VANCOUVER WELCOMES LARGEST SHIP TO DATE NORWEGIAN BLISS

The Norwegian Bliss is one of the world’s biggest cruise ships and making its only Vancouver stop September 30th.

The enormous ocean liner has made round trip voyages to Alaska all summer long, the ship docked at Canada Place early in the morning on Sunday, leaving at 1.30 am the following day. The unusual arrival and departure times were necessary to ensure transit at low tide and clearance under the Lion’s Gate Bridge. View media coverage from Global TV & CTV with the following video segments:

CLIA-NWC SPONSORS VICTORIA CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

AUG 31-SEP 2 2018

Sponsored in part by Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada, the Maritime Museum of BC hosted the Victoria Classic Boat Festival on August 31- September 2,2018. The event welcomed an estimated 10,000 visitors to explore the classic boats on display and participate in educational programs surrounding British Columbia’s maritime heritage and culture.  For more information on the event visit mmbc.bc.ca, September 1,2018

SEATTLE WRAPS UP 2018 AND 20TH CRUISE SEASON 

Wrapping up its 2018 cruise season, the Port of Seattle has reported 216 vessel calls and an estimated 1,100,600 revenue passengers. The Grand Princess is the last cruise ship of the season, departing from Terminal 91 in Seattle on October 10 on a one-week voyage to Alaska, concluding the 20th cruise season out of Seattle. To read the full story visit cruiseindustrynews.com, Oct 05,2018

NANAIMO CALL FOR EXPLORER OF THE SEAS 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas returned to the Port of Nanaimo Wednesday Sept. 19, this will be the Explorer of the Seas second of two calls to Nanaimo in 2018.

Ewan Moir, President and CEO of the Port of Nanaimo commented: “This is the fifth occasion the Explorer of the Seas is calling on the Port of Nanaimo. Along with our many local and regional partners in the Cowichan Valley and the Parksville – Qualicum area, we are very proud to receive her for three consecutive years. We know that many passengers return once they discover Central Vancouver Island.” To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, September 15,2018

SEABOURN CHARTS ALASKA RETURN IN 2019

Seabourn Sojourn will return to Alaska and British Columbia next summer with a lineup of 11-, 12- and 14-day voyages. Ten departures are scheduled from June to October. ‘There is so much wilderness and wildlife to see and discover in Alaska and British Columbia, and our guests can’t get enough of it,’ said Chris Austin, SVP global marketing and sales, adding that Seabourn is excited to be heading north in 2019 for the third year in a row. To read more visit seatrade-cruise.com, September 19,2018

CUNARD ANNOUNCES NEW INSIGHT PROGRAM WITH DISTINCT EXPERTS ON ALASKA 2019

Cunard announced culturally-rich on-board programming for 2019 voyages as the legendary brand returns to Alaska to offer its iconic experience in ‘The Last Frontier.’  

Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night roundtrip Alaska voyages out of Vancouver departing May 21, 31, June 10 and 20, 2019 with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the famous Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier. Read more visit cunard.com, September 10,2018

NIEUW STATENDAM COMPLETES SEA TRIALS

The second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy on August 29 after successfully completing two sets of sea trials. The 2,666-guest, 99,500-ton ship is expected to debut in early December and will sail the Caribbean in winter and then move to northern Europe, Iceland and the Mediterranean in summer during her inaugural year. Oprah Winfrey has been named Godmother of the vessel. To read the full story visit maritime-executive.com, August 29,2018

BAIE-COMEAU HOSTS MAIDEN CALL FROM DISNEY MAGIC 

Port of Baie-Comeau welcomed a maiden call from Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic on 25 September 2018.  Calling as part of a new week-long itinerary from New York, US to Québec City, Disney Magic arrived with around 2,713 passengers and 950 crew members and will return on September 30th.

While Disney Magic berthed in port, her guests were able to participate in various organized shore excursions. They included tours to Franquelin’s Lumberjack Village, Glaciers’ Garden, Seashell Valley, Manic-2 dam, Pointe-aux-Outardes’ Nature Park and Manoir of Baie-Comeau, St. Pancrace lookout, and the churches of St. Amélie and St. Andrew. To read the full story visit cruiseferry.net, September 18,2018

ROYAL CARIBBEAN NOW LARGEST PLAYER IN CANADA/ENGLAND

The Canada/New England cruise market is growing for 2018, mainly thanks to increased deployment from Royal Caribbean International, which for the first time will be the largest operator by capacity in the region, according to the 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

With four ships offering cruises to Canada/New England, Royal Caribbean will have 22.5 percent of the market, with total capacity up 3.5 percent for a record 2018. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, September 05,2018

PRINCESS COUNTS DOWN TO ROYAL PRINCESS WEST COAST DEBUT

In 200 days, Princess Cruises will welcome Royal Princess to Los Angeles, where she will sail to the Mexican Riviera on March 23,2019.

“The anticipation of the arrival of Royal Princess is growing as we officially announce the 200-day countdown that will welcome one of our newest ship to the U.S. west coast home at the Port of Los Angeles” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.ca, September 05,2018.

NORWEGIAN ENCORE HULL ART UNVEILED 

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, an award-winning Spanish artist, has created the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, the 325.9-meter (1,069-foot) Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019.

Recognized for his inventive and humanistic approach to abstract art, Arranz-Bravo’s work is showcased throughout the world and portrays a constant evolution that some refer to as futuristic. He is highly regarded, having been the recipient of countless awards and accolades, and was one of three artists chosen to represent the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. To read more maritime-executive.com, September 11,2018

HOLLAND AMERICA SHIPS EARN PERFECT PUBLIC SCORE

Holland America Line has announced that the Amsterdam and Noordam recently earned a perfect score of 100 on United States Public Health (USPH) inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Amsterdam’s and Noordam’s scores are said to follow the sister ship Zuiderdam’s perfect 100 earlier this year, adding to the Eurodam’s record-making six-year run of perfect scores. To read the full story visit cruiseindustrynews.com , September 13,2018

VIDEO: CELEBRITY EDGE NEARS COMPLETION

Celebrity Edge nears completion at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France. The 2,900-passenger vessel is the first of four vessels from Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class. Celebrity has named 19-year old Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of the vessel which will debut later this year. From maritime-executive.com, September 22,2018


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