January 16, 2021 - In February 2020, the Meyer Werft in Turku, Finland began the Assembly work on the hull of the Costa Toscana. Eleven months later, the new building was completed to the extent that the building dock could be flooded. Yesterday afternoon the Costa Toscana left the dock and moored at the equipment quay.
Current cruise news from the cruise industry. News on cruise ships, cruise ports, shipyards, shipping companies and the latest environmental trends.
December 29, 2020 - Cruise enthusiasts expect cruises to resume worldwide. TheCoronavirus Sars-CoV-XNUMX hit the cruise industry at full speed and forced an emergency stop. In the meantime, attempts to resume cruises on the back burner, which were successful in some respects, were unable to reduce the financial damage associated with the shutdown. When to expect regular ship travel is (still) in the stars. And yet new ships have been announced for the coming year.
December 17, 2020 - Royal Caribbean is separating from two veteran ships this month: the Empress of the Seas and the Majesty of the Seas. Both ships are being sold to an undisclosed buyer from the Asia-Pacific region.
December 11, 2020 - Do the right thing and talk about it. TUI Cruises acts according to this motto. The hygiene concept of the cruise company battered by the COVID-19 pandemic has been certified for Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2. The hygiene certificate was issued by the independent SGS Institute Fresenius.
December 09, 2020 - The information about COVID-19-related shutdowns in the cruise industry doesn't want to end. Today Cunard announced the extension of the cruise break for the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.
December 04, 2020 - The effects of Corona on the cruise industry are terrifying. Royal Caribbean is considering extending the lay offs. NCL and its brand subsidiaries are suspending cruises for an extended period of time. Costa cancels Christmas and New Year cruises. TUI Cruises and their guests are hit hard. The planned 35-day Caribbean voyage of Mein Schiff 1 is canceled.
December 1st, 2020 - In January 2017 the British All Leisure Holidays had to file for bankruptcy. This also sealed the fate of the cruise brands Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery. Swan Hellenic is now back on the market with three new buildings. The first trip is scheduled for November 2021.
28th November, 2020 - The Royal Caribbean Group's latest new building, the Odyssey of the Seas, has left construction dock II at MEYER WERFT. At the beginning of May 2019, the shipyard celebrated the laying of the keel of the 347-meter-long cruise ship. The takeover of the ship was originally planned for this month. Due to COVID-19, delivery has been postponed to April 2021.
November 25 th, 2020 - The friends of MS Astor will be saddened that the 33 year-old cruise ship is being scrapped in Turkey. On Monday of this week, the ship landed in Aliaga, Turkey.
November 20th, 2020 - The cruise ship Mein Schiff 1 of TUI Cruises is going on a 35-day voyage. The destination is the Caribbean. On a private island nine days island vacation are offered. The journey with the special Caribbean feeling starts and ends in Germany.
13th November, 2020 - What sounds like a joke is true. Royal Caribbean International has launched a website for potential test subjects. The cruise brand is looking for volunteers who will be available for test purposes for the upcoming test cruises.
November 12, 2020 -Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings boss Frank Del Rio sees the coming year as a year of transition for the three companies in the NCL Group. Full employment can be expected in 2022. Normality will only come about in 2023.
November 12, 2020 - Celebrity Cruises, one of the Royal Caribbean brands, is introducing the all-inclusive pricing system on all trips. The new Always Included program includes internet access, drinks and tips.
November 7th, 2020 - Greece is introducing new travel restrictions in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases. These measures are forcing Costa Crociere to temporarily suspend Costa Deliziosa's cruises to Greece.
November 4, 2020 - According to RTL, the state of Schleswig-Holstein has banned the Hamburg shipping company TUI Cruises from operating cruises from this state. The ban will come into force on November 5, 2020.
November 3rd, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic claims its victims among the cruise brands. Small, financially weak companies like the Spanish Pullmantur Cruceros, the British CMV including the subsidiary brand TransOcean and FTI Cruises were hit hard. The list is not exhaustive. They were forced to cease operations. The industry giants Carnival, MSC, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are hit no less hard. With a few exceptions, their ships will be on hold until December 31, 2020.
