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Upgraded QEII terminal in Southampton reopens 50 years on

A joint investment of £5m (E6.5m) from ABP Port of Southampton and Carnival UK to refurbish the QEII Cruise Terminal building and expand its capacity has now been completed. On May 10, 50 years on from its opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 1966, the renewed facility opened its doors. The layout and flow of the passenger drop-off area has been...Read more

CE ports become the first to provide AIDAprima with LNG

On April 30, 2016, AIDA Cruises’ newbuilding AIDAprima began sailing year-round from Hamburg. She is the first cruiseship in the world to be operated using LNG when at berth in ports visited on the ‘metropolis cruise’. "We believe in LNG as being the cleanest fossil fuel,” said Felix Eichhorn, president AIDA Cruises. "I am convinced that our path...Read more

Edinburgh, Dundee and Tilbury prepare for record season

This year Capital Cruising, part of Forth Ports Limited, will welcome 91 vessels to its Scottish ports - Dundee and Edinburgh including Leith, Rosyth, Dundee and Newhaven/South Queensferry anchorages - compared to 74 in 2015. Meanwhile the London International Cruise Terminal at Tilbury shows a slight increase from 51 to 53 vessels. This...Read more

Antwerp tops 100,000 passengers this year

Antwerp has over 600 rivership calls this year and is expecting 25 from ocean-going vessels. In total more than 100,000 passengers will visit the Belgian city. First-time calls are scheduled from Majestic International Cruises’ Ocean Majesty, Oceania Cruises’ Marina (June 17), Azamara Quest, Phoenix Reisen’s Artania, Plantours’ Hamburg and...Read more

Cherbourg adapts facilities to welcome the world’s largest cruiseship

On May 27 Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Harmony of the Seas called in Cherbourg for the first time. The world’s largest cruiseship carries 6,360 passengers and 2,000 crew. Locals turned out in numbers to view the longest ship ever to visit. Despite Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 having called previously, Harmony’s extra length made the call in...Read more

Shakespeare is a given when it comes to Helsingor, home of Hamlet and Hundested

This year the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of the great bard William Shakespeare. Denmark’s Kronborg Castle in Elsinore/Helsingor is where Shakespeare placed his Danish prince Hamlet inspired by the real-life Prince Amlet. There was indeed “something rotten going on in the state of Denmark” at the time. Passengers can now...Read more

David Dingle headlines CEC conference in Dublin

Carnival UK chairman David Dingle opened the Cruise Europe conference (CEC) in Dublin on June 1 with a state of the industry briefing, saying: “Members of Cruise Europe take a very important part in the development of the European cruise industry”. With 61 newbuildings on order providing 185,000 lower berths between now and beyond 2021, the...Read more

This year Dublin, next Bremerhaven … the CE family learns from each other

Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council played host to this year’s Cruise Europe conference. The serious work took place in The Gibson Hotel on the River Liffey and just down from the port offices. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan opened the proceedings saying he was “very conscious that global tourism is in a good...Read more

Code of practice is launched at the ESPO Conference 2016

A Code of Practice for Cruise and Ferry Ports was officially released at the ESPO conference in Dublin on June 2. The five sections are devoted to the discussion of competition and cooperation between ports; the importance of infrastructure developments; security of cruise operations; the improvement of the relations of ports and the hosting...Read more

CE and CLIA partnership will benefit the industry

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) secretary general Raphael von Heereman and government affairs director Marco Digioia attended the Cruise Europe (CE) conference in Dublin last week. The two associations are forging a partnership which will bring added value to the cruise industry. Vice chairman CLIA Europe David Dingle, who gave the...Read more