Royal Caribbean International's Majesty of the Seas, the oldest in the 23 ship fleet, has entered emergency dry dock after an oil leak.
MSC Divina will return to Miami in November 2015, as part of a North American expansion, just a year since MSC Cruises pulled out of the region. The 139,400 ton vessel will cruise year-round from Miami, sailing to the Caribbean.
Swan Hellenic has announced its 2016 cruise itineraries, with highlights including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Edinburgh Tattoo and an inaugural voyage to the White Sea.
Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International's third Quantum-class vessel, will operate a short season out of Australia towards the end of 2016 and early 2017.
Thomson Cruises has finally announced the name of their soon-to-be largest cruise ship. Thomson Discovery, currently sailing with Royal Caribbean International as Splendour of the Seas, will transfer to the Thomson fleet in summer 2016.
P&O Cruises Australia has announced the 2016-2017 cruise itineraries for their five cruise ships. The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will enable the brand to offer 38 exciting itineraries, including several music-themed sailings.
The world's most luxurious cruise ship, Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, will make its North American debut on December 2nd 2016, offering an inaugural season of Caribbean sailings from Miami. Meanwhile Seven Seas Navigator will offer exotic African voyages.
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will offer several cruises departing from Dover, as well as introducing it's first British Isles cruise itinerary, which will visit Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line also will return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries.
Royal Caribbean has released a series of preview itineraries for their new Quantum class ship, Ovation of the Seas, which will debut next year.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages has released spectacular footage, showing guests enjoying the Total Eclipse on board Marco Polo as she was sailing near the Faroe Islands.
Carnival Sunshine is to offer several exciting and unique sailings from New York in summer 2016. The vessel, which was the first to benefit from the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades, will sail on 20 cruises from the 'Big Apple' between June and October 2016.
For the first time ever, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will each embark on World Cruises in 2018, offering four separate global itineraries, giving guests more options than ever before.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages is set to bring all three of their ships together for the very first time. The special occasion to celebrate the British total eclipse, will see Marco Polo, Azores and new flagship, Magellan, anchored off the Faroe Islands together.
Royal Caribbean International have released details about their 2016-2017 Caribbean deployment. 15 of the world’s most innovative and award-winning cruise ships, including Harmony of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will sail from nine US ports to 39 destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.
Adverse weather in the Atlantic has affected Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Azores from reaching the UK on time. Originally scheduled to arrive into Bristol Avonmouth on Wednesday 25th February, after her maiden voyage with CMV - a 30-night exotic voyage to the West Indies, the ship was forced to make an unscheduled call into Lisbon, where it took shelter, until conditions improved.
Guests on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo were treated to a spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Senior NASA scientists predicted that this winter, weather conditions would be the best for a catching a glimpse of the natural phenomena.
After spending $85 million developing a port in the Dominican Republic, Carnival Corporation will begin welcoming guests to the new Amber Cove cruise port from October 2015. The port, situated along the Amber Coast, which has been a partial filming location for the original Jurassic Park movie, will give cruise passengers another exotic location to explore, which has not been available as part of cruise itineraries in nearly 30 years.
Carnival Cruise Line have officially announced details regarding Carnival Vista's US deployment. As previously reported, the 133,500ton vessel will homeport in Miami. The ship will offer six- to eight-night Caribbean cruises from December 2016.
Carnival Cruise Line's newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista, due to debut in spring 2016, will homeport in the cruise capital of the world, Miami, after a season of European cruises and a short New York deployment.
The 12,000 ton Azores officially joined the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet today as it embarked guests in Plymouth, for a 30-night voyage to the West Indies.
Holland America Line's new cruise ship msKoningsdam, due to be launched in 2016, will be home-ported in Amsterdam from April 2016. Following a series of Mediterranean cruises based out of Civitavecchia, Rome, the 99,500 ton vessel will reposition to Amsterdam for the summer season. It will sail on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.
In a radical move, British operator, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, has made it easier for passengers to cruise without the need of a passport.
Following the successful launch of SeaDream Yacht Club's 2014 Wine Voyages, the luxury small ship operator has announced a series of wine cruises for 2015. The five- to nine-night itineraries will sail around the Mediterranean, where guests can enjoy special wine tastings from the regions visited.
Luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises, has unveiled its full 2017 cruise itineraries, a full 2 years in advance. There will be 57 voyages to 268 ports in 84 countries, with more than 150 overnights – the most ever offered in a single year.
Following a 2016 season that boasts a history-making transit of the fabled Northwest Passage, plus a 102-day World Cruise circling the Pacific Rim and more maiden calls than ever before, 2017 promises for an exhilarating year of firsts, anticipated returns, remote locales and other highlights on all seven continents.
There will be 32 maiden calls to intriguing places like Maroantsetra, Madagascar; Iquique, Chile; and Djúpivogur, Iceland; along with lesser known gems such as Calvi, Corsica; Sète, France; and Santa Margherita, Italy.
A 99-day Grand Pacific Explorer Grand Cruise, in January 2017, will be the start of Crystal's first ever voyage to New Guinea, as well as maiden calls into Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
Crystal Symphony will offer a return to the Middle East and Holy Land and will be among one the very first luxury cruise ships to visit Doha, Qatar. The November itinerary includes a call in Abu Dhabi, allowing for visits to the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest in the UAE, as well as the new Louvre museum, set to open in 2015, and the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim, scheduled for completion in 2017.
A 94-day Southern Celebración World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity, circumnavigating South America and offering exotic adventure in the Galapagos, Antarctica, the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and more.
For European options, the 2017 itineraries will offer more Mediterranean cruises and variety than ever before, including new itineraries beginning or ending in Portsmouth and Valletta as well as multiples overnights on virtually every voyage.
Other itinerary highlights include voyages to the North Cape, British Isles and the Canary Islands. Crystal will also offer Caribbean voyages from Charleston, South Carolina.
Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and COO, said:
“We continue to offer intrepid luxury travelers new ways to explore and experience the world, whether with a new destination or simply a new perspective on a favorite one."
Crystal Cruises will also be offering the first South Africa, round-trip cruise from Cape Town, highlighted by exceptional opportunities for safari adventures. There will also be a variety of itineraries designed around global events, such as visiting Stockholm during Sweden’s festive Midsummer celebration, Muscat on the Sultan’s birthday (Oman’s Independence Day) and Edinburgh for the Military Tattoo.
Nitsa Lewis, vice president of marketing, commented:
“We are thrilled to be the first of the luxury cruise lines to unveil a comprehensive 2016/17 two-year planning Atlas along with the corresponding information on our website, and launching full reservations for 2017. As a leader in developing and delivering innovative luxury travel experiences, we’re providing the most extensive resource that meets the needs of our Crystal Society members as well as first-time Crystal guests.”
All the diverse itineraries in 2016 and 2017 can be found in Crystal’s largest printed cruise Atlas to date, which consists of 236 artfully illustrated pages. The brochure features cruise planning tools, information about Crystal’s popular theme cruises along with the line’s exclusive “Boutique Adventures” and other shore excursions highlights, and more. Cruises can also be booked online at www.crystalcruises.com or via your local travel agent.
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