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All Dad jokes aside, P&O Cruises Australia announces dates for ‘The Kiwi Big Laugh’ 2020
Oh buoy! Shake your sea legs and get ready for some raucous laughter because P&O Cruises’ annual comedy festival at sea is back for a third time in 2020. Park the dad jokes and leave the banter to the professionals on Pacific Aria’s three-night comedy cruise which departs Auckland on September 4 – just in time for Father’s Day.
Source: Late Cruise News

Paul Gauguin Cruises launches Moana Explorer program
Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering the Moana Explorer program exploring Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. In partnership with Te mana o te moana, a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, the Moana Explorer program invites children and teens, ages 7-15, to discover and value the natural wonders of the South Pacific through hands-on, interactive learning on board and ashore. Every day of the voyage, there is a combination of naturalist-led island and/or beach excursions, science activities, crafts, games, and other adventures.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Ponant has opened sales for Le Commandant-Charcot’s summer 2021 Arctic itineraries.
The hybrid electric ship will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and the first luxury passenger vessel to travel to the Geographic North Pole at 90 ° north latitude. Winter 2021-2022 cruises in Antarctica will open for bookings on December 5, 2019 and are currently available for pre-bookings, the company said in a statement. New itineraries include the geographic North Pole, the eastern coast of Greenland, the Northwest Passage, the Ross Sea, and the Charcot and Peter I Islands. Usually inaccessible to a classically-designed ship at this time of the year because of the ice floe, the vessel’s innovative routing software and PC2 Polar Class hull makes it possible to slip through the naturally-formed channels in the ice and the ship’s powerful engines are able it to free itself when necessary from denser sea ice, according to a press release. The inaugural cruise of Le Commandant-Charcot sails between Iceland and Greenland. Highlights include a stop where the Pourquoi Pas ? IV sunk off the coast of the Alftanes Peninsula for a small ceremony in memoriam, an excursion on Jan Mayen Island to explore the volcanic rock and wild tundra, and a journey through the Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord network. The cruise sails 15 days from Le Havre to Reykjavik with pricing starting at $18,150 per person. Another sailing, At the Genesis of the French Polar Expeditions, offers an 11-day cruise that will sail along the east coast of Greenland offering a unique opportunity to explore shores that long remained isolated due to a thick layer of ice that protected the coastline. Le Commandant-Charcot will sail north from the region of Ammassalik to the coast of Blosseville – this wild region of jagged peaks was identified in 1833 by Commander Blosseville during a voyage that caused his disappearance and that of his crew. In August 2021 the ship heads to the North Pole, setting sail from Spitsbergen for 16 days with pricing starting at $29,100 per person.
Source: Cruise Industry News

NCL changing itineraries across three brands amid Cuba Ban
The extremely abbreviated timeframe for compliance with the new travel restrictions to Cuba has aggravated the impact to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ earnings estimates. The company explained that it is in the process of modifying all itineraries across its three brands that included calls to ports in Cuba. The modification of these itineraries, the substantial discounts offered, the accommodation of cancellations and changes to reservations, incremental marketing investment, along with the protection of travel agent commissions will result in an estimated impact to Adjusted EPS for full year 2019 of approximately USD 0.35 to USD 0.45, the company said. The Trump Administration’s move to ban cruise ships from docking in Cuba became effective June 5. The decision was revealed earlier in June and included the change in authorized travel to Cuba under the people-to-people program and prohibition of travel to Cuba via cruise ships.
Source: World Maritime News

Antarctica21 is offering new expeditions this year to Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia in late September and October on the new Magellan Explorer.
“These remote islands in the South Atlantic Ocean are awe-inspiring and a wonderful place for our adventure-seeking guests to discover,” said Mariano Curiel, Antarctica21’s Director of Expeditions. “The Falkland Islands are rich in wildlife and culture and South Georgia is one of the wildest places travelers can visit. Its extreme landscapes frame vibrant beaches that host marine life in a way that is incomparable to anything else.¨The first itinerary departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, sails across the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams and then heads south to Cape Horn with an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay. En route to the Falkland Islands, there will be a chance to spot seabirds such as albatross and petrels. This seven-night wilderness adventure itinerary is offered in late September and October 2020, with three different departures. The additional offering combines a visit to the Falklands with an in-depth voyage to South Georgia. Embarking from Port Stanley, the expedition will explore the Falkland Islands over three days. This 14-night wilderness adventure itinerary is offered October 3-17, 2020 and starts at $9,990 USD per person in the Porthole Cabin category. To facilitate arrival to the Falklands, packages offering hotel accommodation is Santiago or Punta Arenas, and flights to the Falkland Islands are available through Antarctica21. Antarctica21´s Magellan Explorer is a new modern vessel custom-designed for Antarctic operations. The ship will make its maiden voyage to Antarctica on November 28, 2019. 
Source: Cruise Industry News

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line unveiled the better than new Sirena, fresh from her dramatic re-inspiration. 
The top to bottom rebuild, which has resulted in a better than new ship, is part of the $100+ million OceaniaNEXT brand enhancement program. Boasting 342 completely new staterooms and suites along with dramatically transformed public spaces, Sirena debuts some additional refinements above and beyond what was done to the line’s Insignia, the first of six ships to undergo the re-inspiration process. Some of the additional enhancements above and beyond the work carried out on Insignia includes: Brand-new entry doors for all suites and staterooms. Full-length mirrors in all suites and staterooms. Additional 100-volt sockets on each side of the bed in all accommodations. New wall sconces in the Spa. Additional crystal chandeliers in the public spaces and stair lobbies. Topping off the awe-inspiring transformation of the Sirena are elements of the multi-million-dollar art collection that are unique, even personal expressions that are emblematic of the brand’s very personal nature. Hanging prominently in the re-styled Bar Istas, the ship’s social hub and coffee bar, is an original by the legendary Jacques Pepin which was specially commissioned for the Sirena. At the center of the ship, the deck and a half tall French-glass mirror that crowns the ship’s Reception Lobby and iconic Grand Staircase contains a hand-painted willow tree that symbolizes balance, learning, growth, and harmony. Insignia, the first of the ships to be re-inspired, aptly features a Tree of Life which portends positive energy and a bright future. Nearby in the Reception Lobby, is a commissioned piece by Soumiya Lakshmi Krishnaswamy that hangs next to the portrait of Claudine Pepin, the ship’s Godmother. 
Source: Travel Pulse

UnCruise Adventures adds additional Latin American destinations in 2020 with Belize, Guatemala and Colombia chosen for new adventure cruise routes. 
The line’s 2020 schedule of small ship cruises is open for booking with nine ships sailing in Alaska, Columbia and Snake Rivers, Coastal Washington, Mexico, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Belize and Guatemala.
Source: Late Cruise News

Disney Cruise Line launches holiday celebrations
In fall 2020, Disney Cruise Line will launch Halloween and winter holiday celebrations on sailings departing from New York, California, Texas and Florida. The 2020 fall season offers a range of itineraries that will visit a variety of tropical locales, with most sailings featuring that extra-special Disney holiday sparkle. Bookings open to the public starting 13 June 2019. More details on 2020 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2020 page of
Source: Travel Daily Media

P&O celebrates newbuild milestone for New Iona
A key stage in the construction of the P&O Iona has been marked at Meyer Werft as the P&O newbuild and yard team celebrated the milestone with the traditional coin-laying ceremony for the 180,000-ton LNG-fueled vessel. A bronze coin from the historic Iona Abbey and a slice of precious green Iona marble from the island were placed under the block housing the bow thrusters before the block was then lowered onto these items. P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “This was an auspicious occasion in Iona’s build. The coin-laying is a long-held ship-building tradition which is to bring good luck to the ship and its crew through from construction to the future at sea. “It is very special to think that a small part of the island of Iona will live within our own Iona. We hope that the qualities of beauty, heritage, pride, camaraderie, mutual support and loyalty from the island which attracted us to the name will be inherent in our ship, its crew and guests. “The build of any ship is an incredible achievement but to see one of this size and scope is an extraordinary feat of skilled design and engineering. To view Iona’s SkyDome take shape was literally breath-taking – no other ship in the world has a glass dome of this quality of construction and scale. The extent of the space on Iona has allowed us to create not only spectacular spaces for shows, entertainment, dining and wellness but also many more intimate spaces for tranquility and relaxation as well as exclusive performances. Iona will be game-changer for holidays.” As part of the ceremony the ship’s central steel block, the mega block, which has already been constructed was floated out on to the water, according to a press release. The 21.5 metre long block weighs 461 tons, is 19.4 metres wide and 9.8 metres high and had to be lifted by a 600 ton crane.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Victory Cruise Lines is introducing six new itineraries for 2020, building on 2019's 'Splendor of the Great Lakes' (Chicago-Toronto) and 'Canadian Crown Jewels' (Montréal-Boston) routes in 2019.
This is the first season the 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II are being operated by American Queen Steamboat Co. 
'North America’s Coastal Connection,' offered on both ships, begins at Ontario's Port Colborne (Niagara Falls) and travels to Chicago in nine days. 
'St. Lawrence Seaway Exploration' on Victory I begins with a pre-cruise overnight in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before departing on an 11-day voyage that ends at Buffalo, New York. 
'Masterpieces of the Great Lakes' on Victory I sails from Chicago to Hamilton, Ontario. 
'Provincial Passage to New England,' on Victory I, sails from Hamilton to Boston in a 13-day journey showcasing the Canadian Maritimes. Beginning with a pre-cruise stay at Niagara Falls, then departing from Hamilton, the cruise sails through Ontario’s Thousand Islands and continues on the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montréal, Québec City, Charlottetown, Halifax and Portland (Maine).
Victory II will operate 'Canada’s Southern Coast,' from Bar Harbor to Port Colborne in a 14-day journey that highlights the Maritime provinces and French Canada. 
'Great Lakes Grand Discovery' on Victory II sails from Chicago to Montréal in a cruise that explores Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the southern Canadian coast.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Carnival to Hold First-Ever Comedy Competition Show at Sea
In partnership with web-media publisher, Thrillist, Carnival Cruise Line announced the launch of a new, mobile-first series called “Island Hoppers”—the world’s first-ever comedy competition show filmed at sea. Its aim is to find the cruise line’s next star comedian to add to Carnival’s roster of performers for its shipboard Punchliner Comedy Clubs. The web series was filmed during a recent Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Horizon and is hosted by award-winning actor James Van Der Beek. Over the course of seven episodes, three up-and-coming comedians compete in entertaining challenges, judged by longtime Punchliner Comedy Club veterans Billy D. Washington, Jodi White and William Lee Martin. Challenges take place both on board and ashore. Contestants must perform their comedy acts while demonstrating creative cocktail-making skills at Carnival Horizon’s Alchemy Bar and deliver their best one-liners as they traverse the heart-racing Mystic Mountain bobsled ride during a call in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Carnival’s onboard Punchliner Comedy Clubs host more comedy performances than any land-based comedy club in the world, entertaining five million guests with 27,000 shows annually across its 26-ship fleet. The Clubs feature a lineup of top-notch talent who perform 30-minute shows—including family-friendly and adults-only sets with multiple showtimes available throughout each voyage. And, of course, all performances are offered to guest audiences on a complimentary basis. Island Hoppers will air June 11, 2019, via Thrillist’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter channels.
Source: Travel Pulse

MSC Meraviglia, the sixth largest cruise ship in the world, will make her U.S. debut in four months when the ship sails two cruises out of New York City before heading to Miami
The two cruises out of New York on MSC Meraviglia to New England and Canada will embark on October 8 and 18, 2019. Guests sailing on board both the October 8th and 18th sailings will visit several highlights of eastern Canada through Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Cruisers will take in the natural beauty of these Canadian hotspots right as the leaves turn to their magnificent fall colors. MSC Meraviglia’s itineraries from Manhattan will also stop in several New England hotspots along the east coast of the U.S. Cruisers will enjoy the charm and vibrant city centers of these coastal towns, while dining on New England favorites. The ship is the 5th ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to feature a Swarovski staircase. Guests will be able to use a NFC bracelet to unlock stateroom doors, make payments on board and book restaurants and shows. Guests will be able to geolocate their children using the MSC Cruises App thanks to Bluetooth Beacons and wearable technology. Guests are able to experience shore excursions in advance using Virtual Reality (“VR”) technology. After MSC Meraviglia’s two round-trip sailings from New York, she will take a 13-night journey through the Caribbean to her new homeport in Miami. Embarking from Manhattan on October 28, 2019, the ship will visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort de France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint George, Grenada; Willemstad, Curaçao; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises’ private island destination opening in November 2019. 
Source: Cruise Fever

Carnival Cruise Line’s historic milestone
Carnival Cruise Line and the Port of Baltimore celebrated a historic milestone with a “Decade of Fun” celebration aboard Carnival Pride to mark the 10-year anniversary of Carnival’s year-round cruising from the port. Carnival launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009 and over the past decade the line as carried more than one million guests. The festivities were highlighted by a reciprocal exchange of maritime gifts with Carnival’s president Christine Duffy presenting the Cruise Maryland’s general manager Cynthia Burman with a ship’s bell while Burman presented Duffy with a maritime international clock.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Scenic Eclipse sea trials surpass expectations
Scenic Eclipse sea trials 'surpassed every expectation,' according to Capt. James Griffiths of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. 'I have worked extensively with Azipods on other ships like Scenic Eclipse’s, and these sea trials confirmed to me how incredibly versatile and powerful they are, particularly when coupled with our oversized bow thrusters,' Griffiths said. He also was 'delighted with how quiet the ship is. She was vibration free and virtually silent during all our trials, exceeding our expectations in terms of stability, maneuverability and performance. Scenic Eclipse really does manage to combine small ship maneuverability with big ship levels of comfort and quietness; it’s quite remarkable to experience it,' Griffiths continued. Scenic Eclipse will now undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior and complete the training of the on-board teams before its entry into service. The inaugural cruise is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Top travel partners to sail onboard Pride of America
Norwegian Cruise Line – in partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines – is reminding Australian and New Zealand trade partners that they still have over two weeks to qualify for a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail onboard Pride of America as part of NCL Legends, their trade recognition program. 
Source: Late Cruise News

Spectrum of the Seas to Overnight in Tokyo for Special Summer 2020 Sailings
In true Royal Caribbean International fashion, Spectrum of the Seas will once again raise the bar in the Asian cruise market as the revolutionary ship plans new overnight stays in Tokyo, Japan in summer 2020. Built to deliver great vacation experiences, the first Quantum Ultra Class ship boasts the cruise line’s first private enclave for suite guests, innovative dining concepts, and stunning features and adventures – many of which have never before been seen at sea. In summer 2020, Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will each sail two special cruises into Tokyo’s brand-new cruise terminal, Shinkyaku Pier, offering guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience to take in the city’s vibrant energy as it comes alive during this exciting time. Spectrum will depart on July 25 and August 2 from Shanghai, China to Tokyo, and Voyager will offer itineraries beginning July 26 out of Hong Kong and August 2 from Tokyo, each staying overnight. Adding to the excitement, Quantum of the Seas will begin sailing from Singapore in 2019, and with both Spectrum and Quantum sailing from Singapore this year, this marks the start of Royal Caribbean’s Double Quantum Year in the region.
Source: Travel Pulse

Alaskan Dream Cruises adds New Itineraries for 2020
Alaskan Dream Cruises is using its new ship, the Kruzof Explorer, for new itineraries in 2020, featuring the most remote edges of Southeast Alaska. A 128-foot, 12-guest expedition vessel, the Kruzof Explorer offers a large outer deck for wildlife viewing, comfortable staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as an expansive dining room, bar and lounge area with panoramic views. It is outfitted with a sport fishing boat, a high-speed Zodiac, kayaks and paddleboards for guests to use on daily adventures. It will sail on the following itineraries in 2020: 7-night “Ultimate Glacier Bay, Wilderness, and Wildlife” from May to Sept., 9-night “Remote Alaska Adventure” from May to Aug., 12-night “Alaska’s Grand Coastal Discovery” on two sailings in July. Also new in 2020, the Alaska Native-owned, 76-passenger Chichagof Dream, will be sailing on the nine-night guest-favorite itinerary: Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn.
Source: Cruise Industry News

First cruise ship of season, Silver Muse, arrives at Port of Nanaimo
The first cruise ship of the season, the 596 guest Silversea Cruises Silver Muse, a luxury cruise line based in Monaco, will dock at the Port of Nanaimo Sunday, June 16. The vessel will arrive from Prince Rupert Sunday at 8 a.m., departing at 10 p.m.
Source: Late Cruise News

Seabourn cuts the first steel
Seabourn has celebrated an important milestone in the construction of its new expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, with the commemorative cutting of the first steel. Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022. The ships are being designed from conception for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalised service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Virgin Voyages Announces New Itineraries for their Adults Only Cruises
Virgin Voyages has announced new itineraries for their adults only cruises after the new travel restrictions were placed on travel to Cuba. Continuing the cruise line’s mission to provide its Sailors with epic day and nighttime experiences, the all new itineraries will feature multiple late-night sail aways, including a midnight departure on all new sailings. Virgin Voyages will now offer five-night Riviera Maya sailings to Cozumel/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Cozumel and Playa del Carmen offer opportunities for Sailors to experience some of the world’s best diving, as the area is home to 26 coral species. Sailors will also have the opportunity to explore ecological and archeological treasures, including Mayan ruins, or even opt to explore neighboring Tulum, the elevated Bohemian sanctuary with picturesque beaches and diverse nightlife. For those who just want a quick getaway, Virgin Voyages’ four-night sailings will now become Fire and Sunset Soirées including a sunset departure from Key West and a midnight departure from Bimini. Sailors will experience the cultural and boating paradise of Key West, paired with a day of rejuvenation in Bimini, Bahamas that’s topped off by an exclusive late-night beach bonfire soiree. This celebration under the stars is exclusive to these sailings, and the artistic fire installations draw inspiration from the fireball sculptures on Branson’s Necker Island and the alluring communal nature of a traditional beachside bonfire. In response to Sailor demand for longer voyages aboard Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages has developed special seven-night sailings for the 2020 festive holiday season. Those looking to get a jump start on their holiday planning can opt for the all-new Holidaze and Nights and New Year’s Ahoy voyages, which fall over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively, and feature stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and late-night sail aways in both Bimini, Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All voyages will feature a stop in Bimini, Bahamas, home to The Beach Club, a private club for Virgin Voyages Sailors while Scarlet Lady is on the island.
Source: Cruise Fever

Princess Cruises celebrates Shark Week
In celebration of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Princess Cruises will once again “sharkify” Caribbean Princess on eight summer sailings, now through 27 July 2019. As part of the cruise line’s Discovery at SEA program, Caribbean Princess will be celebrating sharks all summer with a variety of activities and games that will challenge adults and kids alike on the myths and interesting facts about sharks.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Norwegian Cruise Line reported in project for new dock near Ketchikan
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is said to be partnering with two Alaska businesses on a private dock just north of Ketchikan that could accommodate two mega-ships. The facility would be at Ward Cove, the site of the former Ketchikan Pulp Co. NCLH is partnering with Ketchikan-based Ward Cove Group and Godspeed Inc. of Fairbanks, a tour business owned by the Binkley family, according to Ketchikan radio station KRBD. Ward Cove Group project spokesman Trevor Shaw told KRBD the $50m first phase would include the dock, a passenger terminal and welcome center, all for completion by 2020 — a schedule he admitted is ambitious. Later phases could tie in the history of the pulp mill, a major employer before shutting down in 1997. Ketchikan has been studying how to pay for a cruise dock expansion estimated to cost a whopping $150m. The city has four cruise berths but can handle just one megaship at a time. It is expected Ketchikan will need to proceed but may have to modify its plan. NCLH, which is now sending its biggest, newest vessels to Alaska, is already partnering with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corp. to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point at Hoonah. That pier is designed to handle Breakaway Plus ships like Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy, which are both operating in Alaska this summer and next. Its completion is scheduled for the 2020 season.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

AdventureSmith Explorations expands options to discover Asia on small ship cruises
AdventureSmith Explorations invites the curious traveler to follow their dreams and take advantage of new travel options and numerous incentives currently being offered throughout the Pacific. “Asia small ship travel is growing, and for good reason,” said Todd Smith, Founder and President of AdventureSmith Explorations.
Source: Late Cruise News

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Windstar announces 2020 Europe Cruises
Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises announced an in-depth exploration of Europe in 2020, featuring a variety of itineraries sailing through the Baltic, Norwegian, North, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean seas — visiting hidden harbours and small ports of call not accessible by larger cruise ships. The 2020 cruises offer new and returning ports in Greece, Turkey (plus overnights in Istanbul), Israel, and Egypt, along with new ports of call in Cyprus, France, and Iceland. Windstar’s 312-passenger Star Legend will debut in Europe in July of 2020 and sail in the region through November after an extensive renovation as part of the line’s comprehensive USD 250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Disney Cruises new Halloween and winter holiday celebrations
Through September and October 2020, Disney Cruise Line will host the return of Halloween on the High Seas, with events such as a mouse-querade costume party, lively entertainment, ghoulish food and beverage delights, trick-or-treating, seasonal kids’ activities, a villainous party just for adults and a ghostly ship takeover. As for the Very Merrytime Cruises sailing fun from early November through December, a merry parties, a tree lighting ceremony, festive activities, special food and beverage surprises, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire, a winter wonderland ball with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a flurry of Frozen snowfall. Bookings for the holiday adventures are open to the public on June 13. The Disney Magic returns to New York in October for sailings to Bermuda and Canada, all featuring Halloween on the High Seas. The Disney Wonder sets sail from San Diego in September, with Halloween on the High Seas cruises to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. From late November through December, the Disney Wonder will make Galveston, Texas, its homeport for Very Merrytime Cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with four-, five-, six- and seven-night sailings.
Source: Travel Pulse

AIDA Cruises is launching its new HR campaign. 
For the first time, the cruise line is presenting life and work on board from the perspective of potential applicants. In the video series “The Crew Journey – Ready for the job of your lifetime?” three candidates get to try out attractive jobs with the Rostock cruise line and may even find their dream job at the end. Depending on their previous experience, the protagonists in the reality documentary show filmed on AIDAperla in the Caribbean take a look behind the scenes in the work areas Gastronomy, Activities, and Guest Services. The job candidates get to know and love the various tasks and perks of life at sea. The three young people authentically share their experiences and challenges with the community. “The Crew Journey” is the second reality documentary show produced by AIDA Careers for the “FIND YOUR STORY” campaign. Back in April 2018, six employees shared aspects of their work as “The Crew” on Instagram. What’s special about this new social media series is that not current AIDA employees but external applicants are the protagonists and make a direct switch from their current workplaces to the AIDA job world. AIDA Cruises is one of the fastest-growing and commercially most successful tourism companies in Germany and offers excellent career opportunities in an international team to professionals and managers from a wide variety of fields. Around 14,000 employees from 50 countries currently work on land and on board the 13 AIDA ships. By 2023, the company will put three further cruise ships into service. Current job vacancies can be found at AIDA Careers posts exciting stories and vlogs, highlights from the new reality series, and information about starting work and career opportunities on AIDA ships on YouTube and Instagram.
Source: Late Cruise News

Carnival Corp. will pay a $20m fine and submit to more rigorous oversight by court-appointed monitors during the next three years — among a host of other actions — to settle charges that it violated probation in a 2016 criminal pollution case.
The deal with US prosecutors was approved by Judge Patricia Seitz during a hearing in Miami that was attended by Carnival Corp. Chairman Micky Arison, President and CEO Arnold Donald, four additional board members and the company's entire senior leadership team across all its brands. The deal requires CEO Donald to personally accept responsibility for the violations in a statement to all employees. During the hearing, Donald said he regretted the mistakes that were made and told the judge 'We are fully committed' to correcting them. In other actions, Carnival is to appoint a chief compliance officer with authority and substantial control to oversee an environmental compliance plan. The officer will report directly to the CEO, with a dotted line to the board's audit and HESS committees. An executive compliance committee comprised of corporate and brand executives will be formed and meet monthly to discuss issues, share and evaluate data and set priorities. If the company misses deadlines for submitting an action plan to restructure its compliance or fails to complete implementation tasks by certain dates, it will be fined up to $1m per day. Carnival acknowledged there have been discharges and other releases that violated MARPOL and as a result, is to reorganize and enhance policies in its environmental management system concerning the reporting of violations to regulators. Carnival also accepted the need to improve waste management of non-food waste, including plastic, and is going to prioritize this issue by creating 'tiger teams' of experts including third-party consultants dedicated to the project on a full-time basis to ensure implementation across all brands. Carnival agreed to improve training, supervision, staffing and culture related to the disposal of food waste to reduce it by 10% and to cut single-use plastics across the corporate fleet by 50% — both by the end of 2021. The company is committing at least $20m through the remainder of the probation period to optimize food waste disposal through new technologies and the redesign of systems and processes. Carnival Corp. has been on probation for two years after Princess Cruises pleaded guilty to discharging untreated oily bilge water from Caribbean Princess and paying a $40m fine — the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News 

Lindblad Expeditions announced that it will become a carbon neutral company beginning in 2019.
Lindblad’s announcement also supports National Geographic’s ongoing efforts to identify greenhouse gas emissions associated with its travel programs, the company said, and decrease that impact by offsetting carbon emissions that cannot be eliminated. Lindblad Expeditions’ investments will effectively offset 100% of emissions from their ships (eight from the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and five leased), all land-based operations, employee travel, offices in New York and Seattle, and additional small but measurable emission contributors. Working in partnership with South Pole, a developer of international emission reduction projects, Lindblad Expeditions now has a portfolio of six carbon project investments that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These investments focus on renewable energy (solar and wind), reforestation, and community-based projects in six countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. South Pole requires independent third-party verification and regular monitoring of all projects in their portfolio to ensure they deliver the stated impacts and adhere to the highest internationally recognized standards. Further, South Pole ensures emission reductions are accurately measured and verified to deliver transparent annual public reporting. Carbon neutrality joins a diverse portfolio of corporate sustainability programs recently expanded under the direction of Amy Berquist, Vice President of Conservation, Education, and Sustainability.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Construction of the third unit in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic series is officially underway, the Germany-based company has announced.
Hanseatic Spirit, as the ship will be named, started construction after a contract for its design and construction was awarded to Vard in July 2018. The hull for the expedition cruise vessel will be built by Vard in Romania and the ship is scheduled to be delivered from Vard Langsten in Norway in May 2021. Unlike its two sister ships, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration, the third ship in the series will offer adults-only cruises. Featuring a length of 138 meters and a width of 22 meters, the ships will also be equipped with environmentally-friendly technologies. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises earlier said that all expedition ships operated by the company would start using marine gasoil (MGO) from July 2020. According to Vard, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon.
Source: World Maritime News

Aurora Expeditions has entered into an agreement with shipbuilder Sunstone to build another X-Bow ship for delivery in 2021.
Sister ship to the soon-to-be-launched Greg Mortimer, the second vessel will be similar in design and also feature the X-Bow -- an inverted bow that allows for gentler sea crossings and reduced emissions. Aurora Expeditions is the first cruise operator to utilise this technology created by Norwegian ship designer Ulstein to make expedition cruising more comfortable. Robert Halfpenny, the line's managing director, announced the fleet expansion followed the exceptional popularity of Greg Mortimer. “Our demand has been phenomenal; with a virtually sold out upcoming Antarctica 2019/20 season and at 60 percent capacity already for the Antarctica 2020/21 season, we are excited at the prospect of being able to offer more capacity to the market," he said. The yet-to-be-named ship is set to debut out of Ushuaia, Argentina, ahead of the 2021/22 Antarctic season.
Source: Cruise Critic

Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, has made its debut in China.
The ship sailed into Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai after completing a 46-night Global Odyssey that spanned 17 cities. In honour of Spectrum arriving at her new home, the cruise line held a naming ceremony with Chinese celebrities and Royal Caribbean brand ambassadors, Xiaoming Huang and Angelababy. Honoured with the lifetime role of Godparents, the popular couple were on hand to name the ship and bestow a blessing of safekeeping over all those who sail on her.
Source: Travel Daily Media

For travelers who love to drink wine, the latest cruise announcement from Norwegian will be a dream come true.
The 2019/2020 season of Norwegian Cruise Line’s popular Meet the Winemaker series is available on the brand’s latest and most innovative ships and will feature accomplished experts including Gerard Bertrand of Languedoc Roussillon; Juan Munoz of Columbia Crest; Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle; and Master Sommelier and three-time James Beard Award-winner, Andrea Robinson. The experience will be available on select cruises aboard Norwegian Joy, Norwegian’s latest ship in North America; her sister ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape and soon-to-debut Norwegian Encore; as well as on the newly renovated Norwegian Dawn. The seasonal program provides enthusiasts with exclusive opportunities to engage with winemakers and other experts through a variety of enriching seminars and activities including open-forum discussions, meet-and-greets, intimate wine tastings and wine-paired dinners, interactive cooking demonstrations and educational sessions in The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar available on Norwegian Bliss, Joy, Escape and Dawn. This year, Robinson, who in 1997 was the first female Master Sommelier to be recognized by the Sommelier Society of America, kicked off the Meet the Winemaker cruises on Norwegian Escape, alongside notable winemaker Antonio Hidalgo of the globally recognized, family-owned Spanish Sherry house—Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana. Robinson, also a known chef, television personality, author and recipient of three James Beard Awards in the categories of broadcast and restaurant/chef, will host an additional two cruises in the series. All of the cruises feature vintages chosen by the expert and brought on board our ships for the exclusive events. Wine experiences range from $19.95 to $60 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be reserved once on board.
Source: Travel Pulse

MSC Opera remains in Venice for repairs, investigation
Welding works to repair damage to the hull of MSC Opera were begun Monday as the investigation continued into what caused the ship to lose control and ram into a Uniworld riverboat and scrape the pier in Venice Sunday morning. MSC Cruises said the estimated time to complete repairs is yet to be determined, while the investigation is taking longer than expected. The ship is currently scheduled to leave Venice by Friday and to call at Bari on Saturday. From there on, MSC Opera is expected to sail on schedule. As a result, the current cruise and the beginning of the next one were canceled, with passengers to be reimbursed for the full cost of their ticket and any pre-paid services. MSC Opera will remain available to those wishing to stay on board while the ship remains in Venice and through the end of their scheduled cruise. All services and entertainment will continue to operate. In addition, free regular shuttle boat service to and from Piazza San Marco will be available. For passengers who opt to return home, MSC Cruises will cover the cost of transportation and provide assistance.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Uniworld ship out of service until July following Venice collision
Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said that the next six sailings of the River Countess are canceled --the "Gems of Northern Italy" cruise-tour dates originally scheduled for June 7, 14, 21 and 28, and July 5 and 12. The River Countess was docked at the San Basilio Cruise Terminal in Venice on Sunday when it was hit by the MSC Opera, a 2,150-passenger ship. At the time, Uniworld said most of the River Countess' 130 passengers had already disembarked to go home. But 26 remained, and video of the accident showed some fleeing in panic as the Opera barreled down on the much smaller River Countess. Authorities say five people were injured in the accident, none apparently seriously. Bettridge said the River Countess will sail again July 21 on a Venice-Milan itinerary. Uniworld will offer rebooking options to affected customers. "We appreciate the outpouring of support and well-wishes by our guests, travel advisor partners and industry colleagues, and would like to thank everyone for their support during this time," Bettridge said.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Ponant has announced a culinary addition to its Quintessential Collection, a series of themed-itineraries that dig deeply into special subjects and destinations.
The seven-night "Epicurean Delights of Southern Italy and Sicily" cruise aboard Le Jacques-Cartier is scheduled for October 18-25, 2020 and features two noted food and wine experts, Eric Asimov and Arthur Schwartz, who will share their in-depth knowledge of the extraordinary food and wine culture of Southern Italy and Sicily throughout the cruise. Fares start at $5,600 per person. During the cruise, Eric Asimov, who is chief wine critic of The New York Times and the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto and Wine with Food Pairing Notes and Recipes from The New York Times, will share insight into menus, ingredients and wine pairings. Also featured is Arthur Schwartz, a former food editor of Newsday and the New York Daily News, where he was also a columnist and restaurant critic. His book Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania is considered the definitive English language book on the subject, according to a statement. He is an acknowledged expert on Southern Italian cooking and gastronomic culture. The cruise begins in Civitavecchia and includes stops in Gaeta to see the cathedral bell tower and ancient fortifications; Naples with visits to Pompei and Herculaneum; Agropoli for a side trip to Paetum; Vibo Valentia for a visit to the hilltop town of Tropea; Taormina in Sicily noted for its stunning Greek Theatre; and the archeological sites of Syracuse before a final stop in Valletta in Malta. An optional pre-cruise overnight program in Rome is available.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Quark Expeditions announced the name of their brand new polar expedition ship due to set sail late in 2020. The technologically-advanced newbuild will be named "Ultramarine". 
The vessel is named after the color ultramarine, meaning "beyond the sea". The ship is currently under construction at Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia). MS Ultramarine is planned to combine advanced safety systems and leading-edge technology that will allow cruisers to get off the cruise ship and deeper into polar wilderness faster than ever. The unique features of the advanced polar ship will allow the cruise line to continue to redefine what is possible in the polar regions: A pair of twin-engine helicopters and 2 helidecks. Ultramarine's helicopters will be the most capable and safest helicopters in the polar regions. The robust twin-engine helicopters, that will boast exceptional viewing spaces and exceed industry safety standards, will allow guests to experience landings only accessible by air and epic aerial perspectives of the Polar Regions. Ultramarine will be the only vessel in the polar waters to offer every off-ship adventure in the robust adventure activity portfolio of Quark Expeditions, including paddling, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, mountaineering, hiking, cross-country skiing, and now, for the first time, helicopter flight-seeing, heli-skiing, and heli-hiking (private helicopter tours). The optimized fuel, water, provisioning, waste-handling systems will all enable a best-in-class, 70-day operational range allowing Ultramarine to offer up a new set of polar experiences from exploring innovative itineraries to seldom-seen landing sites. In keeping with the recently unveiled Polar Promise sustainability framework of Quark Expeditions, Ultramarine will boast technical features that are expected to minimize the environmental footprint of the ship to an extent unseen for a ship of this size. It will include environmentally-friendly innovations like dynamic positioning, that will eliminate the need to drop anchor in the sensitive seabed areas. The inaugural season for Ultramarine is scheduled to go on sale this summer. The first cruises will set sail in the Antarctic 2020-2021 season.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' latest ship, Vasco da Gama, has arrived in London Tilbury June 6, where a special gala welcome event is being held following its maiden journey from Singapore.
The 1,220-passenger ship, which debuted in Singapore in April 2019, previously sailed as Pacific Eden for P&O Cruises Australia. Vasco da Gama will depart London Tilbury for a short sailing to Amsterdam on June 8, before relocating to Bremerhaven, Germany, for its maiden summer season sailing under sister brand TransOcean. The new ship offers 630 cabins, including 120 balcony cabins and 29 suites. There are three main dining rooms - Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean and Waterfront Eurasia - offering flexible dining times and seating. There are two speciality restaurants, The Grill and Chef’s Table (for an added fee), and Club Bistro buffet restaurant. There's also the Hollywood theatre, five lounge bars and four entertainment venues, two swimming pools, a gym and wellness centre and a central atrium onboard. Vasco da Gama will depart on its first passenger sailing for TransOcean on June 10, on a nine-night voyage to the Norwegian Fjords departing from Bremerhaven. The ship will return to the Southern Hemisphere on a 50-night voyage from Amsterdam to Auckland on October 8, where it will then spend the season sailing out of Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Singapore.
Source: Cruise Critic

Vard to Build 2nd Vessel for Coral Expeditions
Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has secured an order for the construction of another passenger ship for Australia’s Coral Expeditions. As informed, the newbuild, to be named Coral Geographer, will be delivered in Q4 2020. The next-generation vessel will be the fifth expedition cruise ship in the company’s fleet. The new order follows the delivery of the first vessel built by Vard for Coral Expeditions, Coral Adventurer. Handed over to its owner by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam in April, Coral Adventurer is the first ever expedition cruise vessel built entirely at the shipyard. The 93.4-meter-long Coral Adventurer has commenced commercial operations in the Asia-Pacific region. As explained, Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer have been designed to meet the growing demand for Coral Expeditions’ expedition product in the Australian cruise market. Featuring a gross tonnage of 5,599 tons, each of the ships has a capacity for 120 passengers and 48 crew members. According to the shipbuilder, Coral Geographer is already well advanced in production at Vard Vung Tau.
Source: World Maritime News

Celebrity Equinox gains The Retreat, new dining, youth STEM programming, technology
Celebrity Equinox resumed service following a bow-to-stern modernization at Navantia Shipyard in Cádiz that added features for suite guests, innovative dining, a new spot for craft beers/cocktails, refreshed staterooms, science programming for youngsters and advanced technology. The year-round Caribbean ship underwent the changes as part of the $500m 'Celebrity Revolution.' Previously based at PortMiami, it now sails from Port Everglades. Celebrity Equinox is launching a new partnership with Miami's Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, featuring STEM-focused activations and programming offered as part of the Camp at Sea for young cruisers. The programming delves into two science topics — identifying and solving issues related to microplastics and the importance of plankton to the oceans and the environment. Celebrity Equinox gained The Retreat for suite guests, including The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael’s Club). Staterooms and suites shipwide received enhancements designed with comfort in mind. All now feature Celebrity Cruises' eXhale bedding with king-sized cashmere mattresses. Innovative dining spot Qsine replaced Asian restaurant Silk Harvest and features both the brand-exclusive Le Petit Chef and Friends and the original Le Petit Chef, two dining experiences developed in partnership with TableMation and Skullmapping that bring the tabletop to life using 4k technology. A new creation, Craft Social (formerly Gastrobar) provides a casual spot offering more than 40 craft beers, wine and cocktails on tap, comfort food favorites, flat-screen TVs and inviting leather seating. The Passport Bar, for mixing and mingling before and after dinner, was completely reimagined. Digital enhancements include RFID door lock technology and pervasive Xcelerate Wi-Fi. Passengers will also be able to experience Celebrity's facial recognition technology with the implementation of the Celebrity app, which enables smooth port arrival and expedited embarkation, plus additional features like guest-to-guest chat and digital room keys. New treatments and products are offered at The Spa by Canyon Ranch, including three new signature couples’ treatments, Dyson Supersonic blow-outs at the Canyon Ranch Blow-Out Bar, Mink and Rapid Lash services and new customized facials by Reveal Machine, among others. Retail expanded with a John Hardy Boutique, Kate Spade and a new watch boutique featuring Shinola, Hublot and other Swiss brands. The 2009-built Celebrity Equinox was the third ship to be 'revolutionized.' Twenty-nine days of work began on May 4 in Cádiz and involved more than 500 engineers, architects, artisans, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and the newbuild and Celebrity teams. Celebrity Silhouette is next in line, and scheduled for completion on Jan. 31. Five more ships are to be modernized by 2023.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Saga Travel marked the keel laying of its second new cruise ship for the British market, Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. 
The keel laying marked the official start of construction of the 999-passenger ship, set to sail in the summer of 2020. Robin Shaw, CEO Saga Travel, said: “These are exciting times for Saga and the occasion marks a key stage in the construction of our second new build cruise ship.” “By a British company, for the British market” “Our decision to build two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure for our guests heralds a new era in the history of Saga cruising. “Both ships have been designed to epitomise Saga’s British boutique cruising concept and they are the first small, luxury ships to be built by a British company, for the British market, in more than four decades.”
Source: Travel Daily Media

The first of 5 visits by Cunard Line's cruise ships to Greenock (Glasgow, Scotland) this summer took place on Thursday, June 6.
The 90,000 GT ship Queen Victoria, which can accommodate around 2,500 passengers, was at the Ocean Terminal as part of her 12-night British Isles cruise. Cunard's Queen Victoria arrived at around 8:00 a.m. from Southampton UK, and left at about 6:00 p.m., bound for Oban, Scotland. The visit is one of 3 by Queen Victoria this year. Cunard's Queen Elizabeth is also coming to Clyde twice during the summer months.
Source: Cruise Mapper

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Scott Dunn unveils luxurious floating ryokan
Luxury experts Scott Dunn has unveiled the latest additions to its ‘Signature Departure’ journeys today, with the announcement that Guntû, a floating Japanese ryokan in the Seto Inland Sea in southwestern Japan is now part of the company’s inventory. The buoyant property features as part of a three-day, two-night itinerary which takes guests on a journey of romance and history through the island-dotted waters of the tranquil and historic Seto Inland Sea. And is paired with a visit to Okayama for a two-night stay in Kotohira Ryokan and a trip to Kagawa’s Ritsurin Garden, the most famous garden in Japan. Designed by Japanese architect, Yasushi Horibe, the yacht/hotel features a striking wooden aesthetic and the comfortable interiors that exudes Japanese culture, from the bedrooms to the traditional style veranda that encases the vessel. Featuring just nineteen suites in four different styles, the focal point of each showcases the breath-taking views from an outdoor terrace. Each cabin has a wine cellar with high-quality wines, including the finest of Japanese rice wines or saké and state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen speakers with an iPad pro. An onboard spa includes communal baths, saunas and refined treatment rooms with traditional Japanese massages. The expert therapists are trained explicitly in Choukoku-Lymph treatments that warm the body on a bedrock mat, as well as the Japanese-style Nentai massage, which eases distortions and tensions within the body. These treatments are also available within the privacy of each suite.
Source: Travel Daily Media

India’s first cruise line arrives in Dubai, offering cheapest cruises in GCC
Karnika, the first cruise ship to be operated by Jalesh Cruises, itself the first-ever domestically owned mainstream cruise line in India, has made her maiden port call in Dubai, marking the start of her Arabian Gulf cruise season. Karnika will operate 29 cruises in total from Dubai (15 4-night roundtrip cruises, and 14 3-night roundtrip cruises). With prices for the shorter itinerary starting at AED 770, and with each departure day falling on a Friday, they are the cheapest roundtrip cruises in the region according to Cruise Arabia & Africa. Jalesh Cruises, however, will primarily be targeting its Indian cruise source market, with the majority of guests aboard the ship booking the voyage as a fly-cruise package from Mumbai, New Delhi and other major Indian cities. “Jalesh Cruises is pioneering cruise holidays for Indian passengers in both domestic and international waters,” says Jurgen Bailom, president and CEO of the cruise line. “As a leading tourism destination, Dubai is continuing to cement its position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the Region’, and the maiden port call of Karnika is an example of that,” said Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, Director, Dubai Cruise Tourism. “We are pleased to welcome Jalesh Cruises and all its guests on this maiden voyage into the Arabian Gulf as it homeports in the city,” he added. Karnika will cruise roundtrip from Dubai a total of 29 times between the beginning of June and mid-September this year. Karnika has multiple bars and restaurants, a spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, retail promenade, two pools, and even a casino (which only opens when the ship is at sea). Formerly operated by P&O Australia, the 1990-built cruise ship has been thoroughly refurbished and modernised by Jalesh Cruises during a drydocking in Singapore.
Source: Logistics Middle East

Passenger medevaced from Cunard's Queen Mary 2
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter successfully airlifted a passenger from a transatlantic cruise liner off the south coast. Rescue 115 had been on standby since Thursday afternoon to rendezvous with Cunard's Queen Mary 2 which, at the time, was more than 700 kilometres south-west of Ireland. The ocean liner was sailing from New York to Southampton UK when the crew requested assistance from the Coast Guard. The helicopter crew had to wait until the cruise ship was within the range of the aircraft before they could undertake medical evacuation. Rescue 115 departed from Shannon at 9:30 am on Friday for the almost 2-hour flight to meet the liner. Medics onboard had cared for the ill female traveller until she could be airlifted to the hospital. After reaching the vessel, the helicopter’s paramedic was lowered onto the deck in order to assess the patient. The cruiser was then winched onboard the helicopter and flown to Cork Airport. At around 12:15 p.m. Rescue 115 landed in Cork where it was met by an ambulance. The passenger was transported by road to Cork University Hospital. The crew returned to Shannon where it landed just before 2:00 pm. Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub-centre on Valentia Island in Kerry coordinated the operation. Queen Mary 2 continued to Southampton UK where she is due to dock early Saturday, June 1.
Source: Cruise Mapper 

New details revealed for 204,000-ton Mega Cruise Ship
Dream Cruises has now released further details about the ship as construction is well underway with completion in 2021. The yet to be named luxury vessel is being built at two MV Werften shipyards in Germany and the largest cruise ship ever to be constructed in the country. It’s all being done thanks to the order of this new class vessel from parent company Genting Hong Kong which also owns the shipyard. The 20 square meter cabins will be the most spacious in the industry and larger than any other cruise line. Each regular cabin will be able to accommodate up to four people. There will be a unique two bathroom design and a sofa which can fold out into an extra bed. The cabin can also be divided with a privacy curtain. The modern cabins will have new technology features such as Bluetooth locks and a full-featured smart system which enables passengers to control LED mood lighting and climate control. The tech can be used via an app, voice recognition and a touch screen panel within the cabin. There will be more comfort than ever before with triple vent air-conditioning, automatic lighting, and temperature which will know when occupants are in the cabin. he Global class ship will feature a one of a kind theme park including a roller coaster with virtual reality experience. This will be only the second cruise ship in the world with a roller coaster. Carnival’s Mardi Gras will debut with a roller coaster in 2020. The Global class will also feature a Cineplex, an Asia and western style spa, extensive shopping facilities, water park with water slides, sports facilities, a wide range of bars and international dining venues along with fast food restaurants. The ship will also be the first to feature public escalators to help guests get from different areas of the ship. The mega cruise ship will showcase her self across the world and won’t just be cruising in Asia. The summer 2021 season will be spent sailing out of Shanghai and Tianjin in China. Then later in the year cruises from Australia and New Zealand will be offered. The ship will even be deployed on the U.S. west coast in the winter. Genting has ordered two of these Global class vessels for Dream Cruises coming in 2021 and 2022. They will become the second largest cruise ships in the world and the largest passenger capacity ships in the world.
Source: Cruise Hive

AIDA Cruises has presented the “Tour Operator Service Award” for the second time. 
The cruise company asked its guests as part of a large-scale survey which excursions in the 2018/19 winter season had been their favorites. Thousands of guests gave their feedback on the excursions offered by over 100 agency partners in the Canaries and Madeira, and in the cruise regions of the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the Persian Gulf and the Western Mediterranean. Dnata/Gulf Ventures from the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Qatar (Doha) took first place, followed by Bourbon Tourisme from La Réunion, and Tui España Turismo, S.L.U. which is based in Spain and the Canary Islands. To determine the winner, several thousands of guest comments were analyzed using an on-board feedback system during the period from November 2018 until March 2019. Apart from quality and guest satisfaction, the number of recommendations was also an important criterion in choosing the winners. In addition, feedback relating to communication and how the excursions were conducted, provided by crew members aboard the ships, was included in the assessment. The next Tour Operator Service Award will be presented at the end of the 2019 summer season. Once again, all AIDA guests will be asked to share their opinions during the summer months. This time the excursions being offered by around 50 agencies in the Western Mediterranean, the Adriatic, Northern Europe and the Baltic will be assessed. AIDA Cruises currently offers over 6,000 different excursions across its worldwide destinations. The cruise company not only gives its guests unforgettable experiences but also wishes to contribute to environmental conservation, and to promote cultural heritage and further development in its cruise destinations.
Source: AIDA cruises

You can sail around the world just like Christopher Columbus with CMV’s World Cruise 2021 — travelling 34,770 nautical miles across five continents.
Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) announced its latest cruise around the world on board their cruise ship Columbus. The mid-sized voyager will circumnavigate the globe for 120 nights visiting some 24 countries, 38 ports of call and the Panama Canal. On this trip, passengers will be able to visit the Azores, the Caribbean, South Pacific, Australia, cruising under the Sydney Bridge and a chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Highlights of the cruise include the Indian Ocean visiting Seychelles, Kenya with an option to go on Safari, South Africa, Brazil and a call into Rio de Janeiro will tick even more boxes on places to see. Columbus carries 1,400 passengers, offering two swimming pools and two whirlpools. The ship also houses a waterfront restaurant and a more casual buffet style, the Plantation Bistro, plus two speciality dining options. Additionally, there are seven different bars and lounges together with six entertainment venues. The per person fare is based on two people sharing a twin inner cabin and includes full board cuisine, afternoon teas and late night snacks, Gala Nights, complimentary tea and coffee (6am to midnight), big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, daytime activities and leisure facilities, guest speakers and arts and crafts, porterage of luggage, port to cabin and port taxes.
Source: Travel Daily Media

SunStone Ships signed an agreement for the INFINITY Class Vessel No. 7
The seventh vessel now ordered has a long-term charter agreement in place, this vessel will be delivered in September 2021. Infinity Class new-builds underway include
the GREG MORTIMER, scheduled to be delivered August 2019,
the OCEAN VICTORY in October 2020,
the OCEAN EXPLORER in January 2021,
the OCEAN ODYSSEY in March 2022,
the OCEAN DISCOVERER in September 2022,
the OCEAN ALBATROS in October 2022 and
the Vessel No. 7 in September 2021.
Source: SunStone Ships Inc.

Scenic Unveils 2020/2021 SE Asia Cruise Season with Special Savings for Early Bookers
Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the most sought after regions to explore, offering travelers a look at ancient cultures, historic treasures, exotic locales and enticing foods. And Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours continues to offer one of the best ways to be immersed into the local scene with its exclusive excursions and its luxury Space Ships. For guests looking to explore SE Asia during the 2020-2021 season, whether sailing along the historic Mekong River as it meanders through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s culturally-rich Irrawaddy River, Scenic is again rewarding early bookers. Booking by July 10, 2019 means first choice on 2020-2021 departure dates and suite categories as well as $495 premium economy airfare or free economy flights on Mekong River departures of 13 days or longer and free economy flights on 13-day or longer Irrawaddy River cruises. Booking the company’s 11-day sailings on either river means $1,000 per couple off the fare. And those guests who place a deposit on any SE Asia cruise at the time of the booking, receive an additional $500 per couple in savings. These offers are good until July 10, 2019 or when the sailing is sold out. Guests and travel agents should quote code SEA2020PRE. The itineraries, ranging from 11 to 31 days, include the usual sites of floating canal villages, verdant paddy fields, ancient temples and bustling markets, but also step away into some of the more unique and immersive opportunities. Scenic’s truly all-inclusive fares means everything except massages and the hairdresser is included: private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, gratuities, transfers, cultural entertainment, regional cuisine as well as Western dining in customized settings: poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining. And Scenic Freechoice activities help create remarkable memories from the regions’ kaleidoscope of customs and cuisine. Scenic designs and builds their SE Asia luxury river ships to meet European safety standards. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse.
Source: Travel Pulse

Intercruises expands range of port operations services
Since 2005, Intercruises has been offering port agency, but following strong growth and consistent demand for a wider array of services, the company has set up a dedicated team to offer a full catalogue of port operation solutions. Cruise lines and third parties, such as concessionaires, can customize service agreements according to their needs, ranging from a single service to having Intercruises as their one point of contact for all port operations services for all vessels, in all ports. The range of services on offer include agency (a scale of services, ranging from standard legal representation and port agency coordination to full general agency, including itinerary planning support and all berth reservations), logistics (solutions for both commercial calls and drydock projects, including shipping, warehousing, transportation and customs brokerage), crew (services for on-board, embarking and disembarking crew, such as accommodation, transportation, visas and legal representation, medical care and tours) and terminal (management of services related to vessel terminal operations, including security and luggage/stevedoring). The Intercruises Global Port Operations Team works with cruise lines, ports and Intercruises’ network of local destination teams to ensure smooth operations and a consistently high quality of service. The team is led by Robert Moroney, who joined Intercruises in January as global port operations manager, based in Fort Lauderdale. Moroney is supported by Miquel Biosca, global port operations business development manager, and Nohemí Alcaucer Marti, global logistics manager. Both have been working at Intercruises for a number of years and are based in the Intercruises corporate office in Barcelona.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Building of second Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ship confirmed
The shipyard from Hijos de J.Barreras in Vigo, Spain, signed the latest contract for a second luxury vessel for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, that will be the twin of the previous one. The president of the shipyard, Jose García Costas, showed his desire to sign the 3rd and even put a date to lay the keel: before the end of 2019, although he added later that was a wish. Garcia Costas said they would begin to sail in the summer of 2021, and insisted that at no time he had sat down to negotiate with Ritz-Carlton CEO, Mr Douglas, his participation in the shipyard. The new luxury yacht will be a twin of the already built by Barreras 190-meter Azora which will enter service in February next year, with a capacity for 298 passengers. With the new contract, Beiramar shipyard reaches the 5 ships in the portfolio, in addition to these 2, the Armas ferry and 2 mini-cruisers for Norwegian Havila. 
Source: Cruise Mapper

The Miami-based cruise line has now started rolling out a new beverage delivery service as part of its popular Carnival Hub App on four Carnival ships. 
The new options can be added when guests use the Pizza delivery feature on the app. The new drinks option can only be used when ordering pizza. Guests will be given a choice of drink to add to their order including beer, soda or water. For now, the drinks option is available on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Gory, and Carnival Sensation. The cruise line is planning on rolling the service out to Carnival Victory and Carnival Elation in June. The full drink availability includes domestic and imported beers Peroni, Miller Lite and Blue Moon; Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Diet Sprite; and bottled water. The pizza options include Margherita, Funghi, prosciutto, pepperoni, and Quattro Formaggi. If you heading out to one of the Carnival cruise ships with the newly expanded service all you have to do is make sure you have the Carnival Hub app. Once downloaded simply choose the “Pizza Anywhere” feature then select your location on the map, take a selfie for identification and then choose the order. The Carnival Hub app has become an essential part of the cruise experience after launching in 2015. It has become the leading app in the cruise industry and it offers a wide range of service before and during the voyage such as reservations, access to the Sail & Sign account, chat, daily activities and more. The app will be constantly improved and expanded moving forward.
Source: Cruise Hive

