US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News
Anne Kalosh is the US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News. She covers global stories, reporting both breaking and in-depth news on cruising's significant people, places, ships and trends. A sought-after expert on cruising, she has moderated conferences around the world, including the high-profile State of the Industry panel at Seatrade Cruise Global. She created and led the acclaimed itinerary-planning case study for Seatrade's cruise master classes held at Cambridge and Oxford universities. She is the cruise columnist for AFAR.com, and her freelance stories have appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New York Times to The Miami Herald.
After a stellar debut on the US West Coast, Norwegian Bliss will begin its inaugural season from PortMiami on Saturday.
The littlest member of the godfamily fussed at the last minute, but his parents Carlos and Alexa PenaVega helped son Ocean press the button that sent Champagne smashing on the hull of Symphony of the Seas. And so the world's largest cruise ship was officially christened at PortMiami Thursday night.
Ponant's Le Soléal grounded on Wednesday while transiting Kirke Passage in the Chilean fjords, causing damage to one propeller but no injuries. The ship was under control of a local pilot at the time.
Windstar Cruises is going to lengthen and upgrade Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride in a massive project that will add 50 suites per ship, re-do all accommodations and expand dining choices, the spa, fitness center and pool deck. Further, a re-engining will make the ships far more fuel efficient while adding 4 knots to the cruising speed, opening new destinations for Windstar like New Zealand and Spitsbergen in the Arctic.
Finland's Meyer Turku cut steel for Carnival Cruise Line's first liquefied natural gas-powered ship, currently dubbed 'XL.' The 180,000gt vessel, which will be the first North American cruise ship to use LNG, has a new hull design and livery.
Princess Cruises will operate eight ships—from its biggest to smallest—in Alaska in 2020, up from the seven in 2019. The 141,000gt Royal Princess returns for a second year as the largest Love Boat in the Gulf of Alaska. And, at the other end of the size scale, the intimate Pacific Princess will also operate in the Gulf.
Years ago, Holland America Line broke out of cruising's typical fall-foliage-period-only rut in Canada/New England by sending its ships to the region in spring and summer as well.
On a day when Portugal's Mystic Invest signed for €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana—principal Mário Ferreira told Seatrade Cruise News his company is opening a US office to promote expedition and cultural sailings under the Mystic Cruises brand.
SunStone Ships signed an agreement to build another two Infinity-class vessels, signaling rapid adoption of the European-designed, Chinese-built concept.