Lindblad Buys Two Celebrity Ships for Galapagos Cruise Expansion

Lindblad Galapagos Ship

Lindblad Expeditions today announced that it has added two purpose-built Galápagos expedition vessels to join the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet as the company said it has acquired the current 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition and 16-gust Celebrity Exploration. The ships will transition to the Lindblad fleet in early 2025, according to a company statement. “We recognize and…

Seabourn Pursuit Arrives in Australia for Maiden Season in Kimberley

Seabourn Pursuit in Darwin

The Seabourn Pursuit entered Australian waters for the first time, sailing into Darwin, in the Northern Territory, on the morning of June 11, 2024. According to a press release, the arrival of the Seabourn Pursuit marks the start of Seabourn’s inaugural season in the Kimberley Region. The program officially begins on June 12, with the…

TUI’s Mein Schiff 7 Delivered by Meyer Turku

Delivery of Mein Schiff 7

The new Mein Schiff 7 was officially delivered to TUI Cruises today at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland, according to a press release. The 2,894-guest vessel is the first built by the shipyard with methanol capability, Meyer Turku said in a prepared statement. At the official signing ceremony, the shipyard was represented by CEO…

Holland America’s Westerdam Ready For 28-Night Cruise to Alaska

Westerdam

Holland America Line’s Westerdam is sailing from Seattle on Sunday June 9 for a 28-night cruise to Alaska and the Arctic Circle. Being offered by the company for the first time, the unique itinerary includes visits to 12 ports, in addition to scenic cruising past different glaciers. According to Holland America, the cruise allows guests…

Disney Touts Authenticity Of New Lookout Cay

Lookout Cay

Disney Cruise Line’s latest private island experience is more than a play on their robust brand. Disney partnered with local Bahamas cultural ambassadors to create an experience close to what locals on Eleuthera might expect from a celebration. The Disney Magic sailed into Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Friday morning, officially opening the attraction Disney officials…

More Details on P&O Australia Wind Down, Pacific Explorer Exit

Pacific Explorer

After announcing plans to be absorbed by Carnival Cruise Line, P&O Cruises Australia has confirmed that all Pacific Explorer operations will be discontinued in early 2025. According to a statement published on the company’s website, all cruises previously scheduled to depart after March 2, 2025, are now canceled. Affected passengers are being contacted by guest…

Carnival Cruise Line Growth Update: Ten Ships in Seven Years

Carnival Celebration

With recent newbuild orders and vessels transferring from sister brand P&O Australia and previously Costa, Carnival Cruise Line will see the addition of 10 ships over seven years by 2028. Since adding the Mardi Gras into revenue service, the company has already welcomed another six ships to its fleet while having retired older and less…

Carnival Cruise Line to Absorb P&O Australia in 2025

Pacific Encounter

Carnival Corporation today announced that in March 2025, the company will sunset the P&O Cruises Australia brand and fold the Australia operations into Carnival Cruise Line, according to a press release. The Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure ships will be rebranded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line brand while the Pacific Explorer will exit the…

Nicko Cruises Offers Free Cabins for Guests on World Cruise

Vasco Da Gama

Nicko Cruises is offering free cabins for guests who book the 2024-25 Grand World Cruise onboard the Vasco da Gama. According to the website of the German cruise brand, passengers embarking on the 148-day voyage are able to invite their family and friends onboard with the offering. Up to two staterooms are offered free of…

Mano Cruises Launches 2024 Summer Program

Crown Iris

Mano Cruises recently launched its 2024 summer program. Resuming service after an extended winter lay up, the company is now offering a series of cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean departing from Israel. After seeing a part of its 2023 operations impacted by the geopolitical situation in the Middle East, Mano welcomed guests back onboard the…

Royal Caribbean Introduces Loyalty Status Match Program

Royal and Celebrity Funnels

Royal Caribbean Group announced that loyalty members from its three brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea – will enjoy the same tier status across all three brands. The Royal Caribbean Group Loyalty Status Match program allows members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society, Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club and Silversea’s Venetian Society…

Viking Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Viking Sea

Viking Holdings today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, according to a press release. Key Highlights Adjusted Gross Margin for the first quarter of 2024 increased 19.1% compared to the same period in 2023, resulting in a Net Yield of $508. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $46.1 million compared to the…

MSC Euribia Connects to Shore Power in Kiel

MSC Euribia connects to shore power

For the first time, MSC Cruises’ Euribia connected to the shore power facility at the Ostuferhafen cruise terminal in Kiel over the weekend. The port’s local power grid supplied electricity for the ship’s operations while at berth to eliminate direct emissions with engines switched off.  The MSC Euribia will use shore power up to 20…

NCLH Has Retooled Its Fuel Purchasing Program

Norwegian Prima in Azores

A completely rethought fuel purchasing program at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is delivering cost savings, according to Patrik Dahlgren, executive vice president vessel operations. “Fuel is a big portion of our expenses,” he said, speaking at the company’s investor day event held in New York on May 20. Dahlgren explained that historically, the three-brand…

Margaritaville at Sea Islander Sets Sail to Florida

Islander

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 in Gibraltar. After arriving at…