Cunard Officially Welcomes Queen Anne with Ceremony at Fincantieri Shipyard

Queen Anne at Fincantieri

The Queen Anne has officially joined Cunard’s fleet during a handover ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice, according to a press release. The event was attended by Italian Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, and Italian Minister for Relations with Parliament, Luca Ciriani. Also present were Katie McAlister, president of…

Atlas Ocean Voyages Announces 2025-26 Antarctic Season

World Navigator in Antarctica

Atlas Ocean Voyages announced that its 2025-26 Antarctica expeditions are now available for bookings. Running from October 2025 to March 2026, the new Antarctica season offers 37 departures aboard the World Voyager, World Navigator and World Traveller, according to a press release.  “Antarctica continues to be the most popular and in-demand region for Atlas Ocean…

Fincantieri: ‘Covering All Brands’ with Eye on Future Fuels

Daniele Fanara,

Coming off a big newbuild order from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Daniele Fanara, director newbuilding and after-sales at Fincantieri, is positive on the future. “We are serving all segments of the market, from small luxury vessels to mega-size vessels to upper premium,” said Fanara, speaking to Cruise Industry News. “This covers all the brands in…

Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils New Culinary Experiences on Aqua

Sukhothai Rendering

Norwegian Cruise Line announced new culinary and beverage experiences debuting aboard the Norwegian Aqua, setting sail in April 2025. The Norwegian Aqua will feature three new onboard offerings including Sukhothai, NCL’s first-ever Thai specialty restaurant; Swirl Wine Bar, a new wine bar; and Planterie, the company’s first dedicated eatery offering a completely plant-based menu, according…

Port Canaveral Pushing Ahead with More Cruise Expansion

Captain John Murray

Port Canaveral is pushing ahead with a plan to have another cruise facility in place, Cruise Terminal 4, in time for the 2026-27 season. “It’s going to be different than any other terminal we’ve ever done,” said Captain John Murray, CEO. “It’s going to be a Port Canaveral terminal as opposed to a terminal dedicated…

Princess Cruises Rolls Out Fleetwide Dining Changes

Sun Princess

Princess Cruises today announced it is making a significant enhancement to the main dining options found across its fleet by offering three table service options – Traditional, Reservable, or Walk-in Anytime – coupled with the brand’s OceanNow location-based “anywhere” service, the company said in a press release. Princess will designate separate dining rooms aboard every…

AIDAmar Opens 2024 Season in Warnemünde

AIDAmar

On Sunday, April 14, 2024, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAmar will open the 2024 cruise season in Warnemünde. The AIDAmar and AIDAdiva will make a total of 69 calls this year from April 14 to November 4. The AIDAmar will visit Warnemünde 40 times during this year’s cruise season the AIDAdiva will make 29 calls to the…

Windstar Cruises Welcomes Two New Ships to Fleet

New Windstar Ships

Windstar Cruises has announced the expansion of its fleet with the addition of the Star Seeker and Star Explorer. The first of the two ships, the newbuild Star Seeker, is currently being constructed in the WestSEA shipyard and is expected to be delivered in December of 2025, followed by Star Explorer in December 2026. The…

State of the Cruise Industry 2024: Green, Spending, China, Supply

State of the Industry 2024

The 2024 state of the cruise industry panel took place in Miami Beach on Tuesday morning, with leadership from the four major cruise corporations accounting for over 80 percent of global capacity. Green Discussions Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group said there is more opportunity to evolve sustainability technology. “We need to make…

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Orders 8 New Ships for 3 Brands from Fincantieri

Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today unveiled the most comprehensive newbuild order in its history—a total of eight vessels, representing nearly 25,000 additional berths, with new classes of ships for each of its three brands—and the construction of a multi-ship pier at Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island destination in the Bahamas and its top-rated…

Viking: $700-Plus Per Passenger Day

Viking Sea

Viking Ocean posted revenue per passenger day of $714 for its ocean cruises and $792 for its river cruises in 2023, according to its recent IPO filing. The company operated 70 river vessels that sailed at 95.5 percent occupancy during the year, and nine ocean-going vessels that sailed at 93.5 percent occupancy. Viking carried a…

Viking Ocean Orderbook: 6 Ships Get Accelerated Delivery; 4 More Options

Viking Mars

Viking’s ocean cruising fleet could see the addition of just under 10,000 additional berths if the company picks up four options it has with Fincantieri in 2029 and 2030. Per the company’s recent IPO filing, it is set to take delivery of 998-guest ocean-cruising ships in 2024 and 2025. Those will be followed by two…

Viking Files for IPO

Viking Ship in Port

Viking has officially filed for its IPO with the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission. For the year ended December 31, 2023, nearly 650,000 guests traveled with the company and it generated total revenue of $4,710.5 million, a net loss of $1,858.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $1,090.3 million. As of December 31, 2023, the…

Carnival’s Digital Debarkation System Now Available on Ships in North America

Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line’s digital debarkation system is now available on every ship sailing from North America, the company’s Brand Ambassador John Heald announced. The system allows guests to select their preferred debarkation option and time using Carnival’s HUB App. In addition to different timeslots, passengers may choose between “Checked Luggage” and “Express Debarkation.” According to…

Pacific Adventure Debuts New Features After Drydock

Following a routine drydock in Singapore, the Pacific Adventure resumed service for P&O Cruises Australia with several new improvements. According to the company, the 2,600-guest vessel now offers a new sound system, in addition to a new photo viewing area and new family cabanas in the Byron Beach Club. Available for rent, the private cabanas…