One month to go – inside Symphony of the Seas

The arrival of the world’s largest ship, Symphony of the Seas, is just around the horizon with the Royal Caribbean ship passing the first of its sea trials. These sea trials are undertaken in the […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Feb 22 2018

Viking’s new ship floats out

Viking Ocean Cruises’ second ship – the 930-passenger Viking Sea – floated out of Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard on Thursday last week. “The day that a new ship first touches water is always a special day, […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jun 29 2015

Hundreds still missing as ship sinks in China

UPDATE: A Chinese ship that capsized this week,carrying 458 passengers, has now been turned upright, its crushed blue roof able to be seen from the murky waters. Seventy-seven people are dead and hundreds are still missing when […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Jun 2 2015

Officials search for missing Costa Concordia waiter

Now that Costa Concordia has arrived at the scrapyard, officials have resumed searching for the missing body of a waiter who died when the ship sunk off the coast of Giglio in January 2012. Russel […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jul 29 2014

Aussies love small boat cruising

Australia’s love affair with holidays on the water includes small boats, with Sunsail, Le Boat and The Moorings reporting strong growth. David Reid, Tui Marine’s head of distribution, said Le Boat passengers travelling from Australia […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jul 18 2014

Construction starts on the world’s most luxurious cruise ship

Regent Seven Seas has officially commenced construction on what it is calling the world’s most luxurious ship. Scheduled for delivery in 2016, the first piece of steel was cut and laid for Seven Seas Explorer […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jul 16 2014

Search called off for missing Carnival Spirt kitchenhand who fell overboard

The search and rescue operation has been called off for a Carnival Spirit staff member who fell overboard. A spokesperson for the New Caledonian search and rescue authority told Fairfax Media they had allowed the […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Jul 8 2014

VIDEO: Go inside the Costa Concordia wreckage

Ever wondered what the inside of Costa Concordia looks like two and a half years after it sunk off the coast of Giglio in Italy? Italian divers have released a new video, which takes viewers […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jul 7 2014

UK cruise line charters a new ship

The UK company that operates 600-passenger Astor, has announced a new ship will join its fleet in 2015. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) revealed 550-passenger Azores has been chartered from Portuscale Cruises on a long-term […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jul 3 2014

Ponant experiences record cruise growth

Ponant has experienced record growth since announcing its expansion Down Under, achieving a 50 percent year-on-year growth in bookings for the first five months of 2014. In November last year, the French company appointed former […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jun 17 2014

Quantum of the Seas entertainment gets wicked with Kristen Chenoweth

Actress and godmother to Quantum of the Seas, Kristin Chenoweth, has signed on to play a larger role as the ship’s ‘Experience Advisor for Entertainment’. Chenoweth joins a lineup of Quantum Experience Advisors who have […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jun 10 2014