‘Overcrowding is an issue that both local ports and cruise lines need to work together to address,’ said David Vass, svp worldwide cruise business and operations Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management during Seatrade Cruise Global's conference session on Monday.
Le Bougainville, the third ship in Ponant's Explorers series, was handed over by Fincantieri's Vard April 5, on schedule, and left Søvik, Norway, this morning.
Hurtigruten named former Amazon executive John Downey as president for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. A seasoned global executive with a consumer products-focused expertise, Downey will be responsible for the company's commercial growth strategy in collaboration with Hurtigruten's senior leadership team.
A strategic investment partner is taking a minority stake in Portugal's Mystic Cruises, enabling Mário Ferreira's privately held company to grow faster and have a bigger, stronger presence in the US market, Seatrade Cruise News can exclusively report.
On the eve of Seatrade Cruise Global, Holland America Line announced its next Pinnacle-class ship will be named Ryndam during a media visit to Nieuw Statendam, berthed in Port Everglades.
Over the past few years cruise ship operators have concentrated on adding new attractions to their vessels such as roller coasters, fancy water slides, climbing walls and bowling alleys. Now, they are focusing their attention on advanced technologies to provide the improved experience their clientele have come to expect, notes Ingo Soerensen, Area Vice President, Global Cruise Sales at Oracle.