Fincantieri has agreement for majority stake in STX France

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has reached a deal for two thirds of STX France, the company announced on 6 April. Final terms of the agreement have not been concluded, but the deal will coincide with increased industrial co-operation between Fincantieri and DCNS. "Fincantieri will continue to work with its counterparties to negotiate and conclude the final agreements," the company said in a press release.The remaining third of STX France is owned by the French government, who also owns a majority stake in DCNS. source : Janes

May 19-2017 Fincantieri has confirmed it has signed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66 percent of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder STX Europe. The financial advisor supporting Fincantieri for this transaction is BNP Pariba

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For building big size cruiseships is due to this deal a lack on competition. Only Meyer Yard in Germany and Finland. and Fincantieri in Italy and France.


Stena Line maakt duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen waar!

Hoek van Holland, 11 april 2017 Stena Line’s toenemende focus op duurzaamheid en milieuvriendelijke verbeteringen van de afgelopen jaren werpt zijn vruchten af. Belangrijke ijkmomenten hebben laten zien dat het brandstofverbruik en de emissieniveaus in lucht en op zee beiden zijn gereduceerd. De resultaten zijn samengevat in een nieuwe publicatie van Stena Line, ‘A Sustainable Journey’, dat ook informatie verstrekt over de ambitieuze doelstellingen die het bedrijf zichzelf heeft gesteld met het oog op een duurzame toekomst.“We zijn een van ’s werelds toonaangevende ferry companies met 27.000 afvaarten per jaar op 20 routes. Gezien de omvang van ons bedrijf en de schaal waarop wij opereren, zijn we ons volledig bewust van onze verantwoordelijkheid om zo duurzaam mogelijk te werken.Wij geloven dat een beperkte milieubelasting ook essentieel is voor winstgevendheid op de lange termijn. Daarom hebben wij duurzaamheid opgenomen als een van de belangrijkste pijlers in onze strategie en hebben wij ons ambitieuze doelen gesteld op het gebied van duurzaamheid”, aldus Stena Line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson.
Stena Line heeft veel ervaring in het investeren in energiezuinig transport. De introductie in 2015 van ’s werelds eerste ferry varend op methanol, de Stena Germanica, is hiervan een goed voorbeeld. Een ander voorbeeld is dat de schepen zijn voorzien van walstroom aansluitingen.
Dit zijn echter maar twee voorbeelden van zo’n 300 initiatieven, die Stena Line heeft geïmplementeerd om brandstofverbruik en de emissieniveaus in lucht en zee  te reduceren, met betrekking tot hun 35 schepen. Een samenvatting in de publicatie ‘A Sustainable Journey’ laat zien dat het Stena Line tussen 2013-2016 gelukt is om haar brandstofverbruik met 6,5% en de zwaveluitstoot met 6.2% per zeemijl te verminderen.
Stena Line zet nu koers richting een nog duurzamere toekomst. De focus op duurzaamheid is uitgezet in vier belangrijke strategische gebieden, gebaseerd op de gezamenlijke doelstelling van de VN voor een duurzame ontwikkeling – Schone Energie, Duurzame Consumptie, Leven Onder Water, alsmede Gezondheid en Welzijn. Binnen elk aandachtsgebied zijn een aantal ambitieuze doelstellingen bepaald voor de korte en lange termijn, waaronder:
Ø  Schone energie…reduceer zwaveluitstoot per zeemijl met 2.5% per jaar en in totaal 35% in de periode 2010-2030.
Ø  Duurzame consumptie… vervang wegwerp items en plastic tassen aan boord van onze schepen van 2017-2018.
Ø  Leven onder water… halveer het gebruik van sterke chemicaliën voor 2020 en stop het gebruik hiervan geheel voor 2030.
Ø  Gezondheid en welzijn… continue reduceren van werk gerelateerde incidenten naar de doelstelling van 1.2 LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) 2017.
“Dit geeft ons een sterke basis en geeft richting aan onze toekomstige duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen. In het komende jaar zullen we een aantal belangrijke projecten starten, met name op het gebied van schone energie en duurzame consumptie. Testen op batterijstroom op een van onze schepen en biologische afbreekbare tassen aan boord zijn slechts twee boeiende projecten, die nog in de pijplijn  zitten”, zegt Eric Lewenhaupt, Stena Line’s Sustainability Manager.
In de herfst van 2017 start in China de bouw van Stena Line’s nieuwe RoPax schepen. De verwachte leverdatum van de nieuwe schepen is tussen 2019-2020. Het zullen een van de meest brandstof-besparende RoPax schepen ter wereld zijn. De huidige schepen zullen ook voorbereid worden op het varen op gas, alsmede scrubbers- en katalytische reductie systemen.

Persbericht: Stena Line

 


Nautilus is supporting a new European river cruise campaign protesting against social dumping

Nautilus is supporting a new European river cruise campaign protesting against social dumping in the river cruise industry, according to the group.
The joint river cruise campaign 2017, being organised by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), will kick off on Wednesday April 5 in Amsterdam — where more half of annual European port calls are made.
Nautilus international officer and president of the ETF/ITF inland waters section Nik Bramley said the campaign will see an intensive week of ship visits in the major river cruise ports of call, with teams visiting vessels in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Bramley said the launch event would provide an overview of the river cruise campaign and the current state of social dumping in the river cruise business. A personal testimony from a former river cruise captain will provide insights into the risks arising from fatigue, stress and substandard living and working conditions. these issues are the ‘hard reality for the more than 14,000 crew members who sail on the 335 river cruise vessels, whilst also ensuring first class services to their passengers, he noted.
Throughout the coming cruise season information will be circulated to crew members and passengers to raise awareness about the issues, Bramley said.
In Switzerland, the focus will be on long working hours – which in many cases are not being properly compensated for, and which are depressing already modest wages. There is also concern about the alleged tendency of river cruise companies to circumvent Swiss social security law by outsourcing employment contracts.

