Royal Caribbean Unveils 2012 European Deployment

Cruise giant Royal Caribbean International unveiled its 2012 Europe cruise deployment earlier this week, becoming the latest cruise line to raise capacity in the fast growing region. In total, the line will have 12 vessels sailing European waters on itineraries ranging from 3 to 16 nights, calling at 101 ports in 34 countries, including maiden visits to Arhus, Kenes and Klaksvik. … Continue reading

Hilton Opens Third Hotel In Sicily

Hilton Worldwide has opened its third hotel on the Italian island of Sicily. Situated on the eastern coast between the cities of Messina and Catania, the new Hilton Giardini Naxos was formerly known as the Russott Hotel and enjoys a prime beachfront location overlooking the Ionian Sea. The property has been completely refurbished and is expected to … Continue reading

Celebrity Eclipse Named In Southampton

Celebrity Cruises yesterday officially named its newest ship, the 122,000-GRT Celebrity Eclipse, in her homeport of Southampton. British ocean-racing yachtswoman and breast cancer survivor Emma Pontin served as the ship’s godmother, cutting the pink ribbon at a ceremony in the vessel’s theater that released the traditional bottle of champagne against the Celebrity Eclipse’s smokestack. In a day of … Continue reading

Holland America Line Celebrates 300th Voyage of ms Oosterdam

Holland America Line recently celebrated a milestone with the completion of ms Oosterdam’s 300th cruise, a 12-day Mediterranean sailing from Venice to Barcelona.   The 1,916-guest vessel recently underwent extensive upgrades in Italy to add new staterooms, public areas and dining venues such as the larger Pinaccle Grill and Pinnacle Bar focusing on specialty Northwest wines, as well … Continue reading

Costa Cruises Takes Delivery Of Costa Pacifica

Italy’s Costa Cruises have taken delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the 114,500-GRT Costa Pacifica. Sister ship to the Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, Costa Pacifica’s interior design and artwork is inspired by music and marks the first time that travellers can enjoy a comprehensive musical experience on a cruise ship.   The vessel … Continue reading