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MSC introduces biometrics

MSC Cruises will begin using biometrics in its mobile app and MSC for Me website to improve safety and efficiency.


Neurotechnology is the company behind MSC's biometric solution, which will be integrated into the platforms cruise lines. The facial verification system will capture photos of guests and securely store them in MSC's onboard systems, serving as reference information throughout

Aurora is waiving additional fees for single occupancy
14.05.2024 CruisesCruises

Aurora Expeditions is waiving one-time surcharges for solo travelers on select summer sailings.


From May 8th until all cruise tickets Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland will not be sold out in 2024; individual travelers will be able to book tickets for these routes without a single surcharge, reports travelpulse.com.


The cruise operator reports that solo travelers account for about
Cruises in Cape Town are on the rise
08.05.2024 RSA CapetownCruises

Cape Town has recorded an increase in the number of travelers boarding cruise ships from Cape Town Harbor compared to last year's season.


This was stated by Dr Mike Maciapato, Commissioner of the South African Border Control Agency. Maciapato said South Africa saw a 24% increase in travelers this Easter period compared to 2023. Cruise travel reflects this trend.

 
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Amsterdam limits river cruises

Amsterdam has announced plans to reduce the number of river cruises calling at the city to 1,150 boats by 2028.


In 2023, 2,300 boats moored in the rivers of Amsterdam. The city's local government has now said it wants to reduce that number by at least 1,000 ships.


“Overtourism driven by cruise ship visitors reaches a particular peak during the country's spring bulb

Seabourn Unveils Luxury Shore Excursions
05.04.2024 CruisesCruises

Seabourn Cruise Line has unveiled The Collection, a series of exclusive shore experience cruises offering guests experiences such as access to private cultural events, fine dining at wineries and tickets to sports tournaments.


Excursions The Collection will be available on Seabourn cruise itineraries in 2025 for seven to 10 days.


Mediterranean Wonders and Matches itinerary will

Windstar Offers Trips to Marlon Brando's Private Island
27.03.2024 CruisesCruises

Windstar Cruises is partnering with Pacific Beachcomber to launch a new offering that will allow guests to visit The Brando. The private island eco-resort is located on the Tetiaroa Atoll in French Polynesia and was originally owned by Marlon Brando.


The resort features 35 private villas, white sand beaches and an eight-kilometer lagoon, according to travelpulse.com.


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Gulf countries join forces to boost cruise tourism

Four Gulf Cooperation Council states have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate to improve the region's cruise infrastructure and experience.


Abu Dhabi Maritime and Tourism Authority, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman signed an agreement at ITB Berlin to promote this region and attracting more cruise ship calls.


Key goals of the alliance under Cruise Arabia include improving

Princess Cruises turns food waste into water
12.03.2024 CruisesCruises

Princess Cruises has successfully installed 26 food waste biodigesters on board the new luxury ship Sun Princess.


Aimed at reducing waste generation and environmental impact, LFC biodigesters will be used as natural aerobic fermentation process to break down food waste into water. This eliminates the need for traditional disposal methods and also reduces costs.


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MSC Cruises will install Starlink WiFi

MSC Cruises will install Starlink infrastructure to provide satellite Internet service on two-thirds of its ships by May this year.


The cruise line initially tested capacity and data transmission using SpaceX's low-orbit satellite technology in 2022. Since then, MSC has installed Starlink equipment on 15 of its 22 ships, travelpulse.com reports.


MSC Magnifica became the first

Changes to cruise rules around Svalbard

Upcoming changes to tourism regulations in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago known for its stunning Arctic landscapes and diverse wildlife, will radically impact cruises to in the area.


In an effort to balance tourism with protecting the environment, the Norwegian government has announced new regulations that will come into effect on January 1, 2025, subject to parliamentary approval.


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Serenade passengers will determine the route

Passengers who are on board a full 9-month world cruise on the Royal Caribbean liner Serenade of the Seas, which set sail on its 274-day world cruise in December 2023, has been asked to take an alternative route due to tensions in the Middle East.


The parts of the original itinerary that will be affected are the 18-day Ultimate segment through Jordan, Egypt and Israel, as well as the route

MSC launches flexible onboard booking

MSC Cruises has pioneered Open Booking, a program that allows passengers to book a future cruise without having to select an itinerary, cruise or date.


The Open Book ticket complements MSC Cruises' Future Cruise program, which gives passengers access to cruise booking opportunities on board an MSC ship.


This arrangement also has benefits for travel agents. Agents who made the

NCL cuts Venice
07.02.2024 Italy VeniceCruises

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will no longer include Venice in its itineraries in 2024. The decision comes amid ongoing concerns about tender restrictions and Venice restrictions on large cruise ships.


Citing these reasons in a letter to travel partners and passengers, the company announced that all previously scheduled calls to the port of Venice for NCL cruises have been replaced. Passengers

Carnival Corp avoids the Red Sea

After consultation with global security experts and government agencies, Carnival has changed the itineraries of 12 ships from seven cruise brands that were scheduled to sail through the Red Sea in May.


Affected cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line , Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line and P&O Princess Cruises.


Diversions and

More MSC flight cancellations on the Red Sea route

Continuing attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea have forced major cruise line MSC Cruises to cancel three more sailings, one of which departed from South Africa.


MSC listed the canceled cruise routes in a statement last year week, one of which is a 24-night cruise from Durban to Genoa on MSC Splendida. Two other cruises from Dubai to Europe on MSC Opera and MSC Virtuosa have also been

Cruise lines avoid the Red Sea

Silversea and MSC Cruises have adjusted their itineraries to avoid the Red Sea. Weeks of attacks by Houthi militants on shipping vessels in the area have already forced many shipping giants to abandon the short Suez Canal route between Asia, Africa and Europe in favor of a longer, safer route around Africa.


MSC Cruises has changed the itinerary of MSC Poesia, a 115-day world cruise that

Celestyal presents Gulf routes

Celestyal Cruises is launching a new itinerary, the Celestyal Journey, which will include six new ports of call in four Gulf countries from November.


The seven-day Desert Days cruise will debut on November 9, departing from Doha and moored in Bahrain, Dubai, Khasab, Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi.


The route will be available until 18 January 2025 and will return as a permanent

Amari Raaya Maldives proudly introduces RAAYA: a luxury private yacht for an unforgettable Indian Ocean sailing experience

Amari Raaya Maldives, a luxury resort located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, is proud to introduce its latest addition that will redefine the concept of luxury adventure - the extraordinary private yacht Raaya.


Embark on an adventure of its own life: Raaya promises an unprecedented heavenly experience. Accommodating up to 20 guests in 4 cabins, this 20.98 meter luxury yacht beckons

Fushimi Jikkokubune boat rides are available until 12/3!
22.11.2023 JapanCruises

Fushimi is famous for the temple Fushimi Inari-taysya, but we also recommend taking a walk around the central Fushimi district, a little away from Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. In addition to the three shopping streets connected to each other from Fushimi-Momoyama Station, there are more than 20 breweries here, so you can also enjoy a brewery tour. Fresh sake is available from autumn to winter. In

The 2023/2024 cruise season in Qatar kicks off with the arrival of the luxury cruise ship Crystal Symphony

The new cruise season, which runs until April 2024, is expected to see 81 cruise calls, doubling the number of cruise visitors compared to last season.


Luxury cruise ship Crystal Symphony arrived today at Doha, marking the opening of the Qatar Tourism 2023/2024 cruise season. The new cruise season will run until April 2024 and is expected to host 81 cruise calls and approximately 350,000

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