November. 3rd, 2020 - Düsseldorf-based VIVA Cruises have so far only offered river cruises on European rivers with ten ships. In April 2021, the company will venture out to sea with the MS SEAVENTURE. An eight-day Baltic Sea cruise will begin on April 18. The journey begins and ends in Bremerhaven.
October 29.10.2020, 16 - Yesterday, the federal government, together with the 2020 federal states, decided on measures to combat the corona pandemic. The drastic measures in force until the end of November XNUMX all serve to limit contacts. What influence does the decision have on Germany's cruise lines?
October 29.10.2020, 2020 - The corona pandemic is forcing Costa Crociere to revise the 21/XNUMX winter timetable. The Timetables of the ships used in winter 2020/21 were made updated. The ships used for Mediterranean cruises and the 2021 world tour of the Costa Deliziosa are affected.
16.10.2020 - Hurtigruten sees strong demand in all markets and destinations for the second half of 2021 and beyond. The company expects expedition cruises to grow in popularity following COVID-19. With the establishment of a separate unit for expedition cruises, Hurtigruten is adapting to the changed situation.
October 14, 2020 -The Royal Caribbean Group commented on the situation of the group in the last few days. In particular, it was about the booking situation, the budget and the financial situation.
October 13, 2020 - TUI Cruises today publishes travel dates and sailing areas for the 2020 winter season. The shipping company is convinced that there is something for everyone. The offer includes classic one to two week cruises in the sun with shore excursions as well as short trips from German ports. The two routes around the Canary Islands to be completed by Mein Schiff 2 are particularly interesting.
October 10, 2020 – The financially stricken MV WERFTEN are granted a breathing space. The shipyard group receives a bridging loan of 193 million Euro. The funds will be used to complete the expedition ship Crystal Endeavor and to maintain the shipyard's operations.
October 08, 2020 - The international cruise association CLIAhas aGlobal compulsory testing for COVID-19 for all passengers and crew members decided. With this decision, the cruise industry is taking on a pioneering role in the international tourism industry.
October 07, 2020 - The autumn holidays are in sight. What to do in times of the corona pandemic? The MEYER shipyard in Papenburg is an interesting and educational destination in Northern Germany. At the moment there are two newbuildings of cruise ships in the building docks.
October 07, 2020 - Azamara Club Cruises regularly informs regular guests about new developments during the corona pandemic. Today we learned that the winter season is canceled. The spring season starts in March with cruises in Europe.
October 2, 2020 - Cruise lines have to accept further delays when it comes to cruises from US ports. The CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have extended the No Sail Order through October 31th.
28.09.2020 - Costa Cruises has just presented its new timetables from April to November 2021. The focus is on an expanded Mediterranean offering and the resumption of northern European cruises departing from German ports.
September 26, 2020 - Wybcke Meier, has been managing the cruise company TUI Cruises GmbH for six years. The company is one of the premium providers on the cruise market. Ms. Meier talks about current topics at TUI Cruises in an interview with the Berliner Tagesspiegel. We quote from the report.
September 1, 2020 - Azamara Club Cruises, the 3-ship cruise line, lures customers with a double cabin upgrade and double ship club points. The luxury brand belonging to the Royal Caribbean Group starts today, September 1st, with the sales campaign.
August 29, 2018 - The cruise boom was yesterday. Today there is need and lamentation. Three current examples: In Venice, port workers demonstrated for the return of the cruise ships. AIDA Cruises is postponing the resumption of ship operations until the beginning of November, and the luxury brand Oceania entices with special prices.
August 25, 2020 - As we reported on August 13th, Costa Crociere is planning a restart in the Mediterranean in September 2020. The cruises are exclusively reserved for Italian guests. The Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Diadema are used for driving.
August 25, 2020 - Cunard ships have been sailing the oceans for 180 years. The Cunard Line has never before been forced to suspend ship operations for a long time. The corona pandemic is forcing the company to suspend the ship-related travel season until March / May 2021. In addition, planned routes are changed.
