Let it go, let it go now, onboard a Disney cruise ship & other news from the cruise & ferry industries

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The beloved animated hit “Frozen” is getting the Disney Cruise Line theatrical treatment as a full-length stage show exclusively aboard the Disney Wonder. In “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,” the story will be presented like never before with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy. (Concept photo, David Roark)Disney Cruise Line will bring a musical based on the animated movie Frozen to Disney Wonder in autumn. Frozen, A Musical Spectacular will debut on the 1,754-passenger vessel, which is also getting an early refurbishment, on cruises out of Galveston after November 10, 2016. The ship will operate Bahamas and Caribbean sailings from Galveston through January 2017, when it will move to Port Canaveral (via two short sailings to and then from San Juan) to homeport for the spring.

Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess was forced to skip a scheduled port call to Dublin after losing propulsion at approximately 7am local time. The ship was about 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin in the Irish Sea when it lost propulsion. Caribbean Princess, which was on day three of a 12-day cruise, is en route to Belfast, the next scheduled port of call on the itinerary. Princess has sent technical and electrical engineering experts to meet the ship.

Oceania Cruises’ Nautica is one of the first cruise ships to visit Dublin in what will be a busy month for cruise calls. In all 22 cruise ships will call to Dublin during August, including Nautica’s sister ship Marina.

Holland America Line raised prices in three alternative restaurants across its fleet on Monday last, August 1. Pinnacle Grill: up from $29 to $35 per person for dinner. Lunch remains the same. Asian-themed restaurant Tamarind (only available on Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam and Koningsdam): up from $20 to $25 per person. Italian-themed Canaletto: up from $10 to $15 per person.

  • Carnival Cruise Line named its newest ship Carnival Horizon, slated for delivery in March 2018. It will be its second Vista-class ship.
  • Silversea announced a $170m fleet refurbishment plan.
  • ncl margaritavilleNorwegian Cruise Line expanded its partnership with Margaritaville at Sea restaurants on board Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway later this year.
  • CLIA Ireland and Britain cancelled its first overseas conference, due to take place in Marseille in October. It is not clear exactly why the event was cancelled, but a spokesperson said, “A number of factors have played a part in this decision, not least of which is the uncertainty within the travel industry at present following Brexit.”
  • Ellen Bettridge was named president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. She joins from Azamara Club Cruises, where she was VP of sales and marketing.
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