In 2018/19, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest Balmoral, will be sailing from Edinburgh (Rosyth) for the first time, operating a total of nine cruises. Itineraries between May and July, include a five-night Norwegian fjords departure, a 14-night Baltic discovery, and a nine-night German Waterways cruise.
Oceania Cruises announced 10 new journeys to Cuba in 2018. All sail round-trip PortMiami. Itineraries range from seven to 10 days; all visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
Cunard Line's January to May 2019 program, ‘Oceans of Discovery,’ features the line's first Alaska voyage in more than two decades, a full world cruise and various 'Grand Voyages.'
Underscoring the importance of the Caribbean, Carnival Corp. has appointed veteran executive Marie McKenzie to a newly created role as vp global ports and Caribbean government relations.
The fourth Oasis-class ship, Symphony of the Seas, headlines Royal Caribbean International's eight-vessel 2018 Europe season. That's an increase from six ships in Europe during 2017 and comparable with the eight in 2016.
On the occasion of SuperStar Virgo's arrival at Manila to begin seasonal homeport operations, Star Cruises officials signed a memorandum of understanding with local stakeholders to advance the country's cruise terminals.
China’s politically motivated suspension of permission for its people to cruise to Korea has cast a shadow over the expansion plans for the main Korean cruise port of Jeju, described by John Tercek, vp new business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as 'the number one cruise port in Asia.'
The eastern Mediterranean is going through a tough time with Turkey, Egypt and the Black Sea off the charts for many cruise ships. Greece, however, was lucky to keep most 2016 calls and business even grew, partly on redeployments from Turkey.