5 April 2017 Vakbond Nautilus International en de Europese Transport Werkers Federatie (ETF) hebben locoburgemeester en wethouder Economie Kajsa Ollongren van Amsterdam in een open brief opgeroepen iets te doen aan de slechte arbeidsomstandigheden op riviercruiseschepen.
 
Geachte mevrouw Ollongren,
 
U maakt zich er de laatste maanden hard voor dat de cruiseterminal weg moet uit de binnenstad, aangezien de massatoeristen die vanaf de cruiseschepen naar de binnenstad wandelen voor teveel overlast in de Amsterdamse binnenstad zouden zorgen
 
Wellicht zou het u ook sieren u hard te gaan maken voor betere arbeids- en leefvoorwaarden voor werknemers aan boord van de riviercruiseschepen. U faciliteert immers al jaren de booming riviercruise-industrie in de haven van Amsterdam. Goed voor de lokale economie ook. Daar is niets mis mee. Waar echter wel veel mis mee is, zijn de ronduit slechte arbeids- en leefvoorwaarden van de hardwerkende medewerkers in deze industrie.
 
De neerwaartse trend op dit gebied de laatste jaren:
 
steeds minder personeel moet steeds meer passagiers bedienen;
 
overbezetting van bemanningshutten; met soms wel drie bemanningsleden in één kleine hut;
 
steeds harder werken en steeds langere werkuren;
 
verschillende lonen voor verschillende nationaliteiten (sociale dumping);
 
gebrek aan medische en andere sociale (verzekerde) voorzieningen.

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Not only in the sea cruise, but also in the river cruise crew exploited.

Some 1.36m passengers cruised on Europe’s rivers in 2016

Some 1.36m passengers cruised on Europe’s rivers in 2016, up 2.7% from the previous year. The North American source market provided the greatest share of guests, corresponding to 38.7%, followed by Germany with 28.4%.The 435,586 German river cruise passengers in 2016 represented a 2.8% year-on-year increase, according to satistics released this week by IG RiverCruise and the German Travel Association (DRV).The German market gerenated a turnover of €448.7m, up 3.1% from 2015 and the average daily rate increased by 4.1% to €149, while the average cruise price remained almost unchanged at €1,030 compared to €1,027 in 2015.
The average cruise duration continued to fall in the river cruise sector, corresponding to 6.9 nights, 3.8% fewer than in 2015. In comparison, the average length of an ocean cruise sold on the German market last year was 8.94 nights.
 Most popular destinations for German river cruisers are the Rhine with a 35.5% share and the Danube with 34.4%. Both rivers, though, lost some of their market share, 2.7 basis points in the case of the Rhine and 3.6 basis points for the Danube. These shares were taken up by new destinations and less frequented rivers, for example, in France. Not least, the revival of paddlewheel propulsion helped to develop niche destinations such as the Loire River.
The main challenge faced by the industry last year was security following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 as well as in Brussels in March 2016. As a result, the season picked up slowly, but it eventually recovered to normal levels.
Looking at 2017, more than 80% of operators in the German market are optimistic as the addition of new ships continues to slow, both on Europe’s rivers and beyond. Last year, 31 new river ships were inaugurated, including 22 on European rivers. This year, only 20 new ships are expected, including 17 destined for Europe.The majority of new tonnage on Europe’s rivers is targeted at overseas passengers. According to IG River Cruise and DRV, close to 14,000 jobs are provided on board river ships in Europe. In addition, the industry generates about 3,540 jobs in its shoreside organisations, along with another 11,000 indirect jobs at yards, in ports, with suppliers, etc.


SunStone, China group to build 4+6 expedition cruise ships in Shanghai

Miami-based SunStone Ships and China Merchants Industry Holdings signed a framework agreement to build four expedition ships with options for six more
The 104-meter vessels will be constructed in Shanghai, with the design, equipment and management supplied by Norway's Ulstein Design & Solutions.
The ships will hold 80 to 95 passenger cabins and be rated Ice Class 1A or Polar Code 6
They will be part of the SunStone fleet and chartered to new and existing clients, according to president/ceo Niels-Erik Lund, who declined to disclose the charterers, saying that it's up to them to announce their new ships. The value of the order is not being disclosed.The first delivery will be in August 2019, with one vessel to follow every six months after.
According to Ulstein, the inverted bow is less subject to vertical motions induced by the waves, so the ship continues on course more smoothly, while maintaining its speed and using less fuel to get through the waves.  We are building in China but with Norwegians providing the entire equipment package and supervising the building and Finland building the interiors. So we're sure it will be first class,' Lund said
The newbuilds will be 18.2 meters at the beam, with a draft of 5.1 meters. T
hey'll be able to operate at a speed of 15 knots. The classification society is Bureau Veritas and the ships' registry will be the Bahamas
SunStone's current fleet numbers 10 small cruise vessels on charter to companies within the expedition market, and this order positions the firm as the leading tonnage provider in the segment.
'We've been working on this [a newbuild project] for years,' Lund told Seatrade Cruise News. 'It is great to see this happening.
'May2017 The first order is placed by Australian Aurora Expedition Cruises..


American Cruise Lines

March 1-2017 - American Cruise Lines said it will build five new modern riverboats for service in the United States.
"These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European riverboat with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known," said the company, in a statement.
The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests.
“For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboats” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American. “American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.
Construction has already begun at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American is building two additional cruise ships at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Constellation, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017 and its sister ship which will begin cruising in 2018. Source: Cruise news.


Carnival Corp. newbuilds in China

Febr. 22- 2017 Agreement formalized at signing ceremony in Beijing, attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Company's cruise joint venture in China agrees to order two new cruise ships to be built by China-based shipbuilding joint venture, with an option to order four additional ships. World's first China-built cruise ships to join the cruise joint venture's multi-ship fleet, with the first of these ships expected for delivery in 2023.   Today announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a new memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the first-ever cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market.The agreement updates the terms of an initial shipbuilding MOA announced in September 2016, further expanding the cooperation between Carnival Corporation and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China's flagship company in shipbuilding.


Color Line and Ulstein finalize contract

Feb 17 2017 FerryThe contract between Color Line and Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry has now been finalized and signed.


