Ventures by Seabourn when they go ashore in ports.

Members of the handpicked expedition team for Seabourn’s 2019 season in Alaska & British Columbia include:

  • Juan Carlos Restrepo, Expedition Leader – With a passion for the great outdoors and adventure, Juan has explored all the continents and oceans of the world. He began his career in the expedition industry as a Dive Master on luxury yachts and then took his love for expedition to the Polar Regions.
 
  • Chris Srigley, Expedition Leader – Chris spends up to nine months a year on expedition ships, including full seasons in Antarctica and the Arctic. Beyond his duties on the expedition team, Chris serves as a Polar Bear Guard, advancing landing parties and keeping a watchful eye while guests experience the natural wonders around them.
 
  • Nicki D’Souza, Assistant Expedition Leader – Nicki puts her years of experience and passion for travel to good use assisting guests with shore excursions all over the world. As an expedition leader with many maiden calls behind her, she has led voyages along the West Coast of Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.
 
  • Natasha Hanson, Assistant Expedition Leader / Lecturer – An avid outdoorswoman Natasha has guided kayaking and hiking excursions in remote areas of the world. As a general naturalist with over a decade of experience in the Polar Regions, she has shared her knowledge with guests of various expedition ships.
 
  • Adam Jenkins, Assistant Expedition Leader / Lecturer – Adam has engaged in myriad adventures at sea, including single-handedly sailing a 27-foot sloop down the Pacific Coast and back up the East Coast to Nova ScotiaHe long ago found his calling leading expeditions and working with adventure travelers and scientists. 
 
  • Lisa Baldwin, Lecturer – Enthralled by the ocean, Lisa is a competitive ocean swimmer, free diver, naturalist, and traveler who enjoys educating others about the natural environment. Her extensive work as a field biologist and passion for health research gives her a unique ability to be open, friendly and relate to guests on all levels.
 
  • Nicki Bunting, Kayak Guide – Nicki credits her Olympian grandmother and competitive sailor father for her adventurous spirit and love of the ocean. An historian, photographer, naturalist, and thrice Tour Guide of the Year in Skagway, Alaska, she has lectured extensively on local and state history.
 
  • Ross Ellingwood, Lecturer – Ross’s love of adventure took hold in college and hasn’t loosened its grip. In 2016, he spent six months building a wooden rowing boat in his garage, and then took it on a three-month, 1,100-mile exploration of the Inside Passage. His career has seen him guiding sea-kayaking trips and ice climbing in Alaska.
 
  • Jennifer Fought, Lecturer – Certified as a Zodiac operator at nine, Jennifer found her sweet spot in the natural world and spent her youth camping, canoeing and riding horses. With a graduate degree in Structural Geology, she has conducted research from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico to the glaciers of Greenland.
 
  • Eric Holst, Lecturer – Over a decade as a Zodiac driver and bridge officer, Eric worked extensively in Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico and Central America. He is fascinated by geography and earth history, especially where they converge with the study of ancient climates and ecosystems and is most content before the face of a tidewater glacier watching the confluence of time, climate and topography on a barely fathomable scale.

  • Greg Horn, Kayak Guide – Following schooling and military service, Horn fueled his interests in business and adventure by starting a SCUBA center along South Africa’s Garden Route and later ran a bush camp and dive resort in Mozambique. He has completed 5,000-plus dives in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea and traveled more than 14,000 km by off-road motorbike through South Africa.
 
  • Aidan Klimenko, Photo / Videographer – An accomplished photographer, filmmaker and traveler, Aldan explores life around the world through his camera and lens. Raised in Ecuador, he traveled South America in search of adventure and imagery to create a portfolio for entrée into the travel and adventure industries.
 
  • Sylvia Stevens, Lecturer – Born in Scotland and relocated to San Diego, Sylvia gave up a successful business career to pursue her love of photography, wildlife and travel. She has worked extensively with injured and endangered animals in various locations, including seabirds, eagles and otters in Alaska, and has three decades of experience as a lecturer and Expedition Leader on ships in the Arctic, Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic.
 
  • Peter Torkelson, Lecturer – A native Alaskan, entrepreneur and avid sailor, in 2010 Peter ditched a thriving business and moved with his family aboard a catamaran to cruise 14,000 ocean miles over six years, surviving two hurricanes en route. These days he explores western Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska as often as possible, and recently worked on megayacht charters out of Juneau.
 
  • Kirstie Yeager, Lecturer – Kirstie has spent more than two decades studying and working in natural resource management and wildlife research. Her extensive background includes studying grizzly bears in Montana, Steller sea lions in Alaska, and several species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations in Antarctica.
 
The expedition team will rotate throughout the season, and additional team members will join select sailings periodically.

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