Princess Cruises Company intends to place an exhibition of the cruise passengersâ€™ photographs on one of its newest ships - Royal Princess. Currently Princess Cruises offered a competition to its passengers, which was named "1,000 Memories at Sea". The company asked its customers to send their best photos taken during the cruises from Princess Cruises.
New cruise ferry Spirit of France was launched at one of the largest shipyards of the world - Finnish STX (Rauma) - on January 24, 2012. This cruise ferry will serve P&O ferries ships. This company is today regarded as the leader of ferry transportation market in Western Europe.
After the crash of Costa Concordia near the coast of Tuscany many tourists prefer not to book cruises in Italy. Nevertheless, Italy is still one of the best places for cruise travels in the Mediterranean region. A number of the world leading cruise operators plan to present in 2012 new cruises on the coast of the Apennines.
The decision to join efforts on these routes was made after elimination of one of the largest ferry operators in France - SeaFrance.
It is expected that in 2012 cruise companies will continue to increase the number of paid services on board. It means that cruise tourists will have to pay money for the previously free services and new types of entertainment. Extending of the service range on cruise ships is the "gold mine" that cruise companies will actively use in 2012.
One of the world's leading cruise companies Norwegian Cruise Line intends to revise the terms of its loyalty program in order to enable its customers to efficiently and quickly earn points.
Venice, one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean Sea, is going to refuse receiving all mega-liners. It was reported by the Italian edition Corriere della Sera.
New Year cruises 2012: best ideas of this season
The well-known cruise, ports and cruise ship portal cruisecritic.com summed up the 2011 year naming the best of the best in dozens of nominations of its annual award Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards.
River cruise market in Europe has shown stable growth over the past few years. The global financial crisis that affected virtually all spheres of tourism had practically no impact on the major cruise lines of the Old World. More and more cruise companies are seeking to strengthen its positions on the European rivers. Cruises on the Danube, Rhine and Loire rivers are interesting not only for the European, but also American companies.
Singapore Cruise Center (SCC) will cooperate with the World Wide Fund for Nature in preservation of the unique natural object - the Coral Triangle, located in the waters of several countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor.
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.