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TUI Cruises to launch premium spirits and dining package

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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 TUI Cruises, the Hamburg based premium market cruise line, will launch a package that includes premium grade spirits and extra charge restaurants on all its six ships in the course of August.

The company already operates an all inclusive concept, which covers alcoholic beverages apart from premium branded ones.

The package, which will cost €413 per person for a seven night cruise and €484 for a 11 night cruise, was tested last year. It will cover e.g. champagnes, sushi, and premium meat dishes in the grill restaurants.

It will also cover cabin service charge to allow passengers to enjoy these items in their own cabin, the company said in a statement.

Bermuda reverses ban on same sex marriage

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The Supreme Court in Bermuda has reversed ban on same sex marriage that was decided in February,  the first jurisdiction in the world to take such a step backward, according to media reports following a referendum.

Carnival Corporation & plc has many ships registered on the island that is a British crown dependency and the Anglo-American cruise giant had joined forces with those calling for scrapping of the ban.

The ban has prevented same sex marriages being conducted on board ships of Carnival group ships that are registered on Bermuda. These include all ships of Cunard Line and the majority of those of Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises. Same sex marriage is legal in the UK apart from the province of Northern Ireland.

P&O Cruises has posted computer generated footage of its next ship, the 180,000 gross ton Iona, on YouTube that shows Southampton in the UK as its port of registry, the same as of Britannia that was introduced in 2015.

Bermuda Chief Justice Ian Kawaley was cited by The Independent newspaper in London as writing in his decision: “Parliament cannot impose the religious preferences of any one group on the society as a whole. One side of the freedom of conscience coin is that as a general rule no one can be compelled to participate in activities, which contravene their beliefs.”

 “The other side of the same coin is that the State cannot use the legislative process to pass laws of general application which favour some beliefs at the expense of others.”

The Bermuda government has six weeks to consider whether it is to appeal against the ruling, the Independent reported.

Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein said in an interview with Travel Weekly: “We are delighted that the supreme court of Bermuda has decided that same sex marriage is legal in Bermuda and we congratulate OutBermuda on its hard-won challenge. As a result of the judgment, it will also now be legal for same sex couples to marry on board cruise ships registered in the country.”

“As a company committed to equality, inclusion and diversity, we believe everyone deserves equal dignity and respect, and we are proud to have provided our support to OutBermuda’s efforts to champion marriage equality. We will now be working closely with the Bermudan authorities to understand when we will be able to resume marrying same sex couples on board.”



Carnival Spirit to sail year-round from Brisbane

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Carnival Cruise Line has announced Carnival Spirit will become the brand’s first ever ship to home port in Brisbane.

The announcement follows the ACCC’s approval of a new cruise ship terminal in Brisbane.

Rated as Australia’s favourite year-round cruise ship by members of Cruise Critic, Carnival Spirit will arrive into her new home in 2020. She will sail year-round from Brisbane to the tropical archipelagos of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as well as offer shorter cruises to destinations in North Queensland.

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Cruise Line Vice-President, Australia, says, “Queenslanders have embraced Carnival’s free-spirited, family-friendly fun since our arrival in 2012. Since then, we have welcomed nearly 75,000 Queenslanders on Carnival cruises from Sydney and Melbourne. We’re delighted to announce that with the new cruise terminal we’ll be able to offer Queenslanders the opportunity to sail on Carnival right from their doorstep.”

With more than 45 activities over 12 decks of fun, Carnival Spirit provides the ultimate fun at sea, offering Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea, as well as three swimming pools, the childfree Serenity Retreat and more than 20 bars, lounges and dining options.

Itineraries for Carnival Spirit’s 2020 Brisbane sailings will be announced mid-June 2018 with bookings opening in early July 2018.
Carnival Australia’s arrangements with the Port of Brisbane remain subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics

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As part of its focus upon waste minimisation and recycling across its fleet, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, the UK based destinational cruise line, said on ‘World Environment Day’ that it has introduced a ban on the use of plastic straws on its four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch. Plastic cutlery is also being removed throughout the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Fred. Olsen has also been implementing other waste-saving initiatives on board its ocean ships:


-          Removal of single-use coffee cups from Bookmark Cafés

-          Plastic jam, butter and milk portions to be replaced in restaurants, buffets, and Room Service orders

-          Replacing plastic laundry bags with linen ones

-          Reducing the consumption of cling film

-          Using ropes to secure items during rough seas rather than plastic


Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said in a statement: “As a cruise line, we make our living out of the sea. We need to do our utmost to conserve this precious environment and make sure that it is safeguarded for marine life and the enjoyment of generations to come. There are three key elements to the environmental measures that we are undertaking across our fleet: to reduce and – where possible – eliminate single-use disposable plastics; to reduce the amount of plastics used operationally; and finally, to influence our supply chain in their behaviours."

“We have been listening to guest feedback and asking our staff how we can work together to reduce, and wherever possible, remove our reliance upon single-use plastics. On board Boudicca, for instance, we have been able to reduce the use of cling film by 32%; this is being replicated across our other ships.”

Fred. Olsen is also considering measures that can be undertaken by its river cruise ship, Brabant, to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics on board. Fred. Olsen operates within a strict environmental framework, and is committed to ensuring that it meets, and where possible, exceeds, regulatory requirements on marine and air pollution. It monitors and regularly reviews its management systems, to ensure compliance with international requirements.

Fred. Olsen makes every effort to minimise any impact on the environment of its operation, both at sea and on land. It is always keen to work with port partners and other suppliers to ensure that its operations ‎and activities complement and bring mutual benefit to the destinations that it visits, the company said.


Meyer Turku floats out Mein Schiff 2

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A month after the successful delivery of New Mein Schiff 1, the next ship in line, new Mein Schiff 2, has been today floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard. New Mein Schiff 2 will be delivered to the customer, German TUI Cruises, early next year. The timetable for the construction of the ship shows how Turku shipyard has already been ramping up the production volume to meet the increasing demands from the order book.

“Our block production capacity is already up on the level with previous high from 2010, when the shipyard was building Allure of the Seas. Ramping up the production at the same time as we are implementing an investment program of 200 million euros has not been a simple task. Still, as the saying at the shipyard says, if it was simple, anybody could do it and that would not be good either," CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer comments.

The float out of New Mein Schiff 2 marks the beginning of the final stage of the ship’s construction. After the weekend she will float at the outfitting pier of the shipyard, where she will be finalized for delivery.

“Our new Mein Schiff 1 has successfully completed her first cruises and has been very well received by our guests. Our new generation of ships meets our expectations completely. We are looking very much forward to taking with new Mein Schiff 2 a sister ship into service very soon," says Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises.

New Mein Schiff 2 will be a sister ship to already delivered New Mein Schiff 1, with added length of 20 meters from the previous ships in the series. After the delivery of New Mein Schiff 2, TUI Cruise’s whole fleet will be built at Turku shipyard.