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CLIA Europe urges Mediterranean cruise cooperation

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CLIA Europe, the association representing Europe’s multibillion euro cruise industry, has once again reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to work with ports and port associations to ensure consistent representation of the cruise sector’s interests before public authorities and the media. Speaking in Barcelona at the opening session of Seatrade Med – the major biennial cruise event focused on the Mediterranean market, taking place this week – Pierfrancesco Vago, CLIA Europe’s chairman, said cooperation with port associations is key for the entire sector. → Read More

DFDS Seaways moots Portsmouth-Le Havre route closure

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DFDS Seaways has announced that it is entering a period of consultation on the viability of its Portsmouth to Le Havre service. The announcement follows a meeting with its union representatives in the Extraordinary Works Council in France. → Read More

Cruise Lines International Association finds industry continues to grow

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In the last decade, demand for cruising across the globe has increased 77 per cent, from 12 million to 21.3 million passengers. New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association show that worldwide, cruise industry expenditures generated $117 billion in total economic contributions, supporting the employment of 891,009 full-time equivalent employees with total wages of $38.47 billion. → Read More

Holland America Line reveals name for new Pinnacle class ship

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Holland America Line has revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history. → Read More

New leadership for Carnival UK as Dingle takes new role

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Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that David Dingle has been appointed chairman of Carnival UK. At the same time, David Noyes, currently executive vice president operations, has been promoted to the chief executive role, with operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard Line. → Read More

Oceania Cruises offer guests free Internet

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Today, Oceania Cruises announced plans to provide complimentary Internet access to guests booked in either a suite or Concierge Level stateroom on any of its five award-winning mid-size ships. This is the first time the upper-premium cruise line has offered a free Internet program, with the new benefit commencing during the 2015 winter season. → Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line introduces all-inclusive packages

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Norwegian Cruise Line UK is launching a new “Norwegians Get It All and a Whole Lot More” promotion, an All-Inclusive Package for guests sailing in 2015 and booking between 17 September and 30 October 2014. → Read More

Britain's biggest cruise ship revs up her engines

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There was great excitement at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste in Italy today as the engines of Britain’s biggest cruise ship, Britannia, were started up for the first time by Formula One racing presenter Suzi Perry. → Read More

Celebrity Century sold to Ctrip in China

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Ctrip.com International has entered into an agreement to acquire Celebrity Century, a 1,814-passenger cruise ship, from Royal Caribbean Cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises will continue to operate Celebrity Century until April 2015. Exquisite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skyseas, a co-founded company by Ctrip and other investors, which targets to provide Chinese customers the world-class and tailor-made cruise products. → Read More

Norwegian completes $3bn deal for Prestige Cruise International

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Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed it will buy Prestige Cruises International from its owner Apollo Global Management for a fee of $3 billion. The deal sees NCL, the third largest of the major cruise lines, expand its high-end luxury cruise offerings. → Read More

Guatemala grows cruise tourism sector

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One of the reasons to visit Guatemala this year lies within their cruise offering, which allows passengers to experience just enough off the country’s culture, gastronomy and exotic nature to lure back approximately 70 per cent of visitors for a longer stay, according to data published by Inguat - Guatemala’s Tourism Board. “Guatemala has received approximately 218,328 cruise passengers over the past few years, 98 per cent of them recommend the destination,” said Pedro Duchez, director of Inguat. → Read More

Dubai multi-entry visa to boost cruise tourism sector

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Recent regulatory changes to the United Arab Emirates’ visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai’s cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate. A new ruling in the UAE which took effect on August 1st 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system. → Read More

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