CRUISE NEWS:

Additional information will be given on interesting news concerning cruises and cruise ships. The intention is to renew this page on a regular base. The current information consists of the items below.

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*Quark Expeditions sold.
*New ships in the fleetlist
*New Expedition ships
*HAL increase Service Charge.
*Big order of NCL
*Two new ships described in the fleet list
* Carnival Corp. orders two ships
*All Leisure Group
*Seabourn Encore handover
*Dutch Oceanwide Expeditions confirm newbuilding
*Fathom is ceasing operation
*Carnival Corp. is going green
*Two new expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Expeditions
*Holland-America Line greatly increased dining cover charges.
*Carnival cruise firm Southampton jobs at risk
* Hand-over Koningsdam
*Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive perfect score of 100
*MSC order 2 Meraviglia-Plus ships
*First images seatrials Koningsdam
*Scenic Tours start Ocean Cruises
*Herbs and Art
* HAL new meaningless logo and slogan
*Probably the last newbuilding order for 2015
*Chinese Brilliant of the Sea
*Major engine room fire on Boreal
*Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape
*Mission completed
*Saga first newbuild
* Crystal Cruises awakens
*Norwegian Cruise Line  increase daily service charges
*A new star is born
*Cunard to live stream 175th Anniversary Events in Liverpool on 25 May
*Holland America Line Names Capt. Emiel de Vries Master of Koningsdam
*Freestyle Cruising to the next level
*MSC Newbuilding program
*Delivery date of Koningsdam is delayed
*Genting Buys Crystal Cruises
*Hapag-Lloyd/Tui buys Europa 2 luxury cruiseship
*Renovated and Strech MSC Armonia
*Costa Diadema delivered
*Quantum of the Seas delivered
*HAL Newbuilding to be named Koningsdam
*Renaissance Program MSC Lirica class
*Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc.
*German Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX Finland
*NCL Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for the seventh year
*Final Voyage of Costa Concordia
*MSC order for 2 Futuristic cruise ships.
*Holland- America Line transfer Statendam and Ryndam to P&O-Australia
*Fourth Oasis-class ship
*Norwegian Epic to homeport in Europe year-round in 2015
* Celebrity Century will be transferred to CDF
*Thomson Cruises add private balconies
*Large cruiseships banned from Venice lagoon
*Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders named Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway (update)
*Launch of CLIA Europe
*Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic Crossing
*Viking launches Ocean Cruise Line
*HAL 140th anniversary
*Oasis of the Seas drydock in Rotterdam
*Original three Seabourn vessels sold.
* Problems with Carnival Triumph and Thomson Majesty
*Royal Caribbean has ordered a third Oasis-class ship
* MSC Preziosa get the longest waterslide
*A special tulip for Holland-America Line
*MSC Cruises extends buffet service
*Taste of De Librije on board Rotterdam
*Salvage operations of the Costa Concordia
*Fire is still the largest risk at sea
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Grand opening Felison Cruise Terminal
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Fire on the Azamara Quest
*Love boat for scrap

*Costa Allegra adrift 200 miles ZW the Seychelles (update)
* Strike on Costa Deliziosa
*Costa Concordia hits rocks off coast of Italy (update 21/4)
*Fire on board Nordlys
* Oceanwide Expeditions acquired Ortelius
* HAL's Rotterdam cruises year round from city of Rotterdam
*Skywalkers moved from Grand Princess
* Glorius return of ss.Rotterdam
* Bankruptcy after bankruptcy
 


Quark Expeditions sold

Aug. 2017 The TUI group has sold a number of subsidiaries, including Quark Expeditions for an amount of 369 million Euro. The buyer is Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), from New York. The expectation is that Quark Expeditions will soon be resold. In May 2016, TUI Group announced the rebranding of TUI Specialist Group (Quark Expeditions was one of the members) to Travelopia and it’s intention to sell the businesses. In February 2017, KKR, a leading global investment firm purchased Travelopia Holdings Limited and in June 2017 the sale of Travelopia was finalised. 

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New ships in the fleetlist

Apeldoorn-June 11-2017 In the fleetlist are added the following new ships MSC Meraviglia see pag.M-Columbus CMV pag. C- AIDAperla pag.A

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New Expedition ships

Miami -March17 -2017 For the order of SunStone four plus option of six expedition ships. Please visit the page "The World of Cruises and Ferries" of this site. You can also find information on this page of the newly founded Norwegian Cruise Comp. and the intention to order in total six expedition ships

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HAL increase Service Charge.

Seattle, Febr. 17 -2017 On all Holland America Line sailings departing on or after May 1, 2017, the Hotel Service Charge will increase as follows:

This is the second increase the last was effective on 2015. If service exceeds or fails to meet your expectations, you are free to adjust this amount at the end of each segment and/or voyage. The Hotel Service Charge is paid to Holland America Line crew members, and represents an important part of their compensation. A 15% Bar Service Charge is automatically added to bar charges and Dining Room wine purchases.

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Big order of NCL

Miami– February 16, 2017 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. today announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand.  Four ships of the Leonardo class are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
The four 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests.  The new Leonardo class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships. The design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. The ships using convential fuel no LNG.
To date, all NCL ships were built by the German Meyer Werft. It's a big disappointment for the yard that the order has gone to the Italian state shipyard Fincantieri.

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Two new ships described in the fleet list

Apeldoorn jan.28-2017 Two new ships the Majestic Princess http://www.nedcruise.info/majestic%20princess.htm and the Viking Sky http://www.nedcruise.info/viking%20sky.htm described in the fleet list, including technical details and images.

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Carnival Corp. orders two ships

Miami Jan. 17-2017 The record cruise ship orderbook got a further boost with Fincantieri signing a memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corp. & plc for one new ship each for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. The order is valued at more than €1bn. The HAL ship will be a third in the 99,500gt Pinnacle class, for delivery in 2021. It will be built at Fincantieri's Marghera yard. The ship follows 2016's Koningsdam and its sister, Nieuw Statendam, scheduled for delivery in November 2018. The Princess ship will be sixth in the 145,000gt Royal class. It will be built at Monfalcone for delivery expected in 2022. The vessel follows 2013's Royal Princess and 2014's Regal Princess. Coming in March for the China market is Majestic Princess, and a further pair of Royal-class sisters is due for handover in 2019 and 2020.

For Koningsdam  - Please Click here
For Royal Princess - Please Click here

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.All Leisure Group

Market Harborough -UK  jan. 4-2017 All Leisure Group is no longer in business following the cancellation of Jan. cruises on its Voyages of Discovery and Swan Hellenic cruise brands.
The Civil Aviation Authority will help to repatriate the 400 people who are currently aboard, according to BBC.
The ships, the 350-passenger Minerva ( bwj.2003 – 12.892 bt.)  and 540-passenger Voyager( bwj.1990 –15.369 bt.), will now be attracting attention from a number of other operators
RJ Allard, chairman, wrote in a letter to investors in early 2016 that “the cruise division continued to be unprofitable,” noting an improvement in operating losses from 2014 to 2015.
Its other cruise brand, party owned, Hebridean Island Cruises, with Hebridean Princess ( bwj.1964 – 2.112 bt.) is unknown. ’s first cruise of 2017 is scheduled for March 1.

For more info of the ships please click below:
Voyger: http://www.nedcruise.info/voyager.htm
Minerva:http://www.nedcruise.info/minerva.htm
Hebridean Princess: http://www.nedcruise.info/hebridean_princess.htm

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Seabourn Encore handover

Seattle Nov. 30 -2016 Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line, took delivery of its newest all-suite vessel, Seabourn Encore today during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

Also in this ship continues the trend of more and more passengers. The Odyssey class can accommodate 450 passengers. Seabourn first three ships, already sold to Windstar, accommodate 208 passengers.
Sistership Seabourn Ovation will be completed in 2018.

For technical details and images Please click here.

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Dutch Oceanwide Expeditions confirm newbuilding

Flushing nov. 23-2016 Oceanwide Expeditions has confirmed the order of an innovative 180-passenger expedition vessel.
The ship, called the Hondius, will be one of few strongest ice-strengthened vessels class P-6 in the Polar Regions. It will sail in 2019 and built by Brodosplit Yard at Croatia.
The name Hondius follows our custom to name our ships for celebrated Dutch-Flemish cartographers who continue to inspire us as we carry on their passion for exploration and discovery acc. to CEO, Michel van Gessel.
One deck on board is reserved for an observation lounge, with a separate lecture room in order to offer simultaneous or multilingual lectures and presentations.
There are 85 cabins -14 with a balcony. Size 33m2 for the suite and 13m2 for porthole cabins.
The vessel size will be 107 meters long, 17,6 m. wide and it will be equipped with two main engines for a total of 4,200 kW to drive one controllable pitch propeller, generating a speed of 15 knots.
The propulsion system consists of two medium speed main engines and one adjustable pitch propeller. The flexible power management (in combination with a shaft generator instead of a diesel-driven generator) permits the lowest possible fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

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Fathom is ceasing operation

Miami Oct.24-2016 Fathom is ceasing operation by June 2017, after nearly one year in operation. The so-called social impact brand Fathom only launched operations last April with the former Adonia of P&O Cruises offering alternating sailings to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The Adonia will head back to service under P&O.
Fathom concept will continue on six other lines calling at Amber Cove Dominican Republic can purchase a social impact excursion, just as they would buy a traditional shore excursion.

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Carnival Corporation is going green

Miami Sept 3-2016 Carnival Corporation is going green  with an order of three 180.000 tons mega ships slated for delivery in 2020 and 2022. The Miami-based cruise company said Tuesday that the vessels will be powered by liquified natural gas, considered to be the cleanest-burning fossil fuel at the moment. LNG-powered ships have become increasingly popular among cruise lines that have adopted a more eco-friendly strategy, partly because they satisfy stricter maritime rules that seek to limit harmful emissions.Two of the new ships will be built for Carnival Cruise Line, making them the first LNG-powered ships in North America. The vessels have been ordered from Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku at the company’s Turku, Finland shipyard, where Carnival previously built 12 ships more than a decade ago. With capacity for 5,200 passengers each at double occupancy, the two new vessels will also be the largest for the cruise line, which already has a fleet of 25 ships plus the Carnival Horizon, set for delivery in 2018. These ships are being designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The third ship will be for P&O Cruises UK, ordered with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel will also be the largest-ever for P&O UK, at a capacity of 5,200 passengers at double occupancy. It is expected to be delivered in 2020.
At an earlier stage Carnival Corp. already ordered four ships sail on LNG for Costa and Aida.

Please visit http://www.nedcruise.info/fleetlist.htm on C and P

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Two new expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Expeditions

 Hamburg Aug.26-2016 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet grows. TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.The two ships will be built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, a shareholding of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. The vessels will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology. With PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able to cruise not only in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but also in warm water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water sports marina.The two ships are identical. One serve the German - speaking markets Germany-Austria and Switzerland. The other the international markets.

Fore two artist impressions and futher information Please click here:

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Holland-America Line greatly increased dining cover charges.

Seattle Aug.1 -2016 Immediately the cover charge for dining at the elite Pinnacle Grill went from $29 to $35 per person. At the Asian-themed Tamarind, the price rose from $20 to $25, and at the Canaletto Italian restaurant, the cover went to from $10 to $15. Meals served once a cruise on select ships under the menus from Le Cirque and De Librije remain at $49 and $69, respectively. Dining packages increased to reflect the underlying price increases in the restaurants. A package of two nights in the Pinnacle Grill goes from $52 to $62. The Signature Dining Package, which includes a dinner in Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto, increased from $35 to $44, while a package of Pinnacle, Tamarind and Canaletto available on the Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam increased from $50 to $65.

