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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Latest Cruise News On Cruises Departing From New York and New Jersey

Latest Cruise News From Manhattan, Brooklyn and Cape Liberty Bayonne, NJ
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Check out the latest cruise articles on our sister site- NYCruiseInfo.com. Here you will find interesting cruise news, ship reviews and information on cruises departing from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ

Here are some of the latest news articles:

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Saga Cruises Looks to Delay The Departure of the Saga Sapphire From the Fleet.


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Saga Cruises Saga Sapphire May Remain In the Saga Fleet Until Later In the Year.

Saga Cruises is in negotiations to delay the transfer to the Saga Sapphire to her new owners, ANEX Tours.  ANEX Tour is a join venture between Russian and Turkish interest and a major travel player in the region.

The 1981-built ship had been sold and was scheduled to leave the Saga fleet this summer, replaced by the new Spirit of Adventure. It is anticipated that the delivery of the Spirit of Adventure will be delayed due to the COVID-19 impact on European shipyards and staff.

Saga still intends to go through with the sale of the ship to ANEX, but may delay the hand-off to the new owners until the Spirit of Adventure is delivered. The deal will most likely include a temporary lease-back of the vessel to Saga.

The Saga Sapphire was originally built as the Europa (of 1981) for Germany's Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.




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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Saga Cruises Anticipates Delayed delivery of the Spirit of Adventure.


Saga Cruises Expects The Delivery of  the Spirit of Adventure to be Delayed ship under constructiion at Meyer Werft
Saga Cruises Expects The Delivery of  the Spirit of Adventure to be Delayed



The delivery of Spirit of Adventure, the second of two 58,250 gross ton cruise ships for Saga Cruises in the UK from Meyer Werft in Germany, is likely to be delayed but to take place within the next 12 months, parent company Saga plc said in a statement

“While there is uncertainty over the delivery date for Spirit of Adventure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Group's expectation is that this will be completed within the next 12 months. This will complete the transformation of the Cruise business,” Saga said in a statement.

A delay of the delivery has been considered within planning scenarios and is not anticipated to significantly change the Group's financial position.





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Monday, April 27, 2020

Video: Introduction of Lindblad Expedition's NEW National Georgraphic Endurance



This month, National Geographic Endurance would have been proudly welcoming guests aboard inaugural voyages in the Arctic and beyond.  But her grand entrance had to be postponed. 
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. took delivery of National Geographic Endurance in March from Ulstein Verft, marking the official completion of the line’s first polar new build. Two years in the making the state-of-the-art 126-guest ship has been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort.
While we are all social distancing at home, the team on board National Geographic Endurance have been prepping and polishing every inch of the ship’s gleaming new surfaces so when guests can finally explore on her this remarkable ship will exceed their every expectation. So today, I would like to share with you a sneak peak of this remarkable ship led by Captain Aaron Wood and members of his team —from the Bridge and the Observation Lounge to cabins and suites, to new features like the glass-walled yoga studio, infinity Jacuzzis and the first igloos at sea.  
She’s an extraordinary ship for next-generation exploring.



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Friday, April 24, 2020

New Passenger Gangways Arrive in Miami and Port Canaveral

New Passenger Gangways Arrive at the port of Miami and Canaveral - Photo Adelte
New Passenger Gangways Arrive at the port of Miami and Canaveral - Photo Adelte


ADELTE has delivered a total of four seaport passenger boarding bridges from Spain to the US during the past couple weeks.

Port Canaveral

Over the weekend two HYDRA-type bridges were delivered to Port Canaveral and installed at the new Cruise Terminal 3 that will be home to Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras.
The bridges were transported from Barcelona on the carrier ship Keith.

PortMiami

And at PortMiami the ADELTE team, with local support, finalized the assembly of two SEDNA-type bridges at the new Cruise Terminal B for Norwegian Cruise Line.

The bridges had been delivered earlier from Barcelona by the special transport ship BBC Song.
The ADELTE team said it is especially proud of completing these projects during this particularly challenging time.





