Porthole Cruise News Briefs – June 12, 2015

Porthole Cruise News Briefs

June 12, 2015


  • Small-ship operator Un-Cruise Adventures has released its full deployment schedule for 2016, with nine ships offering adventure and river cruises in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Columbia and Snake Rivers, Mexico, Hawaii, and new for 2016, the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica & Panama. “Central and South America are prime adventure travel destinations,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO.  “The quality of included adventure activities and opportunities for wildlife encounters make these trips stand out.”
  • Installation of a new floating pier began last week at Icy Strait Point, a seasonal cruise destination along Alaska’s Inside Passage in the Alaska Native village of Hoonah. Turnagain Marine Construction, an Alaska-based heavy marine construction firm, expects to be done by early October. The new 400-foot floating pier will allow the largest cruise ships to tie up directly, rather than tendering guests to shore. Once the pier is done, work will start on a new Tlingit-style, wood-beamed welcome center planned to be in place for the beginning of the 2016 season.
  • Music cruise promoter Sixthman has announced the lineup for the ninth Cayamo cruise, sailing January 31 to February 7, 2016, from Miami to St. Maarten and Tortola on Norwegian Pearl. Guests include Americana and folk artists like John Prine, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, and Shawn Colvin, with more to be announced.
  • CLIA, the Cruise Lines International Association, has pointed to plucky New Zealand as one of the world’s fastest-growing cruise markets, with a 10.6 percent increase in cruise vacationers last year, and double the number of cruisers five years ago. It’s right behind Australia (20.4 per cent growth) and France (13.6 per cent). The total number of Kiwi cruisers, 65,609, might not seem like much, but it’s actually more than 1 percent of country’s population.

Photo: Un-Cruise Adventures

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