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There’s been a lot going on in the world of attractions over the last week. Here are some of the headlines:


Here’s some of the big headlines from the last week:


The redeveloped Nassau Cruise Port is looking for family-friendly options to add to its offering, with plans announced to develop a US$35m waterpark as part of the tourist destination


Disney and Oriental Land are coming together to launch a brand new cruise ship set to launch every night in Japan


A lot has happened in the last week, here's some of the headlines:


In its bid to combat overtourism, Amsterdam in the Netherlands has said that by 2035 no cruise ships will be permitted to visit the famous city.


Despite facing a number of global challenges, the cruise industry is on target to break a pre-pandemic record as nearly 35 million passengers are expected to take to the seas for a cruise vacation


A second giant cruise ship is currently being built in China, with the vessel expected to be completed by March 2026.


Saudi cruise line Aroya Cruises has released an extensive list of prohibited items ahead of the launch of its first cruise ship later this year.


Cruise operator Carnival is warning its guests against tiger cub petting, an activity on offer at some ports it docks at.


An ex-intelligence officer from Saudi Arabia has alleged that Saudi forces were instructed to use ‘lethal force’ against those resisting relocation as a result of the under-construction linear mega city The Line


Over the decades since Walt Disney opened his first theme park in 1955, the company’s tourism business has ballooned to an enterprise worth tens of billions in yearly sales, with sprawling locations in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


With the cruise industry aiming to hit carbon neutrality by 2050, could nuclear power be the unlikely answer to the problem?


As the city of Amsterdam continues to attempt to reduce tourism numbers, the city is taking its next big step by saying ‘no’ to new hotels.


MSC Cruises has unveiled Cliffhanger - a new attraction coming to its upcoming World America vessel that will give riders a one of a kind of experience as they swing out 50m above the ocean


Iconic fashion designers and brands including the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior have collaborated with Blenheim Palace for the largest exhibition in the heritage destination’s 300-year history.


‘Evolution of Cruise’ will be the theme for this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global ahead of the industry-leading event’s return in April





The Disney Cruise Line has shared new details about its upcoming island destination Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, the tropical retreat in the Bahamas promising to bring the magic when it opens to guests this June.


Adirondack Studios has named Jeff Moulton, former director of Client Delivery for RWS Global’s Holland America Line division, as the company’s new VP of Project Delivery


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has made history by becoming the most popular travelling exhibition at Carnegie Science Center in over a decade.


Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the company has the ability to build seven full themed lands around the world, including expanding the size of Disneyland by up to 50%


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported a 7% increase in revenue up to US$9.1bn despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida


The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise


MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest cruise line, is setting course for Texas, US, after the cruise line opened sales for its new itineraries out of Galveston, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing US expansion.


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide


ted - a company operating under the RWS Global banner - has announced a four-year partnership with Cunard, with ted working to elevate and modernise onboard entertainment for the luxury cruise brand.


An animal attraction that earns the vast majority of its revenue from visiting tourists is suffering significant declines as a result of the cruise industry.


A Carnival Cruise Line ship came to the aid of six men stranded in water near the Dominican Republic, after the cargo vessel they were traveling in capsized.


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic


Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its upcoming Icon of the Seas - a vessel launching in Miami in January 2024 offering a record-breaking waterpark as one of its main features.


Disney CEO Bob Iger is set to host a company-wide town hall event on November 28, with Iger to discuss future opportunities and paint a clear picture for his plans going forward.


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months


A US$1.2m underwater museum is set to open to the public by the end of the year, with the Spirit of SXM Sculpture Park coming to the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean.


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.


The Disney Cruise Line has set sail for the first time from Australia, with the Disney Wonder departing from Sidney on October 28th.


Industry professionals in the cruise sector are gearing up for a major event in the form of Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific.


Cruise operator Royal Caribbean has provided assistance to the US Department of State in helping to safely evacuate Americans from Israel aboard one of its vessels.


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships


Disney said it would double spending on theme parks, resorts and cruise lines to $60bn over the next decade, sending shares lower despite a boost to the business segment that has driven profits over the past year.


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site


WhiteWater is set to announce several new projects at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The waterpark manufacturer will also showcase its line of Blaster water rides at the event


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa


ted, part of RWS Global, has developed 40 brand new entertainment experiences onboard the Marella Voyager, the newest addition to the Marella Cruises’ fleet.


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported US$8.3bn in revenue for Q3 2023, despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry


Luxury cruise operator Mundy Cruising has said that use of artificial intelligence (AI) will “unlock a host of developments in ship design and on-board experience”.


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The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has debuted a new progress report that enables fans to track the construction of its upcoming cruise ship - the Disney Treasure.


Amsterdam has banned cruise ships from the city’s centre in an attempt to limit visitor numbers and curb pollution levels.


Passenger and freight shipping company Arctic Umiaq Line and cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway have announced a new partnership designed to boost growth and opportunities in Greenland's tourism industry.


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for last year


Carnival’s Holland America has announced the launch of National Geographic Day Tours - experiences that allow guests to connect in a sustainable way with destinations in the Mediterranean.


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar





Hamburg, Germany, is set to welcome back Seatrade Europe from September 6-8, marking the first return of the event to the continent since the emergence of the global pandemic.


Princess Cruises has said it will not be adding a rollercoaster or waterpark to its offerings, after announcing a new activity zone onboard its upcoming Sun Princess.


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled plans for the company’s first zero-emission ship.


Carnival is debuting what it calls ‘the most engaging family activity zone ever featured on a Princess cruise ship’ with Park19 set to make its debut on board the upcoming Sun Princess in February 2024


MrBeast has released a new video which sees the world’s biggest YouTuber take over Royal Caribbean's gigantic Harmony of the Seas cruise ship


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.


Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, has been named president of Carnival UK in a new consolidated position.


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...


MSC Eurbia will become the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise when it sets sail next week


UN experts have expressed alarm after three people evicted from homes to make way for Saudi Arabia’s The Line, now face the death penalty


Disney has announced that its Star Wars Galactic Starcruise experience will cease operations permanently in September 2023 after only 18 months


The Carnival Dream cruise liner helped a number of people in need after their boat capsized in the Belize Channel.


Cruise line operator Royal Caribbean could be planning to expand its reach in the Bahamas, after a team was sent to scout Rum Cay as a potential new private island destination


WhiteWater has revealed details of more than 60 major projects across its waterpark, water ride and surf divisions opening worldwide throughout 2023


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.





