Margaritaville at Sea Islander Sets Sail to Florida

The new Margaritaville at Sea Islander is currently heading to Florida. After undergoing a major refurbishment at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Northern Ireland, the cruise ship left Belfast on May 19, 2024. Set to enter service for Margaritaville at Sea in mid-June, the Islander made a technical call


Marella Discovery 2

Marella Sending Discovery 2 to Med and Canaries for Winter 2024-25

Starting November 7, Marella Cruises will homeport the Marella Discovery 2 in Malaga, Spain for a series of winter sailings before heading to Tenerife and Gran Canaria in December 2024. The ship was previously slated to sail in Asia. These itineraries go on sale on May 23. Chris Hackney, managing

Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings: Laser-Focused on Cost Management

Mark Kempa, CFO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said the company has committed to a goal of $300 million of savings over the next three years. “Let me be loud and clear. We are laser focused on cost management,” Kempa said. Two-thirds of the savings will come from ship operating

Marella Explorer

Marella Cruises Launches Industry First Microplastic Filter Initiative

Marella Cruises and Cleaner Seas Group announced the launch of an industry first microplastic filter initiative aboard the Marella Explorer. According to a press release, Marella installed two INDIKON filters on the Marella Explorer’s crew laundry system for a six-month trial to prevent affecting marine ecosystems from plastic microfibres. The

Regal Princess in Galveston

Regal Princess Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Regal Princess is completing its 10th year of service this month. Built for Princess Cruises at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the vessel officially debuted on May 20, 2014. A sister to the 2013-built Royal Princess, the ship is the second in a series of six Royal-class ships for

MSC Grandiosa

MSC to Expand at Port Canaveral with MSC Grandiosa

MSC Cruises is expanding its presence at Port Canaveral with a second ship, bringing more seven-night sailings and more short cruises to The Bahamas the MSC Grandiosa will begin sailing from the Port in December of 2025, alongside the MSC Seashore, according to a press release. “We are honored that

Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas Completes Five Years in Service

Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas is completing its fifth year of service. Built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, the 168,666-ton vessel was officially handed over to the cruise line on April 11, 2019. Designed as an enhanced and enlarged version of the three original Quantum Class

Silver Ray

New Silver Ray Delivered by Meyer Werft

Silversea has taken delivery of Silver Ray, the second ship in its Nova Class. Boarding Silver Ray in Eemshaven on May 14, Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group’s president and CEO, celebrated the ship’s official handover with Bert Hernandez, president of Silversea; Bernard Meyer, Chairman of the Meyer Group, and Bernd

Resorts World One

Resorts World Cruises to Homeport in the Arabian Gulf in 2024-25

Resorts World Cruises is deploying the Resorts World One in Dubai from October 18, 2024, to April 13, 2025. Starting from October 18, 2024, the Resorts World One will homeport in Dubai operating weekend getaways to Night Sir Bani Yas on Fridays; three-night cruises to Khasab and Muscat departing on

Seabourn Odyssey

Seabourn Kicks off 2024 Alaska Season

Seabourn’s 2024 Alaska season kicks off with the Seabourn Odyssey departing from Vancouver on May 10, 2024.  The season will also mark Seabourn Odyssey’s final season with the cruise line, providing one one last chance for guests to sail on the ship. “While Seabourn will continue sailing to Alaska in

Sun Princess

Princess Cruises Sending Five Ships to Europe for 2026

Princess Cruises is sending five ships to Europe in 2026, as the cruise line today announced what it said was its biggest ever European season. The five ships, highlighted by the new 2024-built Sun Princess, will offer what the company said is a record 222 cruises. Running March through November


Drydocks for the Amadea and Deutschland

Phoenix Reisen has announced that the Amadea and Deutschland are back in service after drydocks at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and Bredo Werft respectively. The Bonn-based cruise operator spent 20 million euros on technical upgrades as well as enhancements to public areas and staterooms on the two ships. In addition to

Expedition Report

New 2024 Expedition Cruise Report Now Available

Cruise Industry News has released its new 2024 Expedition Market Report, which presents a deep dive and comprehensive outlook on the expedition cruise market. The report, now in its eighth edition, profiles all the expedition cruise lines and provides a market outlook to 2033 with supply growth data. The digital

Queen Anne

Queen Anne Departs on Maiden Voyage

Cunard’s latest new ship, the Queen Anne, embarked on its seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon amid a stunning fireworks display on Friday. The 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag, Queen Anne set sail just after 9 pm local time as thousands of spectators gathered on the shores of


Global Cruise Ship Orderbook Expands to 60 Ships Through 2036

The global cruise ship orderbook now extends the farthest out it ever has, with new ships on order through 2026, thanks to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings which announced a large newbuild deal with Fincantieri in April. In the latest update to the cruise ship orderbook from Cruise Industry News, eight

Brilliant Lady

Virgin’s Brilliant Lady to Debut in September 2025 from NYC

Virgin Voyages will put its fourth ship, the Brilliant Lady, into revenue service starting September 2025 and sailing from New York City. Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, said, “Virgin Voyages started as a simple idea for me and has blossomed into the world’s top cruise line with a


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