Duchess Kate Christens the Royal Princess in Southampton

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge Kate christened Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess today in Southampton when she released a bottle of champagne that smashed against the ship’s hull. Standing on the naming platform with the ship’s Captain Tony Draper, The Duchess pronounced, “I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and […]

Hamburg, Germany: Cruise Port Celebrates Over Weekend

For four days, more than 500 seafaring vessels, among them tall sailing boats, traditional ships and majestic cruise liners, presented a varied program on Hamburg’s water front, at the annual port anniversary. Highlights included the opening and closing ship parades, and the “Tugboat Ballet” on Saturday, during which tugboats “waltzed with each other” on the […]

Oceania Cruises Loyalty Program Gets Upgrade

Oceania Cruises loyalty program is getting a makeover and will soon start for guests as soon as they take their first sailing.  Under the new Blue membership program guests will get advanced itineraries, 10 percent discount on merch, cocktail reception and membership pins. Oceania has also added complimentary air deviation fee waivers as well as […]

Categories Change for Costa Cruises Staterooms

So long to the days of endless stateroom categories on Costa ships. Beginning in December 2012 Costa will have four categories for staterooms – Classic, Premium, Samsara and Suites – offering price points and amenities at every level. “By reducing our cabin categories down to four, we’re hoping to eliminate a lot of the frustration […]

Celebrity Cruises Starts Online Sweepstakes, Free Cruise Vacation

Today Celebrity Cruises announced the “Celebrity Reflection Launch to Luxury Game and Sweepstakes,” an online contest that lets travel agents and vacationers learned about the upcoming 3,046-guest Celebrity Reflection. The game, which takes place September 24 through October 26, allows the players to earn points answering trivia questions. The game is played in stages and […]

New Website Connects Do-It-Yourself Cruisers

Every now and then I’ll come across a website that strikes me as innovative and not a business who is just trying to copy someone else. Recently I came across Zweeno, a site for you DIY (do it yourself) shore excursion folks and everything in between. I asked the creator, Galen, to give me a […]

Celebrity Reflection Set for Float-out

On Sunday, August 12, Celebrity Cruises fifth Solstice-class ship Celebrity Reflection is set to float out of Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The float out will begin at 7:30am, assisted by tugs, and berthed dockside by 9:30am. Then a crane will put the signal mast in place, which will be installed after the docking. […]

Royal Caribbean reports $3.6 million second quarter loss

In an earnings call earlier today Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD announced a second quarter loss of $3.6 million, compared to a $93.5 million profit the same quarter 2011. “The steady drumbeat of negative news emanating out of Europe is certainly having an impact,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer.  Fain continued, “As […]

Fincantieri and Viking sign contract for ocean ships

Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri have signed a contract for the construction of two super luxury cruise ships. Representing Viking Ocean Cruises was the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Torstein Hagen while Fincantieri was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Bono. At 47,000 gross tones with 472 cabins for a total passenger capacity of 944,  […]

Eastern Caribbean: A Proper Welcome to First-Time Cruise Travelers

The Eastern Caribbean itinerary provides an appropriate introduction to the entire region because it embodies what cruise travelers expect of choice destinations and provides non-intrusive signposts to what awaits next. In general, the Eastern route is a mature tourist destination, so accommodation, entertainment and retail infrastructures are highly developed. Because ports are closer to each […]