Milwaukee wants its port to become the next Great Lakes cruise ship destination

The Great Lakes may not have the shoreline views of Alaska, the warmth of the Bahamas or the history of Europe, but they are quickly becoming a destination for cruising. These are not the mega ships found in the Caribbean with casinos and waterslides. The experience on the Great Lakes is quieter. The clientele is older. The boats are smaller. Interest in cruising on the Great Lakes, and stopping in...

Seattle Celebrates 20 Years as a Cruise Port

The Port of Seattle is celebrating its 20th year in operations as a cruise homeport, and it is expecting a record-breaking season ahead. “Over twenty years ago this community turned a novel idea into a nearly $900 million industry and helped [Seattle] become the most environmentally progressive home port in North America,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “Alaska cruises...

Sun Princess the first cruise ship of 2017/18 season to arrive in Darwin on Thursday

DARWIN will again be overrun by cruise ship tourists, as the first ship for the season arrives in port. Almost 2000 people will converge on the Top End for a day of site-seeing and shopping on their way from Perth to Sydney. Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said cruise ships, like the Sun Princess which arrives Thursday morning, provide a welcome boost to the Territory economy during the quieter times...

Brisbane cruise ship terminal finally gets a launch date

Work will start next month on a cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point in Brisbane, after decades of complaints from the tourism industry about substandard temporary facilities for large cruise liners. The long-awaited project by the Port of Brisbane has been given the final go-ahead, with site preparation work to begin in November. Construction of the wharf will start mid-next year, and work on building...

Girl, 8, dies after falling on cruise ship in Miami

An 8-year-old girl died Saturday after falling from a cruise ship’s interior atrium to a lower deck, the Miami-Dade Police Department said. The Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Glory had finished its voyage and docked at Port Miami when the child fell around 8:15 a.m., police said. Emergency personnel transported the child to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where she...

An undercover investigation reveals air quality on a cruise ship deck could be worse than the world’s most polluted cities

Thinking of going on a cruise for the fresh ocean air? Think again. A recent undercover investigation on P&O Cruises’ ship Oceana revealed ultra-fine particles in the air emitted from burning fuel. On deck, downwind of the smokestacks, the investigative team measured 84,000 particulates per cubic cm. Closer to the smokestacks, the numbers rocketed to 144,000. Sometimes even peaking at 226,000....

Veendam cruise ship cancels three visits to Charlottetown

There’s little Port Charlottetown can do when wind conditions prevent cruise ships from visiting, says the port’s business development manager. Corryn Clemence confirmed Friday windy conditions were to blame for the Holland America Veendam’s three recent cancellations, dating back to Aug. 23. One of those cancellations came on Sept. 26 when the Veendam’s presence would have resulted in an impressive...

THIS is the most serious THREAT to a cruise ship – and how it’s prevented

CRUISE ships can face many safety issues while sailing the open ocean – but one of them is far more serious than the rest. Cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular each year as travellers take to the high seas to get from A to B. One of the major advantages of cruise ships is their high level of safety. According to a recent GP Wild report, cruise ship capacity grew by more than 41.5...

New Orleans to get its largest cruise ship ever

One of the world’s biggest cruise ships is heading to New Orleans. Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will begin sailing from the city in November 2018, the line has announced. At 145,655 tons, Breakaway is the 16th largest cruise ship in the world, and it will be the largest cruise vessel ever to sail from New Orleans. Breakaway will reposition to New Orleans from...

Pollution lurks behind cruise ship luxury

Cruise ships can produce as much pollution as a million cars. So why aren’t the companies taking action? China’s eight-day holiday, which covers both National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival, is big business for the tourism industry. As the holiday comes to a close, the China Tourism Academy estimate that as many as 710 million trips will have been made. Of course, most people will have travelled...