Utopia Sail Out

Port Canaveral Marks Maiden Voyage of Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship

Nearly 800 people lined the shoreline at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park on Friday to bid “Bon Voyage” to Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas as she embarked on her first revenue sailing from Port Canaveral, according to a press release. “The World’s Biggest Wave Out” party was hosted by the

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Norwegian Prima in Ocho Rios

Jamaica Seeking to Become Key Supply Center for Cruise

Jamaica is making significant progress to becoming a key supply logistics center for cruise ships in the Caribbean, according to a statement by Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. He said he believes this “will revolutionize Jamaica’s tourism sector and create unprecedented opportunities for local businesses.” “Several major cruise lines, including

Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Philadelphia as New Homeport

Norwegian Cruise Line will become the first cruise line to sail from Philadelphia in over 15 years as it announced a 2026 homeporting program from the city with the Norwegian Jewel. On April 16, 2026, the ship will start a program of seven-to-nine-day cruises to Bermuda. Departing from the SouthPort

World Traveller

Atlas Ocean Announces Record-Breaking Sales in June

Atlas Ocean Voyages announced in a press release that it had a record-setting sales performance in June. The performance marked a significant milestone in its growth trajectory, the company stated, with bookings reaching unprecedented levels. According to Atlas Ocean, the record was made possible by a robust start to the

MSC Bellissima in Shanghai

Asia/Pacific To See Significant Cruise Capacity Increase in 2024

According to 2024 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, cruise capacity in the Asia/Pacific region is set to see a significant increase this year. After several years below historical levels due to the pandemic capacity may be up to the tune of 89 percent this year. The increase is being driven

Utopia of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Utopia to Visit CocoCay Twice on Same Cruise

Royal Caribbean International has changed an itinerary of a 2025 cruise onboard the Utopia of the Seas to include a second visit to its private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. As part of the ship’s schedule of short cruises to the Bahamas, the voyage is set to depart from Port

Pacific Encounter

Secondhand Update: Five Cruise Ships Are Set to Change Hands Soon

After being part of various recent transactions, these five cruise ships are set to soon debut for their new operators. For a complete overview of the market, see the Secondhand Market Report by Cruise Industry News. Pacific Encounter Capacity: 2,600 guests Tonnage: 109,000 Year built: 2002 Current operator: P&O Cruises

Explora II Sea Trials

A Look at the Inaugural Season of the Explora II

Currently in the final phase of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the new Explora II is scheduled to enter service in September. A sister to the Explora I, the 922-guest vessel will be the second ship for the new luxury brand from MSC: Explora Journeys. Cruise Industry News

Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas Repositions to Miami

The Allure of the Seas recently repositioned to PortMiami for a series of three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas. Previously sailing from Port Canaveral, the Royal Caribbean International ship is now offering a week-long cruise before beginning its short cruise program. The seven-night itinerary sails to the Eastern Caribbean

AIDAprima

Northern Europe: Record Cruise Season for 2024

According to 2024 Cruise Industry News  Annual Report, the Northern/Western Europe cruise market is expected to see a record year despite deployment limitations in the Baltic with Russia off limits. On top of years of continuous growth, independent research from Cruise Industry News shows that region’s capacity will increase by

Disney Japan Announcement

Disney Cruise Line To Base Ship Year-Round in Japan in OLC Deal

Disney and Oriental Land Co. (OCL) are teaming up to offer year-round Disney cruise vacations to Japan, according to a press release. OLC will operate a new Disney cruise ship that will be registered and based in Japan year-round. Under a recently signed agreement, OLC will manage a Disney-branded cruise

Summer Magazine

Cruise Industry News Summer 2024 Magazine Out Now

The 2024 Summer edition of the Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine has been released, featuring 140 pages of exclusive insight into the global cruise industry. Among the main topics covered are the European brands, including AIDA, Marella, MSC, Celestyal, TUI, Costa, Fred. Olsen and others. In-depth reporting on the expedition

Silver Dawn

Silversea’s 2027 World Cruise to Visit 80 Destinations Across Three Oceans

Silversea’s 2027 World Cruise is set to visit over 80 ports of call across three different oceans. Now available for booking, the 149-day global voyage is said to be the most destination-intensive ever offered by the luxury brand. Named “The Three Oceans,” the itinerary features visits to 35 countries on

Viking Vesta

New Viking Vesta Floats Out in Ancona

Viking’s newest ship, the Viking Vesta, was floated at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona on Friday, July 5. The float out of the Viking Vesta commenced on July 4 at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time, marked by the Viking team cutting a cord to allow water to flow into the ship’s

AIDAluna

AIDA Cruises: 2026 Summer Program Includes 450 Cruises

AIDA Cruises 2026 summer program includes approximately 450 cruises, the company announced in a press release. During the season, the company’s 11-ship fleet is set to cruise in two regions: Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. A total of eight vessels are set to offer itineraries in Northern Europe, AIDA said,

MSC Euribia connects to shore power

MSC Cruises Made 44 Shore Power Connections in 2023

MSC Cruises made 44 successful shore power connections in 2023, according to the company’s recent Sustainability Report. Eight ports across Norway, Germany, Malta and the United Kingdom provided MSC’s vessels with shore energy, including Alesund, Bergen, Warnemunde, Southampton and Malta. The year also marked the first time that the company’s

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