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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Final Blocks of Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas Are In Place



Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of  the Seas - Meyer Werft Shipyard
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of  the Seas - Meyer Werft Shipyard - Final Blocks Put In Place

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of  the Seas - Meyer Werft Shipyard - Final Blocks Put In Place Meyer Werft Shipyard Papenburg Germany
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of  the Seas - Meyer Werft Shipyard - Final Blocks Put In Place
Construction is coming along nicely as the two final blocks were positioned in place for Royal Caribbean’s new Odyssey of the Seas. The two blocks were added at the aft of the ship during construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

The port side block weighs 291 ton and the starboard blocked weighs 277 ton. Now all work will focus on the interior of the ship and the fitting out of the passenger accommodations.

Odyssey of the Seas will be the cruise line's second Quantum Ultra Class ship, and is scheduled to debuts in November 2020 when she sails out of Port Everglades, Florida.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Le Commandant Charot of Ponant Cruises Enroute to Norway For Completion.



On April 14, 2020, the Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant's innovative hybrid electric polar exploration vessel, is on its way to Norway for final outfitting.

The 270-guest ship was met by three Boreal-class Ponant ships in the Strait of Gibraltar earlier this week for a photo opportunity.

With steel construction and other work complete in Romania at Fincantieri's VARD, the ship is now heading for a VARD facility in Norway for completion ahead of her 2021 debut for the Arctic season.





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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Enchanted Princess Delivery Delayed.

Princess Cruises Has Announced the Delivery of the Enchanted Princess has been delayed and the Inaugural events have to be rescheduled.

Princess Cruises announced that the delivery of Enchanted Princess has been delayed.
A new delivery date has not been determined since the Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy) yard remains closed. The delay is triggered by the country-wide lock down imposed by the Italian government and public health officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Voyages through July 31 have been canceled.  In addition, the naming ceremony scheduled to take place in Southampton, England on June 30 has been canceled. Inaugural activities will be announced at a later date.




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Monday, April 20, 2020

Where is Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit?

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit Roaming the Globe Since Her Massive Refit - Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Capetown South Africa, Barbados
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit Roaming the Globe Since Her Massive Refit.


After Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit's completed her  $100 Million dollar refit, the ship was slated to sail in Asia - but due to the Coronavirus the entire series of cruises in Asia were cancelled. The Norwegian Spirit sailed directly from the shipyard to Marseilles, France  where it was announced that the Norwegian Spirit would embark on a series of Eastern Mediterranean itineraries.

Those Eastern Mediterrean itineraries never occurred. Instead the Norwegian Spirit sailed from the Mediterranean to Capetown, South Africa presenably with passengers. I would suspect that her passengers disembarked in South Africa (or in the region).

Having left Capetown approximately 28 days ago, the Norwegian Spirit sailed over 7,000 miles to Barbados where she arrived on April 14th.

It is unclear where she will travel next.



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Friday, April 17, 2020

Viking Cruises Announces 2022 Mississippi River Program

Viking River Cruises Announces Long Awaited Mississippi River Cruises in 2022. Mississippi River Delta
Viking River Cruises Announces Long Awaited Mississippi River Cruises in 2022.
Viking made the highly anticipated announcement that it will further expand its destination-focused travel experiences with the launch of new Mississippi River cruises, honoring a commitment Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen made to loyal past guests to launch the Mississippi product by early April. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, between New Orleans and St. Paul. Viking’s arrival will bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi and will represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many communities along the river. Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River Cruises comprise seven U.S. states: Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul). Starting today, inaugural sailings of Viking Mississippi’s 2022-2023 season are now available to Viking past guests only. Bookings will open to the general public on April 15, 2020.

“At a time where many of us are at home, looking for inspiration to travel in the future, I am pleased to introduce a new, modern way to explore this great river. We invented the concept of modern river cruising when we got our start 23 years ago—first on the rivers of Russia and then in Europe. Since then, many people have come to appreciate the unique exploration that comes with river cruising—but currently there are very few options to do so on American rivers,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our guests are curious travelers, and they continue to tell us that the Mississippi is the river they most want to sail with us. The Mississippi River is closer to home for many of our guests, and no other waterway has played such an important role in America’s history, commerce and culture.”



