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Cruise Ship Industry News - Summary for WEEK 29, 2019


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. . . . . WEEK 29, 2019 . . . . .

Another Royal Caribbean ship skips Puerto Rico Call due to protests
Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday the Harmony of the Seas would skip its scheduled stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and would instead make a call in St. Maarten. According to NBCNews.com, Royal Caribbean officials said the stop in San Juan was canceled due to safety concerns for passengers as massive protests are expected Wednesday night, with Puerto Ricans calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. Due to the ongoing protests against the governor in Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean International announced it canceled a planned stop in San Juan Tuesday. As a result of skipping Puerto Rico, guests received refunds for prepaid shore excursions. The calls for the resignation of Rossello come after hundreds of pages of a profane group chat were leaked and the FBI arrested two of his top former officials on corruption charges. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas is scheduled to arrive in San Juan Wednesday, but it remains unclear if the stop will be changed. Carnival Corporation officials also told the Miami Herald it does not plan to make any changes to its San Juan service.
Source: Travel Pulse

Royal Caribbean ship arrives in Puerto Rico Despite civil unrest
Despite two other Royal Caribbean International ships skipping planned stops in San Juan due to civil unrest, the cruise line's the Allure of the Seas arrived in Puerto Rico Thursday. According to El Nuevo Dia, the Allure of the Seas arrived at Pier 3 in Old San Juan Thursday morning with over 6,000 passengers onboard, just hours after protests calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello turned violent. Old San Juan was described as a “war zone” by NPR.com Thursday morning as police chased protesters through the streets while firing rubber bullets, gas canisters and what appeared to be flash bombs. Royal Caribbean rerouted Empress of the Seas from San Juan to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands Tuesday as a result of the civil unrest and followed up the decision by shifting Harmony of the Seas to St. Maarten Wednesday. The next company scheduled to make a stop in San Juan is Carnival Cruise Line and its Carnival Fascination ship on Sunday. Officials said the cruise line is monitoring the situation, but the port of call remains on the itinerary. Celebrity Cruises is also monitoring the situation in Puerto Rico, as the cruise line is scheduled to make its next stop in San Juan on Sunday.
Source: Travel Pulse

Cruise Ships to accommodate tourists during Tokyo Olympics?
Tokyo City (Japan) is facing a severe shortage of accommodation when Olympic fans pour into the capital of Japan for next year's Games so officials are now looking offshore to moored cruise liners operating as floating hotels. According to researchers, despite the construction boom, Tokyo could be short of ~14,000 rooms given an expected surge of Olympics-related tourism. Local officials think that one solution could be to put tourists up in giant vessels temporarily docked off Port Tokyo and in the nearby Port Yokohama during the Olympics. Among those on board with the idea is the largest travel agency JTB in Japan, which chartered the 1011-cabin Sun Princess for the games' period, complete with everything from a theatre to jacuzzis. The agency is currently offering packages which combine staterooms with Olympic event tickets, but they do not come cheap. Two nights in a balcony room combined with tickets to an Olympic football match run 200,000 yen (US$1,850), while 2 nights in a suite combined with baseball tickets go for 724,000 yen (US$6,700). Elsewhere, plans have been negotiated for MS Explorer Dream to dock in Kawasaki (western Tokyo Bay). However, experts warn that a few cruise ships may not be enough. According to Tokyo officials, the ships are a novel accommodation solution. They are also planning to open a new cruise terminal days before the Games begin.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Free access to the Panorama XXL for crew members in Rouen
The Panorama XXL is a unique and spectacular cultural place which exposes the largest 360° panoramic works in the world. Memorable 360° panoramic works included Rome 312 - an historic episode of the Ancient Romain world, Amazonia - a discovery of the biodiversity of the Amazonian rainforest, The Great Barrier Reef - presenting the incredible underwater world of Australia’s barrier reef in full-scale and Rouen 1431 – that takes you on a journey to the 15th century during the trial of Joan of Arc in Rouen. Currently ‘Titanic’ is on display where you can explore the depths of the sea, where the wreck of this ocean liner lies. All crew members have an exclusive and FREE access to both the Panorama XXL and the Joan of Arc History Museum. They just need to show their crew card to gain access to these star attractions of Rouen.
Source: Cruise Europe

State Duma makes it easier for foreign tourists to visit Russia’s Arctic
Amendments that simplify visiting of Russia’s Arctic zone and the Far East Federal District by foreign cruise ships have been approved by the State Duma of the Russian Federation at its plenary session held on 18 July 2019, says press center of the State Duma. The amendments are to be introduced into the following laws: “On the State Border of the Russian Federation” and “On the Internal Sea Waters, Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone of the Russian Federation”. The law simplifies calls of foreign tourist and cruise ships at Russian ports in the Arctic and the Far East regions. That will contribute to the development of their tourism potential. According to the law, RF Government will approve the list of ports or points within the internal sea waters, territorial sea and contiguous zone of the Russian Federation included into the Arctic Zone and the Far East Federal District of the Russian Federation, where foreign tourist ships will be allowed to embark/disembark passengers and load/unload stores.
Source: Port News

Sri Lanka keen on enhancing connectivity with Indian ports
Kavan Ratnayaka, chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), has revealed that the SLPA is keen on enhancing connectivity with Indian ports using ferry services to facilitate easier trade and tourism. “If the two countries can set up a ferry service connecting Kankesanthurai Port (KKS) in Jaffna with Karaikal near Puducherry, and similarly between Colombo and Tuticorin in South India, there is scope for increased trade activity and tourism,” he said. The ferry connection would primarily facilitate tourism and small-scale trade both ways. “It will help especially with Buddhist tourism from the south of the island, and by extension of people-to-people connections,” he said. Further, the KKS Port will facilitate increased trade opportunities for communities living in proximity to the port and reduce the cost of road and rail transport for bulk items such as cement. In 2011, India and Sri Lanka launched a ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo but it was soon terminated after private operators running it said it was not commercially viable. The proposals, according to the chairman, fit into the SLPA’s broader vision of developing Sri Lanka into a global logistics hub, given its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, in close proximity to key, international sea routes. Sri Lanka is currently upgrading the KKS harbour with Indian assistance of USD 45.27 million, through an agreement signed with the Export-Import Bank of India.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Marine Hotel association builds to 35th Annual Event
Heading into the 35th Marine Hotel Association (MHA) annual Trade Show and Conference, the not-for-profit group continues to provide a unique value proposition to the cruise industry. The annual event will move back to Orlando in 2020 and also introduce a new schedule, running Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28. In its 35th year, the MHA is one of the few remaining cruise industry groups and major industry stakeholders that has not seen a major ownership change or takeover. Its true not-for-profit status also means that revenue is put back into the organization, and into the famed MHA scholarship fund which has doled out over 8,000 scholarships over 35 years. Trade show and conference fees are also kept low.
Source: Cruise Industry News
Passenger details nightmare cruise after 'wastewater' floods cabin
A British cruise passenger has called out TUI Cruises and is demanding a partial refund after his family's cabin was flooded with foul-smelling "waste water" on an Adriatic sailing this past May. "Our cabin flooded with waste water," 42-year-old Kass Stone wrote in the caption of a Facebook video accompanied by the hashtags #nightmarecruise and #cruisefromhell. "No alternative offered in spite of persistent stench, wet carpet and overall unhygienic conditions, especially for two young children." Stone, who has been seeking compensation since May, said that crew aboard TUI’s Marella Celebration brought in a loud fan to attempt to dry the carpet and that his family was forced to shower in the spa area for the remainder of the week. He described the staff's efforts to remedy the situation as "pitiful." "The day it happened, after we returned from the spa we had to shower in, we found a bottle of wine and a big serving tray on the cabin's desk," he told Fox News. "When we removed the lid, we found four chocolate-covered strawberries and an apology note from the staff. We had a good laugh about the four strawberries on that big tray. It was pitiful." Stone also claimed TUI offered the family a credit but it wasn't enough and they turned it down. "We refused to accept what would have been 12.50 pounds ($62.42) per person. My kids had to breathe in the stench of that sewage, which had soaked into the cabin's carpet. "It's ridiculous." TUI has since apologized for the incident and said it's reached out to Stone. "We would like to apologize for the Stone party’s experience on their cruise," the cruise line said in a statement via Fox News. "When the customers raised their concerns onboard the ship, our team worked hard to resolve the issue. We understand this must have been a very disappointing experience and we are in contact with the customer to apologize and offer a gesture of goodwill." Stone told Newsweek that TUI reps have contacted him since he posted to social media but haven't given him a timeline for resolution. "So, essentially, it's the same situation as we were in over a month ago when we made our initial complaint, which we were assured would be responded to in 28 days," he said.
Source: Travel Pulse

Port of Tallinn's micro-tunnel was recognized as a good practice contributing to the development of a sustainable tourism destination.
Port of Tallinn's micro-tunnel was recognized as a good practice contributing to the development of a sustainable tourism destination. Last year, our city presented its smart and innovative measures to compete for the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism title. A selection of best practices have been published in the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism Compendium of Best Practices. The micro-tunnel was one of them. The micro-tunnel allows ships stopping at the Old City Harbour to dispose of unlimited quantities of wastewater. The wastewater is then treated at Tallinn’s treatment plants. The purpose of this collection of best practices is to raise awareness about existing smart tourism measures and to strengthen peer-to-peer learning and innovative development of tourism in the EU.
Source: Cruise Europe

Impractical Jokers Cruise to take place on Norwegian Cruise Line
Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, & James “Murr” Murray will be joined by Billy Gardell, Jim Breuer, Ryan Hamilton, Ron Bennington, Taylor Tomlinson, Cipha Sounds, Adrienne Iapalucci, Electric Avenue, Space Monkeys, Karaoke Killed the Cat and more on the annual Impractical Jokers cruise on Norwegian Pearl. The round-trip cruise to the Bahamas features multiple comedy showcases, an exclusive performance by The Tenderloins (stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers), exclusive activities with all four of the guys, and Joe, Sal, Q, & Murr will each host activity with fans. The Tenderloins is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. Impractical Jokers is top 5 in its time slot on cable in the US and is the #1 show on Comedy Central in the United Kingdom and India.
Source: Cruise Fever

New guidelines for visiting the world’s most northerly community: Ny-Ålesund
New community specific guidelines have been developed for Ny-Ålesund, the world’s most northerly community, in response to increasing visitor numbers. These guidelines created by Kings Bay, which facilitates the international research activities that take place in high Arctic settlement. Ny-Ålesund joins the ranks of Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) and Sisimiut (Greenland), three Arctic communities that have also created community specific guidelines using a template developed by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Ny-Ålesund is a peaceful place, the majority of its residents made up of seasonal international scientific researchers and workers. However, when a cruise ship comes into town the population can expand enormously, albeit temporarily. This might cause some challenges for the remote community, but Kings Bay knows that information and communication are key to tackling any challenge that might occur. AECO sees the guidelines as an opportunity to ensure better information flow between communities and cruise operators and mutually beneficial visits.
Source: Late Cruise News

Global Ports Holding invites proposals for Duty Free and Travel Retail operations at Malaga, Zadar, Cagliari and Catania cruise ports
Global Ports Holding Plc (GPH), the world’s largest cruise port operator, has announced that it is seeking a Duty Free and Travel Retail partner at four of its ports. The company has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of the duty free and retail areas in the ports of Malaga, Zadar, Cagliari and Catania. This is part of GPH’s ambition to provide world-class duty free and duty paid retail across its cruise portfolio. Cagliari Cruise Port, situated at the Sardinia Island, with the Iberian coast to the west, the Italian coast to the east, and North African coast to the South. It has the advantage of being included on a range of regional cruise itineraries and offers unforgettable experiences to cruise passengers. Catania Cruise Port located along Sicily Island’s northeast coast, is at the crossroads of major cruise itineraries that pass through the Mediterranean. Catania Cruise Terminal offers transit, inter-porting and homeporting operations. Málaga Cruise Port was established in 2008 and it includes all three cruise terminals of the Port of Málaga. Málaga is located in a strategic area in Southern Europe, connecting with routes to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, which in turn make it a gateway to Andalucia. Zadar Cruise Port is at the historical centre of Dalmatia. With a modern highway network and proximity to the airport, Zadar Cruise Port is an ideal Adriatic port for both transit and turnaround operations. GPH welcomes proposals to operate any or all of the Duty Free and associated Travel Retail spaces across Malaga Cruise Terminals A & B, Zadar Cruise Terminal, Cagliari Cruise Terminal and Catania Cruise Terminal, on an exclusive basis. The term of the lease is seven years, which includes a transition and construction period. The winning bidder will be responsible for the build and creation of the new store and concession spaces.
Source: Port News

Budapest Illumination Cruises no longer a given on river sailings
For years, one of the highlights of Danube River cruises beginning or ending in Budapest was the nightly "illumination cruise" past the Hungarian capital's landmark buildings. In January, Budapest authorities banned certain vessels from turning around in front of the city's lighted Parliament building between 7 p.m. and midnight. The regulation, which required cruise ships to travel further down the river and turn around outside the city, resulted in some lines deciding to stop the illumination sailings. The ban has since been lifted, but not all illumination cruises have resumed. Of the river cruise lines that replied to Cruise Critic's request for comment, Crystal is the only one still offering specific illumination cruises by Budapest's Parliament building. "We are still doing the Budapest ... Illumination cruises, which are in fact permitted by the authorities," Joanne Lee, public relations specialist for Crystal, told Cruise Critic. "We do the sail by night and then turn the vessel right outside the city. It works well, and our guests still get to enjoy this wonderful vista of Budapest."
Source: Cruise Critic

Free access to the Joan of Arc historical museum for crew members in Rouen
The Joan of Arc Historial, the largest site dedicated to the memory of Joan of Arc, is set in the heart of the Archbishop’s Palace of Rouen. Closely linked to Joan of Arc’s destiny, this site of exceptional architectural quality houses the remains of the room known as l’Officialité, the ‘Official Room’, where her sentence was pronounced in 1431, and where her rehabilitation trial took place in 1456. After undergoing superb restoration, this building, classified as a National Historic Monument, is open to the public to cast new light on the history of the Maiden from Orleans. The Joan of Arc Historical aims to respond to a dual need: to present the saga of Joan of Arc, and to uncover the legend, with the aid of cutting-edge multimedia technology brought together in a spectacular scenography. Covering almost 1000 m2 and divided into fifteen distinct spaces, visitors will be transported into the heart of the 15th century. Guided by the image of Juvénal des Ursins, ecclesiastic and jurist, who led the rehabilitation trial, visitors will be fully immersed in an interactive display that is both educational and fun, and accessible to everyone. All crew members have an exclusive and FREE access to both the Panorama XXL and the Joan of Arc History Museum. They just need to show their crew card to gain access to these star attractions of Rouen.
Source: Cruise Europe

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Child falls from Deck 11 on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
A child has reportedly died after falling from Freedom of the Seas while docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to local news, a young one and half-year-old girl died on Sunday afternoon onboard the 15 passenger deck Freedom of the Seas. The child fell from a deck 11 window after slipping from her grandfather who was apparently holding her at the time. There are some conflicting reports into how exactly the little girl fell but no matter what this is truly sad news which will no doubt be extremely difficult for the child’s family. The family lives in the United States. The authorities in Puerto Rico have launched an investigation into how the tragedy happened. The ship was docked at the Pan American Dock II after ending its 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise and preparing to depart on another 7-day voyage.
Source: Cruise Hive

Cruise Deal of the Week
Plenty of cruise lines offer a fun and relaxing time on board the ship, but some cruise lines are geared towards getting guests closer to nature and adventure. UnCruise is one such cruise line with tons of small-ship itineraries to exotic locations and a new deal is saving cruisers hundreds on their perfect adventure cruise vacation. Special Offer from UnCruise: Those who book by July 31 can save a ton of money on cruises to places like Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Thinking about checking out Costa Rica? Save $500 per person on select 10-night voyages when you use the promo code MACAW614 and book by July 31. How about adventuring through the islands of Hawaii? Save $350 per person on itineraries leaving between November 2019 through January 2020 when you use the promo code HAWAII700. Lusting for the call of the wild? Save $1,200 per couple when you book a 2020 sailing to Alaska aboard the fantastic S.S. Legacy. All the deals can be found on the special offer page of the UnCruise website.
Source: Porthole Cruise

Baby boomers are more carefree than Gen Z – research
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all,” says one of Ann Landers’ famous quotes. Saga Cruises commissioned a research to find out travel trends of different age groups and it found out that that older people are more care-free and significantly less self-conscious than today’s Gen Zs. Just 22% of over 50s said they cared what others think about them, compared to 70% of people aged 18-24 worrying about these matters. With their “been-there-done-that” attitude and outlook in life, baby boomers are more likely to try new experiences than the younger generation. Older people think that they are running out of time and would like to try different things while they still can. The research also reveals how both over 50s and 18-24 year olds share the desire to try new things – both in their social life as well as with holiday choices – with almost a third saying they regularly step out of their comfort zone. However, it was the older respondents that displayed a less conformist attitude than younger ones. Saga releases the research results on the day of the Naming Ceremony of Spirit of Discovery, the Kent company’s new boutique cruise ship. Nigel Blanks, COO of Saga Cruises said: “This desire to try new things comes as no surprise to us. Our guests have told us that they want colour and experiences, their life is not beige. They have asked us to challenge them, to take them to exciting and adventurous places and help them experience something new. With our new boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, we are doing just that. This ship is a game changer for us and our guests, we have tried to deliver the wow factor at every turn and fill the ship with elements that people would not expect from Saga.”
Source: Travel Daily Media
Carnival Cruise ship returning to different homeport due to tropical storm Barry
Carnival Cruise Line has sent out letters to passengers who will be embarking on Carnival Valor letting them know that the cruise ship will be returning to Mobile instead of New Orleans. The cruise line will be providing complimentary bus transportation between the two ports. The reason for the change in ports is due to a hurricane watch that has been issued for the Louisiana area. Tropical Storm Barry is currently in the Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Carnival Valor will sail a four night cruise to the Western Caribbean with a port stop in Cozumel. The cruise will also have two sea days.
Source: Cruise Fever

Search for missing Carnival Cruise Ship Crew Member ends
The U.S. Coast Guard has ended the search for an overboard Carnival cruise ship crew members. Sadly he has not been found. The crew member went overboard the Carnival cruise ship approximately 30 miles southwest of Cuba on July 4. When it was known he was missing the ship began a search and the Coast Guard was notified. The Coast Guard searched approximately 2,600 square nautical miles for over 45 hours and did not find him. There were two Coast Guard cutters and an Ocean Sentry airplane involved in the search effort. The Cuban authorities also did a search. The search will remain suspended until any new information comes to light. The 101,500-ton Carnival cruise ship was sailing back towards Miami, Florida during a 4-day Western Caribbean cruise. The ship arrived back at Port Miami on July 5 and is already on its next sailing. The ship has a guest capacity of over 2,700 at double occupancy and over 1,000 crew members. Our thoughts go out to the crew members family and friends along with his fellow crew members who must be going through a hard time onboard while working hard.
Source: Cruise Hive

Top 10 Cruise Influencers of 2019
Travel influencers are a dime a dozen these days, but the tides have turned in favor of engagement and content, rather than followers. Porthole Cruise Magazine has dived into the depths of cruise influencers, reading their blogs, examining their posts and searching for the most authentic personalities with a passion for cruising. We are proud to announce our list of the TOP 10 CRUISE INFLUENCERS OF 2019!
1) The Five Foot Traveler: Sarah Gallo (aka The Five Foot Traveler) already visited over 100 countries and all seven continents for her luxury and adventure travel blog. Sarah broke into the cruise industry as an influencer and hasn’t looked back. She worked with multiple cruise brands to highlight everything from the overall experience to shooting on-location shore excursion videos. Still just in her 20’s, we expect cruising to bring her country count much higher in the future!
2) Eat Sleep Cruise: Don and Heidi, the cruising couple behind the popular blog EatSleepCruise, offer up honest reviews (the good and the bad) for real cruisers thinking about booking a cruise of their own. Follow the pair as they sip specialty cocktails, dine at the most exclusive restaurants at sea and enjoy all the fun and excitement found on a cruise ship today. Don and Heidi regularly update their social media accounts with images and videos of their adventures and you HAVE to check out their YouTube Channel which features ship tours and more.
3) CruiseTipsTV: When it comes to planning the best cruise vacation, there’s no better follow than Sheri Griffiths. As the host of the YouTube series CruiseTips TV, Sheri is in the know when it comes to all things cruise related. Learn the best packing tips before you go or check out what the various shore excursions have to offer before you even set foot on the ship. Sheri is a wonderful resource for great information including reviews, ship tours, and more presented in a fun and entertaining way. Anyone cruising with their family should check out Sheri’s content and learn more about how to make the most of their vacation.
4) Dana Freeman: When it comes to traveling, Dana Freeman is always look for her next great trip. A New Englander at heart, Danas’ website and social media accounts are full of interesting anecdotes and stunning photographs of her travels the world over. A member of the Travel Bloggers Influence Network, Dana highlights her experiences using the hashtag #TBIN. She is also a frequent contributor to Porthole Cruise magazine, where she documents her cruises all over the world.
5) Bill Panoff: The first time Bill Panoff cruised around the world, he was entertaining guests aboard the ship with some pretty slick magic tricks. These days, he’s a top name in the cruise industry, hosting his own YouTube show called “Cruise Control,” a unique look at the latest innovations, ships, menus and itineraries across all major and minor cruise lines. The series is a must watch for anyone looking for the best cruise experience possible. As Editor-in-Chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine, Bill loves to share his love for travel with others who share his passion for the open ocean!
6) Scott Eddy: Imagine taking a trip and never coming back! That’s what happened to Scott Eddy after visiting Thailand for the first time. Now a full-time luxury travel influencer, Scott travels the world in search of the most photogenic places and the top hospitality brands available to travelers. A veteran of countless cruises, Scott blends his passion for photography with his insider knowledge of the industry to create travel content that’s as informative as it is engaging. His social media channels are a must follow for anyone looking for a new place to visit!
7) Find Us Lost: Traveling is about curating experiences, according to the dynamic duo behind Find Us Lost. What started with a move from Los Angeles to Europe has grown into a full time job traveling the world and developing travel guides for those also sick with wanderlust. Selena and Jacob have guides for some of the world’s most popular locations and plenty that are off the beaten path. Their Find Us Lost Blog is packed with information and spectacular photography any travel lover will appreciate.
8) Alyssa Griffin: The best cruise influencers aren’t just great picture takers and storytellers, but they actually LOVE to cruise! Alyssa Griffin and her husband Griff run a YouTube Channel with tons of awesome cruise content from packing tips to shore excursion reviews. Alyssa’s Instagram account is a must follow for those who love cruising with some health and wellness mixed in. Their website, Trapped in Paradise, is another incredible resource for cruisers!
9) Alternative Ageing: Most people think of social media and they assume it’s a young person’s game. However, Alternative Aging is changing how people travel as they age. Suzi Grant, who operates the Instagram account, started off in 2014 writing about health, fitness, fashion, travel and more on her blog. Her Instagram account is full of fun places, colorful outfits and authentic travel content geared for those who want to fully enjoy their later years.
10) Royal Caribbean Blog: When Matt Hochberg started Royal Caribbean Blog way back in 2010, he probably had no idea he would soon become a leading voice in the cruise industry. His work has been recognized by major publications like USA Today for his news, reviews and all things Royal Caribbean. Matt doesn’t just tell his readers about his adventures, he documents them with images and videos so people get an authentic look at what cruising with Royal Caribbean is all about. His content is perfect for cruise veterans and new cruisers alike who are looking for reliable information about their next Royal Caribbean cruise.
Source: Porthole Cruise

