Friday, November 3, 2017

Private Islands Aren't Just for Caribbean Cruises Anymore

Private islands and self-contain resorts have become a staple of the American cruise industry. Genting Cruise Lines announced today they will develop a private island in Asia (their home base) for their brands in Myanmar. The Lonely Planet travel guide selected Myanmar (the former Burma) as one of the top ten countries to visit in 2017.

Plans call for the development of a facility on MacLeod Island for the use of passengers of Genting's three brands: Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. The Genting operation will be a self-contained resort (rather than a truly private island) much as is Royal Caribbean's Labadee or Carnival's Grand Turk Cruise Center.

MacLeod Island is located in the Myeik Archipelago in southern Myanmar, and features untouched tropical forests, unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

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

The unspoiled beaches and forests that will be part of the Genting facility on MacLeod Island

Photos courtesy of Genting Cruise Lines. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - November 4, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Carnival brands have all scheduled returns to Caribbean ports damaged by the September storms.   
  • Carnival Corp reports employing almost all Bahamian workers at their private islands in the Bahamas
Details appeared in the November 3 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

T Minus 50 and Counting

Only 50 days left! No, not shopping days until Christmas. Fifty days until Miami enters the Seaside Era. And that means lots of excitement for Miami and the American market.

That's when the 154,000-ton MSC Seaside will have arrived, fresh from the yard, and will commence year round seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami.

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

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

Other Things You'll Want to Know - November 2, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • The reopening of Carnival's Grand Turk Cruise Center
  • A medevac from Caribbean Princess
Details appeared in the November 2 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Carnival Ecstasy was the first ship to return to Grand Turk
Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Building for China

The Costa brand may have been the first western cruise line to enter the Chinese market back in 2006, but they're playing catch up in building ships specifically for that market as a handful of brands has already beaten them to it and have ships operating there with features custom-designed for Chinese passengers.

But Costa is ready to catch up and surpass as Fincantieri laid the keel today for the first of two Costa designed for China.

Costa held a coin ceremony today in which a commemorative coin was welded to the keel for good luck before Fincantieri laid the keel at their Monfalcone yard near Trieste.

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

Video courtesy of Costa Crociere.

Other Things You'll Want to Know - November 1, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • A woman who went overboard from a BC Ferry
  • A rare late-night medevac from Carnival Pride.
Details appeared in the November 1 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fincantieri Lays Virgin Keel and Line Reveals Details

Virgin Voyages made a splash today when Fincantieri laid the keel for the first of their three 110,000-ton ships at their Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa.

The line used the opportunity to reveal some interesting details about the ships and to reveal the first exterior renderings.

Details appeared in the October 31 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Rendering of Virgin Voyage's stern and livery

Virgin Voyages new livery
Virgin Voyages' logo
Despite everything else, there was a keel laying at the Fincantieri yard. 
Photo courtesy of Fincantieri. Renderings courtesy of Virgin Voyages. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without express permission. 

Free Gift Cards from Disney - Until Arrested

Federal agents boarded Disney Wonder in San Diego Friday to arrest a Brazilian crew member who worked in the gift shop alleging he embezzled at least $275,000 from the line.

The government says the 32-year-old man has been transferring Disney funds to gift cards since October 2015, and that he used $35,000 worth of the gift cards to take his family on a two-week trip to Disney World last April.

The complete story appeared in the October 31 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Windstar Promotes Peterson to Director of Revenue & Itinerary Planning

Windstar Cruises Promotes Jess Peterson to Director of Revenue and Itinerary Planning
Star Staffer Advances After Only One Year with Boutique Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises has promoted Jess Peterson on the heels of his first anniversary in joining the luxury line after a series of outstanding efforts quickly resulted in significant profitability for Windstar. In accepting the larger role, Peterson will take on additional responsibilities for detailed revenue analytics while continuing to have oversight for all aspects of itinerary planning for the award-winning cruise line.

"Jess is an incredibly bright individual who brings a disciplined analytical approach to everything he does, helping us make informed yet bold choices in our itinerary planning processes," said Windstar President John Delaney. “We couldn’t have taken on everything we have over the last year without Jess’ efforts.”

With Peterson’s leadership working across multiple departments at Windstar including Port and Nautical Operations, Marketing, and Public Relations, Windstar opened three new regions including Asia, Alaska, and Canada/New England. In 2018, Windstar will embark on 49 new cruise itineraries and an astonishing 148 maiden ports of call, in part due to Peterson’s efforts. In this new role, Peterson will continue directing the itinerary planning efforts while also taking a growing role in advanced revenue analytics, forecasting, budgeting, and strategic pricing.

Jess Peterson joined Windstar in the fall of 2016 as the manager of deployment and revenue planning enhancement, a position that had been newly created at the time. He supported the company’s cross-departmental deployment and itinerary planning efforts to enhance profitability, guest satisfaction, and brand positioning within the marketplace. He also drove efforts to increase overall revenue performance.

Prior to working with Windstar, Peterson held positions at Holland America and Seabourn, where he was part of the Deployment and Itinerary Planning team. Peterson is based in Seattle and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Computer Science.

Source: Windstar Cruises

Monday, October 30, 2017

Out with the Old, up with the New

It happens about every five years. Windstar ships get new sails.

Containing enough material to cover nearly half a football field, it's no trifling matter.

Recently, it was Wind Surf's turn, the line's largest ship at 14,745 grt with five towering masts. 

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

Carnival Names New Environmental VP

Carnival Cruise Line Names Richard Pruitt Vice President, Environmental Operations

Richard Pruitt, a highly respected and seasoned cruise industry professional, has been named vice president, environmental operations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line effective November 20, 2017. He will report to Mark Jackson, senior vice president, technical operations, for Carnival Cruise Line.

As vice president of environmental operations, Pruitt will be focused on further strengthening and expanding the company’s shipboard and shoreside environmental programs and practices.

“Rich is extremely well respected in the industry and we’re thrilled to gain his exceptional knowledge, expertise and leadership,” said Jackson. “We look forward to tapping into his experience to ensure we maintain the highest level of operational standards.”

Previously Pruitt was at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for 13 years, serving in a variety of positions, including associate vice president/vice president, safety and environmental stewardship and as the director and associate vice president of environmental programs. Most recently, Pruitt served as the principal and founder of RMP Sustainability, a company providing consulting services on environmental equipment marketing, compliance and sustainability initiatives to industry associations and companies.

Pruitt began his career in the U.S. Air Force where he spent 10 years as an Airborne Russian Linguist and Mission Supervisor. He then served for 13 years in the U.S Coast Guard in various roles, including program manager, passenger vessel safety and security.

Since 2010 Pruitt has been an active guardian ad litem for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, Florida, and has served on the board/executive committee of several organizations, including Florida Ocean Alliance, Florida Sea Grant Advisory Council, Florida Oceans and Coastal Council, U.S. N.O.A.A. National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council, International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association. He was chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association’s Maritime Safety and Environmental committees, and founding board member of Voices for Children Broward.

Pruitt holds an Environmental MBA from Florida Atlantic University, a BA degree in Management from National Louis University and an AA degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the Air Force.

Source: Carnival Cruise Line