Latest Cruise News

Crystal Esprit Returns to Europe for Summer 2018 and 2019

18 September 2017
Esprit_Exterior_SideView

Crystal Esprit is set to make a return to Europe in 2018, and again in 2019, rather than remaining in the Caribbean year-round as previously arranged. The intimate yacht experience will welcome passengers for 2018 summer cruises, alternating weeklong sailings between Venice and Dubrovnik, with most of destinations being Croatian ports of call. Also on Crystal Esprit list of destinations are Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. In 2019 Crystal Esprit will switch to the Western Mediterranean, offering six, seven and eight night itineraries. The focus of these sailings will be smaller ports including destinations in France, Italy, Monaco and Spain. This will then be followed by a spell of Greek Isles voyages. “Following the great success of Crystal Esprit’s 2016 and 2017 seasons in Europe, we are seeing tremendous enthusiasm and demand from guests to return to the region during the...
Read more

Carnival Corporation to Boost Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts By $10m

15 September 2017
Carnival Corporation & PLC logo

The Caribbean islands and parts of Florida battered by Hurrican Irma will get a $10 million boost from the cruise giant Carnival Corporation. An immediate donation of $2.5 million is being made by the family foundation of Carnival chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine to Direct Relief, Unicef and the United Way of Miami-Dade County to support urgent relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Irma. This relief aid follows on from the foundation providing a minimum of $2 million for Harricane Harvey recovery across the US Gulf Coast region. Carnival Foundation and the charitable fund of the Miami Heat basketball are each pledging to raise a combined $5 million in funding for relief and recovery efforts. Arison and his wife will match that commitment up to a total of $5 million from their family foundation, including the organisation’s...
Read more

Dubai To Add Second State-Of-The-Art Cruise Terminal

15 September 2017
Dunai Harbour

It has now been confirmed that Dubai is looking to extend its cruise offerings with the addition of a second state-of-the-art cruise terminal. Meraas, an investment firm involved in the project has revealed its plans to build the second terminal in addition to the one already revealed earlier this year. “Dubai Harbour will be the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously which when completed will accommodate 1,200,000 passengers annually,” Meraas said, in a prepared statement. The announcement was made during Cityscape Global 2017, where visitors have been able to see the upcoming destination for the first time through a model at the Meraas stand. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said: “Dubai Harbour connects some of Dubai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and reflects a culture of innovation envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al...
Read more

Caribbean Tourism Organization Announces Launch Of Hurricane Relief Fund

14 September 2017

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has activated its CTO Relief Fund. The fund is being run through GoFundMe and has been activated to help raise money for families and countries to help them rebuild after damage from hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Irma. Irma impacted numerous member countries and the CTO has now announced that all money raised through the Relief Fund will be sent directly to member destinations that have been affected by the catastrophic storm, which hit some countries with winds up to 185 mph. ‘The damage caused by the force of Hurricane Irma is an important example of why we must do whatever is possible to provide financial relief to those who need it most. It’s through this fund that the CTO channels monetary assistance to our impacted member states,’...
Read more

Bolsover Cruise Club Voted As The Best Cruise Agency In The Cruise International Awards 2017

13 September 2017

The seventh annual Cruise International Awards 2017 took place yesterday at The Ritz in London. Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International, said: “The past year has been fantastic for the cruise industry and thousands and thousands of consumers voted in this year’s Cruise Awards. “All the finalists have done amazingly well and should feel justifiably proud of their achievements.” This year’s Cruise Awards featured three new categories – Best UK Port, Best Online Travel Agent and Best Escorted & Specialist Tour Operator – alongside others across the 26 categories, which include Best River Cruise Line, Best New Ship and Best for First-Time Cruisers. Wine expert and broadcaster Oz Clarke presented the event which was attended by leading figures from the cruise industry. Bolsover Cruise Club are extremely proud to announce that we are officially the winners of the Best Cruise Agency. Bolsover Cruise...
Read more

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas Commences Final Southeast Asian Season

13 September 2017
Ariel shoots, of Mariner of the seas, ship exteriors,

Mariner of the Seas returned to Singapore on September 10 for her longest-ever and final season here until April 2018. Mariner of the Seas will offer 36 Southeast Asian sailings of 3 to 9 nights from Singapore compared to her 41 sailings here last year. Her itineraries include: » 3-night cruise to Penang/Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) » 4-nights to Penang/Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Phuket » 5-nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket » 7-nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang, Langkawi and Phuket (overnight) and 7-night cruise to Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Bangkok (overnight). After these sailings, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas will then head to Miami, Florida in April 2018, after having homeported year-round in Asia out of Singapore and China since 2013. Returning to Southeast Asia will be Ovation of the...
Read more

Florida Homeports Reopen

12 September 2017
Allure of the Seas

All Florida homeports that closed last week ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival are expected to reopen today, with a handful of ships due to return. The U.S Coast Guard, which is in the process of surveying all damage, has deemed PortMiami and Port Tampa Bay safe to reopen. Assessments are still underway for other ports including that of Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and Port Canaveral (Orlando). Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises all have ships scheduled to embark/disembark passengers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale today. While Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa don’t have ships scheduled to return until Wednesday. In a statement, Carnival said: “Although the ports remain closed, port assessments in South Florida have already begun and we are optimistic the ports will reopen in time for us to operate the cruises [as scheduled].”...
Read more

Silversea Orders New Ship for 2020

11 September 2017
Silver Muse, Sea trials

Silversea Cruises has signed 310-million-euro contract to build an ultra-luxury cruise ship at 40,700 tons with 596 passengers. When Silver Moon enters service in 2020, she will expand Silversea fleet to ten ships. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea, commented: “Based on the high praise Silver Muse has earned with our guests, we are eager to build on our flagship’s success and move forward with a sister ship, which will bring us closer to fulfilling my father’s dream of a 12-ship fleet. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding luxury cruise experience, and are delighted to partner once again with expert luxury shipbuilder Fincantieri as we continue to grow and evolve our fleet.” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “We have a trusted relationship with Silversea which was born many years ago and is renewed today thanks to this important...
Read more

Cruise Lines Send Ships To Help Caribbean Relief Effort

11 September 2017
Allure of the Seas

A number of cruise ships have been sent to help with the relief efforts in the Caribbean after the region was hit by Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage in several Caribbean islands, including St Martin, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the British and US Virgin Islands. Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Maarten on Sunday (September 10) and Majesty of the Seas was scheduled to make humanitarian calls to St Maarten and St. Thomas to provide supplies and assist in transporting evacuees in St. Maarten to safety. Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas are also to assist Key West and Tampa once the impact of the storm is known, cancelling the September 13 Cuba departure by Empress of the Seas and a September 15 Bahamas departure by...
Read more

P&O Cruises Launches 2019 Summer Programme

05 September 2017

BRAND NEW 2019 P&O Cruises itineraries, featuring several enticing maiden ports. PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Say Hello To Summer From family-fuelled fun with the whole clan in the Canaries to lazy days on rustic Greek islands, the world is your oyster. Ah, summer! A time for salty sea breezes and coconut-scented sun creams. With the launch of the new P&O Cruises Summer 2019 Cruise Collection, the options for adventures in the sun are endless. Summer 2019 promises more time to savour your destination, with long and leisurely evenings in port and overnight stays in some of the world’s most exciting cities. Spend a little longer in the likes of Abu Dhabi, Barcelona and Venice, setting sail no earlier than 9.00pm on selected departures. Overnight calls mean more time to visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, watch world-class ballet in St. Petersburg or to...
Read more