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.

Carnival Won’t Be Sailing To Tortola In 2014-2015

Bad news for everyone who likes Tortola! Carnival Cruise Lines won't be calling at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands from June 2014. The cruise line won't be visiting the Port of call for at least 10 months. There are several reasons why this is happening. Firstly the dock where the cruise ships usually dock is being upgraded by the Tortola Government. This may be because of increasing competition between Caribbean islands for cruise ship passengers. We don't know yet but it could be upgraded to be able to bring in larger ships. If Carnival was still to call at...

Sun Princess Cruise Ship Delayed

The Sun Princess ship operated by Princess Cruises was delayed yesterday in Sydney, Australia. The ship was to depart from the Sydney cruise terminal for a 12 night voyager around New Zealand and Australia. The ship was delayed due to technical issues by 10 hours. As new embarking passengers were coming onto the ship a letter from the ship's captain Andrew Froude was sent to all of their staterooms informing them of the delay. As a result the ship will not be sailing to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. The sun Princess was supposed to arrive there on October 19...

Queen Elizabeth 2 Cruise Ship To Finally Be A Hotel

One of the most historic and well-known ships in the world the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is to finally become a floating hotel. The ship will sail from its current location in Dubai to the Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province in China. Once there it will be transformed by the COSCO shipyard. The grand ship will get all of its cabins changed to hotel suites. In fact right now there are 990 staterooms but once the change is done there will be 400 hotel suites from 60 to 150 square meters. Guests will be able to choose from different sizes. Queen Elizabeth 2 will...

6 Year Old Boy Has Drowned In Carnival Ship Pool

Updated - 15 Oct 2013 The young boys name is Qwentyn Hunter from Winter Gardens near Orlando, Florida. And now more details have come to light of the tragic event. The young boy was playing with his 10 year old brother at the time and then was just found lifeless in the water. We wanted to post a new article about Carnival not having life guards at the ships pools but now isn't the time. All our thoughts are with the boys family and friends. Original Article A 6 year old boy has sadly drowned on the Carnival Victory cruise ship. The boy...

Jewel of the Seas Passenger Hears Cries of Help

It's been reported that a passenger on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas made an amazing discovery at 4 a.m. in the morning. The passenger heard cries for help from her balcony from three sailors who were on a capsized speedboat. The ship was sailing towards the Caribbean island of Saint Martin which is a popular port of call for many cruise ships. Jewel of the seas was sailing from San Juan and it was the very first night of the voyage. The passenger who's name is Kendra Nagy heard the sailors calling for help and she then contacted the main...

Remains Of Costa Concordia Crew Member Found

The remains of the Costa Concordia Indian crew member Russell Rebello have been found according to Italy's Civil Protection Agency. The remains were found on the third bridge onboard the Costa Concordia just days ago. Russell Rebello was a waiter on the ship and is one of the last of 32 people who died to be found. DNA tests are underway to confirm that the remains are in fact from the crew member. Other remains  were found on the sea bed not long after the Costa Concordia was righted to it's up right position in September. Those remains are also...

Star Cruises Orders New Large Ship

One of the main Cruise lines in Asia called Star Cruises has ordered a new large cruise ship. The company has made the order with Meyer Werft in Germany who will construct the vessel. Star Cruises is mainly dedicated to Asia with home ports in China and calling to destinations like Taiwan and South Korea. The cruise line currently operates five ships all purchased from other cruise lines. The new ship will cost $707 Million and is expected to carry 3,364 passengers. The ship will be built for the Asian market with many lounges and onboard features dedicated to the region. The...

Elderly Passenger Disappears From Sun Princess Ship

An Elderly passenger has disappeared from the Sun Princess cruise ship which is operated by Princess Cruises. The ship was sailing up the Kimberley Coast in Western Australian on Tuesday when the 72 year old male passenger went missing. Sun Princess was sailing towards Darwin at the time. The mans wife reported him missing which started a search conducted by the ships crew and there was no trace of the missing passenger onboard the ship. The PA system was also used to help search for him. The ship turned around to back track it's voyage and to begin a search operation...

Aida Cruises Names New Ship Aidaprima

The German cruise line Aida Cruises has announced the name of it's upcoming ship. The ship will be called Aidaprima which is currently being constructed at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Japan. Aidaprima will launch in 2015 and will sail year round from the Germany port of Hamburg. Normal Sailings will begin on June 20th 2015. The very first voyager will be from Yokohama, Japan to Hamburg, Germany from March 22nd to June 16th. Another ship which will be the same class is also to be built in Japan. The second ship will be the same class launching in 2016. Both ships...