Silversea’s exclusive experience for a prime view of Monaco’s Grand Prix 2019
Held at the prestigious Princess Grace Dance Academy, Silversea’s guests enjoyed a bespoke two-day experience for the Monaco Grand Prix 2019 on May 25 and 26. The exclusive event – which was offered as an optional shore experience to guests aboard Silver Shadow – included a Mediterranean lunch and a range of remarkable enrichments, and showcased the Principality of Monaco at its very best. Silversea’s guests were able to relax in the gardens and on the terraces of the villa, while sipping champagne, listening to live music, and admiring motorsports-inspired artwork; sample local cuisine from a buffet; and witness the race from the top floor of the venue, before and after enjoying canapés and a lunch. Health and beauty treatments were also on offer for guests, including massages, nail treatments, 3D body photography, and other amenities. Taking guests closer to the action, a racing simulator enabled guests to compete virtually on the streets of Monaco. Guests also had the opportunity to meet former racing driver, Felipe Massa, who was in attendance at the venue on Sunday. In May 2020, Silversea’s guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience once more. Silver Spirit will call in Monte Carlo overnight from May 23, with the following voyage options available: Venice to Barcelona – May 5-May 26, 2020. Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona – May 17-May 26, 2020. Guests who book and pay for the above voyages in full by Jun 28, 2019, will benefit from a 10% early booking bonus on the overall price of their voyage. The exclusive Grand Prix experience is offered as an optional extra.
Source: Latest Cruise News

Heritage Expeditions returns to East Antarctica
Expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is returning to East Antarctica with a visit to Mawson’s Hut planned for Christmas Day. It will be celebrated on its 25-day voyage ‘In the Wake of Mawson’ following the region’s first ‘ice-free summer’ in eight years. On the cruise, passengers can follow in the footsteps of legendary Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson on an authentic expedition cruise of discovery along the historic and isolated coastline of East Antarctica’s Commonwealth Bay. They can also whale watch from the deck and cruise alongside penguin colonies and gigantic ice shelves.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Guests sailing Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy can look forward to a series of enhanced entertainment offerings in 2019.
A reimagined version of "Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular" debuted on Thursday and "Frozen, A Musical Spectacular" is scheduled to make its Walt Disney Theatre premiere this coming fall. What's more, Disney announced plans for Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea to celebrate 90 years of Mickey. The afternoon deck party will take place on all Caribbean and Bahamian sailings from the start of June through the end of August. The Broadway-style Frozen musical—which premiered on the Disney Wonder back in 2016—is based on the hit film and will debut aboard the Disney Fantasy on October 26, 2019, the Disney Parks Blog stated. This summer's deck parties in honor of Mickey will be highlighted by special costumes and songs as well as Mickey Mouse-themed food.
Source: Travel Pulse

Princess Cruises is ending their Bon Voyage Experience, a program that allows friends and family to visit your cruise ship for up to four hours on embarkation day.
The program will officially end on June 30, 2019 and all bookings through the end of June will be honored. Bookings made for voyages sailing on or after July 1, 2019 will be fully refunded back to the guests along with a matching Future Cruise Credit for any future booking made by April 30, 2020. Guests who will be receiving the refund and FCC will be notified by the Princess Reservations Help Team. While the program is ending for now, Princess Cruises said that they are reviewing ways to reimagine their Bon Voyage Experience. The cruise line is looking into launching a new and improved program in the future.
Source: Cruise Fever

Brittany Ferries cancels Irish sailings
A total of 5,000 cruise ferry passengers are facing travel disruption after Brittany Ferries was forced to cancel several sailings between Ireland and France. Company's Pont Aven shipwill not resume operations until June 14. The cruiseferry has max capacity 2400 passengers and 650 cars. A number of cruises between Roscoff and Cork have been canceled as a result, including services during the weekend, May 31 and June 1. Sailings on the route the next weekend, June 7 and June 8, are also canceled. According to Brittany Ferries, the technical teams of the company have been "working around the clock" in order to carry out repairs to the starboard-side steering gear of the ship. The company said that despite the efforts it had become apparent that the work will take longer than initially planned and its priority was to make contact with all the affected clients. Additional sailings will be offered between Plymouth UK and Roscoff, while Cork to Santander rotations will be diverted to the Cork-Roscoff route "in order to give passengers the best possible opportunity to arrange alternative sailings." Brittany Ferries added that "if no suitable alternative is available then a full refund will be offered."
Source: Cruise Mapper

Emerald Waterways celebrates Russia Day
With Russia celebrating its 17th National Day on 12 June, Emerald Waterways is offering a per couple discount to those who book the 12-day ‘Imperial Charms of Russia’ itinerary. Highlights include a visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics, a guided tour of St Petersburg, a guided tour of the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island, a tour of Yaroslavi and a tour of the Kremlin ground — all part of included EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldEXCURSIONS experiences. The 12-day cruise departs from St Petersburg and calls at Mandrogi, Kizshi and Goritzy, followed by Yaroslavl and Uglich before the flight home.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Pullmantur launches new onboard Sports Program
Pullmantur Cruises has announced a new all-inclusive ports program, which, it said, offers a wider range of activities at different levels, from toning classes and water aerobics to cardio workouts and exercises for both the body and the mind. According to the President & CEO of Pullmantur Cruises, Richard J. Vogel, more people today are following a healthy lifestyle, and are including sports as part of their daily routines. The activities are ideal for passengers who want to try out something new or spend more time with their travel companions. There are tailor-made sessions for couples, such couples’ workouts, for families, with yoga classes that younger people can also participate in, and zumba and other activities for groups. The program is led by professional sport instructors who will advise and guide passengers, recommending activities that best suit their profile, according to Pullmantur. In addition to this all-inclusive offer, personal trainers are available to those who want more personal treatment and there are also small-group sessions. Outside deck space has been dedicated to sports, including running, yoga and meditation.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Virgin Voyages, the new adults only cruise line from Richard Branson, is set to debut next spring when their first cruise ship (Scarlet Lady) begins sailing out of Miami.
While people from all around the world have booked a future cruise on Virgin, there is one state in the US where no one has yet to book a Virgin cruise - South Dakota. The average full-time employee in South Dakota uses only 26% of their vacation days to travel. In fact, about 73% of South Dakotans have left over days each year. The cruise line has put out a call for sailors encouraging them to book with clever billboards around the state. The Virgin Voyages is offering the first lucky South Dakotan who books a cruise a prize package that includes: $605 in Sailor Loot to use on-board the Scarlet Lady / 2 first class tickets from the 605 to the 305 / One-night hotel stay in Miami / Limo transfer to the ship in Miami. Sir Richard Branson in issue of The New York Times, urging them to book a voyage ASAP and come join the fun in 2020.
Source: Cruise Fever

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new power boats
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines showcased its credentials to its guests on board Balmoral and Braemar on 21 May 2019, when the two ships docked alongside each other in Fred. Olsen’s historic home city of Oslo, Norway. Over 100 Fred. Olsen guests were able to experience a ride on the Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) aboard Balmoral and Braemar, and also to enjoy a first-ever visit to the Olsen family estate at Hvitsten, located on atmospheric Oslofjord. Fred. Olsen’s new state-of-the-art RIBs, built in Norway, were first introduced for the 2019/20 cruise programme, with two installed on board Boudicca, and a further two each on Black Watch and Balmoral. Braemar has now received her complement of two new RIBs.
Source: Travel Daily Media

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German tour operator and cruise brand Phoenix Reisen will christen its newest riverboat, the Viola, June 3 in Bonn.
What makes the vessel different is that she has been designed with disabled guests in mind. The Viola will be christened by Annika Zeyen, a disabled wheelchair basketball player, who is a gold medal winner, having participated in the Summer Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, London 2012, Bejing 2008 and Athens 2004. She has also played in the German wheelchair basketball league and for the national team winning three European titles, and for the University of Alabama. Johannes Zurnieden, founder of Phoenix Reisen, said in a prepared statement that he wanted to make unrestricted travel possible also for wheelchair users on the water. The Viola departs on her first cruise on the Rhine on June 3, after the christening ceremony.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady to debut at UK ports en route to USThe British travel trade's wishes came true as Virgin Voyages revealed Scarlet Lady will stop at the UK on the way to its US debut. Scarlet Lady will visit Dover and Liverpool in late February, welcoming first mates (travel advisors), media and VIPs for a number of exclusive events before making her way across the pond to her PortMiami home. In London some 1,100 first mates, media, suppliers and partners got an evening of surprises at a star-studded Scarlet Night event that included a set by Academy Award-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson. Ronson, Virgin Voyages' minister of music, will be creating a series of pre-voyage and shipboard playlists for sailors (passengers), as well as curating the vinyl record selection in the RockStar Suites and the ship’s vinyl and music shop, Voyage Vinyl. At a media briefing ahead of the party Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages, told Seatrade Cruise News about Scarlet Lady’s debut visit to the UK ports. ‘There is a great awareness of the Virgin brand in the UK but not so much the cruise venture so what better place to debut the Virgin Voyages brand in the UK than the amazing white cliffs of Dover, which will look good with a touch of red, and in Liverpool, which has such a historic association with British music,' McAlpin said. The news of the UK port stops was announced by Geri (nee Halliwell) Horner, aka Ginger Spice, at the media briefing. She has had a long association with Branson, and he is promoting the Spice Girls' next reunion tour. As a part of Virgin Voyages’ On Deck residency program, Ronson has committed to four performances at The Beach Club at Bimini in 2020. His July 9 poolside performance can only be experienced by those who book the July 5 'Mayan Sol' cruise, which stops at Costa Maya and Bimini. In addition, it was announced legendary DJ and record producer Diplo will perform at the Beach Club in 2020 as part of the On Deck residency program. Plus, Scarlet Night will be one of the signature on-board parties. Conceived, designed and produced by Randy Weiner, the award-winning producer behind Sleep No More, Queen of the Night and The Donkey Show, Scarlet Night promises to be a glamorous occasion. Groundbreaking music will set the mood as sailors dance the night away at an experience complete with art installations and performances throughout the ship as the night progresses. An after party will be created by Brooklyn's House of Yes, recently named the No. 2 'Best Thing To Do in the World' by Time Out, and known for their theatre-infused nightclub where a fabulous outfit is a must and highlights include circus spectacles, immersive cinema, cabaret performances and more.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

MS Nieuw Statendam Arrives in Port of Kiel for Maiden Call
Coming from Stockholm Sweden, the latest newbuild of Holland America arrived in Port Kiel, Germany for her maiden call early Thursday morning, May 23. During the shipboard reception, Dr Dirk Claus (port's Managing Director) welcomed the Captain to Schleswig Holstein State's Capital City and presented him with a handmade plaque for vessel’s maiden port call manufactured by metal artist Patrick Schlober. In addition to ms Nieuw Statendam, ms Zuiderdam will berth at Ostseekai Terminal a number of times during the summer. The 5 different visits by Holland America will bring 12,000 international passengers to the port for day trips. MS Nieuw Statendam is the 4th out of 7 cruise ships visiting Kiel for the first time this season. MS Nieuw Statendam is currently on a 14-day Baltic Cruise which began in Amsterdam on May 12. Before arriving in Kiel, the ship called in Copenhagen, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm. During the stay in Kiel, the cruise passengers go on day excursions throughout Northern Germany. When all were back onboard in the afternoon, Nieuw Statendam headed for Aarhus, Denmark at about 5:00 p.m. The Baltic Cruise will conclude in Amsterdam on May 26.
Source: Cruise Mapper

MS Europa 2: fashion2sea 2019 with designer duo ODEEH
This summer, the successful “fashion2sea” format will once again take place on board the luxury ship EUROPA 2 – this time with the acclaimed designer duo ODEEH. During a cruise along Europe’s west coast in August, the successful German designers will showcase a collection put together exclusively for the EUROPA 2 with a major fashion show. A pop-up boutique will be opened on board in collaboration with leading fashion magazine VOGUE and curated by editor-in-chief Christiane Arp. As the EUROPA 2 cruises Europe’s west coast in August 2019, the ship’s pool deck will be transformed into a catwalk. Since 2008 designers Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich have been continuing the now rare studio tradition with their successful label ODEEH. Off the coast of Bordeaux, they will present guests with a capsule collection designed exclusively for this cruise along with highlights from their new collection in a fashion show on board the EUROPA 2. Working with the theme of “VOGUE loves MS EUROPA 2”, Christiane Arp – editor-in-chief of German VOGUE and President of the Fashion Council Germany – will curate an on-board store featuring ODEEH and other premium German designers from the Fashion Council Germany: Layla de Mue, Lika Mimika, PB 0110, Phylyda and Stiebich & Rieth. Guests can purchase their favourite pieces directly on board, have a chat with the designers and get some advice. On the opening day, they will also have the opportunity to listen in person to Christiane Arp as she shares her expert knowledge of fashion. Guests can also gather tips and tricks on how to style their hair and make-up in workshops by renowned stylist Dimitris Dimitrakoudis. fashion2sea cruise: 7 Aug – 19 Aug 2019 (12 days), from Lisbon to Hamburg.
Source: Late Cruise News

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) will be down to one ship from three this summer as the niche cruise operator was informed that two of its chartered ships have unexpectedly been withdrawn from service.
Just weeks from starting the summer season, the company has lost both its Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which it has operated on charter deals since 2011. The ships are a pair of research vessels on charter from Russian authorities. The company said that in response it is advancing its fleet renewal plans. "In recent days OOE was informed that the owners of the Ioffe and Vavilov have suddenly and unexpectedly withdrawn the vessels from passenger service. Their decision comes as a complete surprise to OOE and is out of our control," said Catherine Lawton, general manager. "The withdrawal of the vessels for the 2019-2020 season is a break of the owners' contract with OOE and is now the subject of legal action," she said. The company has been on the expansion path recently, having welcomed the RCGS Resolute under its banner in 2018 as it chartered the former Hanseatic on a long-term 10-year deal. "RCGS Resolute is superior in both ice class (1AS), passenger facilities and comfort for polar expedition cruising and beyond. We are working with our agents and clients on an urgent basis to find alternatives for planned travel in the short-term, and RCGS Resolute will play a key role in those arrangements. For those passengers unable to re-book we are working closely with agents and clients to arrange refunds," Lawton said.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Star Travel Ocean Cruise held a press conference in Xiamen on Thursday to officially launch its cruise product as the Piano Land will start operations from Xiamen, China, this fall.The press conference presented brand and market strategy ahead of the company's debut later this year. The company will also be busy conducting roadshows to educate travel partners, with a schedule set to start shortly. Company officials called the new cruise brand the first truly state-owned international cruise company in China. The 70,000-ton vessel is the former Oriana, as China Travel Group and COSCO have come together to form the new joint venture that will operate and market the 1995-built ship. The overall goal is to build a strong national cruise brand, according to company leaders, and become the leader in the Chinese market. Company officials said the product would be high-quality with a resort-like experience at sea. P&O UK announced last June that the vessel would be leaving its fleet in August 2019, not naming a buyer. It was later revealed the 1,822-guest ship was heading for a new life in China.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Carnival Cruise Line Giving Military Service Members Discounts on Cruises
Carnival Cruise Line, the cruise line that carries that most active and retired service members, is offering exclusive savings and special discounts throughout the month of May to members of the U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces in honor of Military Appreciation Day. The special Military Appreciation promotion, which provides up to $50 onboard credit per stateroom, a complimentary two-category upgrade and reduced deposits from $49 per person, can be combined with Carnival Cruise Line’s highly attractive Early Saver rates. In addition, military members who qualify for the promotion can book up to two additional staterooms with the same bonuses and pricing. The promotion can be booked until May 31, 2019, and is applicable for a wide range of three- to 24-day cruises departing through 2021 from 20 North American homeports. Carnival Cruise Line hosts a military appreciation reception event every cruise as well, providing members of the Armed Forces the opportunity to connect with their fellow service members. The cruise line provides special commemorative pins for military members every cruise to acknowledge their service, as well. Carnival Cruise Line is also a proud partner of Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization that builds strong, stable and secure military families to thrive in the communities they protect. Together, the organizations host a number of fundraising and awareness initiatives throughout the year.
Source: Cruise Hive

CMV Launches Sea of Cortez Cruise Sailing Specials
Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) is launching special holiday sailings with two festive Treasures of the Sea of Cortez cruises aboard the Astoria from Puerto Peñasco – Rocky Point. Among the offerings is a complimentary cabin category upgrade on holidays sailings departing December 18th or December 29th when booked by June 21st, 2019. The offer features savings of up to $900 per person double occupancy when booking the De Luxe Double Ocean View category, and only paying for the Premium Twin Ocean View cabin category. The sailing is a 12-day soft expedition cruise program that is part of CMV’s new “Voyages of Exploration” collection. Holiday travelers on CMV’s Treasures of the Sea of Cortez will sail round-trip from Puerto Peñasco to distinctive ports of call in Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California Sur including: Puerto Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalia, and Guaymas. The itinerary also offers Arizonians the unique opportunity to embark on a cruise from their closest sailing port, located just a few hours drive from Phoenix and Tucson. The sailings are somewhat all-inclusive with tips, and house beer and wine included with lunch and dinner.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Azamara Club Cruises Introduces Its First-Ever Vegan Menu, New Specialty Restaurant Dishes
The line has released its first-ever vegan menu, which is now being offered in select venues across the fleet. In addition, several new dishes are now available at Aqualina, its fine-dining Italian specialty restaurant. The vegan menu -- which includes dishes such as Tofu Satay with Nasi Goreng, Pesto Pasta with Olives and Sundried Tomatoes and Moroccan Spiced Kebab with Almond Couscous Salad Mint and Lemon -- will be available for lunch and dinner in the Discoveries main dining room, and dinner in the Prime C and Aqualina specialty restaurants. While dishes on the vegan menu don't bear an additional charge, diners still have to pay the specialty restaurants' fee of $30; passengers staying in suites dine for free. The menu offers 16 vegan main courses as well as six appetizers, four soups and an eight side dishes. Aqualina's new dinner menu, which also will be available on all three Azamara ships, adds more authentic Italian cuisine options like Gnocchi con Salsiccia and Aragosta con Linguine al nero di seppia e Frutti di Mare. The standard fee of $30 for non-suite guests still applies.
Source: Late Cruise News

Oceanwide Expeditions’ 180-passenger newbuild Hondius is scheduled to leave
From there on June 3 the polar expedition vessel will make its maiden Arctic voyage to Svalbard's Spitsbergen, with calls at Aberdeen, Fair Isle and Jan Mayen. Oceanwide Expeditions has advised a second newbuild could be on the horizon, with details to follow shortly. ‘We are thinking of a second newbuild polar vessel, but very much focusing on finalising the construction of Hondius at the moment,' Franklin Braeckman, marketing manager, Oceanwide Expeditions, told Seatrade Cruise News.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Carnival AirShip Set to Start Northeast TourCarnival Cruise Line’s #ChooseFun AirShip is heading east to celebrate the start of summer and the New York debut of the Carnival Sunrise, kicking off its month-long tour with an appearance at the ship’s official naming ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on May 23, the company announced. Over the subsequent four weeks, the 128-foot-long AirShip will visit locations across all five New York boroughs, New Jersey and Philadelphia, flying over many popular landmarks and events. AirShip’s first week will include visits to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn followed by classic summer spots such as Fire Island, Coney Island and Staten Island for Memorial Day weekend, and a week in Long Island. The AirShip will then spend the first week of June flying over New Jersey before concluding its northeast tour in The Bronx and Brooklyn. “Seeing how successful our West Coast journey was earlier this year, we knew we had to get the East Coast in on the fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We plan to do New York in a big way this summer as we take the region by sea and air with summer sailings of the beautiful Carnival Sunrise and AirShip enticing fun seekers to Choose Fun with a Carnival cruise.” Carnival’s AirShip has a bigger and better charitable component than ever before, as well. Encouraging fans to engage with AirShip on social media, for every person who posts a photo of the colorful blimp using the hashtag #ChooseFun, Carnival will make a $10 donation to its longtime charitable partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, up to a maximum donation of $20,000, helping in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Ponant has announced that it will celebrate American composers with the Boston Pops aboard Le Champlain from October 19 to 27, 2020.
The cruise is featured in Ponant’s Quintessential Collection of themed cruises that offer in-depth experiences exploring a range of cultural and lifestyle subjects. It is described as a musical marriage of Old World French elegance and New World American energy both in the ports of call and through the music performed. The eight-night itinerary starts in Montreal and ends in Boston, exploring the waterways of eastern Canada and northern New England as well as sampling the natural and historical foods of the region. Stops include Québec, Tadoussac, Percé, Cap-Aux-Meules, Louisbourg, and Lunenburg in Canada as well as Bar Harbor. The musical program is curated by Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart who will conduct four exclusive concerts with six performers, including one in a historic venue while ashore in Quebec. Along the way, the musical program will feature chamber music, piano works and pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Saint Saens, Gershwin, Milhaud, George Antheil, Copland, Ellington, Barber, Ives and Antonin Dvorak.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Carnival Sunrise naming a heart-warming family affair
Godmother Kelly Arison is the daughter of Madeleine Arison, the ship's original godmother when it entered service as Carnival Triumph 20 years ago. Kelly's brother Nick, CEO of The Miami Heat, was on hand — and their dad Micky Arison — and when an image of Madeleine with the kids as young children flashed on the screen, there was a collective 'Awwww' from the audience. Another (two-time) Carnival godmother, Kathie Lee Gifford shared warm and funny reminiscences. She served as Carnival's original spokeswoman and appeared in cruising first television ads. 'We were all part of something brand new. I was thrilled to be a part of it,' Gifford said, maintaining she was a young 'unknown' who was Carnival's 'fifth choice' for the part. Noting what an honor it is to serve as a ship's godmother, Gifford mentioned that Kelly's grandmother Lin Arison is a godmother, along with mother Madeleine, 'and one day, probably your daughter, too, God willing.' For the actual naming, Kelly was joined by Capt. Isidoro Renda and Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald on stage in the Liquid Lounge to toast the ship, which underwent a $200m transformation into Carnival Sunrise. They stood beside an oversized Champagne bottle that had been special decorated by pop artist Romero Britto, who was present. As well, the festivities shined a light on Kelly Arison's special cause, the Ehlers-Danlos Society, with Carnival President Christine Duffy presenting a $50,000 donation to the Society. Carnival Sunrise's naming at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal took place exactly one year to the day of Carnival Horizon's naming in the same location.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Oasis of the Seas marks its 10th anniversary with Royal Caribbean International largest amplification: $165m.
The 63-day modernization at Navantia in Cádiz includes a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck featuring Splashaway Bay for kids and The Lime & Coconut signature bar. The ship will be adding the Quantum-class staple Music Hall, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides and the tallest slide at sea, The Ultimate Abyss. Also debuting is Royal Caribbean's first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and a dedicated karaoke venue, Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail Nov. 24, beginning seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from the new Terminal A at PortMiami. Oasis will break more records when it heads to the New York area in May 2020 as the largest cruise ship to sail from there. Oasis will reposition to its new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering seven-night cruises to The Bahamas with visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay. 'When Oasis of the Seas debuted as the world’s largest and most groundbreaking cruise ship a decade ago, the typical cruise vacation as the world knew it was forever changed,' Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said. 'Today, our Oasis-class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising. Now, with the opportunity to disrupt the industry once again, we’ve gone all-in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet.' Oasis of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to be modernized as part of the 'Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort. This more than $1bn program spans 10 ships in four years.
Source: Cruise Industry News

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima tour MV Werften
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited MV Werften's Rostock facility to be briefed about the construction of the first Global-class cruise ship for Dream Cruises and the training program at the shipyard group. A maritime symposium for German and Dutch companies was held at the yard parallel to the royal visit. The visit served to cultivate and relations between the Netherlands and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. During their tour of the large dock hall, they talked with employees and inspected a passenger cabin for the Global ships manufactured by the affiliated company MV Werften Fertigmodule. After their tour, the royals attended a maritime symposium of Dutch and German companies in the new shipbuilding hall. This focused on networking between the Dutch and German maritime sectors. King Willem-Alexander opened a matchmaking event for the firms attending the conference. An initial cooperation agreement was signed between MV Werften and the Dutch company Bolidt, whose product range includes ship deck coverings.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

AIDA Cruises has inaugurated its first school for children in Cebu, Philippines, built with donations from the AIDA Cruise & Help initiative.
Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, symbolically cut the ribbon in front of the building and opened the newly built classrooms for around 40 children. "As a cruise company, we want to share our success and help to improve living conditions in poor countries. Our goal is to enable as many children and young people as possible to attend school and thus improve their prospects for the future," commented Eichhorn. He said that AIDA Cruise & Help will be the umbrella for all future charitable projects of the cruise company. The projects will focus particularly on the sustainable improvement of future prospects for children and young people in threshold and developing countries as well as on social and cultural projects both regionally and internationally. “We have a strong connection with many of these regions, on the one hand because they are home to many AIDA crewmembers, on the other hand because our ships travel to these regions,” Eichorn said. “That is why AIDA Cruises has chosen Cebu-City, in the northeast of the island Cebu, as the location for its first school. Partner in this charity project is the Reiner Meutsch Foundation FLY & HELP.” Within the scope of various charity events aboard the AIDA fleet and ashore, the cruise line was able to collect over 200,000 euros within just a few month. Regular campaigns in favor of AIDA Cruise & Help aboard and ashore will follow. 100 percent of the donations will go to charitable organizations.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced Wild Escapes, a collection of eleven action-packed shorter cruises to experience wellness and wildness in less time.
The Wild Escapes adventures, which include 4 new itineraries, range between 5-9 days and explore many of the same regions Lindblad has explored for more than 40 years with their programs. The line's shorter programs are more convenient for cruisers who do not have the time to commit to an extended adventure but want to truly explore a region. The branded collection marks a new chapter for Lindblad, providing the chance to introduce new types of travellers to expedition travel.
Source: Cruise Mapper

5G network available for China cruise ship construction
China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu), the cruise shipbuilding arm of China Merchants Group, is co-operating with China’s communication industry players Ericsson and China Mobile (Nantong) Branch to apply a 5G network in the shipbuilding base of China Merchants at Haimen, Jiangsu. The three parties jointly launched the 5G NSA Base Station for 5G technology and network application at the shipyard. This 5G project is able to provide and transmit high-resolution and quick sync video, which could greatly improve the shipbuilding industry's access to data, at much higher speeds. Currently, the 5G network covers the Haimen production area, and the three parties are planning to further develop the technology for the shipbuilding process monitoring by 5G drone. China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) is wholly owned by China Merchants Industry Holdings. The company is located at Jiangsu Haimen Economic and Technological Development Zone. Last month, the company inked another Infinity-class newbuild order from Miami-based SunStone Ships.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

