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ships in the fleetlist
increase Service Charge.
*Big order of NCL
new ships described in the fleet list
Carnival Corp. orders two ships
Oceanwide Expeditions confirm newbuilding
is ceasing operation
Corp. is going green
new expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Expeditions
*Holland-America Line greatly increased dining cover charges.
cruise firm Southampton jobs at risk
earned its 10th consecutive perfect score of 100
order 2 Meraviglia-Plus ships
*First images seatrials Koningsdam
Tours start Ocean Cruises
HAL new meaningless logo and
the last newbuilding order for 2015
Brilliant of the Sea
engine room fire on Boreal
Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape
Crystal Cruises awakens
Cruise Line increase daily service charges
new star is born
to live stream 175th Anniversary Events in Liverpool on 25 May
America Line Names Capt. Emiel de Vries Master of Koningsdam
Cruising to the next level
date of Koningsdam is delayed
Buys Crystal Cruises
buys Europa 2 luxury cruiseship
and Strech MSC Armonia
*Quantum of the
Newbuilding to be named Koningsdam
Program MSC Lirica class
Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc.
Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX Finland
Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for the seventh year
Voyage of Costa Concordia
*MSC order for 2 Futuristic
America Line transfer Statendam and Ryndam to P&O-Australia
*Fourth Oasis-class ship
Epic to homeport in Europe year-round in 2015
Celebrity Century will
be transferred to CDF
Cruises add private balconies
cruiseships banned from Venice lagoon
Dolphins Cheerleaders named Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway
of CLIA Europe
Queen Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic Crossing
launches Ocean Cruise Line
of the Seas drydock in Rotterdam
three Seabourn vessels sold.
Carnival Triumph and Thomson Majesty
Caribbean has ordered a third Oasis-class ship
MSC Preziosa get the longest
*A special tulip for
*MSC Cruises extends buffet
of De Librije on board Rotterdam
*Salvage operations of the
is still the largest risk at sea
opening Felison Cruise Terminal
Fire on the Azamara Quest
boat for scrap
Allegra adrift 200 miles ZW the Seychelles (update)
Strike on Costa Deliziosa
Concordia hits rocks off coast of Italy (update 21/4)
*Fire on board Nordlys
Oceanwide Expeditions acquired Ortelius
cruises year round from city of Rotterdam
moved from Grand Princess
Glorius return of ss.Rotterdam
* Bankruptcy after bankruptcy
Quark Expeditions sold
The TUI group has sold a number of subsidiaries,
including Quark Expeditions for an amount of 369 million Euro. The buyer is
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), from New York. The expectation is that Quark
Expeditions will soon be resold.
In May 2016, TUI Group announced the rebranding of TUI
Specialist Group (Quark Expeditions was one of the members) to Travelopia and
it’s intention to sell the businesses. In February 2017, KKR, a leading global
investment firm purchased Travelopia Holdings Limited and in June 2017 the sale
of Travelopia was finalised.
New ships in the fleetlist
In the fleetlist are added the following
new ships MSC Meraviglia see pag.M-Columbus CMV pag. C-
New Expedition ships
Miami -March17 -2017
For the order of SunStone four plus
option of six expedition ships. Please visit the page "The World
of Cruises and Ferries" of this site.
You can also find
information on this page of the newly founded Norwegian Cruise Comp. and
the intention to order in total six expedition ships
HAL increase Service Charge.
Seattle, Febr. 17 -2017
On all Holland America Line sailings
departing on or after May 1, 2017, the Hotel Service Charge will
increase as follows:
- $13.50 per guest per day for
regular staterooms (interior, ocean-view and verandah)
- $15.00 per guest per day for
This is the second increase the last
was effective on 2015. If service exceeds or fails to meet your
expectations, you are free to adjust this amount at the end of each
segment and/or voyage. The Hotel Service Charge is paid to Holland
America Line crew members, and represents an important part of their
compensation. A 15% Bar Service Charge is automatically added to bar
charges and Dining Room wine purchases.
Big order of NCL
Miami– February 16, 2017
– Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. today
announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the
next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand.
Four ships of the Leonardo class are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an
option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
The four 140,000 gross
ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests. The new
Leonardo class of
ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility
found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships. The design is
energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the
impact on the environment. The ships using convential fuel no LNG.
date, all NCL ships were built by the German Meyer Werft. It's a big
disappointment for the yard that the order has gone to the Italian state
Two new ships described in the fleet list
Two new ships the Majestic Princess
http://www.nedcruise.info/majestic%20princess.htm and the Viking Sky
described in the fleet list, including technical details and images.
Carnival Corp. orders two ships
Miami Jan. 17-2017 The
record cruise ship
orderbook got a further
boost with Fincantieri signing a memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corp. &
plc for one new ship each for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. The
order is valued at more than €1bn. The HAL ship will be a third in the 99,500gt
Pinnacle class, for delivery in 2021. It will be built at Fincantieri's Marghera
yard. The ship follows 2016's Koningsdam and its sister, Nieuw Statendam,
scheduled for delivery in November 2018. The Princess ship will be sixth in the
145,000gt Royal class. It will be built at Monfalcone for delivery expected in
2022. The vessel follows 2013's Royal Princess and 2014's Regal Princess. Coming
in March for the China market is Majestic Princess, and a further pair of
Royal-class sisters is due for handover in 2019 and 2020.
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.All Leisure Group
Market Harborough -UK jan. 4-2017
All Leisure Group is no
longer in business following the cancellation of Jan. cruises on its Voyages of
Discovery and Swan Hellenic cruise brands.
The Civil Aviation Authority
will help to repatriate the 400 people who are currently aboard, according to
The ships, the 350-passenger
Minerva ( bwj.2003 – 12.892 bt.)
and 540-passenger Voyager(
bwj.1990 –15.369 bt.), will now
be attracting attention from a number of other operators
RJ Allard, chairman, wrote in a letter to investors in
early 2016 that “the cruise division continued to be unprofitable,” noting an
improvement in operating losses from 2014 to 2015.
Its other cruise
brand, party owned, Hebridean Island Cruises, with Hebridean Princess
( bwj.1964 – 2.112 bt.)
is unknown. ’s first cruise of 2017 is scheduled for March 1.
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Seabourn Encore handover
Nov. 30 -2016 Seabourn,
the ultra-luxury cruise line, took delivery of its newest all-suite vessel,
Seabourn Encore today during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri
shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
Also in this ship continues the
trend of more and more passengers. The Odyssey class can accommodate 450
passengers. Seabourn first three ships, already sold to Windstar, accommodate
Sistership Seabourn Ovation
completed in 2018.
For technical details and images
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Expeditions confirm newbuilding
23-2016 Oceanwide Expeditions has confirmed the order of an innovative
180-passenger expedition vessel.
The ship, called the Hondius, will be one of few strongest
ice-strengthened vessels class P-6 in the Polar Regions. It will sail in 2019
and built by Brodosplit Yard at Croatia.
The name Hondius follows our custom to name our ships for celebrated
Dutch-Flemish cartographers who continue to inspire us as we carry on their
passion for exploration and discovery acc. to CEO, Michel van Gessel.
One deck on board is reserved for an observation lounge, with a separate lecture
room in order to offer simultaneous or multilingual lectures and presentations.
There are 85 cabins -14 with a balcony. Size 33m2 for the suite and 13m2 for
The vessel size will be 107 meters long, 17,6 m. wide and it will be equipped with two main
engines for a total of 4,200 kW to drive one controllable pitch propeller,
generating a speed of 15 knots.
The propulsion system consists of two medium speed main engines and one
adjustable pitch propeller. The flexible power management (in combination with a
shaft generator instead of a diesel-driven generator) permits the lowest
possible fuel consumption and CO2 emission.
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Fathom is ceasing operation
is ceasing operation by June 2017, after nearly one year in operation. The so-called social impact brand Fathom only launched operations last
April with the former Adonia of P&O Cruises offering alternating sailings to the
Dominican Republic and Cuba. The Adonia will head back to service under P&O.
Fathom concept will continue on six other lines calling at
can purchase a social impact excursion, just as they would
buy a traditional shore excursion.
Carnival Corporation is going green
Miami Sept 3-2016
Carnival Corporation is going green with an order of three 180.000 tons mega ships
slated for delivery in 2020 and 2022. The Miami-based cruise company said
Tuesday that the vessels will be powered by liquified natural gas, considered to
be the cleanest-burning fossil fuel at the moment. LNG-powered ships have become
increasingly popular among cruise lines that have adopted a more eco-friendly
strategy, partly because they satisfy stricter maritime rules that seek to limit
harmful emissions.Two of the new ships will be built for Carnival Cruise Line,
making them the first LNG-powered ships in North America. The vessels have been
ordered from Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku at the company’s Turku, Finland
shipyard, where Carnival previously built 12 ships more than a decade ago. With
capacity for 5,200 passengers each at double occupancy, the two new vessels will
also be the largest for the cruise line, which already has a fleet of 25 ships
plus the Carnival Horizon, set for delivery in 2018. These ships are being
designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The third
ship will be for P&O Cruises UK, ordered with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft at
its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel will also be the largest-ever
for P&O UK, at a capacity of 5,200 passengers at double occupancy. It is
expected to be delivered in 2020.
At an earlier
stage Carnival Corp. already ordered four ships sail on LNG for Costa and Aida.
http://www.nedcruise.info/fleetlist.htm on C and P
new expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Expeditions
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet grows. TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism
group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd
Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in
April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction.
Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.The
two ships will be built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited,
a shareholding of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. The vessels will be equipped
with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology. With
PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able
to cruise not only in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but also in
warm water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings
in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water
sports marina.The two ships are identical. One serve the German - speaking
markets Germany-Austria and Switzerland. The other the international markets.
artist impressions and futher information
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Holland-America Line greatly increased dining cover charges.
the cover charge for dining at the elite Pinnacle Grill went
from $29 to $35 per person. At the Asian-themed Tamarind, the
price rose from $20 to $25, and at the Canaletto Italian
restaurant, the cover went to from $10 to $15. Meals served once
a cruise on select ships under the menus from Le Cirque and De
Librije remain at $49 and $69, respectively. Dining packages
increased to reflect the underlying price increases in the
restaurants. A package of two nights in the Pinnacle Grill goes
from $52 to $62. The Signature Dining Package, which includes a
dinner in Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto, increased from $35 to
$44, while a package of Pinnacle, Tamarind and Canaletto
available on the Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam increased from $50
Carnival cruise firm Southampton jobs at risk
Southampton June – 24 -2016
Dozens of jobs at the Southampton office
of cruise company Carnival are at risk over plans to set up a
new ship management company in Germany. The move is part of
proposals to bring Carnival's European and Asian brands together,
including P&O and Cunard. The firm said the move would affect 50
members of staff. But one staff member told the BBC hundreds of
jobs could be at risk when back office, ship management and IT
jobs are moved to Hamburg in September. The staff member, who
asked to remain anonymous, said: "The only [jobs] we can see
surviving are the phone centres, but we just don't know." Staff
in Southampton are so worried about their future they they have
leaked internal documents to the BBC. In a Q&A memo about
Project Doppler, Carnival UK admits "the perception is that
there will be job losses." It does not say how many. But one
member of staff told me hundreds are at risk. Carnival UK denies
it. But the documents show the creation of a new company in
Hamburg is a substantial long term strategic move. A Carnival
spokeswoman said: "There are over 1,000 people employed in
Carnival House. The creation of the new maritime operation will
affect approximately 50 of these people." Internal documents
seen by the BBC suggest "Project Doppler" will combine the
technical teams and ship management for the Cunard, P&O Cruises,
Aida, Costa and Fathom brands under one roof.
