And the Magic Eight Ball Says…
An order for one or possibly even two new cruise ships from a major player could be imminent, according to one Wall Street analyst. Robin Farley of investment firm UBS Investment Research told investors that Costa Cruises or Princess Cruises would be the most likely lines under Carnival Corp.'s umbrella to receive a ship -- and she conjectured that the ship or ships would likely hold around 3,600 passengers apiece. Carnival-owned cruise lines have yet to announce a single newbuild for 2017, and Farley said the window for placing an order with a shipyard that would allow enough time for the ship to be built and launched by 2017 would close around mid-August.
P&O Cruises has upped gratuity charges across its seven-ship fleet from £3.50 per day to £3.95. The gratuities are automatically added, and are applicable to over-12s only.
Save the Whales
Alaska's whales are back and so is the annual imposition of a speed limit for cruise ships operating in Alaska, specifically Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Ships will be required to slow down to 13-knots in order to prevent whale deaths. The speed limit is timed to coincide with the arrival of humpback whales that feed in warm waters at the mouth of the bay.
--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor and Jamey Bergman, UK Production/Rivers Editor