Viking Mississippi
Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, the five-deck ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the largest and most modern cruise ship in the region. Highlights of the new ship include:
  • All Outside Staterooms: Guests can choose from an unparalleled seven spacious stateroom categories that range from 268 sq. ft to 1,024 sq. ft: Veranda, French Balcony, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Jr. Suite, Terrace Suite and Explorer Suite. All staterooms feature a private veranda or French balcony, king-size bed with luxury linens, large flat-screen interactive TV, mini-bar, large glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor and 24-hour room service.
  • Viking Suites: Viking Mississippi will have some of the largest true suites on the river, with every suite featuring two rooms and a full-size veranda off the spacious sitting room. Guests in Penthouse Jr. Suites (400 sq. ft.) and Terrace Suites (425 sq. ft.) receive early stateroom access; expanded double-sink bathroom; mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and snacks replenished daily; welcome champagne; and laundry, pressing and shoe shine services. Guests in the expansive Explorer Suites (657 sq. ft. to 1,024 sq. ft) also receive a wraparound veranda and complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package.
  • Explorers’ Lounge & The Bow: Familiar to Viking’s ocean guests as one of the most popular onboard public spaces, Viking Mississippi will also feature an Explorers’ Lounge near the bow of the ship. The sun-filled, two-story Explorers’ Lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows that open to The Bow, a unique outdoor seating area at the front of the ship where guests can relax and enjoy ever-changing riverside views.
  • River Café: From American classics to Mamsen’s® Norwegian specialties, this indoor/outdoor dining venue on the top deck will offer alternative restaurant dining in a casual al fresco setting.
  • Aquavit Terrace: A public space beloved by many of Viking’s ocean and river guests, Viking Mississippi will also feature a revolutionary Aquavit Terrace on the top deck, providing a casual dining space ideal for an American barbecue experience. Combined with the River Café, the Aquavit Terrace will provide the most al fresco dining on the Mississippi.
  • Sun Terrace with Infinity Plunge Pool: Similar to Viking’s ocean ships, Viking Mississippi will have a glass-backed pool experience at the aft, allowing guests to take a dip while fully surrounded by their destination.
  • The Living Room: Clean Scandinavian design paired with American influences, the Living Room on Deck 1 is designed for socializing, relaxing and entertainment. Nearby, the quiet corner of The Library, is a perfect place to discover a new book.
  • The Restaurant: This main dining venue on Deck 1 will serve daily-changing menus featuring delicious regional cuisine and always available classics prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
  • Full 360-Degree Promenade Deck: Guests can stroll the entire ship outside on Deck 1, stretching their legs while viewing scenic landscape and regional wildlife.
  • Enrichment On Board and On Shore: Connecting guests to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking creating “the thinking person’s cruise.” A focus on cultural enrichment on board Viking Mississippi means that guests will enjoy Destination Performances that represent the most iconic music of the region—as well as Guest Lecturers that shed light on the region’s art, architecture, history, culture, natural world and more. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Privileged Access®, Local Life and Working World experiences, opening doors to places otherwise difficult to visit. On Viking’s Mississippi River itineraries, guests may choose to take a guided kayaking trip in the Louisiana bayou; visit a working farm in Quad Cities; or immerse themselves in Cajun culture during a Privileged Access excursion to the Rural Life Museum of Louisiana State University.
  • Sustainable Features: Solar panels, LED lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize natural light and an energy-efficient hybrid propulsion system will make Viking Mississippi the most environmentally friendly passenger ship on the Mississippi River.
  • Viking Inclusive Value: Every Mississippi River cruise fare includes everything guests need, with no surprises or hidden fees. Cruise fares include one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, lectures, alternative dining at no extra charge, self-service launderettes, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi.
Starting today, inaugural sailings of Viking Mississippi’s 2022-2023 season are now available to Viking past guests only. Bookings will open to the general public on April 15, 2020.



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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Venezuelan Patrol Boat Sinks After Colliding With Cruise sSip

RCSG Resolute collides with Venezuelan Navy Ship  Sinks Navy Patrol Boat
RCSG Resolute collides with Venezuelan Navy Ship

A Venezuelan patrol boat sank after allegedly ramming an expedition cruise ship off Venezuela’s northern coast last week.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours (local time) of March 30, 2020.
“The cruise vessel RCGS Resolute has been subject to an act of aggression by the Venezuelan Navy in international waters, around 13.3 nautical miles from Isla de Tortuga with 32 crew member and no passengers on board,” Hamburg-based ship manager Columbia Cruise Services said.