Background of Viking River and Ocean cruises.

“We give great value. We have the best value of any line. In reality, you get a luxury product at a (premium) price. That sells, people like value,” Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, told Cruise Industry News.“We have been fortunate. We believe in selling an all-inclusive product that has sold well on the rivers. Of course, our river growth has been phenomenal. We know how to operate small ships,” Hagen, said. “We are focused clearly on what we are and the number of things we are not.” Thus, the ocean-going ships, which will number six by 2020, have no casino, no photographers, no art auctions and just about everything is included in the price.
There was big news in 2016 when Viking took on two large investors. TPG Capital and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board put up $500 million for a combined 17 percent stake in MISA Investments Limited (parent company to Viking).“Previously we have funded ourselves in the U.S. bond market. Now we have two equity investors. As long as we have good projects we will have good financing too,” Hagen said.
Hagen has navigated Viking into the world’s largest market nimbly. Eighty-eight percent of the passengers will come from North America this year, he said. Sales and marketing are run out of Los Angeles, and the operations from Basel, Switzerland


Swan Hellenic/G Adventures

Febr.1-2017 G Adventures, a Toronto-based tour adventure travel firm, has acquired the brand and intellectual property for the Swan Hellenic cruise brand. The company already operates expedition voyages and intends to start up the Swan Hellenic brand by 2018, according to media reports.The acquisition did not include the Minerva ship or the chartering of the vessel.
The UK is the largest global outbound market for G Adventures and acquiring Swan Hellenic further diversifies G Adventures’ portfolio of brands, adding boutique small ship cruising to its existing adventure travel, adventure cruising, and new touring businesses. This acquisition follows the recent purchase of established pioneering British escorting touring names Travelsphere and Just You.


12 Expedition Ships Ordered in Last 9 Months

Is the expedition cruise ship market booming? It would appear hopes are high, at least according to orders from a number of existing cruise lines and one new market entrant placed since last March. These 12 orders include Hurtigruten (two ships), Oceanwide (one ship), a new market entrant (one ship), Hapag-Lloyd (two ships), Ponant (four ships) and Crystal (three ships). The 2017-2018 Cruise Industry News Annual Report will feature updated statistics on the expedition market and growth projections through 2025. The ordering frenzy started last March and appears to be continuing with the latest news that Vard had snagged yet another ship order, this time to an undisclosed buyer. Industry sources expect more to follow.
Check out the complete current cruise ship orderbook here. The average passenger capacity is 266 guests, pulled up by Hurtigruten’s twin 600-passenger ship order, with an option for two more.There is also Scenic, which takes delivery of the SCENIC ECLIPSE next summer, ordered in late 2015 


Another new cruise line plans to enter the industry as Norwegian Cruise Company

Another new cruise line plans to enter the industry as Norwegian Cruise Company intends to start operations in 2019 with a purpose-built ultra-luxury 180-passenger ship.The brand and product messaging: an ultra-luxury adventure cruise line that will offer the experience of a mega yacht. The project planning started last year, according to Ulf Henrick Wynnsdale, CEO.“The research we have seen in the market points toward smaller ships,” he told Cruise Industry News. “It will be a more adventurous product, and at the same time, the ultra-luxury part of that segment doesn’t have a lot of capacity.” Initial plans call for the building up to six ships between 2019 and 2020.

 


COLOR LINE SIGNS LOI ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST HYBRID VESSEL

jan. 2017 - Color Line and Ulstein Verft have agreed on a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of the largest hybrid vessel of the world."This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line," states CEO Gunvor Ulstein at Ulstein Group. The vessel will be designed by Fosen.The vessel is planned to service Sandefjord-Strömstad from summer 2019. The ferry is a plug-in hybrid, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators.The vessel, with the working title "Color Hybrid", will have almost double capacity as M/S "Bohus", which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation. The ship will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord. It will therefore not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area. "The signing of the LOI represents a significant step to realize the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship. It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally," says Trond Kleivdal at Color Line. The natural environment is an accelerator to Color Line, whose company has installed shore power facilities in Oslo, Larvik and Kristiansand. With shore power in Sandefjord installed, all Color Line Norwegian ports will have shore power facilities. "Our ambition is to be a leader in European short sea shipping and "Color Hybrid 'is a new proof of this, says Kleivdal. Color Line is currently the only company in the international passenger and freight traffic to and from Norway with ships registered in the Norwegian Ship Register and with Norwegian headquarters. "The focus on a new vessel with new green technology happens partly because the company, through the Government's maritime strategy, has received approximately identical conditions as their competitors in the Nordic region," says Trond Kleivdal.The world's largest plug-in hybrid ferry will be 160 metres long and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars. The ship will provide significantly increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden, and will represent expanded and improved services on board and therefore a new and better travel experience. Sales manager Rolf Petter Almli and managing director Kristian Sætre at Ulstein Verft together with managing director Eva Kristensen at Ulstein Design & Solutions when signing the LOI with Color Line.Sales manager Rolf Petter Almli and managing director Kristian Sætre at Ulstein Verft together with managing director Eva Kristensen at Ulstein Design & Solutions when signing the LOI with Color Line.


HAL and US Health Inspection:

Seattle, Wash., Jan. 5, 2016 — Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam earned a perfect score of 100 on its first routine United States Public Health inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship launched in April 2016 in Europe and made its maiden visit to the United States in November.
Koningsdam's first unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held Dec. 20, 2016, during a call at San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the middle of a 10-day Caribbean cruise.
 "A new class of ship means many firsts for our crew in managing operations on board, and we couldn't be more proud of everyone on Koningsdam who worked diligently to earn a perfect score for the ship's first public health inspection in the United States," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "We're doing very well on our U.S.P.H. inspections, and we're going to continue to focus on maintaining the highest standards across our fleet. Congratulations to the officers and staff of Koningsdam for this well-earned accomplishment."
In 2016 five additional Holland America Line ships previously received perfect scores, including ms Maasdam, ms Veendam, ms Noordam, ms Eurodam and ms Westerdam. Four ships earned scores of 99, including ms Nieuw Amsterdam on Dec. 22. Eurodam was the first ship in company history to receive 10 consecutive perfect USPH scores when it received its inspection last March.
CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, which was introduced in the early 1970s and is required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S. port. The inspections are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the United States Public Health Service twice a year for every cruise ship. Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program harmonizes with the United States' CDC Vessel Sanitation Program, and inspections are conducted once a year when cruise ships visit Canadian ports.
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.

