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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 14, 2015

New Company Positions Environmental Causes As Raison d’Etre for Engaging Travelers New ExploringCircle has partnered with 5 Gyres to offer Northwest Passage scientific research cruises.

Carnival Making a Difference This Holiday Season Carnival Cruise Line and its employees donated hundreds of toys and bikes to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and gave gifts with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

Luxe River Line AmaWaterways Reveals 2017 Cruises, New Ship AmaWaterways has unveiled its 2017 sailings including Europe and Asia as well as new ship AmaKristina.

Cunard Announces Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock to Headline ‘Jazz at Sea’ Transatlantic Crossing Jazz artist to be featured on Cunard Blue Note jazz at sea-themed Queen Mary 2 sailing on Aug. 1, 2016.


After a potential security threat was deemed not credible, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection was given the “all-clear” by officials over the weekend.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 experienced an engine fire, causing temporary loss of propulsion off Lisbon, Portugal, that resulted in a short delay and no harm to guests.

In Grand Cayman news, Croisières de France’s MV Zenith caused damage to a coral reef with its anchor, and the Cayman Islands government has granted permission to construct a dock at George Town.

As for ship construction, Lindblad Expeditions Holdings will build two US-flag ships at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, and Pandaw River Expeditions will enhance two of its vessels with new suites.

Lastly, in port news, the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was inaugurated with MSC Cruises, the Port of San Diego, California considers environmental impact as industry grows, and Miami-Dade County has extended its berthing agreement with Disney Cruise Line through 2018 and potentially 2019.



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