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All the latest cruise news from Captain Greybeard, the man in the know. Recipient of the CLIA Contribution to Cruise Media Award in 2017, John Honeywell is the leading cruise expert in the UK with the ear of the industry’s most important leaders and innovators

This one’s for you, Steve

I’m still bursting with pride today at being honoured for my Contribution to Cruise in the CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Media Awards. And I have been overwhelmed by the messages of congratulation – in person on the night, and still setting my Twitter and Facebook timelines zinging and pinging. But my moment of glory was tinged with regret. There was one person missing from the gathering of cruise executives, PRs, journalists, and bloggers. Someone who played a huge part in my success. Before I adopted the Captain Greybeard pseudonym and gave up my desk job at Mirror Group Newspapers [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 21 March 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 15 March 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 14 March 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

P&O Cruises passengers can learn from the expert on Olly Smith’s wine tours in Madeira

TV wine expert Olly Smith has created a pair of exclusive-access wine tour experiences at the world-renowned Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Madeira for P&O Cruises passengers calling at Funchal. The tours will run across the entire fleet on selected 2017 cruises visiting Madeira and will offer behind-the scenes secrets on the craft of winemaking as well as tastings of the delicious varieties. Olly, whose Glass House wine bar is a feature of several P&O ships, will lead one of the excursions. He said: “Whether you’re an absolute wine tasting beginner, or a seasoned pro, you’ll get the lowdown directly from the [...]

By | 2017-03-02T00:33:28+00:00 2 March 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-03-01T15:31:14+00:00 1 March 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

TV series Cruising With Jane McDonald sends Majestic Line sales soaring

Keen river cruisers will be sitting back tonight to watch Jane McDonald journey along the Danube on board the luxury vessel SS Maria Theresa. Operators Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are keeping their fingers crossed that viewer reaction will be as popular as the singer’s Hebridean cruise on The Majestic Line’s Glen Tarsan, broadcast last week. Jane joined the mini-cruise ship last May for a six-night voyage around Mull, and her enthusiasm for both the boat and the destination proved infectious. Sales manager Marie McGhee said, “The effect of the broadcast has been immense.  Within the first 10 minutes of the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 24 February 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line orders four new ships

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has won an order from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. for the construction of four new generation cruise ships, plus an option for additional two, for the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brand.  The value of each ship is approximately €800 million (£680 million)  with one delivery per year from 2022 to 2025, stretching to 2027 if the option is confirmed The ships will form the backbone of the future Norwegian fleet, being about 140,000-tons, almost 300 meters long, and accommodating 3,300 guests - somewhat smaller than the 4,000-passenger Breakaway class (above). The order is based on a prototype [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 16 February 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Carnival Paradise joins US ships cruising to Cuba

Add Carnival Cruise Line to the growing list of American operators sailing to Cuba. Carnival brand Fathom pioneered cruises to the island last year using the P&O Cruises ship Adonia. Although British and international passengers have been able to visit the Communist state without restriction, Americans were prevented by a long-standing trade embargo. The Obama administration began to loosen restrictions and a number of US lines have already beaten Carnival to the punch – including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Non-US-registered companies such as MSC, Fred Olsen and Thomson, have been taking passengers to the island for some time. From June [...]

By | 2017-02-14T17:10:22+00:00 14 February 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Jane McDonald cruises again in a new TV series

Set the PVRs to record – or the phasers to stun, take your pick. Jane McDonald is returning to her cruising roots in a four-part TV documentary series starting this week. The singer rose to fame 19 years ago in the early TV reality show The Cruise (accept no imitations) and has more recently been one of ITV’s Loose Women presenters. Cruising With Jane McDonald launches on Channel 5 at 9.00pm on Friday with a voyage on board MSC Cruises’ Divina for seven nights in the Caribbean. Subsequent episodes will see Jane downsizing from the 3,500-passenger Divina to the Majestic [...]

By | 2017-02-10T00:00:34+00:00 8 February 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2018-12-26T22:15:47+00:00 7 February 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments