We like to bring you all the news stories around the world from the cruise industry but to be honest, sometimes the stories don’t quite have enough meat to justify us putting out a blog post purely dedicated to the story. So with that in mind, here’s a summary of some of the smaller news stories of the week in the world of cruise:
The port of Rostock has announced a record year for visitors, with 198 different ship visits from 41 ships across 28 different cruise lines. A large number of visitors took excursions to berlin, but many of the 365,000 passengers also chose to remain in the port itself to explore, helping to boost the local economy. The port managing director, Ulrich Bauermeister, said “We again expect a large number of port calls by cruise liners next year.”
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced financial results for the third quarter of 2013 with an increase of net revenue of around 20%. It’s a solid if not spectacular result, and one that is sure to please the executives. It reflects the recent success of the cruise line with the addition of the Norwegian Breakaway, and predictions suggest growth could reach 60% for 2014.
The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship the Boudicca is to enter a short dry dock period next week, purely for technical reasons. A lot of general maintenance and upkeep is to be carried out over a six-day period, including repairing the rudder. It’s not the first time she has visited the Lloyd Werft shipyard for works, as she was once lengthened by 28 meters by the team back in 1982, when she was called the Royal Viking Sky.
The ms Noordam, owned by Holland America Line, has been assigned new itineraries for the spring and summer seasons in 2014. Instead of sailing itineraries more in the east of the Mediterranean including Egypt, it will now focus more on central and western destinations.
By Ian Lewis