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.

Princess Cruises Launches Brand New Ad Campaign

Princess Cruises has launched a huge advertising campaign called "Come Back New" The Ad spots have already started TV and will also be featured in Magazines, radio and online. The new campaign cost the cruise line $20 Million making it one of the largest ever for Princess Cruises which is operated by Carnival. This will also be the first marketing campaign on radio and TV for Princess for over a decade! “This new campaign is an exciting opportunity for us to differentiate Princess Cruises in the minds of travelers,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “After extensive research, we identified a...

Carnival Introduces Best Price Guarantee For Shore Excursions

Carnival Launches a new shore excursion best price guarantee where guests will get the best price and value for money when booking their tours. The new program is now on all ships across the Carnival fleet which are in North America. Shore tour bookings made before the cruise or during the cruise are included. So how does it work? Well if a person finds a tour they booked at a lower price by another tour operator they must fill out a claim form. After the claim form has been completed online or on the cruise ship it will take up...

Carnival Cruise Lines Makes Return To Norfolk In 2015

Great news for cruisers in Virginia as Carnival Cruise Lines will return to Norfolk in 2015! The cruise line stopped sailing out of Norfolk back in October 2013 which many people were unhappy about. The announcement was made by Virginia Governor on Monday and has also been confirmed by Carnival. It's not known which ship sail from the port but it's expected to only sail seasonally and is set to begin in Spring and then again towards the end of 2015. There is high demand for cruising in the region and the only reason why Carnival pulled the Carnival Glory last...

Norwegian Epic To Sail From Barcelona Year Round

Norwegian Cruise Line have announced that the cruise lines largest cruise ship Norwegian Epic will be sailing from Barcelona, Spain from 30th April, 2015. Barcelona is popular destination for all of the worlds biggest cruise lines and Norwegian Epic will be the largest ever to sail year round from the European port. NCL have yet to release the itinerary details but will in the month of March. Norwegian Epic is currently sailing from Miami, Florida to Eastern and Western Caribbean and no details are known as yet if another Norwegian cruise ship will take over those itinerary. Norwegian Epic launched in June 2010...

Carnival Cruise Lines Partners With Sun Lotion Company

Carnival have announced that they will partner up with Sun Care company Ocean Potion for the very first time. Ocean Potion is an American based Sun Lotion company from Florida. This will be a great way to show how important it is for guests to protect themselves on their cruise holiday. Even if it's not very sunny people can still suffer from sun burn. Ocean Potion will sponsor a number of onboard activities and spread the message of Sun Care at sea. The new partnership will start early this year in 2014 on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival liberty, Carnival Sunshine and...

MSC Cruises Investigating After Being Caught Dumping Waste Into Ocean

MSC Cruises has announced that they are investigating after the cruise line was caught dumping waste into the ocean in Brazil. A passenger who was cruising on the MSC Magnifica at the time caught crew throwing bags into the sea and recorded it on video, you can watch the video below which is featured in a Brazilian news report: https://youtu.be/cxHPVApuax8 The Italian based cruise line announced will make do a full investigation and will take action to avoid similar incidents in the future. As for the passenger who caught the incident, it was businessman Sergio da Silva Oliveira according to a Brazilian...

Norwegian Getaway Almost Ready For Southampton Debut

Norwegian Getaway is almost ready to make its inaugural sailing from Southampton to its new year round home of Miami, Florida. The new NCL cruise ship will arrive in Southampton on January 15th and is the sister ship to the popular Norwegian Breakaway which is currently sailing out of New York. At Cruise Hive we're really excited about Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ship so have decided to put together some renderings from Norwegian Cruise Lines of the main features from onboard the new ship. The media is set to checkout the new ship while it's at Southampton for two days and...

Photos of a Very Snowy Queen Mary 2

Here are some photos from people onboard the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship when it was full of snow just days ago! (January 2014). The ship is now on its way to Southampton after a delay in departure from New York. The ship is expected to still arrive at Southampton on time on January 10th. So many people online have been posting and discussing the snow onboard the British cruise ship so Cruise Hive couldn't resist doing the same! One of the photos really shows how thick the snow got and we're sure all the passengers and crew enjoyed the...

Construction Underway On New Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal

Port Canaveral near Orlando, Florida has begun construction on its new $50.5 Million cruise terminal. As Cruise Hive has previously reported, the terminal will be at the south area of the port and cruise passengers will be able to enjoy near by dining and entertainment venues. The new cruise terminal will be completed by November 2014 and will increase capacity at the fast growing cruise port. There are currently already 3 terminals and one of them are dedicated to Disney Cruise Lines. The actual facility will be 187,500 square foot. The new terminal will also be walking distance from the recently opened Exploration...