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Naming ceremony held for Costa Smeralda

Naming ceremony held for Costa Smeralda
By Alex Smith | 24 February 2020

Celebrations in Savona, Italy, featured the ship’s godmother Penélope Cruz

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady launched in Dover by Richard Branson

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady launched in Dover by Richard Branson
By Alex Smith | 21 February 2020

The cruise line’s first ship will call at Liverpool before sailing to Miami for its inaugural voyage

BC Ferries christens Island-class ferries

BC Ferries christens Island-class ferries
By Alex Smith | 21 February 2020

Island Discovery and Island Aurora will enter service in mid-2020

National Geographic Endurance completes sea trials

National Geographic Endurance completes sea trials
By Alex Smith | 20 February 2020

Lindblad Expeditions’ first purpose-built polar expedition ship is set for delivery in March 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line completes Norwegian Spirit refit

Norwegian Cruise Line completes Norwegian Spirit refit
By Alex Smith | 19 February 2020

US$100 million renovation sees changes to all staterooms, dining venues and public areas

American Cruise Lines signs docking agreement with Vicksburg

American Cruise Lines signs docking agreement with Vicksburg
By Alex Smith | 19 February 2020

20-year deal will give the line receive priority docking at the US port for a per-passenger fee

DFDS reveals new features in Dunkerque Seaways refit

DFDS reveals new features in Dunkerque Seaways refit
By Alex Smith | 18 February 2020

Ferry is the first of three to be refurbished in a £3.9 million (US$5.07 million) investment

Virgin Voyages takes delivery of Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages takes delivery of Scarlet Lady
By Alex Smith | 18 February 2020

Cruise line commits to offsetting direct carbon emissions as first ship enters fleet

Tersan Shipyard to build two ships for Havila Kystruten

Tersan Shipyard to build two ships for Havila Kystruten
By Alex Smith | 17 February 2020

Havila Pollux and Havila Polaris will be capable of sailing emission-free for four hours

Royal Caribbean to build first Royal Beach Club

Royal Caribbean to build first Royal Beach Club
By Alex Smith | 17 February 2020

The cruise line signs agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda

Don’t forget to vote for your Ship of the Year before 24 February!

Don’t forget to vote for your Ship of the Year before 24 February!
By Rebecca Gibson | 17 February 2020

Look at our shortlist and let us know which of the game-changing passenger vessels deserves to win

Austal launches 109-metre catamaran ferry

Austal launches 109-metre catamaran ferry
By Alex Smith | 14 February 2020

New Fjord Line vessel is the largest by volume ever constructed by the shipbuilder

Damen to build five coastal ferries for Zanzibar Government

Damen to build five coastal ferries for Zanzibar Government
By Alex Smith | 14 February 2020

Vessels will carry tourists visiting Pemba Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago from July 2020

MSC Cruises and Abu Dhabi Ports sign berthing agreement

MSC Cruises and Abu Dhabi Ports sign berthing agreement
By Alex Smith | 13 February 2020

Cruise line to receive preferential berthing rights at Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas Island

Celebrity Apex successfully completes sea trial

Celebrity Apex successfully completes sea trial
By Alex Smith | 13 February 2020

Ship returns to Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard following test in strong wind and waves

Posidonia set for biggest-ever conference in 2020

Posidonia set for biggest-ever conference in 2020
By Alex Smith | 12 February 2020

Over 2,000 exhibitors will fill the Athens Metropolitan Expo to discuss sulphur emissions and more

Meyer Turku lays keels for Costa Toscana

Meyer Turku lays keels for Costa Toscana
By Alex Smith | 12 February 2020

Costa Cruises celebrated the beginning of hull assembly with a ceremony at the shipyard

Irish Ferries signs agreement with Hogia Ferry Systems

Irish Ferries signs agreement with Hogia Ferry Systems
By Alex Smith | 11 February 2020

Software developer will deliver its BOOKIT system for the line’s passenger and freight vessels

Silver Whisper becomes first ship to visit Antarctica on a world cruise

Silver Whisper becomes first ship to visit Antarctica on a world cruise
By Alex Smith | 11 February 2020

Silversea’s ultra-luxury vessel met Silver Cloud in Wilhelmina Bay

Record number of cruise guests visit the Baltic Sea

Record number of cruise guests visit the Baltic Sea
By Alex Smith | 10 February 2020

