Cruise lines extend their cancellation policies to entice cruisers to book

Several cruise lines have increased their cancellation policies to encourage consumers to book.  Whilst some cruise lines are allowing late and close-to-sailing booking cancellations on bookings through to March 31, 2022, Holland America Line has […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 17 2022

Sail in style with MSC’s new luxury brand Explora Journeys in 2023

MSC is to enter the luxury market with the launch of Explora Journeys, targeting well-heeled travellers who want to sail in style. The first of four luxury ships, Explora l will debut in 2023 with […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jun 11 2021

A rollercoaster at sea, sky suites and celebrity eats: the shiny new ships sailing in 2021

Despite a COVID-19 throwing a sledgehammer into the travel industry, ship-builders have been busier than ever, building and readying ships across the world for sailings in 2021. Whether it be a mega-ship or a tiny […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Nov 20 2020

Europe’s second wave impacts the return to cruise

The growing number of cases on shore in Europe have started to impact the tentative return of cruising. MSC Cruises announced yesterday it will be temporarily suspending further sailings of MSC Magnifica given the prevailing […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Nov 4 2020

Cruise industry launches lobbying campaign backed by suppliers

At the height of the wave season, Select Fresh Providores would supply fruit and vegetables to all the major cruise lines: P&O Cruises, Carnival, Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania and MSC. “At […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Oct 1 2020

Critical cruise health initiatives on trial in Europe with MSC and Costa

European sailings by big ship lines such as MSC and Costa are seen as critical tests for the cruise industry’s ability to handle COVID-19. Cruise lines have cited the success in Europe, where lines have […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Sep 24 2020

Battle begins to relaunch cruise with new health plans and European test sailings

The battle to start cruising has begun in earnest today, with the major lines – backed by teams of eminent medical specialists – putting forward fresh plans to convince governments around the world that it’s […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Sep 22 2020

Australasia’s cruise industry group gets new chair as lines prepare for relaunch

Gavin Smith, Royal Caribbean International’s managing director Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed the new chair of Cruise Lines International Association Australasia. Mr Smith takes on the role as cruise lines grapple with the […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . May 20 2020

We reveal the winner of Cruise Passenger’s MSC competition

Philippa Booker –  or Pip, as she is more affectionately known as –  got home last night from work as a local hairdresser in Perth. The 41-year-old, finally got to her emails at 11pm after […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 27 2020

Royal Caribbean halts all Australian cruises for 30 days

Royal Caribbean has halted sailings in Australia and worldwide for 30 days due to COVID-19 concerns. The line had announced the voluntary halt in America on Friday but said it would continue sailings in Australia […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 14 2020
Tips & Advice

Is a specialty dining package worth it?

When it comes to dining at sea, the options are many. So when you’re adding up the advantages of purchasing a dining package, is it worth it compared to paying as you go? When a […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Feb 21 2020