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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


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


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



Merlin seeks extension to keep iconic London Eye in British capital beyond 2028





Monopoly Lifesized opens in Saudi Arabia




Natural History Museum launches online masterclass series




Industry insights



Some handy tips to get waterpark operators through the busiest time of year




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‘A first of its kind experience’: SeaWorld’s Jonathan Smith on operator’s upcoming Pipeline surf coaster



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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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