As explained, the Portugal-flagged cruise ship had been drifting for one day off the coast of the island to conduct some routine engine maintenance on its idle voyage to Willemstad/ Curaçao.

“Shortly after mid-night, the cruise vessel was approached by an armed Venezuelan Navy vessel, which via radio questioning the intentions of the RCGS Resolute’s presence and gave the order to follow to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita.”
 
“While the Master was in contact with the head office, gun shots were fired and, shortly thereafter, the navy vessel approached the starboard side at speed with an angle of 135° and purposely collided with the RCGS Resolute,” Columbia Cruise Services further said.
“The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.”
 
The ice-strengthened expedition vessel sustained only minor damages not affecting its seaworthiness. However, the patrol boat Naiguata (GC-23) was severely damaged and started to take on water.
Columbia Cruise Services said that the 8,300-ton cruise ship remained in the vicinity of the scene for more than one hour and reached out to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Curaçao. All attempts to contact those on board the navy ship were reportedly unanswered. After receiving the order to resume passage, Resolute continued sailing towards its destination at Curaçao.

A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident will now be carried out, the company added.

In a separate statement, the Venezuelan government claimed that the incident took place in the country’s territorial waters, near the La Tortuga Island, and that the cruise ship entered Venezuela’s jurisdictional waters illegally.

The government also suggested that the cruise ship may have carrying mercenaries that intended “to attack military bases in Venezuela.”
 
“Being escorted, it (the cruise ship) decided to ram the Bolivarian navy ship, which caused its sinking,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López noted.

The country’s defense ministry accused Resolute of a “cowardly and criminal” action as the ship “did not attend to the rescue of the crew.” 
 
Eventually, all personnel was successfully rescued from the sinking patrol boat, the ministry informed.

Venezuela plans to take legal action following the incident.

The RCSG Resolute previously sailed as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic. 



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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Cost of Laying Up Ships.

Cruise Ships in Layup cost cruise lines million of dollars per month per ship.
Cruise Ships in Layup cost cruise lines million of dollars per month per ship.


Industry reports are saying that it is estimated that cruise lines will spend approximately $2-3 Million dollars per month / per ship to keep ships in warm layup. Warm layup meaning the ships can be reactivated within 7-10 days.

If the cruise lines revert to just normal layup with only essential crew on board the estimate is close to $1 M per month / per ship. Reactivation of the ship could take 21-45 days for the ship to return to cruising.




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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fincantieri Reports 2019 Financials

Fincantieri Reports Financials for 2019 - Scarlet Lady one of  13 cruise ships delivered in 2019 temporarily suspend operations due to coronavirus
Fincantieri Reports Financials for 2019 - Scarlet Lady one of  13 cruise ships delivered in 2019

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Fincantieri has temporarily suspended production at all its yards since March 16, awaiting further direction from the respective authorities. This also means that work has stopped on all cruise vessels. Finacanteiri stated its priorities were to safeguard its employees as well as its clients and strategic partners.

New orders in 2019 consisted of 28 vessels, including 13 cruise ships for six different brands for a total value of 6 billion euros. The total backlog for its network of shipyards is 98 vessels.

In 2019, Fincantieri said it delivered 26 ships from 12 different shipyards of which four were large cruise ships and four were expedition ships.

Looking forward, Fincantieri projects the delivery of  eight cruise and expedition newbuilds in 2020, nine in 2021, 10 in 2022, six 2023, four in 2024 and nine beyond 2024.

Although it was not mentioned - one can only assume that cruise lines will request a delay in the delivery of future vessels or cancel orders outright. 


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Friday, April 10, 2020

Small Fire On Board Carnival Cruises' New Carnival Mardi Gras Quickly Extinguished

Under Construction Carnival Cruises' Carnival Mardi Gras Experiences Small Fire extinguished at Shipyard
Under Construction Carnival Cruises' Carnival Mardi Gras Experiences Small Fire at Shipyard.

On April 1st 2020 A fire broke out on Carnival’s new Mardi Gras cruise ship in a stateroom located on an upper deck. Reports indicate that the shipyard's fire brigade was able to quickly respond to the fire and quickly extinguish it.

