Costa Cruises returning Costa Smeralda to Dubai for 2023/24 Arabian Gulf season
Costa Cruises has revealed its 2023/24 winter cruise itineraries, with Costa Smeralda returning to the Middle East, sailing roundtrip cruises from Dubai in the Arabian Gulf.
Luxury Egyptian river cruise operator opens Dubai office to tempt UAE passengers
The luxury Egyptian river cruise operator Nile Cruisers has opened a new Dubai branch to expand its luxury river cruise brand into the Middle East region and serve new customers.
MSC lays keel for MSC World America, takes delivery of MSC Euribia
MSC Cruises has laid the keel for its upcoming mega-ship MSC World America at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France.
Africa and Arabia to feature prominently on 2026 Silversea World Cruise
Silversea Cruises has unveiled details on its 140-day World Cruise 2026, ‘The Curious and the Sea’— its most diverse and immersive voyage yet, with Africa and Arabia playing a leading role as […]
Holland America 2025 Grand World Voyage to include 45-day Cape Town departure
Holland America Line has released the itineraries and opened bookings for two of its 2025 Grand Voyages, including the Pole-to-Pole and Grand World Voyage, which features a 45-day Cape Town leg.
Royal Caribbean reveals 9 of more than 20 new dining options aboard Icon of the Seas
Royal Caribbean has revealed several of the more than 20 new dining experiences that will debut aboard Icon of the Seas in January, 2024, promising an unmatched line-up of options for every […]
Silversea Cruises to sail from Durban and Cape Town for 2023/24 season
Silversea Cruises will return to South Africa to sail a homeport cruise season out of Cape Town for the first time in six years for 2023/24, but will also be sailing a […]
Viking Mars makes maiden port call in fast-growing cruise destination Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia continues to break new ground following its entry into the cruise industry for the first time in 2021, with a spate of inaugural port calls by cruise lines eager for […]
Carnival Pride gets new livery and other upgrades during refit and refurbishment
Carnival Pride has received Carnival Cruise Line’s new patriotic livery during its refit in Spain, which also included a number of other upgrades to the vessel’s passenger areas ahead of her deployment […]
MSC Cruises makes history with industry’s first-ever net zero GHG emissions cruise
MSC Cruises has announced that its new cruise ship MSC Euribia will next week sail the industry’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise thanks to a mix of bio-LNG and careful […]
Sky Princess completes first dry dock ahead of Northern European summer season
Princess Cruises‘ Royal-class cruise ship Sky Princess has completed her first dry dock, with minor upgrades and major technical work done ahead of her summer cruise season in Northern Europe.
Another maiden call for Saudi as Amadea of Phoenix Reisen docks in Jeddah
Cruise Saudi has welcomed the cruise ship Amadea to Saudi waters for the first time, with the Phoenix Reisen-owned vessel docking this month in Jeddah.
Explora Journeys reveal Owner’s Residence aboard upcoming Explora I
The upcoming luxury cruise line subsidiary of MSC Cruises, Explora Journeys, has revealed details about the Owner’s Residence aboard its first cruise ship Explora I, the first of six identical vessels being […]
Abu Dhabi sees more than 700,000 cruise tourists for first time during 2022/23 season
Abu Dhabi has reported its busiest cruise season on record for the 2022/23 season, with more than 700,000 cruise tourists having visited the city on 184 cruise ship calls, more than 10% […]
MSC reports lacklustre growth passengers out of Durban but plans terminal expansion
MSC Cruises SA, the South African division of the Italian cruise line, expects to see minimal growth in the number of cruise passengers sailing out of Durban, according to Ross Volk, MD […]
Silver Cloud calls in Saudi Arabia for first time during Kingdom’s third season
The cruise ship Silver Cloud made its inaugural visit to Saudi Arabia this month, calling at Jeddah Islamic Port for five days as part of a grand voyage from the Arabian Gulf […]
Princess Cruises to name second Sphere class ship Star Princess
Princess Cruises has announced that its new Sphere class cruise ship, the second in the class and a sister ship to Sun Princess, will be called Star Princess.
Cape Town reports unprecedented doubling of cruise calls for 2022/23 cruise season
Cape Town has seen its busiest cruise season on record with 75 cruise ship calls and 41 turnaround visits during the 2022/23 season, bringing more than 145,000 cruise passengers and 42,000 crew […]
Cruise Saudi increases Saudization efforts as it leads shoreside job creation in Kingdom
Cruise Saudi, the government agency tasked with growing Saudi Arabia’s local cruise sector and global appeal as a cruise destination, has reported it has reached a ‘Saudization’ rate of 71 percent since […]
Istanbul and Saudi among ‘AzAmazing Events’ on Azamara 2024 World Cruise
Azamara has announced 14 ‘AzAmazing’ celebrations and events that will take place during Azamara Onward’s 2024 World Cruise, with two events featuring Istanbul in Turkey and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.