Crew Member Found Dead on Cruise Ship Moored in Heraklion

May 13, 2022

A crew member was found dead yesterday afternoon onboard the cruise ship Aegean Goddess moored at the port of Heraklion, Crete. The crew member was identified as a 61-year-old Greek national who was working as a sailor aboard the vessel. Local media report that the sailor was found unconscious by his colleagues inside his cabin. An emergency medical team responded to the scene and confirmed the death. 

Royal Caribbean Hires 600 Gambian Crew

May 12, 2022

Royal Caribbean International announced that the company has hired around 600 crew at the recruiting fair in Gambia held on May 8, at the Coco Ocean Hotel in Bijilo. The company recruited professionals for the following positions restaurant staff, cooks, laundry personnel, security officers, bar waiters, and photographers among others.

Costa Cruises Launches Eurovision Ad Campaign

May 12, 2022

After the success at the Sanremo Festival, Costa Cruises one of the six national sponsors of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, launched the Eliovision, an alternative 'festival' connected by international waters aboard Costa Toscana. Elio and Le Storie Tese organized the event by launching an appeal on social media to find the right location and receiving an invitation from Fabio Rovazzi.

Crew Shortages Force Cunard to Limit Guest Capacity

May 12, 2022

Cunard Line is limiting guest capacity on some sailings aboard Queen Victoria and Queen Marie 2 due to lack of crew. The company said that guest capacity will be limited in order to provide its distinctive service.

Simon Biles Named Godmother of Celebrity Beyond

May 12, 2022

Celebrity Cruises announced that Simon Biles, will become the godmother of Celebrity Beyond, the foremost expected ship of the year within the industry that as of late debuted in Europe.

New Zealand to welcome back cruise ships from end of July

May 11, 2022

After pandemic lockout of more than two years, New Zealand is fully opening its borders starting from 11:59 p.m. on July 31, with cruise ships allowed to come back to ports on the same day. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the news today adding that the opening of New Zealand to the world is two months earlier than the previous time frame.

AIDAaura starts the summer season

May 10, 2022

AIDAaura the 12th ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet started the summer season with voyages to Great Britain, Greenland and Northern France. On May 7, the cruise ship set sail from Hamburg on a 14-day voyage to Scotland and Ireland. In addition to impressive nature adventures on the Scottish islands, guests can expect a two-day stay in Kilibegs (Ireland) and Dublin. The small natural harbor of Kilibegs is the perfect starting point for excursions to the unique coastal landscapes of northwestern Ireland.

MSC Cruises Focuses on Eco-friendly Shore Excursions

May 10, 2022

MSC Cruises announced this year’s program of shore excursions will have its focus on minimizing the impact of land-based tours and supporting nature-friendly activities. Low carbon footprint excursions will include 150 bicycle tours available in 21 countries - which are growing in popularity among the line’s guests - and more sustainable shore excursions called ‘Protectours’ that MSC Cruises first introduced in 2020 will be available.

Fire reported on bunker barge during refueling of the Celebrity Constellation

May 09, 2022
Today at the port of Civitavecchia fire alarm was sounded aboard the bunker barge "Punta Azzurra" during the refueling of the cruise ship Celebrity Constellation. The bunker barge which was alongside the 90.940 gross tonnage cruise ship reported a fire in the engine room at around 3 pm and immediately notified the port authorities.

Ms Oosterdam resumes cruises as HAL’s ninth ship back in service

May 09, 2022

After a pause of more than two years, Holland America Line Oosterdam resumed cruise operations this Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Port Trieste, Italy. Ms Oosterdam is the ninth HAL ship back into service that departed on a 12-day Holy Lands and Ancient Kingdoms cruise includeing an overnight stay at the port of Haifa and additional ports in Israel and Greece.