Nassau Cruise Port in the Bahamas is scheduled to reopen next month following a US$300m renovation targeting increased visitor numbers and an enhanced visitor experience


With the attractions and cruise industries seemingly closer than ever before, RWS CEO Ryan Stana speaks to Planet Attractions about what that means and the steps we can take to bring these two powerhouses under one metaphorical roof


Hong Kong’s tourism board has announced its “return to its position as Asia’s cruise hub”, following 160 ship calls from 16 cruise lines so far in 2023.


JRA has announced a new company structure that sees Mark Amos promoted to the role of executive VP, while former president Keith James becomes chairman


The Caribbean’s most popular cruise destination is about to gain a major new port, with work on Calypso Cove to start towards the end of this year


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer


Meyer Group has unveiled the cruise ship of the future with its Reverse concept showing what such a vessel could look like in the year 2100


Colombian tourism has been showing unprecedented rise in numbers with the cruising industry pivotal to the whole sector’s growth.


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.


The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taiwan International Ports Corporation have joined forces to showcase the country’s cruise tourism opportunities, with the aim of driving economic growth and expediting the revival of Taiwan's cruise market.





More musical fun at Seatrade this time from the Aruba stand with a tune that will surely be familiar to the Disney faithful.


Among the exhibitors at this year’s Seatrade are a range of tourism bodies representing all the global cruise ports and related attractions from around the world. Over at the Virgin Islands stand, this colourful character was showcasing some of the destinations culture for attendees.


With the show floor open, we’ve taken a time-lapsed walk around Seatrade Cruise Global. Split between suppliers, ports and operators there’s a lot to see at this year’s show and plenty for attractions operators and suppliers to sink their teeth into. Check out the video below!


Kicking off the conference portion of the event yesterday, Seatrade Cruise Global today opened its show floor, with exhibitors from across the globe showcasing their products and destinations.


SeaTrade Cruise Global has returned to Tampa, Florida, US, with a day of conferencing ahead of the launch of the show floor tomorrow (March 28).


Icon of the Seas will feature the largest waterpark at sea when it sets sail for the first time in 2024, here’s what went into developing the record-breaking attraction


A cargo port controversially seized from a US company last week by the Mexican government has been earmarked for an XCaret style water and theme park, as well as a docking point for cruise ships


Cruise line operator Royal Caribbean has announced the permanent closure of its Sky Pad attraction.


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...





David Herrera has been named the new president of Norwegian Cruise Line, with Harry Sommer transitioning to be the next president and chief executive officer of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years





A cruise ship that bought aid and anchored at Tosyalı İskenderun Port in the southern province of Hatay has opened its doors in service of the quake survivors who lost everything in the deadly quakes of February 6.


We’re still early into 2023 and leading waterpark manufacturer WhiteWater has already opened two water rides – Super Flume and River Raft at VinWonders in Phú Quốc, Vietnam.


Cruise Saudi welcomed a record number of tourists, with almost 9,000 visitors from three cruise ships passing through two Cruise Saudi ports on Saudi Founding Day at the end of February.


Keith James, president of JRA; Robin Breese-Davies, executive vice president of ted; and Danielle Kramer, executive vice president of RWS, speak to Planet Attractions about what looks to be a bumper year ahead for the company


Nicole Scherzinger has partnered with P&O Cruises in a deal that will see the multi-award-winning performer create “spectacular music and dance extravaganzas” for the operator in an exclusive entertainment partnership.


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Expeditions has welcomed explorer Alex McNeil to its team, with McNeil set to develop the company’s next generation of expedition cruises.


Under the RWS banner, ted and JRA have a host of live shows and experiences set for 2023, with dozens of spectacles set to wow audiences worldwide through the year.


DEAL is coming back to Dubai next month. Here’s everything you need to know about the region’s hottest attractions show


Cruise line MSC Group is set to expand its fleet with two new ships in 2023.


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023


‘More people than ever’ are exploring the possibility of booking a cruise, with new research showing a 10% increase in the number of people planning such a journey.


Luxury cruise line Cunard is offering guests joining its Queen Elizabeth ship in Alaska the opportunity to experience the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies.





Ukrainian refugees living on an Ambassador Cruise Line ship in Glasgow are to be rehomed as the Scottish government's contract with the vessel comes to an end.


MSC and the New York Knicks have announced a multi-year marketing partnership that sees MSC become the official cruise line of the NBA side


Solo travel is becoming a more popular choice for holidaymakers, according to new research released by Norwegian Cruise Line.


Saudi Arabia’s planned linear city, The Line, will become a global hub for the cruise industry, a senior executive behind the project has said.


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris


The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has recognised Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades (Tornado Chaser) with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.


Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean


RWS’s Sponsored Spotlight will showcase the company’s ‘endless possibilities’ following major acquisitions


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska


Cruise operator Holland America Line is celebrating 150 years with the announcement of a partnership with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation


In celebration of World Space Week, Carnival has announced a partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to launch a children’s space programme featuring activities inspired by NASA science.


A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation and evolution of Disney’s Epcot at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Vantage announced the launch of The Joy Economy at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Planet Attractions spoke to the Whitewater division’s new president, Michael Jungen, about the campaign and what he hopes to deliver with the technology


After initially monitoring the approach of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s major theme parks have all taken the decision to close for both today (September 28) and Thursday (September 29).


IAAPA Expo Europe is coming to London this September. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea


With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis


Starting this September, cruise operator Royal Caribbean has removed the requirement for its passengers departing in the US from California, Louisiana or Texas, and any European country, to be vaccinated against Covid-19.


Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs



Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event


Royal Caribbean has received approval to acquire the “ultra-luxury” cruise ship Endeavor, which was originally delivered to Crystal Cruises in 2021.


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Planet Attractions travelled to Belgium recently to meet Peter van der Schans, IAAPA’s new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Here’s what he had to say


Following its official christening yesterday, Disney Cruise Line has released new imagery from the ceremony, celebrating the landmark launch.


A gargantuan 9,000-passenger cruise ship will go on its maiden voyage to the scrap heap after the ship maker building the vessel went bust earlier this year


The Disney Wish will soon set sail with visitors on board following a special christening event in Port Canaveral, Florida


Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet


For the first time since the pandemic, flight bookings have exceeded 2019 levels, while spending on cruise lines, buses and trains saw sharp improvements in 2022, according to a new report from Mastercard Economics Institute.


During a traditional maritime ceremony held yesterday (June 9) in Bremerhaven, Germany, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) took delivery of its newest ship, the Disney Wish.


The concert series, the second such partnership between Sofar Sounds and Tiqets, will see artists perform at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco.


