Norwegian Cruise Line buys Prestige Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced it is buying Prestige Cruises International, holding company of Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  The move brings NCL into line with its large peers Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) by adding upscale brands to diversify their offerings.  

 

Read more: Norwegian Cruise Line buys Prestige Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Celebrity Century sold to Ctrip.

Most talk of the the Asian cruise market has focused on newer ships sailing for the major lines.  This week news broke that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, holding company of Celebrity Cruises, will sell its oldest ship to a Chinese travel company.  The Celebrity Century, a vintage 1995, 71,000 GRT ship will sail for Ctrip, a Chinese company that specializes in packaged travel and accommodations.

 

Read more: Celebrity Century sold to Ctrip.

Holland America ships hit 100 on CDC inspections.

Holland America Line’s ms Statendam and ms Westerdam hit perfect 100 scores on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspections held in June!

Royal Caribbean to build new terminal in Taiwan

Due to open in April 2016, Royal Caribbean International is building a $33 million dollar cruise terminal which the Taiwanese government hopes to use to attract up to 500,000 passengers annually.  To be constructed in Magong City the terminal is being designed to accommodate ships as large as the Oasis of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean joins in forming sustainability alliance.


Royal Caribbean joined a number of Caribbean nations and travel organizations to aid in forming the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas.  Joining Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Honduras, Jamaica and Nicaragua, as well a group of governmental commissions and agencies the alliance will see to drive sustainability across operations of the travel industry.  

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