Cruise Ship Trends

Genting Acquires Crystal Cruises

 Crystal Cruises has been sold for $550 million to the owner of Asia's largest cruise line and a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.    Crystal's parent company,

Carnival Cruise Line Shuffles Ships

 A few weeks after Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to move the Carnival Liberty and Breeze to Galveston, the cruise line announced the future homes of the Carnival Triumph,

Holland America Line Appoints Geivett as Director, Social Media

  Holland America Line has hired Kathryn Geivett as director, social media. In this capacity Geivett’s primary responsibility will be to drive, plan and oversee

Editorial: Gettin’ Crabby with Deadliest Catch

As February is our traditional cruise shipping edition, naturally we’ve selected a fishing boat and two crabs for the cover. But as many of you may already know,

Her Majesty The Queen to Name Britannia

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia in Southampton on March 10, 2015, P&O Cruises announced.

Carnival Expands Capacity in 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,

Northwest Passage Cruises Increasing Popularity

In response to increased demand for travelers wanting to discover the Arctic, One Ocean Expeditions has introduced an additional Northwest Passage voyage into its Canadian Arctic schedule for 2015.

Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

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.

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

 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.

British Queen to Name New Ship

 Queen Elizabeth II will christen P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia in Southampton, England, on March 10. She will be accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Drowning at Castaway Cay

 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.

Holland America Line Wins Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

  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

Launch of Mississippi 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.

Gladding-Hearn Bags Hy-Line Cruises Catamaran Order

  Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has ordered a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation.

MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

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,

India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

 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.

Cheng Ho Maritime Sea Route Inaugurated

 Indonesia's Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo inaugurated on Saturday the Cheng Ho sea route package aimed at attracting mainly Chinese tourists.

L-S MSI to Exhibit at Cruise Shipping Miami

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) will showcase a range of systems and services for cruise ship operations, including automation, integrated navigation,

New Riverboat to Homeport in 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.

Sylvia Joins CLIA as VP of Trade Relations

Charles Sylvia will join the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on March 2, 2015, as vice president of trade relations. Sylvia will work directly with travel agencies and agents,

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