It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year


Actor Chris Evans has revealed that starting tomorrow (May 20th), guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Disney World Resort will be able to get an early look at scenes from Disney and Pixar’s newest sci-fi adventure,


Returning this Autumn, Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas will include new one-of-a-kind Halloween experiences


Following the RWS acquisition of The Experience Department, Planet Attractions travelled to ted HQ to meet RWS CEO Ryan Stana and ted CEO Robin Breese-Davies to see what’s next following the landmark deal


Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event


Cruise operator MSC has announced that starting at the end of May, two of its ships will begin using shore power in an attempt to cut emissions.


Carnival’s current CEO Arnold Donald will step down from his position in August with company veteran Josh Weinstein waiting in the wings to take up the role going forward


ted is the latest company to come under the RWS umbrella, with the entertainment group now able to add a number of new strings to its ever-expanding bow


Holland America Line's Koningsdam will be the first cruise ship to come to Canada in more than two years following the industry-wide pause that came as a result of the global pandemic.


Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans to “sail into the Metaverse” with the launch of its own NFT collection.


For the first time in more than two years, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed its warning against cruise ship travel, with the body no longer cautioning against boarding a ship.


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has initiated one of Europe's largest environmental ship upgrades, with rebuilt ships set to cut CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx emissions by as much as 80%.


Leading experience designers Thinkwell have been acquired by Tait


Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, is set to depart on its maiden voyage next week when it sets sail for a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.


The cruise industry could soon face taxes in excess of US$2bn a year should a new tax levy on carbon emissions gain approval


Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before


Crossing four continents and stopping off at more than 100 landing sites, Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced a series of cruises set to travel all the way from the Arctic to Antarctica


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


Set to premiere in 2023, Pixar Day at Sea is a brand new voyage from the Disney Cruise Line, with the exclusive event coming to the operator’s Disney Fantasy ship next January


Norwegian Cruise Line has been forced to cancel cruises throughout January


Ruth Venn has been appointed as director of sales for P&O Cruises, replacing Nathaniel Sherborne who will leave the business in early March.


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry


Funderstruck. Adjective. Shocked and amazed by the power of fun on Carnival. Well, that’s what the cruise operator is saying in its new ad campaign at least!


The cruise sector has performed well on the stock market following early data that suggested that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 may not lead to serious illness, hospitalisations or death - particularly with those that have been already vaccinated.


Norwegian Cruise line says it has identified “a handful” of cases among guests and crew onboard its ‘Breakaway’ vessel.


MSC Cruises’ new ‘World’ cruise ships, the second-largest class of ships in the world, celebrated a construction milestone this past week when the first ship of the class touched water for the first time.



The show has been exclusively developed for the Disney Wish and will feature a reimagined script and score



The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


After serving for 33 years as CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain has decided to step down as CEO of the cruise operator effective January 3, 2022.



IAAPA has named Kelly Repass as its new director of global research, with Repass set to develop a new strategy for the IAAPA research programme, also overseeing its implementation and execution.


Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson and more have lent their talents to the Disney Cruise Line’s upcoming Marvel Experience


Carnival Cruise Line has christened its Mardi Gras vessel in Port Canaveral, Florida at a “Universe of Fun” celebration - the first ship naming ceremony held in the US since the cruise industry’s restart this summer.


It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


Visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios can now get a sneak peak at the upcoming Disney Wish cruise shop with a special exhibition exploring the upcoming vessel.



Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories


The first ship from Virgin Voyages fleet of cruise ships has completed its journey from PortMiami to Nassau and Bimini in the Bahamas


Making cruise ships more environmentally friendly could help attract tourists interested in eco-friendly holidays.


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


2022 is looking good for the Disney Cruise Line, with Disney boss Bob Chapek revealing an upward booking trajectory in terms of demand through the next year


Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


This is the first cruise the company has done in almost a year and a half


The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel


A carbon-neutral cruise ship could be realised in the not-too-distant future, with MSC Group announcing a feasibility study for a hydrogen-powered vessel


Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life


Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’


Disney is promising a first-ever Marvel-cinematic dining adventure with the debut of Avengers: Quantum Encounter on board the Disney Wish


Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


A UK-only cruise has been barred from docking in Greenock by the Scottish government


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


It’s got a capacity shy of 4,000 but more than a quarter-of-a-million people are eager to be the first on-board the Freedom of the Seas, as Royal Carribean tests the waters for a return to cruising in the US


It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021


The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide


Fit for a Disney prince or princess, the penthouse suite aboard the upcoming Disney Wish cruise liner is promising to be one of the operator’s most spectacular accommodation offerings ever


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain is eyeing a careful and considered approach for the return of the US cruise industry following a year long absence


Disney Wish will set sail for the first time in June 2022


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain has hailed positive discussions with the CDC, bringing the US cruise industry a step closer to a return to operations


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment


Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests


Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’


Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated


Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment


Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.


Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030


Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April


Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’


New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January








Multiple names take up positions on the corporate side of Carnival’s business



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Museum of Ice Cream teams up with major brands including Dippin’ Dots to offer sprinkle pools and free ice cream at pop-ups worldwide




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What’s the latest?


There’s been a lot going on in the world of attractions over the last week. Here are some of the headlines:

What’s happened this week?


Here’s some of the big headlines from the last week:

Nassau Cruise Port to build US$35m waterpark


The redeveloped Nassau Cruise Port is looking for family-friendly options to add to its offering, with plans announced to develop a US$35m waterpark as part of the tourist destination

Disney Cruise Line coming to Japan in 2029


Disney and Oriental Land are coming together to launch a brand new cruise ship set to launch every night in Japan

What’s been happening?


A lot has happened in the last week, here's some of the headlines:

Amsterdam to ban all cruise ships by 2035


In its bid to combat overtourism, Amsterdam in the Netherlands has said that by 2035 no cruise ships will be permitted to visit the famous city.

Cruise industry on target for record year as passenger numbers set for all-time high


Despite facing a number of global challenges, the cruise industry is on target to break a pre-pandemic record as nearly 35 million passengers are expected to take to the seas for a cruise vacation

China’s second large cruise ship construction to be completed by 2026


A second giant cruise ship is currently being built in China, with the vessel expected to be completed by March 2026.

Saudi cruise line bans CDs and magazines that ‘violate public decency’ ahead of launch of first cruise ship


Saudi cruise line Aroya Cruises has released an extensive list of prohibited items ahead of the launch of its first cruise ship later this year.

Carnival warns guests over tiger cub encounters


Cruise operator Carnival is warning its guests against tiger cub petting, an activity on offer at some ports it docks at.

