Royal Caribbean Adds Ultra-Luxury Cruises with $1 Billion Stake in Silversea

by Aishwarya Venugopal (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises said on Thursday it would buy a 66.7 percent stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises for about $1 billion to add ultra-luxury and expedition cruises to its fleet. Silversea Cruises, which has nine ships, sails to destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland, with most of its tickets selling for more … [Read more...]

CLIA: Cruise Industry to Continue Steady Growth in 2018

The global cruise industry will continue to see steady growth in 2018 with more two dozen deliveries scheduled in order to keep pace with demand, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in its annual 'State of the Cruise Industry' report released this week. CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association. Current data shows cruise travel … [Read more...]

YSA Design vision for fast-changing cruise market

Strong design vision and comprehensive project management capabilities will be essential ingredients if the cruise industry is to capitalize on fast-changing passenger demographics and ensure that vacations at sea are more than a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, according to YSA Design. Over the summer, the leading ship interior and exterior architect has been bringing its … [Read more...]

Cruiseship Air Pollution Is Worse Than Most Cities

by Will Coldwell (TheGuardian) Passengers lounging on cruise ship pool decks could be exposing themselves to dangerous levels of pollution, according to an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches team that found some public areas on the ships’ decks were more polluted than the world’s worst-affected cities. The undercover investigation, which will be broadcast tonight at … [Read more...]

WATCH: Evacuation Of High End Luxury Cruise Ship In Italy

The Sea Dream I, a luxury cruise ship operated by SeaDream Yacht Club, suddenly caught fire Thursday with 166 people aboard while the ship was off the coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. The passengers and crew were quickly rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and transferred to the Siremar ferry "Vulcano Island" - reports the Italian media. The cause of … [Read more...]