Cunard planning fourth cruise ship to join its fleet

Cunard planning fourth cruise ship to join its fleet

Cunard is planning a fourth ship to join its fleet, according to a recent announcement from the brand’s parent company Carnival Corp.

The unnamed cruise ship will launch in 2022. It will carry 3,000 guests and will be built in Italy by Fincantieri.

Once the new vessel joins Cunard’s other ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, it will mark the first time since 1998 that Cunard has four ships in service simultaneously.

The new ship will be the 249th vessel to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839. It will also be Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years.

Cunard ships have transported mail across the ocean, ferried troops in wartime and hosted glamorous guests from Hollywood stars to British royalty.

Campaign focuses on Caribbean spots

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America, recently announced that it has committed to a multifaceted million-dollar campaign to show that the majority of Caribbean destinations are operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and are ready to welcome visitors.

The campaign, “The Caribbean is open for business and ready to welcome YOU with our warm and friendly smiles,” will target multiple media sources with destination footage, traveler testimonials, and a map showing that the majority of destinations are open and ready to welcome guests.

It is also planned to feature a special event and celebrity support along with input and backing from destination leaders and travel industry titans.

Industry survey

Cruise lines, their passengers and crews spent a record $21.69 billion in the U.S. in 2016, up 15 percent since 2011 and representing a new peak in U.S. cruise industry expenditures, according to a new study from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association.

CLIA’s 2016 Economic Impact Analysis, an independent study commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), shows that total contributions of the global cruise industry to the U.S. economy reached a record $47.76 billion in 2016, up 3.6 percent from 2014.

This includes generating 389,432 U.S. jobs paying more than $20.5 billion in wages and salaries.

Bowie exhibition will come to NYC


A record-breaking museum exhibition dedicated to musician David Bowie is making its final stop at New York’s Brooklyn Museum next year.

The exhibition, “David Bowie Is,” opened at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013. The New York Times reports it became the most visited show in the museum’s history.

The show has traveled around the world and officials say its final stop will be at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition includes more than 300 objects collected throughout Bowie’s life.

Some of the artifacts will be new and exclusive to the Brooklyn Museum, including handwritten set lists and musical scores. Bowie’s music will play throughout the exhibit.

The show will run from March 2 to July 15, 2018.

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