TT-Line Ferry with 217 Passengers Catches Fire off Germany
TT-Line ferry with 217 passengers on board caught fire while en route from Trelleborg, Sweden to Travemünde, Germany. The fire broke out just before the Peter Pan arrived in Travemünde, in the afternoon hours of July 9. The company said the fire on the 44,245 GT vessel was caused by mechanical damage on one of the five diesel generators. The 51 crew of the Sweden-flagged ferry managed to bring the fire under control but the Peter Pan needed support of two tugboats to moor on dock 7 of the nearby Scandinavia quay on July 10. As explained by a company spokesperson, the fire remained limited to a single engine compartment and the passengers could disembark shortly after the fire was contained. TT Line further said that the damage assessment was ongoing, adding that five TT-Line ferries are now available to passengers in a currently slightly modified timetable at this time.
Source: World Maritime News
8 Popular Cruises You Shouldn’t Be Booking (And 8 You Should)
Cruising is infectious. Once people get a taste of what a true cruise vacation can be like, they’re always looking for the next great destination to explore. There are tons of great cruise itineraries out there, but which ones should you be booking? Do you go with the flow and cruise where everyone else goes, or should you look for a cruise vacation that’s well outside the ordinary? Here’s our list of the top 8 cruises you shouldn’t be booking, and the 8 you should be booking instead!
Caribbean Perhaps the most iconic cruise destination, however, not all Caribbean itineraries are created equal. Three or four day cruises from Florida (Port of Palm Beach, Port Canaveral etc) which head to the Bahamas are fun and affordable, but those looking for a real Caribbean experience should try a cruise that ventures further into the many unique Caribbean islands, not just one. Norwegian Cruise Line’s 7-day itinerary to the Western Caribbean offers stops at three unique central American countries; Belize, Honduras and Mexico. Each country has a unique culture to explore This Western Caribbean itinerary features days at sea as well as in port so you can fully enjoy everything the ship has to offer.
Baltics Cruising the Baltics is a popular itinerary for those looking for a little adventure. Check out polar bears, the Northern Lights and all the herring you can eat when you cruise to northern European countries like Sweden, Norway, Finland or Russia. Most don’t think of the Baltics as a very “kid-friendly” cruise destination, but that’s where Disney Cruise Line’s 7 Day Baltic/Russia itinerary comes in handy. Explore great northern cities like Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki or Stockholm all while enjoying the comfort and excitement that Disney Cruise Line has to offer.
Alaska Cruising to Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and other touristy ports is a fun and unique experience, but there are cruises that get you closer to nature and the true beauty of the region. A 7-day Inside Passage cruise from Lindblad Special Expeditions takes guests through parts of Alaska which remain untouched by human hand. Lindblad’s ships are built for adventure and have everything needed to make the wilderness of Alaska more attainable than ever before.
South America South of the Caribbean lies a whole new region for cruisers to explore. There’s plenty to love about cruising on a large ship to these fun and exciting ports, but there’s one particular location in South America that every cruise lover needs to explore; the Galapagos. Many cruise lines offer Galapagos itineraries, including Celebrity Cruises on board their new adventure ship, Celebrity Flora. Left almost entirely untouched by humans, the Galapagos Islands are ripe for exploration and offer a trip of a lifetime for those looking for a truly special South American cruise vacation.
Mediterranean This is one of the most beautiful regions in the world and it’s wildly popular with cruise ship passengers. Famous ports like Genoa, Marseille, Ibiza, Naples, Barcelona and more offer unique history and traditional Southern European culture for those who sail to their shores. Itineraries on larger ships stop at these ports and more, but for those who want an intimate experience cruising places like the Greek islands of Mykonos, booking a smaller cruise line is the way to go. Celestyal Cruises offers small ship luxury with port-driven itineraries which give passengers more time to explore more off the beaten path islands such as Patmos, Thira, Milos, Rhodes and more. These islands are rich with culture and history and aren’t always available when you cruise on larger ships.
Asia The Far East is a place Westerners absolutely need to visit more. Plenty of ocean cruise lines sail from country to country in Asia with stops along the way, but time in port is sometimes limited and most don’t get the kind of immersion into each culture as they’d like. The solution is to ditch the ocean ships and focus instead on one of the many rivers which snake their way through the countryside and offer a glimpse into live beyond the touristy ports. Cruise lines like Avalon Waterways offer immersion itineraries touring the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. The river played a huge role in the development in the region over time and is a vital part of life for many along its banks. 
French Polynesia There’s a reason that famous French artist Paul Gauguin spent so much time in French Polynesia and it starts with the incredible scenery. Large ships certainly cruise to the region via Australia, but to truly experience all the Tahiti and more have to offer, smaller ship cruising is the way to go. Windstar Cruises is one such small ship cruise line offering a cruise experience in French Polynesia unlike any you’ll find. Get up close and personal to these incredible islands without the crowds from a large ship getting in the way.
Europe Those who really want to cruise in style usually book something like a European river cruise complete with wine, great cuisine, historical excursions and more. It’s a marriage of culture and adventure only found along the banks of such historic rivers like the Danube, the Duoro, the Rhone and more. You can cruise to iconic European cities, or you could explore parts of Europe that aren’t tourist meccas. Viking River Cruises offers itineraries thousands of years old before enjoying a gourmet cuisine lunch complete with wine pairings. There’s no shortage of things to see and explore with a European river cruise to lesser-known European cities full of charm and culture.
Source: Porthole Cruise

Ferry link between Cyprus and Greece to launch next summer
A passenger ferry service between Cyprus Island and mainland Greece is due to open by 2020's summer, MPs heard on Tuesday, July 9. According to the island's deputy minister for shipping, Natasa Pilides, the feasibility study for Cyprus-Greece ferry link had been completed while approval for the state subsidy was pending. It was not established which Greece mainland port would serve as the connection point. After the subsidy was agreed on, a tender competition will be announced in order to find a suitable business to assume the new project. Pilides said that the state would subsidize the ferry service but not the commercial aspects of the business. The aim is to have the service established prior summer 2020 season. According to Natasa Pilides, the ferry price will be cheaper than the domestic flights. Port Limassol will most probably be the homeport from where the 30-hour ferry crossings to Greece will start, while there are thoughts for an intermediate stop, like Rhodes. The route is to be served with once per week crossings (between May-September) and once every fortnight (during winter months).
Source: Cruise Mapper


. . . . . WEEK 27, 2019 . . . . .

Helsinki Shipyard Oy and Russia’s river cruise company Vodohod have signed a contract for the construction of two luxury cruise expedition vessels.

According to the agreement, inked on June 27, the new vessels would be operated in high latitude areas both in the Arctic and Antarctic waters, as well as in the tropical waters during the spring and autumn seasons. The parties unveiled that the design work for the project already started at Helsinki Shipyard Oy, with the first ship scheduled for delivery in August 2021 and the second in January 2022. To feature a length of about 110 meters and a breadth of 20 meters, the units will have an ice class PC6. They will be capable of accommodating 148 passengers and up to 110 crew members. According to Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch, CEO of Helsinki Shipyard Oy, the new company’s first order marks the start of “a new chapter in the operation of Helsinki Shipyard.” The shipyard was acquired by Algador Holdings Ltd in a transaction that was finalized on May 20. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy (AHS) transferred its assets and operations to Helsinki Shipyard Oy, the new company it established ahead of the transaction. “Under the new owners Helsinki shipyard can concentrate on its core expertise, which are strong ice-class vessels and cruise ships,” Victor Olerskiy, the Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Shipyard Oy, said in May. Algador Holdings is owned by Rishat Bagautdinov and Vladimir Kasyanenko, whose companies operate international shipping and shipbuilding businesses, including Vodohod.
Source: World Maritime News

Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
The Port of Southampton and PortMiami signed a sister port agreement during a visit from a delegation of officials from the Florida-based port and Miami-Dade County. During the visit, a city twinning agreement was also signed at the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic centre. The ‘twinning’ of the Port of Southampton, Europe’s leading cruise turn-around port and PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port, demonstrates an allegiance between the two ports. To make the agreement official, Juan Kuryla, Port Director at PortMiami, and The Honorable Carlos Gimenez, Mayor at Miami-Dade County signed the official International Sister Seaports Agreement with Alastair Welch, Port of Southampton Director during the visit. The agreement officially links two of the world’s leading cruise ports and opens channels for cruise industry best practice in their respective areas. The Port of Southampton welcomed more than 2 million cruise passengers each year and brings £2 million into the economy with every cruise call.
Source: Cruise Britain

Are there vegetarian options on Cruise Ships?At first, those who oblige to a vegetarian diet only find themselves wondering if they’ll be able to satisfy their taste buds AND get quality nutrition. Fear not vegetarians! All cruise liners are poised to cater to every foodie and nutritious restriction you can imagine. Most buffets are laden with various salads, vegetable entrees, and fresh fish main dishes. If you’re not a pescatarian and are solely plant-based, your cruise can provide something to order. Basic concoctions that include cheese or soy, or pea protein tend to find their way onto the buffet cart. As people are eating healthier and are more conscious of their food sources, a vegetarian option is always available. Some vegetarians include fish and chicken, while many adhere to only what Mother Earth grows from root to table as guidelines for their overall wellness. Here are a few options you can eat on your adventure when following a vegetarian nutrition plan: Light pasta dishes with a heavy vegetable and herb flair; Soy burgers or vegetable patties are more and more common and taste pretty good too! Sweet potatoes with all the fixings, except bacon. Eggs – There can be a grey area here, unless you’re a vegetarian who include eggs and perhaps not always from free-ranging chickens, otherwise, egg dishes such as omelets and stir fry mixtures offer solid nourishment. Cauliflower rice – A vegetable substitute that’s grown in popularity in recent years, and vegetarians are loving the similarity to rice and the fullness it provides. Black beans, chickpeas, lentils, pinto beans, kidney beans – Salad bars on cruise chips are notorious for including beans and raw seeds and nuts to add to your meals. The trick is to load up on veggies and top your bowl off with these legumes. Any caveat with the above recommendations might include a gluten-free, dairy-free, or no eggs involved in your vegetarian diet. If so, there are numerous benefits to eating foods in proper combinations to attain your daily amino acid protein profile. Foods that revolve around lots of colorful choices, the freshest of ingredients, and a wide range of options are sure to satisfy your palate. If plates and menu items become complicated, there’s more of a chance of not always receiving the healthiest dishes. If you are able to pack along vegetarian snacks that you’re comfortable eating, that’s a guaranteed way to stick to your diet. Foods such as V-8 juice, a variety of fruit and nut bars, hard-boiled eggs, raws nuts and seeds, and any other vegetarian bars that you’re sure to find in your health food markets. These will sustain you during your cruise, perhaps be a quality substitute for breakfast, and help maintain your energy until dinner. Happy dining!
Source: Porthole Cruise

Abu Dhabi and Mauritius boost Cruise and Maritime Sectors
Abu Dhabi Ports and Mauritius Ports Authority signed an agreement to pool combined expertise in order to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, "from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry." The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, and chairman, Mauritius Ports Authority, Ramalingum Maistry. Under the MoU, Abu Dhabi and Mauritius are due to explore areas of collaboration between the private and public sectors, as well as how to ensure the security and safety of passengers, crew, ships and port facilities. The agreement will see the ports research the most effective use of tugboats, as well as training initiatives for engine and deck officers. The two organizations will work together on the cruise industry sector via helping Port Louis Harbour to position itself in the Indian Ocean Circuit as well as to tap into potential cruisers from the Arabian Peninsula. Additionally, the parties aim to attract more cruise companies to the region and explore new routes like UAE - Indian Ocean, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Environmental Group hammers Cruise Lines, Industry hammers back
Friends of the Earth evaluated 16 major cruise lines and 185 cruise ships on four environmental criteria – sewage treatment, air pollution reduction, water quality compliance and transparency and flunked more than half the lines, with the following grades in a scathing report:
– Disney Cruise Line: A-
– Norwegian Cruise Line: C-
– Celebrity Cruises: D+
– Silversea Cruises: D
– Royal Caribbean International: D
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises: D
– Oceania Cruises: D-
– MSC Cruises: F
– Seabourn Cruise Line: F
– P&O Cruises: F
– Costa Cruises: F
– Princess Cruises: F
– Holland America Line: F
– Cunard Line: F
– Crystal Cruises: F
– Carnival Cruise Lines: F
"This is simply a fundraising tool, not a valid research study, since the report card lacks the appropriate level of research or scientific rigor and the categories are completely random on purpose to skew the results negatively," Roger Frizzell, senior Vice President & Chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, told USA TODAY in an email.
Source: Travel Pulse

Ferry Service officially Launched Between Izmir, Turkey and Lesbos Island, Greece
Ferry services between Izmir province (western Turkey) and Mytilene (Lesbos Island, Greece) have officially started as the first tourist group coming from the Greek island arrived at Turkish mainland on Tuesday, July 2. The ferry services, launched to boost the tourist potential of the city and the whole region, will run on Tuesdays from Dikili to Lesbos Island and vice versa. The first group that is coming from the island, consisting of around 400 travelers, was welcomed at Dikili Harbor by District Mayor Adil Kırgoz and an accompanying delegation. According to Kırgoz, such activities are due to contribute to the development of the tourist sector, stressing the importance of its economic contribution. He also noted that soon there will be additional services offered on Saturdays as well.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Here's where Cruise Lines are sailing instead of Cuba
On June 4, the Trump administration announced travel restrictions that stopped cruise ships from visiting Cuba, effective immediately. Some cruises were already in Cuba, or en route to its ports, leaving cruise lines scrambling to accommodate passengers. One month later, the travel ban is still in effect. These are the destinations that cruise lines are calling on to replace Cuba. (Some itineraries are still awaiting comment.)
Azamara has not announced Cuba itinerary replacements at this time for those sailings onboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.
Carnival Cruise Line calls to Cuba were replaced with visits to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Princess Cays, Half Moon Cay and Bermuda. Depending on the voyage, these ports serve as either a singular replacement port for Cuba, or as part of an entirely new itinerary.
Holland America Line All Cuba itineraries were onboard Veendam. Now, Veendam's replacement Cuba itineraries include a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises, sailing between October 2019 and April 2020. The replacement ports include Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Half Moon Cay. Holland America is also offering three unique seven-day Caribbean itineraries on Veendam that include a combination of Cozumel, Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Amber Cove, as well as the aforementioned ports.
MSC Armonia's itineraries replace Havana with either Key West, Costa Maya or Cozumel or Grand Cayman.
Norwegian Cruise Line former Cuba itineraries onboard Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun will include Nassau, Key West, Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport in lieu of Havana.
Oceania Cruises has altered all of its Cuba-intensive itineraries for the remainder of 2019 and early 2020 to Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries. Some of the replacement Caribbean destinations include Key West; Harvest Caye, Roatan, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay and Santa Marta, Colombia, along with other ports in the West Indies. Oceania's Sirena will now remain in Europe for fall 2020 to sail Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Arabia, India and Myanmar over the winter.
Pearl Seas Cruises has not announced Cuba itinerary replacements at this time. The line, a subsidiary of American Cruise Line, has refocused on Canada and the Great Lakes.
Ponant has not announced Cuba itinerary replacements at this time.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has not announced Cuba itinerary replacements at this time.
Royal Caribbean International replaced Havana calls onboard Empress of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas with Costa Maya and the line's private Bahamian island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Other Caribbean destinations include Cozumel, Costa Maya, Key West, Belize and San Juan.
Seabourn Cruise Line ports of call include San Juan, Martinique, Curacao; Port Antonio in Jamaica, Key West, Isla Catalina (Dominican Republic), along with multiple ports in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Viking Cruises has not yet announced which ports will replace Cuba..
Virgin Voyages replaced Cuba sailings with new Riviera Maya cruises and four-night "Fire and Sunset Soirees" cruises to Key West that also offer enhanced Beach Club programming in Bimini.
Source: Cruise Critic

Travel Tips for making small cruise cabins a little bigger
When it comes to cruise ship cabins, space is at a premium. Sure, you could book the owner’s suite and have a whopping 1,200 square feet to spread out, but for those of us living in reality, a standard stateroom is the cabin of choice. If you’re facing a week or more in a cabin less than 300 square feet, there are a few things you can do to make the best use of your space. Being organized and efficient is the best way to make a tiny cruise ship cabin feel a little bit larger! Small cruise cabins have hidden space: a hidden drawer under the bed or behind the mirror in the bathroom. It’s always good to spend some time when you first board the ship exploring your room and if you’re short on space, asking the cabin steward if there are any hidden places to store things. Sometimes even the smallest cubby or shelf can be a big help! Don’t bring the biggest suitcase you own: you’re better off bringing two smaller ones, particularly if one of the two can fit inside the other. Nesting your bags after all your clothes have been put in drawers and the closet can help you save some space in a crowded stateroom. Hanging travel shelves are one of the easiest ways to give yourself a little more space. The shelves are usually made from durable, yet lightweight mesh and wiring so they hang on the backside of doors and offer space for anything you need to store. It looks like something you might find in a dorm room and they fold up so they don’t take up much space in your luggage at all. The closet of your stateroom is equipped with a few clothes hangers and the best advice we can give is use them! If you need more, just ask your cabin steward and they should have extras handy for you and your guests. Bringing your own outlet adapter, particularly one which has USB ports, is a great way to ensure everyone has enough juice to keep the selfies coming all day long.
Source: Porthole Cruise

ASGC to build New Dubai Cruise Terminal
The UAE-based (Emad Azmy-led) ASGC Group (Dubai's largest construction company) was contracted to build the first cruise port terminal of the region. The new real estate Meraas's Dubai Cruise Terminal will be located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah (Dubai Harbour). The 186-hectares (1,86 km2 / 0,72 ml2) land development project was launched in January 2017 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE's VP, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. As part of the new project, ASGC will conduct all building works for both main cruise terminal buildings with 1-km long quayside. Additionally, the construction company will implement the associated fit-out and external works, and will install buildings' fixtures, fittings and equipment, and will build project's central unit structure. Upon completion, the cruise ship terminal will feature a combined floor area of 2.7 hectares and daily passenger capacity 15,000.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Cruise Vacation by Mega Ship, or Yacht Charter?
While no ship is ever a bad choice, there are multiple options that provide access to different destinations, activities and interests. Cruises can be very inexpensive, depending on the ship and destination. In fact, just a few hundred dollars can sometimes get you onboard a shorter cruise in the off-season. But keep in mind: you’ll still need to pay the $10-$12 per passenger per day gratuity, along with any additional excursions that can run anywhere from $40 for a stop at a beach to up to $1,000 for helicopter rides or swimming with dolphins. The more expensive cruise lines and riverboats charge up to $20,000 for a week-long trip—Alaska and Europe are some of the pricier destinations—plus the excursions, alcohol and gratuity. While yacht charters have a more expensive minimum, usually starting around $20,000 for a week on the very low end, a more typical price is between $50,000-$100,000 for a week-long chartered, crewed yacht. However, the price can often be lowered if you bring your own food and drinks and have your own captain, but many include the extras in that fee. On a recent trip to the Exumas via The Moorings, the fee for two people, which started at $23,000 for a seven-night crewed ship, including alcohol, food and excursions to the local islands. Meals vary greatly depending on the ship, but overall, massive quantities are served daily. With multiple restaurants per ship and meals offered throughout the day and evening, there's more than enough to satisfy any appetite. There’s typically an extra fee for higher-end dining, but it's well worth it for those cruise lines known for their cuisine—like Seabourn and Oceania, for example. A chartered yacht is a different experience. Since they’re only catering to a handful of guests, the chartered ships make an attempt to prepare the specific things you enjoy. Though your choices once you’re onboard are less flexible than on a cruise, they tend to be the meals you actually want to eat. While both types of ships can often access the same or similar locations, the stops are planned ahead of time on a cruise ship, allowing you the ability to plan and choose your excursions before your departure. For example, if you stop in the Bahamas, you can enjoy an excursion to Pig Beach in the Exumas, which is a must. On a chartered yacht, you know the overall destination ahead of time, but you can decide on the specific stops once you speak with the captain about your interests. Since the ship is small, you can pull right up to shipwrecks, to Pig Beach and to small snorkeling spots rather than having to pay extra for the excursion. Onboard activities vary as well. There's definitely more to do on a cruise ship—like playing games, seeing a show and swimming in a pool overlooking the ocean—but a yacht is the way to go if you're looking for a quieter experience. Cruise ships often provide childcare, babysitting, pools and other options for the little ones, ranging from VR rooms to Go Kart adventures to Laser Tag. In fact, these are the kids’ favorite type of vacation. On a yacht, you’ll make plenty of stops to jump off the ship and into the water, but you should be prepared to entertain the kids yourself while on the ship. In the end, there’s no 'best' way to sail. The good news: you’ll never go wrong no matter which choice you make.
Source: Travel Pulse
. . . . . WEEK 26, 2019 . . . . .


The German cruise market is adding over 12,000 additional berths this year, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
Led by annualized service from the AIDAnova, which debuted in late 2018, TUI Cruises added the new Mein Schiff 2 and also kept its former Mein Schiff 2 as the Mein Schiff Herz, pushing another 4,750 berths into the market. Indirect capacity is added into the market in the form of MSC Cruises, which sources heavily in Germany, as do Royal Caribbean International and Costa Cruises. In addition, smaller niche and diversified operators are growing, including Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Transocean operation, which acquired the 1,266-guest Vasco da Gama. Phoenix Reisen adds a ship this summer as well, with the former Prinsendam becoming the Amera after a drydock for the German brand. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises also grows, adding two new luxury expedition ships, the Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Cruise Passengers Cheer on Late Arrivals
Normally, when people are late to a cruise ship and rushing to make the boat, the rest of the passengers kind of peer over the railing and pass judgment—even if internally—about responsibility and deadlines. Not this time. On a recent Norwegian Cruise Line trip, passengers by the hundreds cheered on three fellow passengers who were late in returning to the Norwegian Escape after taking an excursion while docked in Bermuda. According to Newsweek, passengers were heard clapping and cheering and encouraging the late arrivals in a video taken by one of the guests already onboard. The boat was scheduled to depart the Royal Navy Dockyard in Bermuda on June 14 and begin its return to New York City. The video shows two passengers running down the causeway with a third passenger—not in the video—who is also late. All the while they are being cheered on by a good amount of fellow passengers until the applause ends and the ship’s horn blares as all three make it back.
Source: Travel Pulse

New deal as demand for super yacht management services in Hong Kong rises
The Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Voyager Risk Solutions to support its risk and insurance management services for superyachts, with full scale professional solutions that are expected to promote its upcoming initiatives in the development of the yacht and tourism industries in the Greater Bay Area. The move was made in view of the rapid development of the global yacht industry and the surging demand for superyacht management services in Hong Kong. The MOU signing ceremony, witnessed by the management of both organisations, was officiated by HKCYIA executive director, Kara Yeung, and Voyager’s CEO, Tommy Ho. The agreement will further strengthen the two organisation’s developments in the yacht industry, with increased cooperation and exchanges in tourism promotions in the Greater Bay Area. Speaking at the ceremony, Yeung said under the agreement Voyager will provide professional risk management and insurance consultation services to the HKCYIA in the opening and operation of its upcoming Superyacht Management Services Centre. Yeung have said Hong Kong has a major role to play in its capacity as a super connector in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the strategy to build the 21st century maritime Silk Road, providing the necessary support in the development of the maritime industries. Its first in Asia Superyacht Management Services Centre will be a milestone development for the industry.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Short Caribbean cruise capacity is up 9.0 percent this year, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
Carnival Cruise Line is the top operator in the short-cruise Caribbean market, with just over 45.3 percent of the market, which is estimated at just under 4.5 million cruise guests at double occupancy, sailing on cruises of four nights or less. Short cruises are a key market segment for the industry, offering a value-priced entry-level product to first-time passengers sailing from ports in Florida. Other operators with significant capacity in the short-cruise Caribbean market include Royal Caribbean International, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line. Bahamas Paradise has the biggest capacity bump in 2019, realizing year-round service from the Grand Classica. The company has two year-round ships that sail from Palm Beach, with the option to stay in the Bahamas between one-night sailings from Palm Beach. Guests can also opt for a two-night cruise round-trip from Palm Beach. Norwegian Cruise Line has also grown capacity in the short-cruise market significantly, adding the Sun which is homeporting out of Port Canaveral. Carnival and Royal Caribbean have posted more modest capacity increases year-over-year. Driving cruise guests and demand in the market was the introduction of Cuba to deployment options, which led to more short cruises offering Havana as the main port of call. Other moves included Royal Caribbean adding Voyager-class ships, including the Mariner and Navigator of the Seas, into the market with huge refurbishment projects adding new features to both vessels to drive demand for the new-to-cruise. Those ships are now paired with an exciting private island offering in CocoCay.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Brand new cruise ship allides with Emden sea lock structure
A brand new cruise vessel flying the UK flag has rammed into a dolphin structure of the Emden large sea lock (Große Seeschleuse) in Germany. The incident occurred in the evening hours of June 24, according to a statement issued by the water police in Oldenburg. The 236-meter-long Spirit of Discovery was delivered to UK’s Saga Cruises by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft in a ceremony held earlier that day. Following the ceremony, the small cruise ship wanted to leave Emden in the direction of Eemshaven when it collided with the wooden dolphin in the Emden harbor. World Maritime News understands that the 58,250 GT cruise vessel sustained minor damage to the paintwork on a small area of its hull, while the dolphin suffered considerable damage. There were no injuries to the ship’s crew, local media reported. The cause of the incident remains unknown and an investigation into the matter has been launched. Spirit of Discovery is one of two sister vessels ordered by Meyer Werft by Saga Cruises. The second newbuild is slated for delivery in summer 2020.
Source: World Maritime News

