Royal Caribbean has canceled all cruise ship calls in Turkey for this year. Due to unpredictability in the country Brilliance, Rhapsody and Jewel of the Seas will not sail to Ephesus, Kusadasi in 2017. Instead, this port will be replaced with alternative destinations in the region such as Rhodes, Chania, and Mykonos in Greece. Kusadasi was the only port of call in Turkey added to Royal Caribbean 2017 cruise schedules.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has announced the order of four new class ships which will join the NCL fleet by the end of 2025. The first of four new concept cruise ships will be delivered in 2022 by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. Each ship will cost 800 million euro and will be able to accommodate 3,300 passengers.
We are deeply saddened to share with you the death of Costa Magica crew member. The 27-year-old male dishwasher from India which is yet to be named was found dead in his cabin. According to Antigua Observer, the crew member was found by his roommate just before 2 pm.
Step aside Psy and make way for the Carnival’s favorite Cruise Director John Heald. The latest video by Mr. Heald went viral with his “Gangnam Style” amazing dance in the ships dining room. All guests and crew were surprised when the Senior Cruise Director got on top of the side stand and started busting his moves. Marvelous, silly, funny, amazing, no matter how you call his dance, one thing is for certain, that The Fun Ships are even more fun with people like John Heald.
It took three security officers, the chief security officer, and two guests to take one crazy man out of the Jacuzzi. The man had an argument with another party and decided he was not going to leave the hot tub. After security was called in, the man started to splash them with water including the chief security officer. In an attempt to get him out of the whirlpool chief security grabs the man by the hair and tries to pull him out without success.
The latest ultra-luxury Seabourn cruise ship, Seabourn Encore was damaged yesterday, February 12, after collided with another vessel docked in the port of Timaru, New Zealand. Due to strong winds mooring lines failed and the cruise ship started to move away from the harbor and finally collided with a cement carrier vessel. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident. Tug boats held the two ships in position to prevent further damage.
Costa Group announced the appointment of CEO Michael Thamm as chief executive of Carnival Asia. Mr. Thamm will oversee operations in China and the region as part of his expanded role. He will be CEO of Carnival Asia in the future, assuming responsibility for the Asian business of Carnival Corp.
The Oprah Magazine O, have announced an exclusive partnership with Holland America Line to share the adventure cruises to Alaska. The inaugural cruise is set to sail this July together with the Oprah Magazine editor at large Gayle King. Oprah will also join the cruise and additional cruises with O Magazine-inspired activities are scheduled aboard select HAL ships through 2018.