European Waterways barges into multigenerational travel
As more and more people seek out the advantages of multigenerational travelling, the fad of travelling with family members has grown into one of the modern travel trends. One company benefiting from the surge in travelling with your tribe in-tow is European Waterways who recorded a 60% increase in family, hotel barge charter bookings in 2018. To make the most of the trend the company has introduced family charters with a wider range of excursion options for 2019, allowing guests to “pick and mix” their daily tours and activities to meet the interest of every generation on board. Activities available include theme parks, water parks and laser tag for kids, with wine tastings, golf and other sports for adults. Family pastimes options on offer excursions to wildlife parks, archery lessons, swimming, tours of prehistoric caves and canoeing. “Families are busier than ever before, so finding quality time to be together is a major driver of multigenerational travel,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “A hotel barge charter offers flexibility and freedom for family members of all ages.” Banks added: “It’s like having your own ‘private floating villa’ in a different location every day! All excursions are preplanned and the onboard master chef can satisfy every palate, from hearty children’s meals to sophisticated, gourmet cuisine for adults. “No other cruise operator provides the choices that we do, or the kinds of savings we offer at the height of the summer season, when the kids are out of school and it’s easier for adults to take vacations. ”To create more awareness of the increasing flexibility of its family charter itineraries, European Waterways is also offering 20% off for selected departures in France during the school summer holiday period of 2019, as well as an additional GBP200 off for each child under 18 participating in the charters. Eligible cruises include the 11 August departure of L’Art de Vivre in Burgundy; the 7 and 28 July and all August departures on Nymphea in the Loire Valley; and the 25 August departure of Anjodi, which cruises the Canal du Midi in Southern France. The limited time offer represents up to GBP 5,780 in savings for a family with two children under 18.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth kicked off the company’s return to Alaska today in their West Coast homeport of Vancouver, Canada.
The Queen Elizabeth will sail four ten-night roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver in 2019, and ten voyages in 2020, calling at Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria, Skagway, and more. The 2020 program will run from June-September, offering a variety of nine to 12 nights as well as a getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on the 4th of July. The Alaska voyages will feature longer time in ports such as Ketchikan, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway, and others, according to a press release. “We are thrilled to launch our inaugural Alaska season today in Vancouver,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “Our guests now have the opportunity to sail into this spectacular region with the luxury and style of being on a Cunard ship. With Glacier Bay added to our 2020 Alaska itineraries, our guests will have an even more dramatic front-row seat to witness the immense beauty of the region.”
Source: Cruise Industry News

Seabourn opened bookings for the inaugural season of Seabourn Venture, the line’s first purpose-built expedition ship.
Between July 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will visit remote destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as sailing in the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and beyond. The 25 voyages range from seven to 22 days. Seabourn Venture, which offers all ocean-front veranda suites, is scheduled to visit more than 150 destinations, including more than 65 new or notable destinations for the brand. Select voyages can be combined to create sailings of up to 30 days.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

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Celebrity Cruises took delivery of Galapagos-bound ship, Celebrity Flora.
The vessel, specially designed for sailing in the Galapagos Islands, will begin a transatlantic crossing to her new home. The 100-passenger Galapagos cruise ship Celebrity Flora is the first top-luxury newbuild vessel designed for operations in the Galapagos Islands. The ship has environmentally-friendly systems, such as anchorless technology (Dynamic Positioning) maintaining the ship's position while protecting the sea floor. The ship is energy-efficient with fewer air emissions and a 15% reduction of fuel consumption due to its unique hull configuration, specially designed marine diesel engines and advanced propulsion system. The vessel converts air-conditioning condensation and sea water into fresh water and also provides in-cabin water filtration stations for further purification.Launched in 2019 as fleet's newest vessel, Celebrity Flora became the first Galapagos Islands-based ship equipped with an Oceanscope - latest technology oceanographic research equipment. The program builds on the over 20-year relationship with University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science which benefits from the ship's consistent itinerary to create a cost-effective way for scientists to measure ocean circulation dynamics. The system is expected to track and map the area while measuring sea-surface temperatures and gathering data that is critical to research prediction of El Nino and La Nina. All findings gathered by Flora will become open source data, a first for scientists around the globe and anyone with a passion for the information. Celebrity Flora will sail out of Baltra year-round, making her first cruise on June 30.
Source: Cruise Mapper

A NCLH subsidiary entered into the Norwegian Jewel Credit Agreement, providing term loans totalling $260m. The loans are secured by Norwegian Jewel. The maturity date is May 15, 2022. The loans will bear interest at an annual rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 0.8%. They are to be repaid in semiannual amounts equal to $37.44m, with the balance payable on the maturity date. The NCLH subsidiary may voluntarily repay the loans drawn under this Norwegian Jewel Credit Agreement, in whole or in part, at any time, subject to breakage fees. Bank of America, NA is administrative agent and collateral agent.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

New vessel brings Polar Prowess to Polar Latitudes
Announcing a long-term charter of the Bremen (to be renamed Seascape), Polar Latitudes will add the ship to its fleet for the 2021-2022 Antarctica season. The 155-guest vessel can be considered the original purpose-built expedition cruise ship. The Bremen has been with Hapag-Lloyd since 1993, and was originally built in Japan by Mitsubishi as the Frontier Spirit. The ship was built through a joint partnership at the time between Salen Lindblad Cruises, NYK, Hapag-Lloyd and Mitsubishi, sailing her first cruise under the Frontier Cruises banner from Guam in late 1990. Unique at the time, the ship was built to expedition specs, with a double bottom hull, strengthened propeller shafts and bow, and extra ice protection on the rudders. The vessel was launched with a Super Ice Class rating, which made her a full classification higher than any existing expedition vessel at the time. It was also, at the time, the first new expedition ship to have been built since 1974. In 1992 Frontier Cruises bought out Salen Lindblad Cruising and took over the full operation of the Frontier Spirit and the Caledonian Star under the SeaQuest Cruises brand. In the same year, it became the 53rd ship (the fourth passenger vessel) to successfully transit the Northwest Passage under the guidance of Captain Heinz Aye. The ship had to previously abandon a Northwest Passage attempt in 1991 due to pack ice. In April 1993 the ship was acquired by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as SeaQuest shut down its Florida office shortly thereafter, with its major shareholders opting to exit the small-ship cruise industry. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced the ship would leave its fleet in 2018, with Scylla buying the vessel, and set to take delivery in May 2021. The Swiss riverboat operator thus moves into the small-ship cruise market with plans to charter the ship out on a seasonal basis.
Source: Cruise Industry News

New EZpay Allows Holland America Line Guests to Make Monthly Interest-Free Cruise Payments
Holland America Line’s new EZpay makes it a breeze to budget for a dream cruise vacation and pay it off over time. EZpay spreads out the cruise balance into equal, interest-free monthly payments leading up to final payment. The plan gives guests the flexibility to pay for their cruise at their own pace, with the ability to opt out at any time without penalty. Nearly all of Holland America Line’s worldwide itineraries are eligible for EZpay, as long as they are not within the final payment deadline. Following the payment of a cruise deposit, EZpay charges a supplied credit card once a month to pay for the cruise balance in full by the final payment deadline, and there are no additional fees. “We continually look for ways to enhance our guests’ experience even before they step foot on one of our ships, and EZpay allows the flexibility to pay off their cruise at their own pace,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Cruising is the best vacation value there is, and EZpay makes it possible for our guests to book their dream vacation now and conveniently budget it over an extended period of time.” Guests can choose the date of the monthly charge and a confirmation is sent following each payment. Extra funds also can be added to a payment, with the remaining balance recalculated into equal amounts. To sign up for EZpay, guests can request it when booking a cruise with a travel advisor or a Holland America Line representative. EZpay may be requested at any time leading up to final payment.
Source: Holland America

AmaWaterways launched its new multi-platform, multi-phased advertising campaign across NBC stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC) and Miami (WTVJ) this week.
The river operator is teaming up with LX.TV and Skycastle, in-house production teams that serve NBC-owned television stations, to create customized spots and specialized segments. In addition to the spots running on air in these three markets, the content will receive additional distribution through the stations’ digital/mobile platforms. AmaWaterways also will be integrated into NBC Owned Stations Lifestyle programming with a national integration in Open House and a fully devoted episode of nationally distributed 1st Look. In 2020, the line will expand its linear/digital advertising campaign to NBC owned stations in Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego. The spots are narrated by EVP and co-founder Kristin Karst, as she describes the family-owned company’s entrepreneurial journey from a one ship start-up to an innovative, award-winning river cruise company. The first phase of campaign launched on May 13 with spots airing on NBC stations WNBC, KNBC, and WTVJ. These markets comprise target markets for the company, and a high concentration of past AmaWaterways passengers. The new spots and longer video segments will air beginning fall 2019. As part of Loyalty Appreciation Month this November, AmaWaterways recently unveiled new Loyalty Cruises with special cruise benefits and recognition for those who have sailed previously with the company. The ads will serve as another component of a marketing program directed at this important audience. The second phase of the campaign expands to NBC stations in Philadelphia (WCAU), Dallas/Fort Worth (KXAS), and San Diego (KNSD) in 2020, and will include LX.TV/Skycastle-produced spots and customized content for NBC stations’ on-air programs and digital platforms.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Albatros Expeditions has confirmed plans to add a second SunStone Infinity-class class expedition cruise vessel to its fleet in 2022.
The Ocean Albatros will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic and on cruises between these core expedition areas, the company said. The 186-guest Ocean Albatros will join the new Ocean Victory, that will be operated by Albatros Expeditions in Antarctica from December 2020 and is chartered to Victory Cruise Lines for operations in Alaska for the summer seasons. Albatros has also announced the appointment of Hans Lagerweij as president of international businesses. Lagerweij has extensive experience in the expedition and small-ship cruise industry, and in the past was responsible for managing Quark Expeditions and recently Victory Cruise Lines. Hans Lagerweij, president of international businesses, said: “Many expedition cruise companies are focusing on features such as under water lounges, helicopters or submarines for their newbuilds. At Albatros Expeditions, we have chosen vessels that are enhancing an authentic expedition experience which customers are looking for. The proven and patented X-Bow design gives our passengers a more enjoyable sailing, by improving guest comfort and safety, and even reducing seasickness. It provides very low levels of noise and vibration and gives us the ability to better maintain speed, ensuring we keep to our expedition schedules in rougher seas." Albatros owner Soren Rasmussen added: “Next to large cabins, most with balconies, we offer a heated infinity pool, hot tubs, library, spa, gym, three restaurants and two bars. Finally, the vessels also belong to the greenest generation of cruise ships in the world. Its tier 3 compliant engines give up to 80 percent less emissions and operate on significantly lower fuel consumption. Furthermore, we will remove single use plastics, only use bio-degradable and eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. We will only offer sustainable seafood, reduce the use of all chemicals and implement an onboard recycling program."
Source: Cruise Industry News

Celebrity Edge made its European debut in Southampton, heralding the start of its season in Europe.
The ship stayed here for just two days, but next year sister ship Celebrity Apex will not only be named here, but sail a mini-season from the UK, before redeploying to the Med. Apex will not replace Celebrity Silhouette, which will sail a full season out of Southampton in 2020, but arrive just before it. So what aspects of this game-changing class of ships will appeal to Brits?
1. UK Cruisers Will Love the Martini Bar Packed for pre-dinner drinks, and then the place to be after dinner, the Martini bar is buzzing all evening. There is just one drawback - it's too small.
2. The Sunset Bar is a Way Better Space for Sailaway On Solstice ships the bar at the aft of the ship seats perhaps five or six people, with everyone else on tables either side, or on chairs lining the strips of lawn either side of the top deck of Solstice class ships. And this space gets very busy, with many passengers forced to take tables a deck down outside the buffet.
3. The Rooftop Gardens These have been described as a combination of the top deck of Millennium class ships and Solstice class ships - a space to relax, hang out and have a bite to eat or a drink at The Rooftop Garden Grill, and listen to live music in the evening.
4. Infinite Verandas We spent many hours sitting in the balcony space, looking out of the window - not getting cold, not being buffeted by wind, not having to listen to our neighbours' conversation and not turning the room into a wind tunnel when trying to open the balcony door. We feel they will work well, especially with the frosted-glass, bi-fold doors, that are currently being trialled in 50 cabins, which adds an extra degree of privacy and softer lighting than raising the shade.
5. Eden This huge space has no equivalent on Solstice-class ships, but if you imagine the double-height library area with its swing chairs and funky sofas, amplified and flooded with light, and placed across three decks, complete with plenty of real foliage you're getting there. Plus, rather than just tea and coffee in the day, you have an excellent cafe attached which is a great spot to grab lunch. We also enjoyed the Silent Disco which took place here. We're not sure if this was a one-off, but Eden is a much better spot than The Club, we felt.
6. The Food On Edge, the line has opted for in effect four MDRs - Normandie, Cyprus, Cosmopolitan and Tuscan - all of which have a distinct identity and design, as well as a selection of different starters and mains in each restaurant. So, if you're reluctant to fork out for a specialty restaurant (and they are not cheap), then you could do a lot worse than to rotate these four eateries around (and not get bored). However, if you do wish to splurge then we recommend Raw on 5, a new dining concept for Celebrity. If you like Sushi on 5 you'll love this spot. Not only do you get sushi made by a third generation Sushi master, chef Yoshi, you also get an astonishing array of fresh fish and seafood - plus a sake menu and sake sommelier on hand, another Celebrity first!
7. The Magic Carpet Decried as a bit of a gimmick when it was first announced, it's least sexy function - acting as a tender platform - is really its most revolutionary. And for all those ports in Europe where Apex will not be able to dock, this really is a Godsend for the very young, the very old and the mobility impaired. The tennis court-sized platform also acts as a bar and a restaurant, for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, Dinner on the Edge. It's less than 10 months till Apex arrives to these shores and after this taste of Edge, we're getting excited already.
Source: Cruise Critics

Newbuild SeaDream Innovation will be equipped with a large battery pack of approximately 4 MWh, enabling silent, emissions-free sailing for up to three hours, with no disturbance to wildlife.
SeaDream Yacht Club received a $1.8m grant from Enova, an organization owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, to foster SeaDream Innovation's development. SeaDream Innovation's hybrid propulsion system will reduce emissions by supporting the diesel generators in peak shaving mode, cutting fuel consumption. The mega-yacht will be able to sail to sensitive areas such as the Norwegian Fjords and along the ice edge toward the North Pole because of this system. The batteries also bring an added degree of safety, acting as 'spinning reserve' which, in the event of an engine shutdown, switches instantaneously to the use of batteries without loss of power. Enova has also supported Hurtigruten in its development of battery power for newbuilds Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen. SeaDream Innovation will also install an Organic Rankine Cycle machine that takes waste heat from the engines and converts it into electricity. This can produce up to 150 kW of electrical power, which would otherwise have been wasted energy, and instead reduces fuel consumption and results in lower emissions. Plus, SeaDream Innovation also plug into shoreside electrical grids around the world thanks to a multi-voltage shore connection system. The mega-yacht has four modern diesel engines and a selective catalytic reduction system for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions to the most stringent IMO rules with engines rated to meet MARPOL Tier III requirements. As well, SeaDream Innovation will be equipped with two podded propulsors for efficiency and maneuverability. The 15,600gt ship will be built at Damen's Mangalia yard in Romania and is scheduled to enter service in September 2021.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

MSC Cruises to add Butcher's Cut Speciality Restaurant to UK Based Ship
Butcher's Cut specialty restaurant will debut on three ships from May 2019, including the line's MSC Preziosa, which spends a short season sailing out of Southampton from later this month. MSC Divina and MSC Fantasia will also get the popular restaurant fitted in May - replacing Eataly onboard Preziosa and Divina, and Tex Mex on Fantasia. Butcher's Cut currently features on MSC's Seaside and Meraviglia-class ships, including the line's newest ship, MSC Bellissima, which debuted in Southampton in March 2019. The American-style steakhouse serves prime cuts of steak, including filet mignon, ribeye or 38-ounce dry-aged tomahawk (for two). There's also a selection of seafood on the menu, including scallops, halibut and salmon. The menu is priced a la carte, though a dinner price fix menu is available for $39 per person and the kid's menu has a $12 set fee. Antonio Paradiso, MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland, said: "Following feedback from our guests we are delighted to be adding a Butcher's Cut to further enhance dining choices on MSC Preziosa. "The restaurant on other ships in the fleet has proved very popular with our British & Irish guests therefore it is a perfect edition to MSC Preziosa which will be sailing from the UK this summer season." MSC will stretch and "massively enhance" one of its existing ships ahead of a 2021 deployment in the UK. The line is yet to reveal the name of the ship, though it is likely to be MSC Preziosa. The 3,502-passenger ship will offer 10 sailings out of Southampton between April and September this year.
Source: Cruise Critics

Carnival Sunshine to begin year-round Charleston service
The bigger, newer Carnival Sunshine replacing Carnival Ecstasy. Carnival Sunshine will operate a diverse schedule that includes four- and five-day sailings to The Bahamas, six- and seven-day voyages to Bermuda and the Caribbean and Charleston's first Cuba cruises, a series of five-day sailings calling at Havana. There are also longer 10- and 11-day 'Carnival Journeys' to the Caribbean with special on-board programming including local cuisine and entertainment and activities like a retro Throwback Sea Day. Carnival Sunshine is the newest year-round ship ever homeported in Charleston. When built in 1996 as Carnival Destiny, it was the first cruise ship larger than 100,000gt (the exact gross tonnage is 102,853gt). The 1991-built Carnival Ecstasy measures 70,367gt. Carnival Cruise Line launched Charleston’s first year-round service in 2010, drawing passengers from across the US Southeast and other regions. With Carnival Sunshine repositioning to Charleston, Carnival Ecstasy shifts to year-round departures from Jacksonville, operating four- to seven-day cruises to The Bahamas and the Caribbean. In turn, Carnival Elation, previously based in Jacksonville, repositions to Port Canaveral to operate a new four- and five-day Caribbean/Bahamas schedule. Carnival Sunshine had been based at Port Canaveral.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Dream Cruises announced it is collaborating with the new Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie.
Through August 31, Detective Pikachu will make guest appearances aboard the three cruise ships of the Dream fleet, including the Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream. The cruises will give Pokémon fanatics an immersive and thematic vacation at sea. During the Detective Pikachu promotional period, guests aboard the participating Dream Cruises ships will have the chance to enjoy interactive programs at sea. The activities include a Detective Pikachu meet-and-greet, Power On language academy and costume party, thematic specialty drinks and afternoon tea sets, arts and crafts workshops and more. Passengers on the Genting Dream can choose from two- and five-night itineraries from her homeport in Singapore, which transports travelers to scenic destinations in Southeast Asia. As for the World Dream, the vessel departs from Hong Kong or Guangzhou, China on a variety of short and long-haul cruise holidays. The Explorer Dream sets sail from her homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin, China.
Source: TravelPulse

Adonis announced that is has partnered with Mystic Cruises to implement the complete Adonis Maritime Suite to manage recruitment, crewing, payroll and crew self-service across their entire new fleet of expedition vessels.
Mystic will launch their first ocean ship, the World Explorer, this year and five more ships are set to follow, according to the cruise ship orderbook. “We are honoured to partner with Mystic Cruises and look forward to providing their organization with comprehensive HR support, allowing them to focus on making their tours of Antarctica such memorable experiences, “ said Sigrid Kviteberg, Delivery Director at Adonis. “Our partnership with Mystic is the most recent in a series of new contracts with expedition cruise lines, further underscoring the value our Maritime HR Suite and confirming our leadership within this segment of the maritime industry.” “Mystic Cruises is focused on creating memorable experiences for our guests aboard our cruises, be they in the Antarctica or the Norwegian Fjords.” explained Mario Ferreira, CEO of Mystic Cruises, “For that we need a highly skilled and motivated crew, and that is only possible if we can properly manage them, offering the best conditions and opportunities to develop a career in the cruise industry with our company. We looked at different softwares and we quickly realized that Adonis was the right partner for our operation." David Sagrista, operations manager, Mystic, said: "To be able to be the best in a competitive industry such as the expedition cruises segment, you need to have the proper tools available in the market. For us Adonis Maritime HR Suite offers the perfect expertise and flexibility we need to ensure that we can do a great job at sea and in our corporate offices. Thanks to Adonis we can streamline our processes between our ships and offices, comply with maritime rules around the world, control our multinational crew payroll and effectively manage crew turnarounds and time cards, allowing us to be cost efficient and focused in this area which is extremely important to the company success."
Source: Cruise Industry News

Crystal Mozart, the double-wide 'Queen of the Danube' that initiated the Crystal River Cruises brand in 2016, will be leaving the Crystal fleet in 2020.
It is going to a new Genting Cruise Lines venture that will be announced at a later date. Newbuilds Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel entered service in 2017 and 2018. At 135 meters but carrying just 106 passengers each, the Rhine-class vessels are exceedingly spacious.. The crew-to-passenger ratio is also twice as high as the standard. Mozart’s last Crystal voyage will embark Dec. 2, 2019, from Vienna to Budapest. Passengers booked for 2020 sailings will be accommodated on Crystal Mahler or Crystal Ravel. The Crystal Mozart news closely follows AmaWaterways' recent introduction of the newbuild AmaMagna.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Asuka II Scheduled for Large 45-Day Refit
The Asuka II will get an exhaust gas cleaning system as well as major interior upgrades during a 45-day drydock next year in Singapore. The 1990-built ship will enter the drydock in mid January where the work will include the installation of a scrubber, new outdoor baths, a complete renovation of all restaurants and lounges, LED displays and more, Asuka cruise announced in a prepared statement. New so-called open-air baths will be installed on outside decks. A private dining room for suite passengers will be expanded, with tables bordering large glass windows. In addition, all rooms will be updated ship-wide, the company said, and ship-wide WiFi will also be installed.
Source: Cruise Industry News

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Virgin Voyages’ No Guilt-Trip

8 out of 10 parents said they feel guilty taking a vacation without their children, even though kids want them to go away. To highlight this, Virgin Voyages released a humorous video.
This Mother’s Day, to encourage moms to take a break, the adult-by-design cruise line Virgin Voyages, setting sail in 2020, created the following hilarious video showing children pushing their moms to take a cruise without them.
Virgin Voyages is planning to launch an inaugural cruise on Scarlet Lady in April 2020.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Azamara Club Cruises remove the casino and replaced it with a popular new lounge
Following the success and positive feedback of Azamara Pursuit’s The Den, Azamara Quest’s casino has been transformed into a similar lively lounge, which is equipped with comfortable seating, a piano, light “live” music in the evening, and a lengthy bar. To further the brand’s commitment to Destination Immersion experiences, “The Den” will also have a concierge desk staffed with destination-focused travel experts to help plan land excursions. In addition to “The Den,” Azamara Quest’s gift shop was re-designed and will provide guests with an immersive shopping experience, offering a variety of cosmetics, electronics, jewelry and perfumes, among other items to enjoy. Azamara Quest will set sail on May 25 for one of its first visits to Alaska on the 10-Night Alaska Intensive Voyage. Highlights of this sailing include exploring Icy Strait Point, with an array of activities indigenous to the area such as native dance performances, brown bear viewings, and whale watching, as well as discovering Ketchikan, dubbed the “Salmon Capital of the World.”
Source: Cruise Fever
Brightline sets its sights on the high seas announcing MSC cruises as official cruise line
Brightline (soon to be rebranded Virgin Trains), the premier hospitality-driven intercity passenger rail service in the United States, on May 8 announced a strategic partnership with MSC Cruises. MSC Cruises is the official cruise line partner of Brightline. The partnership offers travelers a carefree, bag-free experience prior to setting sail in addition to a convenient travel option between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to PortMiami when traveling on the rail system. Brightline will now offer special Train to Port bundle packages that allow MSC Cruises’ guests sailing from PortMiami to park their car, check-in and check their luggage at Brightline stations before boarding the cruise. Brightline will safely and seamlessly deliver riders’ luggage directly to guest staterooms on the ship. The packages will also include a Lyft Ride from Virgin MiamiCentral station to PortMiami. Train to Port package fares may vary and will include train tickets, bag check, a roundtrip Lyft ride and parking services. To view and book Train to Port bundle packages, go to: Packages start at $95.00 per every 2 passengers. MSC Cruises currently operates four cruise ships out of PortMiami: MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia, which sail year-round; MSC Divina, which sails seasonally; and MSC Meraviglia, which will join the ships sailing from Miami this fall, seasonally. Guests sailing on any of the four ships can take advantage of MSC Cruises and Brightline’s new Train to Port offerings. Poised to reinvent train travel in the United States, Brightline is the hospitality-driven express intercity passenger rail service that currently connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with expected future service from Orlando to Tampa, and a new system between Las Vegas and Southern California. Additional cruise carrier partnerships to be announced in the near future.

Source: MSC Cruises

Passenger Overboard From MS Amsterdam

A female passenger has gone overboard in the Atlantic ocean after she went missing from a Holland America cruise ship crossing from Ireland to Florida. MS Amsterdam's Captain turned the vessel around in rough seas to search for the cruise passenger after she didn't respond to a call out on Wednesday, May 8. The liner left Glengarriff Tuesday evening and was headed to its final stop in Fort Lauderdale FL. The woman went missing at around 1:30 am. Wednesday morning just after the vessel got cleared from any SAR. Passengers had not been informed of the accident until 9:00 a.m. International coast guards including British crews were searching for the woman but the search, jointly conducted with the assistance of emergency marine operations from several countries was discontinued after many hours. The cruise ship started its journey from Amsterdam, visiting Ireland and the UK, and is currently headed to Florida. For other ms Amsterdam accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

Source: Cruise Mapper
How to get your photo on the Carnival Pixels Wall

Photos are essential souvenirs for any cruise vacation, and the snapshots, panoramics, and selfies you take are perfect to share on social media, add to your personal albums, and document all the great cruise memories you’ve made. If you want more professional photos, however, you’re in luck – cruise ships have a dedicated staff of experienced photographers and onboard photo labs to process and print every memorable moment. Carnival Cruise Line goes one step further, however, and your professional photo could turn you into a vacation celebrity if you make it on The Wall - a fun feature of the Pixels Gallery on every Carnival ship. Pixels is the onboard photo studio and is responsible for all professional photos on board, from embarkation and gangway photos to dining room photos, fun shots on deck, casual backdrops, and formal poses, including the elegant stairway poses and black-and-white photos. The Wall is a fun showcase of Pixels Gallery photos, with 8-12 photos highlighted at once in the “Frame of Fame.” Different photo sizes and both landscape and portrait orientations are part of The Wall, and the ship’s photographers choose which photos make this exclusive display. If your photo is showcased on The Wall, you get that photo print for free!
Getting your photo on The Wall is all about fun.
While the photographers select which photos make The Wall, you can make your photo stand out for recognition in several ways. First, simply take a lot of photos. The more you are noticed, the more likely it is that your photo will appear in one of the coveted spots on The Wall. The more enthusiasm and enjoyment you show in your photo, the more likely you are to become a cruise celebrity. Keep your poses, props, and photo fun family-friendly. Inappropriate photos will not make The Wall, and photos that could be considered grossly offensive may not be printed at all, or the ship’s photographers may refuse to take such a photo. Finally, smile! You’re on vacation and having fun, and let that enjoyment show in your smiles. Fun, enthusiastic photos are the ones most likely to make The Wall. To claim your Free Photo, check The Wall each day to see what new photos have been added. As photos are claimed and more spots open up on The Wall, new photos will be available and you might find yourself cruise-famous. If you do spot your photo on The Wall, rejoice! You can leave the photo on display if you like, or you can claim it right away. There is no charge for any photo of yours that has made The Wall, and you do not need to make any other purchases at the photo gallery before or after your moment in the spotlight. It is polite if you claim your photo the same day, giving more people the opportunity to have their own chance. There is no set schedule for refilling photos on The Wall. In general, longer cruises with more photo opportunities will likely have more photos featured as earlier shots are claimed. If you know how best to take advantage of every photo opportunity and enjoy every click-worthy moment of your cruise, you just might see yourself on The Carnival Pixels Wall!

