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Dubai opens cruise ship terminal
new Dubai terminal

Dubai opened a new cruise ship terminal on Tuesday with the naming of an Italian ocean liner that will operate cruises from this Gulf Arab tourism hub."Six-seven years ago, we had 10,000 (cruise ship) travelers. In 2009, this figure rose to 263,000 sea passengers, and we expect an increase in the coming years," Hamad bin Mejren, executive director of business tourism at the Dubai Department of Tourismmore
Carrribbean cruise ship turns in diarrhea nightmare vessel
ocean cruise

When gastrointestinal illness hits a cruise ship, there's nowhere to run or hide, as nearly 450 passengers and crewmembers aboard the Celebrity Cruises ship Mercury have discovered. Celebrity Cruises says they they're still investigating what caused the outbreak, but the symptoms include "upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea," according to their spokeswoman.She also says that those who are sick will receive compensation of some sort for missing out on the actual cruise. more

Norwegian Cruise Line to base ship in Tampa for first time
worlds largest cruise ship

Norwegian cruise line announced it would base a ship in Tampa starting in late 2011 -- a first for the line.Norwegian says the 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star will sail seven-day Western Caribbean voyages out of the city on a seasonal basis starting on Oct. 16, 2011 through April 8, 2012.The Star will edge out the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend as the biggest cruise ship sailing out of Tampa.  more

Cruise lines, still reeling from recession, keeping prices low
The recession might feel like it's almost over, but major vacation planners like cruise lines are still feeling the pinch. And that's good news for consumers. The pent-up demand for travel, building ever since would-be vacationers started staying at home and waiting for better economic climates, means cruise lines are aggressively targeting those markets in the hopes of filling their cabins to capacity early in the year. "In order to generate reasonable returns, cruise lines need to fill the ships to at least 115% occupancy," said Dave Moorcroft, a spokesperson for, an online bargain-hunting site for cruises, noting that 100% assumes two people per cabin and many cabins are capable of holding much more than that number. But as consumer confidence returns and travellers begin to feel more comfortable opening their wallets to treat themselves to a longer trip, those deals are going to close up quickly. more

Opulent cruise ship to arrive in Sydney         

Oasis of the sea

The opulent cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey is poised to make her first grand entrance into Sydney Harbor. The $300 million luxury vessel is due to arrive in Darling Harbour about 6am (AEDT) on Wednesday.From Sydney she will sail to Cairns, Darwin and the South-East Asian ports of Bali, Brunei and Borneo. She is expected to arrive at her final destination, Athens, in late April.The 32,000 tonne Seabourn Odyssey, which began her inaugural world voyage in Venice in June, is limited to carrying 450 passengers, while similar sized ships normally carry 800-900 passengers.The ship includes 225 ocean view suites measuring 27 to 156 square metres, most of which have private verandas. more