Cruise Baltic Market Review shows number of passengers and calls grew in 2019

Virgin Voyages reveals ‘The Band’ accessory

Virgin Voyages reveals ‘The Band’ accessory
By Alex Smith | 07 February 2020

Wearable technology allows for cabin access, faster boarding and onboard purchases

Tallink Silja bartender wins Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition 2020

Tallink Silja bartender wins Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | 07 February 2020

Torbjörn Liljehammar will now represent the cruise industry at the global finals in the US this May

Saga to christen Spirit of Adventure in Portsmouth this August

Saga to christen Spirit of Adventure in Portsmouth this August
By Rebecca Gibson | 07 February 2020

This will be the first time that the UK port has hosted a cruise ship naming ceremony

Austal Australia launches Bajamar Express

Austal Australia launches Bajamar Express
By Alex Smith | 06 February 2020

Trimaran ferry will operate for Fred. Olsen Express in the Canary Islands

Stena Line opens new ferry route between Denmark and Sweden

Stena Line opens new ferry route between Denmark and Sweden
By Rebecca Gibson | 06 February 2020

Stena Nautica began providing two daily departures between Grenaa and Halmstad this February

Silversea Cruises chooses Gaia Gaja as godmother for Silver Moon

Silversea Cruises chooses Gaia Gaja as godmother for Silver Moon
By Rebecca Gibson | 05 February 2020

Fifth-generation owner of renowned Italian winery will name the newbuild in Trieste this August

Princess Cruises expands partnership with SES Networks

Princess Cruises expands partnership with SES Networks
By Alex Smith | 04 February 2020

Cruise line will gain access to the O3b mPOWER network to augment its MedallionClass ships

Lindblad Expeditions to have first self-disinfecting cruise fleet

Lindblad Expeditions to have first self-disinfecting cruise fleet
By Rebecca Gibson | 04 February 2020

ACTGlobal cleaning system cut guest illness by 50% and water use by 1.1 million gallons during trial

Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes delivery of Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes delivery of Seven Seas Splendor
By Alex Smith | 03 February 2020

Construction of the luxury cruise line’s fifth ship completed at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard

BC Ferries awards contract for new Salish-class vessel

BC Ferries awards contract for new Salish-class vessel
By Alex Smith | 03 February 2020

Remontowa Shipbuilding will build an additional LNG-fuelled ferry to enter service in 2022

Celebrity Cruises cuts first steel for Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Cruises cuts first steel for Celebrity Beyond
By Alex Smith | 31 January 2020

Ceremony at Chantiers de l’Atlantique marks start of third Edge-class ship’s construction

Seatrade Cruise Global reveals keynote panellists and themes

Seatrade Cruise Global reveals keynote panellists and themes
By Alex Smith | 31 January 2020

Session will open the world’s largest cruise industry event in Miami this April

Austal to construct catamaran for STGM Mauritius

Austal to construct catamaran for STGM Mauritius
By Alex Smith | 30 January 2020

Contract for 41-metre high-speed vessel is worth US$10.7 million

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes repair programme

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes repair programme
By Alex Smith | 30 January 2020

Work on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan, Marco Polo and Astor took place over five weeks

Celebrity Cruises reveals new Celebrity Apex features

Celebrity Cruises reveals new Celebrity Apex features
By Alex Smith | 29 January 2020

Alex Smith reports back following a tour of the cruise line’s newest ship, as he was given a preview of the new entertainment, wellness and culinary offerings that will be available onboard.

Cruise line showcased new entertainment line-up and cut steel for Celebrity Beyond at shipyard event

Windstar reveals first guest suite in the officers’ quarters

Windstar reveals first guest suite in the officers’ quarters
By Rebecca Gibson | 29 January 2020

Wind Surf's new accommodation is thought to be the first of its kind in the world 

CMV to name new ships after pioneering female adventurers

CMV to name new ships after pioneering female adventurers
By Rebecca Gibson | 28 January 2020

The two vessels will transfer from P&O Cruises Australia's fleet and start service in 2021

P&O Ferries reveals renders of new super ferries

P&O Ferries reveals renders of new super ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | 28 January 2020

Images show double-ended design, panoramic windows and a revolutionary hull shape

New cruise berth near completion in Greenock

New cruise berth near completion in Greenock
By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2020

Scotland’s Inverclyde Council has invested almost £15 million to bring more vessels to the port

Port Royal welcomes first cruise ship in over 40 years

Port Royal welcomes first cruise ship in over 40 years
By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2020

Marella Discovery 2 helps Port Authority of Jamaica to inaugurate new cruise port

Turku Repair Yard starts renovation on Tallink Grupp cruise ferry

Turku Repair Yard starts renovation on Tallink Grupp cruise ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2020

Team will revitalise several passenger areas and perform technical upgrades on Silja Europe

Voting opens for the first-ever Ship of the Year awards!

