TUI Discovery 2 to sail in 2017 & other cruise & ferry news

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antoinette chris helen_8094 copyHelen Caron of Thomson Cruises has had her credit card out again, and purchased the 1,832-passenger Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International, sister ship of Splendour of the Seas which is to launch as TUI Discovery next weekend. Legend will be renamed TUI Discovery 2 and join the TUI fleet in May 2017. Picture shows Antoinette Young and Chris Logan of Falcon Holidays in Dublin with Helen Caron, where she was a speaker at the Cruise Europe conference.

Read here Nicola Brady’s review of Harmony of the Seas in the Sunday Independent: Wonderland serves up avant-garde cuisine, and the cocktails beat the robots’ efforts hands down. Read here Hilary Fennell in the Irish ExaminerImagine Dundrum Shopping Centre drifting out to sea.

  • Limerick-based Frazer Ferries, owner of Carlingford Ferries, has bought Passage East Ferry Company in Waterford. The 28 vehicles and 130 passenger service sails an average of 106 sailings per day seven days a week.
  • erica oglesbyMSC Cruises appointed Erica Oglesby to work as support to Rebecca Kelly. Erica previously worked with Sunway and Thomas Cook. Read here
  • MSC Fantasia itineraries from Dubai will stop at private island from this winter after MSC announced a Caribbean style private island off Abu DhabiSir Bani Yas is beside a nature reserve and dhow tours will offer wildlife sightings. Read here.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas is to get an aqua park with new cyclone and typhoon waterslides and new restaurants to be fitted during dry dock, an Izumi Asian restaurant is to be added and dry-aged steaks added to Chops Grille as well as the flowRider surf simulator. Read here
  • Passengers on board Cunard’s newly rejuvenated Queen Mary 2, will now be able to indulge in a unique collection of 450 fine wines, including the highly sought after California Screaming Eagle at $4,500 per bottle, which is to be served by the glass for the very first time. Cunard is adding 35 cabins to the top deck of Queen Mary 2, during dry dock in Hamburg while elsewhere 15 single cabins and 12 animal kennels are being fitted. Queen Mary 2 will return to Southampton on June 23 before crossing to New York.
  • New attractions to be fitted on Disney Wonder during an autumn dry dock in Cadiz will include a Marvel Super Hero Academy, It’s a Small World Nursery, Tiana’s Place restaurant, an English-style pub and It’s a Small World Nursery.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is to update its private Caribbean resort Great Stirrup Cay with a zip line, luxury villas and new restaurants. Great Stirrup Cay was the first private island to be owned by a cruise line when it was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line in 1977.
  • Carnival Cruise Line has added a $10 children’s menu for shildren 12 and under to steakhouses across the fleet.
  • Hurtigruten is name its newest ship, MS Spitsbergen, in Svolvaer on July 6, on the Lofoten islands under the Midnight Sun.
  • Croisi Europe has expanded its Walk & Cruise program in response to passenger feedback featuring guided walks through France, Germany and Spain.
  • Star Clippers 2017/2018 itineraries inclulde all-new Bali sailings and a winter season in Thailand and Malaysia homeporting in Phuket. New bookings made by July 1 will receive prepaid gratuities.
  • Saga Cruises added a second all-inclusive sailing for solo cruisers on the 80-passenger Douro Princess departing November 3 following the success of its first solos cruise.
  • American Cruise Lines named the 185-passenger America on the banks of the Mississippi River at Louisiana’s Oak Alley Plantation.
  • Holland America is to expand its cruisetour resort in Denali, Alaska.
  • As another cruise line raises the compulsory daily gratuities to pay their staff (rather than doing so themselves), the financial reports of the three cruise lines shows up how much their CEO’s are earning: Frank Del Rio president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, US $32ml, Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, $9.3m, Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises $9.4m
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