The Philippines officially welcomed Star Cruises earlier when SuperStar Virgo arrived in Manila to begin her inaugural homeport deployment in the country. The occasion was commemorated with a special ceremony at Manila South Harbour.
Genting Hong Kong has appointed Colin Au as the group president of the company with immediate effect. At the same time, Kent Zhu will take up the role of president at Genting Cruise Lines, effective May this year.
Cunard will invest $54 million in the refurbishment of the Queen Victoria this May. The elegance, history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria's art deco past will remain, while refurbishments will usher the ship into a new, updated chapter.
Norwegian Cruise Line has shown the first images of its new Project Leonardo-Class ships at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami. Four firmly ordered ships will be delivered by Fincantieri as of 2022.
Norwegian Cruise Line has debuted an all-new entertainment experience on-board several of the line’s ships that will surprise and challenge guests: Escape the Big Top. Guests can experience the magic of an escape room with a twist, as they put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock.
Cruise line Silversea has announced the appointment of Erin Johnson as head of marketing, UK & Ireland. Johnson joins Silversea from Carnival Cruise Lines UK & Ireland, where she oversaw a number of successful marketing initiatives and a multi-million-pound advertising campaign.
Figures released today by the Cruise Lines International Association show that a record 1.9 million holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland took an ocean cruise in 2016. roving that the wide choice of cruise holiday experiences, worldwide destinations and high levels of service offered on a cruise holiday cannot be beaten.
Figures released today by the Cruise Lines International Association show the ever-growing appeal of river cruising has led to an 11 per cent rise in the number of UK passengers taking a holiday on waterways in Europe and further afield - rising to 166,900 passengers in 2016.
Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea made history with the first-ever cruise ship call to Bangladesh, when Silver Discoverer visited Maheshkhali Island. Greeted by a colourful fleet of motorised rickshaws, guests explored an ornate temple and attended a welcoming ceremony of song and dance presented by local school children.
Royal Caribbean International has committed to a multi-year agreement with the Bahamas that will help grow tourism to the destination. It is hoped the deal will also rapidly increase the cruise line’s employment of Bahamian nationals and invest levels in hospitality training to develop talent in the country.
Celebrity Cruises has appointed Zoe Edwards to the role of strategic account manager, following the recent promotion of Nicola McNeish to head of sales. Edwards will report to director of sales, Claire Stirrup.
Norwegian Joy, soon to be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship custom designed for China, was floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered buildings earlier in Papenburg, Germany. The 168,800-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015.