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 […]

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announces plan for return to cruising in and outside of the U.S.

     Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, also announced its expected return to cruising in the U.S. this summer, starting with Alaska cruises on Norwegian Bliss sailing from Seattle on August 7, 2021. The cruise line said that it expects to be granted a Conditional Sailing Certificate from the U.S. Centers […]

Heinemann Americas, Inc. and Bolloré Logistics announce first North American partnership

Florida-based Heinemann Americas and international transport and logistics company Bolloré Logistics, launched their first-ever partnership in the Americas on May 20. After years of successfully working together in international markets, this new partnership positions both U.S.-based subsidiaries to continue their impressive growth in the region. “With Heinemann Americas’ continued expansion in the U.S. cruise market, […]

Crystal Symphony will sail from Antigua in August

As the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to enforce its Conditional Sail Order which has prevented cruising in U.S. waters, another offshore option has been announced by luxury line Crystal Cruises, whose Crystal Symphony will sail a series of 15 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes round-trip from St. John’s from a homeport in Antigua. Crystal Symphony will […]

US. Senators battling CDC for cruise restart

A group of U.S. congressmen, supported by members of the cruise and tourism industries, are fighting back against the ongoing restrictions against cruising issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, April 13, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) […]

Global Ports Holding provides critical partnership in developing Nassau as a home port

The cruise industry made positive waves in mid-March when luxury cruise brand Crystal Cruises announced it was launching a series of seven-night round-trip “Bahamas Escapes” voyages from Nassau. The line’s Crystal Serenity ship would homeport in Nassau, and visit Bimini and four other Bahama Islands, avoiding any U.S. ports. The response from the pubic was […]

Zachary Sulkes lands senior position with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)

Zachary Sulkes, well known and respected from his many years in charge of Bacardi’s cruise business, has joined Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) as Beverage Category Manager, with responsibility for all beverage and tobacco purchasing on Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet of 17 ships.  Sulkes has a long relationship with NCLH. He  was Manager of Onboard […]