CONGRATULATIONS TO CARLY AND SEAN ON THE ARRIVAL OF THEIR DAUGHTER SIERRA LOUISE (WIGNES) BILNEY
Join us in congratulating Carly & Sean on the arrival of Sierra Louise (Wignes) Bilney born at 3:00 am – Dec. 15th at 20.5 inches and 7.37 lbs
JENNIFFER HERNANDEZ JOINS CLIA-NWC
CLIA-NWC is pleased to welcome Jenniffer Hernandez who recently joined the Vancouver team covering for Carly while she is on maternity leave.
Jenniffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome Jenniffer! (& yes double ‘n’ & ‘f’)
CRUISE LINE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION RELEASES – 2018 STATE OF CRUISE INDUSTRY OUTLOOK AND TRAVEL TRENDS
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), recently released the 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook. The report offers an in-depth look at the cruise industry’s overall global economic impact as well as the trends impacting cruise travel in 2018 and beyond. Current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018. In 2017, an estimated 25.8 million passengers cruised compared to a confirmed 24.7 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 20.5 percent over five years from 2011-2016. For the full 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook findings, click here.
PRINCESS CRUISES CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR OF ALASKA CRUISES
Princess Cruises will celebrate 50 years sailing to Alaska with its largest deployment ever featuring the debut of Royal Princess in 2019. Seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska. The Royal Princess will be the largest Princess ship ever to sail the region.
From prnewswire.com, Dec. 5, 2017
RECORD CRUISE SHIP ORDERBOOK AT 91 SHIPS, 239,214 BERTHS
The global cruise ship order book shows a record number of ships on order, with 91 cruise ships set to be delivered between 2018 and 2026 – the most ever on order in the history of the cruise industry. Cruise Industry News estimates the total order book value at $58 billion, with 239,214 berths set to be introduced. The biggest year will come in 2019, when 24 cruise ships are delivered.
From cruiseindustrynews.com, Dec 5,2017
PONANT ORDERS LUXURY ICE BREAKING CRUISE SHIP
Ponant, announcing it had ordered a luxury “ice breaking” cruise ship from VARD. The newbuild will be 150 meters long with capacity for 270 passengers.
A delivery date is expected in 2021, and the ship will be LNG powered, according to the company. The newbuild will be deployed to discover the “extreme” northeast of Greenland. VARD reported the contract price for the 30,000-ton ship at approximately $324 million.The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, and delivery is scheduled from Vard Søviknes in Norway in the second quarter of 2021.
Heading into 2018, Ponant takes delivery of a pair of new ships, Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain. Both are being built by VARD and have capacity for 180 passengers. Another two sister ships follow in 2019. From cruiseindustrynews.com ,Dec 18,2017
MSC CRUISES EXECUTIVES TALK ALASKA, ASIA, BIGGER SHIPS AND MORE
Recently MSC executives sat down with Cruise Critic to discuss the line’s plans, including possible new destinations, bigger cruise ships, technological advancements and the work to introduce MSC to North American cruisers.
With the MSC Divina and MSC Seaside serving as the line’s first-ever ship purpose built for North Americans, it’s clear that the continent is on MSC’s mind.
“Alaska is one of the destinations we’re looking at,” confirmed Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “But we need to be cautious. It’s gradual growth…. Our strategy is to maintain and enforce our presence in Europe, but Alaska is on the radar.” Read more at cruisecritic.com, Dec 3, 2017
POSITIVE RESULTS FOR 2017: SAINT LAWRENCE
With the 2017 cruise season coming to a close, Cruise the Saint Lawrence and the nine-member ports of call are reporting 2017 results exceeding expectations. The area proudly posted a total of 377 ship visits, representing 311,000 passengers and 125,000 crew members. Total visitors in 2017 rose to just over 436,000, a figure almost 25% greater than that of 2016.
Industry trends combined with the large number of ships currently under construction ensure that growth will continue in the years ahead. The 2018 season is shaping up to be nothing short of exceptional combined with destination popularity on the rise, and a number of ships with inaugural visits scheduled to the Saint Lawrence. Read more about the expectations for 2018 at cruisesaintlawrence.com, Dec 13,2017
2019 CAPACITY TO INCREASE IN ALASKA WITH BIGGER SHIP
2019 is stacking up to be a record year for the deployment of larger ships to Alaska. Together with the Royal Princess, Royal Caribbean has announced deployment of one of its newest and largest vessels Ovation of the Seas. Ovation will operate seven-night sailings from Seattle and replace Explorer of the Seas.
Read more at ux.freep.com, Dec 11, 2017
CELEBRITY ECLIPSE WILL OPERATE ROUND-TRIP CRUISES TO ALASKA FROM CANADA PLACE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
Celebrity Cruises has announced that for the first time the Celebrity Eclipse will operate round-trip cruises to Alaska from Vancouver. Replacing the smaller Celebrity Infinity, which has made her summer home in the waters of Alaska and British Columbia almost every year since she was launched back in 2001.The Celebrity Eclipse will be joined in Vancouver by the Celebrity Millennium, scheduled to emerge from a dramatic refit in May of 2019 and offering open jaw voyages between Vancouver and Alaska.
Read more at theprovince.com, Dec 9,2017
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2019 DEPLOYMENT
Rounding out the changes, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced their summer 2019 deployment including three ships for Alaska.
“We have crafted a mix of itineraries for summer 2019 that provide our guests with an array of cruise vacation experiences in some of the most sought-after destinations across the globe,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.
The Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel will be back in Alaska with the Bliss offering a new seven-day Glacier Bay voyages departing each Sunday from Seattle. Read more at cruiseindustrynews.com
PRINCESS ADDS CAPACITY TO CANADA/NEW ENGLAND
Princess Cruises deployments for 2019 to Canada/New England will feature the Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess on the cruise line’s largest fall deployment and the opportunity to visit Greenland roundtrip from New York aboard Caribbean Princess.
“In 2019 we bring three of our ships to Canada & New England, showcasing to our guests the brilliant colors of fall foliage, famed destinations and landmarks in this region,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president. Read more about Princess’s 2019 plans at: cruiseindustrynews.com ,Dec 15 ,2017
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