Voting opens for the first-ever Ship of the Year awards!
By Rebecca Gibson | 24 January 2020

Look at our shortlist and let us know which of the game-changing passenger vessels deserves to win

Schottel to provide propulsion units for BC Ferries’ Island Class vessels

Schottel to provide propulsion units for BC Ferries’ Island Class vessels
By Richard Humphreys | 24 January 2020

Road ferries will be equipped with two Schottel Twin Propellers and a pair of electric motors

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras floated out

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras floated out
By Alex Smith | 24 January 2020

Celebration held at Meyer Turku's shipyard as new flagship hits milestone

Ferry Safety and Technology Conference returns to New York

Ferry Safety and Technology Conference returns to New York
By Alex Smith | 23 January 2020

Sixth annual conference will cover developments in the local ferry market alongside global events

IMO sees smooth transition to new sulphur limit

IMO sees smooth transition to new sulphur limit
By Alex Smith | 23 January 2020

Only 10 cases of compliant fuel being unavailable reported as of 20 January

Carnival Corporation joins Ocean Plastics Leadership Network

Carnival Corporation joins Ocean Plastics Leadership Network
By Alex Smith | 22 January 2020

Cruise company becomes member of global community aiming to reduce impact of plastic waste

Tallink Grupp to stop automatically issuing plastic loyalty cards

Tallink Grupp to stop automatically issuing plastic loyalty cards
By Rebecca Gibson | 22 January 2020

Move will enable ferry operator to stop distributing five tons of plastic per year

Wärtsilä to supply solutions for MSC Cruises’ ships

Wärtsilä to supply solutions for MSC Cruises’ ships
By Alex Smith | 21 January 2020

First two World-class ships will use Wärtsilä 46DF engines and LNGPac systems

Atlas Ocean Voyages to expand fleet with four additional ships

Atlas Ocean Voyages to expand fleet with four additional ships
By Alex Smith | 21 January 2020

Five ships to be launched under the US brand by the end of 2023

MSC Cruises to further expand fleet with two new cruise ships

MSC Cruises to further expand fleet with two new cruise ships
By Alex Smith | 20 January 2020

Third and fourth LNG-powered World-class ships to be constructed at Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Carnival UK extends retail contract with Harding

Carnival UK extends retail contract with Harding
By Rebecca Gibson | 20 January 2020

Firm will design retail spaces and curate product ranges for Cunard and P&O Cruises until 2027

Port of Walvis Bay hosts maiden call from MSC Orchestra

Port of Walvis Bay hosts maiden call from MSC Orchestra
By Rebecca Gibson | 20 January 2020

MSC Cruises ship was welcomed to Namibian port with traditional plaque change ceremony

Silver Origin on track for summer 2020 debut

Silver Origin on track for summer 2020 debut
By Rebecca Gibson | 20 January 2020

De Hoop begins interior outfitting of Silversea's new Galapagos-bound expedition ship

Viking Cruises launches Viking Expeditions

Viking Cruises launches Viking Expeditions
By Alex Smith | 17 January 2020

Purpose-built ships Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will embark on expedition voyages from 2022

Gary Barlow to perform at Iona's christening

Gary Barlow to perform at Iona's christening
By Rebecca Gibson | 17 January 2020

Musician and singer will also serve as musical director for a new venue onboard P&O Cruises' newest ship

Reshma Saujani to be godmother for new Celebrity Apex

Reshma Saujani to be godmother for new Celebrity Apex
By Rebecca Gibson | 17 January 2020

Girls Who Code CEO will name the ship at the Port of Southampton in the UK at the end of March 2020

New Tauck ship to celebrate Portuguese culture

New Tauck ship to celebrate Portuguese culture
By Rebecca Gibson | 16 January 2020

Andorinha will features interiors with traditional motifs when she debuts on Portugal's Douro River in April

Port Saint John to welcome highest-ever number of cruise guests

Port Saint John to welcome highest-ever number of cruise guests
By Rebecca Gibson | 16 January 2020

Ships from 15 different cruise lines will make more than 90 calls to the Canadian city

