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Queen Mary 2 to undergo major refurbishment in early summer 2016

Posted July 15, 2015

Queen Mary 2 will undergo an extensive 25 day dry dock refurbishment at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany next summer, 27 May- 21 June more

Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces À La Carte Specialty Dining

Posted July 14, 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of à la carte specialty dining at the line's signature specialty restaurants, providing guests the freedom to savor an array of tastes and gourmet dishes and the flexibility to choose how many courses they wish to enjoy during their more

Princess Cruises’ New Ship Begins Countdown to Summer 2017 Debut for China Year Round Cruising

Posted July 10, 2015

Carnival plc today marked the beginning of construction of Princess Cruises’ third new generation of ships with the official keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. As the keel – the bottommost part of the ship – was ceremoniously lowered into position, and shipyard officials celebrated the occasion with a traditional Chinese lion dance. This, yet-to-be-named ship, will be customized to appeal to the China market when it debuts in summer more

IDA Introduces Flat-Rate Internet Plans

posted June 22, 2015

For a nominal flat rate fee, passengers  can access popular social media sites, including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp during their cruise. n addition to the new, exclusive social media flat rate, AIDA is also dramatically increasing the bandwidth onboard, and introducing more more

Passengers can now select from customizable dining packages on NCL ships

posted Jun 11, 2015   

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of new Specialty Dining Packages that allow guests the freedom to savor an array of tastes and unique experiences at the line's signature specialty restaurants and the flexibility to choose the number of nights they'd like to dine for one set price. Norwegian guests sailing fleetwide from August 7* and beyond can enjoy a Specialty Dining Package ranging from three days to the length of their entire cruise, with pricing starting at $59 per person** for a three-day package when purchased online prior to sailing, providing cruisers with an excellent more

Three Queens Meet In Liverpool

posted May 25, 2015

Three Queens

Queen Mary 2 (top), Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on the Mersey against the backdrop of the Three Graces.

Photo Credit: James Morgan for Cunard

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...

Asian Dining Venues Now Complimentary Across the Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

posted by the Shipdetective on April 13. 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that many of the line's popular Asian dining venues can now be enjoyed on a complimentary basis across the more

MSC Sinfonia Completes Renaissance Program Overhaul

posted March 30, 2015

MSC Cruises announced that MSC Sinfonia left Genoa, Italy, on Friday, March 27, to resume service following ground-breaking enlargement and enhancement work at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, more

Disney Cruise Line to Sail First British Isles Itinerary in 2016

posted March 26, 2015

In summer 2016, Disney Cruise Line will debut a new 12-night itinerary to the British Isles, including new ports-of-call in England, Ireland, France and Scotland—where centuries-old castles set the scene for adventures ashore. (Disney Cruise Line)  

Comedic Magician Ben Seidman Chosen as Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year

posted March 23, 2015

Guests aboard Crown Princess have voted and selected Comedic Magician Ben Seidman as Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year. Read more...

Queen Victoria Gets Upgrades

posted January 23, 2015

Queen Victoria set out from Southampton in tip-top form having just returned from an intensive 20 day refurbishment at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg more

Norman Atlantic Fire

December 28, 2014

A fire broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy. 10 people have been confirmed dead, 98 are still unaccounted for after the disaster. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The ferry is owned by Visemar Di Navigazione SRL and registered in Italy.

Grand Turk Cruise Center Upgrade Planned

Posted December 15, 2014

The government of Turks and Caicos approved a plan to centralize vendors and tour operators with a facility with a taxi dispatch center and tourist help desk. The plan also includes the funds to for a permanent police presence at the beach areas and redevelopment of the tourism booth in the cruise terminal. The project is expected to take two years to complete.

Freedom of the Seas Propulsion Problems

posted December 13, 2014

Freedom of the Seas is operating only with the port and starboard azipods resulting in a reduced top speed by 5 knots, with a new max cruising speed of 18 knots. Passengers will get less time in port but all ports will remain on the itinerary until the Freedom of the Seas goes for a scheduled dry dock session in January 2015.

Carnival Passengers Will Have New Port Call in 2015

Posted December 12, 2014

Amber Cove, an exciting new destination located in the heart of the Dominican Republic’s breathtaking North Coast, known as the Amber Coast, just outside the historical town of Puerto Plata – will welcome its first cruise ship when the Carnival Victory arrives on October 6, 2015, for a day-long call.

The visit by Carnival Victory is the first of 37 calls by eight different Carnival ships that will take place between October 2015 and April 2016.

Amber Cove will be a featured port on select sailings of Carnival Breeze, Carnival Glory, Carnival Splendor and Carnival Victory from Miami, Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor from Port Canaveral, Fla., and Carnival Fantasy from Charleston, S.C.

Celebrity Cruise Line Orders Two New Ships

posted December 4, 2014

The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels. At 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities. "Our new class of ship will set the standard for premium world travel and deliver the next generation of modern luxury experiences that our guests know and love,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises. Delivery of the first ship is expected in Fall 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020.

Majesty of the Seas leaving the RCCL Fleet in 2016

posted November 21, 2014

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced that Majesty of the Seas will transfer from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand in 2016.  Majesty of the Seas' last 3-night sailing for Royal Caribbean International will depart on April 29, 2016.  She will then enter dry dock before joining the Pullmantur fleet, allowing her to be tailored to fit Pullmantur's brand standards and offerings.

Quantum of the Seas Arrives in Cape Liberty

posted November 10, 2014

Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived into her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ today, bringing with her a wave of unprecedented first-at-sea features and amenities. Superfast wireless connectivity, the world's first robotic bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, futuristic entertainment, and partnerships with celebrated chefs Jamie OliverMichael Schwartz and Devin Alexander, are just a small sample of what the modern age of cruising looks like onboard Quantum of the Seas

RCI Takes Delivery of Quantum of the Seas

posted October 28, 2014

Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard. With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton, U.K., where she will welcome her first guests on November 2, for a trans-Atlantic voyage to her home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.

RCCL Will Add Dynamic Dining Oasis Class Ships

posted October 2014

Royal Caribbean has recreated the original Oasis-class three-story main dining room into three distinct complimentary venues. Guests will enjoy menus of the new concepts beginning March 14, 2015. Guests sailing Oasis of the Seas prior to March 14, will enjoy the traditional dining room experience in the newly designed spaces. The Allure of the Seas is scheduled for refurbishment in May 2015.

ms Veendam Experiences Propeller Problems - Cruises Cancelled


Keel Laying for Norwegian Escape Celebrated


MSC Armonia in 11-week drydock for refurbishment


Carnival Victory cruise ship review by Shipdetective


Development of East Caicos Considered


Carnival Magic damages coral reef in Grand Cayman


Coast Guard Medevacs Woman from Oosterdam


Queen Victoria to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Refit at Blohm+Voss

Shipyard in January 2015.

Original Love Boat Cast Will Be Godparents to Regal Princess.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises Offers Free WIFI Beginning the First of the Year.


Carnival to build new port destination in Haiti.


CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form, Features Expanded

Definition of Family Members.

NCL first cruise line to offer All-Inclusive Packages for onboard services


Princess to Add New Ship to Fleet


Silversea to Host Rare Buccellati Exhibition


Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Desmond Tutu

To Join Crystal Spring 2015 South Africa Voyage.

NCL Releases Second Quarter Report


NCL follows suit and bans smoking on balconies

effective November1, 2014.

Costa Concordia scheduled to be towed away Monday, July 21, 2014

after successful refloat procedure.


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