Venetië March 31, 2016
welcome Koningsdam to our fleet," said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland
America Line. " KONINGSDAM looks spectacular, beyond our expectations,
and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing
our vision to life."Following the naming festivities on May 20 at Rotterdam, the
ship will head to its summer home port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ship
is registered in the Netherlands.
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Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive perfect
score of 100
Seattle-March 22, 2016
— Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam earned its 10th consecutive perfect
score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health inspection
conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held March 20 during a turnaround call at
Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the start of a seven-day
Caribbean cruise. Prior to that inspection, Eurodam had received its
ninth perfect score in a row in October 2015 during a call at Fort Lauderdale,
making it the first ship in company history to receive as many consecutive
perfect scores of 100. The
score, on a scale from one to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist
involving dozens of areas of assessment, encompassing hygiene and sanitation of
food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard
personnel and the ship as a whole.
Website Holland-America Line:
MSC order 2 Meraviglia-Plus
Genua Jan. 1-2016
MSC Cruises firmed the options to build two additional ships in the Meraviglia
class at STX France in Saint-Nazaire.
The vessels will be larger, with 2,444 staterooms each, and delivery of these
Meraviglia-Plus ships is scheduled for October 2019 and December 2020.
Our long-standing cooperation with STX France and the continued growth of our
business allows me today to confirm well ahead of time the existing options for
two additional ships,' MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said.
'The two Meraviglia-Plus vessels will be even larger and longer as well as
richer in features and amenities,' he added.
Each has an additional 200 staterooms and a maximum capacity for nearly 6,300
passengers. Each will stretch 1,085 feet.
Among new features, the ships will sport a contemporary fine art museum.
For more details and artist impression Please
First images seatrials Koningsdam
Italia jan. 20-2016
Holland America Line's new flagship, the Koningsdam,
recently completed sea trials. The Fincantieri-built vessel will be delivered in
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Scenic Tours start Ocean Cruises
Riverboat operator Scenic is getting into ocean
cruising, announcing a new 16,500-ton, 228-passenger ship with an option for a
The ship will be called the Scenic Eclipse and order is placed at
Uljanik Shipyard at Croatia.The double-hull will feature 1A-super ice
class. Features include two small helicopters aboard and a seven-passenger mini
submarine. Scenic promises a luxury never seen before. Scenic Eclipse’s maiden
voyage departing Istanbul on August 31, 2018. The ship will then sail to Venice.
The ship will also visit Canada, Iceland, the Arctic, the British Isles, the
Caribbean, Cuba and Antarctica.
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Herbs and Art
Seattle Jan. 12 -2016
Do not have much
in common but both are
Herbs Holland America Line is partnering
with award-winning microgreen Dutch specialist Koppert Cress to grow fresh
ingredients onboard the line’s newbuild,
Koningsdam. The Koppert Cress partnership will enable guests
to indulge in fresh microgreens grown onboard in the Culinary Arts Center while
enjoying a farm-to-table-style menu for dinner. The ingredients will be on
display in a glass-enclosed growing area in the reimagined Culinary Arts Center,
which also will serve as a dinner venue. Dinner in the Culinary Arts Center
restaurant will provide an immersive farm-to-table experience where chefs
prepare simple, artisanal dishes in the show kitchen. Each course will be
enjoyed as it’s freshly prepared, with some ingredients harvested by the ship’s
chefs from the Koppert Cress growing area just before being served.
Art.. Holland America Line is celebrating
its Dutch heritage in a new partnership with Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam, the
most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. Nearly 2.5 million visitors
from all over the World. Through the collaboration, the “Rijksmuseum
at Sea” created by Rijksstudio will be installed on
Oosterdam during its scheduled dry
dock in April 2016 and then move fleetwide over the next several years. The line
has also become a new sponsor of the Rijksmuseum. Reproductions of some of the
museum’s most famous masterpieces will be showcased throughout the ship and a
dedicated space onboard will invite guests to explore their own creativity
through guided art workshops. Guests will be able to
view videos about the museum and its collections on
the in-stateroom television, while enrichment programs and presentations by
Rijksmuseum staff will be available on select cruises. Guests also will have the
opportunity to purchase special branded Rijksmuseum merchandise in the onboard
Signing contract between Wim Pijbes Director Rijksmuseum and
Orlando Ashford CEO HAL.
Website Holland-America Line:
meaningless logo and slogan
Seattle Oct./ Dec. -2015
its cruise experience with three new content providers BBC earth, Afar and Utrip
for onboard enrichment, and a new logo and a new slogan.
De gebruikte beeldmerken zijn copyright van Holland-America
particular, the new logo
is a meaningless
ship's bow without
the Half Moon
a ship that
the age of the HAL
the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam
-2 of 1938
one of the finest ocean liners. At the
time of introduction
of this new logo 143 years old
one of the oldest existing
is incomprehensible that
the lovely old logo has been
replaced by this monstrous
This can only be
done by someone who
no respect of the history of the
Probably the last newbuilding order for 2015
the last newbuilding order in
announced Carnival Corp.&Plc. that it has signed a memo of agreement with
Fincantieri S.p.A. to build four new cruise ships with final contracts
expected to be executed in 2016. Two of the four new ships will be built for
Costa Asia for deployment in
China, and one will be built each for P&O Cruises Australia and
The four new ships
will be built by
Fincantieri, at the
company's shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera,
Italy, with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020. The two new
135,500-ton ships for Costa Asia and one new ship for P&O Cruises Australia will
carry 4,200 passengers. Princess Cruises' new 143,700-ton
ship will carry 3,560 passengers and will be its fourth "Royal Princess" class
2015 Carnival entered into a strategic partnership with
Meyer Yard in Germany and Fincantieri under which these four ships have
been developed. The other four ships
Meyer Yards in Germany and Finland.
180.000 tons 5000 passengers
are destined for Aida
two for Costa
Italy. Deliverytime in 2019 and
four vessels are
equipped with LNG propulsion.
The ships ordered from
Fincantieri has not
specified the type of
of the Sea
December 5, 2015
June 2015 founded
Diamond Cruise International
Co. Ltd. [Registry:
Bahamas] Shortly before they
the cruise ship "Celestyal
Odyssey". Better known as
Explorer and Olympia Explorer,
originally built for the bankrupt
Greek Royal Olympic
Cruises. Sister ship
is already sold to China and sails
for Bohai Cruise
Co. under the name of
Odyssey" is currently undergoing a
major renovation in Shanghai and
two additional decks.
She has been re-named
"Brilliant of the Sea".This
name sounds suspiciously like
the "Brilliance of the Seas"
of Royal Caribbean. It is the
question of whether Royal Caribbean will be here very happy with.
Major engine room fire on Boreal;
on board cruise ships is one
of the most common
British forces based in the Falkland Islands responded to a distress call by
cruise ship Le Boreal from Ponant Cruises. The ship reported suffering a major
engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting.
A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape
Dolphin, East Falkland.The captain ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and
crew, to be abandoned. According to one source familiar with the operation,
passengers were in lifeboats for up to seven hours. Additionally, he said that
the company tries to keep its ships close to each other in remote areas, with
the sister-ship, the Austral, also taking some passengers.Working closely with
the Falkland Islands Government, British Forces enacted a major search and
rescue plan.Two Royal Air Force Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters were
scrambled, along with two other support helicopters, a C130 Hercules and a
Voyager aircraft for command and control. The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Clyde
was despatched to the scene, as were Dutch tugs which support British Forces in
the Falkland Islands.In an operation coordinated from Mount Pleasant, Royal Air
Force Search and Rescue helicopters, supported by British International and
Bristows helicopters, successfully winched 79 people from the deck of the Le
Boreal and from two life rafts in the water.All of these evacuees were brought
to the British Forces Base at Mount Pleasant where they received care, clothing,
food and medical attention. HMS Clyde assisted two further lifeboats with over
200 evacuees on board, ensuring they were brought to safety.All passengers and
crew from Le Boreal have been accounted for and are being looked after on the
Falkland Islands. The vessel itself is now in a stable condition and two Dutch
Tugs, under contract to British Forces, are now assisting to bring the vessel
alongside in the Falkland Islands for a detailed assessment of her condition.
"We responded with everything we had yesterday to assist in what was an
extremely complex and hazardous rescue operation in difficult conditions but I
am delighted that we can report all of the passengers and crew of the vessel are
safe and well and the vessel itself in a stable condition". According to a
statement of Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Cdre Darren Bone.
Images and technical details Boreal
and Further progress repair:
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Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape
Bremerhaven – Oct. 22- 2015
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery today of the line’s largest ship the 165.157
gross ton Norwegian Escape, from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven.
To date also the biggest ship ever build by Meyer Werft-Germany. After European
inaugural festivities in Hamburg and Southampton. The ship will make the
crossing from Southampton to her year-round homeport of Miami on October 29. The
ship will be christened in Miami on November 9.The Escape is the first of an
order of 4 ships for delivery in 2017-2018 and 2019.
Images and technical details
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The amount of garbage, especially plastics, has risen to alarming levels. Also
on the high Arctic shores of the Svalbard archipelago, tons of plastic garbage
are washed ashore every year. This garbage poses a high risk for the
environment. Oceanwide Expeditions, the leading Arctic Dutch expedition cruise
company, has now completed successfully a unique clean-up cruise on board of M/V
Ortelius to battle the garbage threat
completed the first “Cleaning the Shores of Svalbard” trip of the Svalbard
cruise industry. The trip was an eight-day voyage to the remote northern part of
Svalbard dedicated to picking up garbage from the region’s beaches. An estimated
13 m3 of garbage was removed from three beaches in the area of Raudfjorden, the
remote Rijpfjorden, and Mushamna in Woodfjorden. Each beach cleaned yielded 4-5
m3 of garbage consisting mainly of plastic of various origins, fishing rope,
nets, and floats. The garbage was sorted onboard and with the assistance of
Sysselmannen and the Svalbard Environmental Fund, it has now been disposed of in
a proper manner.
Half of the passengers went out in
the morning armed with bags, gloves to clean the beaches. The other half of the
passengers meanwhile went for an excursion in a different area. After lunch, the
roles were reversed.
More info Ortelius:
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Saga first newbuild.
and Meyer Werft Germany signed a memorandum of agreement for a 55,900gt ship, to
be delivered in summer 2019. The deal comes with an option for a second ship in
Carrying less than 1000 passengers,
it will retain the intimacy and personal service for which we are renowned.
