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2 Cruise ships in port at the time of the Barcelona terror attack

No doubt all readers have seen the horrendous scenes on mainstream media, whereby at least 13 people were killed and a further 100+ injured, following an act of terror caused by a van which targeted pedestrians at speed in the the popular tourist area Las Ramblas, close to Barcelona port.

There were actually 2 cruise ships berthed at the port of Barcelona during the time of the terror attack, which were P&O Britannia and TUI Discovery 2. According to reports coming from a passenger on board P&O Britannia, the Captain announced that he would sail close to the Spanish coastline to enable passengers to phone let their families know of their safe. Moreover, has informed head office at Carnival UK in Southampton that all passengers and crew were back on board safe and sound.

At this juncture, there is no news about the passengers and crew on board the TUI Discovery 2 operated by Thomson Cruises.

While Spain has been on terror alert since 2015, the country has not witnessed any terrorist attacks since the coordinated explosion of bombs on the commuter train in Madrid on 11th March 2004, which resulted in 192 dead and more than 2,000 wounded. In the past year, there have been 8 attacks around Europe, which is alarming.

Our hearts and minds go out to all the victims and their families in Barcelona.

Indonesian Government plans to develop a new Cruise Terminal in the port of Benoa, Bali

The Indonesian Government is beginning to warmly embrace Cruise Tourism following its recent announcement that the development of a new Cruise Terminal in Benoa, Bali which commences in September 2017. The completion date is rather ambitious with a deadline of December 2018 featuring a 1 year and 3 months development period. The new Benoa Cruise Terminal will be designed to accommodate the new generation of Mega Cruise ships.

This news follows a recent statement by the Minister of Tourism that docking fees for Cruise ships will be reduced by 50%, which no doubt will attract Cruise Lines.

On the North less developed side of Bali, the Government plans to invest in Celukan Bawang Port with a Pontoon to enable Mega ships to Tender into port. 

Interestingly, Dream Cruises aim to open new exciting itineraries to Indonesian ports sailing out of Singapore with the Genting Dream starting this coming winter, with calls scheduled to Jakarta, Surabaya and Celukan Bawang.

Indonesia features 18,000 Islands with over 2,500 ports, hence the country uniquely offers spectacular variety of Shore Excursion such as ethnic Indian Camp experiences, fascinating cultures, stunning scenery, adventure tours, natural wonders and world best beaches.

The Crystal Espirit tops the Passenger Crew Ratio study

Ever wondered how many crew members there are serving one passenger? A study by Cruise Watch passenger will tell you just that.

The below list of Cruise ships is sorted by the best ratio first, which clearly indicates which ship has the most crew ratio available per passenger.

# Ship Passenger / Crew Ratio
1Crystal Esprit1 : 1.5
2SeaDream I1 : 0.86
3SeaDream II1 : 0.86
4Silver Explorer1 : 0.85
5Seabourn Encore1 : 0.78
6Silver Shadow1 : 0.76
7Silver Whisper1 : 0.76
8Star Breeze1 : 0.76
9Star Legend1 : 0.76
10Star Pride1 : 0.76

Crucial Cruise Ship HACCP Sanitation Internationally Certificated Course required for Crew

The need to correctly follow a high level of Sanitation standards and procedures on board a cruise ship is an absolute requirement for all Crew Members, in particular for those that handle food or are involved in food-related operations. This is also true for Crew Members who come into contact with Guests or execute cleaning duties of any nature. Therefore to assure Healthy and Hygienic conditions of all Crew and Guests alike, it is vitally important to that Crew are trained, understand and are aware of the Public Health challenges faced within the unique Shipboard environment.

8 Public Health challenges on board a Cruise Ship

1. Closed Micro Community
Guests and Crew live in a closed environment, meaning the risk of illnesses is higher.

2. Dense Population
Large numbers of Guests and Crew in a relatively small surface area.

3. International Guests and CrewGuests and Crew come from different countries which leads to a greater risk of carrying illnesses.