Source: Royal Caribbean

TUI Cruises Featuring Tattoo Parlor Aboard the Mein Schiff 2

TUI Cruises is featuring tattoo artist Chris Krafft and colleagues from B. Liberty Tattoo in Hamburg aboard Mein Schiff 2 throughout May. TUI said that maritime symbols, such as anchors and compasses were popular, but also are so-called cover ups, where old tattoos are replaced with new ones. "Tattooing aboard a cruise ship is a very special challenge," commented Krafft in a prepared statement. "If it rocks, a steady hand is a must. And in case of doubt, I take a break. A tattoo is memory for life.” After a test phase on Mein Schiff 2, TUI will decide whether to introduce the tattoo parlor across the fleet. "The likelihood is high," said Sven Irmer, product development manager. "The parlor is fully booked every day; the response has been overwhelming." The cost of a tattoo is calculated according to the effort and starts at 100 euros.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Norwegian Cruise Line has been experiencing a 'nice tailwind' in UK- and German-sourced business in the past five weeks after switching to its 'Free at Sea' pricing promotion there.
Free at Sea gives a choice of several amenities such as beverages, Wi-Fi, specialty dining and shore excursions. Double-digit bookings increase. This has led to a double-digit increase in bookings 'despite the dampening influence of Brexit and other factors,' Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said during Thursday's earnings call. Earlier, he noted, the 'Premium All Inclusive' go-to-market strategy in the UK and Germany was effective at raising pricing to comparable with what Norwegian was getting from US-sourced business. NCLH has six ships in Europe this year. Europe comprises a 23% share of the company's deployment in 2019, up slightly from 20% last year with the addition of Norwegian Pearl, for sailings primarily from Amsterdam.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Kinder and Costa Cruises Together For A Social Responsibility Project

Kinder and Costa Cruises sign an important partnership based on shared values to bring the “Kinder+Sport Joy of moving” project and the right to play into the life of children, on board and on land, all over the world. An international social responsibility project launched by the Ferrero Group and supported by Costa Cruises currently involves 4 million children in 30 countries around the world, with the aim of developing specific forms of exercise for children and families that are engaging and joyful, in the belief that a positive attitude to movement and sport can make the children of today better adults tomorrow. The initiatives in this project are inspired by Joy of moving: an innovative and scientifically validated educational method that promotes not only motor skills but also the cognitive, emotional and relational development of children. “The sustainable development strategies of Costa Cruises focus on the theme of sharing, in order to ensure that the projects we promote are not only run on board but also contribute to improving the lives of people in the communities visited by our ships. For this reason, we will be extending Joy of moving to our fleet’s main ports of call, enabling children who find themselves in difficult situations to join a unique and stimulating experience” – adds Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. A concrete example of this is the activity carried out last winter in South America, particularly in Brazil, where high unemployment, widespread violence and extreme poverty risk compromising the future of the young generations. In the cities of Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and then Montevideo, working with local NGOs that support children and adolescents in situations of distress and deprivation, over 800 children have had the opportunity to board the Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa, visit the ships and participate in the “Joy of moving” activities with our entertainment staff, to stimulate their motor and mental abilities, their creativity and their life skills in a context of joy, which can help them imagine a better future.

Source: Late Cruise News

Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the the return of its revitalized Norwegian Dawn to New York City after nearly a decade

The ship will sail from New York to the Bahamas and Florida as well as Canada and New England beginning Saturday, May 11, 2019, following an extensive refurbishment. First christened in New York in 2002, the Norwegian Dawn returns to homeport in Manhattan for the first time since 2010, the company said. In 2016, she underwent an extensive revitalization as part of The Norwegian Edge program, the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet. The ship now boasts new restaurants and bars including Los Lobos Cantina, The Cellars: A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar and Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Norwegian Dawn also features updated design and décor in all public spaces and staterooms including a complete makeover of the ship’s signature Garden Villas, the largest suites in the Norwegian fleet. Beginning Saturday, Norwegian Dawn will sail a mix of seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida with visits to Orlando, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and the company’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. She will also cruise to Canada and New England with stops in Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Saguenay and Quebec City, Quebec; and Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Additional 6 Princess Cruises ships will offer the MedallionClass Vacations of Princess next year, the first time the cruise line is sailing to Australia and New Zealand, as well as a world cruise with MedallionClass.

The vessels will be added beginning on January 27, 2020, with Ruby Princess, then MedallionClass Experience will be rolled out through the rest of 2020 with Grand Princess on March 29, Enchanted Princess on June 15, Emerald Princess on August 16, Coral Princess on October 16, and Island Princess on December 20. Ocean Medallion is a new generation wearable technology allowing passengers access to "virtual concierge" services and amenities, as well as interactive entertainment. Is a small disk-shaped device (weight 51 grams, size of a US quarter dollar) that can be sent (for free) to every customer of the company. The medallion stores all the information provided by its owner - online uploaded, as well as real-time uploaded (during the cruise or whenever). It can be worn around the wrist, around the neck or loosely. No matter where it is, the medallion is always on and working. Ocean Medallions are part of a local (shipboard) system, thus no extra fees are charged for using these devices. For implementing this wireless technology, all Carnival Corporation vessels were scheduled to undergo revamping for installing the required network of sensors and computing devices.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Viking Cruises faces class-action lawsuit after high-seas nightmare off Norway

Viking Cruises is facing a class-action lawsuit from passengers after a harrowing evacuation in high seas, when operated by the Swiss company, suffered an engine failure off the coast of Norway on March 23, leaving more than 1,300 people stranded in rough seas. One passenger posted a video to social media showing the ship, The Viking Sky, tilting back and forth, sending furniture sliding across the room. Twenty people suffered minor injuries during the ordeal. Norwegian rescue teams in helicopters battled severe winds to airlift hundreds of passengers from the ship. The vessel regained power the following morning and continued on with the remaining passengers and crew to the Norwegian port of Molde, where it docked safely. A New Jersey couple, Axel and Lauren Freudmann, filed a class-action lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, individually and on behalf of other passengers, claiming that the cruise line "negligently sailed through notoriously perilous waters into the path of a bomb cyclone," despite severe weather warnings.

Source: abc News

MSC expands Ramón Freixa deal with two New Restaurants

MSC Cruises announced a further extension of its partnership with two Michelin-starred Spanish chef Ramón Freixa with the opening of an additional two HOLA! Tapas Bar restaurants onboard MSC Meraviglia from May and MSC Grandiosa when the new ship launches later this year, the company said, in a statement. Freixa is part of an impressive line-up of international chefs that MSC has partnered with that includes renowned German chef Harald Wohlfahrt who held a three Michelin Star rating for 25 years in a row, two Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc, innovative pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi, award-winning pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury and acclaimed Chinese chef Jereme Leung. Freixa has also contributed to the entire fleet, including creating his own Elegant Dinner dish in the main restaurants and by offering exclusive tapas items and a signature dish for MSC Yacht Club guests across the fleet;.
His first restaurant at sea, Ocean Cay by Ramón Freixa, which opened onboard MSC Seaview in 2018, offering guests fish and shellfish. And now his exclusive HOLA! Tapas Bar concept, which opened with the launch of MSC Bellissima earlier this year and will now be available on MSC Meraviglia and MSC Grandiosa. The concept has been designed to offer a social and warm dining experience where guests can enjoy a range of traditional and modern shared plates and small bites inspired by some of Spain’s most popular dishes. Ramón Freixa’s HOLA! Tapas will arrive in North America along with MSC Meraviglia for the first time this October when the ship arrives for a short shoulder season program out of New York before moving to Miami for the winter cruise season.

Source: Cruise Industry News
First look at AmaWaterways' double-wide AmaMagna, now in service
AmaMagna sports elegant décor, a multi-level lounge and main restaurant that features floor-to-ceiling windows. New dining venues include the Alfresco Restaurant and Jimmy’s, named for the late Jimmy Murphy, one of AmaWaterways’ co-founders and co-owners. AmaMagna set sail on its inaugural voyage from Vilshofen (Germany) to Budapest. 'Dreams are fueled by an individual’s passion but usually accomplished through the creativity and hard work of many,' AmaWaterways President and Co-founder Rudi Schreiner said. Appeal to ocean cruisers. Spacious accommodations - twice the width of traditional river cruise vessels, yet carries only 20% more passengers, allowing generous personal space. Cinema, Zen Wellness Studio, elevator serving all decks. Exclusive to AmaMagna is the new Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Itineraries include 'Romantic Danube,' 'Melodies of the Danube' and 'Christmas Markets on the Danube.' AmaMagna will be officially christened by television host Samantha Brown during a July 11 christening ceremony in Grein, Austria.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Boutique cruise line Aqua Expeditions announced two new additions to its fleet named Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera 

Aqua Nera is due to take passengers deep into the Peruvian Amazon, while Aqua Blu is planned to sail through the East Indonesian Archipelago as the first ever coastal ship of the cruise line. As in all Aqua Expeditions ships, the new additions feature tailored 5-star itineraries, an exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, expert-guided adventure excursions, and world-class cuisine. Aqua Blu, which is the work of renowned yacht designer Cor D Rover BV, has been completely refurbished but still upholds a heritage as former British Naval Explorer "HMS Beagle". Scheduled to begin service in November, she is the first coastal ship of Aqua Expeditions and the first long-range expedition-class yacht to be based permanently in the East Indonesian archipelago. Aqua Blu, joining the fleet in November 2019, will be departing year-round, primarily serving 3 destinations on 7-night coastal itineraries, including: Raja Ampat (from December through February; ten departures per year) - Bali-Komodo National Park (from April through September; 23 departures per year) - Ambon & Spice Islands (from October through November; 7 departures per year). Passengers will be able to traverse the global spice trade route as well as discover some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the Coral Triangle, and tropical islands where culture, old traditions, and wildlife thrive.
Aqua Nera, joining the fleet in August 2020, is expected to become the most state-of-the-art river ship to sail in the Peruvian Amazon and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Designed by Noor, the luxuriously appointed interiors have drawn inspiration from the lush surroundings and boast dark, sustainably sourced wood. The design philosophy continues across the 20 river-facing suites and public spaces including the lounge, restaurant, gym, spa, and plunge pool. By continuing the partnership with renowned Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Aqua Expeditions delivers a sustainable menu which emphasizes fresh ingredients and local produce. The sprawling balconies feature the perfect viewpoint to observe the Amazon Rainforest’s mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species. Aqua Nera is scheduled to enter service in July 2020. The vessel will offer 3-, 4- and 7-night river cruise itineraries with prices ranging between US$4,125 to US$10,325 per person, double occupancy.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Princess Cruises is following up its record 2019 deployment on the US West Coast with even more capacity in 2020/21, for sailings to Mexico, Hawaii and along the coast.
Highlights include a new hometown cruise ship for San Francisco. Ruby Princess will sail round-trip to Hawaii, Mexico and along the California coast. New 16-day Hawaiian Islands cruises will operate round-trip from Seattle aboard Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. And Regal Princess makes its West Coast debut with a seven-day 'Pacific Wine Country' cruise visiting San Francisco, San Diego and Astoria, Oregon. New for this season are the pair of 16-day cruises from Seattle on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. Star Princess (round-trip Los Angeles), Ruby Princess (round-trip San Francisco) and Grand Princess (round-trip Vancouver) sail 15-day Hawaii cruises. Emerald Princess and Star Princess also operate a 28-day Hawaii and Tahiti cruise round-trip Los Angeles, featuring visits to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora (overnight), Pago Pago and Samoa in addition to the Hawaiian Islands.
California coast sailings also leave from four homeports. Seven-day cruises from Los Angeles on Royal Princess and from San Francisco aboard Ruby Princess and Star Princess visit cities including Astoria, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. A Grand Princess 10-day option from Vancouver also stops at San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Various seven-day 'Pacific Wine Country' cruises sailing between Los Angeles and Vancouver the beautiful the wine regions along the coast. Shorter, one-to five-day cruises also focus on scenic beauty. Princess has enhanced shore excursions in collaboration with Bill Esparza, noted James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and leading expert on Latin American cuisine. Passengers sailing the California coast can sample local cuisine, specifically focused on the Latin American influence in California. Esparza has developed exclusive culinary shore excursions in Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada. In addition, Princess offers excursions to the California wine country, visiting local vineyards and winemakers throughout the region.
Captain’s Circle savings and early booking deposit. Past Princess customers are eligible for a special promotion when they book early with up to $100 per person off the public fare. This can be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth berth guests. Additionally, a reduced deposit is available for Captain's Circle members when they book by Nov. 30, 2019.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line is offering BOGO deposits for the next two days. Buy one, get the second deposit for free on cruises on Carnival’s 26 cruise ships.

Carnival is the “World’s Most Popular Cruise Line” with 26 cruise ships in service. The cruise line sails to the most popular cruise destinations in the world with a huge focus on the Caribbean and Bahamas. This BOGO Sale from Carnival Cruise Line includes the following:
  • Buy one, get the second deposit for free*
  • Free Price Protection guaranteeing you the best price on your cruise
  • Good for sailings July 2019 and later
  • Carnival EasyPay available for cruises on or after November 2019
  • Sale ends on Friday, May 9, 2019
For complete terms and conditions of this BOGO sale from Carnival, contact a local travel professional or visit

Source: Cruise Fever

Independence of the Seas to be redeployed from UK

Royal Caribbean announced it had decided to redeploy its Independence of the Seas from the UK in 2020, and instead keep the vessel in Port Everglades FL to offer more voyages to RCCL's private Bahamian island CocoCay. As a result of the change, RCI has begun informing clients who had sailings booked on Independence of the Seas from Southampton UK in 2020 that their cruises were canceled. On the UK website, Royal Caribbean explained that "guests affected by the itinerary change will be offered full refunds and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for use on alternative sailings." The Quantum-class Anthem of the Seas will be back to the UK for 2020, adding more options for travelers out of Southampton. Independence OTS will stay in the Caribbean instead of homeporting in Southampton in 2020.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Victoria Cruise Lines Offers ‘Return to the Three Gorges’ Live-Action Performance as Optional Excursion in Fengjie

Pioneer of luxury river cruising on China’s Yangtze River, Victoria Cruise Lines has launched a new optional excursion to experience the acclaimed “Return to the Three Gorges” live-action performance and hi-tech spectacle. Focused on landscapes and the environment, the epic tale directed by world-renowned, award-winning director Zhang Yimou, brilliantly presents scenes from popular Chinese poems with imaginative choreography and astounding hi-tech projections all set on an impressive river stage. “It’s an outdoor performance with The Three Gorges as its backdrop presented on a river stage with remarkable effects and choreography. The show is truly one-of-a-kind and something our passengers will never forget,” said Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruise Lines. The unique “Return to the Three Gorges” show will be operating as an optional excursion on the evening of fourth day of the cruise near scenic Qutang Gorge for passengers departing Yichang on the upstream five-day Three Gorges Highlights itinerary. Passengers departing Chongqing on the four-day Three Gorges Highlights downstream itinerary can opt for the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” live-action musical and acrobatic performance, presented in an outdoor setting on Three Gorges Harbour in Zhongxian.

Source: Victoria Cruise Lines

Enchantment of the Seas Commences First Sailing from Galveston

Royal Caribbean's liner Enchantment of the Seas started her seasonal homeport cruise itinerary from Galveston TX with a 7-day Western Caribbean voyage on Monday, May 6. The vessel joins the biggest fleetmate - Liberty of the Seas. With Enchantment OTS, the seaport anticipates around 2,400 passengers per voyage. RCI has scheduled a total of fifty 4- and 5-day round trips plus one 7-day out of Galveston during season 2019. Depending on the itinerary, call ports include Cozumel/Progreso, and Costa Maya. The new itineraries are expected to result in additional 122,400 cruise passengers leaving from Galveston TX.

Source: Cruise Mapper

MSC Cruises announces Host of MSC Grandiosa Christening

Six months before the official christening ceremony of MSC Grandiosa on November 9 in the Port of Hamburg, MSC Cruises announced that popular TV star Michelle Hunziker will host the event as the line’s newest flagship will be named. TV presenter, actress, singer, and model Hunziker also hosted the christening ceremony of MSC Seaview in Genoa last year. Michelle Hunziker, who was born in Switzerland, has grown up in Italy and speaks 5 languages. She embodies internationality with joie de vivre, a sense of family, and a Mediterranean soul, just like the MSC Cruises company does. MSC Grandiosa is the 3rd Meraviglia generation ship and the first of Meraviglia-Plus class. The vessel will become the 5th new next-generation ship that MSC has launched in just 2 and a half years as part of the line's investment plan of EUR 13.6 billion spanning over ten years. Grandiosa is due to be followed by a further twelve ships through 2027 with her sistership, MSC Virtuosa launching in October 2020.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Royal Caribbean Cancels all 2020 UK Sailings on Independence of the Seas, Ship will Stay in Florida
How popular is Royal Caribbean’s newly revamped private island? The cruise line has decided to keep one of their cruise ships in Florida in 2020 instead of sending the ship over to the UK for the summer. Royal Caribbean sent out an email to guests who had a cruise booked on Independence of the Seas out of the UK in 2020 informing them that their cruise has been canceled. The email said the following: “We are writing to inform you of a 2020 deployment change for Independence of the Seas; the ship will sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida rather than Southampton. This decision has been made in response to strong booking interest in our new Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay. For those guests impacted, we will therefore be offering full refunds and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for use on an alternative Royal Caribbean sailing.” The future cruise credit will be worth 25% of the cruise fare paid for the booking that was canceled. Independence of the Seas was originally scheduled for a Transatlantic cruise on May 2, 2020. The cruises canceled range from three to 14 night cruises to Norway and the Mediterranean. Independence of the Seas received a massive makeover in 2018 and received the following new features:
  • The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon.
  • Glow-in-the-dark laser tag, an experience in Studio B unlike any other, where friends and family can team up to play “Battle for Planet Z”.
  • Puzzle Break, a new escape room experience where competitors can put their minds to the test, working together to find hidden clues and solve a series of high-tech riddles to unravel a mystery. With only 60 minutes of play, the excitement builds with each tick of the clock.
  • Breathtakingly beautiful new lounges and Panoramic Oceanview staterooms adds an extra bit of extraordinary to Independence. With stunning wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling views, guests can soak up the feeling of standing on the bridge of the ship and watching the sunset over the coastline, all from the privacy of their own stateroom.
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, enables sports fans to enjoy all the biggest live sporting events over ice-cold beers, wings, sliders and more.
  • Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience gives guests the chance to enjoy fresh sushi and experience skilled chefs cooking tableside on teppanyaki grills.
  • Fish & Ships, a poolside eatery where guests can grab quintessentially British seaside treats.
  • Sugar Beach candy shop, a wondrous world of delicious delights, along with a few exciting surprises.
Source: Cruise Fever

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Holland America expands digital Guest Platform

Holland America is expanding the functionality of the line's popular browser-based Navigator tool into a free, user-friendly app for mobile phones and tablets which can be used onboard. iPhone and Android users are now able to download the Navigator app from iTunes App and Google Play stores. Using Navigator, passengers can plan daily activities, book shore excursions, check their account statement, make dining reservations, view restaurant menus and spa treatments, and more. The chat function is expected to be the most popular feature, enabling guests to communicate with each other for free while onboard. With Navigator, passengers are also able to select and save activities in order to personalize the daily schedule. The activities appear alongside booked shore excursions and dining reservations, keeping everything easily accessible in just one place. Notifications are easily set up to send reminders and alerts for messages, reservations, and more. Those who forget to download the app before embarking can download it once onboard free of charge without using internet minutes. Holland America Line is already extending the app offerings for both tablets and mobile phones to offer pre-voyage access so travellers can review available services as well as check out the interactive fleet map at any time prior to boarding the ship.

Source: CruiseMapper

AIDAnova becomes first LNG cruise ship to dock at Barcelona

AIDA Cruises' AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship to run on low-emission LNG in port and at sea, thanks to its dual-fuel engines. 'We are very proud to operate the most environmentally friendly cruise ship and will continue along this path,' said Felix Eichhorn, president, AIDA Cruises, who along with Capt. Boris Becker welcomed numerous local government and tourism officials on board today. In addition to the use of LNG for cruise ships, Costa Group and other Carnival Corp. & plc brands have been pioneering the use of advanced air quality system in the small confines of a cruise ship. Considered an environmental breakthrough, AAQSs are intalled on more than 70% of ships in the Carnival Corp. fleet. 'We are delighted to receive AIDAnova in Barcelona,' said Francesco Muglia, general manager for Spain & Portugal of Costa Cruises. 'This ship, together with the arrival of Costa Smeralda in October, prove the firm commitment of Costa Group to sustainability and technology while contributing to the cruise industry making sustainable tourism a fundamental part of our industry leadership.' Until early November, AIDAnova will offer seven-day cruises to ports including Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia and Marseille and Barcelona.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Norwegian Joy, the world’s first cruise ship with a go-kart track, will arrive in the U.S. for the first time next week after Norwegian Cruise Line gave the vessel a $50 million renovation
Norwegian Joy was originally built for the Chinese cruise market and first debuted in 2017. The cruise line gave the ship a $50 million transformation to prepare the vessel for cruises from the States. Norwegian Joy is the fifteenth cruise ship in the cruise line’s modern fleet of sixteen ships, and the second in the Breakaway-Plus Class. The cruise ship is one of the most innovative in the fleet, featuring industry firsts including an onboard go-kart track, open-air laser tag arena and Galaxy Pavilion, a dedicated virtual reality and gaming venue. he cruise ship is the only vessel in the fleet to offer the Concierge-level stateroom category, which features spacious suites with 24/7 concierge service and private dining. Following the extensive renovation, a variety of new dining and bar venues have been added. Norwegian Joy will offer seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C. Beginning in the fall, she will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, California as well as the Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami, Florida. Norwegian Joy will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020.
Source: CruiseFever

Costa Smeralda will call at Barcelona on its first cruise on Oct. 30 before being christened in Savona on Nov. 3
The six-day inaugural voyage will depart from Savona Nov. 4 to Barcelona, Marseille and Civitavecchia. Costa Smerald will then continue to sail the Western Mediterranean until April 2021, offering one-week cruises to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Celebrity Cruises is putting the final touches on Celebrity Flora, the first ship in the world built to sail to the Galapagos

While Celebrity has been gliding through the wildlife-rich archipelago sitting roughly 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador since 2004 with its Xpedition ship, the spacious Flora will debut as the largest vessel in the destination. Both ships hold up to 100 passengers (the maximum allowed by the local government), but Flora is twice the size of its predecessor. And with 81 crew members onboard, Flora puts a premium on service as much as space.“Our guests love to immerse themselves in the destinations we travel to, and they like to do so in a modern luxury way,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Building Celebrity Flora from the ground up allowed us to create a ship that brings industry-first eco-friendly innovation, sustainability and national exploration to the region. The guests will feel as though they are boarding a high-end yacht for a week of unparalleled adventures. The all-suite accommodations offer guests the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and untouched areas of the world with the comforts and level of service they can expect from Celebrity Cruises.” “From my personal experience, I can say that not only is this a bucket-list destination but it is a life-changing trip as well,” Lutoff-Perlo added. “You gain an appreciation for this world in a way that only the untouched Galapagos can do.”
Flora found design inspiration in the sleek, modern look of Edge, which joined the Celebrity fleet in 2018. Notably, Flora adopted Edge’s Infinite Veranda, which means that in a number of the cabins, the balcony is incorporated into the interior: the press of a button allows you to open a window and transform it into an indoor-outdoor space. Flora’s aim is to get you out there experiencing the Galapagos. One way to do that is to take part in the world’s first glamping-at-sea offering. For an upcharge, you can reserve Flora’s teak-slatted pair of cabanas on the top deck for an evening. The vessel will have 11 onboard naturalists who have been certified by Galapagos National Park. The two daily excursions will be more accommodating to young and elderly passengers along with those with mobility issues. A marina lowers from the back of the ship and allows you to easily walk onto the custom-designed tenders. This makes the notoriously cumbersome process on other ships seamless here. The marina also will be equipped with lockers and showers. There are two dining venues and two lounges. Ocean Grill is the more casual alfresco option that will host Dinner Under the Stars, a one time cruise event where everyone gathers for a locally sourced feast. The indoor Seaside Restaurant has top-to-bottom windows and a menu that’s split between Celebrity favorites (popular fleet wide dishes like escargot à la bourguignonne) and Ecuadorian-inspired fare. Flora cruises will set sail from Baltra, Ecuador. Choose among 10-, 11- and 16-night packages, all of which include meals, drinks and shore excursions. All itineraries give you a night at JW Marriott Hotel Quito and at least a day exploring the capital city before embarking on the cruise. The 16-day option adds on post-cruise time in Peru for trekking through Lima, Machu Picchu and Cuzco.

Source: Forbes

Allure of the Seas Cruises modified due to propulsion issues

Cruisers booked on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas from 5th of May through October 2019 might notice changes to their itinerary. The line has replaced certain ports of call, and adjusted arrival and departure times for others, as a result of the ship sailing at a reduced speed due to a mechanical issue. The issue has no effect on passenger safety, a spokesperson for the line confirmed. However, several members on the Royal Caribbean forums shared a letter they received from the line, alerting them to the modified schedules. One letter reads: "We'll be reducing our speed because of a technical matter with one of the ship's three propulsion pods. As a result, we've had to make an adjustment to our itinerary" … "We are sorry for this unexpected change. Please know, when making these changes, we do everything possible to offer a similar replacement port of call and maximize your time in each destination. We are confident your cruise will be amazing." A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean verified the letter. They added that the line will be working with passengers whose shore excursions have been affected by the changes. Tours booked for St. Thomas will be automatically refunded to cruisers' original forms of payment. Allure of the Seas is scheduled to enter dry dock in April 2020, where it will receive its "Royal Amplified" makeover. Royal Caribbean has not modified cruises beyond October 2019.

Source: CruiseCritic

Hapag Lloyd Cruises receives the first of two newbuilds after a one month delay from the Norwegian VARD yard

Hanseatic Nature will be inaugurated in the harbor of Hamburg Germany and is due to begin its first journeys to northern Europe and Greenland. After the end of the season, the vessel is deployed to South America for cruises to Antarctica. The cruise company will receive its second vessel, Hanseatic Inspiration in October 2019.

Source: CruiseMapper

Keel laying ceremony for Odyssey of the Seas at Meyer Werft

Excitement was in the air at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, today May 3, 2019, as Royal Caribbean International marked an important milestone in the development of Odyssey of the Seas. Scheduled to be delivered in fall 2020, Odyssey received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place.