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Carnival cruise firm Southampton jobs at risk

Southampton June – 24 -2016 Dozens of jobs at the Southampton office of cruise company Carnival are at risk over plans to set up a new ship management company in Germany. The move is part of proposals to bring Carnival's European and Asian brands together, including P&O and Cunard. The firm said the move would affect 50 members of staff. But one staff member told the BBC hundreds of jobs could be at risk when back office, ship management and IT jobs are moved to Hamburg in September. The staff member, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "The only [jobs] we can see surviving are the phone centres, but we just don't know." Staff in Southampton are so worried about their future they they have leaked internal documents to the BBC. In a Q&A memo about Project Doppler, Carnival UK admits "the perception is that there will be job losses." It does not say how many. But one member of staff told me hundreds are at risk. Carnival UK denies it. But the documents show the creation of a new company in Hamburg is a substantial long term strategic move. A Carnival spokeswoman said: "There are over 1,000 people employed in Carnival House. The creation of the new maritime operation will affect approximately 50 of these people." Internal documents seen by the BBC suggest "Project Doppler" will combine the technical teams and ship management for the Cunard, P&O Cruises, Aida, Costa and Fathom brands under one roof.

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Hand-over Koningsdam

Venetië March 31, 2016 "We welcome Koningsdam to our fleet," said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. " KONINGSDAM looks spectacular, beyond our expectations, and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing our vision to life."Following the naming festivities on May 20 at Rotterdam, the ship will head to its summer home port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ship is registered in the Netherlands.

Website Koningsdam Please Click here.

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Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive perfect score of 100

Seattle-March 22, 2016 — Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eurodam’s unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held March 20 during a turnaround call at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the start of a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Prior to that inspection, Eurodam had received its ninth perfect score in a row in October 2015 during a call at Fort Lauderdale, making it the first ship in company history to receive as many consecutive perfect scores of 100. The score, on a scale from one to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas of assessment, encompassing hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.  

Website Holland-America Line: http://hollandamerica.com/
Website Eurodam: http://www.nedcruise.info/eurodam.htm

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MSC order 2 Meraviglia-Plus ships

Genua Jan. 1-2016 MSC Cruises firmed the options to build two additional ships in the Meraviglia class at STX France in Saint-Nazaire.
The vessels will be larger, with 2,444 staterooms each, and delivery of these Meraviglia-Plus ships is scheduled for October 2019 and December 2020.
Our long-standing cooperation with STX France and the continued growth of our business allows me today to confirm well ahead of time the existing options for two additional ships,' MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said. 'The two Meraviglia-Plus vessels will be even larger and longer as well as richer in features and amenities,' he added.
Each has an additional 200 staterooms and a maximum capacity for nearly 6,300 passengers. Each will stretch 1,085 feet.
Among new features, the ships will sport a contemporary fine art museum.

For more details and artist impression Please visit http://www.nedcruise.info/meraviglia%20plus.htm

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First images seatrials Koningsdam

Italia jan. 20-2016  Holland America Line's new flagship, the Koningsdam, recently completed sea trials. The Fincantieri-built vessel will be delivered in April.
For images of the seatrials and technical details Please Click here: http://www.nedcruise.info/koningsdam.htm

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Scenic Tours start Ocean Cruises

Sydney, jan.18-2016 Riverboat operator Scenic is getting into ocean cruising, announcing a new 16,500-ton, 228-passenger ship with an option for a second.
The ship will be called the Scenic Eclipse and order is placed at Uljanik Shipyard at Croatia.The double-hull will feature 1A-super ice class. Features include two small helicopters aboard and a seven-passenger mini submarine. Scenic promises a luxury never seen before. Scenic Eclipse’s maiden voyage departing Istanbul on August 31, 2018. The ship will then sail to Venice. The ship will also visit Canada, Iceland, the Arctic, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Cuba and Antarctica.
For more information including image Please Click here!

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Herbs and Art

Seattle Jan. 12 -2016 Do not have much in common but both are aboard HAL ships.
Herbs Holland America Line is partnering with award-winning microgreen Dutch specialist Koppert Cress to grow fresh ingredients onboard the line’s newbuild, Koningsdam. The Koppert Cress partnership will enable guests to indulge in fresh microgreens grown onboard in the Culinary Arts Center while enjoying a farm-to-table-style menu for dinner. The ingredients will be on display in a glass-enclosed growing area in the reimagined Culinary Arts Center, which also will serve as a dinner venue. Dinner in the Culinary Arts Center restaurant will provide an immersive farm-to-table experience where chefs prepare simple, artisanal dishes in the show kitchen. Each course will be enjoyed as it’s freshly prepared, with some ingredients harvested by the ship’s chefs from the Koppert Cress growing area just before being served.
Art.. Holland America Line is celebrating its Dutch heritage in a new partnership with Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam, the most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. Nearly 2.5 million visitors from all over the World. Through the collaboration, the Rijksmuseum at Sea” created by Rijksstudio will be installed on Oosterdam during its scheduled dry dock in April 2016 and then move fleetwide over the next several years. The line has also become a new sponsor of the Rijksmuseum. Reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces will be showcased throughout the ship and a dedicated space onboard will invite guests to explore their own creativity through guided art workshops. Guests will be able to view videos about the museum and its collections on the in-stateroom television, while enrichment programs and presentations by Rijksmuseum staff will be available on select cruises. Guests also will have the opportunity to purchase special branded Rijksmuseum merchandise in the onboard shops.


Signing contract between Wim Pijbes Director Rijksmuseum and Orlando Ashford CEO HAL.

Website Holland-America Line: hollandamerica.com/
Website Rijksmuseum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/
Website Oosterdam: http://www.nedcruise.info/oosterdam.htm

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HAL new meaningless logo and slogan

 

Seattle Oct./ Dec. -2015 Orlando Ashford announces new strategy. Reinventing its cruise experience with three new content providers BBC earth, Afar and Utrip for onboard enrichment, and a new logo and a new slogan.


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De gebruikte beeldmerken zijn copyright van Holland-America Line.

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                               new

In particular, the new logo is a meaningless ship's bow without the Half Moon a ship that the age of the HAL represented. Along with the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam -2 of 1938 one of the finest ocean liners. At the time of introduction of this new logo 143 years old one of the oldest existing shipping companies. It is incomprehensible that the lovely old logo has been replaced by this monstrous meaningless new logo. This can only be done by someone who  has no respect of the history of the company.

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Probably the last newbuilding order for 2015

 

Miami Dec.30-2015 Probably the last newbuilding order in 2015? Today announced Carnival Corp.&Plc. that it has signed a memo of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build four new cruise ships with final contracts expected to be executed in 2016. Two of the four new ships will be built for Costa Asia for deployment in China, and one will be built each for P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises.
The four new ships will be built by Fincantieri, at the company's shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, Italy, with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020. The two new 135,500-ton ships for Costa Asia and one new ship for P&O Cruises Australia will carry 4,200 passengers. Princess Cruises' new 143,700-ton ship will carry 3,560 passengers and will be its fourth "Royal Princess" class vessel.

In March 2015 Carnival entered into a strategic partnership with Meyer Yard in Germany and Fincantieri under which these four ships have been developed. The other four ships have been commissioned to Meyer Yards in Germany and Finland. Two 180.000 tons 5000 passengers are destined for Aida Cruises and two for Costa Italy. Deliverytime in 2019 and 2020.These four vessels are equipped with LNG propulsion. The ships ordered from Fincantieri has not specified the type of propulsion yet.  

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Chinese Brilliant of the Sea

Shanghai, December 5, 2015  June 2015 founded the Chinese Diamond Cruise International Co. Ltd. [Registry: Bahamas] Shortly before  they had bought the cruise ship "Celestyal Odyssey". Better known as Explorer and Olympia Explorer, originally built for the bankrupt Greek Royal Olympic Cruises. Sister ship Olympia Voyager is already sold to China and sails for Bohai Cruise Co. under the name of "Chinese Taishan".
The "Celestyal Odyssey" is currently undergoing a major renovation in Shanghai and will include two additional decks. She has been re-named "Brilliant of the Sea".This name sounds suspiciously like the "Brilliance of the Seas" of Royal Caribbean. It is the question of whether Royal Caribbean will be here very happy with.

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Major engine room fire on Boreal;

 

Fire on board cruise ships is one of the most common accidents.
Nov. 18-2015 British forces based in the Falkland Islands responded to a distress call by cruise ship Le Boreal from Ponant Cruises. The ship reported suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland.The captain ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and crew, to be abandoned. According to one source familiar with the operation, passengers were in lifeboats for up to seven hours. Additionally, he said that the company tries to keep its ships close to each other in remote areas, with the sister-ship, the Austral, also taking some passengers.Working closely with the Falkland Islands Government, British Forces enacted a major search and rescue plan.Two Royal Air Force Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters were scrambled, along with two other support helicopters, a C130 Hercules and a Voyager aircraft for command and control. The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Clyde was despatched to the scene, as were Dutch tugs which support British Forces in the Falkland Islands.In an operation coordinated from Mount Pleasant, Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopters, supported by British International and Bristows helicopters, successfully winched 79 people from the deck of the Le Boreal and from two life rafts in the water.All of these evacuees were brought to the British Forces Base at Mount Pleasant where they received care, clothing, food and medical attention. HMS Clyde assisted two further lifeboats with over 200 evacuees on board, ensuring they were brought to safety.All passengers and crew from Le Boreal have been accounted for and are being looked after on the Falkland Islands. The vessel itself is now in a stable condition and two Dutch Tugs, under contract to British Forces, are now assisting to bring the vessel alongside in the Falkland Islands for a detailed assessment of her condition.
"We responded with everything we had yesterday to assist in what was an extremely complex and hazardous rescue operation in difficult conditions but I am delighted that we can report all of the passengers and crew of the vessel are safe and well and the vessel itself in a stable condition". According to a statement of Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Cdre Darren Bone.

For Images and technical details Boreal and Further progress repair: Please Click here !
For video accident Please see here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid3680665374001?bckey=AQ~~,AAACcS3ahoE~,OSt6CCN6H-20ad_xEb3FLskS8beU2Zgi&bctid=4623316012001

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Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape

 

Bremerhaven – Oct. 22- 2015  Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery today of the line’s largest ship the 165.157 gross ton Norwegian Escape, from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven. To date also the biggest ship ever build by Meyer Werft-Germany. After European inaugural festivities in Hamburg and Southampton. The ship will make the crossing from Southampton to her year-round homeport of Miami on October 29. The ship will be christened in Miami on November 9.The Escape is the first of an order of 4 ships for delivery in 2017-2018 and 2019.