Lethal force allegations made against Saudi Arabia’s The Line


An ex-intelligence officer from Saudi Arabia has alleged that Saudi forces were instructed to use ‘lethal force’ against those resisting relocation as a result of the under-construction linear mega city The Line

Why Disney is doubling down on theme parks with a US$60bn plan


Over the decades since Walt Disney opened his first theme park in 1955, the company’s tourism business has ballooned to an enterprise worth tens of billions in yearly sales, with sprawling locations in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Could nuclear power be the key to carbon neutrality for the cruise industry?


With the cruise industry aiming to hit carbon neutrality by 2050, could nuclear power be the unlikely answer to the problem?

Amsterdam bans new hotel development in latest bid to reduce tourism numbers


As the city of Amsterdam continues to attempt to reduce tourism numbers, the city is taking its next big step by saying ‘no’ to new hotels.

MSC announces world-first Cliffhanger swing ride suspended 50m above the ocean


MSC Cruises has unveiled Cliffhanger - a new attraction coming to its upcoming World America vessel that will give riders a one of a kind of experience as they swing out 50m above the ocean

British designers collaborate on Blenheim Palace fashion exhibition


Iconic fashion designers and brands including the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior have collaborated with Blenheim Palace for the largest exhibition in the heritage destination’s 300-year history.

Seatrade Cruise Global to explore ‘Evolution of Cruise’ at 2024 event


‘Evolution of Cruise’ will be the theme for this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global ahead of the industry-leading event’s return in April

Seatrade Cruise Med



Disney’s Bahamas getaway takes shape as company shares construction update


The Disney Cruise Line has shared new details about its upcoming island destination Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, the tropical retreat in the Bahamas promising to bring the magic when it opens to guests this June.

Adirondack Studios appoints cruise and theatre veteran Jeff Moulton to executive team


Adirondack Studios has named Jeff Moulton, former director of Client Delivery for RWS Global’s Holland America Line division, as the company’s new VP of Project Delivery

Titanic exhibition breaks attendance record at Carnegie Science Center


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has made history by becoming the most popular travelling exhibition at Carnegie Science Center in over a decade.

‘We could build seven full lands worldwide’ says Disney CEO Bob Iger


Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the company has the ability to build seven full themed lands around the world, including expanding the size of Disneyland by up to 50%

Disney parks revenue increases despite weaker domestic performance


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported a 7% increase in revenue up to US$9.1bn despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida

Pirates of the Caribbean theme park planned for St Vincent


The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

MSC Seascape heading to Texas with new sailing itineraries


MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest cruise line, is setting course for Texas, US, after the cruise line opened sales for its new itineraries out of Galveston, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing US expansion.

Companies seek new hires as new year rings in fresh opportunities for attractions industry


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide

ted collaborates with Cunard on immersive performance venue coming to Queen Anne cruise ship


ted - a company operating under the RWS Global banner - has announced a four-year partnership with Cunard, with ted working to elevate and modernise onboard entertainment for the luxury cruise brand.

Cruise industry affects Cayman Islands turtle centre


An animal attraction that earns the vast majority of its revenue from visiting tourists is suffering significant declines as a result of the cruise industry.

Carnival cruise ship rescues six from capsized vessel near Dominican Republic


A Carnival Cruise Line ship came to the aid of six men stranded in water near the Dominican Republic, after the cargo vessel they were traveling in capsized.

Cruise industry set for bumper year with record number of passengers booked for 2024


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Icon of the Seas ahead of 2024 launch


Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its upcoming Icon of the Seas - a vessel launching in Miami in January 2024 offering a record-breaking waterpark as one of its main features.

Bob Iger to discuss Disney’s future at town hall event


Disney CEO Bob Iger is set to host a company-wide town hall event on November 28, with Iger to discuss future opportunities and paint a clear picture for his plans going forward.

IAAPA Expo 2023: RWS Global to showcase 2023 project highlights in trade show debut


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months

US$1.2m underwater museum to open in the Caribbean


A US$1.2m underwater museum is set to open to the public by the end of the year, with the Spirit of SXM Sculpture Park coming to the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean.

Historic cruise ship offers ‘exciting legacy project’


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.

Disney Cruise Line makes first Australian voyage


The Disney Cruise Line has set sail for the first time from Australia, with the Disney Wonder departing from Sidney on October 28th.

Cruise industry gears up for Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in Hong Kong


Industry professionals in the cruise sector are gearing up for a major event in the form of Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific.

Royal Caribbean cruise ship helps to evacuate American citizens from Israel


Cruise operator Royal Caribbean has provided assistance to the US Department of State in helping to safely evacuate Americans from Israel aboard one of its vessels.

Disney occupies ‘unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe’, says analyst


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: RWS Global to showcase major cruise line collaborations, resort partnerships and Hasbro City opening


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships

Disney stock drops after plan revealed to spend US$60bn on theme parks over next decade


Disney said it would double spending on theme parks, resorts and cruise lines to $60bn over the next decade, sending shares lower despite a boost to the business segment that has driven profits over the past year.

Venice set to introduce €5 tourist day tax


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: WhiteWater to announce several upcoming projects


WhiteWater is set to announce several new projects at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The waterpark manufacturer will also showcase its line of Blaster water rides at the event

Disney Treasure latest offering in ‘unprecedented expansion’ of Disney Cruise Line


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation

Norwegian cruising at an all-time high as 5.5 million sail to destination in 2023


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%

Evolving the industry of fun: Peter van der Schans on the attractions markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

ted, part of RWS Global, creates 40 entertainment experiences onboard new Marella Voyager ship


ted, part of RWS Global, has developed 40 brand new entertainment experiences onboard the Marella Voyager, the newest addition to the Marella Cruises’ fleet.

Disney parks reports US$8.3bn in revenue despite lower guest attendance in Florida


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported US$8.3bn in revenue for Q3 2023, despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida

What’s next for the experience economy and consumer trends?


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry

AI ‘unlocking developments’ in cruise experience


Luxury cruise operator Mundy Cruising has said that use of artificial intelligence (AI) will “unlock a host of developments in ship design and on-board experience”.

MythBusters host to set sail with Princess Cruises in November


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Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces launch of Saudi Tourism Investment Company


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector

Disney Cruise Line launches progress report for fans to track construction of Disney Treasure


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has debuted a new progress report that enables fans to track the construction of its upcoming cruise ship - the Disney Treasure.

