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Disney Cruise Line was named Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line

and Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families by Travel + Leisureread more...

Travel + Leisure readers have voted Crystal Cruises

the “World’s Best” Large-Ship.  read more...

Carnival changes smoking policy effective October 9, 2014.

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Concordia Refloat Operation to Begin July 14, 2014.

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New promotion from Carnival Cruise Line offers discounts for Military Personnel

through July 13, 2014. read more...

Coral Conservation in the Caribbean

posted June 5, 2014

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) offers hope of reversing the trend of degrading Caribbean corals. read more...

Holland America Line’s ms Volendam to Add 21 Lanai Staterooms and Mix Bar

posted June 2, 2014

When Holland America Line’s ms Volendam completes dry-dock in December 2014, the ship will feature 21 new exclusive lanai staterooms, the contemporary bar area Mix and updated bathrooms in all suites and select other stateroom categories. Read more...

RCCL Plans Oasis IV

posted June 2, 2014

During the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at STX in St. Nazaire, France, Royal Caribbean announced that a fourth Oasis-class ship is planned. The keel laying, during which a 1,000-ton block was lifted by crane into the building dock, marks the beginning of the physical construction of Oasis III.

Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

posted May 19, 2014

In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings.  Read more...

Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth Enters Blohm & Voss Shipyard for Scheduled Multi-million Dollar Refit

posted May 16, 2014

Queen Elizabeth, has arrived at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, for her first scheduled dry-docking since she entered service in 2010.  Read more...

Costa Halts Plan to Float Concordia

posted May 1, 2014

After the supervisory body overseeing the Costa Concordia salvage raised concerns about the environmental impact and the need to select a scraping port, the Italian media reported that Costa halted plans to float the partially submerged vessel on Wednesday. Read more...

Windstar Cruises Unveils New Logo

posted April 30, 2014

Windstar Cruises announced today that is has redesigned its logo and brand insignia as part of a comprehensive plan to refine marketing communications. Inspired by Windstar’s continued commitment to unique luxury travel, the new logo presents a polished new look to dramatize Windstar’s casually elegant, yacht style experience in the luxury cruising industry. Read more...

Equinox Upgrades Revealed

posted April 29, 2014

Celebrity Cruises has today revealed a series of brand-first enhancements to be introduced onboard Celebrity Equinox. Emerging from a scheduled dry-dock in Cadiz, Spain on Thursday, May 8, the Solstice Class ship will tout new signature spaces and experiences. Read more...

Rogue Wave Causes Damage to Crystal Serenity

posted April 28, 2014

According to a post on its Facebook page, the Crystal Serenity was struck by a rogue wave in the early hours of April 26. Three windows in the main dining room were shattered and water did come in. Read more...

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

posted April 28, 2014

The Bahamas Celebration reported a cruise passenger missing early Sunday morning in the waters between Bahamas and South Florida. It is unclear if the passenger jumped or fell overboard. Read more...

New Australian Itineraries from P&O

posted April 28, 2014

Australia’s P&O Cruises has launched new programs, offering more short itineraries from cities around Australia, visits to new regional ports and its first Melbourne Cup trifecta, with three ships cruising to the racing event. Read more...

MSC Divina Returning to Europe in 2015

posted April 28, 2014

MSC Cruises is sending the MSC Divina back to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2015. According to the line this move is "a strengthening its commitment to serving the North American market with the deployment of the MSC Divina to the Mediterranean." Read more...

New Ocean-Themed Children's Program for Carnival Cruise Lines

posted April 20, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled Camp Ocean – an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program coming to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” Set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, the expansive new program will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences. Read more...

New Quantum of the Seas to Home Port in China

posted April 18, 2014

Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company’s most innovative ship to the world’s fastest-growing cruise market. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean. Read more...

Carnival Brings the Sunshine to Florida

posted April 17, 2014

Port Canaveral’s newest ship, the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, will depart on its inaugural voyage from the Space Coast when it sails on a special two-day cruise to The Bahamas later today. Read more...