The Carnival Mardi Gras is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and will be the largest ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.


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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Video of the Virtual Delivery of Celebrity Cruises New Celebrity Apex.


On March 27, in what may be the first virtual delivery of a cruise ship, Celebrity Cruises Executives accepted official command of Celebrity Apex, the second ship in the line’s highly acclaimed Edge Series, via video conference with officials from Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.


In keeping with tradition, Captain Dimitris Kafetzis ordered the exchange of the French and American flags, while each country’s national anthem played in the background.

“Every delivery is unique just as every ship is unique. While the circumstances are quite unique right now, it’s fitting that such an innovative ship as Celebrity Apex would have a digital-age delivery,” said Lisa Lutoff Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.

The actual maiden voyage for the Celebrity Apex is still TBD based on the uncertainty of the Coronavirus and its impact on the cruise industry.

We will keep you posted as new developments occur.

 

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Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Announces New Date For Maiden Voyage of Evrima

Ritz Carlton's Evrima Delivery Pushed Out Due to Shipyard Delays.- April 2021
Ritz Carlton's Evrima Delivery Pushed Out Due to Shipyard Delays.



The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has announced a second delay for its launch. The new maiden voyaged is now delayed until April 22, 2021.

"Due to delays at the Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has been forced to reschedule the debut of the yacht’s inaugural voyage and subsequent voyages. Evrima, the first yacht of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, will now set sail on April 22nd, 2021 from Lisbon, Portugal to Palma de Mallorca, Spain."

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is delighted to accept reservations for the 2021 season. With a leisurely cruising style, the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton, and sought-after destinations around the world,the next season of itineraries introduces visits to over 50 new ports and will continue to deliver one-of-a-kind voyages to its guests onboard Evrima, the first of three yachts from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Evrima, a word of Greek origin meaning “discovery”, inspires travelers to immerse themselves in exceptional experiences, explore new destinations and foster the spirit of adventure that makes travel so rewarding.

“We are excited to have opened reservations for our 2021 season,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We have been thrilled with the response to The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and look forward to continuing to build on that success, delivering experiences truly unlike any other on the market.”

The 2021 curated itineraries aboard Evrima will take guests to some of the most stunning locations around the world, providing unique access to iconic yachting playgrounds as well as hidden coves and charming towns. With most voyages 7-nights in duration, itineraries are designed to not repeat the same ports back-to-back, making them the perfect choice to do a single itinerary or combine with the following itinerary for those seeking an extended voyage. Cruises are expected to visit destinations in the Mediterranean, Catibbean, New England and Canada.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Keel Laid for Costa Cruises Costa Toscana at Meyer Werft Turku Finland.

Keel Laid For Costa Cruises' Costa Toscana at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Turku Finland expected for delivery in the Summer 2021
Keel Laid For Costa Cruises' Costa Toscana at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Turku Finland


The hull assembly of Costa Toscana, a 185 000 gross tonnage LNG powered cruise ship began On February 1, 2020 at Meyer Turku shipyard with traditional lucky coins being placed on the keel blocks. Costa Toscana will enter service in late summer of 2021.

“This symbolic moment in the construction of Costa Toscana marks a further step forward in the use of LNG in the cruise sector. We were the first in the world to believe in this innovation five years ago, when we ordered these new ships, starting a transformation process toward make tourism increasingly sustainable” - said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. "LNG is currently the solution that allows the best and most immediate results to be achieved in terms of reducing the environmental impact of ships.”
Toscana is a sister ship to Costa Smeralda, now sailing in the Mediterranean. Even with good feedback from the cruise passengers Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer reminds that every ship is an evolution from the previous one.
“We are always building on the learnings of previous ships, but Costa Toscana will also have totally new designs in many features to inspire her passengers. Today is the day when this all starts to become visible in the form of one beautiful ship”, Jan Meyer comments.
 The passengers have described Costa Smeralda as a very beautiful and entertaining ship. The crew onboard have already learned to trust her capabilities at sea.
“Costa Smeralda truly became an icon of Italy’s finest designs and our passengers very much appreciate this style. For Costa Toscana we will build on the innovative and now proven LNG-propulsion ship technology from Costa Smeralda”, Neil Palomba comments.
 At Meyer Turku shipyard today, the lucky coins were placed on the keel blocks by senior management from Meyer Turku and Costa Cruises along with VIP guests. The mayor of Turku, Ms. Minna Arve was a guest of honor and acted as the godmother of the ceremony.
“I’m very proud of Costa Cruises’ brave vision and the world-class know-how of Meyer Turku and also of the cooperation that will once again create a jewel of a cruise ship built in Turku”, Minna Arve says.
When finished, Costa Toscana will be one of the most environmentally safe cruise ships in the world. By using LNG as fuel Costa Toscana will have virtually no sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction). LNG also significantly reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides (85% direct reduction) and CO2 (reduction of up to 20%).