There will also be single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants,
a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, fabulous library,
signature Britannia Lounge and much more – all with a fresh and contemporary
twist on the traditions of classic Saga cruising. The cabins are going to be a
real showcase – spacious and modern, the ship’s design also means every one will
have a balcony. In addition, around 15% of the accommodation will be just for
solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades
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Hongkong July 23 -2015 Crystal
been bought by Genting
HK there are major
that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades.
Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury
jet trips. The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build 3
ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio. The first ship is due
for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters.For
the first time ever, guests will have the opportunity to call a Crystal ship
“home,” with Crystal Residences. Situated on the top deck of the new ships will
be 48 unique homes, with their own private restaurant, reception and facilities,
and high ceilings.
Cruises start in December 2015 After
the acquisition of the Megastar Taurus a yacht from Genting/Star.
Renamed as Crystal Esprit will embark on its maiden voyage on December
23 as the first expansion of the Crystal Cruises fleet. The
62-guest, 3,300-tonn yacht will offer intimate, exclusive, and immersive
experiences with a boutique ambiance, said the company.Technology
includes a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs, and a
single 32-passenger yacht tender.
Crystal River Cruises start in
Spring 2017 with two ships already on order by Lloyd Werft. Ships will
operate on European Waterways.
Crystal Luxury Air with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner will launch in 2017.
The aircraft, which typically seats 300, will fly 60 guests in fully
reclining business class seats to destinations to which major airlines
do not offer nonstop service.
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increase daily service charges,
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced an increase to its daily service
charges, effective for all sailings that begin on August 1. The new rates are:
$13.50 per person per day for any category up to a mini-suite stateroom.
$15.50 per person per day for any suite category.
Any guest that has made a booking by July 31 will have the option of prepaying
their service charges at the current rate if done prior to the final payment due
date. Guests with existing cruise reservations who have already pre-paid their
service charges at the current rate will not be affected.
gratuities remains a
in the cruise world and is
not used anywhere else in
the tourism industry.
Luckily, more and more cruise
lines, which have abolished the
new star is born
June 23 – 2015
Virgin Cruises -the new
cruise line founded by British billionaire Richard Branson is building three new
cruise ships. The ships will be built at Fincantieri – Italy. The first will be
delivered in 2020 the two remaining in 2021 and 2022.
have a tonnage
of 110,000 GT.
and accommodation of 2800
first ship will be based in Miami and sail the Caribbean.
President of Virgin Cruises is Tom McAlpin, a longtime cruise executive who
previously served as president of Disney Cruise Line and, more recently,
president of World of ResidenSea.
Virgin Group partnered with private investor comp. Bain Capital.
companies from airlines,
trains and space travel
taste and innovative.
It will certainly be the case
***Cunard to live stream 175th Anniversary Events in Liverpool on 25
Cunard Celebrates Major Milestone with Historic Meeting
of the Fleet's Three Queens on the River Mersey
SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 21, 2015
Queen Mary 2,
will gather in the company's 'spiritual home' of
Liverpool to mark its 175th anniversary on
Monday, 25 May.
At midday on 25 May, Cunard's current fleet
will become the largest ships ever to sail in formation on the Mersey
when all three Queens perform a meticulously planned series of
manoeuvres to mark the company's 175th anniversary and to
Liverpool, its spiritual home, where the company began in
1840. The ships will perform a 'river dance' against the backdrop of
Liverpool's Three Graces, a world heritage site which
includes the Cunard Building, the company's headquarters from 1916-1967.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to gather on both sides
of the river to watch.
Those who cannot attend but are interested in
viewing this historic moment can view a live satellite feed, from
12:30-14:00 pm (GMT), of a 90 minute
programme of live helicopter footage of the Three Queens sailing in
formation, live and pre-recorded interviews from the previous day's
build-up and live crowd reaction. The programme will be streamed live
High resolution photographs, including aerial stills of the Three
Queens 'river dance', will be freely available to download from Cunard's
official image gallery. Photographs will be added, and the library will
be updated throughout the day, and can be accessed via
Holland America Line Names Captain Emiel de Vries Master of New ms
SEATTLE, May 20, 2015
/PRNewswire/ -- When Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam sets
sail in April 2016, Captain
Emiel de Vries will be in command.
Having been with the company since 1997, de Vries rose through the ranks
from fourth officer to captain and has been master of ms
Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms
Rotterdam and ms Zuiderdam.
De Vries currently lives near
Venice, Italy, to be close to the Fincantieri shipyard
where ms Koningsdam is being built. He has been involved with
the newbuild project since 2014 and participated in the functional
design of the navigation bridge — his "office" when he is onboard.
"With his knowledge, experience and dedication, Captain de Vries is
the perfect choice to be at the helm when we introduce Koningsdam
to the world," said
Orlando Ashford, president of
Holland America Line. "Captain de Vries' leadership and graciousness
with both guests and crew will contribute greatly to the success of our
the Netherlands, de Vries grew up just east of
Amsterdam. He graduated from the Hogere Zeevaart School in
Amsterdam, one of the oldest nautical schools in the world,
with degrees in navigation and engineering. De Vries was introduced to
Holland America Line in 1995 when he interned as a cadet on the former
ms Noordam, and since joining the company, he has sailed on
every class of Holland America Line's ships.
"It is an honor to be named the first captain of the new
Koningsdam, and I know bringing out the ship will be one of the
highlights of my career," said de Vries. "Being at the shipyard has
enabled me to gain detailed insight into many areas of the ship, and I
look forward to welcoming the first guests on board during the inaugural
When not in
Italy at the shipyard, de Vries lives in
Barrie, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Susan, and their
Freestyle Cruising to the next level
22-2014 Norwegian Cruise Line announced today
that beginning January 2016 all guests sailing aboard Norwegian Sky from
Miami will enjoy an even more all-inclusive cruise experience with dining,
entertainment and now free unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits included.
Whether they choose white or red, shaken or stirred, on the rocks or
straight up, Norwegian Sky guests will revel in the freedom and flexibility
of the most inclusive contemporary cruise holiday at sea.“We’re taking
Freestyle Cruising to the next level to provide our guests with an
experience unmatched by any other contemporary cruise line,” said Andy
Stuart, President and Chief Operating Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.
“Norwegian Sky guests will have the freedom to enjoy a cruise holiday the
way they desire – whether it’s lounging by the pool with a margarita, having
a laugh at a comedy show, catching up on their favourite book on their
balcony, or indulging in fine dining – all included in their cruise fare.”
Guests will enjoy for free a variety of unlimited premium spirits,
innovative cocktails curated by the award-winning mixologists from Miami’s
Bar Lab, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to US $ 11 aboard
Norwegian Sky in 2016 and beyond*. Guests 3 to 20 years of age will enjoy
unlimited sodas and juice throughout their cruise.Norwegian Sky sails
port-packed 3- and 4-night roundtrip cruises from Miami to the Bahamas
year-round. The new all-inclusive experience will also provide guests with
the freedom to enjoy unlimited premium beverages while soaking up the sun on
Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. In addition to
the wide variety of inclusive offerings on board, Norwegian Sky guests also
have the option to indulge in a variety of extra on-board experiences such
as speciality restaurants and pampering Mandara Spa treatments. While in
port, Norwegian Sky guests can also opt to choose from a wide array of shore
excursions offering leisure, adventure and cultural experiences including
swimming with dolphins, historical island tours, beach time and more.
Norwegian Sky offers a broad selection of staterooms
options including spacious suites and penthouses that accommodate up to five
guests, balcony staterooms, oceanview staterooms and moderately priced
inside staterooms designed with families in mind to accommodate up to four
guests. The ship features 13 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, two pools,
five hot tubs, an on-board spa, casino and children’s programming.
MSC Newbuilding program
Genua April 20 2015
The first steel for MSC Cruises’ new Vista generation of ships was cut at STX
France, during a ceremony in Saint-Nazaire Monday. MSC Cruises executive
chairman Pierfrancesco Vago told assembled press and dignitaries that the
cutting-edge 5,700-guest, 167,700gt ship — due to be delivered in May 2017 and
open for bookings from June 2015 — will be named MSC Meraviglia (marvelous/amazing).
homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona‘. MSC Meraviglia will be the biggest
and most innovative cruise ship ever built by a global European-based cruise
line,’ said Vago.
MSC Cruises double its capacity by 2022 through up to
seven new ships and a €5.1bn investment plan.’
A few weeks earlier MSC announced
the MSC Seaside class under construction at Fincantieri - Italy. Ship special
designed for warm weather conditions.
Please See: http://www.nedcruise.info/msc_nieuwbouw_fincantieri.htm
-- Please See:
date of Koningsdam
The original completion of the
Koningsdam was scheduled for
For the yard
to give more time to apply
innovative state of the art
technologies and new features,
the delivery is postponed to April
8, 2016. The
christening ceremony on May
21, 2016 in Rotterdam remains
and is not changed. The time
between order in
October 2012 and the new
completion date of
April 2016 is a long time
for a cruise ship.
Genting Buys Crystal Cruises
Hong Kong 03
March 2015 Genting announced
that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Cruises, Inc. from
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha of Japan (NYK). The acquisition is expected to
close in the second quarter of 2015.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has
agreed to sell its subsidiary luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong
Kong (GHK), for $550m in cash.
Crystal Cruises’ two ships Crystal Symphony
(bwj.1995 – 51.044 bt.) andCrystal Serenity (bwj.2003 –68.870 bt.) Both ships
are owned by BTMU Leasing & Finance, a subsidiary of the Bank of
Tokyo-Mitsubishi and operated under a bareboat charter agreement. The estimated
value of the ships are approx. US $ 300 milj. in total.
The current management team and crew will continue to lead Crystal Cruises.
Genting will provide financial resources and proven expertise in innovative ship
design to build a new ship that will set the highest standard in luxury cruise
ships that together with Crystal’s six-star legendary service will reinforce
Crystal’s reputation as the world’s leading luxury cruise line
buys Europa 2 luxury cruiseship
Hamburg jan. 2015 Tui
Group is buying luxury cruise ship MS Europa 2 for €278 million. € 67 million in
cash and € 211 million in debt.
The purchase from current owner Omnison SA from Swiss businessman Otto Mihm (83
year) a German lives in Switzerland.
Tui would be able to save charter
rates of around €27 million a year. The original charter agreement had a
duration of 12 years.
to Berlitz guide “Cruising” the Europa 2 has been classified as five star plus.
More info - technical details and images of the Europe 2 -
Please Click here
Renovated and Strech of MSC Armonia
Palermo, November 17-2014
The MSC Armonia was delivered back to MSC Cruises
today by Fincantieri after a 10 week stretch and renovation job.
Next up is the MSC Sinfonia in early 2015, followed by the
MSC Opera, from May to July, and the MSC Lirica, from September to November. The
total the “Renaissance Program” cost about 200 milj. Euro.
Please visit Renaissance
Program MSC Lirica class
More technical info and images of the MSC Armonia
Please Click here .