August 13, 2020 - Costa Cruises is rehearsing the restart with two ships from Italian ports in September. The Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Diadema are starting their first cruises from Trieste and Genoa exclusively with Italian guests.
August 13, 2020 - The corona pandemic is being extended for cruise companies. A normal business operation is out of the question. As an intermediate step, TUI Cruises is again planning “Blue Voyages” in September with Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2. At the same time, Mein Schiff 6 will offer 7-day cruises to and from Crete from September 13th.
August 10, 2020 - After the flag state of Italy approves the resumption of business operations at AIDA Cruises, the company plans to start its first cruises from German ports on September 6, 2020.
August 8, 2020 - Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, thanked the MSC congregation for their "unbroken support" with warm, unctuous words. At the same time, he announced the resumption of cruises. What does the MSC cruise concept look like in relation to the corona pandemic?
August 8, 2020 - Costa Crociere is hoping for the cruise ports to open soon. In order to be prepared for the resumption of ship operations, the cruise line together witha package of measures for independent health expertsdesigned to protect guests and crew members.
August 01, 2020 - Yesterday we reported that three crew members on the Hurtigruten ship Roald Amundsen were infected with COVID-19. It has now been established that 38 of a total of 158 crew members tested positive for the virus. None of the employees showed symptoms of infection. Ship guests are requested to go into quarantine.
July 31, 2020 - According to various media reports, three crew members on the Hurtigruten ship Roald Amundsen were infected with COVID-19. All 160 crew members of the expedition ship were quarantined. The passengers have in NorwegianTromsø left the ship.
July 27, 2020 - There have been rumors for a long time about a fleet reduction at the Carnival Cruise Line. It is now clear: two old ships will leave the fleet and two more ships will be decommissioned for an indefinite period.
July 21, 2020 - We heard sad things from TransOcean Cruises. The company had to as well as its sister brandCruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) file for bankruptcy. All future trips by both brands have been stopped. Attempts to rescue the financially troubled companies through loans from banks and investors failed.
July, 2020 - The management of the MEYER shipyard in Papenburg is forced to close the shipyard for six weeks from today. The shipyard will have extended company holidays until August 30th. The liquid funds are scarce due to the standstill caused by Corona; The usual vacation pay is paid out late to the more than 3.000 employees.
July 17, 2020 - The decision of the US health authority CDC is a blow to the cruise line's office. The administrationextended their "No Sail Order" until the end of September 2020. The brands of the Carnival and Royal Caribbean groups are particularly affected by this decision.
July 16, 2020 - The Carnival Group announced changes to the fleet structure for the individual brands. A total of thirteen less efficient cruise ships will enter the second-hand market between 2019 and 2021. The Holland America Line brand is hit particularly hard. Five ships leave the fleet. With four ships, Costa Crociere is in the sights of the Carnival savings commissioners.
July 9, 2020 - AIDA Cruises is planning to resume cruises with three ships in August 2020. The AIDAperla, AIDAmar and AIDAblu will be the first ships to depart between August 5th and 16th. The ships drive with adaptedPassenger capacity and without calling at another port. The Rostock cruise company is looking ahead: In a second phase, depending on the opening of further European ports for cruise ships, the first foreign destinations could be integrated into the travel program. In phase three, it is possible to gradually return to the original travel program.
July 9, 2020- Something's happening at TUI Cruises! The “Blue Journeys” will begin on July 24th, 2020. The starting point is Hamburg. The cruise will be with Mein Schiff 2. Until further notice, 3- and 4- day trips are planned. There are no ports of call and the number of guests on board the ship is limited to a maximum of 60 percent of capacity.
July 7, 2020 - Spurred on by the success of the resumption of mail voyages for Norwegian guests, Hurtigruten plans to offer trips with 14 of 16 ships on the Norwegian coast, in the Arctic, around the British Isles and to Svalbard in August and September.
July 07, 2020 - Two leading global cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and the Royal Caribbean Group, have teamed up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your goal: theDevelopment of improved hygiene and safety standards for cruises.
July 03, 2020 - Like the daughter like the mother. Yesterday, AIDA Cruises extended the business interruption caused by COVID-19 until August 31, 2020. Today Costa Crociere is following suit. The Italians announce a renewed extension of the break in operation until August 15th, 2020.