Cruise ships banned from Amsterdam in effort to limit visitors and reduce pollution


Amsterdam has banned cruise ships from the city’s centre in an attempt to limit visitor numbers and curb pollution levels.

Arctic Umiaq Line and Hurtigruten Norway join forces to promote sustainable tourism in Greenland


Passenger and freight shipping company Arctic Umiaq Line and cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway have announced a new partnership designed to boost growth and opportunities in Greenland's tourism industry.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF reports US$11bn loss in 2022


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for last year

Holland America Line introduces National Geographic Day Tours to Mediterranean cruises


Carnival’s Holland America has announced the launch of National Geographic Day Tours - experiences that allow guests to connect in a sustainable way with destinations in the Mediterranean.

Virgin Voyages launches next ‘Jeneration’ AI tool with Jennifer Lopez


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar

Seatrade Cruise Global



Seatrade gears up for September European return in Hamburg


Hamburg, Germany, is set to welcome back Seatrade Europe from September 6-8, marking the first return of the event to the continent since the emergence of the global pandemic.

Princess Cruises: ‘We’re not going to do a rollercoaster’


Princess Cruises has said it will not be adding a rollercoaster or waterpark to its offerings, after announcing a new activity zone onboard its upcoming Sun Princess.

Hurtigruten Norway unveils its first zero-emission cruise ship


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled plans for the company’s first zero-emission ship.

Carnival unveils top deck activity zone Park19 aboard upcoming Sun Princess


Carnival is debuting what it calls ‘the most engaging family activity zone ever featured on a Princess cruise ship’ with Park19 set to make its debut on board the upcoming Sun Princess in February 2024

WATCH: MrBeast takes over billion dollar Royal Carribean cruise ship


MrBeast has released a new video which sees the world’s biggest YouTuber take over Royal Caribbean's gigantic Harmony of the Seas cruise ship

Disney Cruise Line aims to inspire children in the Bahamas with backyard gardening project


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.

Paul Ludlow named new Carnival UK president


Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, has been named president of Carnival UK in a new consolidated position.

Bridging realities: How Miirage’s no-glasses holographic experience could change the game for immersive experiences


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...

MSC Cruises to operate world’s first zero emission cruise sailing in June


MSC Eurbia will become the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise when it sets sail next week

Death penalties linked to Saudi Arabia’s The Line project condemned by UN


UN experts have expressed alarm after three people evicted from homes to make way for Saudi Arabia’s The Line, now face the death penalty

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser to close at Disney World after less than two years


Disney has announced that its Star Wars Galactic Starcruise experience will cease operations permanently in September 2023 after only 18 months

Carnival cruise ship rescues 17 people near Belize


The Carnival Dream cruise liner helped a number of people in need after their boat capsized in the Belize Channel.

Royal Caribbean scouts potential new private island in the Bahamas


Cruise line operator Royal Caribbean could be planning to expand its reach in the Bahamas, after a team was sent to scout Rum Cay as a potential new private island destination

WhiteWater announces major project openings for 2023


WhiteWater has revealed details of more than 60 major projects across its waterpark, water ride and surf divisions opening worldwide throughout 2023

Turning fitness and wellbeing into entertainment with RWS and MSC Cruises


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.

Seatrade Cruise Europe



US$300m redevelopment sees Bahamas cruise port reimagined with enhanced visitor experiences and new attractions


Nassau Cruise Port in the Bahamas is scheduled to reopen next month following a US$300m renovation targeting increased visitor numbers and an enhanced visitor experience

Rising with the rides: RWS’s Ryan Stana on how the cruise and attractions industries are reimagining entertainment


With the attractions and cruise industries seemingly closer than ever before, RWS CEO Ryan Stana speaks to Planet Attractions about what that means and the steps we can take to bring these two powerhouses under one metaphorical roof

Hong Kong sees strong comeback in international cruise calls


Hong Kong’s tourism board has announced its “return to its position as Asia’s cruise hub”, following 160 ship calls from 16 cruise lines so far in 2023.

Keith James transitions to chairman role at JRA as Mark Amos named new executive vice president


JRA has announced a new company structure that sees Mark Amos promoted to the role of executive VP, while former president Keith James becomes chairman

Major US$250m cruise destination under development in the Bahamas


The Caribbean’s most popular cruise destination is about to gain a major new port, with work on Calypso Cove to start towards the end of this year

Asad Ayaz named Disney’s first-ever chief brand officer


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Meyer Group showcases ‘cruise ship of the future’ concept


Meyer Group has unveiled the cruise ship of the future with its Reverse concept showing what such a vessel could look like in the year 2100

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Cruise ‘pivotal’ to tourism growth in Colombia


Colombian tourism has been showing unprecedented rise in numbers with the cruising industry pivotal to the whole sector’s growth.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Disney Cruise Line coming to southeast Asia for first time


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Taiwan showcases cruise tourism opportunities


The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taiwan International Ports Corporation have joined forces to showcase the country’s cruise tourism opportunities, with the aim of driving economic growth and expediting the revival of Taiwan's cruise market.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: End of Day 2



Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: It IS a small world after all!


More musical fun at Seatrade this time from the Aruba stand with a tune that will surely be familiar to the Disney faithful.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Finding the rhythm on the show floor


Among the exhibitors at this year’s Seatrade are a range of tourism bodies representing all the global cruise ports and related attractions from around the world. Over at the Virgin Islands stand, this colourful character was showcasing some of the destinations culture for attendees.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Exploring the Expo


With the show floor open, we’ve taken a time-lapsed walk around Seatrade Cruise Global. Split between suppliers, ports and operators there’s a lot to see at this year’s show and plenty for attractions operators and suppliers to sink their teeth into. Check out the video below!

Expo kicks off on Day 2 of Seatrade Cruise Global


Kicking off the conference portion of the event yesterday, Seatrade Cruise Global today opened its show floor, with exhibitors from across the globe showcasing their products and destinations.

SeaTrade Cruise Global kicks off in Tampa


SeaTrade Cruise Global has returned to Tampa, Florida, US, with a day of conferencing ahead of the launch of the show floor tomorrow (March 28).

How do you fit a record-breaking waterpark onto a cruise ship?


Icon of the Seas will feature the largest waterpark at sea when it sets sail for the first time in 2024, here’s what went into developing the record-breaking attraction

Mexican President wants to build XCaret rival on controversially-seized cargo port


A cargo port controversially seized from a US company last week by the Mexican government has been earmarked for an XCaret style water and theme park, as well as a docking point for cruise ships

Royal Caribbean announces permanent closure of Sky Pad attraction


Cruise line operator Royal Caribbean has announced the permanent closure of its Sky Pad attraction.