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Mission completed

Svalbard, sept.30-2015 The amount of garbage, especially plastics, has risen to alarming levels. Also on the high Arctic shores of the Svalbard archipelago, tons of plastic garbage are washed ashore every year. This garbage poses a high risk for the environment. Oceanwide Expeditions, the leading Arctic Dutch expedition cruise company, has now completed successfully a unique clean-up cruise on board of M/V Ortelius to battle the garbage threat
Oceanwide Expeditions completed the first “Cleaning the Shores of Svalbard” trip of the Svalbard cruise industry. The trip was an eight-day voyage to the remote northern part of Svalbard dedicated to picking up garbage from the region’s beaches. An estimated 13 m3 of garbage was removed from three beaches in the area of Raudfjorden, the remote Rijpfjorden, and Mushamna in Woodfjorden. Each beach cleaned yielded 4-5 m3 of garbage consisting mainly of plastic of various origins, fishing rope, nets, and floats. The garbage was sorted onboard and with the assistance of Sysselmannen and the Svalbard Environmental Fund, it has now been disposed of in a proper manner.
Half of the passengers went out in the morning armed with bags, gloves to clean the beaches.  The other half of the passengers meanwhile went for an excursion in a different area. After lunch, the roles were reversed.

More info Ortelius: Please click here

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Saga first newbuild.

Folkestone Sept.28-2015 Saga Cruises and Meyer Werft Germany signed a memorandum of agreement for a 55,900gt ship, to be delivered in summer 2019. The deal comes with an option for a second ship in 2021.
Carrying less than 1000 passengers, it will retain the intimacy and personal service for which we are renowned. There will also be single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants, a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, fabulous library, signature Britannia Lounge and much more – all with a fresh and contemporary twist on the traditions of classic Saga cruising. The cabins are going to be a real showcase – spacious and modern, the ship’s design also means every one will have a balcony. In addition, around 15% of the accommodation will be just for solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades

More info:  Please click here

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 Crystal Cruises awakens

Hongkong July 23 -2015  Crystal Cruises since been bought by Genting HK there are major expansion plans announced that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips. The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build 3 ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio. The first ship is due for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters.For the first time ever, guests will have the opportunity to call a Crystal ship “home,” with Crystal Residences. Situated on the top deck of the new ships will be 48 unique homes, with their own private restaurant, reception and facilities, and high ceilings.
Crystal Yacht Cruises start in December  2015  After the acquisition of the Megastar Taurus a yacht from Genting/Star. Renamed as Crystal Esprit will embark on its maiden voyage on December 23  as the first expansion of the Crystal Cruises fleet. The 62-guest, 3,300-tonn yacht will offer intimate, exclusive, and immersive experiences with a boutique ambiance, said the company.Technology includes a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs, and a single 32-passenger yacht tender.
Crystal River Cruises start in Spring 2017 with two ships already on order by Lloyd Werft. Ships will operate on European Waterways.
Crystal Luxury Air with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner will launch in 2017. The aircraft, which typically seats 300, will fly 60 guests in fully reclining business class seats to destinations to which major airlines do not offer nonstop service.

Please for Crystal page click here

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Norwegian Cruise Line  increase daily service charges,

Miami, july 10-2015 Norwegian Cruise Line has announced an increase to its daily service charges, effective for all sailings that begin on August 1. The new rates are:
 $13.50 per person per day for any category up to a mini-suite stateroom.
 $15.50 per person per day for any suite category.
 Any guest that has made a booking by July 31 will have the option of prepaying their service charges at the current rate if done prior to the final payment due date. Guests with existing cruise reservations who have already pre-paid their service charges at the current rate will not be affected.
Fixed gratuities remains a strange phenomenon in the cruise world and is not used anywhere else in the tourism industry.
Luckily, more and more cruise lines, which have abolished the tipping
system
 

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A new star is born

June 23 – 2015 Virgin Cruises -the new cruise line founded by British billionaire Richard Branson is building three new cruise ships. The ships will be built at Fincantieri – Italy. The first will be delivered in 2020 the two remaining in 2021 and 2022. The vessels have a tonnage of 110,000 GT. and accommodation of 2800 pax.The first ship will be based in Miami and sail the Caribbean.
President of Virgin Cruises is Tom McAlpin, a longtime cruise executive who previously served as president of Disney Cruise Line and, more recently, president of World of ResidenSea.
Virgin Group partnered with private investor comp. Bain Capital.
Branson, companies from airlines, trains and space travel are making taste and innovative. It will certainly be the case with its cruise line.

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***Cunard to live stream 175th Anniversary Events in Liverpool on 25 May ***

Cunard Celebrates Major Milestone with Historic Meeting of the Fleet's Three Queens on the River Mersey
SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 21, 2015
/PRNewswire/ -- Cunard's three Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, will gather in the company's 'spiritual home' of Liverpool to mark its 175th anniversary on Monday, 25 May.

At midday on 25 May, Cunard's current fleet will become the largest ships ever to sail in formation on the Mersey when all three Queens perform a meticulously planned series of manoeuvres to mark the company's 175th anniversary and to salute Liverpool, its spiritual home, where the company began in 1840. The ships will perform a 'river dance' against the backdrop of Liverpool's Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company's headquarters from 1916-1967. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to gather on both sides of the river to watch.
Those who cannot attend but are interested in viewing this historic moment can view a live satellite feed, from 12:30-14:00 pm (GMT), of a 90 minute programme of live helicopter footage of the Three Queens sailing in formation, live and pre-recorded interviews from the previous day's build-up and live crowd reaction. The programme will be streamed live via http://live.cunard.com/.
High resolution photographs, including aerial stills of the Three Queens 'river dance', will be freely available to download from Cunard's official image gallery. Photographs will be added, and the library will be updated throughout the day, and can be accessed via
www.cunard3queens.com

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Holland America Line Names Captain Emiel de Vries Master of New ms Koningsdam

SEATTLE, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, Captain Emiel de Vries will be in command. Having been with the company since 1997, de Vries rose through the ranks from fourth officer to captain and has been master of ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam and ms Zuiderdam.
De Vries currently lives near Venice, Italy, to be close to the Fincantieri shipyard where ms Koningsdam is being built. He has been involved with the newbuild project since 2014 and participated in the functional design of the navigation bridge — his "office" when he is onboard.
"With his knowledge, experience and dedication, Captain de Vries is the perfect choice to be at the helm when we introduce Koningsdam to the world," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "Captain de Vries' leadership and graciousness with both guests and crew will contribute greatly to the success of our new ship."
Hailing from the Netherlands, de Vries grew up just east of Amsterdam. He graduated from the Hogere Zeevaart School in Amsterdam, one of the oldest nautical schools in the world, with degrees in navigation and engineering. De Vries was introduced to Holland America Line in 1995 when he interned as a cadet on the former ms Noordam, and since joining the company, he has sailed on every class of Holland America Line's ships.
"It is an honor to be named the first captain of the new Koningsdam, and I know bringing out the ship will be one of the highlights of my career," said de Vries. "Being at the shipyard has enabled me to gain detailed insight into many areas of the ship, and I look forward to welcoming the first guests on board during the inaugural season."
When not in Italy at the shipyard, de Vries lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Susan, and their daughter

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Freestyle Cruising to the next level

Miami April 22-2014 Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that beginning January 2016 all guests sailing aboard Norwegian Sky from Miami will enjoy an even more all-inclusive cruise experience with dining, entertainment and now free unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits included. Whether they choose white or red, shaken or stirred, on the rocks or straight up, Norwegian Sky guests will revel in the freedom and flexibility of the most inclusive contemporary cruise holiday at sea.“We’re taking Freestyle Cruising to the next level to provide our guests with an experience unmatched by any other contemporary cruise line,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Operating Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Norwegian Sky guests will have the freedom to enjoy a cruise holiday the way they desire – whether it’s lounging by the pool with a margarita, having a laugh at a comedy show, catching up on their favourite book on their balcony, or indulging in fine dining – all included in their cruise fare.” Guests will enjoy for free a variety of unlimited premium spirits, innovative cocktails curated by the award-winning mixologists from Miami’s Bar Lab, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to US $ 11 aboard Norwegian Sky in 2016 and beyond*. Guests 3 to 20 years of age will enjoy unlimited sodas and juice throughout their cruise.Norwegian Sky sails port-packed 3- and 4-night roundtrip cruises from Miami to the Bahamas year-round. The new all-inclusive experience will also provide guests with the freedom to enjoy unlimited premium beverages while soaking up the sun on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. In addition to the wide variety of inclusive offerings on board, Norwegian Sky guests also have the option to indulge in a variety of extra on-board experiences such as speciality restaurants and pampering Mandara Spa treatments. While in port, Norwegian Sky guests can also opt to choose from a wide array of shore excursions offering leisure, adventure and cultural experiences including swimming with dolphins, historical island tours, beach time and more. Norwegian Sky offers a broad selection of staterooms options including spacious suites and penthouses that accommodate up to five guests, balcony staterooms, oceanview staterooms and moderately priced inside staterooms designed with families in mind to accommodate up to four guests. The ship features 13 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, two pools, five hot tubs, an on-board spa, casino and children’s programming.

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MSC Newbuilding program

Genua April 20 2015 The first steel for MSC Cruises’ new Vista generation of ships was cut at STX France, during a ceremony in Saint-Nazaire Monday. MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago told assembled press and dignitaries that the cutting-edge 5,700-guest, 167,700gt ship — due to be delivered in May 2017 and open for bookings from June 2015 — will be named MSC Meraviglia (marvelous/amazing). homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona‘. MSC Meraviglia will be the biggest and most innovative cruise ship ever built by a global European-based cruise line,’ said Vago.
MSC Cruises double its capacity by 2022 through up to seven new ships and a €5.1bn investment plan.’

A few weeks earlier MSC announced  the MSC Seaside class under construction at Fincantieri - Italy. Ship special designed for warm weather conditions.

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Delivery date of Koningsdam is delayed.

Apeldoorn, March 16, 2015, The original completion of the Koningsdam was scheduled for mid-February 2016. For the yard to give more time to apply innovative state of the art technologies and new features, the delivery is postponed to April 8, 2016. The christening ceremony on May 21, 2016 in Rotterdam remains and is not changed. The time between order in October 2012 and the new completion date of April 2016 is a long time for a cruise ship.

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Genting Buys Crystal Cruises

Hong Kong 03 March 2015 Genting announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Cruises, Inc. from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha of Japan (NYK). The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has agreed to sell its subsidiary luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK), for $550m in cash.
Crystal Cruises’ two ships
Crystal Symphony (bwj.1995 – 51.044 bt.) andCrystal Serenity (bwj.2003 –68.870 bt.) Both ships are owned by BTMU Leasing & Finance, a subsidiary of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and operated under a bareboat charter agreement. The estimated value of the ships are approx. US $ 300 milj. in total.
The current management team and crew will continue to lead Crystal Cruises. Genting will provide financial resources and proven expertise in innovative ship design to build a new ship that will set the highest standard in luxury cruise ships that together with Crystal’s six-star legendary service will reinforce Crystal’s reputation as the world’s leading luxury cruise line

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Hapag-Lloyd/Tui buys Europa 2 luxury cruiseship

Hamburg jan. 2015  Tui Group is buying luxury cruise ship MS Europa 2 for €278 million. € 67 million in cash and € 211 million in debt. The purchase from current owner Omnison SA  from Swiss businessman Otto Mihm (83 year) a German lives in Switzerland. Tui would be able to save charter rates of around €27 million a year. The original charter agreement had a duration of 12 years.
 According to Berlitz guide “Cruising” the Europa 2 has been classified as five star plus.

