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P&O Cruises Australia to lose newbuilding to Carnival Cruise Line

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

P&O Cruises Australia, the Australia and New Zealand focused contemporary market unit of Carnival Corporation & plc, will lose a 133,500 gross ton newbuilding on order to sister company Carnival Cruise Line, the company said in a statement.

Instead, Carnival Splendor will be transferred to the Australian company in the spring of 2019.

“A new 133,500-ton cruise ship, which will be the third vessel in the company’s Vista class series, will join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in late 2019,” Carnival Cruise Line said.

The vessel will be the third Vista class ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. Carnival Splendor, which was built in Italy in 2007, has a gross tonnage of about 113,300.

Pullmantur to axe Croisieres de France brand - report

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Pullmantur, the Spanish tout and cruise operator in which Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL) has a minority stake, has decided to close its Croisieres de France (CDF) brand that focuses on the French market, Mer et Marine ( reports on its website.

The Spanish company that owns the brand has decided to focus its cruise business that employs four vessels that are owned by the RCCL group on its biggest and most profitable markets, which are Spain and Latin America.

CDF has an office in Paris and according to its website, it operates two ships, Zenith and Horizon, both build in the early 1990s for Celebrity Cruises. The Paris office would close in February, the report said.

TUI group’s Germany based brands deliver strong performance

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The two Germany based cruise brands of TUI AG, the world’s largest travel company, have reported strong performance for the latest financial year, helped by turnaround of Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten

Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, the luxury and expedition cruise unit that it 100% owned by TUI AG, increased its turnover ny 8.6% to €296.7 million. Average daily rate increased to €579 per person and occupancy rate increased by a fraction, to 76.8% rom 76.2%/

The premium market focused TUI Cruises, of which TUI AG owns half and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) the other half, recorded an improvement in daily rate to €171 from €169, while occupancy ratio dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 102.6%.

The group’s cruising activities generated a return on invested capital of 21.3%, which was four percentage points more than in the previous financial year. In the 2014-15 financial year, the figure was just 3.3% due to problems at Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, which have since been dealt with.

Thomson Cruises in the UK, which is fully owned by the group, is not included in these figures, as it is part of the Northern Region business segment of the group.



RCCL receives permission from Cuba to start cruises to country

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), the second largest cruise shipping group in the world, said that the Cuban government has granted approval for the company to begin cruises to Cuba. The company said it plans to announce its first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future.

“Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

"Our discussions with our travel partners indicate that Cuba is a destination that appeals to a new generation of travelers.”

Two RCCL brands, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises, will provide guests with travel directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing people-to-people exchanges between guests and Cuban citizens and other travel permitted by current U.S. regulations 

The cruise itineraries will comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that permit travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in people-to-people activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Cuba gives permission to all three brands of Norwegian group brands to call country's ports

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH), the world’s third largest cruise shipping group, said that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017.

All three of the company’s brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to visit the culturally and historically rich country on select sailings starting next year. The voyages will provide guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover not only the rich culture, history and natural beauty of Cuba, but more importantly experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.

The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017 with select Caribbean itineraries featuring calls on Havana, including many multiple-day calls to allow guests to explore Havana and its environs. Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April 2017. Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that will overnight in Havana in May 2017.

“We are tremendously excited to have all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

“As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba. This is truly a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents.”

Guests sailing on all three brands will have a selection of shore excursions to choose from, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, art, history and culture of the island, which are in compliance with OFAC regulations.

 Full itinerary details and on sale dates for voyages that call on Cuba will be available tomorrow for Oceania Cruises, later this month for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and on December 20 for Norwegian Cruise Line.



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