The largest European cruise company Costa Cruises intends to spend about three billion euros for the new ships.
On May 23 in the second largest city of Norway, Bergen, will begin the annual International Festival of Arts (Festspillene i Bergen). It is the largest and most popular festival of its kind in the Scandinavian countries. It unites almost all kinds of art, literature, painting, music, sculpture, cinema and theater.
Cruise operator CDF Croisieres de France presents cruises on the new liner L'Horizon. Horizon ship designed for 1440 people started its first trip after the modernization from the port of Marseilles on April 8, 2012.
One of the oldest and best-known companies of the planet - Cunard Lines - in late April will present its new cruise program for the 2013 season. New routes and cruises will be available for booking from April 24, 2012.
The capital of Northern Ireland Belfast got another striking landmark. In late March here was opened a unique Titanic Belfast museum, where tourists can visit the exposition entirely dedicated to the legendary ship.
A special event to commemorate the visit of John Lennon will be held on June 21, 2012 at the Bermuda Museum of Art. The event was named Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute.
Italian cruise operator MSC Cruises will open the Red Sea direction. This region is among the new routes, which the company intends to develop in 2012-2013 season.
The major world cruise exhibition in Miami - Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show and Conference - in addition to the numerous innovations in cruise ship building, routes and concepts can be considered a milestone for the cruise industry for at least one more reason
Kiel has officially announced the beginning of the port cruise season on March 31, 2012. In the opening ceremony took part one of the flagships of the AIDA German cruise company â€“ AIDAcara liner. Great fireworks had been organized at the ceremony.
One of the world's largest cruise operators - Carnival Corp. - intends to realize large-scale projects on developing new tourist terminals in the Mexican ports. The company plans to allocate 150 million dollars for this purpose.
Costa Cruises joined the contest of cruise companies on developing new cruise concepts. Italian operator intends to present in Asia its first fashionable cruise that will give the passengers a unique experience of designer sea travel.
Italian cruise operator MSC bought the liner, which once belonged to Hannibal, one of the sons of Libyan dictator Gaddafi.
On March 22, 2012 in Amsterdam was held official presentation of 4 new river cruise ships of the Viking River Cruises company. It should be noted that the guests at the port of Amsterdam could see only two new cruise ships: Viking Odin and Viking Idun.
Crystal Cruises company, which is known for its luxury cruises, will operate in the new "all inclusive" format. The company announced transition of the cruise lines to all inclusive standards already this spring.
Luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduced its new destination collection for the 2013 summer season. The company announced that booking of more than 50 cruise routes for 2013 summer season will start from April 2012.
Mediterranean Sea ports of Spain received the largest number of cruise passengers - about 70% of the total cruise passenger traffic.
In Miami began its work one of the biggest marketing events in the cruise business - Cruise Shipping Miami conference. The main cruise port of the world will host, perhaps, the most representative tourism industry event from 12 to 15 March 2012.
According to the TabTimes newspaper, now tablets, such as the well-known iPad, are becoming more common on the cruise ships. Thanks to its compact size and relative cheapness these mobile devices are used for a variety of purposes. For example, it can be used for organizing virtual tour of the liner, as well as in the ship restaurants and bars as the menu and waitersâ€™ notepad to receive orders.
Royal Caribbean decided on features of another Sunshine type cruise ship. The second-largest cruise operator intends to present a premiere route for the new ship in 2015.
Le Havre, one of the largest ports on the La Manche channel, expects that the upcoming 2012/2013 cruise season will be one of the most successful in its history. Now, in accordance with the port schedule in 2012, it will receive 110 different cruise ships of 21 cruise companies.
Oceania Cruises Company intends to renew its collection of shore excursions this season. Among the new cruises in 2012 are culinary tours, which the company is going to submit in 25 ports around the world. The new Oceania Cruises program was named Culinary Discovery Tours.
There are many capitals and such "pearls" as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Southampton, which the Star Flyer is planning to visit in the upcoming summer season.
Hamburg Cruise Days 2012 is one of the biggest sea festivals in Europe. This feast with long traditions is a parade of ships with lighted lamps that pass along the river Elbe in the evening.
The world's largest river cruise company - Viking River Cruises - reported about the opening of a new route in 2013 on the largest river of Portugal - Douro.
2011 became for the Miami cruise port the fourth successful year in its history by the number of received and sent passengers. According to the official data, this figure has exceeded 4 million people. This fact allows Miami to be the largest cruise port on the planet.
New cruise ship Disney Fantasy departed on Thursday under the fireworks on its first ocean voyage, travelling from the harbor of Hamburg to New York. This time only few guests were invited, as the aim of this voyage is to train the team and check all systems and services.
World's largest cruise company Carnival Cruise Lines announced launching of the largest number of tourist routes in its history in Europe. Among the news destinations in 2013 is a route to the Norwegian fjords, which will become the first such travel for the company.
German cruise operator AIDA Cruises will publish new cruise catalog for the 2013-2014 season. Among the company novelties of the upcoming season is introducing of Northern European cruises and new ports around the world.
Norwegian Jewel cruise ship will begin this season with cruises to Alaska. Alaska trip will be the first cruise of such type for the liner.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.