Three New Grammy Experience Performers Announced for Getaway

posted April 16, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the next three artists that will perform on board Norwegian Getaway’s Grammy Experience at Sea: Sugar Blue, a Grammy-award-winning harmonica performer; Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy-nominated soul-fusion artist; and Roddie Romero, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana artist. Read more...

Costa Adds Spin Master Games to Youth Program

posted April 14, 2014

Costa Crociere is promising younger passengers more fun with Spin Master games offered across the whole fleet, after the initial introduction onboard the Costa Pacifica and Serena late last year. Read more...

Grandeur of the Seas Reports Back-to-Back Virus Outbreaks

posted April 14, 2014

Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program workers were collecting samples on board the Grandeur of the Seas after two outbreaks of gastrointestinal distress were reported on back-to-back cruises. Read more...

Possible Norovirus on Crown Princess

Update: posted April 14, 2014

Over 150 passengers and crew contracted a norovirus onboard the Crown Princess during a seven-day cruise from Los Angeles. A CDC official met the Crown Princess in Los Angeles to assess ship's response to the outbreak. Read more...

Norwegian Crew Member Murdered in Roatan; Port Calls Cancelled

posted April 8, 2014

A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Roatan, Honduras on Sunday, April 6. An announcement on Norwegian's Facebook page states, "In an abundance of caution for our guests and crew, we have cancelled calls to Roatan this week for Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Jewel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the crew member." Read more...

Pride Alters Itinerary After Electrical Problems

posted April 7, 2014

The Carnival Pride has been forced to re-arrange itineraries on its next three sailings after an electrical issue caused it to slow its speed, according to a news report from Cruise Critic. The electrical transformer malfunction means the ship must sail more slowly, meaning the Pride will miss its ports of call in Freeport, Bahamas. Read more...

Meow! Oasis of the Seas to Present Cats

posted April 7, 2014

Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship will be bringing the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of CATS to the high seas. Based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” CATS was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. Read more...

Crystal Adds Women to Host Dancers

posted April 3, 2014

Women will join the previously all-male host crew starting on a Lisbon-to-Miami cruise on Oct. 5 on the Crystal Symphony. Read more...

New Entertainment Series Brings Original Annie Onboard Oceania

posted April 2, 2014

Today, Oceania Cruises announced a new “Life in the Theater” series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle – the original namesake character in “Annie” on Broadway. Read more...

Silver Discoverer Embarks on Inaugural Voyage

posted April 2, 2014

Silver Discoverer, Silversea's latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomes her first guests today, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship. Read more...

New Orleans Terminal Renovations Nearly Complete

posted March 31, 2014

$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream. Read more...

 

Costa Halts Plan to Float Concordia

posted May 1, 2014

After the supervisory body overseeing the Costa Concordia salvage raised concerns about the environmental impact and the need to select a scraping port, the Italian media reported that Costa halted plans to float the partially submerged vessel on Wednesday. Read more...

Windstar Unveils New Logo

posted April 30, 2014

Windstar Cruises announced today that is has redesigned its logo and brand insignia as part of a comprehensive plan to refine marketing communications. Inspired by Windstar’s continued commitment to unique luxury travel, the new logo presents a polished new look to dramatize Windstar’s casually elegant, yacht style experience in the luxury cruising industry. Read more...

Equinox Upgrades Revealed

posted April 29, 2014

Celebrity Cruises has today revealed a series of brand-first enhancements to be introduced onboard Celebrity Equinox. Emerging from a scheduled dry-dock in Cadiz, Spain on Thursday, May 8, the Solstice Class ship will tout new signature spaces and experiences. Read more...

Rogue Wave Causes Damage to Crystal Serenity

posted April 28, 2014

According to a post on its Facebook page, the Crystal Serenity was struck by a rogue wave in the early hours of April 26. Three windows in the main dining room were shattered and water did come in. Read more...

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

posted April 28, 2014

The Bahamas Celebration reported a cruise passenger missing early Sunday morning in the waters between Bahamas and South Florida. It is unclear if the passenger jumped or fell overboard. Read more...

New Australian Itineraries from P&O

posted April 28, 2014

Australia’s P&O Cruises has launched new programs, offering more short itineraries from cities around Australia, visits to new regional ports and its first Melbourne Cup trifecta, with three ships cruising to the racing event. Read more...

