Viking Sun, cruise ship, began the world’s longest cruise, lasting for 245 days, on a westward voyage starting and ending in Greenwich. Typically, the usual round-the-world cruises last three to four months, but Viking’s cruise will take more than twice as long.
On 25th of August, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek, unveiled the name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, ‘Disney Wish’. The ship is planned to be delivered in late 2021 and is expected to set sail starting in January 2022.
On August 17th, 2019, Norwegian Encore successfully completed a major construction milestone, when it emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany. Norwegian Encore will be at the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before its conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of September.
Cruise Lines International Association released the 2019 Asia Cruise Deployment and Capacity Report. In the report, the organization details Asia’s planned cruise activity in 2019, providing stakeholders with information to keep pace with the dynamic cruise industry in this area.
Shanghai will establish a demonstration zone for cruise tourism, approved by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the municipal authorities said Tuesday. This comes in line with the city’s plans to set itself as a hub for cruise tourism.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the City of Dubrovnik signed a Memorandum of Understanding to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik through responsible tourism management. The agreement also aims to establish Dubrovnik as a model of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic.
In Palermo, Italy, ALE finalized the lengthening of two ships to make them the longest cruise ships in the world. The Grimaldi Roma and Grimaldi Barcelona operate on the busy Civitavecchia-Barcelona route and the lengthening has increased the capacity on both ships.
Cruise Belfast, a collaboration between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast, opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.
The European Barge Union, the European Transport Workers and IG Rivercruise signed an agreement on collaborating on measures that support equal employment in the European river cruise sector. The three participants aim to improve the working conditions on river cruise vessels, while ensuring a level playing field for the sector.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for a limit of one cruise ship a day docking in Palma de Mallorca. Currently, around 500 cruise ships dock in Mallorca every year, disembarking about 2 million passengers. The manifesto claims that the number of giant cruise ships has increased in an unsustainable way, which the city does not want.
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