Ben Bouldin of Royal Caribbean hosted the trade and reported that the Irish ocean cruise market rebounded at a higher rate than the English market up 14pc to 35,972 in 2015 (all cruise lines). The Mediterranean accounted for 60pc of the Irish market in 2015, 21,475 passengers (up 28pc) ahead of the Caribbean 8,022 (up 3pc), Baltic/Scandinavia 2,389 (down 11pc), Greenland/Iceland 1,278 (down 14pc), Middle East 1,186 down 6pc, Alaska 535 down 14pc, Far East/Australia 464 down 25pc, Britain 441 and Panama 262.
- Aqua Amazon, a luxury river cruiser, sank in the Amazon after an explosionon board. At least two people died in the tragedy with five still missing.
- Celebrity Cruises announced that the Celebrity Equinox will sail year-round eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Miami in 2017.
- A Norwegian Breakaway crew member tragically died during a routine safety drill when a lifeboat fell and injured three others.
- Costa Cruises announced that it will base a ship in Mumbai for its inaugural season in India. The weekly service is slated to start as soon as December and will be the first major cruise line sailing from Mumbai to Male.
- Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity Cruises were among the cruise lines to alter their itineraries to calls beyond Istanbul following last week’s failed coup by the Turkish military. All three lines have replaced calls at Kusadasi with ports in Greece. Celebrity cancelled a visit to Bodrum, opting for Sicily instead.
- Seabourn is offering South Pole excursions on select Antarctica and Patagonia itineraries for the 2016/17 season. Passengers on board the Seabourn Quest can extend their cruise with one of two packages that include a trans-Antarctic flight.
- Fred Olsen Cruise Line launched its kids’ club, Little Skipper, on board its fleet.
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