 Source: Carnival Corp.


France will ensure STX shipyard conditions

Dec. 31-2016 France may intervene in the sale of the Saint-Nazaire shipyard by bankrupt South Korean shipbuilder STX if the French government's conditions are not met, Industry Minister Christophe Sirugue said. "The government is fully mobilised and will not hesitate to use all of the levers at its disposal," Sirugue told French daily Les Echos in an interview published on Friday. The French state, which owns a third of STX France and its western Saint-Nazaire shipyard, has a right of refusal on the sale of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding's majority stake once a winning bid has been selected, which is expected next week. Italy's Fincantieri is the sole bidder for the French assets, a source said on Dec. 27, and the Seoul bankruptcy court said only one offer had been received. The court is expected to rule on the offer on Jan. 3 Paris wants state-controlled military shipbuilder DCNS to take a minority stake in STX France, Sirugue reiterated, under a broader ownership structure that could include minority holdings for customers such as MSC Cruises or Royal Caribbean."Our immediate priority will be to hold discussions with the designated buyer, so that its offer can be reworked to take account of our conditions," the minister said. Source : Reuters (Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by David Clarke)
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Had the Dutch government so smart been by selling major Dutch companies such as KLM - Nedlloyd and Fokker just to name a few!


STX France

Earlier, several parties have shown interest to take over the part of STX France owned by Korean STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd (in receivership). The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France.

Today (December 27) only one bid has been received, said the Korean Court. The bid comes apparently from the Italian Fincantieri Group, but this has not been confirmed.
Other candidates were the Genting Group, Damen Shipyards and French state-controlled naval shipbuilder DCNS.
STX France has been put on sale by the Korean court on October 19.
On January 3 we could know if the bid is accepted, or rejected.
If rejected, a new round will be launched.


CDC INSPECTIONS 2016

Holland America's Eurodam continued its streak of perfect health ratings from the Centers for Disease Control in 2016, receiving a score of 100 for the 10th consecutive time.Four other Holland America ships -- Westerdam, Veendam, Noordam and Maasdam -- also earned perfect scores during the year, joining the 29 total vessels that passed the unannounced inspections with no black marks.
The CDC inspects all ships that sail in or out of a U.S. port twice a year. Ships must earn a score of 86 or higher to pass. In 2015, 32 cruise ships received perfect scores.
Celebrity earned the most perfect scores, with six ships receiving 100: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Equinox.
Royal Caribbean had four ships with perfect scores, including Grandeur of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. Carnival Cruises had three - Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory and Carnival Breeze - as did Princess Cruises, with Emerald Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess.
Both Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruises had two ships that scored 100: Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Spirit; and Disney Fantasy and Magic, respectively.
Within the luxury category, Sea Dream II, Crystal Serenity, Oceania's Regatta and Silver Shadow all earned top scores.
Conversely, three cruise ships failed the inspection in 2016, including Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, Ponant's Le Soleal and P&O's Oceana.
When a ship receives a grade of 85 or under, it is usually re-inspected within 30 to 45 days, if still sailing in U.S. waters. Unless the violations pose an imminent health risk, the ship is permitted to continue sailing.
Empress of the Seas received a failing score of 80 on June 3, but then received a 97 on its follow-up inspection on July 9. Neither Le Soleal, which received an 85 on July 28 or Oceana, which scored 82 on March 1, have been re-inspected.

Source: CDC.


Carnival Cruise Line Voted 2016’s Best Cruise Line by Ben Souza

Carnival Cruise Line was voted 2016’s Best Mainstream Cruise Line in the 4th Annual Cruise Fever Fan Awards. Carnival has now won the award for best cruise line for three straight years. Voting took place on CruiseFever.net throughout 2016 and over 10,000 total votes were cast in this year’s awards. Our readers voted on a variety of cruise categories including best new cruise ship, best river cruise line, best luxury line, best cruise line for families, and favorite cruise ports. When all the votes were counted, Carnival Cruise Line received the most votes for Best Mainstream Cruise Line in 2016. The top seven cruise lines in voting were as follows:

Carnival Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean

Norwegian Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruises

Princess Cruises

Holland America Line

Disney Cruise Line

Multiple votes from the same IP address were discarded giving each household one equal vote. Carnival Cruise Line debuted their largest cruise ship yet in 2016, Carnival Vista. At 133,500 gross tons, this 4,000 passenger cruise ship arrived in PortMiami last month and began sailing 6-8 night cruises to the Caribbean. Carnival currently has a fleet of 25 cruise ships with three more currently under construction or on order. Carnival Horizon, which will be a sister ship to Carnival Vista, is scheduled to be completed in 2018. In addition to Carnival Horizon, the cruise line has ordered two 180,000 gross ton mega ships that will be powered by LNG. They are scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and 2022. CruiseFever.net was founded in the Spring of 2011 by two brothers and continues to be a family run cruise blog. Cruise Fever has become one of the most popular cruise blogs on the Internet with over 5 million readers a year. In addition, they have one of the most popular cruise Facebook pages with over 250,000 fans and are highly active on the most popular social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest,).

