P&O Cruises' Britannia arrived at Scarborough Thursday on the first of seven calls to Tobago this season.
Following its last board meeting of the year, the Australian Cruise Association hosted a get-together for the Sydney industry.
The cruise industry's multifaceted, million-dollar advertising campaign to get the word out that the Caribbean is open following hurricanes is making a difference and has chalked up more than 5bn media impressions.
Princess Cruises is trumpeting 'the Caribbean is back, better than ever,' with its 'Exclusively Caribbean Sale.' This applies to select seven-, eight-, 10- and 14-day itineraries with departures February through April.
In a lively session on the last day of Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum in Dubai looking at India as a source market and a destination, Satyajeet Rajan, dg Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Shri Yashodhan Wanage, deputy chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, both talked about the regulatory reforms and focus on hastle free passenger movements and lower port charges as steps already taken to unlocking India's potential on the world cruising stage.
Grand Celebration will return to service Dec. 23 with several enhancements, and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's new ship will be named Grand Classica.
Despite the fact that land-based tourism to the Middle East Gulf region have been growing in the past five years, it is unlikely to become a year-round cruise destination in the coming decade, however there is no reason why the Middle East cruise season should not be extended into the shoulder months of October and May was the concensus at the opening session on Day 2 of the Middle East Cruise Forum, taking place in Dubai Parks and Resorts.