June 25, 2020 - TUI Cruises cancels the trip planned for winter with "Mein Schiff ♥". The shipping company considers it "rather unlikely" that the South African ports will be opened to cruise ships in the next few months.
June 23, 2020- The Spanish cruise line Pullmantur Cruceros is in insolvency proceedings under Spanish law. The “restructuring” insolvency proceedings could be the beginning of the end of the three-ship cruise company.
June 17, 2020 - In one week, on June 24 2020, Hurtigruten will start its Norway cruises from Hamburg. The brand new hybrid expedition ship Fridtjof Nansen takes six 15-day cruises along the Norwegian coast from Hamburg between June 4th and September 15th.
June 17, 2020- The TUI Group, the world's leading tourism group, has expressed its opinion on the resumption of activities in submarkets in Europe. The company also comments on its cruise activities in this context. The main player, TUI Cruises, will start as soon as possible with short cruises in the North and Baltic Seas.
June 6, 2020 - Liquity is everything. The Norwegian post and expedition shipping company Hurtigruten has raised around 105 million euros on the financial market to secure liquidity. This measure increases the company's available liquidity to an estimated 200 million euros.
In the coming year, Hurtigruten will station the MS Otto Sverdrup, which was renovated at the beginning of 2020, formerly MS Finnmarken, in Hamburg. The shipping company is planning a total of 30 calls by the expedition ship in the Hanseatic city in the coming year. 17 departures are for Norwegian destinations in winter; 13 departures are in the summer months. MS Otto Sverdrup has had low-emission drive technology since its conversion.
June 9, 2020 - Cruise lines have their backs against the wall in view of the corona pandemic. The season of the current year can be ticked off. What matters now are ideas for the future.
The The traditional shipping company Cunard, a brand of the Carnival Group, is once again forced to extend the operating break of the three-ship fleet into November 2020 as a result of the corona pandemic.
June 7, 2020 - As a result of the corona pandemic, ocean cruises are suspended. The situation is putting a massive strain on cruise lines in terms of earnings and liquidity. There are only positive reports in exceptional cases. One such is the takeover of Silver Origin. Last Wednesday, Silversea Cruises took over Silver Origin from the shipyard.
June 4, 2020 - Starting today, Costa Crociere is going online with a new digital brand campaign on all digital channels of the cruise line in its six major European markets. The campaign is under the motto: "The vacation we miss".
June 3, 2020 - Norwegian Cruise Line has temporarily suspended cruises until July 31, 2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is currently not clear whether ship operations will resume in August 9, 2020. Independently of this, the cruise line has developed various security measures for cruises.
June 02, 2020 - The cruise market has collapsed to a previously unimaginable extent. Cruise lines are forced to react to the COVID-19 pandemic with "voluntary" suspensions of business operations. Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, will discontinuecruises until July 31, 2020. The brand also thinks about the future. She plans as part of the campaign "Remember the Future - relive memories" your future market presence.
May 26, 2020 - The NDR reports that more than 30 employees of the MEYER shipyard in Papenburg may have been infected with the corona virus. You are asked to go into quarantine. Separated from this, Papenburg Marketing GmbH also reports positive things. The visitor center of the MEYER shipyard opens on June 11, 2020 again. again its operation.
May 13, 2020 - TUI AG presents itself with the hashtag #holidays2020 - Holidays rethought in times of Corona. The company's CEO,Friedrich Joussen, comments on matters relating to TUI Cruises. After all, TUI AG is one of the two shareholders in the Hamburg cruise line. According to current plans, the brand will be present on the high seas again by the end of August 2020 at the latest.
May 13, 2020 - Carnival's premium cruise brand Holland America Line is surprising with a change in COVID-19times. After five and a half years with the company, “President” Orlando Ashford is leaving the company at the end of May. Ashford successfully managed the fortunes of the 14 ship fleet.
