In preparation for Cruise Shipping Miami 2015, where MTN Communications’s Brent Horwitz, svp and general manager, cruise and ferry services, is a conference speaker, the company has announced results of a two-year review which shows a transformation of at-sea connectivity. 

Two months into the Celebrity Cruises presidency, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo—who's also ceo—is focused on making a success of the critical wave season and continuing to strengthen the 'Modern Luxury' brand differentiation. She's also starting to delve into the Edge newbuild platform that follows the Solstice class she called 'widely heralded as the sexiest ships ever built.'

More open to the sea than any other Fun Ship, the new Carnival Vista sports lots of ocean views, indoor-outdoor dining and alfresco attractions.

Carnival Cruise Line launched a new free mobile app that provides Carnival Breeze passengers with a variety of information and features like a chat function that allows cruisers to exchange messages with their traveling companions using their mobile devices. The cost for the voyage is $5.

People on vacation want to discover and be entertained. They should come back from a cruise with a memory that reminds them of the joy they experienced.

That's the retail sales approach of Beth Neumann, who took the helm of Starboard Cruise Services one year ago.

Norwegian Cruise Line is touting the Mandara Spa on Norwegian Escape as its most innovative in the fleet, with a large thermal suite including a snow room. Beyond the spa, adults will get two private lounge spaces, at Vibe Beach Club and Spice H2O, the latter featuring a grotto with waterfalls.

Spa provider Steiner Leisure Ltd. promoted evp/cfo Stephen Lazarus to chief operating officer/cfo.

In Quantum of the Seas' Focus Photo Gallery, gone are the thousands of prints that cruisers typically have to thumb through to find their pictures aboard a ship. There aren't even print photos placed in personal stateroom folders, as in some vessels' newer or updated galleries.

Spa provider Steiner Leisure posted a third quarter profit of $12.1m, or 87 cents per share, equal to the consensus expectation provided by Thomson Financial Network and up from $11.5m, or 77 cents per share, a year ago.

Three Princess Cruises ships will be getting stand-alone Effy Jewelry stores in a new partnership between the line and one of North America's largest manufacturers of diamond and gemstone jewelry. Beginning in November, Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess and Island Princess will debut the stores featuring Effy jewelry curated for passengers cruising to the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.

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