ALASKA CRUISES ARE MOST BOOKED DOMESTIC VACATION
Alaska cruises jumped to the top spot from last year’s fifth place to become the most booked domestic vacation for 2018, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association, member lines sent 33 ships on 497 voyages carrying a total of 1,089,700 passengers to Alaska in 2017. Projections for 2018 are 34 ships sailing, 519 voyages and 1,165,500 passengers. Projected 2019 figures are 37 ships, 567 voyages and 1,310,000 passengers.
To read more please visit maritime-executive.com, March 14,2018
CUNARD PARTNERS WITH ROCKY MOUNTAINEERS ON ALASKA VOYAGES
Cunard is partnering with Rocky Mountaineer for pre- and post-voyage rail trips when the cruise line returns to Alaska in 2019 for the first time in two decades.
The Queen Elizabeth will offer four 10-night roundtrips from Vancouver, departing May 21, May 31, June 10 and June 20, 2019, as well as cruises to and from Vancouver.
The rail trips are three or five nights in the Canadian Rockies, by glacier- and snow-capped peaks and through river canyons, mountain passes and tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
For more information, visit cunard.com/cruise-types/alaska-cruises, February 27,2018
TRANSPORT CANADA MINISTER ANNOUNCES RANGE OF COASTAL PROTECTION MEASURES
Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced a range of coastal protection measures under the nation’s Oceans Protection Plan.
Among them, Aqua-Guard Spill Response from British Columbia has been awarded a $1.2 million contract for new multi-cassette portable skimmer packages to recover marine pollution spills.
Over $167 million has been assigned to whale research, including the survival challenges faced by the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. The aim is to implement regulatory and other measures to reduce underwater noise from vessels. To read more please visit maritime-executive.com , March 13,2018.
CARNIVAL ADDING 20 NEW CRUISE SHIPS OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS
Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, now has an astounding 20 new cruise ships scheduled to launch over the next five years.
The cruise industry is growing at a feverish pace and Carnival Corp. is leading the way with a boatload of new cruise ships on order. Carnival is entering the mega cruise ship market having ordered their largest cruise ships to date, 180,000 gross ton vessels that will be powered by LNG.
For the full list please visit cruisefever.net , March 10,2018
NORWEGIAN BLISS BEGINS CONVEYANCE
The Norwegian Bliss recently departed Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, headed to Eemshaven, Netherlands.
“Today marks another historical moment for Norwegian Bliss, the most highly anticipated ship of the Norwegian Breakaway Plus class, the most successful class of our company’s history” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “When she arrives into Seattle in June, guests will be excited to experience many new first-at-sea activities, including the largest two-level race track at sea, new dining experiences, such as Q Texas Smokehouse and Coco’s a chocolate and treat shop, the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Show Jersey Boys and much more for guests to explore.”
Read more at cruiseindustrynews.com, March 14,2018.
FIRST EVER LUXURY CRUISE SHIP LENGTHENING
Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard is carrying out the world’s first lengthening of a luxury cruise ship. Lengthening has been carried out on cruise ships before, but it has never been attempted for a vessel of this subtype, according to operator Silversea Cruises.
On March 10, workers cut the 36,000-ton Silver Spirit in half with torches and began the process of pulling her bow and stern in opposite directions. Once they had enough space, they used self-propelled modular transporters to move a new, prefabricated 50-foot section into place. Reconnecting the hull, fitting out wiring and piping and installing interior fittings will take workers about 450,000 man-hours to complete. The project should be done by May 5. To read more please visit maritime-executive.com, March 13,2018
DISNEY RELEASES FIRST RENDERING OF NEW SHIPS
Disney Cruise Line has released the first rendering of its new generation of ships, with deliveries set for 2021, 2022 and 2023, respectively.
The ships will be powered by LNG with capacity for 2,500 passengers and will be 140,000 tons.
“In keeping with the distinct Disney Cruise Line style, the new ships will embody the elegance and romance of the golden age of ocean cruising with unique touches all their own. The new vessels will offer more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before,” the company said, in a statement. From cruiseindustrynews.com, March 08,2018.
NEW WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP DELIVERED
The Symphony of the Seas at 362 metres long, 66 metres wide, 70 metres high, and with a 228,081 GRT joins the Royal Caribbean fleet and now holds the world’s largest title. The new cruise liner, which boasts 18 decks total with capacity for 6,800 passengers in 2,747 staterooms and is crewed by more than 2,000 staff members, takes the size crown from her slightly smaller sister vessel, Harmony of the Seas. She is the first cruise ship to be granted with the “SILENT-E” class from DNV-GL for her low level of underwater noise. Symphony of the Seas will debut in Barcelona, Spain and spend her inaugural summer season sailing the Mediterranean before being heading to the Caribbean. From cosbc.ca , March 23,2018
This year will be a big year for Royal Caribbean Cruises with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises introducing new ships. The new ships in turn are the primary drivers generating itinerary changes throughout the fleets, according to Chris Allen, vice president, deployment and itinerary planning, Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Celebrity will be introducing the new Celebrity Edge this fall, sailing seven-day cruises from Port Everglades for the winter season, and Royal Caribbean will introduce the Symphony of the Seas with a summer Mediterranean season.
Another headliner for 2019 will be the Ovation going to Alaska from Australia via Hawaii to Vancouver before home porting in Seattle, where she is replacing the Explorer of the Seas.
Read the full story visit cruiseindustrynews.com, March 26,2018
GLOBAL CRUISE CAPACITY UP 48 PERCENT OVER NEXT 10 YEARS
The global ocean-going cruise fleet is set to reach 472 ships by 2027, according to the 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
With 106 new ships on the orderbook slated for deliveries over the next 10 years, the net addition after ship withdrawals is expected to be 86 ships, for a 22 percent increase in the fleet.With more larger ships, the annual industry passenger capacity will grow from an estimated 26.7 million passengers this year to 39.6 million by 2027, for a 48 percent increase over 10 years.
In terms of passenger sourcing and deployment, North America is expected to generate about 55 percent of all passengers in 2018, Europe, 27.8 percent, and Asia-Pacific, 17.4 percent. Ten years from now, based on known and expected ship deployment that could change to 51 percent of the passengers coming from North America, 31.5 percent from Europe and 17.5 percent from Asia-Pacific, pending the further development of China. To read the full story please visit cruiseindustrynew.com, March 27,2018
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