Source: Late Cruise News

Taking the Scenic route into the future of underwater experiences

Luxury cruise merchant, and subsidiary of UK based Emerald Waterways, Scenic, unveiled a peek into the development of its new custom-designed Scenic Neptune submarine. Focusing on the technology and interior build of the underwater vessel, the images give a glimpse into the future of where the cruise experience is heading, which, from its sci-fi style looks, means only one thing…the world of tomorrow! Customised to Scenic’s specific needs, the sub has been kitted out with sightseeing in mind and capable of diving to a depth of 300 metres with seating for up to six guests plus the pilot. On top of which the precise and responsive manoeuvrability of Scenic Neptune will provide guests with an incredible experience as the craft glides through the ocean’s three-dimensional environment. Scenic Neptune key designs and features include:
  • The specially commissioned design meets international design standards and provides unmatched comfort, space and style, with maximum legroom and headroom while keeping overall weight and size to a minimum.
  • Scenic Neptune’s acrylic spheres are constructed from a material which has the same refraction index as seawater; therefore it visually disappears underwater and provides a very open and spacious feeling.
  • Controls are designed for ease of management with the standard UIS (U-Boat Worx Information System) and display all pertinent information to the pilot via a large touchscreen monitor.
  • Internal climate control and a surround sound music system form part of the fine detailing, together with the optimum ergo dynamics to facilitate ease of boarding and disembarking.
  • The design consists of a three-person pod on the front and at the back of the sub for a total of six guests plus the pilot. The seats are mounted on a platform that can swivel 280 degrees to allow viewing from both sides of the submarine and strong exterior lights will allow guests to take in the colours and details of wrecks and other underwater sights.
  • Multiple safety features are incorporated into the design at every stage and include features such as automatically resurfacing in the unlikely event of a power outage.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Viking Cruises, the world’s leading cruise line for river cruising, has announced an expansion to their offerings in Egypt that include a new ship in 2020 and privileged access experiences to their Pharaohs and Pyramids itinerary

The cruise line is also adding two new pre-cruise extensions that will provide privileged access to archives and exhibits that are not normally accessible to the public. Viking Osiris will debut in 2020 and will be built specifically for the Nile River. The vessel will be inspired by the design of a Viking Longship but custom built for cruises in Egypt. Hosting just 82 guests in 41 staterooms, Viking Osiris will be a state-of-the art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known – and will join the company’s other ship on the Nile, Viking Ra, which launched in 2018. Viking is the first and only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile.

Source: Cruise Fever

Victory Cruise Lines, operated by American Queen Steamboat Co., released design details about its upcoming Ocean Victory and teased an Alaska season overview

Currently under construction in China as one of a series of expedition newbuilds for Miami's SunStone Ships, the 200-passenger Ocean Victory will be chartered to Victory in the northern summers and Albatros Expeditions the rest of the year. Ocean Victory will sail 20 Alaska cruises of seven to 10 nights from May through September 2021. The vessel's small size and shallow draft will enable it to access places that bigger ships can't. Victory promised 'world-class accommodations and amenities, along with immersive shore excursions at an unmatched inclusive value.' The 104.4-meter Ocean Victory will feature 93 suites, 68 with balconies, nine with French balconies and 16 with panoramic windows. Facilities include two restaurants, in addition to an open-deck dining area, observation and lecture lounges, piano bar, library, gym, spa, swimming pool with pool bar and Jacuzzi. A complement of marine biologists, scientists and naturalists will lead expeditions and provide lectures. The vessel will carry 100 crew in 57 cabins. The ship will be built to Ulstein's patented X-BOW design for a smoother, more comfortable ride with low levels of noise and vibration. Rolls-Royce zero speed stabilizers will reduce rolling, and dynamic positioning will maintain the ship's location without anchors. This means Ocean Victory can easily change positions for expedition operations such as Zodiac landings with minimal environmental impact. Twenty Zodiacs and dozens of kayaks will provide opportunities for active adventure. Bookings for Ocean Victory's Alaska program will open in July this year, with fares to be announced in the coming weeks.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

CroisiEurope offers new itineraries for 2020 featuring 170 cruises taking place on 56 ships along 39 waterways in 37 countries

The cruise operator previously announced early booking offers on all 2020 itineraries, including 15 percent off of European departures when booked by August 31, 2019, using the promo code EARBOOUS. Highlights of CroisiEurope’s new itineraries launching in 2020 include:
  • 6-night cruise from Mantua to Venice travels through the heart of three Italian regions–Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto.
  • 6- and 7-night cruises through the Aquitaine region travel from Bordeaux to Royan, along the Gironde Estuary and on the Garonne and Dordogne.
  • Roundtrip cruises from Bordeaux call at Pauillac, Royan, Libourne and Cadillac with excursions to Rochefort, La Rochelle and Saint-Emilion.
  • 5-night cruise along the Moselle travels through the romantic Rhine Valley in the Alsace and Switzerland. 
In 2020, CroisiEurope will offer cruises on the Seine; Garonne & Dordogne; Rhone; Moselle; Loire; Guadiana & Guadalquivir; Po; Douro; Rhine & Danube; Elbe; Mekong; and Lake Kariba in Southern Africa; as well as on the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas and on the French canals.

Source: TravelPulse

Do you have what it takes to win this cruise ship competition?

Royal Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruise lines and there’s something special for everyone to enjoy while on board. There’s one activity on board that rises (or flops) above the rest: the “Men’s International Belly Flop Competition”. Mark these words-coming out the champion in this contest is no easy feat. It takes great preparation, sacrifice, and a carefree mentality. There are avid Royal Caribbean cruisers out there who often look forward to this event. What does it take to make it to the top three? Here are the keys to winning from a hopeful champion!
5. Pork fat endurance Each morning of the cruise, guests should eat nowhere else but in the Windjammer, where it’s paramount to load up on all of the essentials. Guests must load up their plates with bacon, sausage, and French Toast, and pancakes, and the fruit - one can never have enough Vitamin C. Lastly, all of the yummy food must be chased down with orange juice or coffee. When done, guests are encouraged to go back to the buffet for a reload and after scarfing down second load, to wash it all down with unsweetened iced tea. Guests should repeat this process every morning until the day of competition.
4. Practice, practice, practice! In between Royal Caribbean cruises, slacking off is discouraged. Endless practice is vital to making it to bronze, silver, or gold medal status. Avid contestants have to be serious about participating in this prestigious competition. Who has an in-ground swimming pool their your house? Use it! Cruisers should do at least half a dozen jumps per day. If the life guards at the town pool or boy/girls club don’t mind, it is ok to practice there. As long as they’re told what’s going on, it’s all good. It’s best to tell them it’s a top priority.
3. Take the stairs! While on board ship, it’s vital to be in some form of good shape. This is of no contradiction to #5. While sailing, it’s vital that guests do not use the elevator when going upstairs to any of the upper decks. Whether you’re going to breakfast, the pool deck, or the media center, keep those calves well-toned. In the belly flop competition, making a high jump is part of the process. The legs are a contestant’s rocket boosters. The higher the jump, the harder the landing. All guests are reminded that the contestants’ jumps are judged according to the following criteria: style, grace, and self-inflicted pain.
2. It’s all about the buffet! Contestants must not get this confused with #5. At lunch time, contestants must load up on anything that will put a few concrete pounds on the abdominal region - focus on the hot dogs, French fries, tortilla chips, peel-and-eat shrimp, roasted ham, and anything that will truly help stick your landing, some cookies and desserts are the perfect way to top it all off. Finally, wash it all down with a few specialty drinks. The most highly recommended specialty drinks are the Fuzzy Navel and Mai Tai.
1. Whatever Richard Simmons says, do the opposite! (Self-Explanatory) To all potential belly-floppers: It’s paramount to forget what that clown with the curly hairdo and funny shorts said. The belly flop competition is “the” moment to shine. All cruisers must remember to avoid the ship’s gym at all costs, give into temptation when a chocolate cake is in sight, and load up on the carbohydrates like never before. Many men of all sizes and shapes have bravely stepped up onto the famous “Hurt Box” and have shown the ladies what their abdominal regions are made of.
Who out there has what it takes? Who believes that they belong to this band of dauntless legends? Cruising is more than taking a week off from the stresses of the real world. It’s the crowning opportunity to make the family and ladies proud.

Source: Porthole Cruise

Twelve Royal Caribbean cruise ships are moving to new homeports next week as the cruise line prepares for the summer cruise season

The deployment changes include three of the cruise line’s award winning Oasis class ships and nearly half of Royal Caribbean’s fleet of 26 cruise ships. Here is a rundown of the 12 Royal Caribbean cruise ships that will begin sailing out of new homeports in the next week.
Oasis of the Seas – On May 5, 2019, began sailing seven night roundtrip cruises out of Barcelona, Spain. Port stops include Palma De Mallorca, Marseille, La Spezia, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Naples.
Mariner of the Seas – After a multi-million dollar renovation and new features last year, is moving from PortMiami to Port Canaveral. The ship will sails its first cruise from the port on May 6, 2019, and will sail three and four night cruises to the Bahamas, each with a stop at Perfect Day at the cruise line’s private island CocoCay.
Allure of the Seas – After spending a season in Miami for the first time, is headed back to Port Everglades. Starting May 5, 2019, will sail seven night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Harmony of the Seas – On May 6, 2019, will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time. After two short three night cruises to the Bahamas, the cruise ship will sail seven night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Adventure of the Seas – moving from Port Everglades to New York. Once in New York, the cruise ship will sail a variety of cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada/New England.
Brilliance of the Seas – moving from Tampa to Amsterdam to sail cruises to the Baltic and British Isles.
Enchantment of the Seas – will move from Port Canaveral to Galveston for cruises to the Western Caribbean. The ship’s first cruise out of Galveston will take place on May 6, 2019.
Independence of the Seas – leaving Ft. Lauderdale on May 4, 2019 to sail cruises out of Southampton, England.
Radiance of the Seas – repositioning to Vancouver for seven night sailings to Alaska.
Rhapsody of the Seas – moving from Tampa to the Mediterranean for seven night cruises out of Venice, Italy. The ship is currently on a 14 night Transatlantic cruise to Europe.
Serenade of the Seas – headed to Europe. The ship left Port Everglades this past Friday for Copenhagen. Once in Copenhagen, the ship will sail seven night cruises to Norway, Scandinavia, and Russia.
Vision of the Seas – left Galveston on April 19 and will arrive in her new homeport of Barcelona on May 6, 2019. The ship will offer 12 night cruises in the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece.

Source: Cruise Fever

New Zealand’s first custom-built cruise ship facility is set to be opened by the Lyttelton Port Company in November 2020
While smaller vessels have continued to visit, large cruise ships have been unable to berth at Lyttelton, the gateway to Christchurch, since the February 2011 earthquake. The new cruise berth will be able to accommodate the full range of cruise ships, including those that carry more than 5,000 passengers.
70 bookings already LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie said building of the cruise berth is on schedule and already 70 bookings for cruise ships for the 2020/21 season have been made. ‘It means Lyttelton will be able to berth a larger cruise vessel at the new cruise berth and still have smaller cruise ships in the inner harbour,’ Davie said. ‘We will be able to say yes to all cruise ships.’ He said passengers will be transported by bus into Christchurch and will be able to explore the newly-built Christchurch central city. ‘The investment in port facilities at Lyttelton is a further sign of the Canterbury region’s recovery and resurgence following the devastating 2011 earthquake in which the port experienced significant damage,’ Joel Katz, CLIA Australasia and Asia managing director, said.
Boost for itinerary planning ‘In addition to highlighting the region’s resilience, the facilities provide cruise operators with greater flexibility and choice in itinerary planning for the growing number of cruise visitors to New Zealand,’ Katz said.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Scientologists' Cruise Ship Quarantined for Measles

The Church of Scientology's cruise ship, the Freewinds, has been quarantined at the port of St. Lucia after the local government learned of a confirmed case of measles on board. The Freewinds reportedly has 300 passengers and crew members on board, and one female passenger has been diagnosed with measles. St. Lucia's coast guard confirmed the vessel's identity to American media. The government of St. Lucia has explained that the quarantine is a precautionary measure. "There are outbreaks of measles [in America] largely because persons have not taken the vaccine," said St. Lucia's chief medical officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks, in a videotaped address. She noted that measles is highly contagious, and said that after extensive deliberations, "we thought it prudent that we quarantine the ship." According to Dr. Fredericks, the patient on board Freewinds is in stable condition and is in isolation. Freewinds is presently moored at Point Seraphine at the port of Castries, according to AIS tracking. She is in quarantine but has not been detained, according to Dr. Fredericks, and while her crew cannot disembark, the vessel could depart for another destination if her operator chose. The U.S.-based Church of Scientology has owned the Freewinds (ex name Bohème) since 1986. The group uses the vessel for themed cruises and for administering the top levels of its structured program of spiritual certification. "The most advanced [Operating Thetan] level (New OT VIII) is exclusively entrusted to the [Freewinds]," Scientology says on its website. "To a Scientologist, boarding the Freewinds is the most significant spiritual accomplishment of his lifetime and brings with it the full realization of his immortality."
According to reports, health officials supplied a hundred doses of vaccine to the vessel, and Church of Scientology left the Caribbean island of St Lucia on the 3rd of May.

Source: The Maritime Executive, CruiseMapper
Princess Cruises to raise automatic Daily Gratuities

In an effort to be more "on par with other cruise lines," Princess Cruises has raised the gratuities automatically charged to passengers' onboard accounts. The daily, per-person rates will increase by $1 and affect all cruises departing on or after May 21, 2019. Passengers staying in standard cabins (interior, ocean-view and balcony) will be charged $14.50 (up from $13.50); mini-suites will increase to $15.50 (up from $14.50); and suites will go up to $16.50 (from $15.50). Booked cruisers who have prepaid their gratuities before May 14 will not be affected by the changes. In a statement, Princess said: "The increase underscores our commitment to reward our crew for the excellent service provided to our guests." This is the first time Princess has raised its daily gratuities since 2016, when the line increased its rates for a second time that year. The change follows similar moves made by Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line in the past year.

Source: CruiseCritic

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Coral Adventurer Christened in Singapore

Coral Expeditions launched its 4th and biggest expedition cruise ship, Coral Adventurer. The official christening ceremony of Coral Adventurer was held in Singapore on Wednesday, April 24, with key stakeholders, Coral Expeditions’ senior management, and global media guests in attendance to see the naming of the newest addition to the Australian fleet of expedition vessels. Quek Peck Lim served as the godmother of the new ship and blessed the launch. Coral Adventurer is currently sailing on her sold-out, 18-day maiden cruise, “In the Trail of Tasman”, through the Indonesian Archipelago. The voyage retraces the historic adventures of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the first to map the coastlines of Northern Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea during the 17th century. After her inaugural voyage, Coral Adventurer is due to arrive in Australian waters for the first time via a ceremonial welcome in Darwin on May 12. The ship will that evening start a 10-night cruise through West Papua on her 2nd itinerary, “Wildlife and Warriors”, prior to returning to Darwin to resume Kimberley season.

Source: CruiseMapper

India start-up Jalesh Cruises renamed Pacific Jewel to Karnika during a ceremony at the Princess Dock of the Mumbai Port Trust last Friday, 19th of April
Karnika is named after a celestial nymph, who according to legend emerged when gods and demons churned the ocean for ‘amrit’, the elixir of life. The name also reflects a true Indian identity, drawing inspiration from the first Indian ghat (a flight of steps leading down to a river), Manikarnika in Varanasi, considered one of the oldest Indian cities. The ceremony began with a group of priests chanting hymns, as the head priest broke the traditional coconut. This was followed by the godmother, Shreyasi Punit Goenka, daughter-in-law of chief guest, chairman of the Essel and Zee TV group of companies, Subhash Chandra, naming the vessel.
Homeported in Mumbai before switching to Dubai The 70,285gt ship, owned by Zen Cruises and operated by Jalesh Cruises, is homeported out of Mumbai. It will undertake 15 sailings on the Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai and Mumbai-ocean-Mumbai routes between now and mid-May.
Karnika will then embark on its first international sailing from Mumbai to Dubai on May 24, where the ship is based until mid-September, before returning to Mumbai. Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services has been awarded technical management of the vessel.
Jurgen Bailom, president & CEO of Jalesh Cruises, said, ‘We are immensely proud to give India its first premium ship Karnika, which has been curated to indulge and entertain you in true Indian style. She is a beautiful ship designed to enthrall both domestic and international guests with famed Indian hospitality. ‘Our ship will make it possible for Indians to experience cruise vacations closer home, with high level of customisation that touches the sensibilities of people here,’ he added.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Filmmaker John Landis and costume designer & historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis PhD join Cunard Insights Program

Cunard has announced that celebrated film director John Landis and master costume designer, historian and professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis will sail on flagship liner Queen Mary 2 as part of the luxury cruise line’s renowned Insights program on a Transatlantic Crossing, August 18-25, 2019 (M925). While sailing on the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, the pair will offer Q&A sessions, lectures and a screening for guests to get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of motion pictures. John Landis’s films include Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Three Amigos!, Coming to America, Trading Places, An American Werewolf in London and the legendary Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Landis was the Executive Producer on the HBO comedy Dream On and in 2008 won an Emmy for his HBO documentary Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project. Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis is an Oscar-nominated costume designer, historian and professor known for creating the iconic costumes for Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the kingdom of Zumunda for Coming to America and Michael Jackson’s legendary red leather jacket for Thriller. Cunard’s onboard Insights program offers guests an unmatched opportunity to learn from and mingle with captivating experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. Recent speakers have included Alan Cumming and Keegan-Michael Key. In addition, Cunard is offering extraordinary special event Crossings throughout the 2019 season celebrating fashion, astronomy, wine, ballet and more.

Source: Cunard

Quark Expeditions has unveiled a sustainability strategy it calls Polar Promise

The strategy advances existing initiatives aimed at improving environmental and social outcomes in the polar regions, and provides a cohesive plan, the company stated. The strategy is said to translate ongoing and newly-announced efforts into concrete, measurable goals and sustainable outcomes to be achieved by 2025. “Quark Expeditions recognizes its responsibility to do more to protect these magnificent places,” said Andrew White, president of Quark, in a prepared statement. “We want to go beyond reducing our footprint. We want to work with other leaders in the industry and with our guests to address the really complex issues facing the polar regions.” Quark Expeditions, which is approaching its 30th anniversary year, said it has a history of being committed to sustainable tourism. In the first half of the Antarctic 2019 season alone, Quark said it diverted 270 cubic meters (about the size of 2 ½ humpback whales) of plastic, papers and glass as part of the SeaGreen initiative. It is one of 22 founding cruise operators in the SeaGreen recycling pilot program. Polar Promise is broken into four focus areas: Embedding sustainability goals and targets into Quark’s business strategy and staff incentives. Measuring and reporting on the strategy. Helping the company’s supply chain to engage with sustainable practices and policies. And continued leadership and active membership of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). Quark also referred to what it calls the polar legacy, making positive impact exponential, that is, understanding the transformational power of the polar regions to build advocacy with its guests; and understanding that the positive benefits of bringing people to the polar regions outweigh any impact of taking people there, “that we put in more than we take out.” Furthermore, Quark stated that it supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which guide businesses towards the goal of achieving a sustainable society in 2030, and that the SDGs are core to this holistic sustainability framework.

Source: Cruise Industry News

The Mein Schiff 4 kicked off the new season at Bodrum Cruise Port, docking on April 21 with over 2,600 guests aboard.

This is the second year that a TUI Cruises ship started the season in Bodrum, according to a statement. Over 2,600 guests enjoyed the destination of Bodrum with various activities, the port said. Some visited Antique Theater, Myndos Gate and the famous Bodrum Castle while others sailed with a Goulet towards the beautiful bays of Bodrum. As well, some specialty excursions were available including cooking class at a local vineyard and jeep safari. Others took a bike ride through the streets of Bodrum. Bodrum Cruise Port has been under the Global Ports Holding umbrella since 2008. The port offers terminal, marine and auxiliary services to cruise ships, ferries and yachts for its transit and turnaround operations. The terminal building has facilities including duty free shopping areas, travel agencies and a restaurant.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Azamara Club Cruises announced the complete list of its 2021 and winter/spring 2022 cruise itineraries

Committed to its Destination Immersion programming, passengers can expect more than 140 overnight stays around the globe and deepen the discovery of Eastern Europe through an expanded program of itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnight stays in Istanbul and an opportunity to explore hidden gems like Antalya and Sinop. The cruise line's 10 Maiden Ports include Amami, Arica, Brest, Fraser Island, Guayaquil, Manta, Milos, Pylos, Tema (Accra), and Warrenpoint. Highlights of 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries include:
In 2021, Azamara Cruises more than doubled overnight stays in France and Spain since 2015. Shore excursions' examples include Andalusian Gastronomy Experience in Seville, Spain and Nantes/Loire Valley.
Azamara is due to travel Deeper into Turkey with highlights of the shore trip programming including Complete Istanbul, Turkey and Returning Ports: Antalya and Sinop.
Azamara will also offer new Grand Voyages where passengers can book back-to-back cruises around the world and receive onboard credit for each leg of the voyage plus free WiFi. The Grand Voyages of the company are designed for travellers to opt in for longer journeys by visiting more cruise destinations, connecting with local people and their culture, while saving money on the booking. An example of a new Grand Voyage includes the 69-night circumnavigation of South America sailing roundtrip from Miami FL, starting January 2022, and giving guests an immersive experience of South America, covering a total of 32 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, and cruises through Antarctic Sound.

Source: CruiseMapper

Royal Caribbean Begins Construction of Fifth Oasis

Royal Caribbean International announced the the steel cutting of a fifth Oasis-class ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2021. The steel cutting, marking the official start of construction, took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, according to a press release. "The fifth Oasis Class ship will combine the iconic seven-neighborhood concept that her sister ships feature with a bold and unexpected lineup of thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology," the company said.

Source: Cruise Industry News

“The market is booming in the States,” said Herve Bellaiche, executive vice president of sales for Ponant

The French luxury expedition brand is now sourcing some 40 percent of its passengers in the United States. The efforts are led by Navin Sawhney, CEO of the Americas, based out of New York. “Our passion delivers the destination experience,” said Sawhney. “The customer is not simply looking for bucket list experiences. They don’t just want to sightsee or ‘sight do.’ They literally want to become the destination and go through that transformation. The best way to do that is in a ship that is small and places the destination higher and above all other things.” And that is what is Ponant is delivering as it expands the fleet with six new Explorer-class ships at 184 guests each, joining four slightly larger Boreal-class ships as well as Le Ponant, a sailing vessel, and a 270-guest LNG-fueled icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, set to debut in 2021.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Coral Expeditions Launches Coral Adventurer

On the 23rd of April, a Coral Expeditions celebrated the official launch of its fourth and largest expedition ship, 120-guest Coral Adventurer, at a ceremony in Singapore. Coral Expeditions’ senior management, key stakeholders and global media guests joined onboard. Quek Peck Lim was named godmother of the new vessel and blessed her launch. Following a welcome by Senior Master Gary Wilson and Executive Director Paul Chacko from Coral Expeditions, guests were given a walk-through of the ship. Guests were also taken for a sunset cruise along the Singapore coast to experience first-hand the new ship at sea. Indigenous leader and performer, Dr David Hudson, presented a traditional gift to welcome her to the Australian fleet and entertained with Indigenous music during the evening.
The ship will set sail for Darwin today on its sold-out maiden voyage “In the Trail of Tasman”, an 18- day expedition cruise through the Indonesian Archipelago. The adventure will retrace the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia in the 17th century. Following its inaugural sailing, the Coral Adventurer will arrive in Australian waters for the first time with an official ceremonial welcome in Darwin on May 12. That evening, she will commence a 10-night venture through West Papua on its second itinerary, “Wildlife and Warriors”, before returning to Darwin to resume the Kimberley season. Coral Expeditions Senior Master Gary Wilson added: “Our itineraries are like no other as the combination of expedition cruising in remote coastal waters, matched with our warm Australian hospitality and decades of expedition experience ensure guests enjoy pushing the boundaries and taking travellers even closer to places that haven’t been explored before.

Source: Cruise Industry News

The ”Spectrum of the Seas,” the largest cruise ship in the entire world, anchored in Greece’s port of Piraeus on the morning of Holy Tuesday

The Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, which is carrying more than 3,000 passengers, is on its very first voyage. The massive vessel was delivered to Royal Caribbean this month and she began her first cruise from Barcelona, Spain just five days ago. The port of Piraeus is quite used to receiving huge cruise ships, as it is an essential stop on most of the cruises which ply the Mediterranean Sea during high tourist season. However, this is the first time that Attica’s port has seen such an impressive vessel, with her myriad state-of-the-art facilities and features.

Source: Greece.GreekReporter

Celebrity Flora started sea trials at the North Sea last Saturday, April 13th

Speed, safety, and manoeuvrability were some of the features that had to be examined. After 3 days at sea, the ship returned to Schiedam on April 15 where Flora is being completely outfitted prior to her delivery to Celebrity Cruises. After entering service, the 102-metre vessel will take up to 100 guests on expeditions to the Galapagos Islands.

Source: CruiseMapper

Ocean Medallion: The First Smart City
Princess Cruises and Carnival Corporation officials are still pondering how to best present their much-anticipated Medallion Class to passengers. It’s not a new waterslide or port of call; it’s bigger than that – yet it’s intentionally nearly invisible. Interactive maps, keyless staterooms, streamlined passenger check ins and countless other current and in-production functionalities of the OceanMedallion platform will soon be ubiquitous across the Princess fleet – and likely other Carnival brands. The system doesn’t just learn what users want. It’s a seamless, real time, platform for building a guest’s personal brand, independent navigation, dining, and entertainment – so far. A hands-on gadfly during development, challenging assumptions and poking holes in technical equations, Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said the potential was limitless during a video call with the Caribbean Princess from his office in Miami, a testament to the ship’s connectivity. The Caribbean Princess is the company’s first fully Medallion-equipped vessel.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Fred. Olsen’s flagship 'Balmoral' commences record cruise season from Newcastle in 2019/20
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, has commenced its 2019/20 cruise season from Newcastle on 21st April 2019, setting sail from the Port of Tyne on an eight-night ‘Cruising German Waterways’ voyage. Balmoral’s ex-Newcastle cruise season will extend from April to June, from where the ship will reposition to Edinburgh (Rosyth), before returning to Newcastle from August to October, and then undertaking a further two departures in March 2020. Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are delighted that Balmoral will be operating a record 16 departures from Newcastle in 2019/20 – an increase on the 15 that we offered in 2018/19 – demonstrating the very loyal customer base that we have built up in this popular North Eastern port since we started cruise departures on our flagship in 2016. “Fred. Olsen’s attractive combination of exciting destinations – including Norway, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Baltic – and great value-for-money have seen many first-time cruisers and repeat customers from Newcastle and the North East make the decision to sail from their convenient, local Port of Tyne. “To date, our bookings for 2019 have shown that Balmoral’s ‘The Best of the Fjords in Seven Nights’ adult-only sailing from Newcastle in May, and our 11-night ‘Mystery Cruise’ in September – with the added bonus of visiting a different country every day – are amongst our best-selling holidays overall.”

Source: Media Fred. Olsen Cruises

Cruise Liner Mein Schiff 3 visits Red Sea in one-day voyage

Egypt’s Safaga Port in the Red Sea received giant tourist cruise liner Mein Schiff 3, lifting the Malta flag on Tuesday for a one-day voyage amid high security measures. The Cruise liner is served by 1000 staff and carries 2400 passengers from different nationalities, during its voyage to the Mediterranean and Red Sea ports for 10 days. The Cruise liner contains tennis playgrounds, swimming pools, a cinema, gym, library, hot bathes and restaurants. Dozens of tourist buses transferred the cruise’s passengers to the tourist sites and archaeological areas in Luxor. The Red Sea Ports Authority’s officials said that the governorate has coordinated with the different bodies in the port to raise the level of readiness and tighten security measures. The Maltese Mein Schiff 3 ship previously visited Safaga with 2,850 tourists in 2017 and 1,300 crew members on board, coming from Aqaba seaport; while 2,030 tourists and 1,002 crew members came on board the Norwegian Star, which came from Aqaba.

