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Friday, March 24, 2017

Fincantieri Has Keel Laying Ceremony for Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam.

Rendering of Holland America's New Nieuw Statendam Entering Serving in the Fall of 2018.

The keel laying ceremony for Holland America's latest ship of the Konnigsdam class was laid at Italy's Fincantieri Marghera,Shipyard. The section, which measured 37 feet X 114 feet and weighed in at over 260 tons, was securely placed in the bottom of the drydock. The 99,800 ton Nieuw Statendam is expected to enter service in the fall of 2018.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunstone Ships Signs Deal With Chinese Shipyard for 4 New Exploration Vessels - Opton For 6 Others.

Artists Rendering of SunStone's New Class of Expedition Ships.
Artists Rendering of SunStone's New Class of Expedition Ships.

SUNSTONE SHIPS, INC. and CHINA MERCHANTS INDUSTRY HOLDINGS CO., LTD. have signed a Framework Agreement for the construction of four expedition vessels with options for an additional six vessels.

SunStone is the largest tonnage provider of expedition vessels to the cruise and travel industry, with an existing fleet of ten small cruise vessels on charter to companies within the expedition market, and this new order positions the Company as the leading tonnage provider in this segment of the cruise industry.

CMIH is part of the China Merchants Group formed in 1872 and one of the largest groups of companies in China, including the China Merchants Bank, one of the 20 largest banks in the world.

CMIH has entered into an agreement with Ulstein Design & Solutions, who will supply the vessel’s design and equipment package, as well as the supervision for the building of the vessels.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, Ulstein Group is a well known international designer, builder and provider of ship system solutions. The family-owned group is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and encompasses over 600 employees in six countries.
CMIH has also entered into an agreement with Mäkinen, Finland, one of the leading contractors of cabin and interior public spaces for cruise vessels. Mäkinen will establish a cabin assembly plant and interior workshop at the shipyard’s facilities, and will be responsible for all interior spaces on the new builds.

The vessels’ main specifications are as follows:

Passenger cabins                       80 – 95              
Length                                        104m                
Width                                         18.2m              
Draft                                           5.1m                
Speed                                         15-knots          
Class                                           Ice Classed 1A
Polar Code                                 PC 6                
Classification Society                 Bureau Veritas
Flag                                             Bahamas          

The vessels will be part of the SunStone Fleet and chartered to new and existing clients. The combination of five companies in this project with each having vast experience within their market, makes for the building of highly advanced and quality expedition vessels.

The hotel design of our new fleet, will be done by Tomas Tillberg Design International, one of the most recognized names in the passenger vessel design world. The firm has been working with us in the development of our designs, not only for our new fleet project, but also with ongoing projects for many years on our existing fleet.

The project was brought together by Tillberg & Reyes Group Co. Ltd., who acted as broker. Mr. Carlos Reyes and Mr. Andrew Zhang, developed the commercial and financial models as well as the communications and relationship with everyone involved. Mäkinen is an internationally recognized turn- key contractor for the Marine and Hotel industries. Their services include building new and refurbishing existing cabins, wet units and public spaces.

Mäkinen was founded in 1992 and it has completed over 5000 successful projects for the most significant cruise lines and shipyards.

Mäkinen will be responsible for all of the interiors for SunStone’s newbuilding project. In order for Mäkinen to secure the high quality service, they will move a project team to China and set up factory facilities at the shipyard.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY LIVE - Steel Cutting Ceremony For Virgin Voyager Live on Facebook.

Artist Rendering of Virgin Cruise's New Ship. - Steel Cutting Ceremony Today!

Watch it live Wednesday - 3/22/2017 - the Steel Cutting Ceremony for Virgin Voyages first cruise ship. The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook from Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard.

The live broadcast is set for 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday on Virgin Voyages' Facebook page.

Link to Virgin Voyages Facebook Page

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl Emerges From Refit.

Cagney's Steakhouse On Board Norwegian Cruise Line's Newly Refit Norwegian Pearl
Cagney's Steakhouse On Board Norwegian Cruise Line's Newly Refit Norwegian Pearl

 On February 27th, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl sailed into her seasonal homeport of Miami  following a two week dry dock where every stateroom and many of the ship’s public areas were revitalized to provide a fresh modern look. Norwegian Pearl’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™, an investment program that sets a high standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand, encompassing the entire guest experience.

“Norwegian Pearl is one of our most beloved ships. With this dry dock we wanted to provide her with a refreshed, clean and modern onboard atmosphere while maintaining the ship’s overall charm and flexibility that our guests enjoy so much,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer. “Through The Norwegian Edge™ program we are continuing to heavily invest in our fleet to ensure that guests have a consistent experience across all Norwegian ships and the freedom to create their ideal cruise vacation.”

            Every one of Norwegian Pearl’s 1,197 staterooms was touched in this dry dock modernization. All accommodations received a completely refreshed look with cool blue hues reminiscent of the calming ocean with silver and turquoise accents. Each stateroom features new furniture, new carpeting, new headboards, new televisions as well as the addition of USB outlets where guests can charge their handheld devices. Across the ship, more than 2,200 pieces of art work were installed for guests to enjoy in their staterooms as well as in Cagney’s Restaurant and The Haven.

Guests who sail in The Haven by Norwegian®, Norwegian’s signature ship-within-a-ship luxury suite complex, aboard Norwegian Pearl will now enjoy a completely refurbished Haven Courtyard creating an incredible atmosphere for soaking in the sun with new finishes on the decks, pool and hot tubs as well as new furniture including the addition of new cabanas, making for a chic resort-style experience. The Haven’s suites and villas also received extensive modernizations with new wall paper, new furniture, new finishes on the ceilings and balconies, new carpets, new drapery and artwork.

Cagney’s Steakhouse, one of Norwegian Pearl’s most popular Freestyle Dining venues, received fresh new upgrades to carpet, artwork, furniture upholstery and window treatments. Norwegian Pearl guests can now enjoy as many decadent cuts of meat and seafood as their heart may desire in a more elegant and modern setting at Moderno Churrascaria, which now features new tables and chairs, wall laminates, new granite bar tops in the restaurant’s bar and salad bar areas and a new crisp glass-door entrance. Guests looking for a pub-style experience can now enjoy a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill with modern flooring and an entirely refurbished bar featuring new granite tops, bar back shelving, new ceiling and lighting fixtures, new wall finishes throughout the restaurant, along with fresh tables and chairs as well as newly added banquet seating for larger parties to enjoy.

Norwegian Pearl’s famed pool deck, where guests congregate to bask in the sun or dance the night away, now features fresh flooring and paint as well as refurbished whirlpools. The Great Outdoors bar as well as Sky High bar both received new flooring with Sky High Bar also receiving an overall refreshed look, including new tables, chairs, bar stools and a new bar façade.

Norwegian Pearl is currently sailing from Miami through April, offering a variety of itineraries including round-trip sailings through the Panama Canal and itineraries to the Western Caribbean. In the summer months, Norwegian Pearl will sail her incredibly popular seven-day cruises to the glacier-filled waters of Alaska from Seattle featuring calls in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Construction Officially Begins on Hurtigruten New Build - Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten Cruises - Roald Amundsen currently under Constructions at Kleven Shipyard
Artists Rendering of Hurtigruten Cruises - Roald Amundsen currently under Constructions at Kleven Shipyard- Photo Courtesy of Hurtigruten.
On February 23, 2017, Hurtigruten marked the official start of construction of its new class of Explorer-class ships as company at the Kleven Shipyard in Norway.
Steel was cut for the first of two ships, the Roald Amundsen, which enters service in summer 2018. A sister ship will follow in 2019. In addition, an option for the construction of  two additional 20,000-ton, 600-passenger vessels is pending and may be acted upon in the next year.

