Thursday, 24 October 2019
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Carnival and Royal Caribbean join forces to develop St Lucia cruise facilities
Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises have signed an agreement to construct a new cruise terminal on the island and manage its existing facility.
The cruise giants signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saint Lucian government on Tuesday to form a joint venture for the project.
The cruise line brands account for 75% of all cruise ship deployment to the island.
The joint venture will manage and operate the current cruise pier and terminal facilities at the Port of Castries and design, finance, build and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island.
Prime minister of Saint Lucia Allen Chastanet said the agreement marked “a major step towards enhancing” the country’s tourism offering.
He said: “Saint Lucia has had record-breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination.
“It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that Saint Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity.
“This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises.”
Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation said: “This is an exciting day for our guests who already love the beauty and deep culture of Saint Lucia and an important step in sustaining cruise tourism growth for the island.”
Michael Bayley, president and chief executive of Royal Caribbean International said the cruise market is the fastest-growing sector of tourism and in the next decade cruising in the Caribbean is anticipated to grow by 40%.
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Sunday, 20 October 2019
In a first, Carnival to base four ships in Galveston
As the Carnival Radiance, the ship will have 115 additional cabins plus new bars and restaurants.
Report Shows Cruising’s Growing Appeal
PHOTO: Cruise ships at a port in The Bahamas. (photo via Brand X Pictures / Stockbyte / Getty Images Plus)
Saturday, 19 October 2019
Princess Cruises claims Medallion Net offers ‘best WiFi at sea’
Princess Cruises claims it has rolled out the “best WiFi at sea” which will help attract new-to-cruise passengers.
Princess Cruises has fitted nine ships with Medallion Net WiFi so far and plans to complete rolling it out across its fleet by July next year.
The WiFi will power the line’s Ocean Medallion technology, which is fitted on new ship Sky Princess.
Speaking onboard the ship during its shakedown cruise from Trieste to Athens, Prag Shah, the line’s global head, experience and innovation, said: “One of the biggest detractors people have of cruising – like the younger generation – is that they cannot be connected as well as on a land-based holiday.
“Millennials always like to be posting and sharing their experiences with everybody.
“We wanted to make connectivity onboard better and a lot of effort and creativity went in to do that. From a cruising standpoint, being able to promote and sell longer cruises brings another type of cruiser into the equation.”
John Padgett, Carnival Corporation’s chief experience and innovation officer, addressed media and travel agents via the internet to demonstrate the connection strength on the new vessel.
He said: “There are no longer any sacrifices by coming on a cruise vacation. Cruise holidays have been an amazing value for years, but you have tended to sacrifice this feeling of connectivity.
“There are no longer any sacrifices there. We are the only cruise line that offers anything like this. I want you to use as much bandwidth as you like because that makes your experience better.”
Padgett told the audience Medallion Net, which costs $9.99 per day, as the “best WiFi at sea”.
Sky Princess is the first of the line’s vessels which was built with Ocean Medallion. Several guest services, including ordering food and drink anywhere on the ship, locating friends and family, and navigating your way around the vessel are available through the wearable technology.
The line has retrofitted four of its existing ships with Ocean Medallion.
When asked what developments would be made to Ocean Medallion technology going forward, Shah said: “Personalising [Ocean Medallion] is going to be where we are putting a lot more focus [in 2020].”
Friday, 18 October 2019
Thursday, 17 October 2019
A first look at Sky Princess, a sister with some distinction
The aft WakeView Pool has an infinity pool appearance and is an outdoor gathering spot. Photo Credit: Tom Stieghorst
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Viking Expeditions Set to Launch with Pair of 378-Guest Ships
Royal Caribbean reveals new South Pacific private island destination
Vanuatu in the South Pacific as been confirmed as the location for Royal Caribbean International’s latest private island destination.
Confirmation of Perfect Day at Lelepa in Vanuatu was made last night.
It is expected to be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world.
While details remain sketchy, it was revealed that the island will be created in partnership with the local community to showcase the natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation as well as provide employment and education opportunities.
Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a different look and feel from Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Caribbean, the line’s president and CEO Michael Bayley said “because our guests around the world all have different definitions for their perfect day – and all of them are right. Our designers and nature have created the ideal South Pacific experience and we expect the results will be stunning”.
The cost and opening date were not disclosed but Perfect Day at Lelepa will be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems.
Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused contemporary architectural firm based in Australia, will serve as the lead architect on the project.
Bayley said: “We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed.
“That idea goes beyond simply protecting the ecological features of Lelepa and includes showing respect for the people and traditions that make this a special place.
“Anyone who has encountered the tremendous natural beauty of Lelepa can understand why it is the perfect setting for ‘Perfect Day.’
“Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here.”
Vanuatu prime minister Charlot Salwai added: “Vanuatu is a true paradise for both our people and the visitors we welcome to our shores each year.
“Today marks a major step forward in our island nation’s close relationship with Royal Caribbean and one that will support sustainable growth for future generations.
“The Ni-Vanuatu people look forward to welcoming Royal Caribbean guests from around the world to enjoy extraordinary adventures and relaxation during their Perfect Day at Lelepa.”
Monday, 14 October 2019
Targeted Iranian Tanker Plugged as it Heads for Gulf, Iran Says
An undated picture shows the Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker sailing in the Red Sea. National Iranian Oil Tanker Company via WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS