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.

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.