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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

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.   

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.  

CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015

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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

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

Meyer Werft Keel Laying for 'Norwegian Escape'

Coin laying: Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft

Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from the German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT took part in the keel-laying ceremony of the new cruise ship 'Norwegian Escape' in a traditional ceremony at the shipyard. During the official ceremony, block number 35/41, one of 86 blocks that will comprise the 164,600 gross ton vessel, was lifted into the covered building dock as the start of the block assembly for the new ship.

Cruise Critic Awards Best Cruise Lines of 2015

Photo: Viking Oceans

 Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its annual Editors' Picks Awards for 2015, revealing the industry's top performers in a variety of different categories.   The winners, which are selected by the online cruise guide's team of experts

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Panama Canal's Cruise Season from October 3

Cruise season Photo Courtesy Panama Canal Authorities

The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a voyage from Italy around the world. “Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to

Carnival to Begin Operations in Alabama

Carnival Fantasy. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Fantasy will begin voyages from the Alabama coast, marking the return of cruise ships to Mobile after a four-year absence.   The first cruise will start from the Mobile Cruise Terminal in autumn 2016

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

Image: SC Line

 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

America's First Female Cruise Ship Captain on Maiden Voyage

Kate McCue. Photo by Celebrity Cruises, Inc

 An American woman Kate McCue is on her maiden voyage at the helm of the Celebrity Summit. She's leading the 14-day cruise with more than 2,100 passengers and a crew of about 950.     Kate McCue, 37, took the helm of her maiden voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship on Sunday as the

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

 Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.    Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

Steel Cut for Norwegian’s Next Cruise Ship

A steel cutting ceremony signaled the beginning of construction for Norwegian Cruise Line’s next cruise ship. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Marking the beginning of construction of the second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, a steel cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, September 15 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss

Bristol Harbor Group Announces Two New Hires

Zachary Gilfus and Marissa Stutzman (Photos: BHGI)

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the addition of naval architect Zachary Gilfus and mechanical engineer Marissa Stutzman to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice.   Gilfus is the most recent addition to BHGI

Cruise Season Kicks off in San Diego

Photo: Port of San Diego

The arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Infinity in San Diego Harbor today officially kicks off cruise season at the Port of San Diego.    The 2,170-passenger cruise ship Infinity sailed into San Diego harbor today as part of a nine-night Pacific coastal cruise that begins and ends in San

Record Number of Cruise Ships Sailing Down in NZ

Image: Cruise Lines International Association (Australasia)

 New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country.   28 ships from its members' fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months - an increase of more than 25 per cent

ISS Appoints Holmes as VP, Cruise Solutions

Grant Holmes (Photo: ISS)

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it is embarking on a plan to develop its cruise business with the appointment of Grant Holmes as Vice President, Cruise Solutions. Based out of Dubai, the new position will see Grant leading a dedicated focus on cruise business development and activities

MSC Cruise to Homeport in China

MSC-Lirica. Photo: MSC Cruises (USA)

 MSC Cruises has announced that the MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese cruise market, through a strategic partnership with CAISSA Touristic Group.   The 2,600 passenger MSC Lirica will home port in Shanghai from May 2016 following a 60-day round the world Grand

Carnival Ramping Up in New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream embarks from the Port of New Orleans Erato Street Cruise Terminal. The 130,000-ton ship is the port’s largest year-round cruise ship and sails seven-day itineraries to eastern and western Caribbean destinations. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Carnival on track for record year from Port of New Orleans in 2015; expects to embark 3 millionth passenger post-Katrina next year   New Orleans’ number one cruise operator Carnival Cruise Line continues to expand its presence at the port and expects to carry a record 400

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