* Royal Caribbean Going Back Down Under May 16 - When the 2014-2015 summer
season rolls around in Australia (winter in North America), Royal
Caribbean won't be adding any additional capacity to the market for a
change, but they will be returning with a revitalized ship to wow the
* No Fight in Alaska May 16 - Earlier we've told you that
the State of Alaska plans to make changes to the way they measure
wastewater coming from cruise ships in order to make it more acceptable to
cruise lines (and possible that they could comply). Most, however,
expected environmentalists to launch another citizens' initiative to put a
measure on the ballot asking voters to overturn the changed rules that the
state puts in place. Apparently, that's not going to happen.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 16 - CND subscribers also read
about not calling 'em CruiseTours ... and pictures back from the
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* Sisters Don't Necessarily Look Alike May 15 - Now that Regal Princess has
been moved out of the dry dock at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard, and Royal
Princess has again vacated it, Fincantieri can move on to begin the yard's
next project - a third sister in the line for P&O Cruises. But just
because she's a sister, it doesn't mean she's going to be a twin, or have
much more than a family resemblance to the Princess ships. Fincantieri laid the keel for the yet-unnamed 141,000- ton
P&O ship today in the drydock at Monfalcone, but to the yard it
already has a name. It's simply newbuild 6231. More
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 15 - CND subscribers also read
about so much tweeting it sounded like the aviary at the zoo ... star
power ... and don't
try this at home.
* Princess Sets 2014-2015 Americas Program May 14 - Princess set their Americas
programs for the 2014-2015 winter season. That's everything sailing from
North American ports - Caribbean, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Mexico, and New
England/Canada. At that time Princess will have two more ships than they
have now, and additional ships in Asia/Australia. Their deployment, of
course, shows you where the money is, and isn't.
* They're Doing It Again May 14 - The Bermuda season has barely
begun, but that means it's open season on extracting big fines from cruise
ship passengers who visit the island.
Customs officers made two unrelated arrests on Sunday aboard
Norwegian Dawn when searches of their staterooms turned up small amounts
of marijuana. More
* Shuffling the Deck in the War over New York May 13 - Carnival Cruise Line today
played another card from its hand in the high-stakes game for a big share
of the New York cruise market. The line without the newest, flashiest ship will try to
counter its competitors with diversity of itineraries. Beginning in
mid-2014, Carnival will offer ten different itineraries from New York.
* Is That a Banana in Your Itinerary .... ? May 13 - The new Honduran cruise port
project, Banana Coast, has signed their first cruise line slated to make
multiple calls. Holland America Ryndam will make 11 calls there beginning
November 19, 2014.
* Here Comes Quantum May 13 - The first block of Quantum of
the Seas has arrived at Meyer Werft and is awaiting the ship's keel
* No Fun in Europe May 10 - Carnival Cruise Line said
today they are withdrawing from the European market, at least temporarily,
and will not have a ship in Europe in 2014. They apparently had been
planning to send Carnival Legend there again for the summer season, but
like other brands which source heavily from North America, they are
finding demand flagging in view of very high air fares.
* Australian Police Release Video Information May 10 - The search for the couple who
went overboard from Carnival Spirit Wednesday night has been called off.
Police said that it will be resumed if there are any sightings. The search
was suspended when it was no longer believed it could be survivable to be
in the water that long, given the water temperature and weather.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 10 - CND subscribers also read
about how with each booking you get eggroll ... and Medevac from
* When Carnival Adds Capacity in Australia, It's North America's
Loss May 9 - Carnival Australia said today
they would be adding a second ship to the fleet based Down Under, at least
seasonally, due to the overwhelming response to Carnival Spirit which
began year round operations from Sydney last October. Carnival Legend will sail 8- to 12-night cruises from
Sydney beginning September 24, 2014.
* Couple Overboard from Carnival Spirit May 9 - A young couple was reported
missing from Carnival Spirit when it docked in Sydney this morning at the
end of a 10- night cruise.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 9 - CND subscribers also read
about Norwegian going legally blonde ... and sharing the wealth.
* The War over New York May 8 - This afternoon, the Rockettes
danced their way through christening Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship,
Norwegian Breakaway, in a splashy ceremony in the ship's theater. And
where did it happen, you might ask? In the ship's year round home port of
* Carnival Triumph on the Move May 8 - Carnival Triumph left Mobile
this afternoon headed for a shipyard in the Bahamas where repairs will be
completed and new features will be added to the ship before it goes back
into service next month. The ship sailed under its own power and is expected to
reach the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport on Saturday. Carnival
previously said the ship would have to move to another facility to take it
out of the water to complete the work being done. BAE in Mobile did not
have drydock facilities large enough to accommodate Carnival Triumph's
* The Galapagos, Quickly May 7 - Would you go to the Galapagos
Islands for just three or four days? Silversea is betting you would - if
they combined it with a land package in South America to create an eight,
ten or eleven-day vacation.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 7 - CND subscribers also read
about slipping into town ... in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ...
hiring a crew ... and right on your doorstep.
* Why Alaskans Are Concerned about Cruise Ship Fuel May 6 - We are entering the first full
Alaska season when cruise ships are required to burn a low-sulphur fuel
when sailing within 200 miles of the US or Canadian coasts. This is
mandated by international treaty, and cargo ships must do the same. This
low-sulphur fuel is considerably more expensive than what ships normally
use. This will affect Alaska more than anywhere else in the US because
such a large portion of their cruise itineraries brings ships within 200
miles of their coast, and a high percentage of their consumer goods are
shipped to the state by sea. This will have a significant impact on cruise lines' and
cargo carriers' operating costs, but it won't be in the way so much of the
consumer press is reporting it. The way it will work is what has Alaskan
tourism officials terrified, however.
* 54 Below on Celebrity Summit May 3 - Remember Studio 54, the disco
era nightclub that was the hottest ticket in New York? The dance club is
gone, but literally beneath it in a cellar sits a cabaret called 54 Below
whose stage attracts Broadway's brightest stars. And now Celebrity Summit will be attracting those same
stars through an exclusive arrangement with 54 Below.
* Other Things You'll Want to Know May 3 - CND subscribers also read
about Oosterdam receiving an air drop (more)
... I gotta make a quick stop ... Mrs C goes to sea (more)
... and a wild ride (more).
The complete text of these stories appeared in the CND editions
referenced and was sent to subscribers.
May 15 - Carol Marlow and David Dingle under the first section
of P&O's newest ship. More/Larger
Apr 25 - Norwegian Breakaway was handed over to Norwegian
Cruise Line today by Meyer Werft, giving us our first opportunity to see the
Mar 28 - Regal Princess sits ready for her float out at the
Fincantieri yard in Monfalcone. More/Larger
Mar 15 - Queen Elizabeth met Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor
on Tuesday evening. More/Larger
Mar 13 - Norwegian Breakaway leaves Meyer Werft. More/Larger
Mar 11 - The Wellness Oasis aboard AIDAstella delivered today
in Emden. More/Larger
Feb 26 - Norwegian Breakaway with its Peter Max hull art made
its debut at Meyer's Papenburg yard this morning. More
Dec 11 - Construction began on Costa Diadema when the first
block was lowered into place at Fincantieri's Marghera yard. More/Larger
Dec 3 - Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled the hull art for
Norwegian Getaway which will debut in early 2014. Larger
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