Costa Diadema delivered.
the fifteenth ship and new flagship
of Costa Cruises fleet, was presented by Costa Cruises and Fincantieri. "Costa
Diadema is the 44th cruise
ship we have built since 2002, the 12th cruise ship we have built for Costa
Crociere. This is thus a very special occasion to us and we are very proud to
present the latest result of the Italian excellence, which confirms our leading
position in ship design and construction for cruise sector, a sector without
parallel in terms of technological complexity and competitiveness.” Bono CEO of
Fincantieri concluded: “As “Regina del Mediterraneo”, Costa Diadema will be
deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. From November 8 until the end of 2015 Summer
season, the new flagship will leave from Savona on 7-day cruises in the western
More technical info and images please visit the Fleetlist of this site:
Please Click here.
Quantum of the
- Today Meyer Werft delivered the 168,666 gt cruise ship
Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean. The first ship of a serie of three sets
new standards. The traditional main restaurant has been replaced by dynamic
dining, where the guests rotate in five different restaurants which are included
in the cruise rate, and which offer a wide culinary variety. The guests can
choose from 18 restaurants on board, among them Jamie’s Italian, the first
restaurant at sea of the British chef Jamie Oliver. The lounge “Two70”°
stretches from deck 4 to 6, a spacious area offering a 270-degree panoramic view
of the sea. The “Two270°” combines entertainment and technology which allows the
guests to travel smoothly from day to night. Inside staterooms will get
ocean-views courtesy of gigantic 80” TV-walls with a display of the outside. The
Quantum feature a number of industry firsts, from a skydiving simulator to
bumper cars, a fully enclosed sports area. The North Star will lift guests some
91 meters above sea level to give them panoramic views of the sea and
surrounding ports of call. The ship will ride on a carpet of drag-reducing
micro-bubbles that, at speed, is expected to cut fuel consumption a net 7% to 8%
More technical info and images please visit the Fleetlist of this site:
HAL Newbuilding to be named Koningsdam.
sept. 15-2014 Holland America Line revealed the
name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will
be ms KONINGSDAM (pronounced with a long ō sound, as in cone). While the
name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the
Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in
Holland America Line’s 141-year history. The 2,650-passenger ship is an
evolution in design – a new Pinnacle Class – and is being built at Italian
shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Since 1883 every Holland America
passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that
tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the
majestic new ship. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King
Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in more than a century.
HAL has a long, proud history with the Netherlands.
All 15 of our ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, and
the historic greatness of our Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million
guests each year. In addition, we have many Dutch employees, including most of
the fleet’s captains and officers. Many of Holland America’s ships have been
christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most
recently, ms NieuwAmsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima
in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of
choosing the name KONINGSDAM, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage
while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse,
CEO of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle-class ship will be our
largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name
that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless
America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American
Steamship Company, with headquarters in Rotterdam. The original headquarters
building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with
our European headquarters located nearby.
debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland
America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew
members, the vessel is the largest ever built for our company. The increased
size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and
several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and
amenities currently featured across the HAL fleet will also be found on the new
ship. To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam.
Renaissance Program MSC Lirica class
31 August-2014 MSC Armonia
entered the Fincantieri shipyard, in Palermo, Italy,
where she will remain for 11 weeks, until resuming
service on 17 November with a one-off inaugural
Mediterranean cruise from Genoa to the Canary
Over the next two and a half months, Fincantieri’s
team of world-class shipbuilders will lengthen the
ship by inserting a prebuilt 24-metre section
containing 194 extra cabins. In addition, they will
refit and renew many other parts of the ship,
upgrading the level of comfort, entertainments and
services available on board.
Before MSC Armonia’s arrival on Sunday, Fincantieri
had begun preparations for the massive project both
on board and in the shipyard. On 28 August, the new
midship section was floated into the shipyard, and
towed into the drydock area, where MSC Armonia will
undergo her Renaissance. Finally, on Sunday morning,
MSC Armonia stopped inside the drydock, where the
midship section was waiting. Work immediately
started on her hull, as the cutting line was marked.
The midsection will be inserted mid-September and
the maiden journey out of the shipyard will be on 17
In addition to new cabins, the ship will boast new
areas for the Baby
Club built in partnership with Chicco; also
a new Mini Club
and Young Club
for kids to play, as well as a
addition to new cabins, the ship will boast new
areas for the Baby
Club built in partnership with Chicco; also
a new Mini Club
and Young Club
for kids to play, as well as a
Food lovers were not forgotten as the
buffet will be open
20 hours per day and exciting features will
be available for an
even better food experience. She will also
feature a new lounge area as well as an extended
MSC Armonia will in addition be fitted with a
for MSC travellers to enjoy their time on board even
more. MSC Aurea Spa
will also benefit from enrichments to please our
completely new spray park will also be
exhilarating pathway of water features and water
The four ships were built between 2003 and 2005 at
the STX yards in Saint-Nazaire, France. They are
metres long, weigh
and carry 2,069
travellers. After the “renaissance
programme”, the ships will be
275 meters long,
weigh 65,000 tons
and carry 2,680
cabins (plus 59 new cabins for crew members).
Renaissance programme schedule
MSC Armonia: 31 August to
17 November 2014
· MSC Sinfonia: 12 January to 16 March 2015
· MSC Opera: 2 May to 4 July 2015
· MSC Lirica: 31 August to 9 November 2015
For more info of
the ships please click here:
Fleetlist M (MSC)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. acquire Prestige
Cruises International, Inc.
Wiesbaden, September 2, 2014
– Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (“Norwegian Cruise
Line” or “Norwegian,” (NASDAQ: NCLH)), a leading global cruise operator, today
announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises
International, Inc. (“Prestige”), the market leader in the upscale cruise
segment and parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in
cash and stock for a total transaction consideration of $3,025 billion,
including the assumption of debt.
“The acquisition of Prestige
represents an extraordinary opportunity for Norwegian Cruise Line to expand our
market presence by adding two established, award-winning brands in the upscale
cruise segment with loyal followings,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise
Line’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "Not only does this acquisition
immediately enhance our financial performance, but it also deepens the bench of
talent that we have been developing over the years. Our complementary strengths
and skillsets will pave the way for new cross-selling opportunities, cross-brand
collaboration, cross-business support, as well as joint partnerships which,
coupled with meaningful synergies that can be quickly implemented, will provide
solid accretion to earnings per share and drive long-term shareholder value,”
“We are excited to become part of the Norwegian family and start a new chapter
for our company,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige. “With
Oceania and Regent, we have built iconic brands with distinctive product
offerings and strong customer loyalty. The combination is very compelling and
will allow us to further enhance our renowned guest experience. We are looking
forward to joining the Norwegian team and building upon the success that our
three brands have already achieved.”
Prestige Cruises registered with U.S. regulators
for an initial public offering in January 2014. Apollo has been the company's
majority shareholder following an $850 million deal in 2007.
Norwegian Cruise was created in its current form
in 2000 through a merger with a cruise operator owned by Genting Bhd, the
leisure and casino conglomerate controlled by Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay.
Apollo made a $1 billion investment in Norwegian Cruise in 2008.
Norwegian Cruise went public in January 2013.
Genting had a 28 percent stake, Apollo had a 20 percent stake and private equity
firm TPG Capital LP had an 8 percent stake in the company as of the end of June,
according to a regulatory filing.
Norwegian will finance the acquisition with
existing cash, new and existing debt facilities and the issuance of
approximately 20,3 million shares of its common stock. Pursuant to the
requirements of NASDAQ Rule 5635, holders of a majority of Norwegian's common
stock have consented to the issuance of such shares.
German Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX Finland
Helsinki August 5 - 2014
Following weeks of
intense negotiations, Germany's Meyer Werft is acquiring a majority stake in STX
Finland's Turku shipyard, where TUI Cruises has just ordered two additional
newbuilds. Meyer takes a 70% stake in a share purchase with the Finnish
government agreed with STX Europe, the owner of the Turku yard. Some 1,300
employees and a specialised supplier network are currently working on Mein
Schiff 4 for TUI Cruises. which After the take over by Meyer Werft TUI Cruises
has just ordered a pair of additional newbuilds in Turku. Mein Schiff 5 and 6
are sisters to Mein Schiff 3 and 4, and due for delivery in 2016 and 2017. Each
97,000gt vessel will have 2,500 lower berths. The price was not disclosed, but
Mein Schiff 3 and 4 were estimated at approximately €390m each.'This acquisition
will strengthen the yards in Papenburg, Turku and Rostock,' according to Jan
Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. 'By joining forces with Turku we can
offer more flexibility to our customers.' In addition,'he said, both builders
respect each other's high level of professionalism and can learn a lot from each
other to improve their working processes. They also can join forces on research
The sale of
STX Finland had been expected for months after the main creditor for Korea's
troubled STX Group, Korea Development Bank, confirmed the plan to sell STX
Europe, which includes the STX Finland and STX France shipyards, by June.
Oy is planned to be renamed Meyer Turku Shipyard Oy.
prototype Mein Schiff 3:
Please click here
Leading Cruise Line for the seventh year
Wiesbaden, August 4, 2014
– Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the
seventh consecutive year by the World Travel Awards.The annual awards, held on
August 2, 2014 in Athens, Greece, recognize travel companies for delivering an
outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel agents and consumers
worldwide. Norwegian, which has been honoured with the accolade since 2008, has
for the third consecutive year deployed four Freestyle Cruising vessels in
Europe in summer, offering an array of sailings ranging from four to fourteen
nights. The company will deploy its largest ship, Norwegian Epic, year-round in
Europe beginning next summer.
Final Voyage of Costa Concordia
Giglio July 25-2014
Wrecked along shores of Italian island Giglio on January
2012 – has been refloated and has begun its final voyage to the Port of Genoa/Voltri
some 200 miles away to be broken up for scrap. Moving at an average speed of two
knots, the slow and precise tow of the disabled cruise ship is being made by a
convoy comprised of several other vessels.
There are two tugs, with a combined of 24,000
horsepower are the leading vessels.
A team of marine biologists are present during the tow and the convoy is being
preceded by a specialized watching vessel to control sealife on route.. The
convoy is anticipated to arrive in Genoa on Saturday, July 26, about mid-day
pending favorable weather and vessel traffic in the area.
The cost of the entire salvage operation including the scrapping is estimated at
Euro 1.5 billion (US $2.0 billion).
The project is the
largest and one of the most technically complex maritime salvage jobs ever
To learn more about this extraordinary engineering
project, please visit: www.theparbucklingproject.com
website, the official source of all project-related news
compressed overview during the 2½
including photos, please
MSC order for 2
Futuristic cruise ships.
Rome, May 22 -2014 Today MSC Cruises signed
a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of two new cruise ships, with
an option for one more. The two ships will join MSC Cruises’ fleet, currently
counting 12 ships.
The signature took place at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome between MSC Cruises
and Fincantieri in the
presence of the Executive Chairman of MSC CruisesPierfrancesco
Vago, the CEO
of MSC Cruises, Gianni
Onorato, and the CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe
The new prototype will be named “Seaside” and
will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri. Its innovative
features will make it unique in the shipbuilding industry. The two ships will
lead the way for a new generation of cruise ships that will be completely
different from an architectural point of view.