MSC Divina Returning to Europe in 2015

posted April 28, 2014

MSC Cruises is sending the MSC Divina back to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2015. According to the line this move is "a strengthening its commitment to serving the North American market with the deployment of the MSC Divina to the Mediterranean." Read more...

Carnival Freedom to Homeport from Galveston in 2015

posted April 22, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines will add a third year-round ship in Galveston when Carnival Freedom launches a seven-day cruise schedule in February 2015, marking the first time that a cruise line has deployed three year-round ships in Texas. Read more...

Successful Sea Trials Completed for Regal Princess

posted April 22, 2014

Regal Princess has accomplished another major milestone in preparation for her May 20 debut, with the completion of her sea trials. The new cruise ship set out to sea from her construction dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and was put through her paces with a series of maneuvers to test her propulsion, steering and navigational equipment. Read more...

HAL & Seabourn Named Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute

posted April 22, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think-tank. The company secured its spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to company success and benefit the community. Read more...

New Ocean-Themed Children's Program for Carnival Cruise Lines

posted April 20, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled Camp Ocean – an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program coming to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” Set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, the expansive new program will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences. Read more...

New Quantum of the Seas to Home Port in China

posted April 18, 2014

Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company’s most innovative ship to the world’s fastest-growing cruise market. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean. Read more...

Carnival Brings the Sunshine to Florida

posted April 17, 2014

Port Canaveral’s newest ship, the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, will depart on its inaugural voyage from the Space Coast when it sails on a special two-day cruise to The Bahamas later today. Read more...

Three New Grammy Experience Performers Announced for Getaway

posted April 16, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the next three artists that will perform on board Norwegian Getaway’s Grammy Experience at Sea: Sugar Blue, a Grammy-award-winning harmonica performer; Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy-nominated soul-fusion artist; and Roddie Romero, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana artist. Read more...

Costa Adds Spin Master Games to Youth Program

posted April 14, 2014

Costa Crociere is promising younger passengers more fun with Spin Master games offered across the whole fleet, after the initial introduction onboard the Costa Pacifica and Serena late last year. Read more...

Grandeur of the Seas Reports Back-to-Back Virus Outbreaks

posted April 14, 2014

Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program workers were collecting samples on board the Grandeur of the Seas after two outbreaks of gastrointestinal distress were reported on back-to-back cruises. Read more...

Possible Norovirus on Crown Princess

Update: posted April 14, 2014

Over 150 passengers and crew contracted a norovirus onboard the Crown Princess during a seven-day cruise from Los Angeles. A CDC official met the Crown Princess in Los Angeles to assess ship's response to the outbreak. Read more...

Norwegian Crew Member Murdered in Roatan; Port Calls Cancelled

posted April 8, 2014

A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member was shot and killed during an attemped robbery in Roatan, Honduras on Sunday, April 6. An announcement on Norwegian's Facebook page states, "In an abundance of caution for our guests and crew, we have cancelled calls to Roatan this week for Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Jewel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the crew member." Read more...

Pride Alters Itinerary After Electrical Problems

posted April 7, 2014

The Carnival Pride has been forced to re-arrange itineraries on its next three sailings after an electrical issue caused it to slow its speed, according to a news report from Cruise Critic. The electrical transformer malfunction means the ship must sail more slowly, meaning the Pride will miss its ports of call in Freeport, Bahamas. Read more...

Meow! Oasis of the Seas to Present Cats

posted April 7, 2014

Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship will be bringing the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of CATS to the high seas. Based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” CATS was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. Read more...

Crystal Adds Women to Host Dancers

posted April 3, 2014

Women will join the previously all-male host crew starting on a Lisbon-to-Miami cruise on Oct. 5 on the Crystal Symphony. Read more...

New Entertainment Series Brings Original Annie Onboard Oceania

posted April 2, 2014

Today, Oceania Cruises announced a new “Life in the Theater” series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle – the original namesake character in “Annie” on Broadway. Read more...

Silver Discoverer Embarks on Inaugural Voyage

posted April 2, 2014

Silver Discoverer, Silversea's latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomes her first guests today, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship. Read more...

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