PortMiami experiences record-breaking year

PortMiami experiences record-breaking year
By Alex Smith | 15 January 2020

An all-time high 6,824,000 cruise passengers visited the port

Take That’s Gary Barlow to be ambassador for P&O Cruises

Take That’s Gary Barlow to be ambassador for P&O Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | 15 January 2020

Singer-songwriter will help UK cruise brand to create music-infused travel experiences for guests

Celebrity Cruises partners with lifestyle brand Goop

Celebrity Cruises partners with lifestyle brand Goop
By Alex Smith | 14 January 2020

The first ‘Goop at Sea’ experience will be offered onboard Celebrity Apex, hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines appoints Pop Up Entertainment

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines appoints Pop Up Entertainment
By Alex Smith | 14 January 2020

Entertainment company will provide production shows onboard Braemar from 1 June 2020

Stena Estrid enters service on Holyhead to Dublin route

Stena Estrid enters service on Holyhead to Dublin route
By Alex Smith | 13 January 2020

Stena Line’s newest ferry made her maiden voyage from Wales to Ireland 

Tallink Grupp to refit passenger ferry Romantika

Tallink Grupp to refit passenger ferry Romantika
By Rebecca Gibson | 13 January 2020

Vessel will spend two weeks at Nauta Shipyard in Poland before resuming service on 25 January  

Telemar launches new BridgeLink Smart Maintenance App

Telemar launches new BridgeLink Smart Maintenance App
By Rebecca Gibson | 10 January 2020

The app will enable engineers to remotely resolve issues with critical bridge equipment on ships

Four new Carnival Corporation ships to hit the waves in 2020

Four new Carnival Corporation ships to hit the waves in 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | 10 January 2020

Carnival, Costa, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises UK will all expand their fleets

Finnlines orders two eco-friendly Superstar ro-pax ferries

Finnlines orders two eco-friendly Superstar ro-pax ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | 09 January 2020

Vessels will be delivered by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard by 2023

MSC Cruises predicts the future of guest experience

MSC Cruises predicts the future of guest experience
By Alex Smith | 08 January 2020

Report forecasts growth of repurposed resorts, adaptive environments and data ID wallets

Spectrum of the Seas calls at new Ilocos Cruise Port

Spectrum of the Seas calls at new Ilocos Cruise Port
By Alex Smith | 07 January 2020

Terminal in Salomague is the first dedicated cruise facility to be built in the Philippines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to offer premium gin masterclasses

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to offer premium gin masterclasses
By Rebecca Gibson | 06 January 2020

Guests will create bespoke gins during two-hour sessions run by experts Debbie and Nigel Wright

Norwegian Cruise Line eliminates single-use plastic bottles

Norwegian Cruise Line eliminates single-use plastic bottles
By Alex Smith | 03 January 2020

Over six million bottles will be replaced across the fleet every year

Moment helps Corsica Linea to improve onboard entertainment

Moment helps Corsica Linea to improve onboard entertainment
By Alex Smith | 02 January 2020

Platform will allow guests to watch recent movies, play games and shop from a digital catalogue

Crystal Endeavor rolled out at MV Werften shipyard

Crystal Endeavor rolled out at MV Werften shipyard
By Alex Smith | 02 January 2020

Polar expedition vessel reaches construction milestone ahead of August debut

Five top trends in passenger shipping in 2019

Five top trends in passenger shipping in 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | 24 December 2019

We look at some of the innovations that have transformed the cruise and ferry industry this year

Nominate your Ship of the Year before 31 December!

Nominate your Ship of the Year before 31 December!
By Elly Yates-Roberts | 23 December 2019

Help ICFR celebrate the innovative cruise ships and passenger ferries that started service in 2019

Azamara expands partnership with World Wildlife Fund

Azamara expands partnership with World Wildlife Fund
By Alex Smith | 23 December 2019

Cruise line will offer shore excursions and themed-sailings supporting organisation’s conservation work

Princess Cruises to increase deployment in Europe and Japan

Princess Cruises to increase deployment in Europe and Japan
By Alex Smith | 23 December 2019

Cruise line will have seven ships in Europe and longest-ever season in Japan in 2021

Maritime industry proposes research and development board

Maritime industry proposes research and development board
By Alex Smith | 20 December 2019

Shipping companies will contribute US$5 billion over a 10-year period to help cut emissions

Port Everglades beats its own world record

Port Everglades beats its own world record
By Alex Smith | 20 December 2019

US port welcomed 55,964 passengers in a single day, exceeding previous all-time high by 79 people

