After a stellar debut on the US West Coast, Norwegian Bliss will begin its inaugural season from PortMiami on Saturday.
Holland America Line's Westerdam became the first international cruise ship to call at Sanya since the city released a visa-free policy to visitors from 59 countries earlier this year.
Ponant's Le Soléal grounded on Wednesday while transiting Kirke Passage in the Chilean fjords, causing damage to one propeller but no injuries. The ship was under control of a local pilot at the time.
Windstar Cruises is going to lengthen and upgrade Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride in a massive project that will add 50 suites per ship, re-do all accommodations and expand dining choices, the spa, fitness center and pool deck. Further, a re-engining will make the ships far more fuel efficient while adding 4 knots to the cruising speed, opening new destinations for Windstar like New Zealand and Spitsbergen in the Arctic.
SunStone Ships signed an agreement to build another two Infinity-class vessels, signaling rapid adoption of the European-designed, Chinese-built concept.
Princess Cruises partnered with Blackhawk Network, a financial technology company specializing in stored value products, to make cruise gift cards available in more than 3,500 Kroger, Harris Teeter and Giant Eagle locations nationwide.
Holland America Line is introducing Club Orange, providing elevated benefits and amenities, from private dining to priority services and a dedicated concierge hotline.
René Kouwenberg, managing director at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is stepping down on January 1. His successor is Dick de Graaff, currently the terminal’s commercial director.