Places to cruise in the U.S. without a passport
Most people do not realize that there are plenty of cruises they can take without this piece of government-issued ID. There are a host of U.S. locations which have fantastic cruise ports as well as places outside the U.S. you can enter on a closed-loop cruise which departs and returns to the same port.
River cruising - the biggest trend in travel for years now, and you can travel up and down some of America's iconic rivers on multiple cruise lines on the Mississippi, Columbia, Ohio, Tennessee, Hudson and in the Great Lakes with exciting stops and awesome entertainment.
Cruising in Alaska is hot hot hot right now and it comes with a variety of excursions and the absolute gold mine of activities.
Hawaii is a U.S. State where residents can enter an entirely different world while staying inside their very own country. Visit some of the best beaches, play some of the best golf, see some of the most beautiful sites and eat some of the best food—all while staying in the U.S.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, and U.S. residents can enter and exit without restriction. Whether it's touring San Juan, exploring a rainforest or enjoying some of the finest beaches the Caribbean has to offer, cruising is a great way to experience Puerto Rico.
U.S. Virgin Islands is part of the United States, but many residents don't realize that St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are places they may be dreaming about and can go without any extra stress! These are beautiful, otherworldly cruise stops that you can plan a trip to today!
Guam is the furthest West anyone can go and remain in the United States. Cruises to Guam usually include Asian destinations that would be off-limits without a passport. Guam is part of your country and you can explore this paradise anytime you want!
Bahamas are not U.S. destinations, but rather places you can enter on a closed-loop cruise where you are leaving and returning to the same U.S. Port. Just check with your travel agent and the cruise line to make sure you have the right paperwork, and you can visit Bahamas!
Because almost all cruises are, by nature, all-inclusive, you can not only visit destinations like Bermuda on a closed-loop itinerary, but you're also going to save a ton of money in the process. Enjoy excursions that will get you intimate with some amazing pieces of nature or bring you to the most magnificent pink sand beaches in the entire world.
Jamaica is a bucket list destination for many, but you can visit there on a closed-loop itinerary and have a vacation of all shapes and sizes. From large ships to small ships and from family-friendly, eco-tourism to absolute blowout parties, Jamaica has it all. Exploring the entire island should be your goal and you will have the time of your life.
Mexico. Yes, you read that right...you can go to Mexico without a passport. Again, make sure you have all the specific details for your ports and excursions before you go—and make sure you don't miss getting back on the ship—but you can explore everything from Mayan ruins to Mexican Riviera beaches and take amazing tours.
Canada and New England areas aren't the first places most think of when it comes to cruising, but there are a number of cruise ports in the upper Northeast that provide fantastic itineraries. Pick a port like New York or Boston and end up exploring areas like Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and more!
Costa Rica, like a lot of places on this list, is the sort of place people dream about and too many feel is entirely out of reach. Booking a closed-loop itinerary to Costa Rica is not only going to get you there even before you get your passport, but you'll be able to enjoy some of the best eco-friendly tourism of your life in the process. The only drawback, you're going to want to finally get that passport when you get back so you can return and spend even more time there!
Belize - an amazing eco-travel...In Belize, you can zip-line through rainforests, visit baboons and howler monkeys, explore waterfalls and caves, visit Mayan ruins and more. Give yourself some extra exploring time, however, because you're going to work up an appetite and Belizean food is your favorite cuisine that you haven't tried yet!
Source: Travel Pulse

Cruise Checklist: 9 Essentials to Pack for Your Cruise
Statistics show that 40% of passengers report that they’ll return to a destination that they’ve already sampled during a cruise holiday. While it may be fun exploring a destination of a second time, it’s worth carrying the right essentials for your trip. Most people love cruises because you don’t just get to see different attractions and destinations, they get treated to tasty food, and they enjoy the comfortable nights. Packing for such trips happens once every few years, and given that most people tend to get overwhelmed with such tours, it can be challenging to settle on what to wear. If you are going for a cruise, the typical packing checklist is predictable (some formal wear, sundresses, t-shirt, shorts), but still you can forget key items that have to be on your list. Are you packing for your upcoming cruise? Take a look at our cruise checklist of essentials – you won’t want to forget anything on this list!
1. Pack Essentials On Your Carry-On Once you board a ship, you’ll want to have fun right away. So, as your luggage is being delivered to your room, make sure that essentials such as reading materials, sunscreen, swimsuit, medication, sunglasses, and sandals are on your lightweight carry-on bag. The advantage of the carry-on bag is that it not only acts as a home souvenir, but it’s a handy tote for everything you may need.
2. Formal Attire While you may be dressed casually for most of the day, evenings will most likely call for formal attire. The ideal dress code could be a sundress for ladies, and a collared shirt and pants for men. For ships that have formal nights, men should pack a suit(tie optional), and ladies should bring a cocktail dress. It’s however essential to check on your cruise lines dress code, then select the outfits that make you feel comfortable and attractive. When it comes to kids, girls can wear casual dress and blouse for casual nights and party dress for formal nights. For boys, a tuxedo is perfect for formal nights, and they can get a smart shirt and trousers for casual nights.
3. Don’t Forget The Basics There are certain basics that every cruiser ought to pack because forgetting them may be an irreversible mistake. Most cruise ships don’t have an alarm clock, so you should carry one, or alternatively use your phone. A power strip which is cruise compliant comes highly recommended as it makes it convenient for you to plug in different electronics (cabins don’t have enough outlets). Also, don’t overlook essentials such as batteries for your camera, earplugs, and a motion sickness band. It’s always advisable that you start parking a few days before your cruise as you’re less likely to forget vital essentials.
4. Sweat The Small Stuff Use empty pill cases to organize your jewelry, and a sunglass case or pencil case to hold loose cords and cables. This will protect your jewelry from getting lost or poking through a plastic bag. Also, your vital chargers and connectors won’t get entangled or lost. You can consider turning an Altoids tin to a first-aid kit or sewing kit. Smaller containers like the Joes green tea mint can hold non-prescription meds such as naproxen and ibuprofen.
5. Travel Insurance When on a cruise, it’s possible to get sick or your luggage to get lost. While you can’t stop such mishaps from happening, you can always be compensated for your inconvenience with travel insurance. It also comes with many insurance plans that you can take advantage of.
6. Brace Yourself For Sunshine
On your travels, flip flop, sunscreen, and swimsuits are mandatory, but you should always have an extra set. This way, you can swap when one is wet. Don’t forget to add a few pairs of swim cover-ups, T-shirts, skirts and casual shorts. As you prepare for sunshine, you need to keep in mind that the conditions on the ship can get cold. So, don’t forget to pack a sweater or sweatshirt for indoor warmth.
7. Mix and Match You can always get with bringing a few clothes on your cruise, but you’ve got to come up with concepts that will allow you to create different looks. This means picking tops with complementary colors then match them with coordinating bottoms. When packing, it’s always a good idea to use multiple packing folders to make sure that your outfits are well organized and easy to access when you set sail.
8. Have the Right Mix Of Shoes You’ll hardly forget the flip flops, but it’s vital that you toss in dressy shoes for the formal nights. Don’t forget to and sneakers if you’re planning to try the onboard rock climbing wall or you wish to work out. Anti-slip, closed shoes are perfect for the active shore excursions.
9. Packing Cubes If you’re on a cruise, many of your clothes will be lightweight, so few wrinkles from being stashed in packing cubes is no big deal. These packing sacks are not just space saver, but they can protect small valuables at the beach.
A carry-on bag shouldn’t be overlooked. If you have on-demand essential like light clothes, medication, or sunglasses, you need a place to keep them safe while on your excursion, and this is where the bag comes in handy. Other essentials such as seasickness pills, earplugs, and camera should also not be forgotten. Disposable items like an Altoids tin can be converted to a sewing or first-aid kit. You can use containers such as the Joes green mint to hold non-prescription medicine such as ibuprofen and naproxen. If you’ve got loose cables and cords, jewelry or sunglasses case, an empty pill case can be useful.
Source: Cruise Hive


. . . . . WEEK 25, 2019 . . . . .

“Travel agents rock!”
Carnival Cruise Line continues to promote the value of travel agents by expanding its year-long ‘Why Use a Travel Advisor’ (WUATA) program. The new initiatives are consumer-focused and dedicated to telling the story of the value of using a travel advisor. Carnival created WUATA.com, a WUATA brochure and an exclusive WUATA Facebook page for travel advisors, their clients and potential clients to share real-life experiences and to illustrate the many ways a travel agent can be an indispensable resource for travelers. The content on both sites and the brochure supports the sentiment of Why Use a Travel Advisor, which can be a powerful tool for new client acquisition as well as building existing clients’ loyalty. “WUATA.com, WUATA Facebook and the WUATA brochure are the first-of-their-kind tools created with consumers in mind to reinforce the value of Why Use a Travel Advisor,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of global sales and trade marketing. “This is an incredible opportunity to reach thousands of new potential clients and we look forward to agents sharing these resources with customers, prospects, friends and everyone they know to help raise awareness that travel agents rock!” WUATA.com features research and facts from Cruise Lines International Association and American Society of Travel Advisors about why consumers should book with a travel advisor; authentic client testimonials lauding their travel agent; a link to the enhanced Carnival Travel Agent Finder; and WUATA Contest, where clients can nominate their agent to compete to be Carnival’s ‘Most Trusted Travel Advisor’. On the WUATA Facebook page, found at Facebook.com/CCLWUATA, consumers can find useful news and a link to the Carnival Travel Agent Finder. The story of WUATA will be told organically on the Facebook page, as clients and potential clients share stories and experiences about their rock star agents. Finally, the WUATA brochure reinforces the differentiated value that advisors provide in a multipage format that agents can share with clients to help close sales. A digital version of the WUATA brochure will be available on WUATA.com and advisors can order print copies on GoCCL.com starting 1 July.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Tillberg Design of Sweden launched a new visual identity for the group.
The new design is built around the logotype made up of thin intersecting lines, creating a timeless brand mark that combines our heritage from 1964 with contemporary design. The light Nordic design also stands for simplicity and transparency, two of TDoS core values. ”After more than 50 years of creating award-winning marine architecture & interior design, it was time to redesign ourselves,” says Fredrik Johansson, Owner & Executive Project Director. ”The new visual identity is developed during the last 12 months collateral with a strategic project that will sharpen our design and content products to our clients.''
Source: Late Cruise News

Knud E. Hansen unveils Sail-Assisted Cruise Vessel Design
Ship designer and marine consultancy Knud E. Hansen has unveiled a new design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that can accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles. The 110-meter-long wind cruise vessel was aimed at the adventure-cruise market, and it is capable of visiting destinations inaccessible by larger ships. The combination of low-sulfur diesel and wind power result in a vessel that exceeds the requirements for emission control areas and all forthcoming IMO regulations, the designer explained. The vessel also includes a battery bank to allow for zero emissions in port as well as specially protected areas. The vessel features a rig designed by Detlev Loell Ingenieurbüro, GmbH. The rig is comprised of three free-standing masts, each with a fully-battened mainsail with adjustable trailing-edge flaps for optimizing lift. The total sail area, which includes a single headsail on the forward mast, is 1,910 square meters.
Source: World Maritime News

12 more ships still slated to enter service in 2019
Twelve more cruise ships are still set to enter service in 2019, according to the cruise ship orderbook, following a busy start to the year. Of the 12 remaining ships poised to set sail, they include five expedition vessels and one LNG-fueled ship, the Costa Smeralda. The remaining order book value for 2019 stands at $5.5 billion, with 24,190 berths entering service. Remaining New Ships Set to Enter Service in 2019:
World Explorer - Mystic Cruises Cost: $85,000,000 Capacity: 200 Guests
Spirit of Discovery - Saga Cost: $350,000,000 Capacity: 1,000 Guests
Greg Mortimer - Aurora Expeditions Cost: $65,000,000 Capacity: 160 Guests
Scenic Eclipse Cost: $185,000,000 Capacity: 228 Guests
Magellan Explorer - Antarctica21 Cost: $50,000,000 Capacity: 100 Guests
Hanseatic Inspiration - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cost: $155,000,000 Capacity: 230 Guests
Costa Smeralda - Cost: $950,000,000 Capacity: 5,224 Guests
Sky Princess - Cost: $760,000,000 Capacity: 3,660
Norwegian Encore - Cost: $1,100,000,000 Capacity: 4,200 Guests
MSC Grandiosa - Cost: $900,000,000 Capacity: 4,888 Guests
Carnival Panorama - Cost: $780,000,000 Capacity: 4,000 Guests
Flying Clipper - Cost: $100,000,000 Capacity: 300 Guests
Source: Cruise Industry News
Carnival Cruise Line addresses concerns about the Dominican Republic
John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line’s Brand Ambassador, addressed concerns about voyages to the Dominican Republic following multiple media reports of deaths to resort-staying international tourists. So far, there have been 8 US tourists found dead in the country over the past few weeks which led many cruisers to ask whether it was still safe to take a voyage to the Dominican Republic. John Heald posted on his Facebook Page that Carnival had made no changes to voyages to the Dominican Republic. He added that the cruise line would always keep their passengers safe and that they recommended that guests took excursions offered via the ship. Carnival was currently monitoring the situation and would routinely review information from the U.S. State Department. Carnival cruise ships that stop in the Dominican Republic do so in the private gated area of the company in Amber Cove. Carnival Corporation. opened Amber Cove in 2015 and it is used by a number of different cruise lines owned by the company. Most of the illnesses and deaths that have been reported in the country were in or around resorts in Punta Cana, around 200 miles from Puerto Plata (cruise port where Amber Cove is situated).
Source: Cruise Mapper

Cruise Line offering free airfare for cruises to Bora Bora and Tahiti
One cruise line is offering a special deal on cruises that not only includes free airfare but also has 50% off standard all-inclusive cruise fares. Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering up to $500 Shipboard Credit per stateroom on select 2020 voyages during its “Dream in Blue” promotion when booked by July 31, 2019. Additionally, Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering savings of 50% off standard all-inclusive cruise fares on all voyages, plus included airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Shipboard Credit can be used toward indulging in a spa treatment at Deep Nature Spa, purchasing a souvenir in La Boutique, booking a shore excursion aboard The Gauguin, and more. This promotion is for new bookings only, subject to availability, and must be booked by July 31, 2019, and requested the time of booking. Shipboard Credit amount is determined by the balcony stateroom or suite category. Non-balcony staterooms (E-F categories) receive $150 per person Shipboard Credit. For complete terms and details of this Dream in a Blue sale from Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact your local travel professional or visit PGCruises.com.
Source: Cruise Fever

. . . . . WEEK 24, 2019 . . . . .


Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
The Port of Southampton and PortMiami signed a sister port agreement during a visit from a delegation of officials from the Florida-based port and Miami-Dade County. A city twinning agreement was also signed at the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre. To officialize the agreement, PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed the International Sister Seaports Agreement with Alastair Welch, Port of Southampton director. ‘We are pleased to be officially linked with our friends at PortMiami and hope we can mutually benefit from lessons learned around successes seen on both sides,' Welch said. For his part, Kuryla looks forward to growing our relationship as sister cities and sister ports through the strengthening of our cultural and commercial ties,' and he anticipates the 'development of economic opportunities for us both.’
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Hurricane season is an important thing to know about when traveling so here's how it could affect your cruise vacation in many different ways.
Hurricanes can be devastating, catastrophic storms, not just for anyone living in storm-prone areas, but also for hotels, resorts and yes, cruise ships. So how can a hurricane affect your cruise, and what can you do to protect yourself and your vacation?
Understanding Hurricanes: A hurricane is a rotating storm system with a closed eye at the center of its circulation. These storms feature dramatically high winds, strong thunderstorms, rain and even tornadoes. Hurricanes can potentially form at any time of year if the oceanic conditions are right. The typical “hurricane season” in the north Atlantic basin runs from June 1 through November 30, with the peak storm formations and intensities from mid-August through the end of September. In the eastern Pacific basin, hurricane season stretches between 15 May-30 November, with a peak in August and September, similar to the Atlantic.
How Hurricanes Impact Cruises: All cruise lines work closely with meteorologists and storm forecasters for the latest updates and predictions based on the most accurate data. While the goal to minimally disruptive operations, there is typically no hesitation to alter or adjust cruises as needed to ensure adequate safety for passengers, crew and ship. While the exact changes a cruise line may make to any cruise will depend on a wide range of factors and every storm is different, typical impacts that a hurricane may have on a cruise can include Itinerary Changes, Voyages Shortened or Lengthened, Embarkation or Debarkation Ports Changed, Sailings Canceled. No matter what actions a cruise line may have to take, the line will contact passengers and update them as quickly as possible. It is important that passengers always provide the most convenient, accurate contact information to the cruise line so they can receive these notifications right away. Passengers who have booked their cruise through a travel agent should still provide contact information directly to the cruise line. Most cruise lines also maintain active social media accounts and may open dedicated alert phone or texting numbers to share updates quickly. Concerned passengers can check those updates or contact the cruise line directly if they fear their cruise may be affected by a hurricane.
Source: Cruise Hive

Charleston groups head to Supreme Court over controversial cruise ship development
Screeching car alarms before sunrise. Snarled traffic on Laurens and Concord streets. Blaring Caribbean music piercing Charleston’s quiet. These sights and sounds are now commonplace in downtown’s historic Ansonborough neighborhood. While travelers gleefully embark on a towering cruise ship for far-off ports, residents such as Tommie Robertson are fighting the State Ports Authority’s plan to replace the current cruise ship terminal with a new one only about 500 feet from her porch. Robertson and some of her neighbors believe the state Department of Health and Environmental Control erred when issuing a permit for the terminal’s development, and some of them sued. On Tuesday, 18 June, their case will be heard before the state Supreme Court. For the past six years, the case has wound its way through the system, and the Ports Authority’s new terminal essentially has remained on hold. About 50 people from Charleston, many traveling in a chartered bus, are expected to attend the Supreme Court hearing. SPA leadership has had a voluntary agreement with the city that no more than 104 ships will dock a year, only one at a time and must cap at 3,500 passengers — an agreement it has abided by to date. Neighbors and their lawyers, however, note that voluntary agreement isn’t enforceable. Port Authority and cruise supporters have talked about the positive impacts cruise ships bring to the city and its businesses and have said locking cruise ship limits into law would send a bad signal to the larger maritime industry. Their spokeswoman didn’t return an email Monday seeking comment. Kristopher King, executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, said the case is about a neighborhood and community’s right to challenge industries that negatively impact their quality of life. “We continue to be really perplexed and struggling with the notion that if an individual is harmed you have legal standing but if an entire community or an entire neighborhood is harmed, you do not,” King said. “The tangible impacts on traffic and congestion are significant. ... So it’s pollution, it’s congestion and honestly it’s about the ability to ensure that businesses operating in a community aren’t adversely impacting families and neighborhoods.”
Source: Post and Courier

Carnival Corporation’s cruise lines are offering more cruises to the Panama Canal this season than any other cruise company.
Together on six different cruise lines, 26 cruise ships will offer 70 voyages to the Panama Canal during its upcoming peak season, which will run from fall 2019 through spring 2020. This will be the third full cruise season since the Canal’s historic 2016 expansion. Collectively, Carnival Corporation’s brands visiting the region – Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises and Seabourn – have 26 ships currently scheduled to enter the expanded locks connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, representing roughly one-quarter of the corporation’s global fleet. Just in the upcoming Panama Canal cruise season, Carnival Corporation has over 70 cruises planned to make partial or full visits. Carnival Corporation and its brands have a rich history in the Panama Canal. The corporation’s Princess Cruises brand, the fastest growing international premium cruise line, was the first cruise line to take guests through the Panama Canal in 1967. Fifty years later, the brand marked another major milestone with the first large cruise ship, Caribbean Princess, to traverse the newly expanded “Neo-Panamax” Locks. Carnival Corporation brands offer the largest selection of Panama Canal sailings with various lengths ranging from eight to 112 days, departing from more than a dozen ports throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe, including Los Angeles; New York; Miami; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Rio de Janeiro; Southampton (England); Vancouver and more.
Source: Cruise Fever

Climate activists have caused a delay in the departure of the cruise from Kiel, Germany.
Smash Cruiseshit activists blocked the Zuiderdam ship departure by 7 hours on June 9. The group blocked access to the bollards to highlight the pollution caused by the cruise industry. The group further said that they organized the action because workers on the ships are being paid EUR 2 per hour while the countries they come from suffering from the climate changes. The blockade started in the afternoon and ended after the police detained 32 people, according to the group. World Maritime News has reached out to Holland America Line to ask whether the blockade affected the ship’s itinerary. The company is yet to respond. The blockade took place days after a new report identified European countries and ports most affected by cruise ships’ sulphur oxide emissions.
Source: World Maritime News

Carnival Horizon Rescues Seven Sailors Adrift at Sea
On the evening of Friday, June 7, 2019, Carnival’s largest and newest cruise ship—the Horizon—came to the rescue of seven men aboard a small fishing boat adrift off the coast of Haiti in the Caribbean. While on the last leg of an eight-day southern Caribbean cruise, sailing from its final port of call in Aruba back to its home port in Miami, the Horizon received word from the U.S. Coast Guard of a stranded vessel nearby and took action. In Carnival Cruise Line’s statement to Florida’s WPLG Local 10 News, the company confirmed: “Continuing its longstanding tradition of assisting mariners in distress, Carnival Horizon was alerted to a small craft in need of assistance. Following the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, Carnival Horizon diverted its course and participated in a search and rescue mission, bringing several passengers from the craft on board." The craft had, indeed, come from nearby Haiti and was outfitted with only a small propeller engine, which had broken down, and handmade bamboo oars to power its movement. The seven fishermen had already been stuck out at sea for two days. According to passengers’ posts on Twitter, crew workers were the first to spot the boat upon reaching the assigned coordinates and immediately notified the ship’s captain and cruise director. One tweet notes that the ship made contact about ten minutes later, as passengers snapped photos and videos of the event on their smartphones. Horizon’s unexpected guests were handed over to U.S. authorities upon arrival in Miami on 09 June.
Source: Travel Pulse

5 reasons to get excited about the new LGBT+ Cruise Company VACAYA
The seas have never been more welcoming than on the decks of the newly minted cruise outfit VACAYA, the largest expansion of boutique LGBT+ tour operator VACAYA. VACAYA’s mission is to deliver a 360-degree escape into a queer utopia, where the entire LGBTQIAPK (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Polygamous/polyamorous, Kink) community and their allies can relax, enrich themselves and celebrate life through full-ship charters and resort buyouts. But what makes this different from the muscle-bound gay cruises we’ve seen for years? VACAYA finds its niche in the market of LGBT+ cruise operators as the first to offer a large-scale luxury ship in an all-inclusive setting. VACAYA’s all-inclusive atmosphere goes beyond just the amenities to welcome all members of the LGBT+ community and their allies. As VACAYA co-founder Patrick Gunn says with pride, "Anyone who believes love is love has a place on our cruises." VACAYA launches its inaugural voyage this summer, sailing roundtrip from New York City, August 11 to 18, on an exclusive charter of the newly refurbished Celebrity Summit. The cruise will spend a week along the northeastern seaboard, porting in Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; and most excitingly, making a dramatic entrance into Provincetown, Massachusetts, just in time for the town’s legendary Carnival week. The cruise ship will break the record as the largest to ever port in Provincetown, as well as the largest to ever overnight there. What is going to set this LGBT+ vacation apart from the rest of the pack? Here are the top reasons to get excited for VACAYA’s new cruise brand:
1. Safety First: VACAYA has developed special LGBT+ sensitivity training for the staff of each cruise, so not only will you feel comfortable among your fellow passengers, but the crew will be 'woke,' too. You’re also only going to travel to safe places with VACAYA’s commitment to port exclusively in locales where the LGBT+ community is welcome. In the future, expect VACAYA itineraries that will start or finish in cities during gay pride festivals, and port stops in bucket-list locations around the globe that have long been on LGBT+ travel lists for their safety and culture, such as Amsterdam and Iceland.
2. Balance is Everything: VACAYA caters to a wide range of LGBT+ passengers that like to enjoy the nightlife, but also value going on excursions, seeing the sights and seizing the daylight. Yet rest assured, the parties will be fabulous. From tea dances blasting retro beats to nightly extravaganzas that promise to dazzle, you aren’t going to want to miss the many surprises planned for each sailing.
3. Travel Like You Mean It: VACAYA's Reach Out initiative will bring guests closest to the community of each port, with voluntourism opportunities that include delivering backpacks filled with school supplies to children, spending the day organizing a newly-formed LGBT+ center, or making effective water filters and personally delivering them to local families in need. 
4. A-List Entertainment: It’s going to be more like the “high C's” as Kristin Chenoweth is ordained as the godmother of the inaugural VACAYA voyage and for the LGBT+ venture overall. Chenoweth will perform and toast VACAYA at a special launch party the day the inaugural cruise sets sail in New York. VACAYA is promising top-tier headliners on each cruise, starting with their inaugural voyage “All-Star DIVAS” lineup of performers that will include Broadway stars Katharine McPhee, Leslie Jordan, Alex Newell and Lesli Margherita.
5. The Standard of Luxury: ACAYA understands modern luxury and is keen on delivering top-notch service and accommodations for the most value, partnering with cruise lines and resorts that cater to boutique, luxury style. Future cruise lines announced to partner with VACAYA include the upscale brands Emerald Waterways and Ponant.
Is a VACAYA Cruise For Me? VACAYA is built to serve all corners of the LGBT+ community. "Gay cruises are a full spectrum of our entire community. Not one type of person goes on an LGBT+ cruise," says Gunn. “It is impossible to not find someone who you can relate to onboard. In the end, it's always the people who are most hesitant that end up being the cruise's biggest advocates." Inaugural PTown Cruise rates start at $1,197 per person for a double-occupancy inside cabin, and there's still availability left in most cabin classes.
Source: Cruise Critic

Panama to pay one Canal transit as homeporting incentive
To incentivize cruise lines to homeport in Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela issued a decree authorizing reimbursement for the cost of one Panama Canal transit. The state will pay the toll according to the official rate of the Panama Canal Authority. This applies to lines that embark/disembark passengers at one of Panama's ports starting in the second half of 2020. The Panama Tourism Authority has been tasked with establishing the procedures to implement this incentive. Panama is building a new cruise terminal at Amador Causeway, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Initially, two large ships up to 380 meters/1,247 feet each will be able to berth at a finger pier. In March the Panama Maritime Authority issued a tender for the operation and maintenance of the new Panama Cruise Terminal. The first ships are expected to begin calling by the end of 2019, with homeporting operations to start later. Colón, at the Atlantic entrance to the Canal, already has homeporting ships. This year Varela has received high-level delegations from MSC Cruises and from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to look at the plans and tour the site of the Panama Cruise Terminal. At the time, MSC Cruises had no additional comment for Seatrade Cruise News and NCLH did not respond to a question about its potential interest in homeporting. A Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association delegation visited in March.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News


. . . . . WEEK 23, 2019 . . . . .