"From the moment we started talking with Fincantieri, we had in
mind to design and build two completely new ships, revolutionary in their
structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today" said Pierfrancesco
Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. "Seaside is a futuristic
prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with
Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the
construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the
world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative
architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”
The two new ships will cost €700 million each, and will be funded
with the support of the insurance and financial company SACE.
The two ships will be delivered to Gianluigi Aponte’s company at different times:
the first in November
2017, the second in May
With a length of 323
metres, a width of 41
metres and a height of 70
metres, the new ships will have a gross tonnage of 154,000
tons and will accommodate up
passengers plus 1,413 crew members. The ships will boast 2,070
guest cabins, 759 for crew
members, and 43,500
square metres of public areas available. Innovative in design and
versatility, the new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world.
This is the
second big order for MSC ships. The first was placed by STX-France in march this
year for two 167.000 tons ships with delivery in 2017 and 2019.
Holland- America Line transfer Statendam and Ryndam to P&O-Australia
Holland- America Line has announced the transfer of the
Statendam and Ryndam to its sister company P&O Cruises in Australia..With
Australian cruise passenger numbers having increased 130 percent in the past
five years and forecast of 800,000 cruise passengers in 2013 growing to one
million by 2016. P&O Cruises Australia, one of Carnival Corporation's 10 brands,
will add the Statendam and Ryndam to its fleet in 2015. With a total of five
ships, P&O Cruises will establish Australia's largest year-round fleet and be
well-positioned to continue meeting Australians' surging demand for cruise
The transfer will
take place in November 2015 following Statendam’s Alaska season and Ryndam’s
Europe season. This will be shortly followed by the launch of Holland -America
Line’s new 99,500-ton Pinnacle-class ship in February 2016. The capacity of the
new vessel at 2,660 lower beds and 3125 all berths will exceed the capacity
leaving the fleet with the transfer of Statendam and Ryndam.
two ships by
one despite almost identical
passenger capacity is not the same.
Certainly not by
the large differences
usually opt for the handy
not to big
ships. If all the medium size ships will be removed from the fleet and
replaced by mega ships,
will the identity
of the business change. How
long will it be, before the
other midsize ships
HAL can never compete with
mass market companies
with many facilities on board such as
climbing walls, water
parks and other amusement rides.
To replace the midsize ships by mega ships, is all about money. The Statendam
was the first newbuilding of a serie of four, after the take-over of the Dutch
HAL by Carnival.
Technical details and images of the Statendam
please go to:
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St.Nazaire May 9 - 2014
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has reached an agreement with
STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for
delivery in 2018. The order announced during the keel-laying milestone of the
third the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship. CEO Richard Fain said
'The Oasis class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in
2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by
themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today's
announcement is a reflection of their success. Still to be named, the third
Oasis-class ship also 227.700 gt will be delivered in spring 2016.
Norwegian Epic to homeport in Europe year-round in 2015
Wiesbaden, January 15, 2014
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that
Norwegian Epic, the line’s award-winning ship and until present the biggest,
will home port year-round in Barcelona, Spain starting April 30, 2015. Named
“Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a
row, the 4.100-passenger Norwegian Epic will be the largest Norwegian Cruise
Line ship to ever home port in Europe year-round.
“We are excited to announce
that our largest ship, Norwegian Epic, will homeport in Europe year-round in
2015,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and CEO.
“Norwegian Epic’s innovative accommodation, world-class entertainment and
plethora of dining options are the perfect complement to the European cruise
market, one of the most dynamic cruise markets in the world.”
Throughout 2015, Norwegian
Epic will offer a variety of exciting European itineraries offering guests
the opportunity to experience why Norwegian was named “Europe’s Leading
Cruise Line” six years in a row by the World Travel Awards. In addition,
guests on board Norwegian Epic can experience the best of Freestyle Cruising®,
which gives guests more choices in dining, accommodations, and world-class
entertainment, in a relaxed atmosphere. Freestyle Cruising® also
gives guests cruising through Europe the flexibility to stay ashore longer
giving them more time to explore all that Europe has to offer.
Norwegian Epic’s 2015
European Itineraries are scheduled to be announced mid-March.
For technical details and images please visit:
Century will be transferred to CDF,
According to French news reports, including postings to the Croisières de France
(CDF) website, Celebrity Cruises' 1995-built Celebrity Century will be
transferred to CDF, a French cruise line owned and operated by Royal Caribbean
Cruises, in 2015. Celebrity Century was the first of a serie of three, more or
less, equal ships. The Celebrity Galaxy sails now as Mein Schiff-1. The
Celebrity Mercury as Mein Schiff-2.
CDF is shooting for 100,000 passengers in 2014, sailing
the Zenith and Horizon, both ex-Celebrity ships, and it is expected the Century
will take the place of the Zenith in 2015. The Zenith is assumed to be heading
back to Pullmantur, a Spanish cruise line which manages CDF and is also owned by
and images Celebrity Century please visit:
Thomson Cruises add private balconies
Luton dec.11-2013 Thomson Cruises has
announced that three ships in its fleet; Thomson Celebration, Thomson Spirit and
Thomson Majesty will add private balconies onto selected cabins,in 2014.
Currently none of the ships have balcony cabins. Thomson Dream, which in
November 2014 will have a new homeport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has already got
six balconied cabins. Thomson Celebration which will also be in the Caribbean,
sailing from Barbados from next November, will have 26 balconies added; Thomson
Majesty will be fitted with 28 and Thomson Spirit will have 19 added
banned from Venice lagoon
Venice Nov.6 -2013
officials in Rome on Tuesday ordered a halt to large cruise ships passing
through the Venice lagoon, effective from November 2014, and a limit on smaller
cruise vessels effective in January, the ANSA news agency reports. Ferries will
also be limited from passing in front of St Mark's Square. As of January, the
number of cruise ships with gross tonnage in excess of 40,000 must be reduced to
20% of their current volume in Venetian waters. The outright ban on cruise ships
in November 2014 only applies to those over 96,000 gross tons. “According to the
order, cruise traffic will eventually be rerouted through the Contorta
Sant'Angelo Canal, so that any accident would not touch the best-known and most
vulnerable parts of the city. Environmentalists warn that the lagoon surrounding
Venice, itself a UNESCO heritage site, is at great risk due to its fragile
ecosystem,” the report said. The move will mean that Post-Panamax cruise ships
can no longer offer a few of St Mark's Square from their decks ass the ships
sail in and out of the port.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders named Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway
Wiesbaden, October 17, 2013 – Norwegian
Cruise Line and the Miami Dolphins announced today that the Miami Dolphins
Cheerleaders will christen Miami’s ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway, as the
official Godmothers. The Christening Ceremony will take place on February 7,
2014 on board Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in
Miami. The line also announced a partnership with the Miami Dolphins that
designates Norwegian Cruise Line as the “Official Cruise Line” of the Miami
Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.
will sail 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from
Miami beginning on February 8, 2014.
Additional information on
Norwegian Getaway can be found at
www.getaway.ncl. or on the Fleetlist of this site:
of CLIA Europe
Following the launch of
CLIA Europe in April, national councils will be formed in Spain and Italy 'very
soon,' Duffy remarked, and plans to bring Belgium and Luxembourg, France and the
Netherlands into the CLIA network are moving forward. Later this year or in
early 2014 CLIA is looking closely at expanding into Greece.
We appear to be out of the tough times of recession with public debt looking
like it is under control and inflation holding steady at 1.6%,' said
Pierfrancesco Vago, ceo of MSC Cruises. Spain and Italy, which recorded minus
growth last year, 'are coming back and there has been steady growth in many of
the smaller European source markets, such as Turkey, Russia and East European
Queen Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic Crossing
London July 6-2013
Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 is making her historic
200th Transatlantic Crossing, having sailed from New York on Saturday 6 July en
route to her homeport of Southampton, England, arriving 13 July. Cunard's Queen
Mary 2 Makes 200th Transatlantic CrossingTo mark the beginning of the historic
voyage from New York, Queen Mary 2 performed a sail-by of the world's most
iconic statue atop Liberty Island. On board are keynote speakers presenting
talks about the ship's design, as well as special Big Band performances, and a
celebratory Gala Dinner to be held on 11 July. Queen Mary 2 is the largest,
longest, widest and most expensive liner ever built. Today, she is the only
ocean liner in service and is the fastest passenger ship in the world. Since
entering service in 2004, she has cemented her place in maritime history as the
most famous passenger ship afloat today. In the course of Queen Mary 2's 200
Transatlantic Crossings, Cunard Line estimates that a half-million passengers
have consumed 8.4 million cups of tea; 980,000 scones; 481,000 bottles of
champagne; 644,000 eggs; and 253,605 gallons of milk. In total, 22.4 million
meals have been served over 600,000 nautical miles, excluding the ship's annual
World Cruise and sailings to the Canaries, Fjords, Iceland, the Low Countries,
around Britain, up to Montreal and Québec in Canada, and among the Caribbean
islands. Also noteworthy, over the course of Queen Mary 2's 200 Transatlantic
Crossings, more than 1,000 dogs have been pampered in the only kennel facilities
aboard a passenger ship.
"As each year in service passes, Queen Mary 2 becomes
even more special and we will continue to celebrate and cherish her milestones
and history," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "Looking at Cunard's
earlier Queens, Queen Mary crossed the Atlantic 1,001 times, Queen Elizabeth
crossed 896 times and QE2 crossed 812 times. Queen Mary 2 achieved the milestone
200th in this, her ninth season, and has many seasons and Crossings still
"Every Crossing has its moments, as no two are ever the
same," commented Queen Mary 2 Hotel Manager Robert Howie. "The beauty of
Transatlantic Crossings is the elegance of our guests, the fact that you seem
transported back in time, and even the unpredictability of the weather."
For technical details and images of
Please click here!
Viking launches Ocean Cruise
HAL 140th anniversary
Yesterday in Holland America Line’s Rotterdam office, President and CEO Stein
Kruse celebrated the 140th anniversary of the Holland-America Line with a
beautiful cake. The cake had a very unique element — a QR code! Anyone who scans
the code into their smartphone will go to an online video about the 140th
Anniversary. Following the office celebration, there was a special walking tour
from the ss Rotterdam to the line’s former office at Hotel New York. The evening
culminated with a dinner on ss Rotterdam (V). Please click here:
the entire fleet
cakes and other
|images courtesy HAL
In celebration of our 140th
anniversary, an official christening of the new Holland
America Line “Signature” tulip took place in the
Netherlands on Friday, April 19 at the world-famous
Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse
participated in the ceremony along with the President of
the Board of Directors of Keukenhof Walter Jansen and
Master Grower Jan Pennings.
Oasis of the Seas drydock
Miami March 27 - 2013
the Seas, is returning to Europe next year for the first time since it was
built. Oasis of the Seas will leave Port Everglades, Florida, its home port
since December 2009, on September 1, 2014 on a 12-night eastbound transatlantic
cruise to Barcelona. The world’s largest cruise ship will offer a series of
cruises from the Spanish port – two five-night roundtrip Western Mediterranean
sailings and a seven-night sailing to Rotterdam – before heading to dry dock in
Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands for routine maintenance.The ship will
return to Port Everglades on a 13-night westbound transatlantic cruise on
October 14, 2014, departing from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and calling into
Southampton where UK passengers can join the ship to sail across the Atlantic.
shipdetails and images please see:
http://www.nedcruise.info/oasis of the seas.htm
Original three Seabourn vessels sold.
Seabourn has announced the sale of the line's original three vessels Seabourn
Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend to Windstar Cruises owner, Xanterra
Parks & Resorts. Under the project name Global Windstar, the expansion will
double the size of Windstar’s recently renovated, three luxury sailing yacht
fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or
fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths.
The delivery of the three hold 208 passengers each, will
take place over the next two years in the Mediterranean. The Seabourn Pride will
be the first ship to enter into Windstar’s luxury fleet in April of 2014.
Following a Windstar branded renovation, which will give the ship a new name and
casually elegant look, the Pride with set sail a month later in May 2014;
voyages are expected to go on sale in May of this year. Windstar Cruises will
take possession of Seabourn Legend in April 2015 and Seabourn Spirit in May
2015. These two yachts are scheduled to start sailing in May of 2015 following
their dry-dock period.
There will be no disruption in service or changes in
operations on any currently published Seabourn voyages acc. to a Seabourn
Our three newest vessels, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn
Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest have raised the bar for ultra-luxury cruising and we
intend to add a fourth ship of similar design said Seabourn president Richard
More details please visit Fleetlist S
Problems with Carnival Triumph and Thomson
Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire while the vessel
was sailing approximately 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan
Peninsula. The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated
and the fire was contained to the aft engine room. At this time, the
fire is fully extinguished. No casualties or injuries to guests or
crew have been reported. The vessel is currently without propulsion
and the ship is operating on emergency generator power. The ship's
technical crew is continuing to assess the damage and attempting to
restore power. In the meantime, a tugboat is being dispatched to the
ship's location in the event it is needed. All appropriate
authorities including U.S. Coast Guard have been notified. A tugboat
is en route to the ship's location and will tow the vessel to
Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port to the ship’s current
location. This will enable us to disembark guests and get them home
as quickly as possible. The ship is expected to arrive in Progreso
Wednesday afternoon and guests will be flown from there back to the
U.S. Carnival said all passengers would receive a refund and "cruise
credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage". The ship's next two voyages,
scheduled for departure next week, were cancelled, the company added.
Update Febr.12 Earlier
this evening, the first of two tugboats arrived and is tied up to the ship with
the second expected in the early hours of Tuesday morning. We had originally
planned to tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, the closest port to the ship’s
location early Sunday. Since that time, the ship has drifted about 90 miles
north due to strong currents. This now puts the ship nearly equidistant to
Mobile, Alabama and given the strength of the currents, it is preferable to head
north to Mobile, rather than attempt to tow against them. We now expect to
arrive in Mobile sometime on Thursday, roughly the same time the ship would have
arrived in Progreso given the distance the ship has traveled.
Towed by three tugboats, the ship arrived at
terminal in Mobile, Alabama, around Thursday 4 p.m. eastern time .
It's been a nightmare five
days for the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board
a fire broke out in the engine room early Sunday. Much of the ship's electrical
power went down in the fire, causing widespread malfunctions, including taking
out sanitary systems. Passengers have reported sewage sloshing around in
hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat. "It's disgusting.
It's the worst thing ever,said the passengers.
The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board launched an
investigation into the cause of the engine room fire. Because the Carnival
Triumph is a Bahamian-flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the
primary investigative agency.
In 2010, the Carnival Splendor lost power after an engine room fire,
leaving it drifting off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Splendor is a slighty
bigger but it is the same basic design as the Triumph. Carnival has canceled a
dozen voyages scheduled between February 11 and April 13.
leak in a fuel line
has caused the fire.
details please visit:
Santa Cruz -Febr. 10-2013
Five crew members of Thomson Majesty are reported dead after a
lifeboat fell into the sea from its davits during an emergency drill.
The incident happened in the Spanish port of Santa Cruz in the
Canary Islands. A further three crew members were injured in the
accident,media reports say. Thomson Majesty is on charter from Louis
Cruises-Cyprus. Former name Louis Majesty. For ship details please visit:
Caribbean has ordered a third Oasis-class ship
Miami - Dec. 27, 2012 —
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that it has executed a
contract with STX France to construct a third Oasis-class vessel for delivery in
mid-2016. It said that the order is "consistent with the plan announced by the
company in October to build a sister-ship to the very successful Oasis of the
Seas and Allure of the Seas."The
two earlier Oasis vessels were built at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland, but
Turku's failure to secure adequate financing from the Finnish government
apparently prompted Royal Caribbean to move the project to STX's yard in Saint
newbuild contract includes the transfer of Pullmantur's Atlantic Star as part of
the deal. Additionally, the contract is subject to satisfaction of financing and
other conditions. STX France has also provided the company with a one-year
option for the mid-year 2018 delivery of a fourth Oasis-class vessel at similar
pricing. The Atlantic Star is sold by STX to a Singapore owner.
MSC Preziosa get the
Genoa dec. 6 -2012
will be christened in Genoa, Italy, on 23 March
is proud to announce the first of many innovative
new features to be found on board the MSC Preziosa
the all new Doremi
Castle Aqua Park and
MSC Cruises’ longest waterslide to date and the
rider body waterslide
on the seas.
In prime space on deck 16,
Doremi Castle Aqua
Park boasts an exhilarating pathway of
water features on raised platforms including sprays,
fountains, water pistols and valves, each designed
to splash, soak and delight in equal measures. A
drenching bucket builds suspense by filling up drip
by drip over unsuspecting heads, ready to rain down
from on high, while the area’s water cannons
encourage mischievous interaction between friends,
old and new.
While children under 120 cm
are not permitted to ride the
waterslide, they won’t miss out at Doremi Castle,
where a double and single slide have been designed
especially for them. With fun features to ignite
imaginations and spark creativity, Doremi Castle is
the perfect place for MSC Preziosa’s smallest guests
to splash away the day.
A special tulip for
Holland America Line is partnering with the Netherlands’
Keukenhof Gardens to develop an exclusive tulip for the company’s 140th
anniversary in 2013. Master grower Jan Pennings, exhibitor at Keukenhof Gardens,
chose a white-petaled variety to honor the line that was founded in Rotterdam on
April 18, 1873, as a trans-Atlantic cargo and passenger company. To launch the
planting of the new tulip, which will be harvested next spring, Pennings handed
over the first bulbs to HAL Capt. Edward van Zaane; Nico Bleichrodt, senior
director of sales, North and Central Europe, and Martin Schröder, Mariner
Society member and part of the company’s Dutch advisory board. The event took
place Friday beside a windmill that was donated to Keukenhof Gardens by HAL in
1957.The tulips are scheduled to bloom in the spring. An official christening
and naming of the new tulip will be held in April 2013
MSC Cruises extends buffet
Genua Nov.1-2012 MSC Cruises’ shipboard buffets are now open
nonstop for 20 hours a day on all ships of the fleet, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., with meals and
snacks available at no extra charge.
Continental and full cooked breakfast is available from 6:30 a.m. to 10
a.m., while late risers can get continental breakfast, including pastries,
yogurts, cold meats and cheeses, from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served over an
extended period, from noon to 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., snacks and
casual late lunch items are available from the buffet’s pizzeria, grill and
salad bar, and passengers can get soups, pasta, vegetables, fish and meat
specialities, fruit and desserts. The buffet provides a complete dinner service
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., while the grill is open continuously from noon until 10
p.m. and the pizzeria corners stay open from noon until midnight. A midnight
snack is available from midnight until 2 a.m.
Buffet shifts may vary by half an hour depending on the itinerary and
MSC Cruises also has 24-hour room service, at certain times with an extra
Taste of De Librije on board Rotterdam
Seattle okt. 24 -2012
Holland America Line is expanding its culinary
offerings with the debut of a new alternative dining option exclusively aboard
ms Rotterdam only called "Taste of De Librije" featuring the cuisine of Culinary
Council member and Michelin Three Star Chef Jonnie Boer. Named after Boer's
restaurant De Librije in Zwolle in the Netherlands, the menu will showcase a
selection of starters, soups, entrees and desserts from his land-based eatery.
Once per cruise the Pinnacle Grill will be transformed with service staff
wearing the uniform livery from De Librije, the restaurant's table set-up will
be replicated and the wine list will highlight a selection of labels from the
Lady De Librije collection. Reservations can be made for "Taste of De Librije"
for a US $69 surcharge per person including wine parings. The five-course menu
starts with an amuse bouche of North Sea Scallops served to all diners. From
there, guests can select from among three appetizers, two soups, four entrees
and three desserts.When guests return to their stateroom following the dining
experience, they will find a Jonnie Boer surprise gift.
Jonnie Boer is a star of the Dutch culinary scene. In addition to being a
member of Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council composed of five
international chefs, he is chef and co-owner of Michelin-rated De Librije
Restaurant, Librije Zusje and De Librije Hotel in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
Faster to the
Miami aug. 5
Carnival Cruise Lines will test
a new ‘Faster to the Fun’ program that provides priority embarkation, early
stateroom availability and express luggage delivery, among other features, at a
fee of $49,95 per stateroom. The pilot program will roll out on Carnival
Imagination Aug. 20 and Carnival Liberty Aug. 25.
‘Faster to the Fun’ includes early embarkation, early stateroom availability,
express luggage delivery service, priority dinner seatings and tender
availability, and choice of early or late debarkation. The program enables
passengers to start their Fun Ship vacation early and includes express access to
the ships’ guest services desk for any assistance. For Diamond and Platinum
level members of Carnival’s VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club passengers
recognition program, all ‘Faster to the Fun’ benefits, including the two new
benefits of early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery service,
‘Faster to the Fun’ is currently available for purchase at Carnival's website
via the shore excursion section.
Salvage operations of
the Costa Concordia:
Isola del Giglio juli 2012
operations of the Costa Concordia. On this site
you are an eyewitness of the salvage of the Costa Concordia.
Fire is still the largest
risk at sea:
London, May - 2012
Fire is still the largest risk at sea, says head of NAMEPA.
Clay Maitland, founding chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection
Association (NAMEPA), has expressed concern at the safety standards of cruise
shipping, stating that ‘fire at sea remains the biggest threat to passenger
shipping. Speaking of the increasingly unmanageable scale of any potential
evacuation at a conference aboard HMS President in London, he remarked that,
‘these ships have 16-17 decks. They're not ships now, they’re floating hotels.
We are looking at the potential loss of thousands of lives – try doing a muster
with 5,000 people.