More info - technical details and images of the Europe 2 - Please Click here

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Renovated and Strech of MSC Armonia

Palermo, November 17-2014 The MSC Armonia was delivered back to MSC Cruises today by Fincantieri after a 10 week stretch and renovation job. Next up is the MSC Sinfonia in early 2015, followed by the MSC Opera, from May to July, and the MSC Lirica, from September to November. The total the “Renaissance Program” cost about 200 milj. Euro.

Please visit Renaissance Program MSC Lirica class
More technical info and images of the MSC Armonia   Please Click here .

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Costa Diadema delivered.

Marghera, Oct.25-2014  Costa Diadema,133.019 gt. the fifteenth ship and new flagship of Costa Cruises fleet, was presented by Costa Cruises and Fincantieri. "Costa Diadema is the 44th cruise ship we have built since 2002, the 12th cruise ship we have built for Costa Crociere. This is thus a very special occasion to us and we are very proud to present the latest result of the Italian excellence, which confirms our leading position in ship design and construction for cruise sector, a sector without parallel in terms of technological complexity and competitiveness.” Bono CEO of Fincantieri concluded: “As “Regina del Mediterraneo”, Costa Diadema will be deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. From November 8 until the end of 2015 Summer season, the new flagship will leave from Savona on 7-day cruises in the western Mediterranean Sea.

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Quantum of the Seas delivered

Bremerhaven, Oct.28-2014 - Today Meyer Werft delivered the 168,666 gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean. The first ship of a serie of three sets new standards. The traditional main restaurant has been replaced by dynamic dining, where the guests rotate in five different restaurants which are included in the cruise rate, and which offer a wide culinary variety. The guests can choose from 18 restaurants on board, among them Jamie’s Italian, the first restaurant at sea of the British chef Jamie Oliver. The lounge “Two70”° stretches from deck 4 to 6, a spacious area offering a 270-degree panoramic view of the sea. The “Two270°” combines entertainment and technology which allows the guests to travel smoothly from day to night. Inside staterooms will get ocean-views courtesy of gigantic 80” TV-walls with a display of the outside. The Quantum feature a number of industry firsts, from a skydiving simulator to bumper cars, a fully enclosed sports area. The North Star will lift guests some 91 meters above sea level to give them panoramic views of the sea and surrounding ports of call. The ship will ride on a carpet of drag-reducing micro-bubbles that, at speed, is expected to cut fuel consumption a net 7% to 8%

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HAL Newbuilding to be named Koningsdam.

Seattle sept. 15-2014 Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms KONINGSDAM (pronounced with a long ō sound, as in cone). While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history. The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design – a new Pinnacle Class – and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in more than a century.
HAL has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 of our ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, and the historic greatness of our Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million guests each year. In addition, we have many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers. Many of Holland America’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms NieuwAmsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
“In choosing the name KONINGSDAM, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle-class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”
Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company, with headquarters in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with our European headquarters located nearby.
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for our company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the HAL fleet will also be found on the new ship. To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam.

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Renaissance Program MSC Lirica class

Sunday 31 August-2014 MSC Armonia entered the Fincantieri shipyard, in Palermo, Italy, where she will remain for 11 weeks, until resuming service on 17 November with a one-off inaugural Mediterranean cruise from Genoa to the Canary Islands.
Over the next two and a half months, Fincantieri’s team of world-class shipbuilders will lengthen the ship by inserting a prebuilt 24-metre section containing 194 extra cabins. In addition, they will refit and renew many other parts of the ship, upgrading the level of comfort, entertainments and services available on board. 
Before MSC Armonia’s arrival on Sunday, Fincantieri had begun preparations for the massive project both on board and in the shipyard. On 28 August, the new midship section was floated into the shipyard, and towed into the drydock area, where MSC Armonia will undergo her Renaissance. Finally, on Sunday morning, MSC Armonia stopped inside the drydock, where the midship section was waiting. Work immediately started on her hull, as the cutting line was marked. The midsection will be inserted mid-September and the maiden journey out of the shipyard will be on 17 November.
In addition to new cabins, the ship will boast new areas for the Baby Club built in partnership with Chicco; also a new Mini Club and Young Club for kids to play, as well as a Teens Club.In addition to new cabins, the ship will boast new areas for the Baby Club built in partnership with Chicco; also a new Mini Club and Young Club for kids to play, as well as a Teens Club.
Food lovers were not forgotten as the buffet will be open 20 hours per day and exciting features will be available for an even better food experience. She will also feature a new lounge area as well as an extended restaurant. 
MSC Armonia will in addition be fitted with a library for MSC travellers to enjoy their time on board even more. MSC Aurea Spa will also benefit from enrichments to please our guests. A completely new spray park will also be added, with an exhilarating pathway of water features and water cannons.
The four ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France. They are currently 251 metres long, weigh 60,000 tons and carry 2,069 travellers. After the “renaissance programme”, the ships will be 275 meters long, weigh 65,000 tons and carry 2,680 travellers, boasting 194 additional cabins (plus 59 new cabins for crew members).

The Renaissance programme schedule
          MSC Armonia: 31 August to 17 November 2014
·         MSC Sinfonia: 12 January to 16 March 2015
·         MSC Opera: 2 May to 4 July 2015
·         MSC Lirica: 31 August to 9 November 2015 

For more info of the ships please click here: Fleetlist M (MSC)

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc.

Wiesbaden, September 2, 2014Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (“Norwegian Cruise Line” or “Norwegian,” (NASDAQ: NCLH)), a leading global cruise operator, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc. (“Prestige”), the market leader in the upscale cruise segment and parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in cash and stock for a total transaction consideration of $3,025 billion, including the assumption of debt.
“The acquisition of Prestige represents an extraordinary opportunity for Norwegian Cruise Line to expand our market presence by adding two established, award-winning brands in the upscale cruise segment with loyal followings,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "Not only does this acquisition immediately enhance our financial performance, but it also deepens the bench of talent that we have been developing over the years. Our complementary strengths and skillsets will pave the way for new cross-selling opportunities, cross-brand collaboration, cross-business support, as well as joint partnerships which, coupled with meaningful synergies that can be quickly implemented, will provide solid accretion to earnings per share and drive long-term shareholder value,” added Sheehan.
“We are excited to become part of the Norwegian family and start a new chapter for our company,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige. “With Oceania and Regent, we have built iconic brands with distinctive product offerings and strong customer loyalty. The combination is very compelling and will allow us to further enhance our renowned guest experience. We are looking forward to joining the Norwegian team and building upon the success that our three brands have already achieved.”
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restige Cruises registered with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering in January 2014. Apollo has been the company's majority shareholder following an $850 million deal in 2007.
 
Norwegian Cruise was created in its current form in 2000 through a merger with a cruise operator owned by Genting Bhd, the leisure and casino conglomerate controlled by Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay. Apollo made a $1 billion investment in Norwegian Cruise in 2008.
 
Norwegian Cruise went public in January 2013. Genting had a 28 percent stake, Apollo had a 20 percent stake and private equity firm TPG Capital LP had an 8 percent stake in the company as of the end of June, according to a regulatory filing.
Norwegian will finance the acquisition with existing cash, new and existing debt facilities and the issuance of approximately 20,3 million shares of its common stock. Pursuant to the requirements of NASDAQ Rule 5635, holders of a majority of Norwegian's common stock have consented to the issuance of such shares.

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German Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX Finland

Helsinki August 5 - 2014 Following weeks of intense negotiations, Germany's Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX Finland's Turku shipyard, where TUI Cruises has just ordered two additional newbuilds. Meyer takes a 70% stake in a share purchase with the Finnish government agreed with STX Europe, the owner of the Turku yard.  Some 1,300 employees and a specialised supplier network are currently working on Mein Schiff 4 for TUI Cruises. which After the take over by Meyer Werft TUI Cruises has just ordered a pair of additional newbuilds in Turku. Mein Schiff 5 and 6 are sisters to Mein Schiff 3 and 4, and due for delivery in 2016 and 2017. Each 97,000gt vessel will have 2,500 lower berths. The price was not disclosed, but Mein Schiff 3 and 4 were estimated at approximately €390m each.'This acquisition will strengthen the yards in Papenburg, Turku and Rostock,' according to Jan Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. 'By joining forces with Turku we can offer more flexibility to our customers.' In addition,'he said, both builders respect each other's high level of professionalism and can learn a lot from each other to improve their working processes. They also can join forces on research and development.
The sale of STX Finland had been expected for months after the main creditor for Korea's troubled STX Group, Korea Development Bank, confirmed the plan to sell STX Europe, which includes the STX Finland and STX France shipyards, by June.
STX Finland Oy is planned to be renamed Meyer Turku Shipyard Oy.

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NCL Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for the seventh year

Wiesbaden, August 4, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the seventh consecutive year by the World Travel Awards.The annual awards, held on August 2, 2014 in Athens, Greece, recognize travel companies for delivering an outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel agents and consumers worldwide. Norwegian, which has been honoured with the accolade since 2008, has for the third consecutive year deployed four Freestyle Cruising vessels in Europe in summer, offering an array of sailings ranging from four to fourteen nights. The company will deploy its largest ship, Norwegian Epic, year-round in Europe beginning next summer.

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Final Voyage of Costa Concordia

Giglio July 25-2014 Wrecked along shores of Italian island Giglio on January 2012 – has been refloated and has begun its final voyage to the Port of Genoa/Voltri some 200 miles away to be broken up for scrap. Moving at an average speed of two knots, the slow and precise tow of the disabled cruise ship is being made by a convoy comprised of several  other vessels.
There are two tugs, with a combined of 24,000 horsepower are the leading vessels. A team of marine biologists are present during the tow and the convoy is being preceded by a specialized watching vessel to control sealife on route.. The convoy is anticipated to arrive in Genoa on Saturday, July 26, about mid-day pending favorable weather and vessel traffic in the area.
The cost of the entire salvage operation including the scrapping is estimated at Euro 1.5 billion (US $2.0 billion).
The project is the largest and one of the most technically complex maritime salvage jobs ever completed.

To learn more about this extraordinary engineering project, please visit:  www.theparbucklingproject.com   website, the official source of all project-related news during salvage.

For a compressed overview during the 2½ year including photos, please visit: http://www.nedcruise.info/costa_concordia.htm

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MSC order for 2 Futuristic cruise ships.

Rome, May 22 -2014 Today MSC Cruises signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of two new cruise ships, with an option for one more. The two ships will join MSC Cruises’ fleet, currently counting 12 ships.  

The signature took place at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri in the presence of the Executive Chairman of MSC CruisesPierfrancesco Vago, the CEO of MSC Cruises, Gianni Onorato, and the CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono
The new prototype will be named “Seaside” and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri. Its innovative features will make it unique in the shipbuilding industry. The two ships will lead the way for a new generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view. 
"From the moment we started talking with Fincantieri, we had in mind to design and build two completely new ships, revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today" said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. "Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”
The two new ships will cost €700 million each, and will be funded with the support of the insurance and financial company SACE. The two ships will be delivered to Gianluigi Aponte’s company at different times: the first in November 2017, the second in May 2018.
With a length of 323 metres, a width of 41 metres and a height of 70 metres, the new ships will have a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons and will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members. The ships will boast 2,070 guest cabins, 759 for crew members, and 43,500 square metres of public areas available. Innovative in design and versatility, the new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world. 

This is the second big order for MSC ships. The first was placed by STX-France in march this year for two 167.000 tons ships with delivery in 2017 and 2019.