Another misleading election based solely on the US markt


Cruise ship builds: Is bigger better? Michael Zehender

This ship really is a beast. With 362 metres of length to roam and 2 747 cabins, you’ll be hard pushed to find time to try
everything the HARMONY OF THE SEAS’ has on board in a single week. The new addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet took the top spot as the biggest cruise ship in the world this summer, but it might not hold the title for long. Bigger is better is the buzzword in the cruise industry these days, and other shipyards are bulking up too. The motivation is mainly economical – a big ship is cost effective and means deals are cheaper for customers. And the bigger the ship, the better cruise companies can accommodate all tastes. Whether it’s a spa for the parents, a water park for the kids, a theatre, area for teens or a presentation room for cultural events. But that’s not the end of the story for the ‘HARMONY OF THE SEAS’. Royal Caribbean has ordered two sister ships, and other cruise companies are following suit: last year Costa Crociere announced that they would be putting two more ships into commission in 2019 and 2020. Both of them are in close competition with the ‘HARMONY OF THE SEAS’, with 2,605 cabins. MSC’s fleet of World Class Generation ships is also going big, with 2 700 cabins. Technically, there is no maximum size for a cruise ship. But shipbuilders of course need to be aware of the laws of physics. As one of Archimedes’ principles dictates, if you want to make a ship longer, you need to make it wider too. But the draught needs to be bigger too in order to maintain stability.You need to think about the journey the ship will take as well. If a river has to be navigated, of course the size of the river needs to be taken into consideration. If a ship is built to accommodate 3 000 passengers instead of 1 000, safety measures will need to be adapted. For example, by having more emergency exits and rescue equipment. And harbours are increasingly being faced with the challenge now that ships are growing. The terminals and quays need to get bigger and bigger and the infrastructure needs to be continuously improved to accommodate the growing numbers of passengers, who need to be ferried from the station to the ship or the ship to excursions. There also needs to be enough parking available for those who want to leave their cars at the harbour. Big boats aren’t for everyone, though. Some travellers prefer a smaller ship and are willing to pay the extra cost. These holidaymakers are more interested in the destinations than being on the ship itself and want to have a more classic sailing experience. There are different ways of gauging the size of a cruise ship. First of all there's the number of passengers. But the length, the height and the width are also important. Then there's the tonnage or the gross tonnage. Depending on where you look, there are a number of lists ranking the biggest cruise ships in the world. But when it comes to the big three there is no room for debate: In size order, they are the 'HARMONY OF THE SEAS ', the 'ALLURE OF THE SEAS' and the 'OASIS OF THE SEAS '. The three cruise liners from Royal Caribbean's fleet tower above the rest in all categories. Source: Independent Online


CARNIVAL VISTA

MIAMI (28 november 2016) – Port Miami verwelkomde het nieuwste, grootste en meest innovatieve schip van Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Vista.  Het ganse jaar door vertrekt het voor zes- en acht-daagse cruises vanuit Miami naar het Caribisch gebied
Als nieuwste schip van de rederij, brengt de Carnival Vista wereldprimeurs als de SkyRide, fietsen in de lucht en een IMAX ® Theater naar haar thuishaven Miami. De Kaleid-O-Slide, is de eerste tube waterglijbaan voor de rederij. Ze maakt onderdeel uit van het gigantische WaterWorks aqua park aan boord en de RedFrog Pub & Brewery is de eerste brouwerij op een in Noord-Amerika-based cruiseschip.
            "Miami is onze thuis sinds de oprichting van ons bedrijf in 1972. De nieuwe Carnival Vista hier stationeren biedt niet alleen voor de consument een handige thuishaven met gerenoveerde faciliteiten en tal van operationele verbeteringen, maar spreekt boekdelen over ons vertrouwen in het verder uitbouwen van deze belangrijke markt," en zei Christine Duffy, Carnival president.
Eiland-Intensieve Cruises vanuit Miami
Carnaval Vista startte haar nieuwe dienstregeling vanuit  Port Miami met een speciale zes-daagse cruise naar Grand Turk, Ocho Rios en Nassau. Het schip zal dan het hele jaar door afwisselend zes- en acht-daagse cruises aanbieden.  Zes-daagse cruises brengen de gasten naar Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman en Cozumel, terwijl een mix van verschillende acht-daagse routes bezoeken brengen aan enkele van de meest geliefde bestemmingen, waaronder Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten en La Romana (Dominicaanse Republiek).
             Ervaar de adembenemende Caraïbische bestemmingen in één van de twee nieuwe kajuitcategoriën:  de kleurrijke “schip in schip” Havana staterooms en suites, en de Family Harbor (letterlijk Gezinshaven) met de Family Harbor lounge en speciale accommodaties voor families, die tot 5 gasten herbergen.


Muscat Port waterfront transformation begins

A project to transform the waterfront of Muscat, Oman, into a major tourism hub with attractions, recreational amenities, a mall, hotels and docking facilities for cruise ships and yachts was officially launched.  Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project will include business and residential zones, a destination mall, six hotels (including three-, four- and five-star), recreation amenities and tourist attractions.
Developer Omran said the 64-hectare site will blend traditional Omani heritage and aesthetics with modern technology, and a focus on sustainability and harmony with the environment.
The Souq al Mina will be a core public aspect of the development, becoming the home for more than 80 shops, restaurants and cafes that reflect Oman’s cultural heritage with contemporary aesthetics.
Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront is expected to establish itself as a premier destination in Oman, and the gateway to the growth of the country's tourism industry over the next 20 years and beyond.
Works are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017. The development will take place in four phases. Phase one, set for completion by 2020, will set in place the regeneration of the historic former port area into a tourism gateway.
It is intended that the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront will become a cruise hub, with more than 100 calls a year and the opportunity for homeporting.
Zahara Tours, one of the leading tour operators and ground handlers working with the cruise industry, has met with the master developers to provide views on improvement for better cruise handling, ceo Gautam Broota told Seatrade Cruise News.
'I hope to see them develop to international standards as the development works progress,' he said.
Zahara Tours has received assurance it won't face operational problems in managing cruise calls during the works, and Broota plans to keep cruise lines posted.
Eventually, he said, 'it will be a wonderful port destination and Muscat city will offer an enhanced value' for cruise ship visitors.


ONTDEK DE WONDEREN VAN DE WERELD EN LAAT UW REISWENSEN UITKOMEN MET DE EERSTE WERELDCRUISE VAN MSC CRUISES

 De MSC Magnifica zal een unieke wereldcruise van 119 dagen gaan maken naar 49 unieke bestemmingen verspreid over 6 continenten.