Cruise companies need constantly to be asking “how do we
get everyone off this ship?” he said. ‘The passenger shipping industry needs to
be more risk averse and more honest about the risks.’ Maitland acknowledged that
this would create a potential loss of business in the short term, but indicating
that in the long term, a heightened safety awareness would do much to rebuild
far the cruise industry has adopted a number of new policies following the post
Costa-Concordia operational safety review. They cover mandatory muster drills
before leaving port, enhanced reporting to ensure accuracy and consistency in
marine casualty reporting, voyage planning, bridge access and life jackets. All
the policies will be reported to the IMO for consideration at the Maritime
Safety Committee session this month, which will delve into the Costa Concordia
Grand opening Felison
IJmuiden, may 4-2012
cruise terminal at IJmuiden
festively opened. The
new terminal is a large
capacity expansion arise
in comparison to the already
great animator of this
expansion has undoubtedly
been the Italian
cruise line MSC. This year MSC
makes 22 calls out off the new terminal.
The company wanted
to IJmuiden as a major
destination in the route network
to northern Europe. By the use of
the existing terminal, it was
impossible to realize this
schedule. The first ship
the new terminal was the MSC Opera.
The terminal was built
within 4 months.
The municipality of Velsen
welcomed this new development and the
building permit was granted without
any delay or bureaucracy.
The new Felison
Cruise Terminal has two
berths for cruise ships up
to 295 meters and a
depth of 10 meters.
The terminal can handle
2000 passengers. The grand opening
ceremony was held by the Mayor
of Velsen Mr. Frank Weerwind, Mr.
Frans Baud CEO
KVSA (the owner of
the terminal) and Mr
CEO of MSC
Cruises. IJmuiden is the third
cruise-gateway to the
Netherlands. It has direct access to
the North Sea. Ships have
easy access without the use
Ships using IJmuiden i.o.
Amsterdam save time.
Approximately 3 hours of sailing
through the North Channel and
have lower costs.
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam and
are both members of Amsterdam Cruise
on the Azamara Quest:
March 31-2012 A cruise
ship with about 1,000 people on board was drifting in waters south of the
Philippines on Saturday after a fire disabled its engines, the Philippine coast
guard said. Five crew members were injured.
who was seriously injured and needed hospital care.The
fire on the Azamara Quest started late Friday, a day after the ship left
Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia, and was immediately put out. The ship was
carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew members. Mostly American and European
passengers. Azamara Club Cruises is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The
cruise company statement said the ship was running on emergency power in "calm
seas" near Indonesia's Borneo Island.The
captain of the ship mustered all passengers to the assembly stations as a
precaution. Engineers had earlier managed to restore power to one of the liner's
engines allowing it to re-establish air conditioning, running water,
refrigeration and food preparation on board the ship. The damage caused by the
fire has meant that the remainder of the cruise will be cancelled once the ship
has arrived in Sandakan, the company said.
The condition of the crew member who suffered serious smoke inhalation has
improved, but is still serious, Azamra Club Cruises said on Saturday. Azamara
Quest is traveling at a speed of about six knots with arrival to Sandakan
expected at 10 p.m. Sunday.
This is the fourth accident with a cruise ship in a very short period.
In January, 32 people died, after the Costa Concordia ran into a reef and
capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Six weeks later, another Costa cruise
ship, the Costa Allegra, was left adrift off the Seychelles in the Indian
Ocean after fire broke out on board. March
16-2012 The Silver Shadow collided in deep fog with a container ship off
Vietnam, punching a hole in the container ship. No one was hurt everyone was
certainly shaken up about the incident.
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images Please Click here >>>>>>
boat for scrap:
Genua, march 2012
The Pacific Princess cruise ship that served as the backdrop to corny jokes and
cheesy romance on "The Love Boat" is set to be scrapped. A story from Italy La
Repubblica that said the ship has been sold to a Turkish demolition company for
approximately $3 million. The ship, was built in 1971 and sailed for the
Princess Cruises between 1975 and 2002. Our hearts go out to Doc, Isaac and
Captain Stubing during what we can only imagine is a very difficult time for
series became immensely popular and put modern cruising on the foreground.
Sistership Discovery is still in operation.
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images Please Click here >>>>>>
adrift 200 miles ZW the Seychelles:
Febr. 27 The Costa Allegra is adrift in the Indian Ocean without
power following an engine room fire.There are no reported injuries.The Allegra
is some 200 miles ZW from the Seychelles and about 20 miles of Alphonse
Island.The company was notified today at 10:39 CET that a fire had broken out
aboard the Costa Allegra in the electric generators room located in the aftship.
The fire did not
spread to any other area of the ship. There were no injuries or casualties. As a
precaution, on board, the general emergency alarm was given and all passengers
and crew members, not engaged in the management of the emergency, -reached the
muster stations with the safety equipment. The Allegra is going to be reached by
Merchant ships in the area are request to make their way
towards the vessel.
naval and aerial units are on the way. There are 636 passengers onboard of of
various nationalities and 413 crew members. The ship departed from Diego Suarez
on Saturday, Feb. 25 and was cruising toward the port of Victoria (Mahè -
Seychelles) where it was expected to arrive tomorrow Feb. 28.In
a statement released this afternoon, the Italian Coast Guard, which is in
contact with the ship, said Costa Allegra had no power though its communication
equipment was working. Fishing trawler Trevignon is towing the ship to
Mahé where arrival is due Thursday morning.Two tugs are proceeding towards Costa
Allegra to assist
which will speed up the vessel's journey
Costa said helicopters will ensure continuous supplies of food throughout the
voyage and comfort items such as flashlights to mitigate the difficult
conditions on board, where there is no air conditioning and only emergency
the two tugs reached the Costa Allegra to assist the ship
as well as French trawler
and maintains a speed of about 6 knots. At current speed and with stable weather
conditions Costa Allegra may also anticipate its arrival in Mahé on March 1
early morning, Costa Crociere said in a statement. Thanks to the arrival of a
small generator, carried by a naval ship present on site as support, the ship's
crew is doing everything possible to make the situation on board more
comfortable. Costa Cruisess "Care Team" has arrived in Mahé: a group of 14
people made up of executives and qualified managers as well as specialized
technicians with the task of providing the necessary assistance both to the ship
and to passengers as well as to crew members on their arrival in Mahé. Eight of
them will board Costa Allegra tomorrow morning ( 29) thanks to a local naval
Allegra arrived in Mahe earlier today and all crew and passengers have
disembarked. The company reports all guests and crew are in good health. Seventy
percent of the 627 guests have accepted an offer to continue their vacation in
the Seychelles on Costa, with one or two week options. The rest of the
passengers will be return home on flights organized by Costa.
shipdetails and images please click here >>>>>>
Strike on Costa Deliziosa:
is an ongoing strike aboard the Costa Deliziosa
when ship docked in San Francisco this weekendThe Costa Deliziosa is on a round-the-world tour that
started in Italy on December 28th. At arrival at San Fransisco some 50
waiters most of Philippines
origin walked off their jobs. They were angry at being paid in
dollars instead of the Euros as they were promised in their contracts, and other
working conditions aboard the ship. "Sue this company, because they are taking
lots of money from us, not only for the salary, even the food they give us is
for a pig or dog," waiter Eduardo Garcia told ABC7 news.
Costa Concordia hits
rocks off coast of Italy;
Jan.14 - 2012
Costa Concordia leans after it ran aground off the coast
of Isola del Giglio island, Italy in the evening of jan.13, gashing open
the hull over about 60 m. Aboard
passengers and crew.
Evacuate aboard lifeboats and helicopters to the nearby Isola
del Giglio island, early Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. About approx. 1,000 Italian
passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160
French and several other nationalities.
Some leapt overboard
and swam to shore as the ship started to sink into the cold waters
near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast.
Passengers' dinner was
interrupted by a loud boom at around 8pm and a voice over the tannoy
initially claimed that the ship was suffering an electrical failure, (however
until now this is not confirmed ) before ordering everyone on-board to
don life-jackets. Since
in the crack
was found a huge boulder
is certain that the ship
has gone on a rock.
a human error
caused the accident. A
coastguard spokesman, said that at least
three bodies were retrieved from the sea
and at least three more were feared dead.
Pregnant women and young children were
among the passengers.
there is no
about the number of
and missing people.
are three deaths and
between 20 and 70
The bunkers are full of
oil. The highest
priority is to
environmentally damage. Only then can be decided what
should happen with the wreck.
Until now Six people died and still 16 are missing, most with German
Costa Crociere said Costa
Concordia’s captain may have erred by sailing too close to shore and ‘in
handling the emergency appears not to have followed standard Costa procedures.
Costa has engaged Smit-Salvage a top Dutch specialized salvage company to remove
2300 tons of heavy fuel oil. To develop an action plan to establish a
protection perimeter around the Costa Concordia to prevent eventually
Costa said in a statement: "The captain
stayed aboard the ship for a long time after the
accident and moving the ship close to shore before grounding it. he may
have saved many lives.
Eleven people are confirmed dead, while 24 are still
missing.Rescuers are planning to bore three more holes in the hull to search for
missing passengers. However the search for survivors on the
Costa Concordia cruise
ship has been deferred for the second time after sensors revealed the grounded
vessel had shifted a few centimeters. For that reason the salvage comp.have the
discharge of oil interupted.
Following the tragic Costa Concordia
accident, Carnival Corporation & plc,
parent company of Costa Cruises and nine
leading cruise lines around the world,
today announced a comprehensive audit
and review of all safety and emergency
response procedures across all of the
company’s cruise lines. Carnival
Corporation & plc and the cruise
industry as a whole have maintained an
excellent safety record over the years.“However,
this tragedy has called into question
our company’s safety and emergency
response procedures and practices,” said
Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of
Carnival Corporation & plc.
In releated news, analysis of
Lloyd's List Intelligence vessel
tracking data shows that Costa Concordia
sailed within 230 m of the coast of
Giglio Island on a previous voyage, even
closer to shore than where it hit rocks
last Friday. Lloyd's List has uncovered
new evidence which indicates that last
Friday's Costa Concordia disaster may
not be a black and white case of
shipmaster error. Charts of the area
show no rocks in the area where
Concordia was holed.This new evidence
does not mean the Captain is innocent,
it only means Costa may also be guilty
of reckless navigation policies. Nothing
changes the cowardly behavior of the
captain after the accident, or the lack
of order during the evacuation.
In an unexpected move, the chairman of
RINA, the classification society for the
Costa Concordia, Gianni Scerni has
resigned with immediate effect from
January 17- 2012. According to RINA, his
decision was made as a result of
comments about the Costa Concordia
tragedy attributed to him in a personal
capacity in the media. Scerni has
disputed the veracity of these comments,
but has decided to resign in order to
Italian authorities confirmed 15 people
dead and still 17 missing. The names of
9 dead people are released. Costa
Crociere on Monday denied there were
‘clandestine’ people on board the ship.
the master does
not has used drugs.
investigation into the
of Costa Management.
Such as selection
and why a
did not work.Thursday
oil out of the
amount of oil
found on Saturday
the body of a woman, bringing the
confirmed death to 17. Still 15 people
are missing. Plans to begin pumping fuel
out of the ship were suspended due to
bad weather. Smit Salvage declare that
the operation may be held up for several
days until Tuesday due to the weather
The compensation package for Costa
Concordia passengers is based on 11.000
including nonpaying children, regardless
of their age. Reimbursement of the value
of the cruise, any medical expenses
resulting from the cruise etc. The
families of the deceased and guests who
were injured and required medical
treatment on site will be covered under
a separate proposal that will take into
account their individual circumstances.
