Royal Caribbean International has announced that Jewel of the Seas will sail out for the summer 2016 Mediterranean season boasting a new shine and ready to explore the ‘old world.’ The 90,090 gross-registered-ton ship, featuring nearly three acres of exterior glass will receive a complete makeover from bow-to-stern, unveiling a fresh and thoroughly contemporary style.
Executives from Genting Hong Kong and Meyer Werft have celebrated the laying of the keel of Genting Dream, Dream Cruises’ new ship, at a special commemoration held at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. A significant milestone in a vessel’s timeline, this traditional ceremony marks the formal recognition of the start of a new ship's construction.
Cruiseco, the operators of cruising.co.uk, has signed an exclusive partnership with P&O Cruises Australia. The new agreement offers UK travellers access to a wide range of unique itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, with P&O Cruises’ five spectacular ships.
Royal Caribbean has announced Broadway’s hit musical Grease will be debuting on its newest ship Harmony of the Seas, which launches in Europe in May 2016. The show will then take the stage in July on-board Independence of the Seas, which returns to her homeport of Southampton in May for the summer season.
The 2015/16 cruise season is set to be Abu Dhabi’s busiest to date, with the new state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal – opening in December – expecting to welcome 220,000 passengers from 113 ship calls. The new terminal will be located in Zayed Port and offer a wide range of facilities, including 24-hour immigration and customs facilities, banking facilities, tourist information, shops, restaurants, and bus and taxi stands.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be waving a fond farewell to industry stalwart, Lol Nichols, the company’s general sales manager, in January 2016, after an impressive 43-year career within the travel and cruise trade, 21 years of which have been spent with Fred. Olsen. Nichols will be leaving Fred. Olsen to pursue a sunshine retirement in his home in Mallorca, and to indulge his love of travel and enjoy leisure time with family and friends.
P&O Cruises Australia has introduced its two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, expanding Australia’s largest year-round fleet to five cruise ships. With the addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O Cruises Australia now has five ships cruising year-round from eight homeports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is bringing the reality of its luxurious ships to life with the launch of its very first virtual reality app. The S.S. Maria Theresa, Uniworld’s flagship masterpiece, is showcased in marvellous 360-degree views via the revolutionary app technology.
Carnival Corporation has announced that it has initiated repurchasing stock under its currently authorised $1 billion share repurchase program. The company began repurchasing shares during its third fiscal quarter of 2015, has continued repurchasing shares during its fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 and intends to enter into a 10B-5 program to repurchase stock during its regularly scheduled close periods.
Crystal Cruises is pioneering new fronts in the luxury travel industry with the purchase of a Boeing Business Jet B777-200LR, offering an array of global itineraries for its expanded brand extension Crystal Luxury Air. The announcement comes on the heels of Crystal’s ground-breaking news in July of an extensive brand expansion, which will include extravagant air holidays around the world aboard a luxurious Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The most popular ship sailing from the UK will return to Southampton in April 2017 to offer its seventh consecutive season of cruises throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Launched in the city of Southampton in 2010, Celebrity Cruises’ ship Celebrity Eclipse has returned each year to sail from the UK port during the late spring, summer and autumn months.
Silversea is offering luxury cruise guests the opportunity to gain unique insights into the culture, history, and people of Ghana as part of Silver Cloud's March 16th 2016 West Africa cruise, a 16-day sailing from Tema (Accra) to Barcelona. The highlight of this optional six-day pre-cruise land adventure, "Accra & the Ashanti Kingdom", is the rare opportunity to participate in the Festival of Akwasidae.