Source: Egypt Independent

MSC Cruises Posts 2018 Financial Results

MSC Cruises has posted net income of 348 million euros on revenues of 2.6 billion euros for 2018, compared to net income of 311 million euros on revenues of 2.3 billion euros for 2017, according to its recently released annual report. Ticket revenues were 2.1 billion euros and onboard revenues 690 million euros for 2018, up from ticket revenues of 1.7 billion euros and onboard revenues of 569 million euros for 2017. On a per passenger day basis, the ticket revenue was 121.51 euros and onboard revenue 40.68 euros for 2018, compared to 123.65 euros and 41.48 euros respectively for 2017. Year-over-year MSC carried 2,367,527 passengers and posted 16,961,532 passenger cruise days sold in 2018 with a 111.6 percent occupancy level, against 1,979,904 passengers and 13,716,516 passenger cruise days sold and an occupancy level of 111.0 percent in 2017. In 2018, MSC operated 15 ships and took delivery of the MSC Seaview in June. The overall capacity increased by 23 percent, according to the annual report, from 12.4 million to 15.2 million available lower berth days. The company also stated that it is poised to set a commercial growth record and generate strong yields in 2019 with the introduction of the Bellissima and Grandiosa. Fourteen more ships are on order for deliveries between 2020 and 2027.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Celestyal Cruises announced it is taking its cruise program west in 2020 fall for 6 departures in the Adriatic, calling at 7 new destinations in Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Montenegro. The new itineraries are operated on Celestyal Olympia.

The Adriatic itinerary includes 4 seven-night voyages departing from Venice on December 5,12,19 and 26, 2020 and visiting Corfu, Patras, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Split. Dubrovnik is also available for passengers as an embarkation port. There are also a couple of positioning sailings, the first on November 30 with a 5-night trip starting in Athens (Piraeus) and ending in Venice, visiting Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, and Dubrovnik. A 7-night positioning voyage also departs on January 2, 2021, from Venice, Italy with overnight and ending with an overnight in Piraeus along with visits to Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, and Katakolon. Celestyal recently launched a new “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary beginning in October 2019, which takes the cruise line back to Istanbul and introduces travellers to Volos, Greece, for trips to the mountains of Meteora, as well as to Canakkale, Turkey, for trips to Troy and Gallipoli. The cruise company will launch the “Three Continents” itinerary in December 2019, with 5 cruises visiting Alexandria, Port Said, Ashdod, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Limassol, and Rhodes.

Source: CruiseMapper

MSC Cruises has announced a new exclusive deal with home and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart covering new culinary and discovery experiences onboard and ashore.

The partnership — themed Celebrate, Discover, Experience — includes specially curated shore excursions, celebration surprise gift packages, and onboard special holiday dinner menus and recipes. “MSC Cruises is committed to developing enriching guest experiences and as such we partner with world-class experts in their field to create together something truly unique,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises. “Martha Stewart’s philosophy and passion for discovery is a perfect match for MSC Cruises and we are excited to bring her innovation, style and expertise to life in this special partnership designed to help our guests create memorable vacation moments with friends and family.” “I’ve always enjoyed introducing people to new experiences, and I’m thrilled to be working with MSC Cruises on a partnership that embodies the true celebratory nature of travel, exploration and discovery,” said Martha Stewart. “The excursions showcase some of my favorite activities and help MSC Cruises’ guests discover some of the authentic and hidden treasures of destinations throughout the Caribbean. The holiday dinner menus and surprise gift packages encompass what I believe celebrations should include: good food, good company and commemorating great adventures and inspiration wherever we are.”
Initially taking place in multiple destinations across the Caribbean, the Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions focus on some of Martha’s passion points and feature a variety of activities, including hands-on culinary classes and tastings of local delights, according to a statement, horseback riding in the ocean, hiking to hidden coves, visits to craft markets, lessons from local fisherman and tours of beautiful gardens. For the initial roll-out, excursions will be available at all destinations visited on itineraries served by MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia including: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, Saint Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatán Island, Honduras. Starting November 2019, additional excursions will be available in destinations visited by MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia while sailing the Caribbean. Future roll out will also include an excursion on MSC Cruises’ new private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, which will welcome its first guests in November 2019.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Norwegian Releases 2018 Stewardship Report

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. today published its 2018 Stewardship Report, highlighting the company’s progress on its sustainability goals. Initiatives underway include: Elimination of plastic straws across its 26-ship fleet and two island destinations; partnerships including Ocean Conservancy, joining Trash Free Seas Alliance; and the company’s Hope Starts Here campaign to reconstruct schools and critical infrastructure in Caribbean islands impacted by the devastating 2017 hurricane season. “We are proud of our achievements to date and remain steadfastly dedicated to responsible business practices that encourage the preservation and restoration of the oceans we sail on and destinations we visit,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian. In celebration of Earth Day, Norwegian employees attended a beach cleanup at Oleta State Park in North Miami Beach, Florida, collecting 160 pounds of trash. This event was held in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and Trash Free Seas Alliance. The Company has partnered with Ocean Conservancy since 2018, stating that it supports a shared vision of a world with waterways, beaches and oceans free of plastic waste. Additionally, the Alaska Raptor Center (ARC) celebrated the grand opening of its nature trail, funded by Norwegian, on April 20, 2019. As a special treat, the ARC’s staff brought out several of their glove-trained raptor ambassadors to greet visitors along the trail. The company funded the development and signage for a nature trail which spans throughout the ARC’s 17-acre conservation property. Located in Sitka, the center is an avian hospital and rehabilitation center that in 2018 cared for over 170 injured birds of prey. The 2018 Stewardship Report is part of the company’s global environmental program, Sail & Sustain, which reflects its mission to continually improve its sustainability culture through fresh innovation, progressive education and open collaboration. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings owns and operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announces new lineup of deals and promotions

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BCPL) has announced a new lineup of deals and promotions that make it easier than ever for travelers to book the perfect getaway to Grand Bahama Island.

Source: Cyber Cruises

Virgin Voyages and Emerald Brand have announced a sustainability partnership to deliver a, tree-free and plastic-free experience on board the Virgin ships
The partnership begins on the Scarlet Lady, setting sail in 2020. Virgin Voyages said it is among the first of major cruise lines to ban single-use plastic. Their goal is to fully embed sustainability into their business model through their operations and the sailor (guest) experience itself. In addition to replacing single-use plastics with reusable items, Virgin and Emerald will deliver a so-called tree-free experience through the ship's disposable paper products. Bath tissue, facial tissue, hot cups, paper towels, and napkins will be made from 60% to 100% tree-free material. According to a prepared statement, these products are made with unique technology that uses the by-product of agricultural crops that are typically burned or wasted, in place of trees. "Driving change to solve the issue of plastic waste and deforestation has been embedded in our company's ethos since my father founded our group over twenty years ago,” added Ralph Bianculli Jr., managing director of Emerald. Emerald's team of environmental experts, said to be known as the Eco-Squad, will help Virgin measure and communicate the environmental footprint reduction that has resulted from the switch to Emerald’s products. The Eco-Squad will also provide solutions for continuous improvement throughout the supply chain.

Source: Cruise Industry News

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TUI returns to the rivers with three vessels for the UK market

TUI UK & Ireland is launching TUI River Cruises, catering to the UK market and for adults only. Three second-hand ships are going to be acquired to operate on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers starting next April. Although the TUI River Cruises brand is new, TUI is not a newcomer to European river cruising. A fleet of upmarket river vessels tailored to the German source market operated between 2010 and 2014. According to Chris Hackney, managing director of cruise for TUI UK & Ireland, passengers will be able to personalise their travel package. For example, the line will offer £120 credit toward shore excursion bookings, allowing each customer the opportunity to tailor their holiday to suit them. The river vessels, understood to have a capacity in the range of 150 to 160 passengers, will have a 'handful of private balcony suites.'
The potential vessels Since new builds would take at least two years, TUI is starting with second-hand ships. Seatrade Cruise News understands they are currently operating for Germany's Werner-Tours Touristikinternational and for Switzerland's Reisebüro Mittelthurgau Fluss und Kreuzfahrten, and will continue their current service until the end of the 2019 season.
Subsequently, they are going to be upgraded for their new operation. Werner-Tours operates the WT Sonata, a 2010-built vessel currently carrying up to 186 passengers. Although it has not been confirmed that Sonata will be transferred to TUI River Cruises, it would be a candidate suitable to TUI's new approach.
Sonata first sailed for TUI's 'Flussgenuss' Sonata began sailing nine years ago for TUI's 'Flussgenuss' river cruise concept. The brand, positioned in the premium segment and tailored for Germans, was discontinued at the end of the 2014 season. At that time TUI cited overcapacity, new taxes implemented by various destinations and the VAT increase from 7% to 19% for river cruises sold in Germany as reasons for leaving the market.
A changed environment In 2019, the situation is different as the European river cruise industry has recorded two very promising years in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, TUI is addressing a very dynamic source market: from 2016 to 2017, the number of UK river cruisers grew by 21%, to more than 210,000. Passenger nights grew by 24%. About 90% of the UK river cruise market involves itineraries on European rivers, with the Rhine/Moselle and Danube clearly leading the way. TUI River Cruises will start its business in these hot spots, although it is understood that the presence could be geographically extended with new ships added if the launch works out well.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Royal Caribbean unveils new $300M office plan for PortMiami that will look like a ship

On Monday the Miami-Dade Tourism and Ports Committee approved a deal that would allow Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to build a new office and parking garage on the land at the southwest corner of Dodge Island next to where its older offices sit now. The new campus would expand the company’s workforce capacity from 2,200 to 4,200. The full board of commissioners will vote on the proposal in May. The expansion plan is about both space around 550 employees are currently working in temporary spaces like WeWorks and attracting more digitally oriented talent. The company currently employs 4,000 based throughout South Florida and 75,000 globally.
HOK design resembles a ship New York architecture firm HOK created a design in the shape of a ship. Royal Caribbean plans to spend at least $300 million on the project. The company hopes to have the new buildings finished by October 2020 and the renovations on the old buildings completed by fall of 2021. Liberty said the company would aim to make the new structures silver-certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design organization. Still, the office location itself is what makes Royal Caribbean among the 15 S&P 500 companies most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to Four Twenty Seven, a market intelligence firm that does climate-risk analytics. To prepare for inevitable sea level rise, the company plans to build the structures 15 feet above sea level and store critical machinery on higher floors. Many climate models project Miami streets will be flooding daily by 2070. The new projects would expand Royal Caribbean’s claim on the southwest corner of PortMiami by more than three acres.

Source: Miami Herald
Jalesh Cruises to look tap Indian Weddings and Corporate Incentives
Jalesh Cruises, the first full-fledged Indian cruise brand promoted by Zen Cruises, which commenced its domestic sail between Mumbai and Goa with a 2,000 pax capacity luxury cruise ship, Karnika, will attempt to tap niche segments of events market like Weddings and Corporate Incentives. The cruise operator has obtained permissions to hold Indian weddings with proper ‘Havans’ (fire place) onboard the ship specially to lure the fat Indian wedding market. This was informed by Amit Mathur, Country Head, Sayin Voyages Pvt. Ltd., the Preferred Sales Partner for Jalesh Cruises, while presenting the features of the product to the travel trade in Delhi in association with TravelBiz Monitor. With Jalesh Cruises, lot of hassles associated with cruising will be eliminated for Indians. “Cruising as a segment is quite nascent in India. We want to bring it into the mainstream,” he said. Jalesh will open up 30,000 cabins per month for Indians’ to cruise and it will be a fantastic opportunity for the cruising industry in the country, he added. Talking about the product, Mathur said that the ship will offer 837 cabins with maximum Ocean view options. While 200 cabins will be inside cabins, the rest are Ocean View (430) and Balcony cabins (162). There will be 36 mini suites, the premium category accommodation, as well in the 14-deck ship. On the F&B front, Karnika will have 14 restaurants and Lounges with some speciality ones. “10 out of the 14 restaurants are included in the packages,” Mathur said. Apart from the largest capacity, The Waterfront, there will be speciality restaurants like the ‘Chef Table’, ‘Chopstick’ (Oriental cuisine), ‘Jain Haven’ (pure Jain food), ‘International Grill’ (international multi-cuisine), ‘Vegetarian Bang’ (catering to Vegetarian preferences), ‘Kettle & Bun’, etc. There will be theme lounges like ‘The Dome’, a discotheque and bar, The Casino Bar, The Pool Bar, etc. Jalesh has engaged Apollo Group to handle the hospitality operations including F&B. On the entertainment side, there will be live music concerts and shows on board. The ship has a full-fledged movie theatre, three swimming pools with dedicated kids area and water park. The ship also has a casino which will be operational only while on the international waters. The ship also comes with a Spa, which will be managed by reputed spa operator, serena spa, fitness centre and salon. The ship will also have an International Duty Free.

Source: TravelBiz Monitor

Princess Cruises announced its return to French Polynesia in 2020 when the line deploys the intimate Pacific Princess on a series of Tahiti round-trips. It will be the first time since 2015 that Princess has homeported in Tahiti
Pacific Princess is the line's smallest ship, carrying 670 passengers.
Five departures Five 10-day 'Tahiti & French Polynesia' sailings are planned from Papeete. Every voyage includes overnights in Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional destinations include Huahine, Rangiroa and Moorea. Departures are Oct. 5, 15, 25 and Nov. 4 and 14, 2020, with fares starting at $1,999. 'Princess Cruises has a long history with Tahiti and is a highly valued partner showcasing the diversity of our islands, the rich authentic local culture and the great variety of experiences that await discovery,' said Paul Sloan, director general and CEO, Tahiti Tourisme. 'We are eagerly looking forward to next year and welcoming Pacific Princess back to the islands of Tahiti.'
Longer sailings with Hawaii or South America With four 'Grand Adventure & Crossings' itineraries, Pacific Princess also offers longer sailings that include the Hawaiian Islands or South America, including Easter Island. A 19- or 29-day 'Hawaii & Tahiti Grand Adventure' cruise departs Vancouver, BC, Sept. 16, 2020, and a 25- or 35-day 'Tahiti, South America & Panama Canal Crossing' sails from Tahiti on Nov. 14 or 24, 2020.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

ABB won a contract to supply its power and propulsion technology for Seabourn’s two expedition cruise ship new builds

The contract, announced at Seatrade Cruise Global, covers two 170mtr ships due for delivery to Seattle-based Seabourn from Italian yard T. Mariotti, in June 2021 and May 2022. This technology will be integrated into Seabourn’s 23,000gt ships combining main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and a remote-control system in a single package, plus twin 6MW Azipod propulsion units. Built to Polar Code 6 hull specifications, the 264-passenger capacity vessels have been designed for the ultra-luxury polar expedition market. ABB’s Azipod propulsion system frees up space on board, allowing these vessels to carry additional crafts such as kayaks, Zodiacs and a pair of submarines.
Technology combination advances operational control ‘Using Azipod propulsion in conjunction with our PC6 ice strengthened hull will provide excellent maneuverability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,’ said Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn. ‘This creates lower levels of vibration, which is a major benefit for guest comfort and marine life. As a UNESCO World Heritage cruise partner, Seabourn also values the fact that these units enable sustainable operations.’
Performance monitoring To date, more than 20 exploration cruise ships have been specified with this propulsion. The vessels will be connected to ABB’s Ability Collaborative Operations Centre infrastructure, which monitors the performance of this technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts —something that is particularly important for ships operating in remote areas. ‘It is great that Seabourn has opted for an extensive ABB power and propulsion package that adds the benefits of our integrated electric, digital and connected capabilities,’ said Marcus Högblom, head of passenger vessel segment at ABB marine & ports. ABB’s power and propulsion package has also been integrated into Carnival Corp.'s first China newbuild.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in developing the Indian cruise market as it completes its third successful India season

Costa Cruises is only international cruise company to offer regular cruises directly from Mumbai to Cochin, Cochin to the Maldives, and the Maldives to Mumbai. Shri Sanjay Bhatia, chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, said: “Costa Cruises has been one of our premium clients regularly docking at Mumbai Port, proactively helping to build the Indian cruise market. The Mumbai Port is in the process of setting up a state-of-the-art cruise terminal, scheduled to be inaugurated in November/December 2019. We look forward to welcoming even bigger and more Costa ships in the near future.” While Costa Luminosa has done a one-off stopover at the Mumbai Port, Costa neoRiviera was homeported in Mumbai from December 2018 to March 2019. Costa neoRiviera hosted more than 10,000 Indian guests for a 4 nights Mumbai to Cochin and 7 nights Maldives to Mumbai itinerary, showcasing the strong demand for cruises within India. The India season for Costa witnessed a diverse range of Indian travellers, from weddings onboard, corporate incentive groups, individual travellers and large families. Nalini Gupta, managing director, Lotus Destinations, representative of Costa Cruises in India, said: “Costa Cruises has seen immense growth in passenger numbers and is confident that India will be a big source cruise market for Costa Cruises.”In order to satisfy the increased demand for cruise holidays from Mumbai, winter 2019, Costa neoRiviera is being replaced by a larger vessel Costa Victoria.

Source: Travel Daily

Costa Victoria to be homeported in Mumbai from November

After the successful completion of third India season of Costa Cruises, the cruise liner is set to home port Costa Victoria from November 8, 2019 in Mumbai. The announcement was made recently when the ship of lights, Costa Luminosa, on its 109 days itinerary, was docked in at the Mumbai port. To cater to the increasing demand of luxury cruising from Mumbai, this winter season, Costa Victoria is ready to make an inaugural call in Mumbai. The sailings of 4 nights from Mumbai to Kochi and 7 nights Maldives to Mumbai start at a price of INR 33,000 per person and INR 46,000 per person, respectively. Speaking about the expectations from Costa Victoria, Nalini Gupta, MD, Lotus Destinations, Representative of Costa Cruises in India, told TravelBiz Monitor, “Expectations are high. We are hoping that we will receive double the numbers we received last year. Indians have loved this ship on its Singapore itineraries. We are aiming to bring back the cruise to India again and again with the help of ambassadors for Costa Cruises from India. This will help to sell Costa, not only for India but for the whole network. We have a lot of foreigners coming on the ship so it also helps market India as a destination. We are taking efforts to customise it as per the needs but we need everyone’s involvement to make it better.” Costa Cruises also offers packages to kids below 18 years of age and is the company says that they are the only cruise line to do so. It gives a cruise-free policy on a sharing cabin, whereby kids have to pay only port taxes and minimal gratuities.

Source: TravelBiz Monitor

MBNA Thames Clipper unveiled London Cruise & Yacht as its new branding following a string of new ventures including its latest with Port of Tilbury

This follows MBNA Thames Clippers’ five-year contract win to manage cruise moorings for Central London’s Greenwich Ship Tier, Tower Bridge Upper and George’s Stair Tier, and to handle all ship to shore transfers on behalf of the Port of London Authority (PLA).
New high-speed catamaran The UK capital expects to receive 42 cruise calls this year, potentially bringing more than 25,000 passengers. MBNA Thames Clippers will deploy Venus Clipper, the operator’s newest high-speed catamaran, among other vessels, to transfer cruise passengers.
Tilbury gains River Bus service Over 100,000 cruise passengers pass through Port of Tilbury and ports in Scotland each year. The contract allows MBNA Thames Clippers to offer its River Bus services, giving cruise passengers the chance to explore the city’s major attractions via existing routes. ‘London is a hugely attractive tourist destination. It makes perfect sense that the Thames, one of its most-loved features should play a central role in the visitor story and the capital certainly has the potential of significantly increasing cruise business,' said Sean Collins, founder and CEO MBNA Thames Clippers. ‘This was a great opportunity for MBNA Thames Clippers, and we want to continue building on this momentum in partnership with Port of Tilbury and our London Cruise & Yacht venture.’
Three moorings at the heart of the capital, close to major tourist sites Greenwich Ship Tier is central London’s largest deep-water mooring, accommodating vessels up to 228mtr in length and draft up to 8.1mtr. It is situated five miles downstream from Tower Bridge close to the Naval College and Cutty Sark. Vessels moored here are serviced through PLA’s floating cruise terminal. Tower Bridge Upper mooring caters to smaller, specialist vessels up to 158mtr in length (draft 6mtr). Situated 300mtr from Tower Bridge, it shares the moorings with HMS Belfast. George’s Stair Tier handles vessels up to 120mtr in length (draft 2mtr), making it suitable for super-yachts.
Keeping up with demand To keep up with passenger demand MBNA Thames Clippers added two new 170-passenger fast ferries in 2015 to its growing river transport network operating across London.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Protestors gather outside Carnival Corporation AGM in London as company’s continued criminal conduct in U.S. fuels controversy

On the 16 April, a gas-mask wearing protesters welcomed shareholders with the sombre message “Carnival pollutes” and called on the world’s largest cruise operator to switch from using ultra-dirty heavy fuel oil to cleaner fuels to power its global fleet. The activists, with international environmental organization, pointed to last week’s shocking revelations from the U.S. regarding Carnival Corporation’s engagement in recurring and pervasive criminal conduct and flouting of environmental regulations, and demanded the company and its shareholders take immediate action to clean up the company’s behaviour. Environmental violations occurred across several Carnival Corporation brands, including those that frequent European waters AIDA, Costa, Holland America, and P&O Cruises UK. In 2020, the IMO will ban the shipping industry from burning high-sulfur fuels like heavy fuel oil. But the ban includes a loophole to allow the continued use of these fuels if ships install open-loop scrubbers, systems designed to remove pollution from air and discharge it into water. Carnival Corporation is doubling down on open-loop scrubbers, aiming to install them on its entire global fleet by 2020. Open-loop scrubbers are unreliable for pollution control, with dozens of failures documented across multiple Carnival brands, as reported by the U.S. court in charge of the company’s ongoing criminal case.

Source: Stand.Earth

SunStone Ships has ordered a sixth Infinity-class cruise ship from China Merchants Heavy Industries

Infinity-class vessels are 104 meters (341 feet) long, eight meters (26 feet) wide and have a draft of 5.1 meters (16.7 feet). They feature a passenger capacity between 130-200 and a crew capacity between 85 and 115. The vessels are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with Safe Return to Port, dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilizers. The vessels feature the X-Bow® by Ulstein. Current Infinity-class new builds under way include the Greg Mortimer, launched in March and scheduled to be delivered August 2019, the Ocean Victory in September 2020, the Ocean Explorer in February 2021, the Ocean Odyssey in March 2022 and the Ocean Discoverer in September 2022. Greg Mortimer will be chartered by Aurora Expeditions. Ocean Victory will be chartered to Albatros Travel, Denmark, for winter seasons in Antarctica and to American Queen Steamboat Company for summer season operation in Alaska. The sixth vessel now ordered already has a long-term charter agreement in place, and this vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2021. In addition to the six vessels already ordered, SunStone is in negotiations for four additional vessels and expects to order a seventh vessel in May. The remaining three options will be signed in 2019. In addition to the Infinity-class buildings, SunStone Ships has commercial management of a fleet of nine vessels on long-term charter, mainly for the small-ship/expedition ship market.

Source: The Maritime Executive

Windstar ships' lengthening called 'the most complex refit ever attempted'

Windstar Cruises detailed its $250m Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global, with company President John Delaney calling it “the most complex refit ever attempted.” The project which will lengthen Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride by about 25 meters also will replace the engines. Work began in early April with a steel-cutting ceremony for the new sections at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Trieste and will continue later in Palermo, Italy. The actual lengthening of the ships will start in October. Star Breeze will be completed in February 2020, Star Legend in June 2020 and Star Pride in November 2020. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 passengers with additional staff hired to maintain the line’s 1.5-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio. Although they'll be larger, Delaney said the ships will continue to be able to sail to small ports and squeeze through narrow channels like the Corinth Canal. Among the highlights is a Grand Owner’s Suite, the pool four times larger with an infinity edge, a waterfall feature and large hot tub, the restaurant for breakfast and lunch will become three times larger with enclosed outdoor seating. Two new dining spaces will be revealed in coming months, along with a three-times-larger spa and fitness center, and “living room-esque” deck space. In the 50 new suites, the bed will be next to the balcony. Meanwhile, Windstar and Fincantieri said the ships’ new engines will exceed new global International Maritime Organization limits one of the requirements being the exhaust contain no more than 0.5% sulfur content. In addition, the new engines are designed to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions for a lesser environmental footprint.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is now offering passengers the opportunity to fall in love with Russia during an overnight stay in St Petersburg on a 14-night cruise sailing from Newcastle

The Baltic Sea is a cruise destination with some of Europe’s most exciting places to visit. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. Magellan sails from Newcastle 25 May calling at Dundee, Aarhus (Denmark); Warnemünde (Germany); Tallinn (Estonia); an overnight stay in St Petersburg (Russia); Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Source: Travel Daily

Silver Origin Galápagos-inspired, with Italian style details, new suite features
Silver Origin will replace Silver Galapagos, which has operated in the Galápagos Islands for five years. Due out in summer 2020, Silver Origin is the first ship design undertaken since Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. acquired a 66.7% equity stake in the luxury line, Silversea CEO Roberto Martinoli said. “It’s more yacht-like than a ship,” he said. “It’s really beautiful and very much in line with the rest of our fleet.” The vessel is under construction at Dutch Shipyard De Hoop, which is also building Galápagos ship Celebrity Flora for sister brand Celebrity Cruises.
Silver Origin will boast a high crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.16, with one expedition guide per 10 passengers. In addition, the ship will have one Zodiac for every 12.5 passengers. All suites will have butler service. The expedition team certified by the National Park of the Galápagos will present daily briefings, lectures, videos, and scientific information. The destination immersion continues in authentic local cuisine, prepared by Ecuadorian chefs, and the understated Italian décor will be influenced by the natural environment with bright, colorful motifs and regional materials.
Public areas will include Basecamp, an elegant lounge that connects with the ship’s Zodiac embarkation area. It will have a large, interactive digital wall through which travelers can access destination-related pictures, videos, excursion previews and scientific presentations. The Explorer Lounge will host daily briefings and lectures from the ship’s expedition team. It will have floor-to-ceiling windows, a large video wall, wide HD screens and a bar and piano.
Silver Origin will have eight suite categories, all with private balcony. Certain suite categories will feature a “Horizon Balcony,” which can convert to enclose the balcony with a floor-to-ceiling window for added space and shelter from the elements. Plus, a first for Silversea, select suite categories will have windows in some bathtubs and showers for views while bathing. All suites will also have a mineral water station to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles.
The two dining venues, The Restaurant and The Grill, will both be capable of accommodating all guests at full capacity. The menu will feature fresh, local ingredients and regional wines. The Grill is an open-air venue that can be partially enclosed; it will also host Silversea’s Hot Rocks concept that lets guests cook their steak or seafood on hot lava rocks.
Silver Origin will have a dynamic positioning system that will let the ship automatically maintain position to protect the sea floor. It also will have an advanced wastewater treatment system to meet or exceed the strictest regulations in the market.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages is delighted to announce the arrival of the latest addition to our fleet, Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama is the sixth ship to join the CMV fleet as we celebrate 10 years in operation. Her maiden voyage sails from Singapore to London Tilbury 22 April. At 55,820gt the new ship can accommodate 1,220 passengers in 630 cabins including 120 balcony cabins and 29 suites. Following the explorer theme of the fleet, the ship is named after Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, famous for being the first European to reach India by sea. Following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, her maiden voyage sails from Singapore via India to London Tilbury. Vasco da Gama’s maiden voyage sails on a spectacular 43-night voyage calling in Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cochin for tours to the Taj Mahal, Goa and Mumbai, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Transit the Suez Canal, Israel, highlights of the Mediterranean, Morocco and Portugal arriving in London Tilbury. Highlights include; the beautiful beaches of Malaysia and Thailand, the Taj Mahal in India, the lost city of Petra from Jordan, shrines to ancient Pharaoh’s in Egypt, some of the holiest sites on earth in Israel, the eternal city of Rome and the souks in Marrakech. Vasco da Gama will spend the summer cruising from Germany and sail from London Tilbury 9 October on a 53-night voyage to Australia calling in Barbados, the Panama Canal, Acapulco, islands of the South Pacific, Auckland concluding in Sydney, Australia, where she will cruise for the winter season. The new ship offers a wider choice of restaurants and dining options. A first for CMV, Vasco da Gama will offer flexible dining and timings will not be restricted to specific sittings. Vasco da Gama was fully refurbished in 2015 and is having new livery painted and revised signage, plus some technical work completed before sailing from Singapore.