Everything you need to know about SeaTrade Cruise Global 2023


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...

Seatrade Cruise Global



Leadership transition for Norwegian as cruise line names David Herrera new president


David Herrera has been named the new president of Norwegian Cruise Line, with Harry Sommer transitioning to be the next president and chief executive officer of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Disney unveils ‘real’ lightsaber at SXSW


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas

Global cruise industry projected to be worth $16.7bn by 2031, new report reveals


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years

Owl takes accidental two week cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean ship



Cruise ship becomes a home for quake survivors


A cruise ship that bought aid and anchored at Tosyalı İskenderun Port in the southern province of Hatay has opened its doors in service of the quake survivors who lost everything in the deadly quakes of February 6.

Global openings for WhiteWater in 2023


We’re still early into 2023 and leading waterpark manufacturer WhiteWater has already opened two water rides – Super Flume and River Raft at VinWonders in Phú Quốc, Vietnam.

Cruise Saudi achieves record tourism numbers on Saudi Founding Day


Cruise Saudi welcomed a record number of tourists, with almost 9,000 visitors from three cruise ships passing through two Cruise Saudi ports on Saudi Founding Day at the end of February.

Transforming the business: Meet the minds behind RWS Entertainment Group


Keith James, president of JRA; Robin Breese-Davies, executive vice president of ted; and Danielle Kramer, executive vice president of RWS, speak to Planet Attractions about what looks to be a bumper year ahead for the company

Nicole Scherzinger teams up with P&O Cruises to create entertainment extravaganzas


Nicole Scherzinger has partnered with P&O Cruises in a deal that will see the multi-award-winning performer create “spectacular music and dance extravaganzas” for the operator in an exclusive entertainment partnership.

Alex McNeil Joins Hurtigruten Expeditions


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Expeditions has welcomed explorer Alex McNeil to its team, with McNeil set to develop the company’s next generation of expedition cruises.

Bumper year in store for RWS Entertainment Group


Under the RWS banner, ted and JRA have a host of live shows and experiences set for 2023, with dozens of spectacles set to wow audiences worldwide through the year.

DEAL 2023: Opening new doors in the Middle East


DEAL is coming back to Dubai next month. Here’s everything you need to know about the region’s hottest attractions show

MSC Group to debut two new cruise ships in 2023


Cruise line MSC Group is set to expand its fleet with two new ships in 2023.

Supplier Showcase 2023: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023

New research suggests cruising ‘more popular than ever’


‘More people than ever’ are exploring the possibility of booking a cruise, with new research showing a 10% increase in the number of people planning such a journey.

Cunard adds train excursion through Canadian Rockies to Alaska cruises


Luxury cruise line Cunard is offering guests joining its Queen Elizabeth ship in Alaska the opportunity to experience the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies.

New MSC campaign highlights sustainability



Ukrainian refugees on Glasgow cruise ship to be rehomed


Ukrainian refugees living on an Ambassador Cruise Line ship in Glasgow are to be rehomed as the Scottish government's contract with the vessel comes to an end.

New York Knicks announces multi-year partnership with cruise operator MSC


MSC and the New York Knicks have announced a multi-year marketing partnership that sees MSC become the official cruise line of the NBA side

Solo travel becoming more popular with tourists, says new research


Solo travel is becoming a more popular choice for holidaymakers, according to new research released by Norwegian Cruise Line.

Saudi Arabia’s The Line will become ‘cruise hub’ says executive


Saudi Arabia’s planned linear city, The Line, will become a global hub for the cruise industry, a senior executive behind the project has said.

Dronisos targets US market following exciting year


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris

Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades picks up Thea Award


The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has recognised Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades (Tornado Chaser) with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Princess Cruises unveils 360: An Extraordinary Experience


Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean

RWS to showcase new capabilities following JRA and ted acquisitions in Sponsored Spotlight at IAAPA Expo


RWS’s Sponsored Spotlight will showcase the company’s ‘endless possibilities’ following major acquisitions

IAAPA announces 2022 Brass Ring Awards finalists


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

Bear Grylls set to join cruise operator Cunard on Alaska voyage


Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska

Holland America Line partners with Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for 150th-anniversary celebration


Cruise operator Holland America Line is celebrating 150 years with the announcement of a partnership with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

Cruise operator Carnival partners with Kennedy Space Centre for on-board programme


In celebration of World Space Week, Carnival has announced a partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to launch a children’s space programme featuring activities inspired by NASA science.

Disney legends set to come together to celebrate 40 years of Epcot


A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation and evolution of Disney’s Epcot at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

WATCH: Meet Vantage president Michael Jungen


Vantage announced the launch of The Joy Economy at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Planet Attractions spoke to the Whitewater division’s new president, Michael Jungen, about the campaign and what he hopes to deliver with the technology

Florida’s theme parks close as Hurricane Ian approaches


After initially monitoring the approach of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s major theme parks have all taken the decision to close for both today (September 28) and Thursday (September 29).

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2022


IAAPA Expo Europe is coming to London this September. Here’s everything you need to know about the event

Passengers on new MSC cruise liner set for high-octane Robotron ride


The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea

Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition chartered to house Ukranian refugees in Scotland


With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis

Royal Caribbean drops vaccine requirements for multiple locations


Starting this September, cruise operator Royal Caribbean has removed the requirement for its passengers departing in the US from California, Louisiana or Texas, and any European country, to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Carnival to cut fleetwide emissions by 500,000 metric tons with new sustainability initiative


Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs

Princess Cruises: ‘Something extraordinary is coming’



Everything you need to know about Shark Week


Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event

Royal Caribbean Group acquires ‘ultra-luxury’ cruise ship Endeavor for US$275M


Royal Caribbean has received approval to acquire the “ultra-luxury” cruise ship Endeavor, which was originally delivered to Crystal Cruises in 2021.

From The Community: Climbing Colossus, Holiday World and Disney’s Dole Whip Day


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions

‘We're the industry of fun and it's time to have fun again’: Peter van der Schans on IAAPA EMEA, industry challenges and what to expect at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Planet Attractions travelled to Belgium recently to meet Peter van der Schans, IAAPA’s new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Here’s what he had to say

Disney celebrates launch of Disney Wish


Following its official christening yesterday, Disney Cruise Line has released new imagery from the ceremony, celebrating the landmark launch.