Several cruise lines have eliminated calls in Cuba after the Trump Administration revealed new travel restrictions for Americans visiting the country on June 4, 2019, that effectively banned ships from calling on the country.
The new rules may have hit cruise lines the hardest. Within one day of the announcement, ships had to halt calls in Cuba. Passenger vessels were no longer permitted to sail to the island nation, and ships had to be swiftly rerouted. Below are the Cuba Travel Ban reactions from the following cruise lines: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, MSC and Virgin Voyages.

Royal Caribbean has become the first cruise line to take action in response to the new U.S. Cuba travel ban which goes into effect on June 5.
In response to the new U.S. Cuba travel ban, Royal Caribbean has already canceled calls to Havana, Cuba. The Miami-based cruise line first reacted by stating it is watching to see how the will impact them and just hours later a new statement on its website was released. Even though the full spoke of the Cuba ban and the impact on the cruise industry is not yet known Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel two stops to the country. The June 6 departure from Miami, Florida for Empress of the Seas no longer feature a call to Havana. It was originally set call there on June 7 during its 4-day sailing. The other Royal Caribbean cruise ship impacted by the travel ban is Majesty of the Seas. The ship’s June 5 departure from Port Everglades does no longer include a visit to Havana on June 6. All other upcoming Cuba sailings could also be affected and the cruise line will be providing further updates in the coming hours. 
Source: Cruise Hive

Carnival Cruise Line is redirecting its sailing calls on Havana to Cozumel, Mexico.
We recognize Havana is a unique destination and may have been the reason for the selection of this itinerary. Along with our apologies, guests will receive a $100 onboard credit posted to their Sail & Sign Account,” the line said on its website. Carnival is currently working to notify guests that have not already departed about changes to upcoming itineraries. The cruise line is currently contacting guests with calls in Cuba that are sailing through the end of July 2019. Passengers will have the following options: Remain on the sailing and receive a US$100.00, per person, onboard credit. Move to another itinerary and receive a US$50.00, per person, onboard credit. Cancel and receive a full refund. “We are working as quickly as possible to secure alternative itineraries for the remainder of our Cuba voyages and expect to have information for sailings further out in the next two to three days. In the meantime, please check back on our website for further updates,” the statement read. “We sincerely apologize to our guests for this unexpected change and thank them for their understanding. We look forward to welcoming them on board a Carnival cruise in the near future.” Royal Caribbean has also announced that it is altering itineraries previously calling in Cuba. “We are communicating the changes with our guests,” said a statement from Royal Caribbean.
Source: Travel Pulse

MSC Cruises has detailed its operations and how guests are being compensated.
Only the MSC Armonia is being impacted by the ban. The cruise line will replace upcoming sailings which included a call in Havana with either Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; or Cozumel, Mexico. No other ports for the ship are set to be altered. The MSC Armonia’s current 7-day cruise which departed PortMiami on June 3 originally scheduled to visit the Caribbean country with an overnight arriving on June 8. The following compensation is being offered for those currently on MSC Armonia: $400 USD per stateroom as onboard credit. If this credit is not fully used during the cruise, MSC Cruises will refund the difference upon check-out from the ship. Any shore excursions in Havana that were pre-purchased before the cruise, or which are included in the ticket, will be automatically refunded to the Guest’s onboard account. Here’s what MSC is offering for all those on upcoming sailings to Cuba: $400 USD per stateroom as onboard credit if they choose to remain on their currently booked sailing. If this credit is not fully used during the cruise, MSC Cruises will refund the difference upon check-out from the ship. Any shore excursions in Havana that were pre-purchased before the cruise, or which are included in the ticket, will be automatically refunded to the Guest’s onboard account. The possibility to change ship and itinerary. MSC Cruises will waive cancellation fees and transfer already paid funds to the new booking. The Lirica class vessel is 65,500 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 1,900 at double occupancy. The cruise line has already informed travel agents and booked guest of the changes.
Source: Cruise Hive

Virgin Voyages just like other cruise lines is scrambling to make adjustments and itinerary changes due to the U.S. Cuban ban which is already in effect.
The new Scarlet Lady which is currently under construction won’t be calling at Havana when she begins cruises from Miami in 2020. The Virgin Voyages’ crew is hard at work making necessary adjustments to any affected sailings that feature a stop in Cuba next year. Virgin Voyages will be announcing and opening sales on adjusted voyages featuring a new destination early next week. Virgin Voyages’ existing booking policies allow all Sailors the flexibility to move to another voyage date without penalty. As a result of the ban Virgin is looking at an alternative cruise destination to replace Havana, Cuba. A new destination will be announced early next week and opening sales for adjusted voyages at that time too. The cruise line which will welcome Scarlet Lady early 2020 and cruises from PortMiami will begin in April and many of the itineraries available did include an overnight call in Havana. The new class ships will be 110,000 gross tons once completed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Do note that those wanting to change to an alternative voyage won’t have to pay any penalty and new special policy will be implemented when the new alternative port is announced next week.
Source: Cruise Hive

USVI offers cruise lines alternatives as ships exit Cuba
The US Virgin Islands government is working closely with the cruise lines to help them as they race to rework their itineraries. Joseph Boschulte, commissioner of tourism designee, said that since news of the policy shift, the ports of the Virgin Islands reached out to the cruise lines to offer inconvenienced passengers the opportunity to visit the territory, including the less busy cruise destination of St. Croix. 'We have been in contact with the lines about making calls to both St. Croix and St. Thomas,' said Boschulte, who let executives know the territory's ports can accommodate diverted vessels on short notice. 'We have the capacity and are encouraging the lines to experience St. Croix especially — an emerging tourism destination steeped in rich culture and heritage and whose stakeholders are prepared to provide a welcoming experience for cruise ship passengers,' he said. This follows on Boschulte championing St. Croix as 'its own island' with 'its own set of attributes' during Seatrade Cruise Global in April. Boschulte said the ports of the Virgin Islands will closely monitor the impact of the new US policy and explore solutions with cruise lines at next week's Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Platinum Associate Member Advisory Council Conference, taking place in St. Maarten.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Busiest day of the year for Antarctic Tour Operators as IAATO Ship scheduler opens
The Antarctic travel season may still be months away, but responsible Antarctic tour operators from across the globe experiencing their busiest day of the year on June 5 as the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators’ (IAATO) Ship Scheduler opens. IAATO has long taken a proactive role in managing its activities so that visitors have no more than a minor or transitory impact on the Antarctic environment. Part of this work involves the annual launch of the IAATO Ship Scheduler, a database which has used IAATO and Antarctic Treaty System requirements to set limits on time, number of passengers allowed, and number of daily visits to visitor sites around the Antarctic coast for almost two decades. Each year in June or July, outside of the Antarctic travel season, IAATO members log their desired landings for the Antarctic season ahead using the scheduler. The ship scheduler, which was introduced in the early 2000s, provides the basis for coordination between IAATO member vessels. Each vessel knows where the others will be and the visits are planned and confirmed well in advance of the start of the season. No more than 100 passengers can be ashore at any one time, with a minimum staff to visitor ratio of 1:20. The majority of Antarctic coastal visitor sites also have Antarctic Treaty System approved site guidelines that set a maximum daily number of ship visits.
Source: Late Cruise News

Huge floating solar, methanol islands on the ocean could produce enough energy to enable CO2-neutral global freight traffic, says a group of researchers.
The idea comes from researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute, Empa, the Universities of Zurich and Bern and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The islands could be set up in the middle of the ocean to use hydrogen produced from solar energy (and water) and convert it into methanol using CO2 extracted from the seawater. Liquid methanol and gaseous methane could then be produced from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. There are already large-scale power-to-gas plants that convert hydrogen and CO2 into fuel. The question therefore arises: why go to sea with it? Why not, as existing plants do, extract CO2 from the air? The researchers estimate that the space required for a worldwide supply of fuel would be enormous. "An area of around 170,000 square kilometers would be needed to produce the annual demand for global freight transport," explains Andreas Borgschulte of Empa's Advanced Analytical Technologies lab. This could best be achieved by solar power systems at sea. CO2 can also be extracted from the air at sea, but an attractive alternative would be to use the roughly 125 times higher CO2 concentration of seawater. In existing plants, the CO2 extracted from the atmosphere is mostly used to produce methane, which would also be possible on the solar islands. However, the researchers believe liquid fuel would be easier to transport. Additionally, methanol can be used as a fuel and also to manufacture other chemical products, such as precursors for polymer production. The possibilities for its use (and the profits that can be achieved with it) are therefore much greater. The researchers estimate that the construction of a methanol island at sea would cost around $90 million. It would consist of around 70 photovoltaic islands with a diameter of around 100 square meters and a ship with the electrolysis and synthesis plants, giving a total area of around 550,000 square meters. 170,000 such islands would be needed to recycle as much CO2 as is currently emitted.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Globus family of brands supports The Ocean Cleanup, to eliminate single-use plastics by 2020
The Globus family of brands, a non-profit organisation focused on ridding the world’s oceans of plastics – comprised of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways – has announced its plans to increase sustainability efforts and reduce waste while also contributing to The Ocean Cleanup. As part of its increased sustainability efforts, the Globus family is asking travellers to choose e-documents over printed travel itineraries, prior to their vacations. When they choose the eco-friendly option–eliminating paper and plastic use and waste – the Globus family will donate funds to The Ocean Cleanup to aid in their unprecedented efforts to clean-up the world’s oceans. The Ocean Cleanup has developed advanced technologies to eliminate plastics in our oceans. The non-profit organization has plans to cleanup 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years. Understanding the environmental impact of plastics – beyond the world’s oceans – Avalon Waterways is also working diligently to eliminate single use plastics across operation. Systems in place and/or planned for this year include: Using wooden stirrers for coffee. Replacing plastic straws with 100 percent (100%) biodegradable straws. Replacing plastic lids on to-go cups with compostable lids. Providing guests with washable, fabric laundry bags in staterooms. And offering refillable water bottles in each stateroom – and water stations throughout the ship. A worldwide effort, the Globus family of brands has eliminated single-use plastics in offices across the globe. The company is working to eliminate them from tours – as well as river cruises – by the end of 2020.
Source: Tourism Breaking News 

A Safety Management System – Beacon or Burden?
Whether a company implements a Safety Management System (SMS) due to ISM Code or Subchapter M requirements or to align its own internal processes, the value it will add to the organization will be found in the quality of the set-up of such a system. Will it be an administrative burden? Or a beacon to light the right direction? With careful attention paid to the level and complexity of the organization and with a strong focus on the user, a SMS will serve as a beacon. Though standards like the ISM Code are strict on what should be documented, they normally provide limited guidance on aspects to increase the workability of the documented system, like structure, size, and complexity of the SMS. Four pillars that one can use for designing a system are: User. Structure. Dynamics. Communication. Tug Use in Port. The chapter on ‘balancing safety’ which involves various subjects such as risk management, safety management systems, and the ISM code and Subchapter M, is a contribution from Jan-Hendrik Hensen and Karen van Vliet – both working for Quattor P. The large-format hardback book is illustrated with a wealth of detailed diagrams, graphics and photographs. The book can be ordered at a price of €45 at The ABR Company Limited.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Travel Tours Leisure Travel Survey 2019
According to the Survey, more and more travellers are coming out of their comfort zones and opting to newer destinations to experience their hobbies or unexplored interests. However, interestingly the preference is still to explore these new destinations as a friends and family group (preferred choice of 45.6% of travellers polled) and not as a solo traveller. This group is further broken down with 71% opting to travel with their immediate family while the remaining choosing to include extended family and friends. Beach Holidays, the hottest trend last summer, has taken a backseat (34.8%) while Adventure Holidays came in second with a preference rating of 45%, says the Outbound Travel Survey for 2019 by Travel Tours, the leisure travel brand of FCM Travel Solutions. Speaking about the survey Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions, Indian Subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group, said, “The Travel Tours Leisure Travel Survey 2019 gives us a unique insight into the travel preferences of the discerning Indian traveller. With the rise in disposable incomes, ease of access to new and upcoming holiday destinations and convenience in planning and booking holidays online, the number of Indians travelling abroad has multiplied exponentially. At Travel Tours we believe in designing the best travel packages available basis travel behaviour and this survey has helped us delve deeper into the psyche of the Indian traveller and helped us tailor our offerings to suit their individual needs.” The Survey also found that South East Asia continued to be a preferred destination with the Indian Outbound Traveller with 35.3% having visited over the last 6 months and 30.7% intending to visit over the next 6 months. This was followed by Middle East and South Asia. Interestingly, 72.9% of Indian travellers still prefer to save up before planning a holiday with only a small pool of respondents willing to opt for travel loans. The Survey was conducted individually with more than 1200 respondents within the age group of 25-65 years across 8 key cities in India who had booked international travel recently on the platform. 
Source: TravelBizMonitor

No travel companion? No problem. SinglesCruise.com is offering a 10-day round trip cruise from Venice starting 18 July aboard the Norwegian Star.
It’s time we put our focus on ‘single’ clients as a recent travel trends survey conducted among a random group of consumers, revealed that 36% will take at least one solo vacation this year. Cruising continues to rise in popularity all over the world and a Mediterranean cruise is one of the best ways for solo travellers to experience Europe’s popular destinations. The itinerary features nine ports, including an overnight stay in Venice, along with stops in the Greek Isles, Croatia and Montenegro. “This voyage is an absolute stand-out in multiple respects,” said Sharon Concepcion, vice president of leisure operations for SinglesCruise.com. “Many cruise ships are no longer able to dock in Venice so to start and end the voyage there and enjoy an overnight stay in one of Europe’s most storied cities is a wonderful treat in and of itself. The remainder of the itinerary is just as spectacular with multiple stops in Greece and the Greek Islands, along with Croatia and Montenegro.” The journey begins with an overnight stay in Venice, where the passengers can explore the city’s canals and bridges, quaint restaurants, coffee shops, St Mark’s Square, churches, or the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Other highlights of the 10-day cruise on Norwegian Star includes excursions to museums and beaches, as well as tasting the local cuisine.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Fast Facts: What is a Bight?
A bight is a long, gradual bend or recess in the shoreline that forms a large, open bay. Bights are shallow and may pose hazards to navigation, so their depths, in addition to any submerged features like sand bars and rock formations, are clearly marked on nautical charts. A number of bights can be found on both the U.S. West and East Coasts. The Southern California Bight, for example, is the curved coastline between Point Conception and San Diego, and encompasses the Channel Islands. The New York Bight refers to the coastal area between Long Island and the New Jersey coast. It is part of a larger geographical area called the Middle Atlantic (or Mid-Atlantic) Bight, which extends from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, north to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. One of the world's largest bights is the Great Australian Bight on the continent's southern coast.
Source: The Maritime Executive

13 people have now been found dead after the passenger boat Mermaid collided with the cruise ship Viking Sigyn.
Seven South Koreans survived and another 15 people are still missing. Crews from South Korea and Hungary are now preparing to secure the vessel to prevent the loss of bodies before raising the vessel later this week. The Mermaid is a 27-meter (89-foot) double-decker tourist ship, and all seven of the rescued survivors had been thrown from the upper observation deck. Questions have been raised about the high amount of traffic on the Danube at the time and the possible tightening of water traffic regulations. However, the Minister declined to say more until the events had been suitably analyzed. According to Pintér, sonar scans have provided information on the approximate orientation of the wreck on the riverbed. The Adam Clark floating crane boat, capable of 200-ton lifts, is expected to arrive in the capital on Thursday. The Minister also said that in the interests of facilitating the rescue operation, the Ministry of Interior has convened the Scientific Council on Water, in which it is continuously consulting with academics and scientists from the Budapest University of Technology. The 64-year-old captain of the Viking Sigyn, who is a Ukrainian citizen, was arrested last Thursday following questioning. The court has ordered that he be detained for a period of 30 days pending prosecution.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Cruise lines that offer Free Drink Packages on cruises
A number of cruise lines are currently offering free drink packages when you book a cruise on one of their cruise ships. Below is a list of which cruise lines are currently offering free drink packages and other specials that they are now running.
Oceania Cruises – On different 460 cruises, luxury cruise line Oceania Cruises offers their OLife Choice. With OLife Choice, you can choose the option of a free beverage package, shore excursions, or up to $800 in cruise spending money. View Prices on Cruises on Oceania.
Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Cruise Line continues to offer their Free at Sea promotion where one of the free perks includes unlimited drinks. The higher the cabin category that you choose, the more free perks you get. View Prices on Cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line.
MSC Cruises – MSC Cruises is offering free unlimited drinks (Easy Drink Package) and WiFi on Caribbean sailings in 2019 through 2020 that’s part of the cruise line’s All-In promotion. 
Celebrity Cruises – Premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises is offering free drink packages with their Sail Plus and Sail All Included promotions. Sail Plus comes with the option of choosing the Classic Beverage Package and Sail All Included comes with the Premium Beverage Package. 
For the exact terms and conditions of each cruise line’s deal, contact your local travel professional or visit the cruise line’s website.It is worth nothing that even though the drink packages may be included, many times you still have to pay the gratuity on the packages.
Source: Cruise Fever

. . . . . WEEK 22, 2019 . . . . .


Expedia CruiseShipCenters celebrates at sea

Expedia CruiseShipCenters, part of the Expedia group family of brands, celebrated its annual National Conference at sea. This year, the franchise company welcomed attendees onboard Carnival Dream, while celebrating last year’s big wins and setting milestones for the year ahead. The annual event was attended by over 500 franchise partners, corporate support staff and travel industry partners. With the theme “Customer First”, the brand is putting a refined focus on customers and partners at the centre of its product, service innovation, and decision making. “30 million passengers expected to cruise by 2027” Kicking off the keynote speakers during the week at sea was the president of Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Matthew Eichhorst, who said: “With 30 million passengers expected to cruise by 2027; a 34% increase from five years prior; a USD 69 billion investment; 24 ocean liners and 20 river ships set to debut in 2019 — Expedia CruiseShipCenters is excited to capitalise on the growing industry.”

Source: Travel Daily Media



Hong Kong registers a growth of 7.3% from India

Hong Kong had registered a growth of 7.3% from India. Close to 83,000 Indian visitors arrived into Hong Kong in Q1 2019. While Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru continue top three source markets; there is a growing demand from Ahmedabad, Cochin and Pune. In 2018, 50% of overnight visitor arrivals were from the young mid-career segment and we also saw growth in family segment that contributed close of 34% of overnight visitor arrivals from India with an average length of stay of 4 nights. Hong Kong Tourism Board has also witnessed growth in the fly-cruise segment from India. Through various offers and new products like Genting World Dream Cruises and other cruise experiences with Voyagers of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas by Royal Carribean International, HKTB aims at stimulating demand for cruising from India.

Source: TravelBizMonitor 



Royal Caribbean to partner with Global Ports Holding in Antigua

Global Ports Holding said it has agreed in principle to an equity partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to develop Antigua and Barbuda's cruise facilities. GPH (Antigua) Ltd. was recently awarded the exclusive 30-year concession for the cruise facilities at St John's, Falmouth Harbour and Barbuda. Under the partnership agreement with Royal Caribbean, GPH will operate and manage the cruise port facilities, with both parties investing in the completion of the new pier at St. John's to enable the port to handle Oasis-class ships. Both will also invest in a material upgrade of the current and new retail and food and beverage facilities at the port. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson told Seatrade Cruise News the company has entered into separate, non-binding agreements with the government of Antigua and Barbuda and GPH and will continue working with them toward finalization of binding, long-term agreements. 'We are pleased we will bring millions of our guests to Antigua over the next 10 years and beyond and look forward to working with Antigua and Barbuda and Global Ports Holdings in completing the Antigua project,' said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. GPH said the full financial closure, including the final terms of the partnership agreement and commencement of the concession, is expected before the end of July.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News



The latest Cruise Trend is an invasion of Rubber Duckies

Reports of rubber-ducky sightings have been rolling in from across all major cruise lines—including, but not limited to Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess and Crystal Cruises. It’s an unofficial game of hide-and-seek, but these lighthearted antics have undeniably become an onboard trend among cruise-goers of all ages. Reportedly, the duck hunt began back in 2018 by a ten-year-old girl named Abby from Liberty, Texas, who started secreting the quacky little characters in inconspicuous spots aboard the Carnival Breeze for her fellow passengers to find. Whether or not the playful practice was in place prior to Abby’s particular departure, she’s nonetheless now widely credited with fanning the spark of this fad into a full-blown flame. The Cruising Ducks phenomenon has gone global thanks to the scale and reach of social media. Although there are several groups now devoted to the trend, the most widely recognized is the “original” Cruising Ducks Facebook Page, which currently boasts over 26,000 members. Duck finders are urged to take selfies with the critters they’ve discovered and post them online, as well as indicating when and whether they decide to re-hide the little guys. Those who really get into the game tie tiny “passports” onto their ducks, for a running log of the people and places that each delightful little duck has encountered on its journey. All kinds of small toys and animal figurines are popping up. The Carnival Cruise Line’s official brand ambassador, John Heald, responded to the presence of the duckies, saying, “Well the ducks have certainly taken off and I love seeing people’s faces when they find one, they quack me up.” He followed this up with a users-poll that posed the broader question, “Have you found a duck on your cruises?” Out of 30,000 respondents, nineteen percent answered, “yes," while 81 percent said, “no.” While it’s an informal affair, there are some general guidelines to go by, and Facebook page moderators instruct:
—Attach a tag to your duck that reads, "Keep or hide, you decide! FB #CruisingDucks,” (or place it on the bottom) so that others know how to track its course.
—Do not hide ducks in the shops onboard the ship. No one wants to unintentionally send a child the message that it’s ever okay to take anything from inside a store.
—When hiding the ducks in public areas, avoid hot tubs, swimming pools and any place where a gust of wind might send the duck flying into the ocean.
—Feel free to stash them somewhere in your stateroom as a surprise for the next guest!

