MV Werften has celebrated the cutting of the first piece of steel in Wismar, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Crystal River Cruises’ two additional Rhine Class luxury river yachts. Both Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel are scheduled to sail in spring 2018.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced earlier that Norwegian Bliss, the brand’s sixteenth ship, will set sail for the cruise capital of the world after her inaugural summer season in Alaska, to seasonally homeport in Miami in winter 2018. Beginning on November 17th, 2018, Norwegian Bliss will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.
BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a global entertainment channel, BBC HD, the company’s first channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market. It will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s MTN TV network, with P&O Cruises and Cunard being the first to offer this to their guests.
The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of the Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover.
Seabourn has formally introduced Seabourn Encore to the world during a glamorous and festive evening ceremony. International recording artist and soprano Sarah Brightman presided over the naming ceremony as godmother of the new 600-guest ship, the first of two new all-suite vessels for the company.
Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity will offer an exciting new 2017-18 winter season featuring the Caribbean and Cuba. Cruises in the region will begin in November 2017. It will be the first time that Voyages to Antiquity has offered cruises to this area.
Cruise Lines International Association has announced it has added two new members to its global leadership team. Andy Harmer, former vice president, operations & director, UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior vice president, membership. At the same time, Bo Larsen, former vice president, strategic partnerships, has also been promoted to senior vice president, strategic partnerships.
Star Cruises has announced the launch of a new three-month Kaohsiung homeport deployment of flagship SuperStar Virgo. The vessel will offer and a six day/five night Golden Triangle Journey from the port, featuring ports of call in Hong Kong, Manila and Laoag, allowing Taiwanese cruisers the flexibility to embark or disembark in Kaohsiung, Hong Kong or Manila.
All Leisure Holidays – operator of both the Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery brands – has gone into administration. The company operated two cruise programmes, Swan Hellenic on the ‘Minerva’ and Voyages of Discovery on the ‘Voyager’.
Royal Caribbean has launched a search for an ‘extraordinary explorer’ to fulfil the company’s first Instagram ‘Intern-ship of the Seas’, as new research confirms that social media is a key source of inspiration in consumer holiday booking habits. The research, polling 2,000 UK and Ireland consumers, was commissioned by Royal Caribbean to determine the role that social media plays in inspiring holiday makers.
MSC Cruises has exercised an option for two Meraviglia-Plus mega cruise ships with STX France. The two underlying options had been confirmed by MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago in February. Now the two companies have agreed on all ship specifications hence construction will be able to begin in earnest.
Royal Caribbean International has revealed its new marketing campaign to mark the start of its wave promotion period. The multi-million pound campaign, which includes television, radio, digital, social and trade avenues, takes Royal Caribbean into new territory with the launch of its new disruptive documentary-style commercial, portraying cruise holidays in an entirely new light.