While many cruise lines now offer vegan or vegetarian options as part of their on-board culinary offering, Costa Cruises have gone one step further and created a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu that will be available on cruise ships. Created in response to the growing demand for such cuisine, the menu cuts out all dairy products and even eggs, instead using ingredients derived from plants that will produce the same bold Italian flavours that reflect Costa’s proud Mediterranean roots.
Silversea Expeditions operate a series of unique voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 to mark the centenary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition. World-renowned explorers Rebecca Stephens and Michael Palin will be supporting this historic event with Silversea Expeditions and the Royal Geographical Society.
Norwegian Cruise Line has marked the opening of the company’s first office the Pacific Region, with a new sales and marketing centre based in Sydney, Australia. The new office signifies the further international expansion of the company to support a growing worldwide demand for cruise travel. The office represents the company’s three brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Carnival Corporation has announced it has expanded its innovative hybrid connectivity system to create the cruise industry's largest Wi-Fi network – and one of the world's largest satellite mobility networks. With over 31 advanced satellite systems, the company's expanded [email protected] connectivity network features the broadest high-bandwidth internet coverage in the industry currently deployed on 30 of its 100 ships - far more than any other cruise line company - with further deployment planned over the next several months.
Silversea Cruises has unveiled an exciting collection of 246 voyages for 2017 that are available for travellers to reserve as of today. These include itineraries for Silversea's current fleet of eight ships, which will collectively visit over 800 destinations across seven continents.
Carnival Cruise Line and the City of Mobile announced earlier that the Carnival Fantasy will operate a year-long schedule of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico from the Mobile Cruise Terminal beginning in fall 2016. Prior to its deployment to Mobile, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will undergo a multi-million-dollar refurbishment that will add several elements of the cruise line's popular Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program.
MSC Cruises and Barrhead Travel are giving Scottish guests the opportunity to fly straight to the Mediterranean sunshine in 2016, thanks to new regional departures from Glasgow. Scottish travel agency giant Barrhead Travel will operate its first dedicated Glasgow – Genoa service right through the summer next year, with flights perfectly timed for cruisers joining MSC Fantasia on its seven-night Western Med sailings from the Italian city.
In a historic week for Norwegian Cruise Line, the first piece of steel was cut at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, to mark the construction of the second ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, set for delivery in spring 2017. Andy Stuart, president of Norwegian Cruise Line, pushed the button to start the plasma torch during the steel cutting ceremony in the laser centre.
Thomson Celebration cruise ship will be operating from the vibrant port of Dubai for the first time next winter. With 13 million tourists visiting the destination in 2014, Dubai’s popularity is soaring and with Brits visiting more and more destinations each year, it will provide the perfect starting point for travellers to experience two exciting new itineraries from December 2016.
Genting Hong Kong, a leading global cruise and resort company, has entered into an agreement to acquire Lloyd Werft, a shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. The deal will see the company invest €17.5 million for 70 per cent of the new shipbuilding business and a 50 per cent ownership of the shipyard land.
Originally built in 1962 in Bulgaria to carry passengers across the Black Sea, and then used for spying in the North Atlantic by the Soviet Union, La Sultana has gone on sale to potential buyers. The vast vessel has been completely rebuilt to the high standards needed for a classic yacht. La Sultana has seven large guest suites which can accommodate up to 12 guests and, according to yacht broker Camper & Nicholsons, has a similar pedigree to the famous Christina O, graced by presidents and celebrities.
DFDS Seaways has been awarded the prestigious accolade of Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala 2015 in Sardinia, Italy for the fourth year in a row. The World Travel Awards, hailed as the premier awards programme for the travel and tourism industry, are designed to recognise commitment to excellence throughout the global travel, tourism and hospitality sector.