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Holland- America Line transfer Statendam and Ryndam to P&O-Australia

Seattle May 19-2014. Holland- America Line has announced the transfer of the Statendam and Ryndam  to its sister company P&O Cruises in Australia..With Australian cruise passenger numbers having increased 130 percent in the past five years and forecast of 800,000 cruise passengers in 2013 growing to one million by 2016. P&O Cruises Australia, one of Carnival Corporation's 10 brands, will add the Statendam and Ryndam to its fleet in 2015. With a total of five ships, P&O Cruises will establish Australia's largest year-round fleet and be well-positioned to continue meeting Australians' surging demand for cruise vacations.
The transfer will take place in November 2015 following Statendam’s Alaska season and Ryndam’s Europe season. This will be shortly followed by the launch of Holland -America Line’s new 99,500-ton Pinnacle-class ship in February 2016. The capacity of the new vessel at 2,660 lower beds and 3125 all berths will exceed the capacity leaving the fleet with the transfer of Statendam and Ryndam. Replacement of two ships by one despite almost identical passenger capacity is not the same. Certainly not by the large differences in size. Loyal HAL passengers usually opt for the handy not to big ships. If all the medium size ships will be removed from the fleet and replaced by mega ships, will the identity of the business change. How long will it be, before the other midsize ships Maasdam, Veendam and Prinsendam disappear?.
HAL can never compete with mass market companies with many facilities on board such as climbing walls, water parks and other amusement rides.
To replace the midsize ships by mega ships, is all about money. The Statendam was the first newbuilding of a serie of four, after the take-over of the Dutch HAL by Carnival.

Technical details and images of the Statendam please go to: http://www.nedcruise.info/statendam.htm
Technical details and images of the Ryndam please go to: http://www.nedcruise.info/Ryndam.htm

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Fourth Oasis-class ship

St.Nazaire May 9 - 2014 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has reached an agreement with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. The order announced during the keel-laying milestone of the third the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship.  CEO Richard Fain said  'The Oasis class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today's announcement is a reflection of their success. Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship also 227.700 gt will be delivered in spring 2016.

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Norwegian Epic to homeport in Europe year-round in 2015

Wiesbaden, January 15, 2014 Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Norwegian Epic, the line’s award-winning ship and until present the biggest, will home port year-round in Barcelona, Spain starting April 30, 2015. Named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, the 4.100-passenger Norwegian Epic will be the largest Norwegian Cruise Line ship to ever home port in Europe year-round.
“We are excited to announce that our largest ship, Norwegian Epic, will homeport in Europe year-round in 2015,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and CEO. “Norwegian Epic’s innovative accommodation, world-class entertainment and plethora of dining options are the perfect complement to the European cruise market, one of the most dynamic cruise markets in the world.”
Throughout 2015, Norwegian Epic will offer a variety of exciting European itineraries offering guests the opportunity to experience why Norwegian was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” six years in a row by the World Travel Awards. In addition, guests on board Norwegian Epic can experience the best of Freestyle Cruising®, which gives guests more choices in dining, accommodations, and world-class entertainment, in a relaxed atmosphere. Freestyle Cruising® also gives guests cruising through Europe the flexibility to stay ashore longer giving them more time to explore all that Europe has to offer.
Norwegian Epic’s 2015 European Itineraries are scheduled to be announced mid-March.

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 Celebrity Century will be transferred to CDF,

Miami Dec.18-2013 According to French news reports, including postings to the Croisières de France (CDF) website, Celebrity Cruises' 1995-built Celebrity Century will be transferred to CDF, a French cruise line owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, in 2015. Celebrity Century was the first of a serie of three, more or less, equal ships. The Celebrity Galaxy sails now as Mein Schiff-1. The Celebrity Mercury as Mein Schiff-2.
CDF is shooting for 100,000 passengers in 2014, sailing the Zenith and Horizon, both ex-Celebrity ships, and it is expected the Century will take the place of the Zenith in 2015. The Zenith is assumed to be heading back to Pullmantur, a Spanish cruise line which manages CDF and is also owned by Royal Caribbean.

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Thomson Cruises add private balconies 

Luton dec.11-2013 Thomson Cruises has announced that three ships in its fleet; Thomson Celebration, Thomson Spirit and Thomson Majesty will add private balconies onto selected cabins,in 2014. Currently none of the ships have balcony cabins. Thomson Dream, which in November 2014 will have a new homeport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has already got six balconied cabins. Thomson Celebration which will also be in the Caribbean, sailing from Barbados from next November, will have 26 balconies added; Thomson Majesty will be fitted with 28 and Thomson Spirit will have 19 added

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Large cruiseships banned from Venice lagoon

Venice Nov.6 -2013 Government officials in Rome on Tuesday ordered a halt to large cruise ships passing through the Venice lagoon, effective from November 2014, and a limit on smaller cruise vessels effective in January, the ANSA news agency reports. Ferries will also be limited from passing in front of St Mark's Square. As of January, the number of cruise ships with gross tonnage in excess of 40,000 must be reduced to 20% of their current volume in Venetian waters. The outright ban on cruise ships in November 2014 only applies to those over 96,000 gross tons. “According to the order, cruise traffic will eventually be rerouted through the Contorta Sant'Angelo Canal, so that any accident would not touch the best-known and most vulnerable parts of the city. Environmentalists warn that the lagoon surrounding Venice, itself a UNESCO heritage site, is at great risk due to its fragile ecosystem,” the report said. The move will mean that Post-Panamax cruise ships can no longer offer a few of St Mark's Square from their decks ass the ships sail in and out of the port.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders named Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway

Wiesbaden, October 17, 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line and the Miami Dolphins announced today that the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will christen Miami’s ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway, as the official Godmothers. The Christening Ceremony will take place on February 7, 2014 on board Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami. The line also announced a partnership with the Miami Dolphins that designates Norwegian Cruise Line as the “Official Cruise Line” of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Norwegian Getaway will sail 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Miami beginning on February 8, 2014. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at www.getaway.ncl. or on the Fleetlist of this site: http://www.nedcruise.info/norwegian%20getaway.htm

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Launch of CLIA Europe

Sept. 2013 Following the launch of CLIA Europe in April, national councils will be formed in Spain and Italy 'very soon,' Duffy remarked, and plans to bring Belgium and Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands into the CLIA network are moving forward. Later this year or in early 2014 CLIA is looking closely at expanding into Greece.
We appear to be out of the tough times of recession with public debt looking like it is under control and inflation holding steady at 1.6%,' said Pierfrancesco Vago, ceo of MSC Cruises. Spain and Italy, which recorded minus growth last year, 'are coming back and there has been steady growth in many of the smaller European source markets, such as Turkey, Russia and East European countries.'

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Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic Crossing 

London July 6-2013 Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 is making her historic 200th Transatlantic Crossing, having sailed from New York on Saturday 6 July en route to her homeport of Southampton, England, arriving 13 July. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic CrossingTo mark the beginning of the historic voyage from New York, Queen Mary 2 performed a sail-by of the world's most iconic statue atop Liberty Island. On board are keynote speakers presenting talks about the ship's design, as well as special Big Band performances, and a celebratory Gala Dinner to be held on 11 July. Queen Mary 2 is the largest, longest, widest and most expensive liner ever built. Today, she is the only ocean liner in service and is the fastest passenger ship in the world. Since entering service in 2004, she has cemented her place in maritime history as the most famous passenger ship afloat today. In the course of Queen Mary 2's 200 Transatlantic Crossings, Cunard Line estimates that a half-million passengers have consumed 8.4 million cups of tea; 980,000 scones; 481,000 bottles of champagne; 644,000 eggs; and 253,605 gallons of milk. In total, 22.4 million meals have been served over 600,000 nautical miles, excluding the ship's annual World Cruise and sailings to the Canaries, Fjords, Iceland, the Low Countries, around Britain, up to Montreal and Québec in Canada, and among the Caribbean islands. Also noteworthy, over the course of Queen Mary 2's 200 Transatlantic Crossings, more than 1,000 dogs have been pampered in the only kennel facilities aboard a passenger ship.
"As each year in service passes, Queen Mary 2 becomes even more special and we will continue to celebrate and cherish her milestones and history," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "Looking at Cunard's earlier Queens, Queen Mary crossed the Atlantic 1,001 times, Queen Elizabeth crossed 896 times and QE2 crossed 812 times. Queen Mary 2 achieved the milestone 200th in this, her ninth season, and has many seasons and Crossings still ahead!"
"Every Crossing has its moments, as no two are ever the same," commented Queen Mary 2 Hotel Manager Robert Howie. "The beauty of Transatlantic Crossings is the elegance of our guests, the fact that you seem transported back in time, and even the unpredictability of the weather."

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Viking launches Ocean Cruise Line

USA - may 17 -2013 Viking Cruises today announced the launch of its ocean product line, Viking Ocean Cruises, first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel"Viking Star"embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.
Viking Cruises has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories, with a second ocean ship on order for delivery in 2016 and conditional orders and options for four more additional ocean vessels.
The ocean ship order follows the company's continued rapid fleet expansion in the river cruise sector, with 10 new river ships recently christened in March of this year and 12 new "long ship" river ships planned to launch in 2014. River Cruises is the biggest cruise company on European rivers. "It is our view that in the race to build bigger ships, many cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. "With our new ocean cruises, we are applying the same principles behind our award-winning river cruises to our itinerary and ship design; privileged-access excursions; and onboard experiences to make destinations the true focus."
The 2015 maiden season is initially being offered only in the U.S.; Viking will begin marketing the new ocean cruises in the UK, Australia and New Zealand later this year.

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HAL 140th anniversary

 Rotterdam Aprl 18-2013 Yesterday in Holland America Line’s Rotterdam office, President and CEO Stein Kruse celebrated the 140th anniversary of the Holland-America Line with a beautiful cake. The cake had a very unique element — a QR code! Anyone who scans the code into their smartphone will go to an online video about the 140th Anniversary. Following the office celebration, there was a special walking tour from the ss Rotterdam to the line’s former office at Hotel New York. The evening culminated with a dinner on ss Rotterdam (V). Please click here: http://www.nedcruise.info/triomf_tocht_ss%20Rotterdam.htm
The anniversary was celebrated on the entire fleet with cakes and other refreshments.

images courtesy HAL

In celebration of our 140th anniversary, an official christening of the new Holland America Line “Signature” tulip took place in the Netherlands on Friday, April 19 at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens.
Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse participated in the ceremony along with the President of the Board of Directors of Keukenhof Walter Jansen and Master Grower Jan Pennings.

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Oasis of the Seas drydock in Rotterdam

Miami March 27 - 2013 Oasis of the Seas, is returning to Europe next year for the first time since it was built. Oasis of the Seas will leave Port Everglades, Florida, its home port since December 2009, on September 1, 2014 on a 12-night eastbound transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. The world’s largest cruise ship will offer a series of cruises from the Spanish port – two five-night roundtrip Western Mediterranean sailings and a seven-night sailing to Rotterdam – before heading to dry dock in Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands for routine maintenance.The ship will return to Port Everglades on a 13-night westbound transatlantic cruise on October 14, 2014, departing from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and calling into Southampton where UK passengers can join the ship to sail across the Atlantic.

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Original three Seabourn vessels sold.

