Friday, December 6, 2013

Cruise News Daily Headlines for December 6, 2013

* Mondavi Expands Partnerships to Norwegian
Napa Valley winemaker Michael Mondavi and family have expanded their cruise line partnerships to Norwegian Cruise Line. The programs will be visible first on Norwegian Getaway in January and then expand to the rest of the fleet throughout 2014.

* That’s a Stretch
MSC tells us they aren’t ready to confirm the story yet, but European trade papers have been carrying rumors that MSC will stretch several of their smaller ships, beginning with MSC Lirica next year.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cruise News Daily Headlines for December 5, 2013

* Have They Considered Lowering the Channel?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Port of Tampa creating a new cruise ship port on the Gulf of Mexico to the west of the Sunshine Skyway bridge in Pinellas or Manatee County (near St. Petersburg or Bradenton, respectively) so the Tampa metro area could accommodate cruise ships which are too tall to fit under the bridge - which means most of the newest ships, and virtually all the mass market ships on the drawing board. Lately, there’s been a lot of local excitement about that sort of project.

Now the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is considering another option.

* Stepping Back into the Past aboard MSC Divina
MSC Divina is the most modern of Italian ships, and in many ways represents Italian life and culture today. During her Caribbean season this year, passengers on that modern ship have the unique opportunity to also enjoy something of Italy’s past. More

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Stepping Back to the '50's in Italy aboard MSC Divina

A ticket aboard MSC Divina currently gets you not only a Caribbean cruise, but also a ticket to the 1950's in Italy. The ship is currently home to a photo exhibition of 84 photos, entitled "La Dolce Vita. 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties." Below is a sample of some of them. Enjoy!

Pictured: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. Paolo Stoppa can be seen behind them.

Pictured: Joan Collins

Pictured: Sophia Loren (who is also the godmother of MSC Divina)

Pictured: Ava Gardner and Walter Chiari

Pictured: Gina Lollobrigida

Pictured: Anna Magnani

Photos courtesy of MSC Crociere. May not be used or copied without the express permission of MSC.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cruise News Daily Headlines for December 4, 2013

* That’s Entertainment
That time of the year is coming again in a few months. That time is when Princess customers get to select the line’s Entertainer of the year. That means if you enjoy live entertainment, it’s a fantastic opportunity to sail aboard the Caribbean Princess sailing where the finals will be held, featuring performances by all four finalists.

* Keep on Dancing
Coming on the heels of the announcement that Dancing with the Stars will continue on Holland America cruises through 2014, the line announced this week that Emmy-Award-winning dancer Derek Hough will perform aboard the January 12 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam.

* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about Carnival's new Chief Maritime Officer (more) ... more relief ... and sharing the wealth. 

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Carnival Corp Appoints First Chief Maritime Officer

Carnival Corporation Names Vice Admiral William Burke as Its First-Ever Chief Maritime Officer

MIAMI (December 4, 2013) - Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, announced today that Vice Admiral William Burke has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Officer, effective December 9, 2013.

Burke will report directly to Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company’s maritime operations around the world. He will be responsible for maritime quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refits, and research and development.

“Bill had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, and we are excited about him joining our leadership team, especially in a key position new to Carnival,” said Buckelew. “In addition, Bill has deep experience in overseeing large maritime operations, both at sea and in shipyards, and his knowledge and expertise will be a major asset. But just as importantly, he is highly respected as a dynamic leader with a strong record of building high-performing teams.”

Burke had a career in the Navy spanning 35 years with extensive experience in safety, engineering, strategic planning and operational readiness. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a degree in systems engineering, he served various active duty positions around the world for the Navy.

Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Arnold Donald added, “We are excited that Vice Admiral Burke is joining the Carnival family. His leadership and deep experience will serve us well in managing our fleet of over 100 ships carrying more than 10 million guests a year."

In recent positions, Burke served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems directing the team that planned, programmed, budgeted and executed a large annual budget for Navy personnel, training, readiness, maintenance, platforms, and ordinance for all ships, submarines, aircraft and aircraft carriers, and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics for Navy readiness and maintenance of all ships, submarines, aircraft and aircraft carriers, along with shore readiness and maintenance, logistics, and environmental and energy programs.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 208,000 lower berths with eight new ships scheduled to be delivered between spring 2014 and fall 2016. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cruise News Daily Headlines for December 3, 2013

* Carnival Passengers to Dine at the American Table
Carnival Cruise Lines revealed today they will be starting a test of a new dinner product in the main dining room beginning with the next sailing (December 8) of Carnival Glory. The goal is to roll out the finished product fleetwide late in 2014 or in 2015.

Under the brand of “American Table,” the product will take Carnival’s dining closer to, in their words, a “modern restaurant experience.” We find that very interesting since their chief competitor is land-based resorts which only offer a restaurant experience. Carnival, on the other hand, has years of experience creating the cruise ship experience, which land-based resorts can’t easily reproduce.

* Hospitality Advisory Council Gets First Cruise Line Member - more

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Hospitality Advisory Council Gets First Cruise Line Member

Silversea's Keven Regan Elected to FICP Hospitality Partner Advisory Council

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- December 3, 2013) Kevin Regan, director of corporate and incentive sales for Silversea Cruises, has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the Hospitality Partner Advisory Council (HPAC), effective January 2014. He is the first member of the cruise industry to be appointed to the council.

HPAC is a group that represents suppliers who partner with Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). FICP is an association that provides access to education, experience and resources targeting the needs of financial services and insurance meeting planners from across North America. HPAC provides advice and guidance to FICP's board of directors on issues related to the hospitality industry.

"I'm truly honored to be a member of HPAC," said Regan. "I look forward to playing a role in encouraging the association's growth and further strengthening the relationship between the hospitality partners and the FICP board of directors."

Source: Silversea Cruises

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cruise News Daily Headlines for December 2, 2013

* Mamma Mia! It’s Quantum of the Seas
Back in the ‘70's Broadway-style musicals were a trademark feature of NCL ships. (Yes, that’s what they wanted to be called then.) Along the way those shows were pushed aside in favor of more “modern” music in flashier production shows. But now it’s the twenty-first century and Royal Caribbean International has revived Broadway-style musicals and E-X-P-A-N-D-E-D them in a way they only could on their newest big, wide ships, and now the announcement of each ship’s show is eagerly anticipated.

Over the weekend, Royal Caribbean announced their plans for Quantum of the Seas.

* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about Ocean Countess being on fire ... and snow spreading across the oceans.

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