Source: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Oceania Cruises Introduces New Plant-based Cuisine
Oceania Cruises unveiled the most extensive and creative plant-based menus at sea as their latest OceaniaNEXT innovation. Remaining at the forefront of culinary development, the cruise line is featuring more than 200 new healthy menu selections.

Source: Late Cruise News

MSC Cruises unveiled the striking look of its double terminal (AA and AAA) on the eastern end of PortMiami, which will be capable of handling a pair of 7,000-passenger ships simultaneously
'This will be a landmark for Miami,' MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said Tuesday at a Seatrade Cruise Global news conference on the exhibition floor. 'We needed our home in Miami, a big brand, the capital of cruising.' Since MSC will be deploying such large ships from the port, 'We wanted to created a seamless process,' Vago said.

Aerodynamic lines, sculptural super-long (1,600-foot)roof facility has aerodynamic lines inspired by Italian yacht design, and transparent sides. The roof will be a monumental sculpture, eye-catching to planes flying overhead, residents of high-rises and passengers on the upper decks of their ships, said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, principal of Arquitectonica, the Miami firm selected to design the facility. The design, he said, is fluid. It keeps people moving within a single space, instead of parking in a remote garage and having to cross a road. The terminal will have 350,000 square feet of interior space and 2,000 parking spaces, all under one roof. Taxis, Ubers and buses will drop people at one area, while passengers who drive their own cars will go into the garage where they'll drop their luggage and proceed to check-in hands-free.

The terminal will increase the number of passengers at PortMiami by 1m per year, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said. He called the deal with MSC, which is financing the project, a record-setting collaboration between a cruise line and the port, which will generate $1.5bn over the 50-year term of the deal.

Source: Seatrade Cruise New

The Philippines Supreme Court has reinstated the case against an official of Sulpicio Lines over the 2008 sinking of its ferry Princess of the Stars
She capsized on June 21, 2008, off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon, at the height of Typhoon Frank, which passed directly over Romblon as a Category 2 storm. Of the 849 persons on board, only 32 survived, 227 died and 592 were reported missing. The Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals dismissal of the reckless imprudence case against Edgar Go, Sulpicio Lines' first vice president and team leader of its crisis management committee. It has been asserted that should have canceled or discouraged the voyage considering the severe weather, but Go countered that such a decision was within the authority of the captain of the vessel, in coordination with the Coast Guard. However, the Supreme Court ruled that there was support for reckless imprudence as Go failed to monitor the movement of the vessel and instruct the captain to take shelter. It noted that Go's acts were not malicious but showed an inexcusable lack of precaution. According to an account given by four survivors, who managed to swim to nearby Sibuyan Island, passengers had been told to put on life jackets at 11:30am, and 15 minutes later, the captain gave the order to abandon ship. The ship began to list at around midday. The survivors witnessed many people jumping into the water, many not wearing life jackets. The ferry capsized at 1:00pm.

The official inquiry undertaken by the Philippines Board of Marine Inquiry found Sulpicio Lines and its captain liable for the tragedy. Its final report blamed human error, and ruled that the ship's missing and presumed dead captain, Florencio Marimon, "miscalculated" the risk of continuing the trip to Cebu despite the stormy weather. According to the report: "The immediate cause of the capsizing of MV Princess of the Stars was the failure of the Master to exercise extraordinary diligence and good seamanship thereby committing an error of judgment that brought MV Princess of the Stars in harm's way into the eye of Typhoon Frank ... The shipping firm is found negligent for its failure to exercise its duty in ensuring that they transport passengers and cargo safely to (their) destination."

Source: The Maritime Executive

Ponant Takes Delivery of Le Bougainville
Le Bougainville, the 3rd ship in its Ponant Explorers series, delivered exactly on schedule. The vessel left Sovik, Norway in the morning of April 8, and is currently sailing to Spain to begin her maiden voyage on April 15 from Malaga. Le Bougainville will be officially inaugurated on June 4. Combining an intimate size with 92 staterooms and suites, all with a private terrace or balcony, refined design, sleek lines, cutting-edge technologies, and respect for the environment, Le Bougainville is the symbol of the new generation of cruise ships flying the French flag. As with all vessels in the Ponant Explorers series, Le Bougainville is fitted with the world first “Blue Eye”. The multi-sensorial underwater salon allows guests to experience the underwater world through a couple of portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye that is looking out onto the seabed, hydrophones integrated into the keel to retransmit the natural symphony of the deep water, non-intrusive underwater lighting, and Body Listening sofas, offering a sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Mystic Names World Explorer in Portugal
In a ceremony in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Mystic Invest Chairman Mário Ferreira and singer, songwriter, supermodel, French former-First Lady, and ship’s Godmother Carla Bruni-Sarkozy christened World Explorer as Mystic Cruises’ first ocean cruise ship. “Portugal has a rich maritime history and we are very proud that World Explorer is the first luxury cruise ship to be built here. We are further honored to have Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy as the ship’s godmother,” said Ferreira. “Active and adventurous travelers will delight in sailing with the new Mystic Cruises, which will exemplify Mystic Invests’ more than 25 years’ experience in innovating travel and tourism.” Captains Alex Zakalashnnyuk from Russia, Filipe Sousa from Portugal, and Terje Willassen from Norway will master the new World Explorer and bring more than 75 years of combined experience aboard the 9,300-gross-tonnage, 200-guest World Explorer. Two more ships, the World Navigator and World Voyager will follow in 2020 from Portugal’s WestSea Viana Shipyard.

Source: Cruise Industry News

AmaWaterways confirmed it will add a newbuild riverboat to its fleet in Europe on July 1, 2020 - AmaSiena
The 156-passenger ship will sail a variety of 7-, 10- and 11-night itineraries, visiting historical villages, iconic cities, and spectacular vineyard regions along the Danube, Rhine, Main, and Moselle rivers. The new AmaSiena will have 78 staterooms, the majority with exclusive twin balconies featuring panoramic views from both an outside and French balcony. She will also offer 4 suites (350 ft2 / 32.5 m2), 6 pairs of connecting staterooms as well as 12 triple occupancy staterooms specifically designed for multi-generational families. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool with a swim-up bar on the Sun Deck, a fitness room, classes led by a trained Wellness Host, a fleet of bicycles, massage and beauty salon services. Passengers can also enjoy complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, Entertainment-On-Demand, “Sip & Sail” happy hour. After her debut in July 2020, AmaSiena will offer a variety of popular itineraries. Highlights include 10-night Rhine & Moselle Delights and 11-night Rhine & Moselle Fairytales itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel that allow guests extended time ashore to explore the Middle Age castles and vineyards that line the banks of Moselle river.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Seabourn unveils first stunning public spaces on new ultra-luxury purpose-built Expedition Ships
Seabourn has given travelers their first glimpse of select public spaces on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022, respectively.

Source: Cybercruises

Celestyal Cruises has announced it is taking its program west in the fall of 2020 for six departures into the Adriatic visiting seven new destinations in Italy, Montenegro, Croatia and Greece
The new Adriatic itineraries will all be onboard the Celestyal Olympia as the company builds up toward year-round deployment. “Our new, 2020 Adriatic itineraries, combined with the recent launch of the ‘Eclectic’ and ‘Three Continents’ itineraries in 2019/2020, represents 33 additional weeks of operation, bringing us even closer to our objective of sailing year-round and offering our guests even more choices of destinations throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean and now the Adriatic,” said Chris Theophillides, CEO. ”We are thrilled to be visiting these new destinations at less crowded and congested times of the year to provide our guests with a much better experience and a chance to explore the magical Christmas markets and take a deeper dive into the cultural, culinary and historic treasures that these destinations offer.”The itinerary consists of four seven-night cruises departing Venice, Italy on December 5, 12, 19 and 26 and calling on Corfu and Patras, Greece, followed by Kotor in Montenegro and Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia, with fares starting at $999 per guest. Dubrovnik will also be available for guests as an embarkation port.

There will be two positioning cruises, the first on November 30 with a five-night cruise starting in Athens and ending in Venice, calling on Katakolon and Corfu in Greece, Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia. A seven-night cruise will also depart on January 2, 2021 from Venice with an overnight stay and ending with an overnight stay in Athens along with calls in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kotor, Montenegro, Corfu and Katakolon, Greece. Fares start at $839 per guest. The move into the Adriatic follows Celestyal’s recent launch of its new “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary starting in October, 2019, which takes the line back to Istanbul and introduces guests to Volos, Greece, for excursions to the mountains of Meteora, and to Canakkale, Turkey, for excursions to Troy and Gallipoli. Celestyal also recently launched its “Three Continents” this December, with five sailings calling at Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt, at Ashdod, Israel, at Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey, at Limassol, Cyprus, and at Rhodes in Greece.

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Antarctica21 has announced its new 2020-2021 expedition schedule with 40 air-cruises this season
Joining the company’s fleet of expedition vessels and aircraft, the new M/V Magellan Explorer will make its maiden voyage on November 28, 2019. “With the introduction of Magellan Explorer, we now have a modern vessel custom-designed for our unique Antarctic fly and cruise operations,” says Jaime Vasquez, Antarctica21’s Chairman of the Board. “We have operated air-cruise travel to Antarctica since 2003 and this new ship is the culmination of our extensive experience in this field.”

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Azamara Club Cruises Launches 15 New AzAmazing Evenings
Exclusive to Azamara, AzAmazing Evenings are unique to each location and feature local talent and performances, and in many occasions hosted in historic venues, including The Odeon of Ancient Ephesus in Turkey and The Solìs Theatre in Uruguay. “Committed to our award-winning Destination Immersion programming, we are constantly looking for new and enhanced experiences ashore to deliver authentic travel moments to our guests, while immersing them with the local culture, food, and people,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “From Oman to China, Spain to Australia, each AzAmazing Evenings event is tailored to the destination and allows guests to more intimately connect with the local culture.”

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Windstar Cruises revealed more news about its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative
At a press conference today, the Seattle-based cruise line’s President John Delaney, revealed 360-degree “views” and renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels, Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride. Delaney was joined by Giorgio Rizzo and Lawrence Zammit, respectively Fincantieri Services Executive Vice President and Vice President Merchant Market Strategies and Sales for partnered shipbuilder and ship conversions specialists Fincantieri. The Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project in cruising, Windstar said. “This is the biggest investment and expansion in Windstar Cruises’ history," said Delaney. “The investment of a quarter of a billion dollars ensures to our loyal and future guests, and industry partners, that these ships will continue to sail for generations and deliver on their promise of visiting the smaller ports and waters of the world that our brand is known for. We are all proud to be part of this historic event in the small ship cruise industry."

Windstar will take half of its fleet – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovate each ship in succession. Work on the ships begins in October 2019 and ends in November 2020. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Family Feud Live™ Takes To The High Seas With Debut On Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras; Survey Says - It's Gonna Be Fun!
Carnival Cruise Line today announced it will debut the seagoing version of the iconic TV game show Family Feud™ as part of the entertainment lineup on the highly anticipated Mardi Gras, when it enters service in 2020. An exclusive partnership with Fremantle, Family Feud Live aboard Mardi Gras will feature the same format and signature set as the TV show. Two five-person teams will battle it out in rounds including Face Off and Fast Money by naming the most popular answers to survey questions for a chance to win a host of prizes in a high-energy gameplay. "Carnival Cruise Line is all about fun, family and friends just like Family Feud," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "As we continue to build Mardi Gras'diverse entertainment lineup, we are excited about offering this iconic game show onboard and involving our guests in a great new way to Choose Fun."

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Bernhard Schulte Cruise to provide technical management for Karnika

Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BSCS) has been awarded technical management of Indian start-up Jalesh Cruises’ new vessel, Karnika(formerly Pacific Jewel). The 70,285gt, Crown Princess-class cruise ship is presently undergoing comprehensive refurbishment at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore prior to entering service from Mumbai, India in mid-April 2019. The 2,000 passenger capacity ship will be named at a gala event in Mumbai on April 19. Karnika will operate cruises from India and Dubai for the duration of 2019.

Dedicated domestic cruise operation
Jalesh Cruises is promoted by Amit Goenka of Essel Group, a multi-billion-dollar Indian conglomerate company with interests in media, entertainment and tourism, and has recently received a US$10m investment from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Corp Limited, India’s largest casino gaming company. The Indian cruise business has been conceptualised by experienced cruise veteran Jurgen Bailom, president & ceo of Zen Cruises, who has spent the past twelve months developing the onboard cruise product that includes unique entertainment formats, itineraries and shore excursion programmes.

Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services will be exhibiting on stand 2287 at the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Global taking place between April 8-11, in Miami.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Europa 2 debuts Australia’s west coast in 2021

The west coast of Australia is a new addition to Europa 2’s 2020/21 itineraries recently announced by Hapag Lloyd Cruises. Other cruises will head for the Mediterranean, western and northern Europe, the Caribbean, Oceania, Asia and across the Indian Ocean to Africa. Fashion, art, sport and music enthusiasts can also choose from a range of themed formats.

Western Australia premiere
On the maiden Western Australian 16 day route in January 2021, guests can look forward to sandboarding in the desert, seeing giant red tingle trees in the Valley of the Giants and experience encounters with dolphins, emus and koalas. The cruise starts in Melbourne, calling at Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Albany, Australia’s oldest town, Busselton in the Margaret River wine region, followed by Fremantle (Perth), Geraldton and Exmouth. The cruise end in Bali, after several sea days.

Themed cruises
A FASHION2NIGHT themed cruise is scheduled for a Hamburg to Kiel, via the Kiel Canal and Copenhagen May, 2020 sailing and an eight-day FASHION2SEA cruise from Lisbon to Mallorca from July 30 to August 7 2021.

ART2SEA in South Africa
In 2021, the ART2SEA cruise heads to South Africa – taking guests from Cape Town to Namibia, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mossel Bay and back to Cape Town. Guests will gain insights into the international art world and visit exclusive exhibitions, galleries and museums. Art experts will be on hand to share their expertise.

On Europa 2 UNPLUGGED cruises in the Mediterranean in August 2020 and Western and northern Europe guests in July 2021 singers and songwriters Heather Nova and Simon Webbe will provide an acoustic set in the ship’s theatre.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Costa Cruises is increasing its number of calls to Valletta in 2020

The announcement was made on aboard Costa Fascinosa in Valletta this week for 32 round trip Malta cruises operated from late March to early November 2020. Costa Cruises is a long standing caller to Valletta bringing over 474,000 passenger movements on circa 200 calls between 2014 and 2018.

A return after four years
Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding, commented, ‘We are pleased that after an absence of four years, Costa will be re-introducing calls in Q3 of 2020. This means that in 2020, we will be welcoming around 110,000 passenger movements aboard a total of 37 calls as compared to 38,000 passenger movements aboard 18 calls in 2019.’

The Hon. Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Tourism highlighted that the cruise industry positively impacts the local economy, being comprised of a cluster of activities and subsectors.

Vision 2025
More than 800,000 passenger movements are expected be hosted by Valletta Cruise Port in 2019. He highlighted that the Ministry together with the participation of stakeholders is actively working on a ‘Vision 2025’, a new strategy for the tourism industry including the cruise sector, which will be finalized by end of year.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

American Jazz is the name of 2020 modern riverboat

American Cruise Lines is calling the third new vessel in its modern riverboat series American Jazz. Due in 2020, it follows this year's American Harmony and 2018's American Song.

Slightly larger
American Jazz will be slightly larger than both of those vessels, and it will feature the same advanced, patent-pending opening bow and retractable gangway seen on American Song and American Harmony. Already well under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, American Jazz is on schedule to begin cruising the Mississippi next year.

Fleet of five planned
American Cruise Lines plans a total of five modern riverboats. In 2019, while work is under way on American Jazz, sister ship American Song is sailing on the Columbia and Snake rivers and American Harmony is scheduled to begin service on the Mississippi in August. In addition to the modern-style riverboats, American fields Victorian-style paddlewheelers and coastal vessels. Itineraries span the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system and the Southeast.

River Cruising Round Table
Charles Robertson, chairman and CEO, American Cruise Lines, is a panelist on the 'River Cruising Round Table,' April 9 at Seatrade Cruise Global.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

V.Ships Leisure to provide more Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection services

V.Ships Leisure is partnering with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to provide a tailored suit of management services related to the sourcing of qualified deck, engine and hotel crew, marine procurement, compliance support with maritime rules and regulations, and technical support.

These partner services will be implemented on the first of three yachts planned for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fleet. This first one, currently under construction at Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, is scheduled to enter service in February 2020. As earlier reported, V.Ships Leisure has been assisting the start-up cruise line with port operations for the past year.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Big news from Mystic Cruises

Mystic Cruises is set to name its first ocean-cruise new build, World Explorer, during star-studded festivities Saturday night in Portugal with supermodel, singer and songwriter Carla Bruni as the godmother. But the company isn't stopping there.

Seatrade Cruise Global announcement
Portuguese entrepreneur Mário Ferreira's venture is building a series of expedition ships and opening a US office, as earlier reported, however more news about his US market endeavor is coming during Seatrade Cruise Global. Ferreira put Douro River cruising on the map and is constructing his ocean ships at WestSea Viana.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

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 Celebrity Summit Debuts Following Celebrity Revolution

The Celebrity Summit is ready to be introduced following her Celebrity Revolution refurbishment earlier this month, part of a fleetwide $500 million upgrade program. The Celebrity Summit now has completely redesigned staterooms and suites; the addition of The Retreat for suite guests, with exclusive new sundeck and redesigned lounge; reimagined restaurants, bars and lounges and a fully redesigned spa and casino. Celebrity Summit is one of the most popular ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet and we’re excited to share the revolutionized design with the world,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Celebrity Summit is better than she’s ever been – with modernized spaces and exciting new experiences, and she’s the first of our ships to feature our partnerships with American Ballet Theatre and Chef Daniel Boulud. Nearly every space on Celebrity Summit has been modernized, with attention paid to the smallest detail,” said Brian Abel, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises. “We couldn’t be more proud of the work that our teams have done for Summit’s ship’s ‘Revolution’ and the months of hard work leading up to this moment. The Celebrity Summit transformation began on February 17, 2019, in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and lasted 31 days. Staterooms saw an all-new stateroom design in partnership with HBA and refreshed suite design by Kelly Hoppen as well as Celebrity’s eXhale bedding featuring Cashmere mattresses. In addition, the cruise line completely redesigned stateroom bathrooms, with state-of-the-art finishes and fixtures. A total of 30 new staterooms, including 13 new AquaClass Staterooms, seven new Ocean View Staterooms and 10 new Inside Staterooms were added to the ship. Notable public space changes include an all-new exclusive open-air hideaway known as The Retreat Sundeck for suite guests designed by Hoppen, featuring a new hot tub, cabanas, loungers, artwork, and more. There is also The Retreat Lounge formerly Michael’s Club an exclusive 24/7 lounge for suite guests designed by Hoppen, offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites and concierge service

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Regent Doubles Bandwidth, Adds More Amenities

Regent Seven Seas Cruises today announced it is nearly doubling internet bandwidth size across its fleet by January 2020. Guests will begin to benefit from bandwidth expansion starting April 2019, the company said. Signing on to Wi-Fi will be smoother through a login web page that appears when guests connect to the ship’s network, and guests will have a more streamlined login process enabling unlimited complimentary and effortless web surfing. The company is also adding free unlimited valet laundry service for guests sailing in Master and Grand Suites. All guests who sail in a Master Suite or Grand Suite on the cruise line’s ships will enjoy the added benefit of free unlimited valet laundry service starting in April 2019. A new Digital Guest Survey will help Regent track guest experiences and feedback in real-time. The digital survey replaces end-of-cruise paper guest satisfaction questionnaires. Guests may easily provide feedback through this web-based questionnaire during the voyage and the feedback is automatically sent to the ship’s officers and company leaders in Miami. This new system will be deployed fleetwide by October 2019. Nearly doubling bandwidth provides Regent guests with an even faster and easier free internet experience to stay in touch and share their travel experiences with their family, friends and business associates at home while sailing around the world,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises president and chief executive officer. “Across our fleet we continue to refine the small details, such as creating a faster internet, including free valet laundry service for Master and Grand Suite guests, and deploying a tool for real-time guest feedback. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to providing guests with an unrivaled experience.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Steel cutting ceremony for Saga’s Spirit of Adventure

A steel cutting ceremony has been held for Spirit of Adventure, Saga Cruises’ second newbuild and sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, launching in July. The event took place today at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, marking the start of construction for the 999-passenger vessel. Spirit of Adventure is due to start sailing from Dover in August 2020. Today marks a special moment in Saga Cruises’ history – the first steel-cutting of Saga’s second purpose-built cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure,' chief operating officer Nigel Blanks said.

Interior designed by AD Associates- Spirit of Adventure’s bold and contemporary look is being masterminded by British design agency AD Associates. Spirit of Adventure will be a 58,250gt vessel measuring 774.3ft in length with a beam of 102.4ft. She will sail from Dover in August 2020 with itineraries featuring the Norwegian Fjords, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

China's Wenzhou is to welcome its largest cruise ship

The southern Chinese city Wenzhou is to have three homeport cruises by Costa Atlantica this year, starting April 12. It is the largest cruise ship to call at Wenzhou. Wenzhou International Cruise Port launched trial operation in December 2017 and commenced official operation in August 2018. Currently, the port has one cruise berth that can accommodate ships up to 100,000gt, with a designed annual passenger handling capacity of 220,000 people.

East China ports- Currently, there are two cruise ports in Zhejiang province, including Wenzhou International Cruise Port and Zhoushan Archipelago International Cruise Port. Wenzhou, close to Shanghai, aims to develop itself to be a major cruise port in the East China region as part of its short-term development plan.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

After years away, Costa ships are coming back 'home' to Genoa

Costa Fortuna's call in Genoa today marked a return to regular service from the port by Costa Cruises. The 3,470-passenger ship is due to depart Genoa every Friday until Nov. 8 on one-week western Mediterranean cruises. Costa plans a total of 40 calls in 2019, including 34 by Costa Fortuna and three other ships in the spring and fall, expecting to generate a total of 170,000 passenger movements.

Forty calls in 2020, too- Calls in 2020 have already been confirmed, as well. Costa Fortuna will be replaced by the 3,78-passenger Costa Pacifica, which will make its inaugural call on March 23, and then return to Genoa every Friday until Nov. 13. Forty calls are planned, with a slight increase in the passenger count given the larger vessel. For Costa Fortuna and Costa Pacifica this will be a real homecoming in that both were built by Fincantieri at Sestri Ponente and introduced in Genoa. We are particularly glad and proud, after so many years, to celebrate the return of a Costa ship that will now call regularly at Genoa,' Costa president Neil Palomba said. 'This return completes our presence in the city, where we have operated through our head office for over 70 years, and is a starting point for the future.

Plan to build new cruise terminal - Palomba reiterated the plan to build a new cruise terminal in Genoa and said work continues with local institutions to identify the best solution. The new Genoa terminal will add to the Palacrociere terminal in Savona, our main homeport, where we are making significant investments, and La Spezia where, together with other companies, we have been awarded a preliminary contract to manage cruise services and build a new terminal,' Palomba added. He thanked Liguria Region President Giovanni Toti, Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci and Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority President Paolo Emilio Signorini for their support. The return of Costa Cruises to the port of Genoa is one of the signs that demonstrate the rebirth of our city,' Bucci said. 'Despite the problems we had to face recently, our development process does not stop and considers the cruise industry and tourism both essential to show all the capabilities and beauty of our city in the world. I am proud to witness such an important return to Genoa.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Hagen apologizes for Viking Sky, investigation support is pledged

Chairman Torstein Hagen apologized to passengers and thanked crew and rescuers as Viking Cruises pledged full support for investigations into the incident that left Viking Sky temporarily without power in stormy seas off the coast of Norway over the weekend.

Ten remain in hospital - As of Monday morning, 10 people were still hospitalized, down from the 20 who were treated shoreside for what Viking over the weekend called 'non-life-threatening' injuries. The past few days have been stressful and hectic for both guests and crew alike. I would like to personally apologize for what our guests experienced,' Hagen said. I would also like to say how impressed and grateful I am for the efforts of the national rescue services, rescue personnel, local authorities and the people along the Møre coast, and thank them for the concern and generosity they have showed our guests,' he continued.

Crew are acknowledged- Further, Hagen thanked Viking Sky's crew for their 'efforts and dedication.' After Viking Sky lost power at 2 p.m. local time Saturday, a helicopter airlift evacuated 479 people. The crew eventually were able to anchor the ship and subsequently to restore power. Escorted by two offshore supply ships and a tug, Viking Sky made its way to Molde, where it has been docked since Sunday afternoon. Most passengers have disembarked- The majority of the passengers have disembarked or are in the process of leaving the vessel and are traveling back to their homes. Viking Cruises said it will continue to follow up with them to ensure their needs are covered. We have already begun our own internal investigation and our goal is to establish a complete and thorough understanding of what happened, and we welcome the investigations that have been launched, and will fully support them,' the company said in a statement 1,373 passengers and crew- Some 915 passengers and 458 crew were aboard the ill-fated cruise. The 47,800gt Viking Sky entered service in 2017. It was deployed on a new winter Arctic program, 'In Search of the Northern Lights,' which began in January. The March 27 cruise, 'Scandinavia & the Kiel Canal,' has been canceled. The company does not anticipate any additional cancellations at this time.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Storylines Releases New Ship Renderings

Storylines, a residence ship start up, has released new ship renderings of the M/V Narrative, calling it the largest private residence at sea. The company said the ship, which it will acquire second hand but did not name, would be entering an Italian shipyard this January (2020) for an extensive refurbishment. The MV Narrative will undergo a massive refurbishment, her transformation integrating everything you love about home into your new Home at Sea," the company said. There will be 630 condos aboard, according to company documentation, with an "incredible amount of outdoor space, natural light and casual elegance. An initial purchase of the vessel combined with monthly assessments allow for the largest and most affordable residential development afloat," the company said on its website. "We commit to a life expectancy of the ship being approximately 21 years from the time of her conversion into a residential vessel. Once this time frame is close to expiry, Storylines will liquidate (sell) the vessel, and will take steps to proportionally distribute the collected proceeds between the resident owners. Pricing starts at $299,000 and an average entry price of $475,000 including monthly fees.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News
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