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SuperStar Virgo takes up homeport in Guangzhou

SuperStar Virgo takes up homeport in Guangzhou

SuperStar Virgo, the first cruise ship designed and built for the Asian market, has begun her year-round homeport in Guangzhou Nansha Port. With 1,860 passengers, SuperStar Virgo’s first inaugural six day cruise from the new cruise terminal in Guangzhou (Nansha port) called at Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tuesday, Danang in central Vietnam on Wednesday and Sanya, Hainan on Thursday before returning to Guangzhou (Nansha port) on Friday.

Fred. Olsen sets new bookings record during 2016 ‘Wave Season’

Fred. Olsen sets new bookings record during 2016 ‘Wave Season’

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has revealed that it has received a boost to its ‘Wave Season’ sales, with the first week of January 2016 being the most successful in the company’s history. The line broke records in both yield and volume terms. Sales are up 27 per cent on the same time last year, a record-breaker.

P&O Cruises rings in 2016 with record bookings

P&O Cruises rings in 2016 with record bookings

Australians’ ever-growing love of cruising has pushed bookings for P&O Cruises’ holidays to an all-time high. The cruise line is celebrating an overwhelmingly strong start to the year with the first week of January proving to be its biggest booking week ever – up 84 per cent on the first week of January last year.

Carnival Corporation to welcome four new ships to fleet in 2016

Carnival Corporation to welcome four new ships to fleet in 2016

Carnival Corporation will launch four new ships in 2016 across four of its global cruise brands. These additions are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery for Carnival Corporation’s ten brands through 2020, creating measured capacity growth over time that enables the company’s global fleet to meet accelerating demand for cruise vacations in every region of the world.

Wilkinson takes over senior leadership role at Norwegian Cruise Lines

Wilkinson takes over senior leadership role at Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the promotion of Nick Wilkinson to general manager Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Wilkinson will oversee the UK office in Southampton, reporting to Christian Boell, managing director Europe Middle East & Africa, in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Herbert takes over sales leadership at Fred. Olsen

Herbert takes over sales leadership at Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has appointed Neil Herbert as its new head of sales, to replace Lol Nichols, who retires at the end of January 2016, after 23 years’ service with the company. Herbert commences his new role on January 11th, and will be responsible for managing Fred. Olsen’s UK sales teams, as well as developing and growing UK travel trade relations.

Crystal Serenity set for South American sailings in 2017

Crystal Serenity set for South American sailings in 2017

Crystal Cruises will reposition one of its luxury ocean vessels in 2017, unveiling an entirely new line-up of itineraries. Following the 2017 “Southern Celebración” World Cruise round-trip from Miami, Crystal Serenity will sail throughout North America for the remainder of the year, offering routes along the east and west coasts, through Alaska, New England and Eastern Canada, as well as the eastern seaboard into the Caribbean.

Norwegian Cruise Line launches Feel Free ad campaign

Norwegian Cruise Line launches Feel Free ad campaign

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the company’s new global brand campaign, “Feel Free.” Rooted in the line’s fundamentals of freedom and flexibility, Feel Free is an invitation for guests to experience Norwegian’s philosophy of what a holiday should be, free from rigid schedules with the freedom to make their holiday their own. The high-energy campaign conveys the brand’s passion for delivering outstanding holiday experiences and showcases Norwegian’s fun-loving, bold personality.

MSC Cruises to launch exclusive marine reserve in Bahamas

MSC Cruises to launch exclusive marine reserve in Bahamas

MSC Cruises, the Geneva-based global cruise line, has unveiled ambitious plans to create an unprecedented exclusive marine reserve island experience in the Bahamas. The visionary project was officially launched in the Bahamian capital Nassau, where prime minister Perry Christie and MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago signed a 100-year lease agreement that will enable MSC Cruises to occupy and develop the island, to be called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Costa Group signs for two new ships with Fincantieri

Costa Group signs for two new ships with Fincantieri

The Costa Group has signed an agreement with Fincantieri to build two new ships for the Costa Asia brand. The ships, each weighing 135,500 gross tons and a passenger capacity of 4,200 guests, will be manufactured in Italy. They will be specifically designed for the Chinese market, joining the fleet in 2019 and 2020.