Source: Travel Pulse



New Cruise Terminal built in Amador

A new cruise terminal was built in Amador, close to Panama City, with an eye to serving as a port of call as well as a potential homeport for cruise ships. Panama is aiming to increase access for cruise vessels to Panama City in order to facilitate tourism. Dredging the terminal area and navigation canal, as well as developing the land for the terminal was accomplished by a China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) consortium and Jan de Nul. ShibataFenderTeam Inc., Belgium, the Group’s United States' office, successfully handled the project. A total of 18 Ocean Guard Fenders with fixing hardware were supplied to Panama. These are foam fenders that are an excellent solution for Cruise Terminals. The fenders' urethane skin is preferred by cruise ship operators as they do not leave any marking to the white hull of the cruise ships. Foam fenders allow for the low hull pressure with a proportional increase of reaction and energy. They are robust and unsinkable even when damaged. The customized solution for Amador's Cruise Terminal was designed to accommodate the fenders to a wide range of tides. The client needed the fenders quickly and the US office of the company was able to improve the delivery time, reducing it by 2 months. The new terminal consists of a pier with 2 berths and a total length of 366 meters. It shall be able to accommodate 2 mega cruise ships simultaneously and handle all passengers, which can easily be around 10,000 at a time. With the new berths at Amador Cruise Terminal, Panama City increased its cruise ship capacity to a total of 5 of the biggest passenger ships.

Source: Cruise Mapper



. . . . . WEEK 21, 2019 . . . . .


FCCA Central America Cruise Summit delves into growth, seafarer jobs
Central American destinations were encouraged to understand the diverse needs of today's cruise travelers and to differentiate their products in order to compete globally during the FCCA Central America Cruise Summit, taking place in San José, Costa Rica. This is the approach that has made the cruise lines themselves so successful, Michele Paige, president of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, said Wednesday night during remarks at the event's opening ceremony. Paige commended partnerships with destinations and stakeholders throughout the region, with every tourism board, many port authorities and local municipalities and key tour operators participating in the FCCA Platinum Membership program, as well as numerous governments engaging in initiatives to maximize the benefits of cruise tourism. These include taking steps to implement and reform laws to open employment opportunities for seafarers. Paige noted cruise tourism expenditures talled $425.7m and supported 10,756 jobs paying more than $58m in wages during the 2017-18 cruise season in the seven Central American/Latin Caribbean destinations participating in the FCCA's 2018 economic impact study by Business Research & Economic Advisors. Those destinations are Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. As well, cruise lines have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in regional infrastructure, including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Harvest Caye in Belize and Carnival Corp. & plc's Mahogany Bay in Roatán and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Also on hand for opening ceremony were Costa Rica Minister of Tourism Amalia Revelo and other representatives of Costa Rica's private and public sectors. Continuing at the Costa Rica Convention Center, the FCCA Central America Cruise Summit is linking more than 250 regional stakeholders with nearly 20 high-level cruise executives for meetings, workshops and networking opportunities. Workshops included 'Building Your Destination: What It Take to Be a Destination of Choice,' moderated by Russell Daya, executive director, maritime & port operations & itinerary planning, Disney Cruise Line. Panelists include Jaimie Castillo, director, worldwide port operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Jennifer Marmanillo, director, itinerary planning, Norwegian Cruise Line; Claudine Pohl, international business development manager and trainer, Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence, FCCA's official training partner; Leon Sutcliffe, director, port operations & government relations, Carnival Cruise Line; and Christopher Szel, shore excursion manager, TUI Cruises. The 'Seafarers' Employment & Procurement Opportunities' workshop touched on ways destinations can help provide the current cruise fleet and future ships with crew members and supplies, from positions available to training and legislation that can open opportunities, to purchasing procedures and requirements that can help local suppliers understand the business. This session were moderated by Adam Ceserano, SVP, FCCA, with panelists including Hugo Aparicio, seafarers' placement coordinator for El Salvador Maritime & Port Authority; Federico Gonzalez, VP destination development, Latin America & Caribbean, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Vina Jumpp, director, procurement food & beverage - North America, Export US, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Jose Negron, VP strategic port development, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; and Emilio Silvestri, minister of tourism, Honduras.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Average age of an Indian cruiser is 37 yrs & Asians prefer sailing in the region: CLIA
For the ocean cruise segment in 2018, while China continued to dominate the passenger share of Asia, cruise passengers from Taiwan and Singapore have been steadily growing in numbers. Multiple source markets, many of which registered double-digit growths in 2018, contributed to Asia’s record-breaking 4.24 million ocean-going cruise passengers. With such positive trends, Asia has emerged as the third largest cruise region after North America and Europe, according to the 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). According to the report Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum with an estimated average age of 45.4 years, lower than the global average of 47 years. Only three markets show real divergence: India, a young 37-year average; Indonesia a 39-year average and Japan an older 57 years. Asian cruise passengers predominantly sail in Asia with more than 50% (2,194K) cruising in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Almost 40% (1,694K) cruise in the rest of Asia. Outside of Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean/South America, Baltics/Northern Europe, and Alaska were popular choices, in that order. Shorter sailings remain the dominant choice of Asians, 89% of whom are sailing 4-6 nights with an average duration of 4.9 days. “With nine out of ten Asian cruise travellers choosing to cruise in Asia, it is clear that cruising will keep growing in popularity as more capacity will be deployed to Asia in the next few years,” said Joel Katz, Managing Director, CLIA Australasia & Asia. “Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum, suggesting different consumer segments interested in a cruise holiday and providing numerous possibilities for industry partners to develop the cruise penetration rate in this region.” The report offers an in-depth look at the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets in Asia.
Source: TravelBizMonitor

Style Cruise to Start Chinese Luxury Cruise Line
China Merchants Group (CMG) has signed a deal with Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development Co. Ltd. for two new 37,000-ton luxury cruise ships with an option for two more, according to a news release. A delivery date for the first ship is 2022. The 534-guest ships will be built in China and targeted at the Chinese market and operate under the Style Cruise brand. China Merchant Group General Manager Xianfu Gu said: “Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development is a cruise management company set up by an array of private enterprises, state owned enterprises and investment funds with a passion to develop the domestic cruise industry. It will in the purest sense, the first entirely China designed, built and operated luxury cruise ship.”Tillberg Design of Sweden is also involved with the start up project, but said in a statement to Cruise Industry News it could not share more details. Style Cruise Chairman and President Zhouli Zhao said: “Currently Chinese passengers are cruising on foreign cruise ships and China’s cruise tourism economy remains at a 'passing economy' status. Realizing Chinese designed and built cruise ships does not only address China’s 2025 Made in China strategic goal, but is also CMG’s industry pursuit and also represents our investors patriotism and dream to repay our motherland." The deal announced today follows a collaborative agreement signed in 2017.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Banksy crashes Venice Biennale with street stallStreet artist Banksy appears to have turned up unannounced at the Venice Biennale, and may have even been kicked out of one of the city’s most famous piazzas for running a stall without a permit. Banksy posted a short video on his verified Instagram account showing a man with a series of paintings depicting a huge cruise ship looming over the Italian city, before local police appear to move him on. "Setting out my stall at the Venice Biennale," reads the post in which the man's face remains obscured throughout. "Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason I've never been invited." The paintings allude to the controversy surrounding over tourism in Venice, with cruise ships a highly visible part of the problem.
Source: CNN Style

Readers Choice Awards 2019 – Porthole Cruise Magazine
The 2019 Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards ballot is now open! Voting ends August 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winning cruise lines and destinations will be announced in the December issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine. Award categories include:
Best Ocean Ship of 2019
Best River Ship of 2019
Best Shore Excursions of 2019
Best Specialty Restaurants
Best Wellness Program
Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line
Best Mexico Cruise Destination
…and more!
Upon survey completion, voters will be registered for a chance to win a 3-night getaway to beautiful Jamaica. (Terms and conditions apply). Vote at: www.porthole.com/readers-choice-awards-2019/
Source: Porthole Cruise

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators IAATO is redeveloping its ship scheduling process as part of a commitment to ‘leave only footprints’ by the effective self-management of visitor activities.
IAATO has been monitoring, analyzing and reporting Antarctic tourism trends since 1991. Redeveloping the ship scheduler process is one of a series of actions the association is taking to manage for growth. IAATO has also introduced a mandatory observer scheme that will assess all member operators, their vessels and field camps for compliance with IAATO guidelines. IAATO expects 80,553 visitors will travel to the White Continent with tour operators from its 116-strong membership in the 2019/20 season. (The last statistics reported by Seatrade Cruise News were from the 2017/18 season, when Antarctic visitation increased 17%, to 51,707 tourists.) IAATO has long taken a proactive role in managing pressure on the Antarctic environment so that visitors have no more than a minor or transitory impact. Part of this work involves the annual launch of the IAATO Ship Scheduler, a database which has used IAATO and Antarctic Treaty System requirements to set limits on time, number of passengers allowed and number of daily visits to sites around the Antarctic coast for almost two decades. The ship scheduler, introduced in the early 2000s, also provides the basis for coordination between IAATO member vessels. Each vessel knows where the others will be and the visits are planned and confirmed well in advance of the start of the season. Each approved Antarctic landing site has a maximum number of ship visits allowed per day and no more than 100 passengers ashore, with a staff to visitor ratio of 1:20. The redevelopment of the Ship Scheduler will meet increasing vessel and management needs and offer a solution for streamlining vessel-to-vessel communications. The project was announced on May 3 during IAATO’s annual meeting in Cape Town. Included are a new code of conduct for vessel operators, implementing a mandatory observer scheme, support for the development of Marine Protected Areas and approval to expand research into the health of penguin populations at visitor sites.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Benefits of using wholesale cruise prices from Club 1 HotelsClub 1 Hotels is more than a hotel chain. The company offers great deals on wholesale cruises. Did you know that 74% of Americans say that they have gone into debt to pay for a vacation? The problem here is, with companies like Club 1 Hotels, you can find incredible deals and spend half of your original budget. Most people who travel do not even think about Wholesale travel clubs, they just book flights, hotels, and cruises with a travel agent, and pay whatever fees they are told. However, what if we told you that there are ways to save thousands of dollars every year on hotels, cruises and vacation packages, all without any catches or commitments? With FREE memberships like Club 1 Hotels, you can save money and travel more! You may be wondering, why “Club 1 Hotels?” Well, not only do they provide exclusive wholesale rates for over one million 4-5 star luxury hotel locations, but they also offer one heck of an outstanding cruise deal too.
Cruise Ship Deals - Club 1 Hotels is partnered with over fourteen of the major cruise lines, Including: Princess Cruises / Disney Cruises / Norwegian Cruise Lines / Azamara Club Cruises / Celebrity Cruises / Costa Cruises / Oceana Cruises / Silversea Cruises / Viking Cruises / Regent Seven Seas Cruises / Cunard Cruises / MSC Cruises / Seabourn Cruises / Holland America Line.
Frequent cruiser - if you have cruised with at least one of these major cruise companies. Club 1 hotels are partnered with these companies, including 3000 worldwide cruise itineraries, and over 1000 ports of call. It won’t stop here, there are sure to be more added to the list in the near future. As a comparison, a cruise booking for a 7-day Caribbean itinerary on the Norwegian Breakaway out of PortMiami made with Norwegian Cruise Line through their official site cost $2,848. The same booking made through Club 1 Hotels using the same options cost a total of $1,906.
Hotels - When you are planning your cruise vacation, you know that it doesn’t just stop at the cruise. Depending on the port of call and time of embarking, you have to also book a hotel to stay at before and after your cruise. There is nothing worse than staying in a low-budget hotel the night after being on a 5-star cruise, and that is where Club 1 Hotels comes in to save the day (or night!). With over one million luxury hotel partners in over 40,566 locations. The list includes big trusted brands such as: The Hilton / Hyatt / Trump Hotels / Waldorf Astoria / JW Marriot / Park Hyatt / Sofitel Hotels and Resorts / Westin Hotels and Resorts / The Ritz-Carlton / Shangri-La / Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts / Preferred Hotels and Resorts / Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. The list, of course, continues much longer, but you get the point, luxury hotels for up to 75% off the normal price! If you are not the type of traveler to stay in large chain hotels, they also have partnerships with numerous bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels as well.
Airlines - In addition to booking your cruise and finding luxury hotels to stay at for before and after your embarkation, you need to fly to get to the city of your port of call. Club 1 Hotels has partnerships with some of the major airline companies such as: Alaska Airlines / Virgin Atlantic Airways / United Airlines / Jet Airlines / Philippine Airlines / Ethiopian Airlines. Your club 1 Hotels membership will get you discounted flights for both domestic and international routes. For some people, the cost of flying internationally is usually much more expensive, forcing them to choose a domestic port of call for their cruise vacation. Being a Club 1 member, there are unlimited options and more room for creativity. In addition to cheap flights, you get discounted VIP lounge and airport access in over 1100 lounges, located in over 500 cities, in over 300+ countries.
Extra Benefits - When you are flying into the city where your port of call is located, it would be a shame not to experience all of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer. With Club 1 membership, you can find discounted attractions, tours, golf, events, and more. You can also save the hassle by booking international luggage shipping, chauffeured transportation, and discounts on first class and business class flights. If tours are not your thing, and you want to go on your own adventure, take advantage of wholesale rates (up to 40% off) economy to luxury car rentals in multiple destinations.
Club 1 Hotels Compared to Other Membership Sites - Most wholesale travel clubs that offer great deals will not display the name of the Hotel until you make a purchase, Club 1 Hotels works much differently than that. Club 1 members can search and shop by Hotel, city, Brand, name, or airport so that they can find precisely what they are looking for. This enables you to create your ultimate dream vacation, all for a fraction of the regular cost with no surprises! Club 1 has recently created a mobile application which is very user-friendly and enables you to access your bookings and membership benefits via your smartphone or tablet, easily and quickly.
Best Rate Guarantee - There are rare instances where other wholesale clubs may offer a better deal for the hotel you are wanting to stay at. In this case, all you have to do is email Club 1 Hotels for a special offer: 10 dollars off per-night for 3-star hotels, up to $100 / 20 dollars off per-night for 4-star hotels, up to $100 / 25 dollars off per-night for 5-star hotels, up to $100. The only catch is that your email must be sent before 10 days prior to the arrival date. Emails are sent to memberservices@club1hotels.com.
Rewards - Perhaps the absolute best part of being a member of Club 1 Hotels, and the reason that separates this club from other membership programs is the ability to collect and use a point system. For every 1$ spent on flights, hotels, cruise packages, resorts, tours, car rentals, and activity bookings, you will receive 5 ClubONE points. This basically equals to 5% back on every reservation! Every 1000 ClubONE points are equal to $10 USD to spend on future hotels, cruise packages, flights, resorts, car rentals, activity bookings, transfers, etc. The points never expire, so as long as you maintain your membership, you are entitled to use those points whenever you want to. Keep in mind that the ClubONE points are not transferable into cash, are non-transferable, and cannot be used with E-gift cards or other promotions such as the guaranteed savings program.
Let’s say you are an avid user of those “best hotel discount sites” such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Booking.com, etc. The reason why those seem cheaper is that they search for wholesale prices, then, of course, mark up the prices to make an incredible profit off of your purchases. So, no matter which of those online booking websites you decide to use, you may be getting a better deal than a travel agent, or if you booked through the airline, however, you are still being charged much more than the original price of your travels. The wholesale travel clubs allow you to get that bottom price without the middleman, kind of like a Costco membership, allowing you to get the best available deals on cruise ship packages, hotels, flights, car rentals, tours, activities, and so much more. Here’s another great comparison of the price difference: a booking through MSC Cruises with an 8-day voyage from Barcelona on the MSC Seaview is $1,034 - with Club 1 Hotels the same cruise will cost $909 for the same deal. We all love a good deal, especially 75% off cruises, flights, hotels, and travel packages. Deals like this from Club 1 Hotels will enable you to travel more, pay less, and enjoy a more adventurous lifestyle. Club 1 Hotels has been kind enough to offer an extra special discount. All you need to do is use coupon code CH05 when at the checkout. You’ll be able to save an additional 5% off on hotel and cruise bookings until June 15 2019. Head over to there to begin your booking
Source: Cruise Hive

. . . . . WEEK 20, 2019 . . . . .


Cruise heavy weights CLIA, announced the launch of of its Cruise360 event, which will kick-off in Valetta, Malta, from October 28 – 30. 
Aimed squarely at TA’s the event is open to travel agent members across Europe. Focused on professional development Cruise360 offers agents the chance to build their skills and knowledge through conference sessions, ship visits, networking, and seminars on the latest industry trends — as well as by bringing agents, cruise lines and reps and ports & destinations and industry suppliers all together under one roof. Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Cruise360 will be returning to Europe this year. CLIA understands the importance for travel agents to experience cruise destinations and new ships first hand so they can confidently sell cruise and get even more people choosing to book this type of holiday”. “Malta is a growing cruise destination and its Unesco World Heritage capital is a real gem of a city. Delegates will not only have the chance to immerse themselves in this beautiful and historic cruise port with this special Cruise360 event, they will also be able to visit up to three luxury cruise ships and hear from experts both inside and outside the industry,” Harmer, added. Whilst the final schedule is still being confirmed, on Monday 28 October, delegates will have the chance to visit one of two ships: Holland America Line’s Koningsdam or Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager. While Tuesday 29 October sees eventers attend a networking trade fair in followed by a ship visit onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge. CLIA will also hold a second 2019 event will be held specifically for CLIA Irish travel agents, which will include a ship visit and trade event. The Dublin Cruise Showcase will take place in Dublin on Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on September 13. Registration for Cruise360 and the Dublin Cruise Showcase opens on 22 May and is available to all CLIA travel agents in Europe.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Two Singaporean passengers die on Voyager of the Seas
Two Singaporean passengers died while onboard Voyager of the Seas, the operating company Royal Caribbean announced on Wednesday, May 15. According to a spokesperson for the cruise line, the cruise passengers, aged 61 and 75, had died of "unrelated natural causes". Royal Caribbean informed the respective families and are providing them "assistance during the difficult time". Voyager of the Seas departed out of Singapore on Monday, May 13, at 4:30 p.m. and arrived in Penang, Malaysia on Tuesday, May 14, before setting sail and docking at Phuket today. The vessel is scheduled to return to Singapore on Friday, May 17. 
Source: Cruise Mapper


Clean Shipping Alliance blasts NGOs' call for a moratorium on scrubbers

As the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meets last week in London, 10 NGOs have written to IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to call for an immediate moratorium on the shipping industry's use of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), or scrubbers. EGCS are allowed as alternative compliance mechanisms in the current Emissions Control Areas and for the looming 2020 fuel sulfur standards. The environmental groups pinned their letter on reports of EGCS failures in Carnival Corp.'s first year of probation following its $40m criminal pollution settlement in 2017. The letter said the equipment malfunctions 'cast significant doubt on the ability of EGCS technology to meet the required equivalency standard' under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 4. Besides Stand.earth, the letter is signed by Pacific Environment, Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk, Ecodes, Circumpolar Conservation Union, NABU, Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Investigation Agency and WWF Canada. The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 — of which Carnival is a founding member — blasted the environmental groups' call for an EGCS moratorium. 'CSA 2020 welcomes all discourse concerning the environmental efficiency of marine exhaust gas cleaning systems based on empirical and scientific evidence,' the alliance said Tuesday. 'However, the comments made by Stand.earth and others are based on nothing more than sensationalist hyperbole intended for the media, without any underlying facts or evidence whatsoever.' CSA 2020 has 39 members representing more than 3,000 vessels in commercial and cruise service. 

Carnival Corp.'s probation springs from deliberate discharges of untreated oily bilge water by Caribbean Princess in 2013. As part of a plea agreement in that case, all ships from all Carnival brands have been involved in a five-year environmental compliance program that involves third-party auditors and USCG inspections. The EGCS failures were self-reported by Carnival and came out in a report on the company's first year of probation that was recently made public by a US federal judge. CSA 2020 objected to Stand.earth painting scrubbers in a negative light because of the Carnival case. CSA 2020 and Carnival Corp. have cited several recent independent and scientific studies supporting the efficacy of EGCS. IMO were expected to approve draft guidelines and guidance documents to support the implementation of a 0.5% sulfur limit on global shipping from Jan. 1, 2020.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


Survey: Internet use widespread and not affecting performance

A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reveals that not only is internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships more widespread and available than previously imagined but also that the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around the technology. The responses to the survey carried out by ICS and ECSA, with support from the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), indicate that the provision of internet access to seafarers for personal use may have improved the mental health and well-being of seafarers (according to 60 percent of respondents) and the morale of seafarers in the company (according to 69 percent of respondents). 82 percent of the organizations who responded provide internet access to seafarers for personal use. Despite industry concerns that internet access may negatively impact upon seafarers obtaining adequate rest and sleep during periods available for rest, 85 percent of these companies reported that this has been unaffected or improved. Similarly, whilst there have also been concerns expressed as to whether internet access may negatively or positively impact upon the work performance of seafarers, 96 percent of companies reported that this has not deteriorated. In addition the majority of companies reported that the number of incidences of seafarers seeking assistance due to family or home-related anxieties have stayed the same, despite speculation that increased communications with family might generate more anxieties about problems ashore. On another positive note, the vast majority of companies (93 percent) responded that the number of reported incidences of online bullying and harassment have not increased, despite speculation that greater internet access might expose seafarers to this behavior. The responses indicate that the two primary reasons for not providing internet to seafarers are concerns about the costs involved (68 percent) and concerns about the potential impact on rest/sleep (60 percent). Martin Dorsman, Secretary General of ECSA added: "Internet access on ships for seafarers’ personal use is a key factor in efforts to improve the working conditions of seafarers and to attract future generations into the sector – people to whom a world without the web is entirely alien. We have been discussing this topic with our social partner, the European Transport Workers’ Federation, in the European social dialogue. "The results of the survey are very encouraging – both in terms of responses received and the state of affairs they have mapped out. They show that a large majority of companies are indeed providing internet on board for personal use, whilst concerns about possible detrimental effects on seafarers are shown to be largely unfounded. Nevertheless the industry still has some way to go and we look forward to continuing to work with our social partner to encourage best practice." The survey on the provision of internet access to seafarers for personal use on board ships received responses by 276 operators with 11,665 ships, representing 14 percent of the world fleet, with a profile of respondents closely reflecting that of the world fleet.
Source: The Maritime Executive

With a growing expedition cruise fleet, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and its membership base are moving quickly to implement a new state-of-the-art vessel scheduling system for landing sites in Antarctica.
IAATO has employed a ship scheduling process for nearly 20 years, allowing operators to coordinate landing site visits to avoid congestion. That system, however, is said to be nearing its limits with more ships and guests in Antarctica than ever before. The current system is also said to be a race between operators to file their itineraries, as all members race against the clock once the books open to file their expedition plans. As inevitable conflicts arise, expedition operators are reasonable when it comes to exchanging dates and landing sites, according to multiple cruise lines who spoke to Cruise Industry News. “We are in the process of redeveloping our database and the ship scheduler to ensure they are as robust as possible going forward,” said Lisa Kelley, head of operations. “As part of this, several different ways of utilizing the scheduler have been discussed that aim to reduce potential pressure at landing sites, including a points-based system. Over the coming year our priority will be to launch the new database and test different ways of optimizing the ship scheduler and landing site utilization.” While various ideas are being debated, most members polled by Cruise Industry News are in favor of the points system, which would give ships a certain number of points for the entire season. Each landing site would then “cost” points, with the popular sites carrying a larger charge. “The scheduler is based on pre-set ‘rules’ in the database that set limits on the number of passengers ashore, no more than one vessel landing at a site at any one time; number of ships that can visit a site in a day; and time of day when a site can be visited,” said Kelley. “Also important is providing incentives for operators to offer Antarctic experiences that reduce pressure on traditional landing sites.”
Source: Cruise Industry News


The Rock Boat has launched its 20th voyage, and it’s all for you!

Setting sail from Jan. 24 – Jan. 29, 2020 on the Norwegian Pearl, the ship will feature headlining acts NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot. The cruise will be hosted by Sister Hazel, who was the inspiration for the first-ever Rock Boat sailing. Sister Hazel, best known for their single “All for You,” may have been the force behind the current celeb cruising craze. According to a release from cruising production company Sixthman, the first Rock Boat, which set sail in 2001, launched because the band’s fans — dubbed the “Hazelnuts” — suggested an entire weekend to hang out with the rockers. Instead of going the traditional music festival route, their manager, Andy Levine, suggested the band perform on a cruise ship and invite their fans to come along.
Source: Late Cruise News


6 things fans should know about Jon Bon Jovi Cruise

Enter the Jon Bon Jovi Cruise, an energetic voyage that saw more than 2,000 passengers gather to watch two Jon Bon Jovi concerts, party with new friends and sing along till they lost their voices. The sailing was the first of two Runaway To Paradise Jon Bon Jovi cruises offered by longtime theme cruise operator and Norwegian Cruise Line partner, Sixthman. The second will sail to the Mediterranean in August 2019. Here's what you can expect on a cruise with Jon Bon Jovi.
1. Jon Bon Jovi has superfans.
2. Partying was plentiful.
3. Incredible supporting acts.
4. The sessions were excellent.
5. Sixthman has it nailed.
6. The killer lineup features Grace Potter and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, with return engagements from Slippery When Wet and Betsie Gold. 
Source: Cruise Critics


Five people are dead and one person is missing, with ten others currently in hospital after two float planes collided and went down in the water close to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Princess Cruises confirmed both planes were carrying passengers from Royal Princess, which is currently on a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. The ship departed Vancouver on Saturday, May 11 for Anchorage. One of the floatplanes, de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver on an independent tour, had four guests onboard and a pilot. They were all pronounced dead. The second plane, single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3, was on Misty Fjords shore trip sold through Princess and operated by Taquan Air. 10 cruise passengers were onboard, plus a pilot. 9 of the guests and the pilot were taken to the hospital with one person in critical condition. One of the passengers remains missing. The planes collided at 1:08 p.m. on Monday. It is not clear yet what caused the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched investigators to the crash site. FAA is probing the collision. Taquan Air has suspended scheduled flights and is cooperating with the investigation.
Source: Cruise Mapper


. . . . . WEEK 19, 2019 . . . . .

