NACTA Agents Sail to Higher Paying Waters

The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) says independent travel consultants have been pulling away from mainstream and mid-market cruise lines to mitigate low cruise fares and non-commissionable fees (NCFs) and, instead, selling all inclusive vacations, luxury and river...Read more

Scenic Cruises Unveils New 2015 Itineraries

Scenic Cruises has announced some of the highlights of their 2015 Europe River Cruising program including the introduction of new immersion-based experiences, a new destination and the addition of two new next generation Scenic ‘Space-Ships’. The 2015 program changes are...Read more

Lindblad Expeditions Inaugurate National Geographic Orion in New Zealand

The National Geographic Orion, the newest ship in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, was formally inaugurated in Auckland, New Zealand this week. It marked the culmination of a year-long transition from Orion Expedition Cruises to Lindblad Expeditions. The inauguration ceremony...Read more

Nova Star Cruises Begins Accepting Reservations for Nova Scotia to Maine Ferry

Tourists can now make reservations to travel aboard Nova Star, the brand new, 161-metre cruise-ferry, that will make daily roundtrip crossings between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine starting May 15, 2014. One-way fares range from $79 to $139 for...Read more

MSC Cruises Launches New Travel Agent ‘Serving You’ Intiative

At a press conference held at CLIA’s Cruise3Sixty, MSC Cruises announced several new initiatives created specifically to underscore the line’s commitment to the travel agent community and its valued travel agent partners. MSC True Partnerships, its long-standing travel agent program,...Read more

Blount Small Ship Adventures Offers Food & Wine Discovery This Summer

Travelers can embark on a culinary adventure this summer, with Blount Small Ship Adventures’ Food & Wine Discovery, cruising through the Islands of New England. On this one-of-a-kind itinerary, guests will set sail to experience the culinary classics of New...Read more

Indonesia: AdventureSmith Explorations Offers Seven Day Bali-Komodo-Flores Cruises

From now through mid-September, the nearly weekly departures of this seven-day cruise alternate between Katharina, a 14-guest, traditional Indonesian “Phinisi”, an elegant and speedy yacht built in 1995 of iron wood, and the 28-guest Ombak Putih, a traditional Indonesian schooner...Read more

Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 Breaks Record Attendance

The 2014 Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition that ran from March 10-13, at the Miami Beach Convention Center posted record attendance and the largest exhibition in the event’s 30-year history. The annual gathering had nearly 12,000 total registrations, a 10...Read more

Hong Kong and Taiwan Launch World’s First ‘Asia Cruise Fund’

The world’s first-ever “Asia Cruise Fund” was announced at Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 by Mr. Philip Yung, Commissioner for Tourism of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government, Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board...Read more

Victoria Cruises, Ritz Tours Offering 12-Day Yangtze Essence Program

Victoria Cruises and Ritz Tours offering a comprehensive 12-day Yangtze Essence program, giving travelers the opportunity to explore the rich history of China. The 12-day adventure features a luxurious four-day Yangtze River cruise in a private-balcony superior stateroom aboard the recently...Read more