Als bedrijf is MSC Cruises toegewijd om haar reizigers speciale en unieke ervaringen te laten beleven. Om deze reden hebben wij deze unieke wereldcruise samengesteld’, zegt MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato. “Als één van de meest internationale cruiserederijen ter wereld is het creëren van een wereldcruise, welke het voor reizigers mogelijk maakt om met een cruise de wereld te ontdekken, een natuurlijk gevolg. Uiteraard hebben wij dit volledig in de stijl van MSC Cruises gedaan met het best mogelijk schip- MSC Magnifica- om optimaal van de reis te kunnen genieten.

Tijdens de 119 dagen durende wereldcruise zullen reizigers de meest historische havens, bruisende en kosmopolitische steden en exotische eilanden ter wereld aan doen. De MSC World Cruise biedt reizigers een cruise-ervaring om nooit te vergeten. De hoogtepunten van deze cruise zijn onder meer:

·         Exotische en onbekende bestemmingen:  Van de warmte van de archipel van Tonga en de heldere wateren van Bora Bora naar de bloeiende cultuur van Cartagena en de oase van Aqaba. MSC Cruises heeft 49 felbegeerde bestemmingen over de wereld geselecteerd waarvan een aantal alleen tijdens deze reis worden aangedaan. De MSC World Cruise biedt reizigers tevens de mogelijkheid om Nieuw -Zeeland, Fiji en de Malediven te ontdekken. Tevens zal er een reeks eilanden in de Caribbean worden aangedaan. 

 ·         Exclusieve en ongeëvenaarde ervaringen aan land: MSC Cruises gaat verder in haar belofte om authentieke ervaringen aan land aan te bieden welke voldoen aan ieders wens. Bijvoorbeeld snorkelen in de lagune van Moorea en een tour door Nga Bay Nationaal Park. Reizigers zijn in staat zichzelf onder te dompelen in de lokale cultuur en het beste van iedere bestemming te ervaren. Bovendien kunnen  reizigers  het beste van iedere bestemming te ontdekken met maar liefst 15 gratis  excursies.

          Echte ontdekking: Met een gemiddelde aanlegtijd van 13 uur per haven hebben reizigers meer dan genoeg tijd om iedere bestemming optimaal te leren kennen en te kunnen genieten van de lokale cultuur en activiteiten.

    Langer verblijf op begeerde bestemmingen: Op populaire bestemmingen met een breed scala aan activiteiten heeft MSC Cruises extra tijd ingepland zoals vier volle dagen in de Stille Oceaan, drie volle dagen in Los Angeles en drie volle dagen op Hawaï.

 ·         Kwaliteitservaring aan boord: Tijdens de reis van 118 nachten aan boord zal MSC Cruises er voor zorgen dat gasten zich nog meer thuis voelen dan op iedere andere cruise dankzij diverse kortingen aan boord waaronder op de wasservice. Ieder detail zal er voor zorgen dat het makkelijker is dan ooit om de reis van je leven te kunnen maken.

 In aanvulling op het brede scala van activiteiten aan boord zullen reizigers aan boord van de MSC Magnifica reizen in alle comfort en stijl. Het schip wat gebouwd is in 2010 heeft een meesterlijk ontwerp en ieder detail wat de cruiseschepen van MSC Cruises onderscheidt zoals het hoogste ratio balkonhutten, service van hoge kwaliteit, authentieke eetgelegenheden waaronder vier restaurants en 11 bars en een breed scala aan entertainment en recreactieve activiteiten. Van gastronomische restaurants waar gerechten met verse ingrediënten worden geserveerd tot entertainment van wereldklasse  met inbegrip van een casino, een panoramische discotheek, een 4D-bioscoop en nog veel meer. Reizigers zullen de aandacht voor ieder detail voelen, het handelsmerk van MSC Cruises.

 Hoewel er tal van activiteiten op zee zijn kunnen reizigers er ook voor kiezen om te ontsnappen naar een van de vele paradijzen aan boord. Zoals de MSC Aurea Spa met traditionele Balinese massages die nergens anders op zee gevonden kunnen worden, met daarnaast ook een sauna, Turks stoombad en een speciale kamer voor schoonheidsbehandelingen en thalassotherapie.

 Vanaf 14 november zullen MSC Voyagers Clubleden exclusief in staat zijn de MSC World Cruise te reserveren. De verkoop voor overige reizigers zal van start gaan op 14 december. Inscheping is mogelijk in Civitavecchia/Rome, Genua, Marseille en Barcelona. De MSC World Cruise is te boeken voor een vanafprijs van €12.499 p.p.

 MSC Voyagers Clubleden ontvangen  tijdens de speciale verkoopmaand boeken een gratis drankpakket wat gebruikt kan worden tijdens lunch en diner en de verdiende clubpunten zullen verdrievoudigd worden zodat zij direct kunnen genieten van de privileges welke de behaalde status met zich meebrengt.  Reizigers welke nog geen MSC Voyagers Clublid zijn maar wel in het bezit zijn van een loyaliteitskaart van een andere aanbieder kunnen een loyaliteitskaart ontvangen met dezelfde status of hoger dankzij het Status Match Programma. Voor meer informatie over de MSC Voyagers Club en het Status Match Programma, ga naar mscvoyagersclub.nl.

 Ontdek binnenkort meer over de MSC Magnifica en de MSC World Cruise op www.msccruises.nl


Fred. Olsen free upgrade

18 oktober 2016 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests a free upgrade to its ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package on a selection of its exotic fly-cruises in 2017/18, on bookings made in October 2016.


Damen Unveils Expedition Ship Design

Okt. 12 -2016 The Dutch Damen Shipyards Group has revelaed its design for an expedition cruise ship.

With Damen taking the lead, the design also draws on the skills and expertise of two additional parties: Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and the Danish Naval Architect firm, Knud E. Hansen. Damen has also collaborated with Expedition Voyage Consultants on the design. 

Damen Product Director Henk Grunstra said: “Bringing Knud E. Hansen onto the project team allowed us to benefit from their vast collective expertise in designing passenger ships- including the first ever expedition cruise ship. By combining Knud E Hansen’s portfolio including designs for more than 700 cruise vessels and the 6,000-plus ships that Damen has built over the years, you have quite a team at your disposal.”