Unfinished 9,000 passenger cruise ship to be scrapped before ever setting sail


A gargantuan 9,000-passenger cruise ship will go on its maiden voyage to the scrap heap after the ship maker building the vessel went bust earlier this year

Disney Wish christened ahead of debut voyage


The Disney Wish will soon set sail with visitors on board following a special christening event in Port Canaveral, Florida

SpaceX’s Starlink could be rolled out across Royal Caribbean Cruise ships pending FCC approval


Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet

Global travel bookings surpass pre-pandemic levels


For the first time since the pandemic, flight bookings have exceeded 2019 levels, while spending on cruise lines, buses and trains saw sharp improvements in 2022, according to a new report from Mastercard Economics Institute.

Disney Cruise Line takes delivery of the Disney Wish


During a traditional maritime ceremony held yesterday (June 9) in Bremerhaven, Germany, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) took delivery of its newest ship, the Disney Wish.

Sofar Sounds partners with Tiqets for concert series at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco


The concert series, the second such partnership between Sofar Sounds and Tiqets, will see artists perform at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco.

Land, sea and everywhere in between: WhiteWater’s global openings for 2022


It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year

Chris Evans announces sneak peek of upcoming ‘Lightyear’ at Disney Parks


Actor Chris Evans has revealed that starting tomorrow (May 20th), guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Disney World Resort will be able to get an early look at scenes from Disney and Pixar’s newest sci-fi adventure,

Halloween on the High Seas to return to Disney Cruise Line with all-new themed programming


Returning this Autumn, Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas will include new one-of-a-kind Halloween experiences

Ryan Stana and Robin Breese-Davies on what’s next for RWS and ted


Following the RWS acquisition of The Experience Department, Planet Attractions travelled to ted HQ to meet RWS CEO Ryan Stana and ted CEO Robin Breese-Davies to see what’s next following the landmark deal

Michael Jungen to lead WhiteWater’s Vantage as new president


Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.

Back with a bang: TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala return


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event

Shore power helps MSC Cruises cut emissions


Cruise operator MSC has announced that starting at the end of May, two of its ships will begin using shore power in an attempt to cut emissions.

Josh Weinstein to take the reins from Arnold Donald after being named new Carnival president and CEO


Carnival’s current CEO Arnold Donald will step down from his position in August with company veteran Josh Weinstein waiting in the wings to take up the role going forward

RWS Entertainment Group announces acquisition of The Experience Department


ted is the latest company to come under the RWS umbrella, with the entertainment group now able to add a number of new strings to its ever-expanding bow

First cruise ship set to return to Canada as country reopens cruising after two-year absence


Holland America Line's Koningsdam will be the first cruise ship to come to Canada in more than two years following the industry-wide pause that came as a result of the global pandemic.

Norwegian Cruise Line announces launch of NFT collection


Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans to “sail into the Metaverse” with the launch of its own NFT collection.

CDC drops Covid warnings for cruises after more than two years


For the first time in more than two years, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed its warning against cruise ship travel, with the body no longer cautioning against boarding a ship.

Hurtigruten Norway kicks off one of Europe's biggest environmental upgrades


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has initiated one of Europe's largest environmental ship upgrades, with rebuilt ships set to cut CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx emissions by as much as 80%.

Tait Group announces acquisition of Thinkwell


Leading experience designers Thinkwell have been acquired by Tait

Largest cruise ship ever built set for maiden voyage


Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, is set to depart on its maiden voyage next week when it sets sail for a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Carbon levy could cost cruise industry up to US$2bn a year


The cruise industry could soon face taxes in excess of US$2bn a year should a new tax levy on carbon emissions gain approval

‘We’ve transformed the guest experience’: Bob Chapek on Disney’s impressive second quarter


Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before

Hurtigruten Expeditions to offer pole-to-pole cruises in 2023


Crossing four continents and stopping off at more than 100 landing sites, Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced a series of cruises set to travel all the way from the Arctic to Antarctica

Attractions Calendar: Your diary dates for 2022


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.

Pixar Day at Sea coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2023


Set to premiere in 2023, Pixar Day at Sea is a brand new voyage from the Disney Cruise Line, with the exclusive event coming to the operator’s Disney Fantasy ship next January

Covid-hit Norwegian cancels additional cruise sailings for 2022


Norwegian Cruise Line has been forced to cancel cruises throughout January

Ruth Venn appointed director of sales in “vital” year for P&O


Ruth Venn has been appointed as director of sales for P&O Cruises, replacing Nathaniel Sherborne who will leave the business in early March.

From The Industry: What is the future of museums in 2022? Chuck E. Cheese expansion plans and Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to conservation


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Covid disrupts cruise industry with multiple outbreaks on ships worldwide


A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry

‘Funderstruck’: Carnival introduces new campaign centred around fun


Funderstruck. Adjective. Shocked and amazed by the power of fun on Carnival. Well, that’s what the cruise operator is saying in its new ad campaign at least!

Cruise stocks improve over Omicron outlook


The cruise sector has performed well on the stock market following early data that suggested that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 may not lead to serious illness, hospitalisations or death - particularly with those that have been already vaccinated.

COVID outbreak confirmed on Norweigan Cruise Line ship


Norwegian Cruise line says it has identified “a handful” of cases among guests and crew onboard its ‘Breakaway’ vessel.

World’s second-largest cruise ship touches water for first time


MSC Cruises’ new ‘World’ cruise ships, the second-largest class of ships in the world, celebrated a construction milestone this past week when the first ship of the class touched water for the first time.

New Bolt footage showcases incredible rollercoaster at sea



Disney Wish to transport guests under the sea with Broadway-style stage show of The Little Mermaid


The show has been exclusively developed for the Disney Wish and will feature a reimagined script and score

RWA Entertainment Group acquires JRA



Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible among IPs to star at Paramount theme park and tourism complex in China


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024

Richard Fain steps down as Royal Caribbean CEO


After serving for 33 years as CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain has decided to step down as CEO of the cruise operator effective January 3, 2022.

Carnival comes to the rescue



IAAPA hires Kelly Repass as director of global research


IAAPA has named Kelly Repass as its new director of global research, with Repass set to develop a new strategy for the IAAPA research programme, also overseeing its implementation and execution.

Marvel actors assemble for Disney Wish cruise experience


Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson and more have lent their talents to the Disney Cruise Line’s upcoming Marvel Experience

Shaq on-hand as Carnival christens Mardi Gras in first US naming ceremony since industry restart


Carnival Cruise Line has christened its Mardi Gras vessel in Port Canaveral, Florida at a “Universe of Fun” celebration - the first ship naming ceremony held in the US since the cruise industry’s restart this summer.

From The Community: How does Disney’s Test Track work? What’s happening at the Tiger King compound? And who just got married?


