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Second New Viking Ocean Ship Floats Out from Dock

Jun 28 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Other Cruise Lines

The Viking Sea, the second of three ships which Fincantieri is currently building for Viking Ocean Cruises, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona.   Interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery schedule...

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Alaska Seaplane Crash Kills Nine on Holland America Excursion

Jun 25 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Holland America Line

All nine people aboard a flightseeing tour, eight of them passengers on a Holland America Line cruise ship, died Thursday in a plane crash near Ketchikan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.   Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan...

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Virgin Cruises to Launch Mid-Size Ships from Miami

Jun 23 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Other Cruise Lines

At an event in Miami today, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, and Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Cruises, announced Fincantieri will build the line’s first three ships.   The first vessel will homeport in Miami star...

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Holland America Recognized by Seattle and Vancouver for Environmental Sustainability

Jun 22 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Holland America Line

This week, Holland America Line was a recipient of two environmental sustainability awards: the Green Getaway Award and the Blue Circle Award.   The Green Getaway Award, given by the Port of Seattle, recognized the cruise line’s determinati...

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U.S. Customs Says "Cruises to Nowhere" Were Never Legal

Jun 21 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Cruise News

At first blush, the end of "cruises to nowhere" seemed like a cut-and-dried issue, with the industry simply responding to a new regulation.   In a statement last week, CLIA said, “… beginning in 2016, in compliance with U.S. laws and r...

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Get the Most from an Overnight Stay in Port

Jun 17 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Articles

  In the past, cruise ships made overnight port stays, preferring instead to use the time to travel to another destination.   But some cruise lines want passengers to have more time to explore to explore and discover a destination...

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Destinations and the Best Time to Cruise Them

Jun 15 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Articles

People often ask me, "when is the best time to cruise?" The answer all depends on where you're going and what you want out of a cruise. There are several variables that go into deciding when to cruise including personal preference, destination climate,...

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Carnival Corp. to Build New "Green" Ships - 6,600 Guest Capacity

Jun 14 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Corporation today announced it has finalized a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the industry.   The contract with Meyer Werft is part of larger previously announce...

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It's the End of the Line for the Cruise-to-Nowhere

Jun 11 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Cruise Ship Industry News

Say good-bye to cruises-to-nowhere from U.S. homeports.   Starting in 2016, foreign-flagged cruise ships can no longer operate voyages that do not stop at a foreign port. What isn’t immediately clear, however, is why.   The Cruise Lines...

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Carnival Revises Carry-On Beverage Policy: Bans Bottled Water

Jun 09 2015 07:00 PM | sunluva7 in Carnival Cruise Line

Sometimes the smallest things are the most touchy for clients. The onboard beverage policy – involving carry-on beverages and corking fees – is one of those. Passengers often rant and rave on the Facebook pages of a multitude of lines....

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