Global Ports Holding to manage cruise operations in Ha Long Bay

Global Ports Holding to manage cruise operations in Ha Long Bay
By Rebecca Gibson | 20 December 2019

Company signs 15-year agreement to run services at Vietnam's first purpose-built cruise port

Viking Glory to feature Climeon solutions to reduce carbon emissions

Viking Glory to feature Climeon solutions to reduce carbon emissions
By Elly Yates-Roberts | 19 December 2019

Heat Power System uses waste heat from engines to generate clean electricity

Carnival Corporation joins Getting to Zero Coalition

Carnival Corporation joins Getting to Zero Coalition
By Alex Smith | 18 December 2019

First company in cruise sector to join alliance committed to developing zero emissions vessels

National Geographic Endurance floated out

National Geographic Endurance floated out
By Alex Smith | 18 December 2019

Ship is being constructed for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings at Ulstein Verft shipyard

Royan to welcome river cruise calls from 2020

Royan to welcome river cruise calls from 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | 17 December 2019

French town has a new pontoon that can host two 135-metre-long ships at the same time

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to construct cruise terminal in Galveston

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to construct cruise terminal in Galveston
By Alex Smith | 17 December 2019

Cruise company will build US$100 million facility and lease it from the US port for an initial term of 20 years

ABB to supply Azipod system for new Genting ships

ABB to supply Azipod system for new Genting ships
By Alex Smith | 17 December 2019

Company will provide power, propulsion and digital solutions for the Universal-class vessels

TUI Cruises chooses Live Business for onboard entertainment

TUI Cruises chooses Live Business for onboard entertainment
By Rebecca Gibson | 16 December 2019

Firm to create bespoke live and digital entertainment for travel operator's first-ever river ships

Saga Cruises celebrates Spirit of the Rhine keel laying

Saga Cruises celebrates Spirit of the Rhine keel laying
By Alex Smith | 13 December 2019

Cruise line’s first new luxury boutique river ship is set to debut in 2021

Valmet to supply automation system for TT-Line’s new ro-pax vessel

Valmet to supply automation system for TT-Line’s new ro-pax vessel
By Alex Smith | 13 December 2019

LNG-powered vessel will be constructed at the Nanjing Jingling Shipyard

Carnival Panorama named by Vanna White

Carnival Panorama named by Vanna White
By Alex Smith | 13 December 2019

Celebrations included opening of the first trampoline park at sea and Carnival Kitchen culinary centre

MSC Cruises agrees preferential berthing rights with DP World

MSC Cruises agrees preferential berthing rights with DP World
By Alex Smith | 12 December 2019

Agreement will allow cruise line to increase operations at Mina Rashid Port in Dubai

Carnival Corporation pilots bio-digester technology

Carnival Corporation pilots bio-digester technology
By Alex Smith | 12 December 2019

Systems will improve the food waste disposal process and environmental compliance

Genting Hong Kong to construct Universal-class ships

Genting Hong Kong to construct Universal-class ships
By Alex Smith | 11 December 2019

Vessels will be the company’s first to be powered by LNG fuel

Xiamen Bay Sea Passenger Co. debuts new high-speed ferry

Xiamen Bay Sea Passenger Co. debuts new high-speed ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | 11 December 2019

Coastal cruiser was designed by CoCo Yachts to provide services between China and Taiwan

Sky Princess officially named by Princess Cruises

Sky Princess officially named by Princess Cruises
By Alex Smith | 10 December 2019

Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, celebrated women of the US space programme

MSC Cruises opens Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

MSC Cruises opens Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
By Alex Smith | 10 December 2019

Private island destination in The Bahamas receives first guests onboard MSC Divina

Christie Brinkley to be godmother of Seven Seas Splendor

Christie Brinkley to be godmother of Seven Seas Splendor
By Alex Smith | 09 December 2019

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will celebrate the ship’s christening in Miami on 21 February 2020

New Costa Smeralda sails to Mediterranean using LNG fuel

New Costa Smeralda sails to Mediterranean using LNG fuel
By Rebecca Gibson | 09 December 2019

Costa Cruises’ new ship prepares for maiden season after being delivered by Meyer Turku in Finland

Seabourn celebrates keel laying for Seabourn Venture

Seabourn celebrates keel laying for Seabourn Venture
By Alex Smith | 06 December 2019

Ultra-luxury expedition cruise is set to debut in June 2021

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