Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line founded by Sir Richard Branson will be hosting a steel cutting ceremony Live on Facebook for its first ever ship. Promising to change cruising forever, the first Virgin Voyages liner will be ready to set sail in 2020. The vessel will sail from Miami to the Caribbean, offering an unforgettable experience for the “young at heart,” including the Millennial travelers.
Starting April 1, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line will increase the onboard guests gratuities. Travelers occupying standard cabins on all NCL cruise ships, except Norwegian Sky, will be charged $13.99 instead of the current rate of $13.50 per person, per day, and $16.99 for the suites, up from the current $15.50.
The daily morning news - talk show Fox & Friends that airs on Fox News Channel, released a story about a woman who was rescued after she fell off Carnival cruise ship. The woman is now suing Carnival stating that the bartender was encouraging her to get drunk and the crew delayed the rescue operation. As shown in the surveillance video the woman falls from deck 7 hitting one of the lifeboats before ending up in the water.
The continuing tensions between China and South Korea due to the installation of US missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korean have escalated. In response to the crisis, the Chinses government placed a travel ban to South Korea. Several South Korean cruise ports will be affected by the ban since most of the passengers sailing on the major cruise lines are Chinese. Costa Serena was the first cruise ship to be affected by this ban.
The comedian Robbie Printz, won this year’s Entertainer of the Year award presented by Princess Cruises. Four entertainers enter the finals from the hundreds of talented performers— vocalists, comedians, magicians, and tribute bands—which entertain guests on Princess cruise ships each year. The selection process was by the guests who casted their ballot to select the winner. This year's competition brought a record-breaking passengers votes.
The two upcoming Quantum-Class cruise ships, scheduled to join Royal Caribbean fleet in 2019 and 2020, will be named Passion of the Seas and Pulse of the Seas, according to the German popular cruise website Schiffe und Kreuzfahrten.
Marking the long-term partnership and commitment of their recently signed declaration of intent, Costa Group donated € 100,000 to bring the mission of Mercy Ships to hope and healing to the poorest of the poor. The organization Mercy Ships which operates a vessel named Africa Mercy transformed into a floating hospital will use the donation to support more than 1,700 life-changing treatments and operations carried out by the volunteer doctors and surgeons while in Benin, Africa.