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.

Ocean Countess Cruise Ship On Fire

The 17,593 ton former Cunard cruise ship Ocean Countess is on fire while laid up in Chalkis, Greece. As you can see from the Arial footage the blaze is very intense and a planned return to service in 2014 will now surely not happen. At the moment its being reported that it's unknown how the fire started and thankfully there have been no injuries or fatalities. The Ocean Countess which is currently owned by Majestic International Cruises has been laid up at Chalkis ever since being chartered for Cruise & Martime Voyages in the UK. The ship is well known for being operated...

MSC Poesia Makes Maiden Call In Argentina

MSC Cruises continues it's busy season with another ship making a maiden call! The MSC Poesia has made it's call to Buenos Aires in the South American country of Argentina. There was a party arranged on-board the ship for guests along with officials and the crew. The super model Valeria Mazza was also at the event and she will be a special godmother for the Argentine sailings. It wasn't just a ceremony but also a fund raising event to help Children who have to come to Buenos Aires for out of town treatment.  “Without realising it, with a little effort we can be...

Mamma Mia Musical To Be Featured On Quantum of the Seas

Today Royal Caribbean have announced that the world famous Mamma Mia show musical is to be featured on the cruise lines upcoming cruise ship Quantum of the Seas. The announcement was made at the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York city. The float of Royal Caribbean which was called "A World At Sea" displayed the best features which guests can find on-board a Royal Caribbean ship. “The debut of Mamma Mia! board Quantum of the Seas continues to raise the bar of what we offer our guests onboard our latest groundbreaking ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal...

Carnival Vista To Get MAN Diesel & Turbo Engines

Carnival Cruise Lines has selected Man Diesel & turbo Engines to provide five 48/60CR engines to the Carnival Vista and a new generation of cruise ships. Dr. Stephan Timmermann, of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Executive Board, said: “This new order is yet another historical milestone for the company in what is a technologically but also commercially demanding market. Gaining the confidence of Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, fills us with pride but we are also aware of the high level of expectation that working with a major, new customer brings.” The engines will be a diesel-electric propulsion system and...

MSC Preziosa Arrives In Brazil With Huge Party

MSC Cruises is in the news again with another cruise ship arrival to the Americas! The European cruise lines newest ship the MSC Preziosa has completed a journey and arrived in Brazil, Santos for the very first time. The ship is the third to sail from Brazil and will be sailing the coast for the first time since MSC Fantasia last year. When the ship arrived over 1,200 guests had a huge party on-board. Among the people on-board were press and travel agents along with officers and executives of the MSC Preziosa. Included in the celebrations were Brazilian artist Xuxa who...

Royal Caribbean Float Ready For Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The innovative Royal Caribbean float is now all set to be featured in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the streets of New York city this Thursday November 28th. The float has been designed by the Macy's Parade Studio and is called "A World At Sea". It's set to show the best of the cruise lines and cruising at sea with three large rotating postcards showing a different feature from on-board a Royal Caribbean ship. Featured in each postcard will be the popular rock climbing activity, the Flow Rider surf simulator and the zip line which is famous...

Monday Night Football To Be Shown On Princess Ships

Princess Cruises will now be showing all the Monday night Football on-board all cruise ships which are departing from the US. The football will be shown on the large open deck screen known as "Movies Under the Stars". The cruise line will also be throwing a party to celebrate the games every week. “No need to miss the biggest games while on vacation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. The screen is very large and lots of passengers will be able to watch all the games while sailing at sea! Guests will also be able to relax on the...

Anthem of the Seas To Sail From Southampton From April 2015

Royal Caribbean International have announced that the upcoming cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is to sail out of Southampton from April 2015 and sail Mediterranean cruises. The announcement was made during a live event in the Heron tower in London, UK which also featured anthems from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The ship will also be sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida providing cruises to the Caribbean in the winter season. People planning on booking a cruise on the innovative ship will have more options from two different regions of the world.  “Our business has a long history with the port...

Royal Caribbean About To Make A Huge Announcement

Today At 12:00PM Eastern time Royal Caribbean will be making a huge announcement with a live event. But the big question is what could it be? Here just a few ideas that Cruise Hive has come up with which the announcement could be about: Could Royal Caribbean announce another new ship to be built? Anthem of the Seas is currently being constructed but the cruise line is yet to tell anyone about the ships future itinerary. People around the web are prediction that the Quantum class cruise ship could be sailing out of Southampton in the UK. This is the number...