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 […]

Cruise leaders discuss future of industry as Seatrade holds first live show post-pandemic in Miami

Amid fist bumps, masks and stringent health and safety protocols, the cruise industry came together for its first live gathering at the 35th Seatrade Global Cruise Conference in Miami during the last week of September. Even as the organizers knew that travel restrictions would keep attendance to a fraction of its normal 8,000+ of years […]

Seatrade Cruise Global will hold hybrid live/virtual event in Miami on Sept. 27-30

The cruise industry’s premier business-to-business event, Seatrade Cruise Global, returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center, September 27-30, in a new hybrid format. This year marks Seatrade’s 35th anniversary edition. In conjunction with its traditional program, this year’s edition will feature a virtual conference track, giving the community additional options to participate. The four-day event will […]

Sustainability, experience drive Harding’s immersive retail program onboard Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Sustainability and experience are driving the collaborative retailing partnership between Global travel retail and cruise retail specialist Harding and Virgin Voyages onboard the Scarlet Lady, whose maiden voyage sailed from Portsmouth on Friday, August 6. Set over 550 sq-meters of retail space, Harding’s immersive on- board retail experience includes a pioneering approach to sustainability. Harding […]

Harding launches first BVLGARI pop-up concept at sea onboard Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady

As part of its innovation with Virgin Voyages, Harding is partnering with BVLGARI to bring the Italian allure and craftsmanship of the brand to a concept pop-up store onboard Scarlet Lady. The pop-up concept store will feature all the iconic collections of the brand, including B.Zero1, Bvlgari Bvlgari, Serpenti, Divas’ Dream and Octo. The BVLGARI […]

Montblanc boutique allows Celebrity Apex guests to explore fine watchmaking, creative lettering and more

The Celebrity Shops onboard the new Celebrity Apex, which launched in June from Starboard Cruise Services, cover more than 7,000 square feet of space and encourage guests to Find Your Apex amid a wide selection of experiential retail. The Apex introduces the first Montblanc lifestyle boutique, spotlighting the brand’s rich tradition and craftsmanship by offering […]

New Seaports Report shows Florida’s ports poised for recovery in 2021 as fundamentals of cruise industry remain strong

The Florida Seaports Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) has released Seaport Mission Plan: Navigating Beyond the Pandemic, providing in-depth data on COVID-19’s impact, as well as forthcoming opportunities, for Florida’s 15 seaports.  Prepared by FSTED since 1990, this annual report provides data on cargo and cruise activities at Florida’s seaports, as well as updated international trade […]

U.S. Circuit Court reverses course on COVID-19 cruise ship regulations, lifting CDC’s safety measures– again

In what some observers are comparing to a game of ping-pong, things have changed again for the cruise industry in Florida. The same Eleventh Circuit panel that reinstated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus pandemic-related restrictions on the cruise industry on July 17, reversed course one week later, allowing a Florida federal judge’s […]

Alaska officials and cruise industry leaders mark return of first cruise to Ketchikan

On July 9, Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas became the first large cruise ship to return to Alaska following the suspension of cruise operations due to the pandemic. The event marked the return of cruise tourism to Alaska nearly two years since cruise ships last operated in the state. Prior to the pandemic, cruise passengers represented […]

MSC Cruises Adrian Pittaway discusses how onboard retail has become more important as sailing resumes

Despite being in the midst of the worst crisis in cruise industry history, Geneva-based MSC Cruises has not only been in the vanguard of returning to sea, but has launched ground-breaking new ships, cut the steel of its second LNG-powered ship, MSC Euribia, and unveiled its new luxury cruise line, Explora. In mid-August 2020, MSC […]

Starboard Cruise Services new Luxury Division launches destination-driven retail program aboard Silversea Cruises newest flagship vessel

Starboard Cruise Services is bringing a distinct blend of renowned brands, limited editions, artisanal goods and exclusive local treasures from around the world onboard Silversea Cruises’ newest ship, Silver Moon. Sailing from Greece, the long-awaited flagship welcomed its first guests on June 18, and will offer locally crafted creations reflective of the Eastern Mediterranean voyage.  […]

Carnival Cruise Line confirms first sailing for Mardi Gras as Heinemann prepares retail offer

Carnival Cruise Line will start operating seven-day cruises for its new LNG-powered Mardi Gras ship from Port Canaveral on July 31, with pre-inaugural sailings to the eastern and western Caribbean. Named after Carnival’s “original fun ship” launched in 1972, Mardi Gras docked for the first time at Port Canaveral on June 4, although its specific launch […]