MSC Cruises has confirmed an order with STX France for the construction of two gargantuan 200,000-gross ton LNG-powered mega cruise ships that will compete directly with Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class fleet.
Celebrity Cruises targets Middle East passengers with fleet wide Halal food
Celebrity Cruises will now be offering Halal meals on-board all ships in its fleet, according to Lakshmi Durai, CEO of Travel Matrix, which represents Celebrity Cruises Middle East.
Inside the refit and renovation of Queen Victoria – suites redesigned and Chart Room added
Queen Victoria will enter dry dock in Palermo, Italy on May 5, 2017 for a complete bow to stern makeover that will last one month and will extend the 10-year-old ship’s life […]
Royal Caribbean turns cruise decking into glow-in-the-dark art on Harmony and Symphony of the Seas
Bolidt has launched a unique glow-in-the-dark decking solution for the cruise industry and its immediately been snapped up by Royal Caribbean, a leader in innovative solutions in the cruise industry.
MSC Cruises begin construction of new MSC Seaview, latest in Seaside-class
MSC Cruises held a keel and coin laying ceremony at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy this week to mark the start of construction for their new cruise ship MSC Seaview, the […]
MSC Cruises confirms Splendida for Middle East out of Dubai and Abu Dhabi until 2019
MSC Cruises announced recently that they were replacing MSC Fantasia with her sister ship Splendida in the Middle East cruise market, with Dubai as her homeport. Now the Italian cruise line has expanded that […]
MSC Cruises begins development of Ocean Cay cruise island in Caribbean
MSC Cruises has broken ground on its new cruise destination island in the Caribbean, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
Dubai to become ‘Monaco of the Middle East’ with Dubai Harbour project
The ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE has announced the development of a major new waterfront destination called Dubai Harbour, which will be 20-million square feet in size, or […]
Most South Africans use a cruise to leave the country for first time
In South Africa, cruising is the first travelling experience for many young people and has contributed to a 27% increase in the South African cruising industry in five years, according to Antoinette […]
Dnata reports fivefold growth in Dubai cruise market as it marks a decade of operations
Dnata has completed 10 years of cruise logistics operations in the Dubai cruise market.. It managed the passenger processing and ship services for 133 cruise ship calls at Dubai Cruise Terminal during […]
Challenges hold back growth in Muslims as source market for Dubai/Abu Dhabi cruises
The recently concluded Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum revealed strong growth in the Middle East cruise market, with the UAE’s ports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi set to welcome 1.5-million cruise visitors […]
Regent Seven Seas Voyager gets US$100m refit ahead of Dubai cruise
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced that Seven Seas Voyager will undergo renovations as part of the company’s $125 million fleet-wide refurbishment program ahead of her Dubai cruise in 2017.
Thomson Majesty undergoes refit in Gibraltar as fleetmate prepares for Dubai cruise
The Gibraltar shipyard Gibdock has undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.
Hurricane Matthew causes chaos for Caribbean cruise itineraries
The Category 4 hurricane currently battering its way through the Caribbean has caused mass disruption to cruise itineraries in the region, according to reports from cruise lines operating from the US’ Gulf […]
Saga Cruises offer transit of new Panama Canal aboard Saga Sapphire
Transit the Panama Canal on outward and return journeys during Saga Sapphire’s Central American Discovery cruise.
Cruise lines drop Turkey port calls for 2016 following Istanbul airport terror attack
Following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Istanbul in which at least 41 people were killed and hundreds injured, several cruise lines have announced changes to itineraries featuring the Turkish capital.
Norwegian Cruise Line opens two offices in India to support Mumbai cruises in 2016/17
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has announced the opening of the company’s first two offices in India with a dedicated local team appointed to market the company’s three brands.
Horrifying elevator death caught on camera aboard Carnival Ecstasy – graphic content warning
Passengers on their way to dinner aboard the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy witnessed a horrifying scene Sunday when a technician was crushed by one of the ship’s elevators.
Costa and MSC cruise ships on alert in France following Paris terror attacks
Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises, which were both targeted by the terror attacks in Tunis, Tunisia earlier this year, say they are on alert following the French terror attacks in Paris on […]
US Coast Guard responds to fire aboard Carnival Liberty in St Thomas
Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that a fire broke out aboard its cruise liner Carnival Liberty while in port in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on Monday.