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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia Invests Heavily in Carnival Corp


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia Invests Heavily in Carnival Corp
The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia Invests Heavily in Carnival Corp

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has decided to heavily invest in Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL). The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia will purchase a staggering 43.5 million shares of the  cruise company giving it an 8.2% stake in Carnival.

Carnival Corp owns Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Costa, AIDA, Seabourn Cruises and Cunard to name a few.




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Coast Guard Inform Cruise Lines - Medical Evacuations No Longer Possible

Coast Guard Warns Air Evacuations off Florida may now be possible due to the coronavirus
Coast Guard Warns Air Evacuations off Florida may now be possible.

The United States Coast Guard has warned cruise operators that medical evacuations are placing stress on local medical resources and may no longer be possible in Florida. Many Coast Guard resources are consumed by Coronavirus related activities and the number of cruise ships off of Florida is estimated at 20+ ships - all with crew onboard.

The Coast Guard also said vessels should consider keeping persons on-board and treating them there instead. The Coast Guard is encouraging foreign-flagged vessels, and those registered in the Bahamas, to seek flag state support.



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Friday, April 3, 2020

American Cruise Line to Add Another Modern Riverboat to the Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruising

American Cruise Line's American Song on the Snake and Columbia River Cruises - American Cruise Line to Add Another Ship in 2021
American Cruise Line's American Song on the Snake and Columbia River Cruises


Cruising close to homejust keeps getting better and better.American Cruise Lines will add another brand new modern riverboat to its fleet on the Columbia & Snake Rivers in 2021.In just the past few years, American has introduced the first modern riverboats in the U.S.A, built 5 new small ships,and doubled its capacity on both the Columbia & Snake as well as the Mississippi River

 Next year, when American adds its second new 190-guest modern riverboat to the Columbia & Snake, the Line will operate 2 paddle wheelers and 2 modern riverboats in the region.

 “Our fleet has grown substantially in recent years, and with more ships under construction, we are not slowing down anytime soon,” said Charles B. Robertson, President and CEO of the Line. “The modern riverboats have been received wonderfully and we look forward to continued expansion on both the Columbia and the Mississippi River systems.”American’s range of small ship styles allows them to offer the widest variety of cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Line offers 5, 8, and 11 Day itineraries from early April through October each year between Portland, OR and Clarkston, WA.

 American’s cruises are carefully curated and explore all the beauty and history of the American West. Each cruise includes a complimentary pre-cruise hotel and transportation package from either departure city



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hutrigruten Sails Furthest South in Hurtigruten's History

History Made as Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen Reached Furthest South Point In Antarctica
Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen Reached Furthest South Point In Antarctica


On February 22, 2020 - Hurtigruten has announced a history-making event as the Roald Amundsen has traveled the furthest south of any company ship in the expedition cruise line's 127 years of business, the company said, in a statement.

After crossing the Antarctic Circle earlier this week, Captain Torry Sakkariassen and his crew continued south; on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:14 PM Antarctica time, the Roald Amundsen reached the ice edge at 70º south.

"Our guests are thrilled! This is what Hurtigruten's expedition cruises are all about, pushing new frontiers and creating unique experiences for guests from all over the world. We are following in the footsteps of polar hero Roald Amundsen himself, aboard his namesake ship," said Captain Sakkariassen.

Nearly finished with her 18-day cruise that visits the Chilean Fjords and the Falkland Islands, as well as Antarctica, the Roald Amundsen will complete one more cruise in the region before journeying up through South and Central America, and ultimately spending the summer in Alaska.



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