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Cruise Critic’s Carolyn Spencer Brown assumes new role

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Carolyn Spencer Brown, longtime editor in chief of, is taking on a newly created leadership role within the company, assuming the role of Chief Content Strategist. Under her new role, Spencer Brown will oversee Cruise Critic’s new Content Studio, and the development of products such as sponsored content and branded content partnerships.

"Cruise Critic's new Content Studio is an exciting opportunity for us to expand into new arenas, opening the door for new types of content and partnerships. It was important for the Studio to be led by someone who has an in-depth knowledge of the industry and a passion for all aspects of cruising -- Carolyn is an ideal fit, and the new role is a natural evolution of her work and experience at Cruise Critic over the past 14 years." – Mike Ewing, General Manager of Cruise Critic

Spencer Brown joined Cruise Critic as editor-in-chief in 2003. Under her leadership, Cruise Critic was a two-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers’ prestigious Lowell Thomas Award and expanded the site’s footprint to include additional geo-specific markets in the U.K. and Australia. A former staff writer with The Washington Post, Spencer Brown has followed the cruise industry for the past 20 years and has taken more than 350 cruises, sailing with all of the world’s top cruise lines and many lesser-known lines as well.

Colleen McDaniel, Cruise Critic’s senior executive editor, will continue to manage editorial operations of Cruise Critic’s global sites.

Cruise Critic is the world’s largest cruise reviews and information site, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers -- from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts.

Majorcan delegate visits AIDAperla

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Last Saturday (July 8, 2017), AIDAperla, the youngest member of the AIDA Cruises fleet, returned to the port of Palma de Mallorca after its christening and maiden voyage. In addition to Barcelona, Germany’s favorite island is one of the departure and destination ports for the 7-night cruises around the western Mediterranean with AIDAperla in its premiere season.

During the stay at port, Captain Boris Becker welcomed a Majorcan delegation of port and tourism representatives, along with professors from the University of the Balearic Islands. The emphasis of the ship visit was to discuss innovative environmental measures with regard to emission reduction and energy efficiency on board AIDAperla.

After its twin ship AIDAprima (put into service in May 2016), AIDAperla is the second cruise ship in the world to be equipped with a dual-fuel engine for the use of low emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) while docking at port. AIDA Cruises is working with authorities and further partners so that AIDAperla can be supplied with liquefied natural gas (LNG) while she is docked in port. In comparison to conventional fuel, emissions are significantly reduced when liquefied natural gas is used for power generation. A prerequisite for this is the availability of LNG at the respective port. AIDA Cruises is discussing this matter with Mediterranean ports.

"It was a very interesting and informative visit on board AIDAperla. We truly hope that these efforts to transform cruise ships into a sustainable vacation option will serve as an example for other cruise lines. We’re pleased to be the home port for such an eco-friendly ship as AIDAperla," says Pilar Carbonell, Director General of Tourism for the Balearic government.

By deploying the twelfth member of its fleet in Palma de Mallorca, AIDA Cruises is further expanding its commitment to the Balearic Islands off-season as well. With five AIDA ships docking here 88 times in 2017, the company continues to be one of the city’s most important partners. Apart from AIDAperla with a total of 34 stops, Palma de Mallorca is also a travel destination and transfer port for guests on AIDAstella, AIDAblu, AIDAbella and AIDAaura.

AIDA Cruises is one of the fastest growing and commercially most successful tourism businesses in Germany. The company employs about 9,000 people from 40 countries on shore and on board AIDA ships. With currently twelve cruise ships, AIDA operates one of the most state-of-the-art fleets in the world. Two new ships built at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg (Germany) will join the fleet by 2021. From 2018 on, AIDA Cruises will be the world’s first cruise line capable of powering its new generation of ships entirely with LNG (liquefied natural gas).

Fosen Yard to form joint venture in China to build ropax, roro and cruise ships

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Fosen Yard, based in Rissa, Norway and Hantong Shipbuilding, China have agreed to form a joint venture for building ropax, roro and cruise vessels. The new Joint Venture will be marketed as Fosen Hantong with immediate effect. The Joint Venture will utilize the technical, financial and market benefits of each party.

Hantong will secure high production capacity, high quality production and also add financial strength and accommodate for financing arrangements when required. FosenYard possess market leading resources, knowhow and technical and operational solutions to enable Fosen Hantong to offer the complete full scope, advanced projects within the roro, ropax and cruise segments.

Fosen Hantong will form a highly competitive and powerful shipbuilding solution for these sectors, offering the joint complete value-chain for clients.

Hantong will dedicate a modern shipyard facility to the joint venture. The shipyard will be marketed as Fosen Hantong and specific projects shall as per the agreement between the parties be managed by Fosen. Hantong will cooperate exclusively with Fosen Yard for all business within the above described segment initially for a period of 8 years.

The parties will establish a design and development company in Trondheim, Norway with the intention to become a leading developer and provider of marine design and technology.

Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd is a shipyard based in China who focuses on building various types of vessels to the worldwide market and has delivered about 200 high quality ships primarily to European customers and established long term cooperation with these owners. Fosen Yard is a Norwegian shipyard specialized in the design and construction of roro, ropax and cruise vessels with a long history of delivering successful and sophisticated vessels to owners worldwide.

Seven Seas Mariner to sail Regent's 2020 World Cruise

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The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will host Regent’s new 2020 Navigate the World cruise, a captivating 131-night itinerary, departing January 24, 2020, roundtrip from San Francisco, to idyllic islands of the South Pacific and ancient cultures of subcontinental India and around the Arabian Peninsula, and then plying the halcyon Mediterranean in springtime and cruising the Caribbean and Central America in early summer. Seven Seas Mariner’s guests will touch on 30 countries on six continents as they circumnavigate the globe, visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites among a total of 66 ports, 13 in which are overnight stays. The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 330 free, unlimited shore excursions for guests to fully explore each exciting port, and kick off their grand adventure at the exclusive, pre-cruise Gala Dinner Event in San Francisco, as well as revel in three additional authentic shoreside events as they sail the world.

“Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned for our world cruises and sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner in 2020 will be simply spectacular,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The beautiful Seven Seas Navigator, our most intimate ship, is scheduled to sail Regent’s 2018 and 2019 world cruises. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner takes over in 2020 and offers another unforgettable opportunity to travel the world, ensconced in Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ trademark of The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience. Throughout, guests will enjoy highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

To provide convenience for travelers on the U.S. East Coast, Regent Seven Seas Cruises also offers the option to embark the 2020 World Cruise, departing January 6, 2020, roundtrip from Miami. World cruise guests sailing roundtrip from Miami also will enjoy a complimentary one-night, pre-cruise luxury hotel stay on January 5, 2020 in addition to all the world cruise privileges of guests embarking in San Francisco.

TUI UK contemplating to buy Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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TUI UK, a fully owned subsidiary of TUI AG in Germany, is contemplating to buy Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 from TUI Cruises GmbH, the Hamburg based company in which TUI AG has a 50% stake.

The ships that were built in the mid-1990s for Celebrity Cruises are due to join the Thomson Cruises fleet of TUI UK in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The planned acquisition would be a cash transaction, but TUI AG did not disclose the price at which the two ships would change hands.