Making Expedition Destinations Stronger than Ever

As cruise lines continue to adapt their operations in response to COVID, Seatrade Cruise Talks are staging an ongoing series of webinars to update us on the latest developments in the industry. Most recently, the topic was “Making Expedition Destinations Stronger than Ever,” featuring a panel of experts, moderated by Liz Gammon, an independent cruise consultant. As you may know, expedition cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry. Gammon pointed out there are 39 …

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Virtual Happy Hour

As COVID-19 continues to sideline the cruise industry, ships and their personnel aren’t the only ones affected. Those of us who cover it — hundreds of journalists, media and public relations professionals — are also in lockdown, perched in front of computers in our homes, dreaming about when we can get back to sea. But thanks to technologies like Zoom, we can still interact with our colleagues and share information. The latest example was a virtual happy …

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Luxury Cruise Webinar

As some river and expedition cruising begins to come back in Europe, Seatrade Cruise Talks hosted a webinar July 16 on “Restarting Europe’s River and Luxury Cruises: Lessons Learnt.” Moderated by Seatrade’s Frederik Erdmann, it featured panelists Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, Monic van der Heyden, commercial manager for the Port of Amsterdam, and Emilio Freeman, vice-president of Itineraries and Destinations for Sea Dream Yacht Club. Freeman kicked things off by reviewing how Sea Dream …

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Panel Experts Discuss Effects of COVID-19 on Cruise Operations

Cape Horn, from the south in the Drake Passage, southern most point of South America

Excerpt: “On a positive note,” said Burrows, “the month of June was the highest booking month we’ve had in the 18-year history of our company.” … some of that is moving guests from suspended sailings to 2021 and 2022, but the river cruise industry has been very resilient … — Jon Burrows (VP-Operations at AmaWaterways)   On July 10, Seatrade Cruise Talks hosted a webinar on “How COVID-19 Will Affect the Future of Food & Beverage, and …

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What’s next for the cruise industry: Seatrade Cruise Talks

What’s next for the cruise industry? That topic was tackled by a panel of experts on June 25, when Seatrade Cruise Talks presented a webinar on “Steps in Getting the Cruise Industry Up and Running,” moderated by Anne Kalosh, Editor for Seatrade Cruise News. Excerpts from below: Q: Where do you see cruising re-starting, apart from domestic river cruises in July, in the U.S.? Brian: “The CDC No-Sail order applies throughout the United States to any ship …

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Dreaming of a trip to Iguazu Falls

As we wait for the return of cruising, now’s a good time to plan and dream. We all have a personal bucket list of ships and places we want to experience. Imagine sitting in a chair, travel folder (or iPad) in hand, and wistfully letting your imagination take you to exotic destinations. Which one would you choose? One that’s high on our list is located where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay come together. That’s where you’ll find Iguazu …

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Cruising will be back. And when it is, what changes are likely to happen?

Usually by this time of year, Pam and I would have already taken one or two cruises. As an example, in March, we were scheduled to be among the first to sail on Scarlet Lady, the ship from Sir Richard Branson’s new Virgin Voyages cruise line. We were disappointed, as was everyone, that the cruise had to be postponed as the reality of the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Of course, that was just the beginning of mass …

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First Cruise

Pam and I took our first cruise almost 20 years ago, and one was all it took. We were hooked. Like many people, we never thought cruising was for us. While we both had a lifelong love of travel, it always involved exploring the world by train, plane and automobile. A cruise seemed too confining, too regimented. It was travel for people who like their vacations programmed. But on a lark, we decided to give it a …

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Carnival Family Feud

It’s been almost a year since Carnival Cruise Lines announced their exclusive partnership with the highly popular game show “Family Feud.” Now set to debut on Mardi Gras, Carnival’s newest ship scheduled to launch in November, it was “time to play the Feud” last week at Carnival Studios, their giant production facility in Davie, Florida. The live run-through consisted of two shows — the regular version Face Off and a round of Fast Money. Two teams were …

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Wrap-up: Crystal Serenity Haute Caribbean Holidays Cruise

If I had to choose one word to describe a cruise on Crystal Serenity, it would be “family.” Pam and I just completed our first cruise with Crystal, the “Haute Caribbean Holidays” voyage — 16 days, round-trip Miami — and from the guests to the crew, family is fundamental to the overall experience. First, consider how many of the nearly 1,000 guests onboard were repeat customers: Almost 70 percent. Among the senior officers and staff, many told …

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