Emrys Thakkar

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Founder and Editor of Cruise Hive which has been online since 2008. Worked on Carnival ships for 8 years and have an insight into cruising from a passenger and a crew member's perspective. Dedicated to bringing cruisers the latest industry news and informative articles. Find out more about us here.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world and if you choose a cruise that sails to the Caribbean then there is a very good chance it will make a call at the port. No matter what season your ship makes a call at Cozumel you can always expect to come across passengers from other ships browsing the many souvenir shops and entertainment venues. Let’s start by looking at the three main ports in Cozumel which are Puerta Maya, Punta Langosta and TMM International Pier . Punta Langosta is situated in the downtown area and pretty much caters for...

Over 70 People Sick With Gastrointestinal Illness On Holland America Ship

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that the Holland America ship ms Maasdam has had a Gastrointestinal outbreak which is vomiting and diarrhea. This usually ends up being known as the Norovirus after tests from the CDC. There were 65 passengers out of 1,096 who have had the symptoms and 8 out of 569 crew members also with symptoms. The cruise just ended on March 28th and when the ship arrived into it;s home port in Fort Lauderdale extra cleaning and sanitation was done by the crew. An official from the CDC did board the ship in Ft.Lauderdale to investigate...

Royal Caribbean Announce Dynamic Dining & Jamie’s Italian

Royal Caribbean have announced a new era in dining with the new "Dynamic Dining" program which is set to debut on Quantum of the seas and Anthem of the Seas. Guests will be in the driving seat when it comes to making seating reservations, dress code and even seating options. 18 dining venues will be apart of this new culinary experience along with a new take for the main dining room. Guests will also be able to choose from five complimentary, full service restaurants as part of their dining experience. “Royal Caribbean has long offered flexible dining options, but Dynamic Dining provides...

Carnival Ecstasy Rescues 41 People From Overcrowded Boat

The carnival Ecstasy which is operated by carnival cruise Lines rescued 41 people from an overcrowded boat on Tuesday evening. the ship spotted a badly maintained boat which was taking on water and had no life jackets. The boat was also well over crowded with 41 Cuban migrants aboard. if the Carnival Ecstasy didn't spot the vessel it would have ended in tragedy. the small boat was spotted in the Florida straights which is an area of ocean between Cuba and southern Florida. None of he Cuban migrants had been injured and after being rescued by the ecstasy they were later transferred...

Richard Bransons Virgin Cruises Gets Funding

As Cruise Hive previously reported, British Billionaire Richard Branson has been looking at launching his own cruise line to go along with all his other companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Trains and dozens more. Well now Virgin Cruises has reportedly received most of the funding needed to launch Virgin Cruises by 2019. Apparently the majority of the funding which is said to be up to $1.7 Billion has come from investment companies based in the Gulf region or more specifically the United Arab Emirates (UAE). in a comment to the Sydney Morning Herald Branson made the following comment: “It’s true that we...

Oil Spill Causing Cruise Ship Mayhem

The oil that spilled into Galveston Bay on the weekend has been causing mayhem for many cruise ships cruising in the gulf of Mexico. there was a collision involving a barge which was carrying almost one million gallons of marine fuel oil and another vessel but it's unclear how much oil has exactly spilled into the region. This has caused cruise lines to delay ship departures and arrivals in the region. the clean up which is very important to the environment is also delaying cruise ships. The Caribbean Princess has been delayed in Houston and guests have had to stay aboard the ship...

First Steel Cut For New Breakaway Plus Ship Norwegian Escape

The first steel part has been cut for NCL's upcoming cruise ship the Norwegian Escape at the Mayer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The steel cutting was watched by cruise line and shipyard executives which is tradition. The plasma torch cut the steel to the delight of everyone who has worked hard to make the ship happen. The piece of steel-cut is for Block 46 which will eventually become part of the Norwegian Escape. “Norwegian Escape will be the largest ship in our fleet and will continue our legacy of innovation”, said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s President and CEO. “Cutting the first...

Carnival Splendor To Sail From Norfolk Virginia In 2015

Today Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that the Carnival Splendor is to sail a series of two to seven-day cruises from Norfolk, Virginia in 2015. To go along with the two to seven-day voyages will be a special one week cruise to Bermuda. This will offer a wider range of cruises for people who are looking to book a cruise outside the Caribbean. Carnival Splendors Norfolk itineraries will begin in May 2015 making it the largest ever ship to sail from the port. Two day cruises will begin sailing from May 16, 2015. The three, five-day voyages will call at Nassau...

Two Large New 167,600 Ton Class Cruise Ships Coming To MSC Cruises

Today MSC Cruises have signed a letter of intent with STX Europe to build two brand new prototype cruise ships. This will be a new brand of vessels built-in France for the European based cruise line. There is also an option for two more ships to be built for MSC Cruises. The first ship to be built is expected to be completed in 2017 and the another which will be delivered in 2019. "Growth and development have always been the characteristics that have defined MSC since the very beginning of our journey into the world of cruising. The launch of this prototype...