Miami -Febr.19-2013 Seabourn has announced the sale of the line's original three vessels Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend to Windstar Cruises owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Under the project name Global Windstar, the expansion will double the size of Windstar’s recently renovated, three luxury sailing yacht fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths.
The delivery of the three hold 208 passengers each, will take place over the next two years in the Mediterranean. The Seabourn Pride will be the first ship to enter into Windstar’s luxury fleet in April of 2014. Following a Windstar branded renovation, which will give the ship a new name and casually elegant look, the Pride with set sail a month later in May 2014; voyages are expected to go on sale in May of this year. Windstar Cruises will take possession of Seabourn Legend in April 2015 and Seabourn Spirit in May 2015. These two yachts are scheduled to start sailing in May of 2015 following their dry-dock period.
There will be no disruption in service or changes in operations on any currently published Seabourn voyages acc. to a Seabourn statement.
Our three newest vessels, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest have raised the bar for ultra-luxury cruising and we intend to add a fourth ship of similar design said Seabourn president Richard Meadows.

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Problems with Carnival Triumph and Thomson Majesty

Miami -Febr.10-2013 Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire while the vessel was sailing approximately 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was contained to the aft engine room. At this time, the fire is fully extinguished. No casualties or injuries to guests or crew have been reported. The vessel is currently without propulsion and the ship is operating on emergency generator power. The ship's technical crew is continuing to assess the damage and attempting to restore power. In the meantime, a tugboat is being dispatched to the ship's location in the event it is needed. All appropriate authorities including U.S. Coast Guard have been notified. A tugboat is en route to the ship's location and will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port to the ship’s current location. This will enable us to disembark guests and get them home as quickly as possible. The ship is expected to arrive in Progreso Wednesday afternoon and guests will be flown from there back to the U.S. Carnival said all passengers would receive a refund and "cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage". The ship's next two voyages, scheduled for departure next week, were cancelled, the company added.

Update Febr.12 Earlier this evening, the first of two tugboats arrived and is tied up to the ship with the second expected in the early hours of Tuesday morning. We had originally planned to tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, the closest port to the ship’s location early Sunday. Since that time, the ship has drifted about 90 miles north due to strong currents. This now puts the ship nearly equidistant to Mobile, Alabama and given the strength of the currents, it is preferable to head north to Mobile, rather than attempt to tow against them. We now expect to arrive in Mobile sometime on Thursday, roughly the same time the ship would have arrived in Progreso given the distance the ship has traveled.

Update Febr.14 Towed by three tugboats, the ship arrived at terminal in Mobile, Alabama, around Thursday 4 p.m. eastern time .
It's been a nightmare five days for the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board  where a fire broke out in the engine room early Sunday. Much of the ship's electrical power went down in the fire, causing widespread malfunctions, including taking out sanitary systems. Passengers have reported sewage sloshing around in hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat. "It's disgusting. It's the worst thing ever,said the passengers. 
The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into the cause of the engine room fire. Because the Carnival Triumph is a Bahamian-flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency.
In 2010, the Carnival Splendor lost power after an engine room fire, leaving it drifting off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Splendor is a slighty bigger but it is the same basic design as the Triumph. Carnival has canceled a dozen voyages scheduled between February 11 and April 13. A leak in a fuel line has caused the fire.

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Santa Cruz -Febr. 10-2013 Five crew members of Thomson Majesty are reported dead after a lifeboat fell into the sea from its davits during an emergency drill. The incident happened  in the Spanish port of Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands. A further three crew members were injured in the accident,media reports say. Thomson Majesty is on charter from Louis Cruises-Cyprus. Former name Louis Majesty. For ship details please visit: http://www.nedcruise.info/louis majesty.htm

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Royal Caribbean has ordered a third Oasis-class ship

Miami - Dec. 27, 2012 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  announced today that it has executed a contract with STX France to construct a third Oasis-class vessel for delivery in mid-2016. It said that the order is "consistent with the plan announced by the company in October to build a sister-ship to the very successful Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas."The two earlier Oasis vessels were built at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland, but Turku's failure to secure adequate financing from the Finnish government apparently prompted Royal Caribbean to move the project to STX's yard in Saint Nazaire, France.The newbuild contract includes the transfer of Pullmantur's Atlantic Star as part of the deal. Additionally, the contract is subject to satisfaction of financing and other conditions. STX France has also provided the company with a one-year option for the mid-year 2018 delivery of a fourth Oasis-class vessel at similar pricing. The Atlantic Star is sold by STX to a Singapore owner.

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MSC Preziosa get the longest waterslide

Genoa dec. 6 -2012 MSC Preziosa will be christened in Genoa, Italy, on 23 March 2013. MSC Cruises is proud to announce the first of many innovative new features to be found on board the MSC Preziosa  the all new Doremi Castle Aqua Park and Vertigo, MSC Cruises’ longest waterslide to date and the longest single rider body waterslide on the seas.

In prime space on deck 16, Doremi Castle Aqua Park boasts an exhilarating pathway of water features on raised platforms including sprays, fountains, water pistols and valves, each designed to splash, soak and delight in equal measures. A drenching bucket builds suspense by filling up drip by drip over unsuspecting heads, ready to rain down from on high, while the area’s water cannons encourage mischievous interaction between friends, old and new.

While children under 120 cm are not permitted to ride the Vertigo waterslide, they won’t miss out at Doremi Castle, where a double and single slide have been designed especially for them. With fun features to ignite imaginations and spark creativity, Doremi Castle is the perfect place for MSC Preziosa’s smallest guests to splash away the day.

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A special tulip for Holland-America Line:

Lisse Nov.18-2012 Holland America Line is partnering with the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens to develop an exclusive tulip for the company’s 140th anniversary in 2013. Master grower Jan Pennings, exhibitor at Keukenhof Gardens, chose a white-petaled variety to honor the line that was founded in Rotterdam on April 18, 1873, as a trans-Atlantic cargo and passenger company. To launch the planting of the new tulip, which will be harvested next spring, Pennings handed over the first bulbs to HAL Capt. Edward van Zaane; Nico Bleichrodt, senior director of sales, North and Central Europe, and Martin Schröder, Mariner Society member and part of the company’s Dutch advisory board. The event took place Friday beside a windmill that was donated to Keukenhof Gardens by HAL in 1957.The tulips are scheduled to bloom in the spring. An official christening and naming of the new tulip will be held in April 2013

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MSC Cruises extends buffet service

Genua Nov.1-2012 MSC Cruises’ shipboard buffets are now open nonstop for 20 hours a day on all ships of the fleet, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., with meals and snacks available at no extra charge.
Continental and full cooked breakfast is available from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., while late risers can get continental breakfast, including pastries, yogurts, cold meats and cheeses, from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served over an extended period, from noon to 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., snacks and casual late lunch items are available from the buffet’s pizzeria, grill and salad bar, and passengers can get soups, pasta, vegetables, fish and meat specialities, fruit and desserts. The buffet provides a complete dinner service from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., while the grill is open continuously from noon until 10 p.m. and the pizzeria corners stay open from noon until midnight. A midnight snack is available from midnight until 2 a.m.
Buffet shifts may vary by half an hour depending on the itinerary and season.
MSC Cruises also has 24-hour room service, at certain times with an extra charge.

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Taste of De Librije on board Rotterdam

Seattle okt. 24 -2012 Holland America Line is expanding its culinary offerings with the debut of a new alternative dining option exclusively aboard ms Rotterdam only called "Taste of De Librije" featuring the cuisine of Culinary Council member and Michelin Three Star Chef Jonnie Boer. Named after Boer's restaurant De Librije in Zwolle in the Netherlands, the menu will showcase a selection of starters, soups, entrees and desserts from his land-based eatery. Once per cruise the Pinnacle Grill will be transformed with service staff wearing the uniform livery from De Librije, the restaurant's table set-up will be replicated and the wine list will highlight a selection of labels from the Lady De Librije collection. Reservations can be made for "Taste of De Librije" for a US $69 surcharge per person including wine parings. The five-course menu starts with an amuse bouche of North Sea Scallops served to all diners. From there, guests can select from among three appetizers, two soups, four entrees and three desserts.When guests return to their stateroom following the dining experience, they will find a Jonnie Boer surprise gift.
Jonnie Boer is a star of the Dutch culinary scene. In addition to being a member of Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council composed of five international chefs, he is chef and co-owner of Michelin-rated De Librije Restaurant, Librije Zusje and De Librije Hotel in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

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Faster to the Fun:

Miami aug. 5 - 2012 Carnival Cruise Lines will test a new ‘Faster to the Fun’ program that provides priority embarkation, early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery, among other features, at a fee of $49,95 per stateroom. The pilot program will roll out on Carnival Imagination Aug. 20 and Carnival Liberty Aug. 25.
‘Faster to the Fun’ includes early embarkation, early stateroom availability, express luggage delivery service, priority dinner seatings and tender availability, and choice of early or late debarkation. The program enables passengers to start their Fun Ship vacation early and includes express access to the ships’ guest services desk for any assistance. For Diamond and Platinum level members of Carnival’s VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club passengers recognition program, all ‘Faster to the Fun’ benefits, including the two new benefits of early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery service, are free.
‘Faster to the Fun’ is currently available for purchase at Carnival's website via the shore excursion section.

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Salvage operations of the Costa Concordia:

Isola del Giglio juli 2012 Salvage operations of the Costa Concordia. On this site  http://thelastsalute.eu/  you are an eyewitness of the salvage of the Costa Concordia.

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Fire is still the largest risk at sea:

London, May - 2012 Fire is still the largest risk at sea, says head of NAMEPA. Clay Maitland, founding chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), has expressed concern at the safety standards of cruise shipping, stating that ‘fire at sea remains the biggest threat to passenger shipping. Speaking of the increasingly unmanageable scale of any potential evacuation at a conference aboard HMS President in London, he remarked that, ‘these ships have 16-17 decks. They're not ships now, they’re floating hotels. We are looking at the potential loss of thousands of lives – try doing a muster with 5,000 people. Cruise companies need constantly to be asking “how do we get everyone off this ship?” he said. ‘The passenger shipping industry needs to be more risk averse and more honest about the risks.’ Maitland acknowledged that this would create a potential loss of business in the short term, but indicating that in the long term, a heightened safety awareness would do much to rebuild reputations. So far the cruise industry has adopted a number of new policies following the post Costa-Concordia operational safety review. They cover mandatory muster drills before leaving port, enhanced reporting to ensure accuracy and consistency in marine casualty reporting, voyage planning, bridge access and life jackets. All the policies will be reported to the IMO for consideration at the Maritime Safety Committee session this month, which will delve into the Costa Concordia incident.

