CLIA President Christine Duffy christens new river cruiser

CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) President and now godmother Christine Duffy christened the 164-passenger AmaCerto, today in the Danube town of Vilshofen, Germany. The day’s festivities began with a rendition of the “Triumphal March from Aida” while “stelzengehers” or stilt walkers welcomed the crowd as the AmaCerto sailed into view. Vilshofen Mayor Georg Krenn greeted […]

‘Love Boat’ captain meets Princess Cruises officer with same name

  What’s in a name? Well, at Princess Cruises the name Gavin MacLeod naturally is associated with the famous TV captain of “The Love Boat.” But it turns out that the line coincidentally also has a real-life bridge officer with the same name. And the long-time Princess ambassador couldn’t wait to meet him. When Island […]

Final days to enter Royal Caribbean’s ‘Shell Yourself’ photo contest

For Royal Caribbean International fans, the world is their oyster – or shell!  To celebrate the launch of new 2013-14 itineraries, the cruise line is hosting a “Shell Yourself” Facebook photo contest that will award one lucky winner with a complimentary cruise vacation, plus a trip to Miami to star in their very own professional […]

MSC Cruises teams up with UNICEF for upcoming ship launch

As a symbol of collaboration between MSC Cruises’ and UNICEF, major UNICEF representatives and guests will be involved in the christening ceremony of MSC Divina, which will take place in Marseille, France, on May 26, 2012. When MSC Divina takes to the seas, her guests will have the opportunity to support MSC Cruises’ long-term partnership […]

Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship to Port Canaveral

Royal Caribbean International announced yesterday that the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas will replace the aging Monarch of the Seas in Port Canaveral on April 25, 2013, offering guests three and four night Bahamas itineraries. Before home-porting to Port Canaveral year-round Enchantment of the Seas will go through Royal Caribbean’s signature Royal Advantage Program adding: […]

Oceania Cruises’ Riviera sets sail on maiden voyage

Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ sparkling new entry in the upper-premium cruise segment, set sail today on her 10-day Pearls of the Aegean maiden voyage, from Venice to Athens. The 1,250-guest vessel, which launches just 16 months following the debut of her highly acclaimed sister ship, Marina, arrived in Venice fresh from a gala christening ceremony in […]

Cruise Radio interviews Cruise Planners VP about 2012 cruise trends

We recently had a chance to talk with Vicky Garcia, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cruise Planners/American Express.  Vicky talks to us about cruise trends for 2012, solo cruising, how social media is affecting consumer cruise bookings and why using a travel advisor is so important. Video: Subscribe to our Cruise News Updates.

Carnival cruise employees raise $2300 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Props to the employees at Carnival Cruise Lines’ corporate office in Miami, Florida for raising $2,300 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital through the “Beary Cuddly Workshop,” held on-site. Employees had the opportunity to purchase a customized bear fit with doctor scrubs, surgical mask and lab coat. More than 100 bears were purchased to show support […]

New Orleans dedicates renovated Julia Street Cruise Terminal

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne joined the board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans earlier this week to dedicate the newly remodeled Julia Street Cruise Terminal. The $20.1-million project took the two smaller cruise terminals and joined them as one, making room for larger cruise ships and handling more cruise passengers. “The growth of […]

Luxury cruise line Seabourn expands loyalty program

The luxury small-ship cruise line Seabourn has announced a major expansion of the benefits it offers to loyal guests returning to its award-winning ships. Seabourn Club benefits, which already included a milestone award of a complimentary cruise after sailing 140 days, have always been the most valuable in the cruise industry. Now the line has […]