Cruise Travel Planning

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas Makes Official Debut

 Above: Quantum of the Seas By Alexander Britell Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Quantum of the Seas is officially open for business. The ship made its maiden voyage from England to the United States last week, followed by an initial sailing out of …

Carnival Cruise Lines CEO to Retire

 Above: Carnival Dream By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill is retiring, the company announced Thursday. Cahill will be retiring effective Nov. 30, following two decades of service at the company. He has served as CEO …

St Lucia Set For Jump in Cruise Arrivals

 Above: Port Castries By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s Port Castries is readying for a big jump in cruise arrivals in the coming season. The island is slated to receive around 650,000 cruise passengers and 375 ships in the …

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 Above: St Lucia By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s government is looking to boost employment in the cruise sector. The country is financing a new Cruise Sector Employment Programme, which aims to train more than 200 young people in …

 Above: Cozumel’s Puerta Maya cruise port By the Caribbean Journal staff The island of Cozumel off Mexico’s Caribbean coast is off to a very strong start in the cruise sector so far this year. Cozumel received 1.786 million cruise passenger …

 Above: the Cayman Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands is reporting a significant increase in tourism numbers. The British Overseas Territory received 210,491 tourist stopover arrivals in the first half of 2014, a 9.4 percent improvement over …

 Above: Roseau, Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Rehabilitation and enhancement projects of the city of Roseau and the town of Portsmouth, Dominica will begin in the 2014/2015 fiscal year, according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The projects …

 Above: a Carnival cruise ship By Alexander Britell MIAMI — The Caribbean’s newest port project is coming to Haiti. In a statement provided to Caribbean Journal, Carnival Corporation announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a …

 Above: Labadee, Haiti By the Caribbean Journal staff As Haiti sees growth in stopover visits, the country is also showing strong improvement in the cruise sector. Haiti tallied 368,942 cruise passenger arrivals in the first half of 2014, according to …

 Above: Belize By the Caribbean Journal staff Belize’s tourism growth continued in the first half of 2014, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The country received a total of 185,996 stopover tourist arrivals from January to June, …

 Above: a Norwegian Breakaway Plus class ship By the Caribbean Journal staff Norwegian Cruise Line has reached a deal to order two new Breakaway-Plus class ships, the company announced. The agreement with Germany’s MEYER WERFT provides for two new ships …

 Above: the signing ceremony (BVIPA/A Glasgow) By the Caribbean Journal staff The British Virgin Islands, through the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority, has obtained a $35 million loan for its planned cruise pier expansion project. The deal was closed last …

 Above: Governor John de Jongh with cruise executives last week in St Croix (Photo: OG USVI) By the Caribbean Journal staff A high-level team of executives met last week in St Croix for a high-level cruise industry conference. The group …

 Above: a Disney cruise ship By the Caribbean Journal staff A delegation from Disney Cruise Line recently held talks with officials from the British Virgin Islands. The June 3 talks included Works Minister Mark Vanterpool, Acting Permanent Secretary for Ministry …

 Above: Martinique (Caribbean Journal photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Martinique is reporting strong growth in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2014. The French Caribbean department received 159,253 tourist stopover arrivals in the first three months of 2014, …

 Above: the harbour in St John’s, Antigua (Caribbean Journal photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda’s government has announced plans to undertake a “complete overhaul” of the Port of St John’s, the government announced Tuesday. Plans have already …