5 Cruise Ships for People With Excuses

There are some excuses as to why some people refuse to cruise. However, here is a cruise ship for just about everyone. So, let’s take a look at 5 ships that will bring down the hammer on any of these excuses for not cruising - for each excuse for not cruising, a cruise ship has an answer.
Excuse #1: “There isn’t anything to do on a cruise. I’ll be bored onboard.” Answer: Symphony of the Seas (or other Oasis class ships). As the largest ship class in the world, there is a lot of space to make all the fun happen.
Excuse #2: “Cruise ships are too crowded, loud, and busy for me.” Answer: Viking Sky (or any other Viking Ocean ship) - the perfect blend of relaxation and refinement. No children are allowed on the ship, so if “too many kids on a ship” is your excuse, consider it solved.
Excuse #3: “I want a good mix of active and leisure that can’t be found on a cruise ship.” Answer: Norwegian Bliss - provides the best of both worlds, which makes it a great ship for families that want the kids to be occupied and worn out at the end of the day, while the parents can get some R&R in the more subdued parts of the ship.
Excuse #4: “Cruising is old-fashioned and I’m high-tech.” Answer: Celebrity Edge - keeping with the different technologies that have been pushed to the edge, such as the Magic Carpet, which is a cantilevered floating deck that goes up and down the ship during different times of day and serves as different venues.
Excuse #5: “I would feel too claustrophobic on a cruise ship.” Answer: MSC Seaside - has more deck space per passenger than any other ship. You really can soak in those ocean views and sweet ocean air, take in the views while riding the longest zipline at sea which is a ridiculous 425 feet long, or enjoy the fantastic entertainment. If you want to feel even more unrestrained and free from claustrophobia you might want to check out the Yacht Club experience which offers an exclusive lounge, dining room, bar, and pool area that is both lavish and tranquil.

Source: Cruise Fever

What is a Deck Chair Hog?

It’s your first morning on board one of today’s brand new cruise ships and everything is perfect. Your stateroom was pristine and you woke up to the bright Caribbean sunshine basking your room in a warm glow. Nothing, and we mean nothing could get in the way of this perfect day, right? You strolled onto the lido deck full of smiles only to have your joy extinguished like a candle in a monsoon. Every. Single. Deck Chair. Is. Taken. Few things can derail your cruise vacation like a lack of places to sit back and enjoy the day with a Mai Tai and a great book. What’s more frustrating than the lack of chairs is the fact that most of the chairs are empty, just a towel or a bottle of suntan lotion resting cheekily on the seat, daring you to take action and sweep them to the side in favor of superior comfort. Is that good cruise etiquette, however? Perhaps the chair’s temporary owner is simply using the restroom or refreshing their lemonade at the bar. The fight when they return might not be worth the five minutes of comfort after you swipe the chair. Anyone up early on a cruise ship is in for a fun, early morning tradition known as the deck chair races. Each morning, intrepid cruisers hell-bent on bronzing like Greek Gods rush out on deck to stake their claim to not just one chair, but a whole row. Filled with magazines, empty drinks, towels and sunscreen bottles, these ghost chairs are perpetually taken but never being used. When on board a cruise ship, no commodities go faster than deck chairs, especially ones in primo locations near the pool or other deck-side amenities. So what a person can do when comfort proves elusive? Join them! That doesn’t mean wake up early to grab chairs and then go back to bed. Grab your last hour or two of zzz’s in the chair you’ve just secured. If you’re grabbing chairs for others, try to motivate them to do the same!
Source: Cruise Pothole

CLIA Supports National Travel and Tourism Week with #WeAreCruise Campaign
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is observing the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,”highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of the culture and economy in local destinations.
Supporting the NTTW “Travel Matters” mission, CLIA is launching the #WeAreCruise Campaign, in partnership with Seatrade Cruise Global a video series featuring the unique stories and impact the cruise industry has on individuals, families and entire communities worldwide. The first series highlights stories from the state of Maine and features locals from Rockland, Bar Harbor, Eastport, and Portland including tour guides, culinary proprietors, local businesses and more. “Behind the research, statistics and economic impact reports, there are stories about real people, families, livelihoods and how cruise travel benefits entire communities in unique ways,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, CLIA. “#WeAreCruise is a dynamic approach to capture and share at an individual level how the cruise industry creates opportunities and supports people around the world.” The first #WeAreCruise videos on the CLIA Global Facebook page (and at Youtube). In addition to telling the stories of cruise industry from Maine, #WeAreCruise will tell local narratives from other destinations including: Falmouth, Jamaica; Juneau, Alaska; Port Arthur, Tasmania; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Palma de Mallorca/Santorini.
Source: CLIA

Mum's anger at £200 TUI fee to cancel free holiday
A mother has called on travel firm TUI to "put things right" after incurring a £200 charge to cancel her daughter's FREE place on a family holiday to Spain. Gemma Disson was was due to travel to Menorca in May with her partner and four-year-old daughter but had to cancel the £1,000 holiday booked through TUI in January for family reasons. Ms Disson said she chose the holiday because it included a free place for her daughter. While she expected she and her partner would each be charged a £200 cancellation fee, she was surprised when TUI added another £200 to the bill to cover her daughter's booking - taking the total charge to £600. TUI's terms and conditions state cancellation charges are a percentage of the cost of the booking. The charge covers the cost of processing the cancellation and compensates the firm for the risk it might not be able to resell the holiday. Ms Disson has not heard back from TUI after writing to the firm in February to query the charge. Her letter read: "I appreciate the cost of £200 per person in fees and I expected that for myself and my partner but not for my daughter. "We booked the holiday on the pretence that there was a FREE child place which indeed was correct. "On this understanding, and having looked through your terms and conditions, I could not see any reason why or how you could charge £200 cancellation fee for a child was in fact free in the first place." Ms Disson said: "I couldn't believe there was a charge for something that was free. "We've been charged £600 to cancel a holiday that cost just under £1,000 in the first place. "It's just very disappointing and TUI has not even replied to my letter." Under consumer law, firms may be entitled to ask customers to pay a cancellation fee to cover their losses but the amount they keep must be in proportion to what they are losing. The Competition and Markets Authority warned cancellation terms that do not follow this approach are likely to be unfair and businesses cannot rely on them to resolve claims or disputes with customers. Rory Boland, Which? travel editor, said: "TUI would do well to reflect and make sure that the terms in their customer contracts are fair and that cancellation fees genuinely reflect the cost to the company of cancelling holidays."
TUI did not respond to requests for comment.
Source: Cornwall Live

Supercruises launches first ‘online-only’ cruise booking platform
Researching and booking cruises online just became easier with Supercruises, the UK’s first ‘online-only’ booking engine. Created to be simple and seamless, Supercruises works independently with fourteen of the world’s largest cruise lines. It enables consumers to curate and purchase every aspect of their cruise experience online, browsing from 11,000 different global cruise packages, in 30 global regions and covering over 1000 ports. The website (www.supercruises.com) includes the latest deals from P&O Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, M&C, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Regent Seven Seas and Cunard Line, among many others. “Modern consumers deserve the same ability” Alexander Panagopulos, chairman and chief executive of Supercruises, commented: “We believe that modern consumers deserve the same ability to research, compare and find the best value cruise experience that they currently enjoy and expect when booking hotels or flights online. “With the launch of Supercruises, we have created an independent service designed from scratch to allow both first-timers and cruise enthusiasts to select and book their dream cruise seamlessly and fully online, in just a few clicks.”
Source: Travel Daily Media

With East Med on the upswing, Black Sea resurgence looms
With cruise lines returning to the Eastern Mediterranean, it will not be long before the Black Sea appears again on the cruise map. 'Across the TUI Group we are seeing a return of demand for more Eastern Med and Turkey vacations. We would like to put more Turkey in our cruise itineraries but have always kept Bodrum in,’ said Marcus Puttich, head of operations, TUI Cruises. Marella Cruises' Neil Duncan, head of training and planning, said the Mediterranean is the most important region for the UK line for cruise and stay packages. And with five ships there this summer and winter, a Cyprus-based ship is offering Turkey and Israel. 'We want to be there, we need to be there,' Capt. Hernan Zini, VP worldwide port operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said of the Black Sea. Azamara Club Cruises will make two calls to Kusadasi this year, and more Turkey visits are in the cards for next year. Celesytal never left Turkey and has continued to offer cruises from Piraeus, round-trip three-/four-day sailings calling Kusadasi and seven-day cruises to Istanbul. ‘This is our area and our focus is to take passengers to see the civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean,' said Celestyal's Capt. Vassilios Gazikas, marine operations director.
Source: Seatrade Cruise

Cruise passenger volume from India surges 28.1% in 2018: CLIA
Asia’s cruise passenger source market hit a new high in 2018 with 4.24 million people taking an ocean cruise, up 4.6 per cent year-on-year, according to data released by the CLIA. Asia continues to be the cruise industry’s third largest market after North America and Europe, the CLIA figures show, maintaining a 14.8 per cent share of the total global ocean passenger volume (28.5 million) for 2018. Asia’s slowdown in ship capacity is due to the strong demand for cruise ships worldwide, and reduced short cruise itinerary options ex-mainland China, the association said. “In the next few years, cruising in Asia is expected to continue growing in popularity with the arrival of new ships in 2019/2020 including from Costa Cruises, Genting Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises,” said Joel Katz, Managing Director for Australasia & Asia, CLIA . “We also see several Asian destinations building new infrastructure to support cruise development,” he said. “Consumer interest in cruise has also been rising as Asian travellers discover the ease, relaxation and value of a cruise vacation.”
Source: Travel Biz Monitor

. . . . . WEEK 18, 2019 . . . . .


The International Maritime Organization’s intentions to delist over 80 countries, including South Africa, from its STCW Whitelist has major implications for the country’s maritime sector.
Sobantu Tilayi, the CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), confirmed that the agency was extremely concerned by IMO’s planned action. “Even as we have a serious situation in our hands, and should never have found ourselves in this position, I am confident that we will act with speed and do so correctly to ensure that the intended action by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee is not finalized to South Africa’s disadvantage,” Tilayi said. SAMSA explained that the planned response action plan involves three broad activities; securing of IMO assistance with compilation of the report required in terms of the convention, hastening of a SAMSA process setting in place a relevant quality management system, and constant engagement with stakeholders. In February 2019, IMO revealed its plans to remove all countries that are not compliant with requirements of the 1978 Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended from its Whitelist. The organization also released a list showing that as many as 87 countries would be affected by the move. The circular stated the intention but provided no set date for implementation of the action, however, Tilayi commented that the delistings could possibly be undertaken later in 2019. The 1978 STCW Convention stipulates standards of training, certification and watch-keeping for seafarers. “The main purpose of the convention is to promote safety of life and property at sea and the protection of the marine environment by establishing in common agreement international standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers,” according to the IMO.
Source: World Maritime News

Two cruise ships collided in Vancouver
On the 4th of May at 6:50 a.m, the Oosterdam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, was docking at Canada Place when it hit Nieuw Amsterdam, another Holland America ship. It was a minor collision and no injuries occurred. The ship itineraries were not affected and disembarkation proceeding this morning as usual. There was some damage to both ships above the waterline through Oosterdam’s was more minimal than that of Nieuw Amsterdam's damage. Six staterooms near the rear of Nieuw Amsterdam require repairs which are currently underway. Those who are booked in the damaged staterooms for today’s upcoming seven-day voyage to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam will be moved to other staterooms.
Source: TravelPulse

Cruise lines staying prepared for possible pirate attacks
Pirate attacks may seem like an outdated relic of sailing, but two cruise lines have instituted preparation plans in case modern day pirates try to board one of the luxury ships.
Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of The Seas and Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess have developed exercises to prepare passengers in case one of the ships is attacked while sailing through areas known for piracy.The Sun Princess warned travelers in advance they would be working on pirate drills that called for passengers to take shelter in the interior corridors while cruise line officials worked to avoid the sailing criminals. The precautions come as the ship is on a 99-day World Cruise.
A brand new US $960-million cruise ship on its way to Dubai has ordered passengers to avoid exterior decks, turn off lights at night and has boarded an elite UK security team as she approaches the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden. Spectrum of the Seas, launched last week, is on a repositioning delivery cruise from Germany, where she was built, to China, where she will be deployed year-round. The first leg of the voyage is a two week cruise from Europe to Dubai, but it requires transiting the most dangerous waters in the world for piracy, the Gulf of Aden. “The promenade deck has been closed to passengers until May 2nd, all curtains have to be closed to night with lights out after dark,” a passenger currently on the ship told Cruise Arabia & Africa. “Today we held a Safe Haven drill, the code word for a pirate attack, during which all passengers have to assemble within the ship, away from windows and external doors,” she added. Spectrum of the Seas also took on-board additional security, in the form of three armed security officers who have just safely ensured Explorer of the Seas got through the Gulf of Aden safely.
Source: Middle East Logistics

More regular-speed areas in St. Lawrence right whale protection zone
Canada's measures for protecting the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale from ship strikes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have been fine-tuned, following consultation with industry and based on scientific data. In a new ship safety bulletin, Transport Canada removed the southeast corner of the speed restriction zone, around the Magdalen Islands. And to help reduce impacts on the shipping industry, vessels will be allowed in the absence of right whale sightings to travel at safe speeds in a larger area north of Anticosti Island, extending to the mainland.Good news for cruise operations These measures are a 'good step forward' to protect the North Atlantic right whale and 'should diminish the economic impacts for the cruise industry,' René Trépanier, executive director, Cruise the Saint Lawrence and co-chair, Cruise Canada/New England, told Seatrade Cruise News. 'The problem is that some cruise lines do not want to take any risk and plan their itineraries as if the dynamic sectors were always limited to 10 knots, which was not the case,' he added, pointing out that 'more than 80% of the time last year ships could go at regular speed' and this should increase in 2019. 'The southeast corner of the speed restriction zone used to touch the Magdalen Islands. This has been reduced and now it opens a channel to navigate at regular speed between Prince Edward Island and the dynamic sectors,' Trépanier noted. When a cruise line executives tell Trépanier they cannot take any risk of speed restrictions leading to a missed call, he reminds them 'we also took the risk of investing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop our destination, this is a risk as well. 'So before canceling ports, please consider the impact on small communities,' Trépanier said.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

What lines are doing to make your cruise more environmentally friendly
As the Alaskan port of Juneau gets ready for its first ships of the season on Sunday, the region is braced for its biggest ships – and biggest passenger numbers ever. Some 1.3 million cruisers will visit 16 per cent up on last year. Not surprisingly, some in the local community are concerned about the impact on pristine wildlife sanctuaries and sensitive historic sites. In America, Carnival Cruise Lines is embroiled in an embarrassing court case that could see their ships prohibited from docking in American ports because of a series of breaches of an order banning them from discharging waste. Travelling has opened access to unique destinations but it has also attracted increasing concern around the world about the impact on the environment that follows. Cruise lines are responding to the growing trend with partnerships, technology and initiatives to sail sustainably. Royal Caribbean led the way as the first cruise line to establish a corporate-officer level Chief Environmental Officer position in 2008 and Celebrity Solstice was the first cruise ship to be equipped with solar panels in 2012. The future of cruising sees LNG cruise ships sailing the seas and high tech fittings on board to maximise the efficiency of resources, showing the results of the $1 billion invested by the cruise industry in new technologies and cleaner fuels. The latest things your cruise lines are doing to make your travels environmentally friendly.
Itinerary planning Cruise lines are working to manage overcrowding at destinations with coordination and planning. This includes staggering arrival and shore excursion timings, as well as spreading out the footprint of passengers when they get on shore with a larger variety of excursions.
Emissions Royal Caribbean has invested in Advanced Emission Purifications systems across their fleet that spray exhaust with a fine water mist within the ships stacks to remove sulphur and produce a clean white plume. Many other cruise lines have also had their fleet fitted with various Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems to achieve a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030.
Fuel savings Both Royal Caribbean and brands under Carnival Corporation such as Princess Cruises have installed an Air Hull Lubrication System, which helps to lower the amount of fuel spent. The system uses air bubbles to coat the bottom of the ship to reduce friction, which lowers the amount of fuel needed to run the ship at the same speed by around 5.5 per cent. Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings has applied a new low friction coating on the hulls of 92 per cent of their ships to help increase propulsion efficiency by 4 per cent. Other fuel saving measures by the company includes recovering heat from the engines and transferring it to freshwater piping in water production.
Energy Reduction Innovations Since 2016, Princess Cruises have been replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights. Norwegian Cruise Line also replaced over 200 units of lighting with energy-efficient LED on board Norwegian Jewel and Star during their dry docks in 2018. The change recorded at 70 per cent reduction in daily energy consumption and 50 per cent reduced heat output. LED lighting is also introduced on board Royal Caribbean along with other technology like card-activated stateroom lights and air-conditioning that shuts off automatically when the veranda doors open. In 2017, Princess Cruises also trialled electro chromate glass on the Star Princess, where the glass senses when the sun is shining in and automatically tint the glass.
Water Water is a precious resource at sea and many lines introduce water conservation strategies on board which include installing water flow reducers for sink taps and shower heads and installing water meters to measure water consumption. Overall the cruise lines are using less water per person per day than the average Australian household which uses 340 litres.
Waste Management Recycling Carnival Corporation brands have recently changed the traditional name of ‘garbage rooms’ to ‘recycling centres’ to better reflect their contribution on board. In last year alone, the recycling centres filed the equivalent of two Boeing 747 jumbo jets with cardboard, two Olympic swimming pools with plastics and 35,000 bathtubs with glass. Meanwhile on Royal Caribbean, 75 per cent of the waste on their ships never sees a landfill. Norwegian Cruise Lines have also formed partnerships with Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Women Helping Women Shelter and other organisations in various international ports to donate beds, clothing, toiletries and furniture.
Single-use plastics Many cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Hurtigruten, Uniworld, Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic have pledged to remove single-use plastics on board. Lines like MSC Cruises and brands under Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are phasing out single-use plastics by this year while other lines like P&O Cruises and Cunard under Carnival Corporation are making the commitment to achieve that by 2022. Royal Caribbean is replacing plastic straws with paper straws, which are provided upon request, and also looking to get rid of plastic bags, cups and condiment packets. Both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have introduced the Vero water initiative this year, which sees those brands being the first cruise lines to eliminate plastic water bottles. Hurtigruten is the world first plastic-free cruise line and Virgin Voyages also recently announced that it is joining up and also doing away with all single-use plastics on board.
Virgin Voyages is going one step further to have disposable paper products made of Tree-free material, using the by-product of agricultural crops that are typically burned or wasted, in place of trees.
Source: Cruise Passenger 

2019 was a historic year for Seatrade Cruise Global as the leading annual business-to-business event in cruising returned to Miami Beach with record-breaking numbers
150,000-square-foot show floor, 19% larger than the 2018 floor in Fort Lauderdale. More than 13,000 attendees had access to over 60 educational sessions and countless hours of networking and insights, including the highly anticipated State of the Global Cruise Industry keynote with more than 2,000 attendees, its largest audience in the event's 35-year history. Another highlight was the first all-women keynote panel titled 'The Rise of Female Leadership in the Cruise Industry.' Also new for Seatrade 2019 were an increased number of 'Seatrade Talks' featuring intimate conversations with industry leaders, including Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line; Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America and chief strategy officer, Carnival Corp. & plc; Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer, Silversea Cruises; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; and Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten. More than 300 registered media were on site, a 37% increase from 2018, covering diverse announcements including MSC Cruises’ design for its dramatic new multi-ship terminal at PortMiami, Windstar Cruises' $250m Star Plus ship lengthening initiative and Fincantieri's unveiling of a model of Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady. The impact of Seatrade’s growth this year extended well beyond the walls of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Events helped raise more than $20,000 for Seatrade Cruise Global’s nonprofit partners, Mercy Ships and the FCCA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Seatrade 2020 will take place April 20-23.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News 

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new employee assistance program to help any crew member needing advice and support on life challenges
A new Carnival Employee Assistance (EAP) program has recently been launched by Carnival Cruise Line to help crew members deal with issues by providing guidance, support, and resources. The program is in partnership with ComPysch and any crew member can simply get in touch with highly trained clinicians and councilors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Many issues can be covered with a professional helping a crew member with any kind of life challenges such as: 
  • Aniety and depression 
  • Grief, loss of a loved one, and life adjustments
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Marital/relationship conflicts and family issues
  • Stress or personal problems
  • Alcohol or drug problems
A crew member can call from the cruise ship or when on land, including when in any of the ports of call. There is a range of tools and unlimited information for a crew member to use including articles, podcasts, and training videos on life’s challenges covering a range of helpful topics. This new program launched by the Miami-based cruise line comes after an entertainment staff member took her own life in January 2019. The sad news shocked team members across the entire cruise line and raised awareness of an urgent need for support for the hard working and often stressed out crew members. There have also been several tragic events in the past when crew members have taken their own lives by going overboard, not just from Carnival but other cruise lines too. Carnival has also altered the alcohol policy for crew members to reduce intoxication, including the bartender knowing how many drinks a person has already purchased via the Sail & Sign system. Furthermore, no purchases of hard liquor are to be allowed, including shots, and hard liquor is also not allowed from ashore, limited amount of beer in cabins and when bringing alcohol aboard.
Source: CruiseHive

A ferry passenger has been rescued from Firth of Lorne between Mull and Oban due to the quick actions of CalMac crew.
The accident began when the traveller fell overboard from MV Isle of Mull just before 2:00 p.m. during the vessel's 46-minute crossing from Craignure to Oban. The ferry left Mull at 1:30 p.m. Passengers were alerted via 3 loud blasts of the horn, followed by the announcement that a passenger was overboard. Those on the ferry's top deck were asked to pinpoint the man in the water. The crew launched the ferry’s fast rescue craft, an inflatable boat able to be deployed fast to cope with an accident like this. Minutes later, Oban lifeboat, Trent Class All Weather Mora Edith Macdonald, was launched. When it arrived on the scene, the man was transferred to the lifeboat and taken ashore. Stornoway coastguard was alerted and it mobilised a Prestwick search and rescue helicopter. The man was then transferred by a waiting ambulance to Lorn and Islands Hospital outside Oban. According to police, he was not thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.
Source: CruiseMapper