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Grand opening Felison Cruise Terminal:

IJmuiden, may 4-2012 Today the new Felison cruise terminal at IJmuiden festively opened.  The new terminal is a large capacity expansion arise in comparison to the already existing terminal. The great animator of this expansion has undoubtedly been the Italian cruise line MSC. This year MSC makes 22 calls out off the new terminal. The company wanted to IJmuiden as a major destination in the route network to northern Europe. By the use of the existing terminal, it was impossible to realize this schedule. The first ship that visited the new terminal was the MSC Opera. The terminal was built within 4 months. The municipality of Velsen welcomed this new development and the building permit was granted without any delay or bureaucracy. The new Felison Cruise Terminal has two berths for cruise ships up to 295 meters and a depth of 10 meters. The terminal can handle 2000 passengers. The grand opening ceremony was held by the Mayor of Velsen Mr. Frank Weerwind, Mr. Frans Baud CEO KVSA (the owner of the terminal) and Mr Pierfrancesco Vago CEO of MSC Cruises. IJmuiden is the third cruise-gateway  to the Netherlands. It has direct access to the North Sea. Ships have easy access without the use of locks. Ships using IJmuiden i.o. Amsterdam save time. Approximately 3 hours of sailing through the North Channel and have lower costs. Passenger Terminal Amsterdam and Felison Terminal are both members of Amsterdam Cruise Port

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Fire on the Azamara Quest:

March 31-2012 A cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board was drifting in waters south of the Philippines on Saturday after a fire disabled its engines, the Philippine coast guard said. Five crew members were injured. One who was seriously injured and needed hospital care.The fire on the Azamara Quest started late Friday, a day after the ship left Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia, and was immediately put out. The ship was carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew members. Mostly American and European passengers. Azamara Club Cruises is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The cruise company statement said the ship was running on emergency power in "calm seas" near Indonesia's Borneo Island.The captain of the ship mustered all passengers to the assembly stations as a precaution. Engineers had earlier managed to restore power to one of the liner's engines allowing it to re-establish air conditioning, running water, refrigeration and food preparation on board the ship. The damage caused by the fire has meant that the remainder of the cruise will be cancelled once the ship has arrived in Sandakan, the company said. The condition of the crew member who suffered serious smoke inhalation has improved, but is still serious, Azamra Club Cruises said on Saturday. Azamara Quest is traveling at a speed of about six knots with arrival to Sandakan expected at 10 p.m. Sunday.

This is the fourth accident with a cruise ship in a very short period. In January, 32 people died, after the Costa Concordia ran into a reef and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Six weeks later, another Costa cruise ship, the Costa Allegra, was left adrift off the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean after fire broke out on board. March 16-2012 The Silver Shadow collided in deep fog with a container ship off Vietnam, punching a hole in the container ship. No one was hurt everyone was certainly shaken up about the incident.

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 Love boat for scrap:

Genua, march 2012 The Pacific Princess cruise ship that served as the backdrop to corny jokes and cheesy romance on "The Love Boat" is set to be scrapped. A story from Italy La Repubblica that said the ship has been sold to a Turkish demolition company for approximately $3 million. The ship, was built in 1971 and sailed for the Princess Cruises between 1975 and 2002. Our hearts go out to Doc, Isaac and Captain Stubing during what we can only imagine is a very difficult time for them. The series became immensely popular and put modern cruising on the foreground. Sistership Discovery is still in operation.

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Costa Allegra adrift 200 miles ZW the Seychelles:

Rome Febr. 27 The Costa Allegra is adrift in the Indian Ocean without power following an engine room fire.There are no reported injuries.The Allegra is some 200 miles ZW from the Seychelles and about 20 miles of Alphonse Island.The company was notified today at 10:39 CET that a fire had broken out aboard the Costa Allegra in the electric generators room located in the aftship. The fire did not spread to any other area of the ship. There were no injuries or casualties. As a precaution, on board, the general emergency alarm was given and all passengers and crew members, not engaged in the management of the emergency, -reached the muster stations with the safety equipment. The Allegra is going to be reached by tugs. Merchant ships in the area are request to make their way towards the vessel. Also other naval and aerial units are on the way. There are 636 passengers onboard of of various nationalities and 413 crew members. The ship departed from Diego Suarez on Saturday, Feb. 25 and was cruising toward the port of Victoria (Mahè - Seychelles) where it was expected to arrive tomorrow Feb. 28.In a statement released this afternoon, the Italian Coast Guard, which is in contact with the ship, said Costa Allegra had no power though its communication equipment was working. Fishing trawler Trevignon is towing the ship to Mahé where arrival is due Thursday morning.Two tugs are proceeding towards Costa Allegra to assist
which will speed up the vessel's journey
Costa said helicopters will ensure continuous supplies of food throughout the voyage and comfort items such as flashlights to mitigate the difficult conditions on board, where there is no air conditioning and only emergency lighting.
Febr. 28 Today afternoon the two tugs reached the Costa Allegra to assist the ship as well as French trawler Trevignon and maintains a speed of about 6 knots. At current speed and with stable weather conditions Costa Allegra may also anticipate its arrival in Mahé on March 1 early morning, Costa Crociere said in a statement. Thanks to the arrival of a small generator, carried by a naval ship present on site as support, the ship's crew is doing everything possible to make the situation on board more comfortable. Costa Cruisess "Care Team" has arrived in Mahé: a group of 14 people made up of executives and qualified managers as well as specialized technicians with the task of providing the necessary assistance both to the ship and to passengers as well as to crew members on their arrival in Mahé. Eight of them will board Costa Allegra tomorrow morning ( 29) thanks to a local naval ship.
March 1 The Allegra arrived in Mahe earlier today and all crew and passengers have disembarked. The company reports all guests and crew are in good health. Seventy percent of the 627 guests have accepted an offer to continue their vacation in the Seychelles on Costa, with one or two week options. The rest of the passengers will be return home on flights organized by Costa.

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Strike on Costa Deliziosa:

San Fransisco Jan. 28-2012 - More trouble with a Costa Ship.There is an ongoing strike aboard the Costa Deliziosa when ship docked in San Francisco this weekendThe Costa Deliziosa is on a round-the-world tour that started in Italy on December 28th. At arrival at San Fransisco some 50 waiters most of Philippines origin walked off their jobs. They were angry at being paid in dollars instead of the Euros as they were promised in their contracts, and other working conditions aboard the ship. "Sue this company, because they are taking lots of money from us, not only for the salary, even the food they give us is for a pig or dog," waiter Eduardo Garcia told ABC7 news. They decided to get off the ship in America because they thought it was the perfect place to take a stand.

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Costa Concordia hits rocks off coast of Italy;

Rome Jan.14 - 2012 Costa Concordia leans after it ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy in the evening of jan.13, gashing open the hull over about 60 m. Aboard were 4229 passengers and crew.  Evacuate aboard lifeboats and helicopters to the nearby Isola del Giglio island, early Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. About approx. 1,000 Italian passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and several other nationalities. Some leapt overboard and swam to shore as the  ship started to sink into the cold waters near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast. Passengers' dinner was interrupted by a loud boom at around 8pm and a voice over the tannoy initially claimed that the ship was suffering an electrical failure, (however until now this is not confirmed ) before ordering everyone on-board to don life-jackets. Since in the crack was found a huge boulder is certain that the ship has gone on a rock. Probably a human error caused the accident. A coastguard spokesman, said that at least three bodies were retrieved from the sea and at least three more were feared dead. Pregnant women and young children were among the passengers.
To date there is no true insight about the number of dead, wounded and missing people. Unofficially, there are three deaths and between 20 and 70 missing. The entire rescue operation was chaotic.
The bunkers are full of oil. The highest priority is to remove without environmentally damage. Only then can be decided what should happen with the wreck.

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Jan.16 - Until now Six people died and still 16 are missing, most with German nationality. Costa Crociere said Costa Concordia’s captain may have erred by sailing too close to shore and ‘in handling the emergency appears not to have followed standard Costa procedures. Costa has engaged Smit-Salvage a top Dutch specialized salvage company to remove 2300 tons of heavy fuel oil. To develop an action plan to  establish a protection perimeter around the Costa Concordia to prevent eventually environmental damage.
Costa said in a statement: "The captain
stayed aboard the ship for a long time after the accident and  moving the ship close to shore before grounding it. he may have saved many lives.
Jan.18 Eleven people are confirmed dead, while 24 are still missing.Rescuers are planning to bore three more holes in the hull to search for missing passengers. However the search for survivors on the Costa Concordia cruise ship has been deferred for the second time after sensors revealed the grounded vessel had shifted a few centimeters. For that reason the salvage comp.have the discharge of oil interupted.

Jan.19 Following the tragic Costa Concordia accident, Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Costa Cruises and nine leading cruise lines around the world, today announced a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of the company’s cruise lines. Carnival Corporation & plc and the cruise industry as a whole have maintained an excellent safety record over the years.“However, this tragedy has called into question our company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices,” said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.
In releated news, analysis of Lloyd's List Intelligence vessel tracking data shows that Costa Concordia sailed within 230 m of the coast of Giglio Island on a previous voyage, even closer to shore than where it hit rocks last Friday. Lloyd's List has uncovered new evidence which indicates that last Friday's Costa Concordia disaster may not be a black and white case of shipmaster error. Charts of the area show no rocks in the area where Concordia was holed.This new evidence does not mean the Captain is innocent, it only means Costa may also be guilty of reckless navigation policies. Nothing changes the cowardly behavior of the captain after the accident, or the lack of order during the evacuation.
In an unexpected move, the chairman of RINA, the classification society for the Costa Concordia, Gianni Scerni has resigned with immediate effect from January 17- 2012. According to RINA, his decision was made as a result of comments about the Costa Concordia tragedy attributed to him in a personal capacity in the media. Scerni has disputed the veracity of these comments, but has decided to resign in order to distance
 

Jan. 24 Italian authorities confirmed 15 people dead and still 17 missing. The names of 9 dead people  are released. Costa Crociere on Monday denied there were ‘clandestine’ people on board the ship. Research has shown that the master does not has used drugs. Italian public prosecutor launched an investigation into the role of Costa Management. Such as selection procedures of captains, staff training, safety instructions, and why a number of lifeboats did not work.Thursday starts Smit Salvage with pumping oil out of the ship. Currently small amount of oil leaking from the ship.

Jan. 28 Divers found on Saturday the body of a woman, bringing the confirmed death to 17. Still 15 people are missing. Plans to begin pumping fuel out of the ship were suspended due to bad weather. Smit Salvage declare that the operation may be held up for several days until Tuesday due to the weather forecast.
The compensation package for Costa Concordia passengers is based on 11.000 including nonpaying children, regardless of their age. Reimbursement of the value of the cruise, any medical expenses resulting from the cruise etc. The families of the deceased and guests who were injured and required medical treatment on site will be covered under a separate proposal that will take into account their individual circumstances. Costa also has pledged not to deduct from this sum any amount paid by any insurance policy stipulated by guests. In addition, the company will return all goods stored in cabin safes, where retrieval is possible.
The Nautical Institute notes with extreme disquiet the alacrity with which the ship’s owners, Costa Cruises, blamed all on the Master, Captain Francesco Schettino, accusing him of unprofessional conduct before any investigations could have taken place. The Nautical Institute is also extremely uneasy with the speculation in much of the world’s media.

Febr. 2 Pier Luigi Foschi, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere, a unit of Carnival Corp. testified that Schettino called Roberto Ferrarini, Costa Crociere's head of marine operations at least six times before the call for evacuation was made. The first call was made at 9:57 pm when Schettino informed Ferrarini that the ship had hit a rock and was taking on water. Foschi's testimony seemed to contradict earlier claims that Costa officials were not notified of the accident until well after it occurred. Rescue workers decided to suspend searches of the underwater part of the capsized Costa Concordia.  According to fire department spokesman Luca Cari "We have definitively stopped the underwater search inside the ship." In the three weeks since the cruise ship struck rocks and capsized near the island of Gigli on the Italian coast, 17 bodies have been recovered, and 15 people are still missing. Officials said the search for bodies will continue when possible on the non-submerged part. Bad weather was also hampering efforts to recover fuel oil from the ship. At good weather conditions the oil removal will take about 4 weeks.
Costa Cruises has called for tenders 10 companies throughout the world to present a working plan to enterely remove the hull of the Costa Concordia.
The invitation has been sent to the world’s leading operators, who have the capabilities to perform the work in the shortest time possible, while ensuring maximum safety and the least possible environmental impact: 1) Smit Salvage BV, 2) Svitzer Salvage BV, 3) Mammoet Salvage BV, 4) Titan Salvage, 5) Resolve Marine Group Inc., 6) T&T Marine Salvage Inc., 7) Donjon Marine Inc., 8) Tito Neri S.r.l., 9) Fukada Salvage & Marine Works Co. Ltd., 10) The Nippon Salvage Co The plans must be presented to Costa Cruises by the beginning of March 2012, for joint assessment with the Civil Protection Scientific Committee, in order to allow the best one to be selected by the end of March 2012. Time needed for complete removal will be about 10 months.