The ship has been designed for expedition operations in both remote polar and tropical regions. “The vessel’s Polar Class 6 compliance and 30 days autonomous cruising capability ensure she is globally capable and able to tackle challenging, far-reaching itineraries,” said Grunstra. “Furthermore, the vessel’s design is prepared to comply with SOLAS’ Safe Return to Port requirements.”

A core philosophy of the design was to connect its passengers to the pristine environments in which the vessel will sail, said Damen, in a prepared statement.

"Whether sailing adjacent to remote Pacific atolls or sliding past towering Antarctic icebergs, passengers will take in the views on multiple viewing platforms that extend over the side or past the bow, providing the most spectacular vantage point of any expedition ship. Perched on the ship’s mast, a specially developed crow’s nest will aide visibility during ice navigation as well as give passengers a panoramic view over the surrounding landscape," the company said. 

The concept is for 115 passengers, and can be scalled to 200-plus passengers. 

Damen has selected a diesel-mechanical hybrid configuration for propulsion with medium speed engines. The service speed is 16 knots. 

Designed to be "battery ready," the vessel can be equipped with an energy storage battery system capable of various functions.


Royal Caribbean Orders Pair of Icon-Class LNG and Fuel Cell Powered Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises has ordered new ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and introduce the use of fuel cell technology, the company said in a statement. 
The ships will join the fleet of Royal Caribbean International. The company said it signed a memorandum of understanding with shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the new class of vessel under the project name "Icon." The vessels will be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024.
The company also said it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum-class vessels being built in the next several years.
With Icon class, we move further in the journey to take the smoke out of our smokestacks," said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. "We are dedicated to innovation, continuous improvement, and environmental responsibility, and Icon gives us the opportunity to deliver against all three of these pillars."
The ships will be 5,000 passengers.  Fain said the new ships are in line with company's strategy of moderate capacity


Carnival Cruise Brawl Breaks Out

Carnival Cruise Lines is investigating an altercation that took place in a restaurant involving several passengers, which was all captured on video by Irie Namma. The dispute started with a group of men and women arguing near the buffet line. The fight broke out within seconds, and chairs went flying across the room. Carnival cruise ship security reacted fast and managed to break up the fight within seconds Unfortunately, the incident becomes the third cruise ship fight in 16 days. There was a fight on the Carnival Glory last week. Passengers allege that one person said something "out of line" to another. Then, two days later on the same ship, another brawl unfolded that was described as a "catfight" between two women. Witnesses said that the female passengers were pulling each other's hair and scratching in the cruise ship's casino. A few years ago, Carnival Chairman Micky Arison once acknowledged that cruise ships are no different than any city or location. Arison said "stuff happens" while on the ships. When fights erupt, the captain of the ship holds the passengers accountable for their actions. Sometimes, depending on how severe the brawls are, they are dropped off at the next port to find their own way home. Other times, the cruise line will ban them from sailing on their ships. Fights are a serious consequence when at sea. The captain and the cruise line are responsible for the safety of all passengers. The video of the fight on Carnival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgQO06YGSiI    Source : Cruiserschoice

Note Webmaster:   Possible cause -vessels are overcrowded!


Shell and Carnival Corp. signed a framework agreement about liquefied natural gas (LNG)

 Sept. 2016 Shell Western LNG (Shell) has signed a framework agreement to provide marine liquefied natural gas (LNG) to next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships owned by Carnival.The two vessels, the world’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships, will be launched under Carnival’s AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands by 2019. Equipped with dual-fuel engines the ships feature Carnival’s next-generation green cruising ship design and are planned to be deployed in the northwest European and Mediterranean ports route. Under the new deal, the ships will use Shell's infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel with LNG throughout their route
In April this year, Carnival and Shell finalised a LNG supply deal to power the former’s AIDAprima/perla cruise ships while docked. Source: Carnival Corp.


Wells Fargo investor concerns

Cruise capacity growth in China should moderate to 50% from 60% in 2017, Wells Fargo analyst Tim Conder said. Combined with further distribution development and evidence of continued consumer resiliency, investor concerns will moderate, he added.

In addition, with a modest Europe capacity decrease, driven by fewer berths in the Mediterranean, and assuming no acceleration in terrorist events or intensity, 'we believe Europe could be setting up for a modest upside surprise in 2017,' Conder said.

Caribbean industry capacity growth of 4%, ongoing modest economic growth and the likelihood that North American travelers will not flock back to Europe in significantly higher numbers should set up the industry for low single-digit net yield growth for North America in 2017, Wells Fargo added.

Conder thinks Carnival's Q3 results and guidance 'could provide investors comfort on these issues and reverse overly stretched negative sentiment considering valuation, short interest and favorable Q4 seasonal trading history.'

Wells Fargo adjusted its 2016 and 2017 earnings per share estimates for CCL to $3.39 from $3.34 and $3.88 from $4.14, respectively, with fuel adding 4 cents and foreign exchange a penny per share in 2016, and shaving off 28 cents per share for fuel (with a correction to the realized fuel derivative calculation) and adding a one-cent FX benefit in 2017.

Wells Fargo estimates 2016 net yield will increase 0.5%, up from its prior 0.4% forecast, and held its 2017 net yield projection at a 2.2% increase.

The brokerage's valuation range for CCL goes to $65 to $69, from $70 to $74 previously, on lowered multiples.

'We would be buyers of CCL and [the cruise] sector' ahead of Carnival's Q3 financial report on Sept. 26, Conder said.

On Tuesday CCL shares closed at $45.82, down 37 cents.

Investor concerns about China net yields, terrorism in Europe, higher 2017 Caribbean capacity and long-term capacity are excessive, in Wells Fargo Securities' view. Source Wells Fargo.


