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CLIA UK launches new website dedicated to online cruise training

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CLIA UK & Ireland is re-launching its travel agent website as figures show that more users than ever before are visiting the site for the dedicated online cruise training and its unique resources. More than 6,500 users completed twenty-seven thousand online modules in the past year. → Read More

Celebrity Cruises sees new website go live in Middle East

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Celebrity Cruises Middle East representative, Travel Matrix has announced the launch of their new website dedicated to the Middle East market. This new site will provide an online brand presence for Celebrity Cruises and its impactful content and images give great insight into its plethora of amenities, entertainment options, food and beverage outlets, range of kids and family activities, meeting facilities and more. → Read More

Holland America Line appoints ms Koningsdam captain

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When Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, captain Emiel de Vries will be in command. Having been with the company since 1997, de Vries rose through the ranks from fourth officer to captain and has been master of ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam and ms Zuiderdam. → Read More

Star Clippers announces largest ever vessel

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Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named, will be the biggest and most ambitious to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 sq m of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque. → Read More

Allure of the Seas arrives in Europe for summer cruising season

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Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas has emerged from an 18-day dry dock revitalisation and begun her first season of European itineraries. The ship, formerly based in the Caribbean, will home-port in Barcelona until October 2015, sailing to destinations including Marseilles, Pisa and Rome, while offering a host of new restaurants, high-end boutiques and refurbished suites and staterooms that combine to offer an unmatched European adventure for the whole family. → Read More

CLIA appoints Ostebo to lead organisation

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Cruise Lines International Association has announced Thomas Ostebo will join the organisation as president and chief executive officer, effective July 6th. Selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, Ostebo will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organisation’s vision and work on behalf of CLIA members. → Read More

Amadeus reveals millennial travellers increasingly open to cruise travel

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New research from Amadeus finds 42 per cent of adults who holiday abroad have never embarked on a cruise holiday, but would be tempted to do so in the future. In addition, 30 per cent would consider swapping an all-inclusive land holiday with an all-inclusive cruise trip of the same value, presenting a significant opportunity for travel agents and the cruise industry to expand its customer base and change existing perceptions of cruise travel. → Read More

Genting Hong Kong completes $550m acquisition of Crystal Cruises

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Genting Hong Kong has completed the acquisition of Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha for a total transaction of US$550 million. GHK also announced a new chairman of Crystal and promotions for Crystal’s current senior management team, guaranteeing a streamlined transition and virtually no interruption in operations and ensuring award-winning service. → Read More

Princess Cruises to base new ship in Shanghai, China, year-round

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Carnival Corporation has announced that the new ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises will be based in China year-round when introduced in summer 2017. Based in Shanghai, the ship will be the first year-round international luxury vessel designed and built specifically for Chinese guests. The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and will carry approximately 3,600 guests on a variety of itineraries, to be announced at a later date. → Read More

Royal Caribbean orders fourth Quantum Class ship from Meyer Werft

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Royal Caribbean International has announced it has entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft in Germany to order a fourth Quantum-class ship for delivery in 2019. “This announcement is a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships,” said Richard Fain, chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises." → Read More

Princess Cruises announces line up for Seattle Seahawks fan cruise

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Princess Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks has announced the players and alumni joining the "Sail with the 12s – A Seahawks Fan Cruise," offering fans the exclusive opportunity to hear players talk about off-season moves, the 2015 game schedule and their favorite memories as a Seahawk → Read More

Thistle Liverpool celebrates Cunard’s anniversary with ‘suite’ gesture

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Thistle Liverpool, the famous ship-shaped hotel on the banks of the Mersey has named six suites after Cunard’s favourite fleet, marking the shipping company’s 175th anniversary and its proud Liverpool heritage. → Read More

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