Bacardi names 2016 cruise competition finalists

Bacardi’s annual Bartender of the Year Cruise Competition – which has attracted thousands of entrants over its 12-year history –takes a giant step forward as it becomes part of a broader global bartender event. Bacardi Global Travel Retail’s annual cruise competition, which celebrates best practice, innovation and originality seen among bar professionals in the cruise […]

New cruise ports planned for the Caribbean

Four new Caribbean cruise ports are in development to open over the next few years, plus one on the Pacific Coast, reports Cruise Fever website. In many cases, these ports present potential travel retail opportunities. NCL’s Harvest Caye in Belize First on the agenda is Harvest Caye in Belize, scheduled to open on February 16 […]

Tiffany & Co. introduces first boutique at sea aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas


  Tiffany & Co. has opened its first free-standing boutique at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas. The gala opening of the new onboard concept took place on Nov. 21, with Luciano Rodembusch, vice president of Tiffany & Co. Latin America; Mark Tamis, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International; and […]

Portela joins EWTRA to build cruise business

Jada Portela’s appointment as Key Account Manager for the cruise channel at Edrington Webb Travel Retail Americas in Miami will include managing the ship chandlers and onboard DF retail business, as well as calling on the buyers and operations of cruise lines. Portela brings great knowledge of and relations in the cruise line industry to […]

DFASS wins Cozumel cruise terminal duty free contract

Miami-based travel retailer DFASS has been awarded the duty free concession for the International Cruise Terminal at Cozumel, Quintana Roo following an open tender. The contract is for a ten-year term and covers a 10,000sqf duty free shop located directly in front of the cruise pier. The space should be turned over to the retailer […]

Port Everglades expansion moving forward

On July 8, Port Everglades gained approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as a commitment of $1.2 million toward its engineering and design phase. The plan to deepen the channels from 42 to 48 feet would allow Port Everglades to accommodate Post-Panamax megaships. The $300+ million dredging project is now moving […]

Carnival gets U.S. permission to sail to Cuba

One of the biggest stories of last week was the announcement that Carnival Corp. has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce to begin direct travel to Cuba. Carnival says that the plan calls for it to start sailing from PortMiami to Cuba in May 2016 on its new Fathom line, which will […]

Carnival bans carry-on bottled beverages

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it is banning travelers from bringing their own bottled beverages onto their ships starting July 9. The cruise line said that too many “guests” were trying to smuggle alcohol on board resulting in rowdy behavior and delays in the embarkation process. Guests who age 21 and over can still […]

Chase International has strongest year yet in 2014

Chase International experienced its strongest year ever in 2014, despite difficult trading conditions due to exchange rates, and increasing product, freight, warehousing costs, and supply availability issues on its bourbons, says Chase International President Chase Donaldson. “We are very fortunate to represent brands that are in many of the ‘Hot categories’ now – Confections, Bourbons […]

Starboard sets sail in fresh new direction


Starboard Cruise Services has brought in an omni-platform merchandising guru to help make the onboard retail offers of its client cruise ships as memorable and relevant as possible. Patrick Gates explains how to TMI’s Lois Pasternak. Patrick Gates, who joined Starboard Cruise Services as SVP, Chief Merchandising Officer this past October to lead the strategic […]

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