Princess Cruises and Jane McDonald are both set to return to our TV screens in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Television’s love affair with cruises and cruising people is blossoming – with two familiar series being readied for a return to our screens next year.

Princess Cruises announced tonight [Thursday] that a third six-part series of The Cruise is being filmed on board the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess in the Mediterranean this summer.

And if that wasn’t enough, a three-part series is to be shot on board 2,600-passenger Star Princess in Alaska, before the film crew returns to Royal Princess in November for a special three-parter in the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald is in the middle of recording […]

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines prepare to take on the rivers of Europe with the good ship Brabant

There’s a new cruise line branching out from the oceans to rivers. Fred Olsen’s new European venture announced today puts them alongside people like Crystal Cruises and those – like Viking and Scenic – who are taking the journey in the opposite direction.

Despite its Norwegian heritage, Fred Olsen cruises are as English as a warm country pub on a winter’s day and it is promising that cruises on board the 156-passenger Brabant, will be just as welcoming.

Itineraries, from five nights to 25, will operate on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle. A total of 30 departures are scheduled between […]

Cunard’s new-look Queen Victoria is taking shape in an Italian dry dock

What happens if you invest £34 million, some large sections of steel and a very big crane into a cruise ship refurbishment? Cunard’s Queen Victoria gets a whole new set of suites and a profile that looks more like her younger sister, Queen Elizabeth.

During a four-week dry dock in Palermo, Sicily, Victoria is literally being carved up to enable the addition of a new stern section containing extra cabins and an extended Lido pool deck.

Britannia Club accommodation – already a popular feature of sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth – is being added, along with a dedicated […]

New cruise comparison site could be a winner

Choosing a cruise can be a complicated business. Faced with a bewildering number of options for vessel and destination, the hopeful holidaymaker could be forgiven for abandoning ship. That’s even before being given the chance to select a preferred cabin – something that rarely arises when booking a hotel room.

Then there’s a decision to be made about who to book with – will a High Street travel agent, an online specialist, or direct through a cruise line offer the best value for money?

The launch of CompareThatCruise.com this week [April 10] aims to provide a solution to those problems and […]

Record numbers of British holidaymakers are choosing to cruise

The number of ocean cruise passengers from Britain grew to a record 1.9 million in 2016, and the worldwide figure now exceeds 25 million.

Although Germany still leads the European league table with more than two million passengers, the UK has a higher percentage of its population taking holidays at sea, at 27 people per thousand.

The statistics, compiled by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) were released in the week of the Seatrade Cruise Global convention in Fort Lauderdale.

The Mediterranean remains the most popular region for British cruisers, attracting 458,000 passengers in 2016, with Western Europe itineraries departing from UK […]

Transformation and revolution promised and delivered in the design of Celebrity Edge

 

After all the pre-launch hype, generating excitement and anticipation without actually revealing anything about what was to come, the long-awaited reveal of Celebrity Edge could have been a huge anti-climax. But it surpassed all expectations.

This next-generation cruise ship will be transformational – the word preferred by Celebrity president and CEO Lisa Litoff-Perlo and her boss, Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain. No-one argued when design ambassador Nate Berkus, who presented yesterday’s event in Miami, called it revolutionary.

The vessel, built to carry around 3,000 passengers, turns traditional shipbuilding concepts inside out, allowing for virtual balcony staterooms that simultaneously open up the connection […]

Star line-up for Crown Princess UK cruises

Stars from the world of sport, politics, entertainment and royalty are in a dazzling line-up of guest speakers booked to make guest appearances on a Princess Cruises ship sailing from Southampton this spring and summer.

They will be travelling as part of the Encounters with Discovery speaker series on board the 3,114-passenger Crown Princess, which will be cruising from the UK to the Mediterranean and northern Europe between April and November.

The full line-up is:

Katie Nicholl (Royal correspondent and commentator), on a 14-night Mediterranean cruise, departs April 22
Beverley Callard (actress, Liz McDonald in Coronation Street), on a 7-night Spain & […]

MSC Cruises £7.76 billion investment will triple passenger capacity in 10 years

MSC Cruises now has two ships under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard near Trieste in north-east Italy.

Tied up alongside the berth is MSC Seaside, the first-of-class built to an interesting new design, due to be christened in Miami in December. A few hundred yards away, in dry dock, twin sister MSC Seaview is beginning to take shape.

A traditional coin ceremony for Seaview was held last week, with two madrinas – one from the cruise line and one from the shipyard – chosen to place the coins in a tube which was then welded in place in a section of the […]

Swan Hellenic is rescued by G Adventures

Expedition holiday specialist G Adventures has bought the Swan Hellenic cruise brand and plans to relaunch it in 2018.

Swan was founded in the 1950s and counted renowned TV archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler among its early advisers. Together with sister company Voyages of Discovery it went bust at the beginning of January following the collapse of parent company All Leisure Group.

Liquidators Grant Thornton blamed the cruise lines’ losses, made worse by the turmoil in Egypt, the Black Sea and Turkey, plus currency losses after Brexit, for the failure of the whole business.

Toronto-based G Adventures bought tour operators Travelsphere and Just You from […]

Carnival builds new ships for Princess and Holland America; order book now at 19

Carnival Corporation has today added two more cruise ships to its order book and now has 19 vessels scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2022.

The latest orders are for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. Britain’s P&O Cruises takes delivery of a new ship in 2020, but there are still no plans for Cunard Line to add to its fleet of three Queens.

The Carnival announcement in full:

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build two new cruise ships with final contracts expected […]