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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Steel Cut For New Holland America Pinnacle Cruise Ship

The first steel has been cut for Holland America Lines upcoming Pinnacle Class cruise ship. The cutting started on Tuesday which begins a new phase in the unnamed ships construction. There was a ceremony when the steel was cut at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The new class ship will be 99,500 which will be the largest ever built for the cruise line. “This is a proud day for Holland America Line as we officially begin construction on our new Pinnacle Class ship,” said Stein Kruse, the company’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to be back at Fincantieri for such a milestone,...

Allure of the Seas To Sail Summer Cruises From Barcelona In 2015

Royal Caribbean have announced that its largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas is to sail from Barcelona all summer in 2015! It was not that long ago when rival cruise line NCL also announced that its biggest cruise ship will be sailing from the popular European port also. Barcelona now seems to be becoming the main hub for cruise line operations in Europe and the Mediterranean. Allure of the Seas will be sailing a summer season around the Mediterranean and is set to offer guests the perfect cruise on the worlds largest cruise ship along with breathtaking destinations.  “Royal Caribbean...

Navigator of the Seas Resumes Sailing From Galveston After Drydock

Navigator of the Seas which is operated by Royal Caribbean has today resumed service after a month-long dry dock to upgrade the ship. The upgrade has been part of a fleet wide revitalization program to bring all the latest new innovations to all cruise ships. The ship now has all the latest innovations which the cruise line is so famous for. From today passengers can take full advantage of all the new features including the well know flowrider. Its set to be a popular attraction onboard and brings the standard of activity in line with the Oasis class vessels. Guests...

One Boy Has Drowned And Another Airlifted From Norwegian Breakaway

Updated - 20:10 GMT It's being reported that a young 4 year old boy has drowned on board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship. Another 6 year old boy has been airlifted to Hospital  from the ship on the morning of 3rd January. The older boy was taken to the Carolina East Medical Center based in New Bern, North Carolina. It's understood that he was later moved to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville which is in the same region. The boy is now thankfully in a stable condition according to WNCT. NCL have released a statement on their Facebook page: We are extremely saddened to report...

Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Record Cruise Sales

Today Carnival Cruise Lines has announced record sales in cruise bookings in a one month period. The month of January was a record month with over 565,000 guests cruising which beats the cruise lines previous 2013 January. "Now is the time of year when many people focus on their upcoming vacation plans and the cruise industry typically sees an escalation in booking activity.  We are definitely observing a strong uptick in reservations with bookings coming in at unprecedented levels,” said Jerry Cahill, Carnival CEO. The bookings effected the entire fleet and many came from the Carnival web site which also saw...

Carnival Triumph Has Brief Power Failure

It's being reported that the Carnival Triumph which is operated by Carnival Cruise Lines had a brief power failure yesterday while sailing from Cozumel, Mexico to Galveston, Texas. The KATC reports that the power outage was caused by an electrical breaker which caused a ventilation issue with the ship's incinerator. This caused smoke to travel around some parts on three decks. The good news is that there was no fire reported and the ship is now safely back at its homeport in Galveston. The power is now back to normal and was only out for eight minutes. Another point to remember...

Carnival Cruise Lines To Resume Sailing From Baltimore

Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore have announced that the Carnival Pride will resume sailing from the American port year-round starting from March 29th 2015. This is great news for cruisers in the region! The Carnival Pride will be doing seven-day cruises to the delight of passengers. The ship is already based in Baltimore but will move down to Tampa, Florida in October 2014 to do winter season cruises until it makes a return back up to Baltimore in March 2015. “Baltimore is a convenient mid-Atlantic embarkation point for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and we’re pleased to resume these attractive...

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...