Cruise Ships Dock and Anchor in Funchal for New Year's Fireworks

Ships in Funchal for New Year's Eve

Cruise ships are stacked in Funchal (Madeira) for the city’s landmark midnight fireworks display to mark the start of a new decade.

At Anchor:

  • CMV Columbus
  • CMV Marco Polo
  • Saga Sapphire
  • Pullmantur Zenith
  • TUI Mein Schiff 3
  • Fred. Olsen Balmoral
  • Marella Explorer
  • Phoenix Reisen Amera


  • Cunard Queen Victoria
  • Ocean Majesty
  • AIDAstella
  • P&O Aurora

Mein Schiff 3 Becomes First Ship Back in Dominica

Mein Schiff 3 in Dominica

Dominica recently welcomed its first cruise ship since Hurricane Maria hit the island as the Mein Schiff 3 called on Jan. 28 with more than 2,000 passengers visiting the island, according to a statement.

Passengers from the ship engaged in shore excursions to Dominica’s famous Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Twin Falls, Bois Cotlette Estate and Titou Gorge. Some participated in whale watching tours and experienced the island’s unique therapeutic black sand at Mero Beach.

Dominica also said it welcomed a delegation from Carnival Cruise Lines last week. In a prepared statement, Discover Dominica said the delegation met with local tour operators to assess various sites and attractions for future tour offerings.

Discover Dominica also announced that all natural sites on the island managed by the Division of Forestry, with the exception of the Boiling Lake, Waitukubuli National Trail and Soufrière Sulphur Springs, are now open to visitors. Park wardens are there to attend to guests. Trail beds have been cleared, debris has been removed and information centres are back in operation. These beautiful and distinctive sites reflect the Nature Island’s resilience and the country’s boundless natural beauty.

Trafalgar Falls has received a great deal of attention since Hurricane Maria as well. The Visitor Reception facility has a new roof and work on the interpretation signage continues. The trail bed has been cleared of debris and restored, while the viewing platform has been replaced.

RCCL to reduce emissions from 19 ships

RCCL said that the move will position it “ahead of all forthcoming International Maritime Organization Emission Control Area emissions standards, and will ensure compliance with existing European Union standards.”

Beginning in January, installation will take place on 13 Royal Caribbean International ships and six Celebrity Cruises ships, during scheduled drydocks and while ships are in service.

Preliminary work has begun on several of the ships, RCCL said, but most work will take place between 2015 and 2017. Each installation will take approximately eight months.

Two ships that entered into service this year, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 3, had scrubbers installed during initial construction. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas has been operating one of its six engines with a retrofitted scrubber system for two years.

Royal Caribbean said the system “scrubs” exhaust gases by injecting a high volume of water spray into the exhaust stream.