Cruise

Virgin Voyages Edgar Pacheco wins 2022 Diageo World Class Cruise Bartender of the Year- will go on to compete in World Finals

Virgin Voyages bartender Edgar Pacheco, from Cancun, Mexico, was crowned the Diageo World Class Cruise Bartender of the Year on May 31 during the final stage of the cruise competition in Diageo’s Miami office. He will now move on to represent the cruise industry at the World Class Global finals. Pacheco competed against five other […]

New Margaritaville at Sea cruise brand sets sail from Port of Palm Beach

On May 14, following the christening and private inaugural sailing, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise, embarked on her first passenger sailing. The ship promises travelers access to Margaritaville’s iconic lifestyle during a two-night, round-trip, voyage from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, including lively onboard entertainment and gourmet food and beverage options. Passengers looking to extend their stay […]

MSC promises “the future class of cruise retail excellence” onboard new luxury World Europa

New concepts include innovative shopping galleries, a connected MSC multiverse and luxury outdoor promenade MSC World Europa will offer the future class of cruise retail excellence, with a concept designed around the principles of immersive dynamism, family experiences and ever changing exciting discoveries for its guests, says MSC Head of Retail Adrian Pittaway.  MSC Cruises is getting ready for […]

First at Sea media partnership for Carnival Cruise Line/Onboard Media supports local Alaska small businesses and native craftspeople

LVMH’s Onboard Media marketing agency has partnered with the Alaska Small Business Development Center and its BuyAlaska program in a first-at-sea initiative to help stimulate local sales by cruisers as the state opens to tourism again. All Carnival Cruise Line ships visiting Alaska this season will feature a diverse group of locally owned businesses through shop-ping materials guests […]

Cruise industry underlines resiliency and strengthens commitment to sustainability

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) emphasized the cruise community’s resilience at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, and strengthened its commitment to sustainability. Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA said that cruise passenger volume is expected to recover and surpass 2019 levels by the end of 2023, in her opening remarks during the […]

Seatrade Cruise Global: Carnival Corp.’s Arnold Donald steps into Vice Chair role as Josh Weinstein named President & CEO

In another major transition in the cruise channel, Arnold Donald, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc – the world’s largest cruise company — will become Vice Chair and member of the Boards of Directors, effective August 1. Josh Weinstein (age 48), currently Chief Operations Officer for the company, will assume […]

CLIA releases Cruise Industry 2022 Outlook

Report quantifies value of cruise tourism, underscores leadership in health and safety, environmental sustainability and destination stewardship More than six million guests have sailed since cruise ships resumed operations in July 2020, reports Cruise Lines International Association, which this week released the 2022 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report. CLIA also said that 75+% of ocean-going member […]

CLIA disputes CDC’s anti-cruising advisory, calling it “perplexing”

Cruise industry organization Cruise Lines International Association says that last week’s advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning against cruising is “particularly perplexing.” On Dec. 30, the CDC raised the travel level warning against cruising to its highest level as positive cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant sweep the world. Nevertheless, CLIA […]