Virgin Cruises is expected to launch in 2019 and Sir Richard Branson, the tycoon behind the Virgin Group, has previously indicated that the cruise line would be launched with new tonnage, but until now we’ve had no indication of what these new cruise ships will look like, or the on-board facilities and amenities they’ll feature.
Cruise Industry: Inside MSC Cruises’ reaction to the Tunis terror attacks
Just hours after the tragic events, MSC Cruises’ Crisis Team reached the ship in Tunis and set to work providing assistance and support to guests directly impacted by the attacks.
Cruise Industry: Abu Dhabi takes on Dubai as Middle East’s cruise hub
Dubai has invested millions of dollars in cruise infrastructure and is the primary cruise port of the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, does not intend to take this lying down!
Cruise Industry: Popularity of South Africa as a cruise destination growing
The South African cruising public could be forgiven for thinking that the South African cruise industry is dominated by MSC Cruises, and in fact they would be correct, MSC Cruises have been […]
Cruise Industry: Why do cruise lines cut their ships in half?
MSC’s project to ‘stretch’ all four the smaller cruise ships in their fleet is the most recent refit of its kind, but this practise has been around far longer than you might […]
Cruise Industry: Quantum of the Seas will be most advanced cruise ship ever
It appears that Royal Caribbean International’s new Quantum-class cruise ships will be the gift that keeps on giving! Apart from the prolific number of new ‘at sea’ attractions these cruise ships will […]
Cruise Industry: Is the West Africa Ebola outbreak a threat?
First discovered in 1976, Ebola is an extremely dangerous virus that causes a severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates – it is so deadly that the western world has classified […]
Cruise Industry: Five ways the Middle East cruise market is unique
The Middle East cruise industry is small in comparison to more developed markets like Europe and North America, but it is growing rapidly.
Cruise Industry: Cruise lines look for ‘new blood’ to fuel expansion
Millennials, or young adults, are the new market of choice for cruise lines, they offer the perfect escape for young holidaymakers, so why is it proving so hard for cruise lines to […]
Cruise Industry: Hapag-Lloyd target international cruise market
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the modern successor of two of the oldest German passenger shipping lines in the world, is finally going after the international cruise market, with a new introductory offer exclusively for international cruise passengers.
Cruise Industry: Inside the Costa Concordia refloat project
The operation to salvage Costa Concordia has involved several major operations, including rolling the massive cruise liner upright, fixing dozens of huge steel floatation tanks to her hull and refloating her by […]
Cruise Industry: Proposed GCC ferry would boost cruise tourism
Abu Dhabi Ports Company has confirmed that an international shipping line is considering establishing a regional ferry passenger service in the GCC, using the UAE’s capital as a primary hub.
Cruise Industry: Dubai takes on Venice with Dubai Canal Project
Dubai, a desert metropolis that has grown into a global economic and cruise tourism hub in just the past few decades, has announced plans for a canal that will take the best […]
Industry Focus: MSC Cruises prepares for future with Seaside-class
By 2022, it is certainly expected that MSC Cruises will be the largest cruise line in Europe (by passengers carried), a title currently held by Carnival Corporation’s subsidiary Costa Cruises. MSC Cruises has made no secret of its ambitions.
Industry Focus: The ten most expensive cruise ship concepts ever
The passenger shipping industry, or cruise industry in the modern world, has truly been transformed over the past few decades, with ships that were the largest in the world in the late […]
Industry Focus: Why cruise lines are reluctant to employ lifeguards
On most major cruise lines, the responsibility for children in and around the pools is set firmly upon the parents, a state of affairs that many industry observers want to see changed.
Cruise Industry: Middle East cruise sector prepares for busy future
The Middle East cruise industry is growing at an impressive pace, with a number of cruise line’s having indicated to Cruise Arabia & Africa that they are experiencing growth in the number […]
Industry Focus: Cruise lines seek to emulate airline safety
Cruise lines aren’t blind to the negative publicity that accidents such as the Costa Concordia sinking and Carnival Triumph fire bring, or the damage that they do to the public’s perception of the cruise industry as a safe holiday option.
Industry Focus: Resurgent Royal Caribbean vs Carnival
The winds of change are creating waves in the global cruise industry, with many of the latest statistics from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggesting that their may be an imminent […]
Industry Focus: Are luxury lines doing enough to entice new passengers?
Clearly, there is room for significant fleet expansion within the luxury sector, yet Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are the only two luxury cruise lines with new ships on order for […]