Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Carnival cruises to Cuba expected for next May; waiting for Havana green light

Under the initiative, some 37,000 travelers a year will either volunteer or be immersed in educational and cultural exchanges in local communities

Carnival Corporation, the world's biggest travel and leisure firm, plans to launch cruises to Cuba in May, following the historic thaw between the Castro brothers nation and the United States. US Treasury Department and Commerce Department granted the company approval for the plans, Carnival announced Tuesday, though it has yet to receive Cuban authorization.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:32 UTC

Uruguay experienced poor 2014/15 cruise season; costs in the region limited vessel calls

 The number of cruise calls in the 2014/15 season was down 27.4% this season and visitor landings, 18.9% pointed out minister Liliam Kechichian

The 2014/15 cruise season was not encouraging for Uruguay which reported a drop in the number of vessels calling; passenger landings and money spent by the industry and visitors, according to the official assessment of the season presented by Tourism ministry officials and other government offices involved in the different operations.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

South Georgia received record number of visitors during 2014/15 cruise season

A total of 8,142 cruise ship passengers visited South Georgia last season, slightly more than the previous highest number which was 8,068 in the 2007/8 season. (Pic J. Fowler)

The island of South Georgia attracted the highest ever number of cruise ship passengers in the 2014/15 season, in contrast to falling numbers of tourists visiting the Antarctic, according to the May edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Wednesday, June 17th 2015 - 04:38 UTC

Falklands have a bright future and Islanders the resolve to face harassment and bullying

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP delivers his speech

The Falkland Islands have a bright future, not without challenges, or harassment or bullying, but the Islanders will face them with the same strength, tenacity and resolve that helped them through the conflict 33 years ago, said Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire at the annual Falklands' Government Reception in London.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 06:09 UTC

Malaysia Airlines 'technically bankrupt' contracts 'Terminator' to restructure the company

The airline said it had “offered jobs” to 14,000 of its 20,000 workforce. The move follows the appointment of new chief executive Christoph Mueller in May.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its chief executive has said, as he announced a restructuring program and plans to cut about 6,000 jobs. The announcement follows the twin air disasters which forced its nationalization last year.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Spain's Iberia resumed flights to Cuba after a two-year absence

As recently reported by the airline, that route will now have five direct weekly flights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).

After two years of absence, the Spanish airline Iberia on Monday resumed flights to Havana. The Cuban tourism ministry confirmed last Friday that on June first, the flight marking the resumption of operations between Madrid and Havana would arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 05:57 UTC

Three 'Queens' sail along Liverpool's Mersey to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary

The display was part of a three-day celebration, which ends on Tuesday, marking the company's first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool. (PicGetty)

Three famous ocean liners have sailed together in Liverpool for the first time to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary. The Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth saluted the city where Samuel Cunard began his transatlantic line in 1840.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 22:45 UTC

Cruise ship freed off the coast of Bermuda with the arrival of high tide

 Norwegian Dawn was carrying 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew members were on board at the time of the incident. No one was injured

A cruise ship with thousands of passengers headed to Boston in the US east coast was freed late Tuesday night after running aground off the coast of Bermuda. With the arrival of high tide, the ship was able to be freed and was moved to a nearby anchorage position, officials reported.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 20:34 UTC

Research icebreaker Polarstern en route to investigate climate change in Arctic

“This is an especially exciting cruise this year, since it marks the first time in the past 30 years that the sea-ice has melted so early,” explains biologist Peeken.

Research icebreaker Polarstern left its home port in Bremerhaven on Tuesday setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will investigate the effects of climate change in the Arctic, from the surface ice floes down to the seafloor

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Falklands celebrates 30th Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Airport opening

 HRH Prince Andrew at the official opening of the airport in 1985.

”The Falkland Islands airport emerges from rock and peat-bog” said The Times in its 11 May edition, the day before the official opening of Mount Pleasant Airport in 1985, thirty years ago last week.


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