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Princess to Increase Automatic Gratuity

Oct 06 2015 07:00 PM

Princess Cruises will raise the gratuity for service staff from $11.50 to $12.95 per passenger, per day for voyages that depart on and after Jan. 1. The increase would bring the suggested amount for two passengers on a seven-day cruise to $181.30....

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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Welcomes First Ship

Oct 06 2015 07:00 PM

The arrival of the Carnival Victory opened the new port of Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. It is the first of many Carnival Corp. ships that will dock at the $85 million facility.   Amber Cove is expected to revive cruise tou...

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Carnival and New Orleans Saints Announce Partnership

Oct 03 2015 07:00 PM

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a multi-year agreement with the New Orleans Saints that includes in-stadium promotions, community partnerships, onboard game-day festivities, social media activities and advertising opportunities....

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How the Refugee Crisis in Europe Is Hurting Cruise Travel

Sep 23 2015 03:45 PM

The refugee crisis in Europe is having an impact on cruise-ship travel in the region, according to Arnold Donald, chief executive officer of Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise-line operator.   Images of bodies washing ashore and refu...

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Carnival Fantasy Coming to Mobile, Alabama

Sep 23 2015 03:35 PM

The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship will leave from the Alabama Cruise Terminal and sail for 13 months under an agreement the Mobile City Council approved Wednesday.   The year-long schedule runs from Nov. 9, 2016 to Nov. 27, 2017.   The 2,056-p...

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Norwegian Escape to be Bigger and Better than its Sister Ships

Sep 22 2015 07:00 PM

The Norwegian Escape will be a bigger, and improved, version of the two ships that preceded it in the Norwegian fleet.   On a tour here, Norwegian executives showed off the line’s 14th ship, which is about six weeks away from its debut in Mi...

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Anthem of the Seas Adds Dreamworks/Character Experiences

Sep 16 2015 07:00 PM

As Anthem of the Seas, the second Quantum-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet, gears up for its arrival in New York, the line has announced the addition of new Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar characters as part of expanded entertainment offerings...

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Carnival in Negotiations for Return to Mobile

Sep 08 2015 07:00 PM

Carnival Cruise Line confirmed that it is in final negotiations for a resumption of cruises from Mobile, Alabama.   In a statement, Carnival said officials met with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson on Sept. 2 in Miami.    "We are in the final...

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New Caribbean Port, Amber Cove, Nearly Ready to Welcome First Ship

Sep 02 2015 07:00 PM

The new Amber Cove port on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is rapidly coming together a little more than a month before the first ship is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 6. The port, being developed by Carnival Corp. and a local partner, already...

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Port of Houston Loses Ships as Focus Turns to Asia

Aug 23 2015 07:00 PM

The Port of Houston is losing both of its home-ported ships next year, a victim of a growing focus by North American cruise lines on shifting deployments to Asia. Both Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises have announced 2016 schedules that do no...

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