One in every 17 Australians is cruising
Australia once again leads the established cruise markets in penetration rates, with 5.8% of the population taking an ocean cruise in 2018 — compared to 4% in the US, 3% in the UK and 2.8% in Germany. MD Joel Katz said methodology comparable to other CLIA global research was used to involve the 95% of member cruise lines. Katz said CHART Management Consultants surveyed the remaining non-members. 1.35m Australians cruised last year. New South Wales still represents more than half the Australian ocean cruise market (53%), with Queensland contributing 22% and Victoria 13%. The average age of the Australian passenger remains steady at 49 and the average cruise length was down from 9.1 days in 2017 to 8.8 days in 2018. The majority of Australians cruise within Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific (76.6%). Europe/Mediterranean was the most popular long-haul destination (8.1%), followed by North America/Caribbean/Alaska/Hawaii (7.3%) and Asia (5.4%). In the inbound market about 200,000 people came from other regions to cruise in Australasian waters in 2018, with more than half from North America. Europe/UK and Asia followed.
The construction of the new International Cruise Terminal in Brisbane and other cruise related projects in Cairns, Eden and Broome are expected to reignite growth in the homeport market.
‘There is so much potential,’ he said. ‘Smaller older vessels are being replaced with newer, larger ships to meet demand and with a third terminal in Sydney on the horizon more cruise lines will continue to base ships here.’
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Philippines’ Boracay Island tackles Over Tourism with bans on cruise ships in peak seasons
The Philippine government has started regulating cruise ship visits to Boracay Island in a bid to ease the pressure of tourist numbers on its environment. Cruise ships are barred during peak tourist seasons, and those with a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers have been prohibited from making port calls on the island to curb overtourism. Alternative destinations are being offered instead. Closeout periods will be this spring from April 24 to May 31; All Saints/All Souls Day holiday break from October 26 to November 8; during the Southeast Asian Games from November 23 to December 19; and during Christmas and New Year’s from December 20 to January 5, according to Arturo P. Boncato Jr., Philippine Department of Tourism’s (DoT) undersecretary for coordination and resource generation. Cruise ships were also earlier banned from Boracay during Chinese New Year this year from January 29 to February 12, and the recent Holy Week from April 16 to 23. Boracay was closed for six months from April 26 last year to make way for the government’s rehabilitation effort. Tourist arrivals on the island dropped 53 percent to 930,363 last year from two million in 2017, as per DoT’s data. In a separate interview, DoT’s regional director for Western Visayas, Helen J. Catalbas, said cruise ships may go to alternative destinations during the closeout periods. These include Iloilo and Bacolod in the region, Subic, Bataan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon, and Bohol (Tagbilaran Port) in Central Visayas. The Western Visayas region is where Boracay, a municipality of the province of Aklan, is located. She added the rule to prohibit cruise ships with over 2,000 passengers to call on Boracay was effective from April 16. Data from Caticlan Jetty Port shows four cruise ships making port calls on Boracay on separate occasions this year: Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend on February 27 with 246 passengers; Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Navigator on March 4 with 384 passengers; Hapag-Llyod’s Europa on March 22 with 300 passengers; and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Voyager of the Seas on April 10 with 2,853 passengers, and on April 15, with 3,334 passengers, a day before the maximum 2,000 passengers limit was enforced. Caticlan is considered the gateway to Boracay, only 15 minutes away by ordinary pump boats. Local stakeholders and residents continue to oppose cruise ship calls at Boracay. Boracay Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Elena Brugger said: “We continue to be against cruise ships. We don’t want [them] due to environmental issues.” She added, “There are no proper ports and no proper facilities for these cruise ships. They just create traffic at the port every time they are here.” Cruise ships visiting Boracay usually drop anchor at the Caticlan jetty port.“Cruising,” she added, “has taken a leadership role in working with destinations to develop solutions that enhance sustainability. In many places, including the Pacific region, our cruise lines have worked with local people to develop offerings for cruise passengers that benefit the local economy and protect resources and heritage.” She underscored that cruise lines are also able to help destinations in tourism planning “due to its predictability.” “Cruise lines are able to predict months in advance how many passengers will arrive, how long they will stay, and when they will leave,” she pointed out.
Source: Skift

Carnival Corp. has become the first US-based company sued by Americans whose properties in Cuba were seized after the 1959 revolution. Two businessmen holding claims to piers and buildings used by Carnival ships in Cuba acted following a Trump administration policy change
Mickael Behn and Javier Garcia-Bengochea, who hold claims certified by the US government for assets confiscated by the Castro regime, filed suit Thursday in federal court in Miami. It was the first day Title III of the Helms-Burton Act became operative. The Trump administration's recent decision to enact this portion of the 1996 law springs from a crackdown on Cuba's support for the embattled government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. It allows US nationals and naturalized Cubans to seek compensation from foreign firms for the use of their properties appropriated by Cuba's communist government. Behn and Garcia-Bengochea reportedly seek damages in the tens of millions of dollars, Behn for the Havana Cruise Port Terminal and Garcia-Bengochoa for his 82.5% stake in commercial waterfront property in Santiago de Cuba. According to their complaints, Behn's Havana Docks Corp. owned and used the property since 1917 until it was confiscated by Cuba in 1960, the same year Garcia-Bengochoa's property was nationalized. George Fowler, a Carnival attorney, told El Nuevo Herald the lawsuits would go nowhere because the Helms-Burton Act excludes liabilities for commercial activities related to authorized travel to Cuba. 'We are continuing with our normal cruise schedule to Cuba,' Carnival Corp. spokesman Roger Frizzell said, without further comment. Carnival Corp. became the first company in decades to offer cruises from the US to Cuba, starting in May 2016 with the Fathom brand's Adonia. The sailings were allowed under specific categories of travel newly sanctioned by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Obama administration. Subsequently many other US-based lines received approval for Cuba cruises, provided travelers participate in documented 'people-to-people' cultural/educational exchanges. US citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for the purposes of tourism. In a statement, Cruise Lines International Association said cruising to Cuba falls under the lawful travel exemption in Title III. 'Our cruise members have been and are now engaged in lawful travel to Cuba as expressly authorized by the US federal government,' CLIA said. During Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s earnings call on Wednesday, Chairman and CEO Richard Fain said the Helms-Burton change would likely prompt litigation for companies doing business in Cuba. 'We believe we possess solid defenses, and we're not expecting to change our itineraries as a result,' Fain added. On Thursday afternoon, a Royal Caribbean spokesman told Seatrade Cruise News he was not aware of any litigation against RCL. A Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about Cuba.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Bahamas Government intends to investigate Carnival dumping
Bahamas' Minister of transport and local government Renward Wells recently announced that the government would investigate reports that Carnival Corporation-owned ships had dumped nearly 500,000 gallons of sewage in Bahamian waters in 2017. Wells referred to the dumping as “allegations.” Carnival admitted the accidents occurred. In 2016, Carnival Corp pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from dumping oily bilge water into the ocean between 2005-2013, and the company's systematic cover-up of illegal actions. A US court fined the corporation USD 40 million and put on 5-year probation, the conditions of which included development and implementation of an ECP (environmental compliance plan). Steven Solow was appointed by US District Judge Patricia Seitz to monitor Carnival Corporation during the probation period. Solow’s annual report, which covers the findings from the first year of ECP’s implementation, was made public by Seitz and revealed numerous instances of cruise ships improperly discharging sewage and food waste. Wells added the government was in contact with Carnival and had already requested 2018 report, which had not yet been made public. In a recent statement, Carnival Corp. assured its commitment to addressing the issues in the report.
Source: Cruise Mapper

. . . . . WEEK 17, 2019 . . . . .

According to the CDC, 14 cruise ships earned a perfect health score during their surprise inspections in the last year

The ships can be found among 10 different cruise lines and include Celebrity Summit, Rhapsody of the Seas, Norwegian Gem, Disney Wonder, Seabourn Quest, Viking Star, Auroa, Disney Fantasy, Noordam, Sea Princess, Disney Dream, Amsterdam, AIDAVITA and Emerald Princess. All cruise ships that sail to or from the U.S. must undergo a surprise health inspection by the VSP or Vessel Sanitation Program. Everything from the medical facilities to the swimming pools, portable water systems, child centers, rooms, ventilation systems and common areas of the ship are inspected. There are 44 items on the VSP’s checklist, so to get a score of 100, the cruise ship had to receive perfect scores on every single item. Alternatively, a score of 85 or below is considered failing which occurred with the following ships: Ocean Insignia, Ocean Dream, Silver Spirit, Safari Endeavor and Le Boreal.

Source: Cruise Fever

The Embargo on Cruise Ships in Boracay Island is strictly implemented

The Department of Tourism assured the public it was strictly implementing the embargo on cruise vessels in Boracay Island to control the daily carrying capacity of the island amid an expected surge in tourist arrivals. This came after photos and videos of cruise ships docking in Boracay surfaced on social media. The Tourism department said those materials were old and merely “presented as a new incident." It added there had been "no entry of cruise ships to Boracay Island since the start of the closeout dates.” The closeout dates for cruise vessels for the Lenten season and summer break began last April 16, with daily capacity set to 19,215, including a total of 6,405 tourist arrivals per day. The other closeout dates for cruise ships were set in 2019 on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day; for the Southeast Asian Games and the Christmas Season. Closeout dates will start from October 26 through November 8 and from November 23 through January 5, 2020.

Source: CruiseMapper

Cruise industry responds to community concerns about environmental impacts

Last summer, Juneau saw a spike in the number of complaints made to state regulators about cruise ship emissions. With another cruise season about to begin, the tourism industry and the city are both looking at ways to respond to public concerns about air quality. John Binkley, executive director of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, said the cruise industry is committed to addressing complaints about Juneau’s air quality in summer. One solution they’re trying out is adjusting schedules to reduce the amount of time ships spend waiting for other ships to leave so they can dock — especially on days with more boat traffic. “This year, instead of idling out there and starting to tender early, they’ll wait till the other ship is ready to leave, then come into the harbor. The first ship will leave and the second ship will come right into the dock,” Binkley said, speaking at a public forum about tourism sustainability hosted by the Juneau Commission on Sustainability last week. This summer, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will collect air quality data using sensors placed around downtown. Community member Karla Hart brought up the state’s Ocean Ranger program that places inspectors on board cruise ships to monitor pollution.

Source: KTOO Public Media
President Trump's tightening of restrictions on Cuba driven by the country's support for the embattled government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has sparked concerns about the potential impact on cruises

On Wednesday, 17th April in Miami, national security adviser John Bolton charged that Havana 'continues to prop up Maduro and help him sustain the brutal suffering of the Venezuelan people.' New measures Bolton announced include limits on non-family travel to Cuba and a cap on the amount of money US families can send their Cuban relatives. The Trump administration also announced a new policy allowing Americans to sue foreign firms operating in properties Cuba seized from them following the 1959 revolution. This would enable lawsuits against foreign companies that operate from hotels, distilleries and other properties Cuba nationalized after Fidel Castro's takeover.
Collin Laverty, President of Cuba Educational Travel, called this 'a sad day for Cuba and a sad day for America,' adding: 'The only winners here are a handful of members of Congress and those stuck in the past that support them. The losers are millions of Cubans on and off the island and the overwhelming majority of Americans that support engagement with Cuba.' Laverty told Seatrade Cruise News it's unclear if cruise operations could be at risk since no details were provided. He advised travelers to 'stay calm and keep an eye out for more news about what the actual changes will be.' Wednesday’s announcement was 'very general and did not include any details about what changes will be implemented and what the process and timeline will be.' Laverty anticipates any travel reservations made before the policy change would be warranted and allowed to take place as planned. Airlines, he said, 'will surely be impacted regardless of how severe or moderate the changes are once made public. It could go either way for the cruise industry: little or no impact to a complete suspension of Cuba as a destination.'That's a shame for Cuba, too, Veteran cruise executive Bruce Nierenberg added, since the small-ship operators provide economic benefit to more people around the island by visiting ports beyond Havana.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News
Channel 5's BAFTA award-winning show, "Cruising with Jane McDonald," is set to returned to screens on April 19 with a sixth series and three brand-new episodes

The first episode will see the cruise icon sailing with Emerald Waterways on the Douro in Portugal as she experiences the line's 112-passenger Emerald Radiance. Jane will also appear in two episodes onboard Uniworld's 56-passenger Ganges Voyager II on the Ganges in India. Emerald Waterways' head of marketing UK & global brand curator, David Winterton, said: "It’s great that Channel 5 and Jane have chosen Emerald Waterways for this latest show. We were delighted to host Jane and the team. Everyone loved having her on board and we are looking forward to sharing her cruise with the nation." The last series of "Cruising with Jane McDonald", which aired in February 2019, saw Jane return to Celestyal Cruises onboard Celestyal Crystal in Greece, following a circumnavigation of Australia onboard Sun Princess. "Cruising with Jane McDonald" returned to TV screens on April 19 at 9 p.m. (BST) on Channel 5.

Source: Emerald Waterways News

The newest cruise ferry plying the Irish waters - WB Yeats - received "Ferry of the Year 2019" award at Ferry Shipping Summit

The Irish Ferries-operated cruise ship was recognized for a “striking exterior and timeless interior design.” It is currently crossing between homeports Dublin and Cherbourg up to 4 times weekly. The newbuild that can transport up to 165 trucks and 1200 cars was also recognized for class-leading technologies and dynamic design, while also providing its 1800 passengers with comfort and style. Along with Shippax Ferry Concept and Shippax Interior Architecture Awards, the ‘Ferry of the Year 2019’ award marked a hattrick of wins for W.B. Yeats.

Source: CruiseMapper
SCH extends cruise handling contract for calls in Liverpool

UK-based stevedore and port terminal management specialist SCH has been awarded the contract for a further three years with Liverpool City Council to handle all cruise ships calling at Liverpool Cruise Terminal (LCT).

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Largest Cruise Operators by Regional Deployment

There are 19 key sailing regions around the world, and for 2019, these companies are the largest operator by region, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
  1. Caribbean: Carnival Cruise Line
  2. Mediterranean: MSC Cruises
  3. Asia-Pacific: Costa Cruises
  4. Northern Europe: AIDA
  5. Alaska: Princess Cruises
  6. Australia: P&O Australia
  7. West Coast: Carnival Cruise Line
  8. South America: MSC Cruises
  9. Canary Islands: AIDA
  10. Indian Ocean/Red Sea/Middle East: MSC Cruises
  11. Bermuda: Norwegian Cruise Line
  12. Trans-Atlantic: Cunard Line
  13. Canada/New England: Royal Caribbean International
  14. Hawaii: Norwegian Cruise Line
  15. Africa: MSC Cruises
  16. Panama Canal: Princess Cruises
  17. U.S. Domestic Waterways: American Cruise Lines
  18. Antarctica: Hurtigruten
  19. World Cruises: Cunard Line
Source: Cruise Industry News

The finalists for this year's Seatrade Awards have been announced, with the winners to be revealed during an evening ceremony at London’s spectacular Guildhall on Tuesday 7th May 2019

Judged by an expert panel of industry thought-leaders, these Awards give companies, regardless of size, the chance to tell their success stories to a global audience through the maritime industry’s most prestigious honours programme. All finalists demonstrated their ability to adapt to change, and to embrace the opportunities presented by the current upheavals taking place across the maritime industry landscape. The shortlist for the 2019 Seatrade Awards is:

Industry Award Finalists
  • Clean Shipping
  • DNV GL- Maritime
  • Fleet Cleaner
  • HullWiper Limited
  • Thordon Bearings
Investment in People
  • Foresight Group International
  • Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic
  • Synergy Marine Group
Safety at Sea
  • Helm Innovation Ltd
  • HiLo Maritime Risk Management
  • Scandinavian Reach Technologies (ScanReach) AS
  • The UK P&I CLUB
  • VIKING Life-Saving Equipment
Intelligent Shipping Finalists

Cyber Security Award
  • ABS
  • DNV GL - Maritime
  • Inmarsat Maritime
  • Naval Dome
  • Threatspan
Digital Technology Award
  • DNV GL - Maritime
  • ExxonMobil Marine Limited
  • Jumbo
  • Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine
  • SHIPNEXT
  • Wilhelmsen Ships Service - Ships Agency
Fuel Efficiency Award
  • Fleet Cleaner
  • Pacific Basin
  • Q-TAGG R&D AB
  • Teekay Offshore
  • VAF Instruments BV
Deal of the Year Finalists
  • Capital Product Partners L.P.
  • Port of Cork
  • Reed Smith
The Seatrade Awards will take place during the evening of Tuesday 7th May 2019 at London’s Guildhall. The winning companies will be announced on the night following a brand new Parliamentary-style debate which will aim to address whether the maritime industry is ready to embrace smart shipping. Chris Morley, Seatrade Maritime Event Director, said: “We were delighted to see the increased interest in this year’s Awards, with a wide-range of new companies taking part for the first time. With close to 100 entrants from 24 countries in total the judges were hard pressed to separate the competition. Our shortlisted companies can be justly proud that they represent some of the best talent that the maritime industry has to offer.” Special thanks go to this year’s sponsors and partners which include: Bureau Veritas, CCS, DNV GL, DP World, Maritime London, The Mission to Seafarers, and Seafarers UK.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


. . . . . WEEK 16, 2019 . . . . .


World’s first electric freefall lifeboat is built by Verhoef and powered by Torqeedo

The vessel recently passed its final drop tests, making it the first fully functional electric lifeboat in the world. The first of the new Verhoef aluminium 32-passenger lifeboats will be deployed on an offshore platform in the new Valhall Flank West oilfield project in Norway. The contract includes an option for similar lifeboats in the future.Verhoef estimates that the electric propulsion system will reduce operating costs by about 90 to 95 percent compared to combustion-powered lifeboats. The built-in connectivity function will enable remote monitoring of the condition of the electric system from shore. The system also comes with a nine-year battery capacity warranty.

Source: Torqeedo

Mazda Travel has partnered with APT to offer their award-winning Canada & Alaska tour & cruise programs exclusively to Indian travel agents

“Mazda Travel is well-known as the India GSA for the Rocky Mountaineer’, one of the world’s great rail journeys”, Director Mernoz Shastri said. “It was only logical that we partner with APT who have over 90 years history as Australia’s largest and most successful tour operator. Their award-winning Canada & Alaska tours make Mazda Travel a one stop shop for Indian agents wanting to offer their clients the trip of a lifetime to this dramatically beautiful part of the world”. APT offers unique inclusions in their fully inclusive programs that include Freedom of Choice Dining where guests are free to choose when, where and who they dine with from multi-choice menus in a variety of restaurants. Freedom of Choice sightseeing allows them to select the activity that best suits their interest from a comprehensive range of options. Couple this with guaranteed view rooms at leading Fairmont hotels and Resorts, luxurious Wi-Fi equipped coaches and the best Tour Directors in the business and it is a package that is hard to resist.
Another feature of the APT range is the inclusion of a 7-night Inside Passage Cruise on Holland America Line or Princess Cruise ships. Craig James Sales Manager for APT said “We always have the cruise at the end of your land tour, it’s a highlight amongst many great experiences and it is wonderful to enjoy the land tour but still have the spectacular cruise to look forward to”. No tour through the Rockies is complete without a 2-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer and APT guarantees Gold Leaf class throughout. APT tours have no hidden extra costs or optional excursions. All tipping, round-trip airport transfers, porterage, port charges and more are all included in the commissionable price. Why did Mazda Travel choose APT? Mernoz says “I spend a lot of time in Canada visiting hotels etc. Everywhere I go I ask tourists ‘how are you enjoying your tour’? Without a doubt the APT guests were always the happiest and most satisfied. That is probably testament to APT’s 98% guest satisfaction rate. The signature experiences APT offers are also very special, like early access to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens before the crowds arrive. Mazda Travel will also offer Travelmarvel Canada & Alaska touring products. Travelmarvel is a value brand offering all the highlights of the region and Silver Leaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer (upgrades available). APT’s Australia inbound products such as Kimberley Wilderness Adventures and Outback Wilderness Adventures can also be booked with Mazda Travel along with a host of other APT and Travelmarvel global destinations.

Source: TravelBiz Monitor


New trends for the German market emerged in 2018 with a swing toward longer cruises and a pullback from remote destinations like Asia and the Caribbean in favor of Europe, particularly the Baltic but also the Eastern Mediterranean

3% increase trails on constrained capacity - The world's third largest source market for cruises, Germany tallied 2.23m passengers in 2018, a 3% increase. CLIA Germany on Monday confirmed final numbers, after announcing preliminary data at the ITB travel trade fair in March, and detailed further market particulars. With 3% year-over-year growth, the German market grew at a slower average rate than Europe as a whole (up 3.3%) and the world (up 6.7%). This was mainly due to capacity constraints as load factors for all cruise lines active on the German market continued to be high throughout 2018.
Longer cruises, family groups Helge Grammerstorf, national director of CLIA Germany, identified three key trends: the growing potential for cruises longer than one week, the enormous popularity of families cruising and the preference for European destinations. 2018 ended a longstanding preference for shorter cruises by German travelers. While the average cruise length in 2017 was 8.8 days, that increased to 9.1 days last year. With this, Germany surpassed the European average which, according to CLIA, amounted to 8.7 days in 2018. The average age of German ocean cruise passengers dropped to 49 from 50 the year before, due to more families sailing with children under 12.
Retreat to Europe CLIA figures also show that Asia, one of the less-visited but emerging destinations for German cruisers, did not continue growing but lost market share. While Asia, including China, drew 2.8% of the German cruise market in 2017, this share dropped to 1.9% last year. Also, the Caribbean lost German passenger market share, going from 11.1% to 9.5%. In contrast, European destinations, including the Eastern Mediterranean, gained significant share. The greatest growth was recorded in the Baltic, which accounted for an 8.4% share, up from 7.6% in 2017.
The most popular destinations for German cruisers remain Northern Europe, with Norway accounting for a 27.7% share and the western Mediterranean 23.1%.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

.......... WEEK 15, 2019 ..........


The leadership representing the four major cruise corporations sat down at an event in Miami Beach on Tuesday to discuss the present and future of the expanding cruise business
What They Said: “What people misunderstand about the cruise industry is that we are tiny, we are little,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “We are a very small industry and there are cities that have more tourists than the cruise industry does.”

What is his 10-year outlook? “The industry will still have low penetration. There will be bigger ships and smaller ships. The reality is the industry is very diversified and people want different things.” Of note, there are over 120 new ships on order, according to the cruise ship orderbook.

“Yes, today is a very good time period in our history, but it’s because we are constantly looking forward,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises. Fain said the industry has remained highly diverse and differentiated and the new players are helping, bringing in new ideas and credibility to the industry. Fain added that the overall trend was to appeal to more diverse generations. “There is nothing on the horizon I see by the numbers my three brands are posting that any kind of slow down is on the horizon,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “To have a vibrant industry you need new entrants. It keeps us on our toes and competition is a wonderful thing for everyone,” added Del Rio. Del Rio said there were many positives about the cruise industry, highlighted by local economic impact.“The shopkeepers love us,” he noted.

Popularity wise, Del Rio said the Eastern Mediterranean is coming back in a big way. “I’m rooting for Turkey,” said Del Rio. “The Eastern Med is a very big area and when the Eastern Med is quiet the Greek Isles, Black Sea and Holy Land are very popular. A lot of profitable capacity can (go there) … we are cautiously optimistic.” “Let’s not forget the itineraries are the main drivers for the choice of the passenger to choose one ship or another. Itineraries also determine the size of the ship,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises, which is expected to make a major announcement with PortMiami later today. “Whenever we have bigger ships in operation, the ship almost becomes a destination in itself with the bells and ‘wow’ effects,” he continued. “Obviously we need to create a seamless flow of the passenger embarking and disembarking.” Vago underscored cruising was a global business. “We are always trying to offer new destinations around the world. the business still has a lot of opportunities.”

Source: Cruise Industry News


TripAdvisor launches new portal for cruise reviews, research and deals
TripAdvisor announced the launch today (Apr.9) of a new portal for cruisers, taking cruise reviews and research mainstream for the travel site. Users will be able to read and write reviews, dig into ship itineraries and amenities, compare prices and shop for cruises. 

Source: USA Today


The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has announced that Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) received 72 cruise ships in the first quarter of this year
These ships carried 165,000 tourists from different countries. The cruise tourism season begins in October and ends in April. The Ministry of Tourism plays a major role in the development of this sector to promote the sultanate as a destination for cruise ships, in coordination with the government agencies and private sector companies. It also coordinates with the cruise ship operators by providing facilities, permits and holding promotional campaigns. The Ministry of Transport and Communications last week granted the right to manage and operate the Khasab and Shinas ports to Marafi Company of the Oman Global Logistics Group (Asyad).This is in line with the government’s strategy to develop Omani ports distributed along the coasts of the sultanate. The Ministry of Transport and Communications seeks to promote and develop the logistics sector in a sustainable and integrated manner and implement plans to improve and enhance the administrative, regulatory and operational efficiency of the ports in the country.There is a plan to work on the development of some ports like Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq to be used for receiving cruise ships in future.

Source: Muscat Daily


Brexit Deal or No Deal: It’s the burning question on every traveller’s mind, especially for those with cruises booked in the coming months
The EU and UK have agreed a further delay to Brexit until 31 October. At the time of publication, cruise operations are continuing as normal. Passengers who embark on a cruise at a UK port are protected by the EU regulation on maritime passengers’ rights, which will be brought into UK law. In addition, the majority of the rules under which cruises operate are not based on EU roles, but are international.If the UK government agrees a Brexit deal, the UK will enter a transition period and people would continue to travel as they do now. The government recommends that passengers take out appropriate travel insurance, check and understand the terms and conditions of their booking, and speak to their cruise line and insurance provider if they have any questions. They also recommend that before you leave for your cruise, you check online for the latest travel information and information from your cruise operator.If a deal is agreed, the UK will be in a transition period and flights will operate as normal until December 2020. Thanks to the EU’s passenger rights legislation, if travellers suffer avoidable cancellations or delays to their journey, they can be compensated. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still fly between the UK and the EU under a reciprocal arrangement.

Source: BBC News


Viking and China Merchants Group Join Forces
Viking and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide cruise offerings for the Chinese cruise market. It will be a wide-ranging partnership including product development and marketing. Further, China Merchants Group's shipbuilding subsidiaries will partner with the joint venture to design and build new ocean cruise ships dedicated to the Chinese market.

