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Carnival to begin sailings to Cuba in 2016

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Carnival Corporation has won approval from the United States departments of the treasury commerce to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travellers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic. → Read More

Majesty of the Seas to dry dock before Port Canaveral return

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Following popular demand, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer short cruises under the Royal Caribbean International brand and will homeport in Port Canaveral, along Florida’s Space coast, from summer 2016. Before her season in Port Canaveral, where she will sail to the Bahamas, Majesty of the Seas will go into dry dock for upgrades and receive a range of innovative on board amenities → Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line seeks Australasian expansion with new appointment

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the expansion of its presence in the Australia and Pacific region, with the establishment of a sales and marketing centre based in Sydney, Australia to support the growing demand for cruise travel in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The office will represent the company’s three lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. → Read More

MSC Cruises becomes first line to homeport in Havana

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MSC Cruises has revealed that, starting in December 2015, it will be the first mainstream cruise line to homeport in Cuba. Its 2,120-guest MSC Opera will homeport in Havana for the winter 2015-16 season to offer guests 16 Caribbean cruises. → Read More

Strikes continue at French ports for third day

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Passenger at the Port of Calais continued to be hit by disruption this morning as a strike by ferry workers entered a third day. MyFerryLink workers walked out on Monday over the sale of the company’s ferries to the rival firm DFDS Seaways. The sale is expected to be completed tomorrow, when MyFerryLink will also cease operations. → Read More

Strikes continue to disrupt Calais ferry services

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Passengers are again being hit by disruption as port workers stage demonstrations in Calais. Thousands of travellers are stranded on both sides of the English Channel as workers protest against the acquisition of MyFerryLink by rival DFDS Seaways. → Read More

Nine killed on Holland America Line sightseeing flight

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A sightseeing plane carry passengers from a Holland America Line cruise ship has crashed with the loss of nine lives in east Alaska. Eight passengers from the Westerdam were killed along with the pilot of the aircraft. The wreckage of the aircraft was located by rescue teams earlier, situated approximately 250 metres above Ella Lake, north-east of the town of Ketchikan. → Read More

CalMac cancels Scottish ferry services as strike begins

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Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services have been cancelled after the Rail & Maritime union called staff out on strike in a dispute over the potential sale of the organisation. Two thirds of ferry services on the west coast of Scotland have been suspended as a result. The strike, which started at midnight and will last for 24 hours, follows two days of work to rule at the ferry company. → Read More

New leadership for CruiseBritian

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CruiseBritain, the destination association of British ports and services, has announced the appointment of a new chair. Angie Redhead, cruise and operations manager at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, has taken office for a three-year tenure. Outgoing chair, Daren Taylor, said: “CruiseBritain is a thriving organisation that works to raise the profile of Britain as a cruise destination." → Read More

Etihad Airways signs partnership with MSC Cruises to boost Abu Dhabi

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MSC Cruises and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a new partnership agreement that will benefit MSC Cruises’ guests travelling to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The partnership with Etihad Airways reflects MSC Cruises’ long-standing commitment to its guests and is testament to the company’s wish to always make its all-around offering a best-in-class experience, both at sea and in the air. → Read More

Virgin Cruises reveals plans to launch in 2020

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Virgin Cruises has unveiled plans to build three new ships ahead of its proposed launch in 2020. Revealing plans earlier, the company asked potential passengers for what they would like to see on board the new vessels. → Read More

Celebrity Cruises relaunches shore excursion website to travel trade

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Celebrity Cruises has relaunched its shore excursion website specially created for travel partners. Following the recent unveiling of a newly designed shore excursions programme with new special-interest categories and more destination experiences, the interactive hub provides travel partners with rich content for planning clients’ holidays. → Read More

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