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AIDA launches revamped mobile app to cruise customers

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AIDA has updated its mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The new generation now includes a live feed from on board the ships. With the free app, users can for the first time experience an AIDA cruise in real time: Live news from on board, from the Theatrium, the restaurants and the sun deck, as well as photos from the current destinations, create a vacation atmosphere and make it possible to experience an AIDA cruise from your smartphone. → Read More

Côte des Dunes joins DFDS Calais-Dover route

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The new ships will join Calais Seaways on the service, enhancing DFDS’ daily schedule of sailings between Dover and Calais to up to 30 per day. When combined with DFDS’ three ferries on the Dover-Dunkirk route, DFDS will now operate the largest fleet on the Dover Strait, with up to 54 daily sailings to the two French ports. → Read More

MSC Cruises takes up options on further Meraviglia vessels

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MSC Cruises has confirmed existing STX France options to build a further two ships in the Meraviglia class. The two Meraviglia-Plus next-generation ships, as the new class of vessels is called, will feature increased tonnage and overall size, with a total of 2,444 cabins and a maximum capacity of 8,000 people, both passengers and crew. → Read More

Yunnan Pandaw to join Mekong fleet from September

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In response to growing demand, Pandaw has announced the launch of a brand new ship, the Yunnan Pandaw, from September 2016. The ship will become the sister to the Laos Pandaw and will sail on the Upper Mekong from Vientiane (Laos) to Jinghong (China) or visa versa on an exclusive 14-night journey. → Read More

Crystal Cruises to return historic SS United States to service

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Together with the SS United States Conservancy, Crystal Cruises today announced it will save the “America’s Flagship”, the SS United States, and embark on the enormous undertaking of bringing the ship into compliance with the latest standards, and returning her to oceangoing service. During the announcement, made today at a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City, Crystal also committed to covering all costs associated with preserving the ship while undertaking a technical feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. → Read More

Azamara Journey completes dry-dock renevations

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Departing Freeport, Bahamas for Miami, Azamara Journey has been outfitted with new venues, public spaces and technologies to bring fresh services and amenities to guests. This vessel is the first of Azamara Club Cruises’ two ships to undergo planned upgrades. “There is no area on the ship that has not been touched,” said Larry Pimentel, president of Azamara Club Cruises. → Read More

Remkes takes up sales leadership role with Costa Group

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Ralph Remkes has joined Costa Group in the position of general manager Northern Europe, reporting to Massimo Brancaleoni, senior vice president of worldwide sales. In this position Remkes leads the recently created Northern Europe region with a coordination centre at the Costa offices located in Amsterdam. → Read More

Norwegian Edge to bring luxury cruise experience to high seas

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed plans for The Norwegian Edge, a programme to introduce a new standard of excellence that encompasses the entire guest experience, from ship hardware to culinary enhancements and exclusive private destination developments. The plan reflects a significant two-year $400 million investment by the company through 2017 and demonstrates the line’s commitment to exceptional quality and extraordinary experiences. → Read More

ms Koningsdam passes sea trails as launch approaches

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Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard earlier after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast. Koningsdam left Marghera on January 2nd and performed the first set of sea trials over three days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where standard hull maintenance was performed. → Read More

SuperStar Virgo takes up homeport in Guangzhou

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SuperStar Virgo, the first cruise ship designed and built for the Asian market, has begun her year-round homeport in Guangzhou Nansha Port. With 1,860 passengers, SuperStar Virgo’s first inaugural six day cruise from the new cruise terminal in Guangzhou (Nansha port) called at Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tuesday, Danang in central Vietnam on Wednesday and Sanya, Hainan on Thursday before returning to Guangzhou (Nansha port) on Friday. → Read More

Cruise Lines International Association hires Hills Balfour as UK PR rep

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Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland, which brings together cruise lines, travel agents and travel partners to promote ocean and river holidays, has appointed Hills Balfour to co-ordinate its consumer public relations. The pitch was a five way invitation only process. → Read More

Fred. Olsen sets new bookings record during 2016 ‘Wave Season’

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has revealed that it has received a boost to its ‘Wave Season’ sales, with the first week of January 2016 being the most successful in the company’s history. The line broke records in both yield and volume terms. Sales are up 27 per cent on the same time last year, a record-breaker. → Read More

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