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MSC Sinfonia returns to sea following renovation work

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MSC Cruises has revealed MSC Sinfonia has left Genoa, Italy, to resume service following ground-breaking enlargement and enhancement work at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, Italy. MSC Sinfonia entered dry-dock in January and returns to duty ten weeks later with renewed amenities and enriched on-board spaces for cruise guests. → Read More

Puerto Rico to welcome largest cruise ships in 2016

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Next year Puerto Rico will welcome the largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, both from the Royal Caribbean line. The news was announced earlier by Puerto Rico Tourism Company executive director, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, and Port Authority executive director Colberg Ingrid Rodríguez. → Read More

Carnival Corporation unveils plans for nine new next generation cruise ships

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Carnival Corporation has signed two strategic memorandums of agreement that will add a total of nine new cruise ships to the company's industry-leading fleet over a four-year period from 2019. The shipbuilding agreements, which include options for additional ship builds in the coming years, are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing. → Read More

Royal Caribbean makes play for Chinese cruise market

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Furthering its commitment to growing the China market, Royal Caribbean International today announced that its third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will be based in Tianjin, China. The news was announced by Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley.Launching in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas will be the company’s fifth cruise ship based in the region. → Read More

River cruising continues to boom in Europe

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The popularity of river cruises has continued to grow with the number of UK passengers taking a holiday on waterways in Europe and further afield growing by six per cent in 2014, according to figures released by CLIA UK & Ireland. The number of British travellers taking a river cruise grew by almost 8,000, taking the total number to 139,400 in 2014.Europe remains by far the most popular region for UK travellers to take a river cruise accounting for 86 per cent of all passengers. → Read More

Cuba Cruise reveals plans for 2016 holiday season

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Now wrapping up its second consecutive season, Cuba Cruise has announced new details about its highly anticipated return to the island next winter. The trailblazing company has launched a brand new cruise itinerary for its 2015/2016 season, including two full days in Cuba’s vibrant capital city and a new port of call in idyllic, palm-fringed Maria la Gorda. Travellers can join the cruise in Montego Bay, Jamaica or Havana, Cuba every week from December 18th, 2015 to March 21st, 2016. → Read More

ms Koningsdam to welcome new Billboard Onboard show

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Holland America Line is using 50 years of chart-topping hits as the framework for a new live interactive music experience called Billboard Onboard that will debut as part of the Music Walk complex on the line's first Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam. The new programming is in partnership with Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music. → Read More

Record figures for European cruising revealed in Miami

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Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of Cruise Lines International Association Europe, has revealed that more Europeans than ever booked a cruise in 2014 – an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to the 2013 figures. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, the European cruise market has grown by 44 per cent, proving the cruise industry’s resilience. → Read More

MSC Cruises pulls out of Tunis following terror attack

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In the wake of the terror attack at the Bordo National Museum, in Tunis, MSC Cruises has decided to suspend all remaining Tunisian calls in the 2015 summer programme in the interests of guest and crew member safety. Itineraries affected by the change will impact four of MSC Cruises’ ships. → Read More

Cruising continues to grow in UK new figures reveal

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Figures released by CruiseBritain show that more passengers than ever before visited Great Britain through the country’s 57 cruise ports in 2014. Some 110 individual ships called into UK ports, with many ships calling on multiple occasions, and these ships brought a record 922,000 passengers on day calls, a rise of six per cent over 2013. A total of 53 different cruise lines visited UK ports in 2014 from Kirkwall, Orkney in the far north to the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly off the south coast. → Read More

Carnival Sunshine reveals unique New York sailings for 2016

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Carnival Sunshine – the first ship to feature all of Carnival’s spectacular Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment innovations – will offer a unique schedule from New York in 2016 encompassing 20 voyages departing between June and October 2016. This marks the first time that a Fun Ship 2.0-equipped ship will offer such a diverse itinerary schedule from New York with options ranging from value-packed two-day cruises to exciting ten-day Caribbean voyages. → Read More

Anantara Palm Resort brings Thai long-tail boat to Dubai

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Those who have seen it all can now experience Dubai’s first ever Thai long-tail boat, with journeys offered from Anantara Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa on the Palm Jumeirah to Dubai Marina and back. The authentic vessel, shipped all the way from Thailand, will be making several trips every day from the beach resort’s private jetty, through the bottom of the Palm Jumeirah and over to Dubai Marina on the city’s mainland. → Read More

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