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Cruise Tourism Destination News Summary - Week 24

Carnival Cruise Line 2020 Australia Program Largest Yet
Carnival Cruise Line today launched its 2020 program in Australia, with a record number of 77 sailings to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

On sale July 2018, Carnival's 2020 program includes the first full year of sailings for Carnival Splendor, sailing from Sydney.
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Cruise Gate Hamburg Responds to Football Fever
Responding to the football fever generated by the current world cup being played in Russia, Hamburg Steinwerder cruise terminal will be showing games on a giant screen for guests embarking cruises between June 14 and July 15.

According to Cruise Gate Hamburg, the operator of the terminal, the games taking place will be broadcast live on days with ship calls.
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Cruise Industry News Summary - Week 24 - Year 2018



Royal Caribbean Buys Silversea
Royal Caribbean Cruises and Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio, majority owner of Silversea Cruises, today announced an agreement for Royal Caribbean to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises.

Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion.
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Onorato: ‘Lot of Opportunity’ For Another MSC New Build
Our target is to grow organically,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. We see a lot of opportunity for our company.

Market demands are driving that growth, as MSC confirmed another newbuild order on Thursday, giving the company a pipeline of 13 new builds from 2017 through 2026.

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Schulte Group sets up capital investment arm
Germany’s Schulte Group is expanding into maritime capital fund management, with the recent launching of Hanseatic Capital Management (HCM), where it is the anchor investor.

HCM’s investment focus will be maritime real assets, specifically merchant vessels. Management comprises experts from various industries and backgrounds, who combine a wealth of experience in both the shipping and investment sectors.

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Pullmantur and Emirates Join Forces for 16,000 Airline Seats This Winter
Pullmantur Cruceros has announced an agreement with Emirates for 16,000 airline seats this coming winter for service between Madrid, Barcelona and Dubai.

Pullmantur will be introducing its new seven-day winter program sailing from Dubai starting Dec. 8 aboard the Horizon.
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Latest Cruise Industry Uodates - Week 22


Scanship wins AWP retrofit contract for cruise ship MV Corinthian
Scanship Holding ASA, through its subsidiary Scanship AS, has been awarded a retrofit contract by Grand Circle Corporation to deliver and install a Scanship AWP system on the MV Corinthian.

The cruise ship, originally built and launched in Italy 1990, is operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line. The Scanship system when installed, will purify all grey and black water according to IMO Marpol MEPC 227(64) including chapter 4.2 for special area where also nitrogen and phosphorus will be removed.

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Havana's Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast
Since the first Miami-to-Havana cruise in decades sailed in 2016, operators have steadily waded back into the market.

Their entry has been slow by design even as demand stayed strong: Red tape, government approval, and limited physical capacity combined to keep Cuba a destination popular with cruisers but not yet overrun.

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A golden age for the Med but ports need to prepare for the new generation of large ships
We are living in a golden age', remarked Airam Diaz Pastor addressing his first MedCruise General Assembly as president of the port association.

Over 140 member ports, destinations and service providers from across the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas gathered in Valletta heard Diaz Pastor list capacity growth, closer collaboration between MedCruise and the cruise lines, and with the EU, the amount of investment being spent on new port infrastructure across the Med, as positives.

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Source: www.seatrade-cruise.com

The slow death of cruise etiquette and tradition

I was recently asked to indirectly write an article for Conde Nast on "Cruise Etiquette".

My mind quickly turned to images of Gala Night, the Captains Cocktail and the Sail-away Party. However, as I pondered on these time honored events, upon recalling my most recent experiences, I soon came to the conclusion that both cruise etiquette and tradition was dying a slow death and perhaps for good reason.

The Cruise Industry was once seemingly the exclusive right of the elite, who sailed the seven seas on board ocean liners, whereby the ticket price was exceptionally high and 0.001% of the world's population could realistically afford a cruise. The pomp and pageantry of maritime tradition was in full flow during this period and one only needs to watch the Titanic film to get a sense of how life used to be on board.

Then in the 1970's came the "Love Boat" Soap Opera which attracted the longing attention of the masses "my mother is still in love with the Captain". Cruise etiquette was suddenly on show for the masses. Sadly however, the old Princess Cruises ship that featured in the series was recently scrapped with barely a protest, which is a clear sign of the times.

With around 10 new mega ships coming into service each year to cater for around 22 million passengers, the volume of first time cruisers curious about "Cruise Etiquette" is becoming less and less. Many of the emerging markets entering the cruise world have their own take on cruising and never even saw an episode of the "Love Boat" series.

Apart from the die hard traditionalists, which tend to favor smaller classic vessels, the etiquette and tradition of cruising is pretty much doomed when looking forward.

