Emrys Thakkar

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The founder of Cruise Hive which was established in 2008 as one of the earliest cruise blogs in the industry. Emrys has been reporting on the latest cruise industry news since the site first launched. Expert insights and tips featured on a number of publications including The Express, Business Insider, and more.

Worked for Carnival Cruise Line for 8 years and is well and truly dedicated to cruising! Has also been on a number of cruises so can offer an insight into the industry that many will not be able to do. What's even more impressive is that Emrys has traveled the world by visiting more than 34 countries, lived in China for 8 years, cruised the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, and Europe.

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Ways Not To Get Sick With The Norovirus While Cruising

You'll always read about news of the Norovirus which has spread onboard some cruise ship which can be pretty scary especially if you don't cruise that often or not at all. Well don't worry because there are ways to protect yourself while onboard so you can continue to enjoy the cruise that you purchased. First of all Norovirus is common and most cruise lines do have plans and procedures to keep the spread to a minimum. Not just that but even if there is no Norovirus outbreak you'll always see crew members cleaning and sanitizing important areas of the ship...

Photos Of New P&O Britannia Funnel At The Shipyard

P&O Cruises have released some great photos of the cruise lines upcoming cruise ship the P&O Britannia. The ship is the largest purpose-built cruise ship for the UK market and will be one of the cruise industry highlights of 2015. The ship is 141,000 tons and will be carrying over 4,000 passengers once it launches in Spring 2015. Take a look at the photo gallery below from P&O Cruises facebook page as the new blue funnel is put into position. Are you excited for Britain's largest ever purpose-built ship? Let us know int he comments below along with your views on...

Popular Cruise Ship Hull Artwork Explained

It seems to be a growing trend at the moment with cruise ships having these huge artworks on the side of the hull, usually towards the bow. It also seems to be a trend which has started from one cruise line and that's Norwegian Cruise Lines. All ships in the fleet showcase a creative artwork on the hull which are usually related to the ship itself. We'll have a more in-depth look at some popular ships featuring these amazing arts at sea! Norwegian Breakaway, Peter Max Lets start with one of the newest cruise ships in the world which also had...

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...

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...

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 Divina Arrives At Port of Miami And Makes History

Today MSC Cruises made history with the MSC Divina arriving into Miami for the very first time. But it's more than that! The ship will now be sailing from the popular port all year round which is the first time the European cruise line has ever done that. In fact it's the first time an MSC ship will be sailing year round in North America. “With MSC Divina’s debut, we are thrilled to welcome one of our finest and most innovative vessels to North America,” said Richard Sasso, President and CEO of MSC Cruises USA. When the ship sailed into Miami it done it...

How To Shop While On A Cruise Ship

When you're on a cruise ship at some point you will be stepping into the on-board tax and duty free shops. The article will help you out especially if you are a first time cruiser as all the different events each day can be daunting and confusing. So first let's explain a few things about the gift shops on-board ships. On most of the large cruise lines a separate company operates the tax and duty free shops so even if you're cruising with a different cruise line you may come across the same products, promotions and even the staff! Yes...

Costa Diadema Floats Out For Final Stages Of Construction

Costa Cruises' upcoming cruise ship the Costa Diadema has floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera for the very first time. The final stages of construction can now begin which includes setting up all the interior areas of the ship. Many different contractors will go onboard and transform the inside into a floating hotel. Costa Crociere S.p.A. CEO Michael Thamm commented: “The Costa Diadema will be our new flagship and our tangible commitment to the future success and growth of our Company.She is the 10th cruise ship built in Italy by Fincantieri for Costa since 2000, with a total investment...