The cost of the ships is estimated at $220 million each.

The new ships are expected to operate upscale exploration cruises to exotic polar destinations including Norway, the Arctic and Antarctica,

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Meyer Weft Shipyard Cuts Steel on AIDA Cruises' First LNG-Powered Cruise Ship

AIDA Cruises' LNG Helios Class vessel under construction at Meyer Werft Shipyard
Artists Rendering of Costa Cruises Newbuild - expected to resemble AIDA's new LNG Cruise Vessel

On February 21, 2017, Meyer Werft cut steel  for the first of two, next-generation, AIDA Cruise ships that will run completely on liquefied natural gas. The new class of ship, know as the Helios-Class, will weigh in at 183,900gt and is scheduled for delivery in December of 2018. Her first cruise is expected to sail to the Canary Islands. The 2018 newbuild is expected to be the 13th ship in the AIDA fleet.

A second LNG vessel is expected in the spring 2021.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line to Design Second Vessel For Chinese Market.

Norwegian Cruise Line to dedicate second Cruise Vessel to the Chinese Market in 2019 from Meyer Werft Shipyard.
Artists Rendering of the Norwegian Joy - Second Ship to Follow in 2019

Based on the success of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy in the Chinese Market, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that their final Breakway-Plus vessel will be geared toward the Chinese cruise market as well.

The final 164,600 ton Breakaway-Plus vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and carry 4000 passengers. The new ship is expected to sail along-side the Norwegian Joy - which is expected to be delivered this summer.

Strong bookings for the Norwegian Joy is driving further dedication of a second new ship to the Chinese Market.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Saga Cruises Unveils Artists Rendings Of Their New Ship.

Artists Rendering of Saga Cruises' 2019 New Build From Meyer's Werft.
Artists Rendering of Saga Cruises' 2019 New Build From Meyer's Werft.

Scheduled to arrive in the Summer of 2019 - UK's Saga Cruises is unveiling some details around their new ship which is under construction at the Meyer Werft Shipyard. The 540 stateroom ship, will carry of less than 1,000 passengers with many accommodations being singles.

The unnamed ship - which Saga is referring to internally as "Project Olympic" -- will include two specialty restaurants, main dining room, and a Britannia Lounge. The 55,900-ton ship will also have an indoor and outdoor pool; library, spa and beauty salon.

In the upcoming months, Saga will be unveiling more details.

Saga Cruises Primarily caters to the 50+ age group offering an adult only experience.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Carnival Cruises' Carnival Sensation Returns From Extensive Refit.

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Sensation Emerges From Extensive Refit.

Carnival Sensation has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation and emerged with a variety of popular food and beverage concepts, as well as a new nautical-themed children’s play area. 

Following the two-week-long dry dock, which took place in Freeport, The Bahamas, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation today resumed its year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises from Miami.  Carnival Sensation is the third Carnival ship to undergo a refurbishment this year with Carnival Dream and Carnival Ecstasy receiving new spaces, as well.  

Here’s a look at the new spaces now available on Carnival Sensation:
·         Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
·         RedFrog Rum Bar: a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red. 
·         BlueIguana Cantina: a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
·         Alchemy Bar: a “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop.
·         Cherry On Top: the “sweetest spot on board” which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more.
·         BlueIguana Tequila Bar: a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
·         Camp Ocean:  a colorful marine-inspired play area designed for kids ages 2-11 that showcases the wonders of the sea through fun and engaging interiors and more than 200 ocean-themed activities, including arts and crafts, science-oriented  programming, and more.
Carnival Sensation’s year-round schedule from Miami includes four-day cruises to Cozumel departing Thursdays that visit Nassau and the private Bahamian destinations of Half Moon Cay or Princess Cays or Cozumel and Key West, or five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays calling at Grand Turk, Nassau and Half Moon Cay or Grand Turk and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.

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