May 13, 2020 - TheCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) comments on the situation of the crews of lay-up cruise ships. The organization executes that currentlyall cruise lines have stopped operating due to the global corona pandemic. The repatriation of the unemployed crew members is currently only possible to a limited extent. The CLIA requests the crews' home countries to allow crew members to be replaced. The CLIA specifically addresses Mein Schiff 3. Few cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed on board this ship.
The global economy is groaning under the consequences of the corona pandemic. Global supply chains are disrupted as production has stalled, especially in Chinese factories.
May 7, 2020- Carnival Cruise Line plans tofirst eight-ship cruises from August 1, 2020 to undertake.They proceed differentlyCarnival brands Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line. sheannounce long breaks in operations until autumn.
May 7, 2020 - Oceania Cruises,Leading cruise brand with a focus on culinary delights and special destinations, like all cruise companies, suffers from the forced break caused by the corona virus. Once business has resumed, it will be difficult to match the previous booking figures. The company is therefore positioning itself with “price advantage campaigns” in the period 2020, 2021 and 2022.
May 6, 2020 - Last week, Norwegian Cruise Line Holding felt compelled to comment on the company's liquidity situation. The cruise group, which consists of three brands, is serious. Every month, 100 to 150 million US dollars of liquidity are "burned". Even though most ships are in a "cold lay up" (emergency operation).
May 6, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all cruise companies hard. Also suffers from the effects of the virus Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The focus of the corporate group is currently on securing liquidity.
Hamburg, May 5, 2020 / 17:00pm - Tui Cruises press release. Mein Schiff 3 is currently with around 2.900 crew members on board in Cuxhaven. The only reason for Mein Schiff 3's call was and is to enable the crew to return to their home countries.
The corona virus affects almost every industry. This affects cruise companies, the few passengers remaining on board the cruise ships, destination ports, port agents and ... and ... Our regular column summarizes current topics on the cruise market.
Hamburg, May 2, 2020. Despite extensive preventive measures and the entire crew being in isolation for over four weeks, a crew member of Mein Schiff 3 was on Thursday, April 30.4th. Tested positive for COVID-19.
April 30, 2020 -The international holiday travel has come to a standstill due to the corona pandemic.
April 16, 2020 - The cruise industry has come to an abrupt standstill within a short time from full speed. Cruise companies face existential problems. Complications also affect the shipyards involved in the construction of cruise ships. The managing director of MEYER shipyard, Thomas Weigend, and the head of the family Bernard Meyer address the public in an oppressive video message.
April 16, 2020 - So far, the market leader Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line had decided to take drastic measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Royal Caribbean is also forced to respond to the crisis with mass layoffs. In the US, 26 percent of permanent workforce jobs are lost.
April 15, 2020 - NDR 1 Radio MV reports on financial problems at MV Werften. As a result of the Corona crisis, work has been on hold since March and it appears that suppliers are not being paid. According to NDR 1, the company tried to get financial support and stated in letters to supplier companies that not all bills could be paid immediately at the moment.
April 11, 2020 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - centers for disease control and prevention - issued a “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships on April 10th. The instruction serves both the health of the crew members on board the ships and the safety of the population in the destination ports.
April 8, 2020 - The global spread of the coronavirus is currently presenting economies and companies with unprecedented challenges.
Navigare necesse est - seafaring is necessary: These words are ascribed to the Roman general Gnaeus Pompeius when he forced galley crews to set sail despite the storm. The global corona crisis brings it to light. Many companies need liquidity. The Carnival Group, the world's largest cruise company, is in dire need of cash.
March 22, 2020 - Cruise ships are stuck in ports without employment due to the corona pandemic. It doesn't have to be: Dhe Carnival Corporation offers its cruise ships to affected states as makeshift and temporary hospitals for non-Covid-19 patients
March 16, 2020 - Since March 16, 2020, the Norwegian state borders will be closed to foreigners without a residence permit or work permit.The measures adopted because of the new corona virus surprised the international guests on board the Hurtigruten mail ships. More than 1.400 of these guests have been flown out of Norway at the instigation of Hurtigruten since last Friday.
March 15, 2020 - Until recently, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises had not made a final statement on the coronavirus crisis. Now it is official: Both cruise lines are suspending ship operations for the foreseeable future.