Febr.10 In the days immediately following the Costa Concordia accident, there were a lot of amateur videos being shown in the media taken by passengers aboard the ship and interviews with them about the evacuation. None of them, the passengers nor their interviewers, seemed to have any depth of knowledge about safety procedures on cruise ships, nor did they bother getting true experts to speak to the issues being raised. Instead they made assumptions, usually that the crew members were untrained or incompetent, and proceeded as if that were fact and moved on.Costa itself hasn't wanted to comment in the media on specifics of the accident due to the ongoing investigations. One of those investigations has been in the Italian Senate. Costa CEO Pier Luigi Foschi has testified in front of them twice. There are lots of answers in his testimony to questions the news media erroneously assumed they knew the answers to. The English-language press as ignored this valuable source of information, according Mr. Foschi statement.

Latest news from the Island of Giglio is that the wreckage of Costa Concordia has moved two feet since January 13, and conditions are still preventing the fuel from being removed.  

Febr.15 In response to the decision by the Italian consumer association Codacons to lodge a complaint against the Chairman & CEO of Costa CrocierePier Luigi Foschi and other Company executives, reported by the Italian Ansa news agency on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the Company reserves the right to take any and all steps necessary including any legal action required to protect its reputation and that of its executive officers.

One month after Costa Concordia hit the rocks off the island of Giglio, Costa Crociere is actively fighting to dampen the groundswell in the Italian media which is questioning the future of the Costa brand. We have been annihilated in the media. Our brand has been massacred,’ Mr Foschi told La Stampa. The enormous attack of the mass media on Costa Crociere, for the most part unfair and unverified. He added that although the company is financially very strong and the company will not go bankrupt, there is no certainty about the brand.

Costa Crociere have announced that the pumping of fuel from the Costa Concordia has been continuing around the clock and starts at 5 pm. on Febr. 12. On Febr 17 , a total of 952 cubic meters of fuel had been pumped out of 4 tanks located in the forward part of the ship.

Febr.22 Divers discovered eight more bodies in the wreckage of Costa Concordia on Wednesday, nearly six weeks after the 114,500-ton ship slammed into rocks and capsized. Among the victims is a 5-year-old child. The victims as soon as possible from the wreck salvaged. In total 25 bodies found still 7 missing. Four ship’s officers and three Costa Crociere executives were added to the list of those under criminal investigation by Italian prosecutors.

Febr.28 Smit Salvage reports oil has been removed from all six forward tanks and the hoses, pumps and valves have been disconnected with the flanges sealed off. Fuel has also been removed from three different double bottom tanks and from the double bottom sludge tank. Two fuel tanks in the aft part of the vessel are in progress of being pumped. Outstanding work includes the removal of HFO from four double bottom tanks, the fuel storage tanks located in the engine room and the removal of sanitary residues.

March 15 It appears that since approximately 2 weeks the ship's bell of the Costa Concordia had been stolen. According to a statement from the authorities. Despite continuous surveillance of the wreck. The heavy bell is located at a depth of 8m. An investigation into the theft is already set.

March 23 Five more bodies have been located today in the wreckage of Costa Concordia. It takes days to remove. In total there are 30 bodies found. An other 2 are still missing.The discovery comes a day before the expected end of the fuel removal process.
The operations to remove the fuel from the Costa Concordia are going to be completed by Friday, March 23 Defueling, which was carried out by experts from the Neri/Smit Salvage team hired by Costa Crociere, began at 5 pm on February 12 and continued around the clock whenever the sea and weather conditions were favorable.The removal of the oil from 17 tanks of the ship will be completed by Friday night, according to Costa. The defueling Operation has been performed using a system of pumps and valves. Basically, “hot tap” valves were attached to the side of the ship, a hole was drilled into the tank and a pipeline was attached. This enabled the oil to be heated and pumped out while sea water was pumped in so as to maintain the ship’s stability. Small amounts of fuel cannot be pumped out from the bulkheads of the tanks; but they are in such small quantities as to pose no significant environmental risk, the company stated.

April 21 US salvager Titan and Italy’s Micoperi have been awarded the contract to remove the Costa Concordia wreck, an operation expected to begin in early May and take about 12 months. The ship will be floated in one piece then towed to an Italian port. In announcing the decision on Saturday, Costa Crociere said environmental protection will take top priority throughout the removal process. Once the main work is complete, the sea bottom will be cleaned and marine flora replanted. All six tenders submitted by the March 3 deadline were of a very high standard, but the Titan/Micoperi proposal best fulfilled the main objectives in the tender specifications: removal of the wreck in one piece, minimal risk, minimal environmental impact, protection of Giglio’s economy and tourism industry, and maximum safety.

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  Fire on board Nordlys:

Ålesund sept.15 - 2011 Two crew members have died and two were seriously injured in a fire aboard Hurtigruten’s Nordlys off the coast of Norway nearby Ålesund en route to Kirkeness this morning. Nine persons are injured, including the two with serious burns At this moment it is unclear whether they are crew or passengers. More than 100 passengers were evacuated safely before the ship was towed into port of Ålesund. The Nordlys had a total of 262 persons aboard, including 207 passengers. The passengers had various nationalities, the majority of the passengers were Germans.  'It was a well-organised evacuation. The crew did a really good job. Everything went calm and smoothly. There was no panic according a statement of one of the passengers.
Nordlys was still at risk of capsizing. However Sept.16 Rescue teams
 have managed to seal a fair number of leaks and she is coming back slowly, with the help of a floating crane. There was also a fire incident on the Nordlys in March of this year.

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Oceanwide Expeditions acquired Ortelius:

Flushing-aug. 2011 Oceanwide Expeditions, the only Dutch cruise operator, has acquired te Russian owned “Marina Svetaeva”.The ice-strengthened vessel  is renamed in “Ortelius” it is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. It has the possibility to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. The “Marina Svetaeva” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989 as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The new name "Ortelius"is a tribute to the Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598).
Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. The Oceanwide Expeditions voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.
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HAL's Rotterdam cruises year round from city of Rotterdam

Zwolle-The Netherlands May 17-2011 In a press meeting today at Jonnie Boers 3- star Michelin Restaurant "de Librije". CEO and President Holland-America Line and Seabourn Stein Kruse inform the Dutch press that the Rotterdam will be begin of 2012 homeported year round in the city of Rotterdam. This is the first time that HAL as cruiseline based a ship in her birthplace. The Rotterdam will also be performing a 91 day round-trip to Indonesia the former Dutch colony.

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Skywalkers moved from Grand Princess:

Miami Febr.10-2011 The most significant transformation ever of a Princess Cruises ship will occur this spring aboard Grand Princess.  During a 24-day makeover the ship, which was the prototype for the line’s “Grand Class” vessels, will undergo a remarkable renovation to receive many of Princess’ trademark features introduced since the ship’s 1998 debut including the signature Piazza atrium.  Several new features will be also be added including a unique tea lounge and library called “Leaves”; and “Alfredo’s,” a full-service pizzeria showcasing this renowned Princess dish. A brand new nightclub called One5, inspired by its deck location, will be created on the top deck of the ship, replacing its iconic Skywalker Nightclub, which has given the ship its distinctive profile.  Skywalkers will be removed from its 18th deck perch, with its replacement located on deck 15.  This change will significantly improve the operational performance of the ship, including greater fuel efficiency. The newly renovated Grand Princess will debut on May 5 in Ft. Lauderdale where the ship will depart on a transatlantic crossing for her summer and fall homeport of Southampton, from which she will cruise a variety of European itineraries The Grand Princess skywalker was constructed with heavier materials than the Skywalkers on the Caribbean Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess and removing them from those ships would not offer the same efficiency gains. Changes will be made during a drydock from April 11 to May 4 at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. For images and details of old and new layout of the Grand Princess Please Click here >>>>>

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 Glorius return of ss.Rotterdam:

Rotterdam aug.4-2008 Thousands of spectators stood along the New Waterway when the ss. "Rotterdam" return home on Aug.4 - 2008 almost 49 year after her birthday. At about 4 pm. she entered the New Waterway. Towed by four Kotugs tugboats to her final destination at the 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd at Maashaven where she was moored ...................

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BANKRUPTCY AFTER BANKRUPTCY:

Due to the tremendous new-building programs and of course the Sept. 11 tragedy many cruise lines went for chapter 11 protection or bankruptcy. The most of them will never survive in future. Here are the facts who are following?
List is based on situation Sept. 2000 until this moment. Dates are the first date, that financial trouble came into publication. Some of the bankruptcs are described in detail on the page News or Archive.

PREMIER CRUISE LINE - USA:  Sept.19-2000

COMMODORE CRUISE LINE - USA: Dec.30-2000

RENAISSANCE CRUISES - USA :  Sept. 25 - 2001

AMERICAN CLASSIC VOYAGES - USA: October 19 - 2001

REGAL CRUISES Inc. -USA:  April 28 - 2003

SUN BAY - CRUISES -GERMANY:  Sept. - 2003

OCEAN CLUB CRUISES - MARSHALL ISLANDS:  Jan. 10 - 2004

FIRST EUROPEAN/FESTIVAL CRUISES- GREECE/FRANCE;  March 8-2004

SOCIETY EXPEDITIONS - GERMANY: June 26 - 2004

ATW CRUISES -SAFEZONE - AUSTRALIA:  Dec. - 2004

ROYAL OLYMPIA CRUISES - GREECE:  Jan. - 2005

HOLIDAY KREUZFAHRTEN - GERMANY   Sept. - 2006

WINDJAMMER BAREBOAT CRUISES - USA   Oct. - 2007

CLUB CRUISE - THE NETHERLANDS   Febr. - 2009

VISION CRUCEROS  - SPAIN   March 10 - 2009

JUPITER  CRUISES  INC.  -  VIETNAM  April - 2009

INDIAN OCEAN CRUISES  - INDIA  April - 2009

ADRIATIC CRUISES - CROATIA   May - 2009

TRANSOCEAN  TOURS -  GERMANY      Sept. 2 -2009

CRUISE WEST  -  USA    Sept. 18 -2010

Delphin Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Delphin Cruises GmbH and related Hansa Kreuzfahrten - Germany  Oct. 12-2010

Polar Star Expeditions/Karlsen Shipping Co. ceased operations  May 18 - 2011

Caspi Cruises - Israel ceased operations    July 4 -2011

Quail Cruisers/Happy Cruises - Spain  ceased operations  Sept.24-2011

CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES  - PORTUGAL   Sept/Okt. 2012 

KRISTINA  CRUISES  -  FINLAND    January 2014

ALL LEISURE GROUP STOPT CRUISES - UK   January 2017

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