In fact, when one considers the unnecessary hassle, over commercialization and somewhat fake ambience generated by some of the events linked to etiquette and tradition, it's no wonder that such practices are on the decline.

Here are some classic examples of traditions that take place on Gala night:

GALA NIGHT SCENARIOS
The dress code is traditionally formal, preferably with a dinner suit, bow tie, cummerbund and trimmings to match for the men and a stunning cocktail dress for the ladies. It's of course nice to see people dress up and make the effort. However, when you are suited and booted and forced to share a Restaurant with the casual crowd in Jeans or even sometimes shorts, it's a real atmosphere killer!

Then the Gala Night itself is usually a non-event. Sometimes forced queues just to have a picture with the Captain who is bored out of his brain and no wonder with often thousands of people to meet and greet in repetition! More queues are generated to participate in the Captain's Cocktail, which features a free drink, music and the same old speeches, which nearly always leaves one with the feeling of an anti-climax.

Then of course, there is the "Baked Alaska Parade" that used to always appear on Gala Nightin the Restaurant. This features a long line of waiters carrying the "Baked Alaska", with a candle and/or a sparkler on top. This is now somewhat of a rare sight, but with most cruise lines there is nothing to replace it.

Finally after a hearty breakfast with snacks at 11am and a full on lunch followed by afternoon tea, leading up to a 7 course dinner, the Gallery is often forced to produce a Magnifique Buffet at midnight! Of course the culture of some is still unfortunately "I paid for it so I'm having it" hence the practice still lives on board some vessels, although less and less cruise lines are maintaining the Midnight Buffet concept.

What's interesting is that River Cruises on average maintain nearly all of these traditions and forms of etiquette.

Suffice to say that all these traditions and forms of etiquette were fine for their time, however the cruise lines must move on and now find new imaginative and innovative ways to capture the hearts and minds of their Guests.

Top 10 cities experiencing the greatest Cruise tourist volumes

 

A common theme these days is congestion in port cities, caused by the rapid rise and seemingly exponential growth of the Cruise Industry. Here below, are the world's top 10 port cities experiencing the greatest Cruise Tourism visitors:

1. Miami: 4.9 million passengers
Known to many as the capital of the Cruising! Home Port base for Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Oceania and Regent among others.

2. Port Canaveral: 3.9 million passengers
Certainly one of the fastest growing ports in North America and perfectly located for a twin Center vacation (Cruise and Stay) in Orlando. The $150 million new passenger Terminal, supported its recent rise in passenger volume. Port Canaveral is the home base for Disney Cruise Line.

3. Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale: 3.7 million passengers
This port destination claims to offer more Cruise Lines, more sailings and more itineraries than anywhere else on the planet. Port Everglades opened the world’s largest Cruise Terminal in 2009 and became the base for the once world’s largest ships “Oasis of the Seas”.

4. Cozumel, Mexico: 3.6 million passengers
Situated on Mexico’s largest Caribbean Island, just off the Yucatan peninsula, featuring beautiful beaches, mangrove forests and wonderful nature, as well as extreme sports and mainstream activities.

5. Shanghai International Port, China: 2.8 million passengers
Shanghai skyrocketed towards the top half of the list in the past few years, mainly as a result of China’s relaxed visa restrictions for Cruise passengers introduced in 2015. For example foreign tourists arriving to Shanghai on a Cruise, are now permitted to stay in the city for up to 15 days. Cruise Lines are beginning however to complain about the yield of Chinese Cruises and with restrictions calling to Taiwan and Korea, it may have a Commercial impact in coming years.

6. Barcelona, Spain: 2.6 million passengers
Europe’s number one! In 2018 Barcelona will possess 7 Cruise Terminals, however it’s not all plain sailing as many local residents are starting to complain that the city is rapidly turning into a theme park for adults.

7. Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy: 2.3 million passengers
Strategically located 1.5 hours from the eternal city of Rome. Civitavecchia is a strong Home Port for Italians and a major Mediterranean transit port, fearing an array of Shore Excursions to Rome.

8. Nassau, Bahamas: 2 million passengers - A lively and tropical Cruise HUB, Nassau is ideally located as a port of call close to the top 3 of the world’s embarkation ports in Florida (mentioned above). 

9. Galveston: 1.7 million passengers
 Galveston overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is the ideal west Caribbean embarkation port. Once a playground of the rich in the 19th Century, today Galveston is not so well known outside of Cruising circles.

10. Grand Cayman: 1.7 million passengers
Gateway to stunning beaches and the famous Stingray City excursion. Cruise ships are forced to tender in Grand Cayman, which often takes away the pleasure of the experience.

Where is Southampton I here the British reading this article saying? Well Southampton came 11th and was pipped to the post by Grand Cayman. Venice hit a lowly 13th place and this wonderful city is unlikely to grow further, due to protests and restrictions coming into force.
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