MSC World Europa is the largest cruise ship ever built for MSC Cruises and the largest ever to homeport in the Middle East, so we went onboard to find out what cruising […]
Cruise Destinations: Galataport İstanbul
Hosting 150 cruise ship calls and more than 350,000 cruise passengers last year, Galataport Istanbul returns Istanbul to forefront of Mediterranean cruising.
Cruise Review: Norwegian Jade – 12-night roundtrip Cape Town cruise on South African coast
Norwegian Cruise Line sailed a hugely successful debut cruise season out of Cape Town for the 2022/23 cruise season, offering a second mainstream cruise option for the local and international market, aboard […]
How Africa is looking to invest in boosting cruise tourism after the pandemic
With Africa having borne the brunt of the economic crisis that came with the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns put in place to protect public health, many up-and-coming cruise destinations on the […]
Ship Preview: Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ship to date, and the largest passenger ship in the world when she’s launched in 2023, with an on-board theme park, waterpark, […]
Record 35 cruise ships scrapped since COVID-19 pandemic began
The toll that COVID-19 has taken on the global cruise industry is apparent in the record number of cruise ships that have been sold for scrap in the last three years, with […]
Cruise Review: 10 things to know about cruising in Saudi Arabia
For many westerners, Saudi Arabia is a deeply misunderstood country, and as it opens up to the global tourism market, particularly with its nascent cruise industry, it’s important to keep a few […]
How often do cruise ships run aground?
Running aground is the second most common type of accident for commercial ships after collisions, but it is surprisingly infrequent in the cruise industry.
Has cruising turned corner on COVID?
With Cunard Line reporting its strongest bookings in more than a decade, and Royal Caribbean reporting low COVID infections numbers at sea and imminent profitability, the future looks increasingly bright for the […]
Abu Dhabi shore excursions: Al Jubail Mangroves Park
The UAE is a bustling nation built in a desert, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of natural beauty here, and the Al Jubail Mangroves Park is one of the […]
Cruise lines sailing from Dubai in 2022
There are eight cruise ships sailing roundtrip from Dubai during 2022, most of them on multiple itineraries for the winter season, while a further eight cruise ships will sail longer grand voyages […]
The history of the New Year Cruise
Christmas and New Year are two of the most in-demand dates for modern cruise lines, with all of them providing either dedicated cruises for each, or a combined longer voyage during which […]
Dubai shore excursions: Dubai Harbour
The new Dubai Harbour cruise port is the city’s newest cruise terminal, but is also a tourists destination in its own right.
How Christmas was historically celebrated at sea on ocean liners
Much of the modern Christmas experience on cruise ships owes its origins to the days of the ocean liner, when a Christmas spent at sea was a necessity rather than a choice.
Cruise lines tighten mask mandates in response to Omicron
Following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and a recent outbreak of coronavirus aboard Norwegian Breakaway, cruise lines are tightening their health and safety protocols.
Omicron concerns fail to dent cruise demand for 2022
Demand for cruises in 2022 remains high, according to cruise lines, despite the new travel restrictions, health and safety protocols and uncertainty caused by the Omicron variant.
What does the new Omicron variant mean for the cruise industry?
The emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is a potential existential threat to the cruise industry, but the Delta variant fallout provides a hint of the potential impact it may […]
Cruise lines that require COVID-19 vaccination
Most of the cruise industry will be back in full operation by 2022, but the resumption of cruises amid the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted most cruise lines to implement some form of […]
Ship Preview: Costa Toscana
Costa Toscana features more than 2,600 cabins, 21 restaurants, 19 bars, 4 swimming pools, a theatre, spa, kids’ facilities, and several new to the line attractions across her 180,000 gross tons and […]
Can mandatory organized shore excursions still be fun post-COVID?
With organized shore excursions becoming the norm in many ports around the world, will the inability to explore independently take the fun out of port calls?