Amsterdam’s Cruise Terminal could be relocated away from the city centre to ease congestion in the city. Such a move will surely bring mixed blessings as the current terminal allows cruise guests to stroll into the city if they so wish.
AIDA’s AIDAprima (above) was awarded during the 6th Cruise Congress in Hamburg not once but twice with a Cruise Guide Award on 16th November. The 12-member panel of experts voted the ship the winner in the categories of Sport and Spa Facilities and Family Friendliness. Meanwhile the AIDAperla has gained her trademark “lips” on her bow during fitting out in Nagasaki, Japan.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista was welcomed by Port Miami on 27th November when she arrived to commence a year-round schedule of six and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean. To officially welcome Carnival Vista to its Miami homeport, Captain Stefano Battinelli and Port Miami Assistant Director Fred Wong participated in a traditional maritime plaque exchange prior to the ship’s inaugural departure from Miami. The port has been CCL’s home since the company’s inception in 1972. The 110,320gt/2005 built Carnival Liberty was constrained by technical problems that affected her maximum speed resulting in a series of modifications to her Caribbean cruise itineraries departing 19th & 26th November. On board credits and future cruise discounts were offered as compensation with guests also given the option to cancel. Repairs were expected to be completed by the end of November.
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