4. Mobile and Interactive Population
Population onboard is moving around with high levels of interaction.

5. Rapid Turnover
Guests and Crew change (embark/disembark) frequently.

6. Variable Quality and Safety of Provisions
As food provisions arrive in very high volumes, it is nearly impossible to check if all food items are of the best quality all the time.

7. Potential for Explosive Disease Outbreaks
This is due to a closed environment, where the risk for exposure to disease outbreaks may be high.

8. No Standardized Medical Care System
Even though there are Hospitals on board, their capabilities may be not adequate to treat certain diseases and incidents.

The consequences of foodborne illnesses
  • Loss of future passengers and cabin sales
  • Loss of prestige and reputation
  • Lawsuits resulting in Lawyer and Court fees
  • Increased Insurance premiums
  • Low Employee morale
  • Employee absenteeism
  • Need for retraining employees
  • Public and Media embarrassment
Current Status
Until now most Sanitation Training within the Cruise Industry has occurred onboard the ship, while on the job in a pressured environment. Usually the procedures are followed according to the ships standards, however a deep understanding on the topic is rarely mastered and there is always room for improvement. Now Crew and Managers alike can take an Online HACCP Sanitation course designed especially for Ships and obtain international HACCP certification.

New Online HACCP Certificated Course
This Online HACCP course will transmit an in depth understanding of the most important issues concerning Sanitation on board all Cruise ships.

The Training Program includes: 
  • The role of HACCP in reducing food safety risks.
  • How to identify and control hazards.
  • The importance of Prerequisites as a foundation of HACCP 
  • How to initiate a HACCP system and apply the 7 HACCP principles 
  • The process of implementing HACCP in a food facility 
  • How to validate and verify HACCP is working 
  • How to audit and keep HACCP relevant 
The Online HACCP course was created by Progress International and the Certificate is issued by CAST CONSULT, which is certified by the QMS Cert, accreditation body. The Certificate is valid for 3 years from the date issue and recognized worldwide.

Who is the Online HACCP course suitable for?
  • New Hires desiring to enter the Cruise Industry, as it will support your recruitment application. 
  • Recruitment Agencies that desire to recruit certified personnel for Cruise Lines. 
  • Existing Crew and Managers to further validate their experience in the field of Sanitation. 
  • Cruise Lines that desire to certificate their Crew.
How much does the course cost?
  • Individual cost $35 USD.
  • Discounts are offered to Recruitment Agencies and Cruise Lines for bulk processing.
To register for the Online HACCP certificated course visit: HACCP Training Online

For more information contact:

Update on the Chinese Cruise Market with a Growth Track from 2018 to 2025


As of 2017 the Chinese Cruise market is being served by 20 ships overall, all of which are sourcing locally. This in reality amounts to a total capacity of approximately 3 million passengers. Note that this significant figure includes the new vessels frequenting Chinese waters, namely the Majestic Princess and Norwegian Joy.

To demonstrate current growth levels in more tangible terms, the year-on-year capacity is up a staggering 33.8% in 2017 from 2016.

It’s not all good news and growth however, because in 2018, both the Majestic Princess and the the MSC Splendida will be sailing seasonally in China, whereas previously they both announced year-round deployment within China. Moreover, other ships, from Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises, that were previously announced to be entering the market in this time period, have since been deployed elsewhere.

Moving forward, the 2018 total estimated capacity is expected to be around 3.3 million passengers, up 11% from 2017. In 2019 it is likely that we will see only a slight increase from the late-year introductions of the first of 2 Costa new builds in addition to a second Norwegian ship for China. Capacity is projected to move up by 1.1% to 3.4 million passengers.

The first big bump up, based on announced deployment, happens in 2020 with full-year service of the first of 2 Costa ships that would have entered into service in 2019, plus the introduction of a second new Costa ship, and the first of two new builds by Star Cruises. Capacity will be up 11.5% at this juncture to more than 3.7 million passengers.

With a second new build from Star Cruises in 2021 and 2 new builds from Carnival’s domestic brand slated to enter service in 2023 and 2024, the forecast for capacity is expected to reach in the region of 5.5 million by 2025.
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