Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced Laura Ryan as its new regional sales executive, south. Ryan will work with Regent’s southern agent partners - including national agencies, online travel agents, retail stores and homeworkers with the aim of helping them to grow and maximise their luxury cruise business.
One of the last working Royal Mail Ships in the world, the RMS St Helena, is to continue serving her namesake, the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena, for another 12 months. The news comes following the indefinite postponement of the opening of an airport on the island.
MSC Cruises has broken ground on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Located south of Bimini in The Bahamas, the island is set to become a natural paradise exclusive to MSC Cruises guests as of November 2018.
P&O Cruises is to charter flights with Virgin Atlantic for Adonia’s winter 2017/18 Caribbean fly-cruise programme. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class seats available for the 14 and 28-night itineraries.
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.