Newbuild order for up to five cruise ships to be built in China

It may become official next Friday Sept.23 -2016 in Tianjin at China Cruise Shipping when China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation could announce a newbuild order for up to five cruise ships to be built in a Chinese yard for a yet-to-be-named domestic cruise brand. According to a source familiar with the matter, the ships will be around 5,000 passengers and 130,000 tons, with deliveries to start as soon as 2020. It has been a solid build up in China for Carnival, which started with a memorandum of understanding signed with CSSC in 2014 to explore the possibility of a joint venture. A year later, Carnival announced it had formed a joint venture in China that intended to launch the "first world-class, multi-ship domestic cruise brand in the Chinese market" with CSSC and China Investment Corporation (CIC). And in July, Fincantieri and CSSC signed an agreement for the development of a joint venture aimed at developing and supporting the growth of the Chinese cruise industry, according to a statement. The ships will be built at one of CSSC’s shipyard on the basis of a platform licensed to the joint venture and to the SWS shipyard by Fincantieri. Statements have also said the new brand will not only build new ships, but will also operate ships (second-hand) in the Chinese market. Source : Carnival Corp.


6 Future Classes of Cruise Ships

The future of the cruise industry is bright with cruise lines having an unprecedented number of cruise ships on order. While we know details on many of these future cruise ships, there are six exciting classes of ships that we know little about. Here are six future classes of cruise ships that we know little about but we can’t wait to take a cruise on. Virgin Cruises – Ever since business mogul Richard Branson announced that he was starting a cruise line, there has been an excitement in the air about what Virgin Cruises will bring to the industry. The first of three 110,000 gross ton ships is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and the cruise line is promising to “make some waves” in the world of cruising. What we know so far is that Virgin won’t be your typical cruise, millennials will be the target audience for the cruise line.The seven night cruises to the Caribbean will leave out of PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World. While the design of the ships is still under wraps, Virgin stated that can you expect to see some of their signature red on them.

Carnival’s Costa and Aida Mega Ships –The 180.000 tons will be fully powered by LNG (the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel) and each carry 5,200 passengers. The first ship will be delivered in 2019 and  upwards to 2022.

Disney’s New Ships – Earlier this spring, Disney Cruise Line announced that they have ordered two new cruise ships, with the first being delivered in 2021. While the ships will be slighter larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, these new cruise ships promise to have exciting new innovations that will be uniquely fun and distinctly Disney. Disney sets the bar when it comes to the mainstream cruise lines.

Celebrity Edge Class – Celebrity Cruises has ordered a new class of ship that will be built upon the luxury experience of the Solstice and Millennium class ships. With a total of four ships on order, the first will arrive in the fall of 2018. The cruise line stated that this “new class of ship will set the standard for premium world travel and deliver the next generation of modern luxury experiences that our guests know and love.

MSC MERAVIGLIA has moved out of dry dock, construction should begin shortly on the first Edge class ship from Celebrity. MSC World Class – While there have been some unconfirmed rumors on what these four 200,000+ gross ton mega ships will look like, they promise to be “unlike anything currently existing in the cruise industry”. The first ship is scheduled to be completed in 2022 with a new ship being completed every two years. MSC World Class ships will be the 2nd largest class of ships in the world, behind Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class.

Viking Mississippi Cruises – Viking River Cruises, the leading river cruise line in Europe, is planning on bringing their award winning ships and service to the Mississippi River. How soon will Viking be sailing on the Mississippi? According to Viking CEO Torstein Hagen, the first U.S. Viking river ship will debut before Mardi Gras. Which year? That we will have to wait and find out.


DNV GL and Japanese Peace Boat have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an Ecoship cruise ship

DNV GL and Japanese Peace Boat have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an Ecoship cruise ship, a concept first mooted in 2014.

 The classification society and Japan’s NGO Peace Boat signed the MoU on Tuesday at SMM 2016 in Hamburg to collaborate on the design, construction and operation phases of the Ecoship and the promotion of the Ecoship as a flagship for climate action and sustainability in shipping.

The Ecoship concept was first heard in 2014 in Hamburg, where shipping and non-maritime experts worked together to develop a whole system-integrated design approach, based on the belief that elements of a system work best when they are specifically designed to complement rather than compensate for each other.

'The cruise industry is growing so fast, particularly in East Asia, and the need to mitigate the environmental impact of such expansion is very important,' said Yoshioka Tatsuya, founder and director of Peace Boat.

'Through its technical characteristics and in the programmes that it carries out we hope it will encourage a model for "green" cruising and further innovations in the cruise industry,' Tatsuya said.

Architectural naval design firm Oliver Design has based the Ecoship design on biophilic principles, using the solutions nature has evolved. The plan incorporates cutting-edge technology to improve efficiency, reduce waste and minimise environmental impacts.

Some of the most notable features are 10 masts to harness wind energy for propulsion, solar panel-covered sails and a 6,000-square-metre top deck solar farm, a closed-loop water system to reuse, purify and re-purpose water, and waste heat recovery systems where it is hoped that 80% of the energy normally lost in the air and in the water can be reclaimed for use.

'We believe DNV GL has an important capacity to evaluate novel designs and is very agile in providing the proper answer to each new safety and technical challenge,' said Andres Molina, Ecoship project director.

Ecoship will carry around 5,000 passengers on educational trips to promote human rights and sustainable development in-line with Peace Boat’s ethos. "The cruise industry is growing so fast, particularly in East Asia, and the need to mitigate the environmental impact of such expansion is very important," Peace Boat’s founder Yoshioka Tatsuya said. "Through its technical characteristics and in the programmes that it carries out we hope it will encourage a model for ‘green’ cruising further innovations in the cruise industry." But where the Ecoship really sets itself apart from other low-emission vessels, is the sheer number of sustainability innovations and resources that it draws from to enhance performance, lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The 55,000 tonne ship will have 10 retractable solar-panelled sails retractable wind generators to produce renewable energy which is used to power a hybrid propulsion engine. Its upper hull will be designed in line with a whale’s appearance and with aerodynamics in-mind. The external frame of the boat will be coated in a way that mimics fish skin to reduce drag and reserve fuel.

The ship is planned to sail its maiden voyage in 2020, although no firm yard order has been signed.