March 14, 2020 - The cruise industry is in a serious crisis. Cruise companies are forced to temporarily cease operations, port operators, dealers and service providers at the ships' destinations suffer a drop in sales, Fincantieri closes the Italian shipyards for two weeks and ... and ...
The Carnival subsidiary Princess Cruises stops vIn the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship was shut down for two months. The media reported extensively that the shipping company was struggling with the effects of COVID-19 on two continents. As a consequence of the pandemic, the company decided to cease operations on the 18 cruise ships worldwide. Ship operations will resume on May 11, 2020.
March 10, 2020 -Costa Crociere changes the routes of the ships in Italy. With this, the shipping company is following the protective measures of the Italian government, which have the goal ofcurb health emergency on Italian territory. Costa Crociere has reviewed the itinerary of all ships calling at Italian ports by April 3, 2020.
March 10, 2020 - COVID-19 is lurking around every corner. Now, a virus-related cancellation has hit the guests booked on the Azamara Quest. The "11-Night-Arabia Intensive Voyage" from / to Dubai was canceled today. Planned start date: March 17, 2020.
March 9, 2020 - The situation is serious.COVID-19 is messing up travel plans around the world. Cruise companies are hard hit by this development. The industry, which had only known the upward direction for years, is taking unfamiliar measures. Oceania Cruises, for example, offer a travel promise. Content:no cancellation fees and best price guarantee.
March 9, 2020 - The US State Department recommends that the chronically ill be refrained from cruising as part of an updated travel warning. US citizens, especially those with basic health problems, should not travel on cruise ships, the State Department said yesterday.
March 9, 2020 - As a result of the fear of the worldwide rampant COVID-19-virus, Royal Caribbean is informing about cancellation options for upcoming cruises. In accordance with the "Cruise with Confidence "policy, Royal Caribbean grants booked guests the right to withdraw up to 48 hours prior to departure. The measure is effective immediately until July 31, 2020.
March 3, 2020 - We receive a wide variety of reports about the coronavirus every day. Three of the reports seem remarkable to us. A press release from MEYER WERFT reports on increased health protection. Two passengers on the AIDAaura are suspected of being infected by the coronavirus and AIDA Cruises is ending the Asia season early.
February 27, 2020 - The guests booked on the ships of Azamara Club Cruises will receive information about the coronavirus these days. The information describes the measures to be expected during boarding. Azamara Club Cruises operate three medium-sized premium plus class cruise lines.
More than 690 passengers and crew members were infected with the new corona virus on Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess. Several passengers died. The one ordered by the Japanese government The ship's two-week quarantine has now been lifted. What happens to the Diamond Princess as a result? How is it disinfected?
February 23, 2020 - Penélope Cruz, Hollywood star and brand ambassador for Costa Crociere since 2018, christened the Costa Smeralda, Costa Crociere's first LNG ship, in the port of Savona last night. According to the shipping company's statement, Costa Smeralda represents "the best of Italy in one place ”.
The range of cruises is diverse, and the demand for cruises is stable despite the inevitable climate debates and the recent coronavirus. More and more people are drawn to the sea, and the cruise lines are happy to serve demand with larger, more luxurious cruise lines.
February 18, 2020 - Norwegian Spirit was getting on in years. A major renovation was due. Over the course of 43 days, the almost 22-year-old cruise ship went through an extensive refit program in Marseille, France. Norwegian Cruise Line paid more than $ 100 million for the plastic surgery.
February 14, 2020 - The traditional Norwegian post shipping line Hurtigruten attracts Norway lovers with an attractive offer for Valentine's Day.When booking a sea voyage with Hurtigruten between February 14 and 17, 2020, only one person pays for the trip on Norway's coast. The second person travels free of charge in the same cabin. The offer is valid for selected departures from April to July 2020.
February 14, 2020 - Celebrity Cruises are looking forward to the second new build of the new Edge class with excitement. From February 4th to 8th the Celebrity Apex went throughtheir first test run on the high seas in the Bay of Biscay. The successful tests were monitored by more than 50 crew members.