It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions

Saudi Arabia converting off-shore oil rig into jaw-dropping theme park resort


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!

Disney Cruise Line exhibition opens at Hollywood Studios


Visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios can now get a sneak peak at the upcoming Disney Wish cruise shop with a special exhibition exploring the upcoming vessel.

Hanging up the mouse ears



Disneyland set to get its own movie as Disney lines up host of names to develop epic feature


Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady completes “MerMaiden” voyage 18 months later than scheduled


The first ship from Virgin Voyages fleet of cruise ships has completed its journey from PortMiami to Nassau and Bimini in the Bahamas

Can Singapore become a hub for sustainable cruise ships?


Making cruise ships more environmentally friendly could help attract tourists interested in eco-friendly holidays.

From The Industry: Theme Index and Museum Index released, TEA establishes formal presence in China and tourism stakeholders facing ‘massacre’ in Italy


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Disney Cruise Line trending in the right direction, says Bob Chapek


2022 is looking good for the Disney Cruise Line, with Disney boss Bob Chapek revealing an upward booking trajectory in terms of demand through the next year

The making of Bolt: How Maurer Rides created Carnival’s game-changing rollercoaster at sea


Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about

From The Industry: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Ubisoft’s leap into themed entertainment and does the art world have a sense of humour?


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Norwegian Cruise Lines to resume operations for the first time since COVID-19 pandemic


This is the first cruise the company has done in almost a year and a half

Disney offers sneak peek at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser attraction ahead of 2022 opening with new official poster


The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel

Green oceans: MSC announce feasibility study for hydrogen-powered cruise ship


A carbon-neutral cruise ship could be realised in the not-too-distant future, with MSC Group announcing a feasibility study for a hydrogen-powered vessel

Behind the Attraction: New Disney+ series takes a look at some of Disney’s most iconic attractions


Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life

WATCH: Reimagined Jungle Cruise reopens at Disneyland


Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’

Immersive Ant-Man dining experience coming to Disney Cruise Line


Disney is promising a first-ever Marvel-cinematic dining adventure with the debut of Avengers: Quantum Encounter on board the Disney Wish

The Week: Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho, spoiled cruises and Amsterdam’s autonomous boat


Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

Domestic cruise ship barred from Scotland over Covid concerns


A UK-only cruise has been barred from docking in Greenock by the Scottish government

Self-driving electric boats are currently being trialled in Amsterdam’s canals


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways

More than 250,000 people volunteer for Royal Caribbean test cruise


It’s got a capacity shy of 4,000 but more than a quarter-of-a-million people are eager to be the first on-board the Freedom of the Seas, as Royal Carribean tests the waters for a return to cruising in the US

Disney boss Bob Chapek: ‘We’re pleased with how demand has bounced back’


It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021

Culture meets cruise: Smithsonian partners with Ponant to deliver sailings steeped in history


The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide

Luxury at sea: Disney unveils palatial penthouse suite coming to Disney Wish cruise liner


Fit for a Disney prince or princess, the penthouse suite aboard the upcoming Disney Wish cruise liner is promising to be one of the operator’s most spectacular accommodation offerings ever

From The Industry: Big cat safety, the European Museum of the Year and SeaWorld’s Leviathan


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

WATCH: Disney's parks 'powering the magic' with clean, sustainable energy


"We're powering the magic by harnessing the power of the sun"

Disney offers first look at ‘real’ lightsaber


Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created

The Week: Celebrating a century of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic World Exhibition, I am Groot and the WWE Hall of Fame


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

From The Industry: The Mafia targets Italian tourism, London Resort’s new themed land and Disney’s Star Wars dinner show


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Royal Caribbean taking cautious approach when US cruise industry returns, says CEO


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain is eyeing a careful and considered approach for the return of the US cruise industry following a year long absence

WATCH: ‘A castle on the sea’ - Disney unveils new addition to cruise fleet


Disney Wish will set sail for the first time in June 2022

The Week: Cruise resurgence, Legoland’s new attraction, the K’Nex coaster and fan revolt


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

US cruise industry could resume as early as July, says Royal Caribbean chair following ‘constructive dialogue’ with CDC


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain has hailed positive discussions with the CDC, bringing the US cruise industry a step closer to a return to operations

From The Industry: Disney’s new dress code, COVID-safe cruise excursions and the art of noodles


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Embattled, beloved: Hong Kong’s Ocean Park gets interim CEO in wake of latest bailout


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May

The Week: Wakanda in Disneyland? The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Venice’s cruise ban and Holovis at Legoland


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

From The Industry: The Disney BritCruise, the relationship between Covid and museums, and honouring a Star Trek legend


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Cruise ships banned in Venice as city aims to protect cultural heritage


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government

The Week: Final flight of the owls at Harry Potter attractions, Benedict Cumberbatch’s message for culture and the luchadores fighting Covid


With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions

Disney’s Lighthouse Point slated for 2024 after plans pass environmental impact assessment


The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment

Dropped Dr Seuss titles leads Universal to ‘evaluate’ Islands of Adventure’s Seuss Landing


Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation

From The Industry: Underwater attractions, become an astronaut and restoring art from the capitol riots


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry

Disney’s Carmen Smith on reimagining experiences with inclusivity in mind


As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests

Pandemic sees Disney’s parks revenue down 53 percent in first quarter


Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally

From The Industry: A second chance for captive cetaceans, rollercoaster innovation and virtual visitors at the National Gallery


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry

Saudi Arabia has launched a new company to develop its cruise industry


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture

The Week: Willie Nelson, an Olympic conundrum and a Theme Park of Perpetual Torment


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions

Disney’s Jungle Cruise to undergo major revamp following racism allegations


The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’

Welcome to The Week with Planet Attractions - your weekly look at the world of visitor attractions, culture and tourism


Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com

Everyone travelling on a Saga cruise ship in 2021 must be vaccinated, says operator


Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated

Dimensionalising Brand: How to take an IP and turn it into a physical place


Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment

Oceania Cruises announces new 180-day cruise starting in 2023


Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.

Disney has set out its environmental goals for 2030


Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030

Carnival takes delivery of new cruise ship featuring world-first rollercoaster at sea


Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April

WATCH: Get a first look at Disney’s newest cruise ship


Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’

The Designer’s Creative Studio to launch series of new online courses


New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January

Storytelling: Is It As Important To Theme Parks As It Is To Film?



Saga becomes first operator to receive crucial COVID accreditation



Carnival announces several new senior appointments


Multiple names take up positions on the corporate side of Carnival’s business



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