Source: The Maritime Executive


28.5 Million People Took a Cruise in 2018
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the latest global cruise passenger statistics indicating that cruising continues at a paced growth around the world with an almost seven percent increase from 2017 to 2018, totaling 28.5 million passengers. CLIA notes that the average age for a cruise passenger is 47 years. Research also shows North American travelers continue to embrace cruising with an annual passenger increase of nine percent (14.2 million passengers) in 2018. While the cruise sector represents two percent of the overall global travel industry, this segment is on pace with international tourism worldwide. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew six percent in 2018, totaling 1.4 billion while cruise travel grew at almost seven percent during the same time.

Source: The Maritime Executive


Greece and Turkey could be facing serious issues if new cruise destinations are not developed or if saturation issues are not dealt with at existing ones.
The absence of major international players from cruise routes to and from Turkey adds to these problems. As a result the Greek cruise sector experienced overall stagnation in 2018, but as the 2019 season gets under way, planned cruise ship arrivals show that things are on the up.

East Med missing out According to the Bank of Greece, revenue from cruise tourism experienced a declined last year at just over €470m, failing to top 2017’s figure of €425m. However, Greece’s Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN) has revised its growth forecasts for 2019 from the original 2% and 3%, to between 6% and 8%.

Taking a proactive approach EEKFN president Theodore Kontes of Majestic International Cruises, said: ‘Turkish officials followed a ‘proactive’ policy to lure back tour operators, such as seasonal rebates on port fees, passenger disembarkation and the volume of dockings. Istanbul is also returning to the forefront as a homeport, using low fees for docking and services as well as its air hub dominance.

Failures and consequences Greece has also failed to develop new destinations, which has impacted entire itineraries within the country. However, the efforts of the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) to secure an increase in confirmed arrivals of cruise ships in 2019 are beginning to reap the benefits, with 605 slated for 2019 up 16%, with the majority, some 372 set to use Piraeus for homeporting. Further, Chinese multinational Cosco, manager of the PPA, is working to strengthen cooperation with several islands and mainland ports in order to create a cruise network in the tourism-laden Eastern Mediterranean country. Celestyal Cruises CEO Chris Theophilides has already revealed the company’s efforts to extend the cruise season in Greece with new itineraries from 2020 and beyond, with the aim of year-round cruising. An increasing number of cruise passenger arrivals in Greece are from the US, according to Athens International Airport data, which reveals American arrivals have increased over 113% during the last five years, many traveling to the country for its varied cruise options. Disney Cruise Line is resuming operations in the country next year after a five-year absence. 

Santorini is of concern for the cruise community Hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists arrive by cruise ships each year. At present, cruise visitors disembark offshore in the bay of Fira and are transported by small local boats to the points that lead to the city and the various places of interest.

An attractive proposition Construction of a second cable car facility taking passengers directly to the city would help ease pressures. Security measures would also need to be closely addressed.

Driving growth in Greece top of business agenda Showing strength in future of Greece’s tourism industry, the biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will be taking place in May against a backdrop of impending Greek port privatizations and a return to stability of regional geopolitical hotspots. This year’s event, to be held from May 28-29 at the Domotel Kastri Conference Center in Athens’ northern suburbs, will host over 30 senior cruise executives responsible for ports and destinations including MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Group, Disney, Silversea Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Celestyal Cruises.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


As the river cruise industry continues to expand and evolve, the focus is on introducing innovations without building ever-bigger ships, as many mainstream ocean cruise lines have done
Since European river ships are limited in size by bridges and locks, most are roughly the same size. However, Crystal River Cruises and AmaWaterways both have ships that are about twice as wide as the traditional river ship. The river cruise executives spoke during the River Cruising Roundtable Tuesday at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami Beach. At Tauck, a tour operator that offers a number of river cruises, the emphasis is on the destination experience, said Katharine Bonner, senior vice president - river and small-ship cruising. “We got into river and small-ship cruising in the '90s, and we keep the destination experience at the forefront,” she said. “In the premium and luxury space, small is the new big. We want access to those types of unique destinations and experiences that taking more passengers isn’t going to give us.” “With our ships, people can drive to the port, they’re never out of sight of land, they don’t have to fly to a foreign country, and they can pay for it in U.S. dollars,” he said. “A big one, especially on the Mississippi and Oho rivers, if they ever become ill or injured, we have easy access to U.S. doctors and U.S. hospitals; we can pull over anywhere along the river and they find that very, very comforting.” The executives agreed that they are not primarily competing against ocean cruise lines, but land vacations. Robertson also noted that today’s river ships are much more environmentally friendly than they were in the past. “Ships today have about 5 percent the impact that the ones we were building 10 years ago. If we look at what we were building 25 years ago, the impact is probably 1 percent.”

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


Wight Shipyard Co delivered its first multi-million pound export order for a 250-passenger river catamaran to operate for Central Danube Region Marketing & Development GmbH’s Twin City Liner (TCL) – a tourist service running on the River Danube between Vienna and Bratislava, joining two European capital cities 
The passenger river catamaran was handed over to its new owners in an event hosted by Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard. In attendance were His Excellency Michael Zimmermann Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Dr. Gerd Krämer from TCL. Isle of Wight representatives included the Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White KVO CB and Dave Stewart Leader of the Council. The 39 meter vessel is excellent news for the Isle of Wight shipyard and follows an exceedingly productive 2018. With other successful deliveries to Red Funnel for a second 41 meter high speed passenger ferry, followed swiftly after with Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises 21 meter day cruise catamaran for Loch Ness.

Source: Maritime Executive


Adventure Golf Services has been named to distribute and install the Bergo marine flooring system for decks, balconies and other exterior flooring needs for cruise ships
Adventure Golf will also sell and install the Bergo Sport Floor system on ships. AGS is a 30+ year industry leader in design and construction cruise ship specialists of adventure-style, custom modular and portable miniature golf courses and putting greens. 

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


.......... WEEK 14, 2019 ..........


April Cruise Orderbook at 122 New Ships Through 2027
The Coral Adventurer has been delivered to Coral Expeditions as the global cruise ship orderbook opens at 122 new ships set for debut between now and 2027. The most recent news is the new SeaDream Innovation, set for a 2021 debut with capacity for 220 guests.While key industry executives descended upon the 34th annual Marine Hotel Association (MHA) trade show and conference, among the topics was the expanding cruise industry. The overall cruise industry is set to grow from about 380 ships and an annual passenger capacity of approximately 27.8 million passengers this year to more than 500 ships and 40 million passengers by 2027, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. MSC has the biggest plans of all, with 13 more ships on order between today and 2027, adding an estimated 49,384 berths to the cruise business. A record 39 different cruise lines have ships on order, with the average passenger capacity coming in at 2,227 guests, and an average cost of $584 million and $262,403 per berth. Download the current cruise ship orderbook as a PDF by clicking here.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


Survitec launches centralised cruise support hub
As a part of a multimillion-dollar investment, Survitec restructured its cruise business to provide a centralised, dedicated customer service, procurement, training and support hub. The company focuses on new build design and product development through life asset management programs, drydock solutions and project management, in addition to bespoke training programmes.
Improved operational efficiency
‘The immediate goal is to improve operational efficiencies for the cruise ship owner,' said Mark Baines, Survitec VP Americas, who leads Survitec Global Cruise. Survitec will officially launch Survitec Global Cruise during Seatrade Cruise Global.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Cruise strength buoys Copenhagen Malmö Port
Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) chalked up a strong year in 2018 as the cruise segment once again broke records. Profit rose to 46.7m Swedish kronor, up from SEK26.3m in 2017. Turnover increased approximately 8%, to SEK908m from 839m.

Visby cruise quay debut
'The single greatest factor behind the upturn in both turnover and profit is linked to our cruise ship business,' ' CMP CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap said. In April 2018, CMP inaugurated the new cruise ship quay in Visby. This, in combination with larger vessels and more calls at both Copenhagen and Malmö, led to 953,000 passengers during the season. Although we can see a decrease in certain volumes, for example in the oil sector, overall all business areas have made progress with increased operating margins,' Scheel Agersnap said. 'We deem this to be the result of the hard work put into ensuring that we focus on the right things: working more efficiently and taking advantage of any business opportunities that arise.' Accordingly, CMP has consolidated its position as the leading cruise destination in northern Europe. Ro-ro volumes also increased, to 298,000 handled units.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


O3b launches more satellites, enhancing cruise connectivity
Four O3b medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites were successfully launched by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Thursday, SES Networks reported. This means enhanced global coverage to improve Wi-Fi service for customers including four leading cruise lines.

Next-generation MEO system
The Soyuz launch marks a significant milestone in SES’s O3b MEO journey, bringing the number of O3b satellites to 20, and making the transition into its next-generation MEO system. The seamless scalability of the constellation means that the additional satellites will enhance coverage across the globe and enable SES Networks to provide greater service availability and reliability to cater to increasing demand, including in maritime markets.

As the only operationally and commercially proven non-geostationary satellite orbit broadband constellation, the O3b MEO system has been successful since its first launch in 2013. It is the only satellite-based system currently delivering fiber-like high-performance data connectivity services, MEF carrier ethernet certified services and certified cloud connectivity services.

The high-throughput O3b constellation has been key in helping SES achieve its vision of changing lives by connecting people. This impact can be felt by customers operating in nearly 50 countries today across a range of markets as well as providing exceptional connectivity for cruisers.

Connecting the underserved
'We have connected underserved communities with high-performance Internet,' SES Networks CEO John-Paul Hemingway said. 'We have restored connectivity across disaster zones. We have changed the notion that you can’t be as connected at sea as on land. And we have made the cloud available to businesses where it was never possible before.

Located almost 8,000 kilometers from the Earth’s surface, the O3b constellation delivers fiber-equivalent performance and has massive geographic reach, enabling the delivery of high-performance data networks and solutions, including cloud services and applications, across the globe.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Major infrastructure expansion planned for Le Havre
Port of Le Havre in Normandy is planning major development improvement to its infrastructure this year. Extension of Terminal 12 (quai P. Callet) will increase from 600sq mtr to 2,400 sq mtr. Metal detecting archways for onshore control of hand luggage will be added to the terminal (6 lines) as well as quai R. Meunier Terminal (4 lines). A new pedestrian walkway (Voie Verte) will run to the town centre. The port waterfront is undergoing a total renovation, linking the beach promenade to the port area. Water facilities and shore-power will be set-up on the river cruise quai de Marseille.

Rise in cruise and river passenger traffic
Le Havre is expecting 135 calls from ocean cruise ships this year carrying 350,000+ passengers, and 128 calls from river cruise ships carrying 16 000+ passengers. Thirty-one turnarounds (mostly partial), including a Queen Mary 2 trans-Atlantic crossing, are planned in 2019. The document Embarquez au Havre covers all the cruise calls to the port, and a one person point of contact for river cruise ships has been assigned. A new river cruise destination manual is also available. The creation of Le Havre Seine Métropole expands the local territorial reach to Etretat, creating a new range of excursions. New itineraries include a tree-climbing course in Le Havre, Etretat Gardens overlooking the Channel Sea, Fécamp Fisheries Museum, amongst others.

Summer event program
Following Le Havre’s 500the anniversary, the municipality will again be hosting its summer event program, Un Eté au Havre. The Raoul Dufy in Le Havre exhibition will run May 18 – November 3. Le Havre will host seven games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, June 8 – 28.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News


.......... WEEK 13, 2019 ..........


ABB wins contract to power the first Chinese-built cruise vessel
ABB has been awarded a contract to supply an integrated package, including two Azipod® steerable propulsion systems, for the construction of China’s first ever home-grown cruise ship. ABB’s deep domain knowledge in cruise technology coupled with its local expertise makes it the perfect partner to support this significant milestone in the evolution of China’s shipbuilding industry. The 323-meter vessel, due for delivery in 2023, can accommodate 5,000 passengers and is designed to suit the tastes of Chinese cruise travelers whose numbers are expected to rise to 8-10 million annually by 2025, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). With this project, China is making great strides in cruise shipbuilding. We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders, and our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled know-how of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close cooperation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China,” said Mr. Gang Chen, General Manager of Shanghai Waogaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. ABB will supply an integrated package to the vessel including two Azipod® units which are proven to cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent, reduce noise and vibration and offer 360-degree maneuverability. The drive motor of the Azipod® is located in a submerged pod below the hull of the ship and has been an industry benchmark in environment-friendly cruise technology since its launch in 1990. We are truly honored to be part of this breakthrough project for China’s first home-built cruise vessel,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation division, ABB. “ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands.

The package also includes a complete electric power plant concept with electricity generators, main switchboards, distribution transformers and a propulsion control system for moving the Azipod® units from the bridge. The Azipod® units can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency. The digital system includes remote diagnostics capabilities, which enable connectivity to ABB Ability TM Collaborative Operation Centers. Overall, ABB’s technology will boost the performance of the ship while increasing passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and lowering emissions. The vessel will support a flourishing Chinese cruise market, which is expected to rival that of the United States over the next decade or two, according to the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association. With the potential of China’s vast consumer market, as well as rapid developments in domestic shipbuilding, the country is expected to generate a significant demand for cruise travel in the next decade and is widely anticipated to become one of the world’s leading cruise nations. As the maritime industry moves towards new energy sources and autonomous operations, ABB’s electric, digital and connected technologies are redefining the future, bringing new levels of reliability, efficiency and sustainability to shipping in China, and across the globe. The new vessel will be part of a fleet of Chinese-built cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, a joint venture between Carnival Corporation Plc and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Shanghai Waigaoqiao is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSSC. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally.

Source: ABB News


Marine Hotel Association To Cover Entire Cruise Industry at Annual Conference and Trade

The Marine Hotel Association (MHA) is not only focusing on the big and well-known cruise lines at its 34th annual conference and trade show in Naples, Florida, March 31 to April 2, 2019, but also reaching out to exclusive luxury brands and expedition cruise lines, as well as river cruises and ferry operators. Huge Market Potential: The overall cruise industry is set to grow from about 380 ships and an annual passenger capacity of approximately 27.8 million passengers this year to more than 500 ships and 40 million passengers by 2027, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. Market Segments: To make it easier to tackle, the market can be segmented, allowing vendors to target not only the mass market, but also the luxury and expedition brands globally. Small-Ship Speaker: Attending the 2019 conference and trade show will be representatives from the luxury and expedition brands, including Windstar, whose president, John Delaney, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, April 1. Culinary Showcase: Some of the top chefs and culinary minds in the cruise industry will kick off the event on March 31 by taking part in the MHA’s inaugural Culinary Showcase. The talented chefs will be on hand at the Naples Grande and will prepare their own custom creations for an audience of suppliers, cruise industry executives and other key players in Naples. The event will utilize the hotel’s Sunset Deck and Vista Ballroom, and will be a full evening of culinary delights running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lindblad recently rounded out the line up, adding to a strong culinary roster for the event.

Trade Show Event - The MHA's trade show runs on Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, with vendors, cruise lines and other key parties all together on the trade show floor. Conference sessions are run strategically before the trade show doors open to keep the group together. Tuesday Speakers: A new culinary and innovation panel will be the highlight Tuesday morning. Panel participants will share their expertise on culinary developments within the industry as well as comment on innovation, new concepts, partnerships, and issues around sustainability and managing the supply chain. The panel will also feature a short question and answer session with the audience.

Scholarship - Additional show and membership revenue is funneled back into the MHA's trademark scholarship program. Over 8,000 shipboard and shoreside staff have benefited from attending these programs with their tuition covered by MHA Scholarship funds.

Strategic Message -The MHA started the year off with a new strategic message issued by John McGirl, president of the MHA and Chief Operating Officer of The World, Residences at Sea The MHA is a not-for-profit, international association run by and for the cruise industry and dedicated to enhancing the onboard guest experience," McGirl wrote. “This will be achieved by providing active forums for open dialogue between the industry and a broad range of vendor partners and raising the level of cruise industry talent by creating opportunities for professional development and career growth. The conference and trade show remains the only event of its kind dedicated to the marine hotel sector. Our not-for-profit status makes our events accessible and affordable for every level of the marine hotel organization and provides an entry point for new suppliers to gain access to the sector without sacrificing any aspect of the experience,” McGirl said. “In fact, because we are run by a voluntary board of marine hotel executives and supplier companies, we pride ourselves on offering a truly exceptional conference and tradeshow mirroring the standards and quality we aspire to onboard all our respective vessels. The Marine Hotel Association’s conference and trade show takes place at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

Source: Cruise Industry News


.......... WEEK 12, 2019 ..........

Port Canaveral and Carnival Break Ground on New Cruise Terminal
At a space-themed ceremony today, the Canaveral Port Authority and longtime cruise partner Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral new Cruise Terminal 3 complex. The new terminal, dubbed the Launch Pad, will be the home of Mardi Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, beginning in 2020. Port Authority Commissioners and the Port’s leadership team joined Carnival Cruise Line executives for the ceremonial groundbreaking at the project site as NASA’s “Spaceman” planted a Carnival Cruise Line flag on a simulated lunar landscape. The event theme, “Go for Launch,” was a nod to the Port’s key role with the U.S. space program and the terminal’s futuristic design, which was inspired by nearby Kennedy Space Center. The $163 million terminal project – the largest in the Port’s 65-year history – is scheduled for completion in May 2020 and will be ready for the arrival of Mardi Gras to her year-round Port Canaveral homeport in October 2020. Today’s groundbreaking is a historic milestone for our Port and underscores the long-standing partnership we have with Carnival,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray said. “The trust and confidence we’ve earned with our great cruise partner has been the foundation of success and we are excited for what the future holds. We’re building a great new terminal, for an innovative new ship, and looking forward to welcoming home Mardi Gras.” Added Carnival President Christine Duffy, “We began our operations from Port Canaveral nearly 30 years go – coincidentally with our original ship of the same name. We’ve had a great relationship with Port Canaveral during that time and we’re proud, honored and excited that our newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, will sail from the new Terminal 3. We are pleased to be the port’s number one cruise line and Mardi Gras promises to be a spectacular addition to the Space Coast.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Bigger and Better Than Ever
As the world's largest cruise port operator, Global Ports Holding (GPH) is focused not only on expansion, but also on continuous improvement. "We learn from every new port we have the privilege of operating and we add that knowledge to our standard operating procedures so every port in our network can benefit," says Emre Sayin, CEO of GPH. The latest steps in that journey have seen GPH expanding to operate 18 ports, 16 of which are cruise ports. Among its latest additions, Zadar in Croatia helps consolidate the company's position in the Mediterranean, while Havana and Antigua where the company recently signed a 30-year concession agreement for exclusive port operations are its first ports in the Caribbean. Sayin reveals that the company intends to build a fifth pier at Antigua to accommodate the largest ships in the market - and it's likely to look for further ports in the region. The Caribbean is the oldest and biggest region for cruising, so it attracts new and increasingly large ships," he says. “Those ships need places to go and that demands infrastructure investment, developing the ports as well as the destinations, and expertise in managing operations with a lot of passengers. We have the business model, the knowhow and the investment to bring to the Caribbean governments that want to develop their ports and make them future-ready. As well as optimising all its ports in terms of design, efficient operations and passenger flow, it has identified some unique areas of focus to enhance the guest experience. One key priority is providing the right information and services for the growing number of guests who choose to explore a destination independently rather than joining a shore excursion something that the municipal information points found in many ports can't deliver. We introduced Guest Information Centres (GICs) in all our ports, with staff dedicated to serving cruise guests and providing information about what the destination can provide for them,” explains Sayin. “We also collect feedback at GICs and provide various services that are often sought by guests, from transportation to electric wheelchairs to umbrellas. We work with cruise lines on this, to improve the experience and satisfaction of the ports and destinations." Retail is another area that is being transformed. “Retail in cruise ports is an underinvested, under-researched area," says Saying. The retail experience in the port should complement retail in the destination and

on the ship, not compete with it or replicate what's been done elsewhere as it does in an airport." GPH is designing that retail experience for cruise guests, which will launch in Barcelona before being propagated throughout the network. Cruise guests only have a few hours at a destination, and they should spend that time enjoying the destination instead of carrying packages around and worrying about where to find the best local goods and souvenirs," says Sayin. “Our retail experience will include the best local products and souvenirs, so guests can spend their day exploring and then buy local products and souvenirs at the port before they get back on the ship. A consistent focus on clear standards supports GPH's success in operating its growing number of ports. “We've put all our guidelines, standards and operating procedures together in a book, which we call the GPH codes and policies," says Saying. Some of those best practice guidelines are put together by our own team, but we also look at the best policies and codes out there and bring them together in the best way possible.

Our security code, for example, encompasses two separate ISO codes as well as the International Ship and Port Facility Security code so all three are taken care of automatically. It's also more detailed and descriptive so the team knows exactly what to do. For instance, it includes the minimum resolution of cameras and the minimum number of passengers that need to be screened details that aren't usually included in the codes to minimise guesswork. Environmental practices are also under the spotlight. Having identified a code for environmental practices, GPH is now working to gain EcoPorts certification for all its ports. The first three ports Bodrum and Kuşadası in Turkey and Malaga in Spain - will be finalised within the next couple of months, and the others will follow very soon afterwards, says Sayin. In advance of the new International Maritime Organization fuel regulation, GPH is also helping cruise ships to change their scrubbers during calls to its ports, instead of spending time and money going into dry dock. In addition, says the company is working with local authorities to enable LNG provisioning at some of its ports, to prepare for the growing number of LNG ships coming into the market over the next few years. Operating for bigger ships is top of the GPH agenda, and Sayin says investments are set for both new and existing ports. “We're looking at how we can expand facilities and improve infrastructure in Malta, for example, to provide space for the next generation of ships. This involves the turning basin as well as the length of the pier and the space between piers, as ships are getting wider as well as taller. We also look at equipment to address areas like security and work with cruise lines to enable faster check-in and check-out for those ships. GPH is also dedicating terminals and piers at ports like Malaga, Lisbon and Bodrum for the rapidly-growing luxury cruise market. “We provide luxury cruise operators with an exclusive space and we're looking at the services we can offer in those terminals, from local art to exclusive events," says Sayin. New technologies are both fuelling and enabling these trends, and Sayin is looking forward to working with cruise lines on key areas of interest. “Both consumer technology and enterprise-grade technology will provide opportunities for us," says Sayin. “Artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition, combined with smartphones, offer interesting possibilities in terminals. We can look at various check in systems using facial recognition, security supported by behavioural recognition, facial recognition and AI, and at optimising our operations and flows using cameras, AI and facial recognition to measure how people move through the terminal. In a time of continued growth for the cruise market, Sayin is looking forward to GPH's continued growth. “The bigger we get the more we know," he says. “And the more we know the more we will improve and develop.” C&F.
Source: Global Port Holding

Industry Target: $11 Billion Net Income
The cruise industry could be generating more than $11 billion in net income by 2027 based on total revenues in the range of $60 billion and a net income margin of 18 percent according to the Cruise Industry News 2019 Annual Report. The $60 billion revenue estimate is based on the industry carrying approximately 40 million passengers generating a conservative average of $1,500 for each passenger in ticket and onboard spend per cruise industry-wide. About the Annual Report- The Cruise Industry News Annual Report is the only book of its kind, presenting

the worldwide cruise industry through 2027 in 400 pages.Statistics are independently researched. The report covers everything from new ships on order to supply-and-demand scenarios from 1987 through 2027+. Plus there is a future outlook, complete growth projections for each cruise line, regional market reports, and detailed ship deployment by region and market, covering all the cruise lines.

Panama seeks an operator for its new cruise terminal
The Panama Maritime Authority issued a tender for the operation and maintenance of the new Panama Cruise Terminal. The tender has been published in the Official Gazette and is due to be posted before month's end at www.panamacompra.gob.pa. This facility is being built at Panama City's Amador Causeway, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Two large ships up to 380 meters/1,247 feet each will be able to berth at a finger pier.

First cruise calls by year's end

Jorge Barakat Pitty, minister of maritime affairs and administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, hopes that an operator will be selected to begin work by October, with the first cruise ships expected on transit calls before year's end. Earlier this year, Barakat told Seatrade Cruise News more than 50 berthing requests have been received, most by Caribbean operators in conjunction with Panama Canal transits. But the goal is for homeport operations by 2021, and a number of proposed itineraries have been developed to that end.

New South Pacific route
These include a new 14-day South Pacific route that springs from an agreement between Panama and Chile to work together to promote cruising. While the Panama Cruise Terminal will be able to take ships starting this year, the $166m first phase of the facility is set for 2020 completion. It will be up to Panama's next government to decide on the second phase. In future, a jetty can add room for two more ships of the same size, while a fifth (smaller) vessel could potentially berth alongside the breakwater. MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago recently toured the construction site.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News
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