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'Queen of Mississippi' to be Christened, Set Sail

Queen of the Mississippi Photo credit American Cruise Lines

 American Cruise Lines announces that the first authentic paddle-wheeler in 20 years will set off on first cruise after christening. “The christening of Queen of the Mississippi is a meaningful way to celebrate the official launch of American Cruise Lines service on the Mississippi River,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. “Guests now have access to the industry’s best amenities aboard an authentic paddlewheeler with a historic appearance.” The christening in Nashville, will be performed by Phyllis Dale , a nationally-recognized travel agent and small-ship cruise expert. Then Queen of the Mississippi will set sail at full capacity on an eight-day voyage from Nashville to St. Louis. Queen of the Mississippi offers guests a brand new way to see the longest river system in North America and explore the remarkable port cities that line the way. Most of the ship’s spacious 300-square-foot staterooms—the largest in the industry—offer private balconies while an all-American staff and crew cater to passengers’ every need. Daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by. Construction of Queen of the Mississippi was completed in June by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., making it, says American Cruise Lines, the most luxurious, fully-functioning, authentic paddlewheeler in the industry


Job Openings at American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines logo

American Cruise Lines, which claims to be the largest cruise company in the United States, says it is hiring an additional 52 people to fill positions throughout various departments. Headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut, the company is interviewing candidates for marketing and sales positions, including supervisors and trainers, as well as shore side operations positions, including directors of hotel and marine operations


Cruise Lines Contribution to Economy Boosts

The North American cruise industry generated $20.4 billion in economic activity within the United States in 2002 – nearly a ten percent increase from 2001 – according to an annual study by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). Commissioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), the study details cruise lines’ economic contributions and examines the extensive links that cruise lines have with major U.S industries.


Zarmati Named President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America

Maurice Zarmati has been named president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America. Zarmati, who is currently vice president of sales for Carnival Cruise Lines, will assume his new role beginning March 31, 2008. An accomplished sales executive, Zarmati has been with Carnival Cruise Lines since 1972, leading one of the largest and most successful sales teams in North America. In his new role as president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America


Holland America Line & Seabourn names Kammerer is V.P

Mark Kammerer

  Mark Kammerer has been named vice president, international marketing and sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn. In this role, he will be responsible for the companies’ sales offices in the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia, as well as Holland America Line and Seabourn’s growing international business.   Kammerer will report to Joe Slattery, Holland America Line’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales.  


Drowning at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay by Disney

 Police are investigating the apparent drowning of an American cruise ship passenger off at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas - Castaway Cay in the Abacos. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, and a lot of details are not yet known about the situation.    According to reports by the Tribune, on Thursday afternoon, a 38–year-old man from New York man who was a passenger onboard a cruise ship moored at Castaway Cay drowned while swimming.   


United States Lines Floats Again

American Classic Voyages has acquired one of the most storied and renowned names in the history of ocean-going passenger transportation - United States Lines - to be used for its fleet of cruise ships being developed under the company's Project America initiative. Known as one of the most prominent names in passenger shipping throughout the era of the trans-Atlantic crossing - a period that spanned from the early 1900's through the early 1960's


Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Cruise Ship ADA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to foreign cruise ships that embark passengers at U.S. ports. A decision is expected this summer. Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., No. 03-1388 (HK Law).


New York Cruise Lines Appoints of New President, CEO

Gus Markou, President & CEO

New York Cruise Lines, parent company of internationally celebrated tourism companies Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, The Beast and World Yacht today announced the appointments of Gus Markou to President and Chief Operating Officer reporting to Samuel Cooperman, Chief Executive Officer. Promoted from Vice President of Operations, Mr. Markou is a 25 year veteran of New York Cruise Lines and has been instrumental in the growth of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, The Beast and World Yacht


CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015

Photo courtesy of Shipcruise.org

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report today and is once again projecting industry growth in 2015.   A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015


'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas


Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

Photo courtesy of RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel.


Carnival Expands Capacity in New Orleans

The 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will reposition to New Orleans to replace the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation in spring 2016. The move represents a 34 percent increase in capacity for Carnivals four- and five-day cruise itineraries in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its four- and five-day short cruise program from New Orleans by 34 percent when Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation on this schedule next spring, providing an exciting Fun Ship 2.0-equipped ship on this highly popular itinerary.


Royal Sells Splendour to Tui Cruises

Splendour of the Seas - Pic by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International is saying sayonara to yet another of its older vessels. Its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas will join the Thomson Cruises’ fleet from Summer 2016.   According to a press release from Royal Caribbean


Costa Cruises Seeks to Reassure Italy over Job Loss Fears

Photo: Costa Cruises

A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad.   Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa


Hapag-Lloyd Increases English-Speaking Guests by 230%

MS Europa 2 (by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises )

 German line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the number of English-speaking guests on its newest ship, Europa 2, increased 230% in 2014.  The company, which operates four ships in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, also recorded a 52% in the number of international guest across its whole fleet


Robert Jumonville Wins AAPA Cruise Award

Former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director Robert Jumonville

  Former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director Robert Jumonville received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Award yesterday during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  


Port Canaveral Launches New Website

    Port Canaveral (courtesy of portcanaveral.com)

Port Canaveral launched a new website this week at www.portcanaveral.com, the Canaveral Port Authority announced today. “Our goal across all business lines is to provide the best experience possible and this upgrade to our website helps us achieve that goal because our website often is the


Carnival's $85M DR Facility to Begin Receiving Guests in October

The site plan for Carnivals Amber Cove facility (Photo courtesy of Ambercove.com)

Carnival Corporation today announced it will begin welcoming guests at its new $85 million Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic beginning in October 2015. The facility, which represents the largest cruise industry investment ever made in the Dominican Republic


New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years


India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

Image by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala

 With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come.   A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration


MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

Photo: Antonio Ferrer

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers.   As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter


Iran War Games Target Mock-up U.S. Ship

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards staged war games in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, including a gunboat attack on a model U.S. warship, in Tehran's latest display of military muscle in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports.


Holland America Line Wins Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Courtesy Holland American Line

  Holland America Line won top honors in four categories in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The premium cruise line took first place in Best Dining (large-ship category) for ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Best Value-for-Money (mid-sized category) for ms Zuiderdam






 
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