Costa Cruises new ship to be delivered May 5 at Venice, Italy

The 114,500-ton, 3,800-guest cruise ship was built at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard. Costa Fascinosa has successfully completed sea trials, passing a series of running tests on its systems, machinery and engines, and will be officially handed over to Costa Cruises by Fincantieri a day before the scheduled preview cruise. On May 6 Costa Fascinosa is scheduled […]

Avalon Waterways unveils new river cruises for 2013

On the heels of announcing two new Suite Ships in Europe and Avalon ChoiceSM – an entirely new concept in river cruising – for 2013, Avalon Waterways is also unveiling plans to add five new itineraries (plus a new themed cruise) to its already impressive roster of cruise options. NEW EUROPE CRUISES: Thanks to increased demand for “passion travel,” Avalon Waterways […]

Carnival cruise ship bartender named ‘Bartender of the Year’ by Bacardi

A bartender aboard Carnival Liberty’s  Alchemy Bar was recently named “Bartender of the Year” at the 7th annual Bacardi Cruise Competition. Adri Ford, from South Africa, was recognized for her drink “Pink Victoria,” made with Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka and took home the first place prize of $5,000. Ford, is one of the several mixologists in Carnival’s newly added Alchemy Bar, a […]

Cruise line to offer explorations inside Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park

Holding more Glacier Bay National Park entry days than any other cruise line, un-cruise adventure operator InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises offer guests two or three days of in-depth exploration inside the Park throughout summer 2012. Designated as a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is a wilderness sanctuary with tidewater […]

CEO of Costa Cruises to retire in July

After 15-years Costa Cruises announced today that ceo Pier Luigi Foschi, 65, will step down from the ceo position of Costa group effective July 1, 2012. Foschi will still service as a chairman and managing director of Costa group and remain on the board of directors of Carnival Corp. & plc. The announcement was part […]

Worldwide Cruise Industry Adds New Safety Rules

When the Costa Concordia grounded in January, the worldwide cruise industry community came together as never before, ordering an Operational Safety Review. The review is complete and resulted in three new policies set to address safety concerns These three new policies, which go beyond the strict international regulatory requirements that cruise lines must already comply […]

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates commitment to putting travel agents first

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates their one-year anniversary of “Partners First,” the company’s ongoing commitment to putting travel agents first. In 2011, the company invested $16-million in marketing dollars with their initiative called Marketing Headquarters, on top of the $7-million invested in improving the streamlining of booking processes and technology. “Our commitment to the travel partner […]