Costa also has pledged not to deduct
from this sum any amount paid by any
insurance policy stipulated by guests.
In addition, the company will return all
goods stored in cabin safes, where
retrieval is possible.
The Nautical Institute notes with
extreme disquiet the alacrity with which
the ship’s owners, Costa Cruises, blamed
all on the Master, Captain Francesco
Schettino, accusing him of
unprofessional conduct before any
investigations could have taken place.
The Nautical Institute is also extremely
uneasy with the speculation in much of
the world’s media.
Pier Luigi Foschi, chief executive
officer of Costa Crociere, a unit of
Carnival Corp. testified that Schettino
called Roberto Ferrarini, Costa
Crociere's head of marine operations at
least six times before the call for
evacuation was made. The first call was
made at 9:57 pm when Schettino informed
Ferrarini that the ship had hit a rock
and was taking on water. Foschi's
testimony seemed to contradict earlier
claims that Costa officials were not
notified of the accident until well
after it occurred.
workers decided to suspend searches of
the underwater part of the capsized
Costa Concordia. According to fire
department spokesman Luca Cari "We have
definitively stopped the underwater
search inside the ship." In the three
weeks since the cruise ship struck rocks
and capsized near the island of Gigli on
the Italian coast, 17 bodies have been
recovered, and 15 people are still
Officials said the search for bodies
will continue when possible on the
was also hampering efforts to recover
fuel oil from the ship. At good weather
conditions the oil removal will take
about 4 weeks.
Costa Cruises has called for tenders 10
companies throughout the world to
present a working plan to enterely
remove the hull of the Costa Concordia.
The invitation has been sent to the
world’s leading operators, who have the
capabilities to perform the work in the
shortest time possible, while ensuring
maximum safety and the least possible
environmental impact: 1) Smit Salvage
BV, 2) Svitzer Salvage BV, 3) Mammoet
Salvage BV, 4) Titan Salvage, 5) Resolve
Marine Group Inc., 6) T&T Marine Salvage
Inc., 7) Donjon Marine Inc., 8) Tito
Neri S.r.l., 9) Fukada Salvage & Marine
Works Co. Ltd., 10) The Nippon Salvage
Co The plans must be presented to Costa
Cruises by the beginning of March 2012,
for joint assessment with the Civil
Protection Scientific Committee, in
order to allow the best one to be
selected by the end of March 2012. Time
needed for complete removal will be
about 10 months.
In the days immediately following
the Costa Concordia accident, there were
a lot of amateur videos being shown in
the media taken by passengers aboard the
ship and interviews with them about the
evacuation. None of them, the passengers
nor their interviewers, seemed to have
any depth of knowledge about safety
procedures on cruise ships, nor did they
bother getting true experts to speak to
the issues being raised. Instead they
made assumptions, usually that the crew
members were untrained or incompetent,
and proceeded as if that were fact and
moved on.Costa itself hasn't wanted to
comment in the media on specifics of the
accident due to the ongoing
investigations. One of those
investigations has been in the Italian
Senate. Costa CEO Pier Luigi Foschi has
testified in front of them twice.
There are lots of answers in his
testimony to questions the news media
erroneously assumed they knew the
answers to. The English-language press
as ignored this valuable source of
information, according Mr. Foschi
from the Island of Giglio is that the
wreckage of Costa Concordia has moved
two feet since January 13, and
conditions are still preventing the fuel
from being removed.
In response to the decision by the
Italian consumer association Codacons to lodge a complaint against the Chairman
& CEO of Costa CrocierePier Luigi Foschi
and other Company executives, reported by the Italian Ansa news agency on
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the Company reserves the right to take any and all
steps necessary including any legal action required to protect its reputation
and that of its executive officers.
month after Costa Concordia hit the rocks off the island of Giglio, Costa
Crociere is actively fighting to dampen the groundswell in the Italian media
which is questioning the future of the Costa brand. We have been annihilated in
the media. Our brand has been massacred,’ Mr Foschi told La Stampa.
The enormous attack of the mass media on Costa Crociere, for the most part
unfair and unverified. He added that although the company is financially very
strong and the company will not go bankrupt, there is no certainty about the
Costa Crociere have announced that
the pumping of fuel from the Costa Concordia has been continuing around the
clock and starts at 5 pm. on Febr. 12. On Febr 17 , a total of 952 cubic meters
of fuel had been pumped out of 4 tanks located in the forward part of the ship.
Divers discovered eight more bodies in the wreckage of Costa Concordia on
Wednesday, nearly six weeks after the 114,500-ton ship slammed into rocks and
Among the victims
is a 5-year-old child.
The victims as soon as possible
from the wreck salvaged.
In total 25 bodies found still 7 missing.
Four ship’s officers and three Costa Crociere executives were added to the list
of those under criminal investigation by Italian prosecutors.
Salvage reports oil has been removed from all six forward tanks and the hoses,
pumps and valves have been disconnected with the flanges sealed off. Fuel has
also been removed from three different double bottom tanks and from the double
bottom sludge tank. Two fuel tanks in the aft part of the vessel are in progress
of being pumped. Outstanding work includes the removal of HFO from four double
bottom tanks, the fuel storage tanks located in the engine room and the removal
of sanitary residues.
It appears that since approximately 2 weeks the ship's bell of
the Costa Concordia had been stolen. According to a statement from the
authorities. Despite continuous surveillance of the wreck. The heavy bell is
located at a depth of 8m. An investigation into the theft is already set.
March 23 Five more
bodies have been located today in the
wreckage of Costa Concordia. It takes
days to remove. In total there are 30
bodies found. An other 2 are still
missing.The discovery comes a day before
the expected end of the fuel removal
operations to remove the fuel from the
Costa Concordia are going to be
completed by Friday, March 23 Defueling,
which was carried out by experts from
the Neri/Smit Salvage team hired by
Costa Crociere, began at 5 pm on
February 12 and continued around the
clock whenever the sea and weather
conditions were favorable.The removal of
the oil from 17 tanks of the ship will
be completed by Friday night, according
to Costa. The defueling Operation has
been performed using a system of pumps
and valves. Basically, “hot tap” valves
were attached to the side of the ship, a
hole was drilled into the tank and a
pipeline was attached. This enabled the
oil to be heated and pumped out while
sea water was pumped in so as to
maintain the ship’s stability. Small
amounts of fuel cannot be pumped out
from the bulkheads of the tanks; but
they are in such small quantities as to
pose no significant environmental risk,
the company stated.
US salvager Titan and Italy’s Micoperi have been awarded
the contract to remove the Costa Concordia wreck, an operation expected to begin
in early May and take about 12 months. The ship will be floated in one piece
then towed to an Italian port. In announcing the decision on Saturday, Costa
Crociere said environmental protection will take top priority throughout the
removal process. Once the main work is complete, the sea bottom will be cleaned
and marine flora replanted. All six tenders submitted by the March 3 deadline
were of a very high standard, but the Titan/Micoperi proposal best fulfilled the
main objectives in the tender specifications: removal of the wreck in one piece,
minimal risk, minimal environmental impact, protection of Giglio’s economy and
tourism industry, and maximum safety.
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Fire on board Nordlys:
Ålesund sept.15 - 2011
Two crew members have died and two were seriously injured in a fire
aboard Hurtigruten’s Nordlys off the coast of Norway nearby Ålesund en
route to Kirkeness this morning.
are injured, including the two with serious burns At this moment it is
unclear whether they are crew or passengers. More than 100 passengers
were evacuated safely before the ship was towed into port of
Ålesund. The Nordlys had a total of 262 persons aboard, including 207
The passengers had various
nationalities, the majority of
were Germans. 'It was a well-organised evacuation. The crew did a
really good job. Everything went calm and smoothly. There was no panic
according a statement of one of the passengers.
Nordlys was still at risk of
capsizing. However Sept.16 Rescue
managed to seal a fair number of leaks and she is coming back slowly, with the
help of a floating crane. There was also a fire incident on the Nordlys
in March of this year.
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Oceanwide Expeditions, the only Dutch cruise operator, has acquired
te Russian owned “Marina Svetaeva”.The ice-strengthened vessel is renamed
in “Ortelius” it is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the
Arctic and Antarctica. It has the possibility to adventure remote locations such
as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. The “Marina Svetaeva” was built in Gdynia,
Poland in 1989 as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science.
The new name "Ortelius"is a tribute to the Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham
Ortelius (1527 – 1598).
Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture
room and a sauna. The Oceanwide Expeditions voyages are primarily developed to
offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as
much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to
approximately 100 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife
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HAL's Rotterdam cruises year round from city of Rotterdam
Netherlands May 17-2011 In a press meeting today at Jonnie Boers 3- star
Michelin Restaurant "de Librije". CEO and President Holland-America Line and
Seabourn Stein Kruse inform the Dutch press that the Rotterdam will be begin of
2012 homeported year round in the city of Rotterdam. This is the first time that
HAL as cruiseline based a ship in her birthplace. The Rotterdam will also
be performing a 91 day round-trip to
Indonesia the former Dutch colony.
Skywalkers moved from Grand
Miami Febr.10-2011 The
most significant transformation ever of a Princess Cruises ship will occur this
spring aboard Grand Princess. During a 24-day makeover the ship, which was the
prototype for the line’s “Grand Class” vessels, will undergo a remarkable
renovation to receive many of Princess’ trademark features introduced since the
ship’s 1998 debut including the signature Piazza atrium. Several new features
will be also be added including a unique tea lounge and library called “Leaves”;
and “Alfredo’s,” a full-service pizzeria showcasing this renowned Princess dish.
A brand new nightclub called One5, inspired by its deck location, will be
created on the top deck of the ship, replacing its iconic Skywalker Nightclub,
which has given the ship its distinctive profile. Skywalkers will be removed
from its 18th deck perch, with its replacement located on deck 15. This change
will significantly improve the operational performance of the ship, including
greater fuel efficiency. The newly renovated Grand Princess will debut on May 5
in Ft. Lauderdale where the ship will depart on a transatlantic crossing for her
summer and fall homeport of Southampton, from which she will cruise a variety of
European itineraries The Grand Princess skywalker was
constructed with heavier materials than the Skywalkers on the Caribbean
Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess and removing them from those ships
would not offer the same efficiency gains. Changes will be made during a
drydock from April 11 to May 4 at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport,
Bahamas. For images and details of old and new layout of the Grand Princess
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Glorius return of ss.Rotterdam:
Thousands of spectators
stood along the New Waterway when the ss. "Rotterdam" return home on
Aug.4 - 2008 almost 49 year after her birthday. At about 4 pm. she entered the
New Waterway. Towed by four Kotugs tugboats to her final destination at the 3e
Katendrechtse Hoofd at Maashaven where she was moored ...................
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BANKRUPTCY AFTER BANKRUPTCY:
Due to the tremendous new-building programs and of course the
Sept. 11 tragedy many cruise lines went for chapter 11 protection or bankruptcy.
The most of them will never survive in future. Here are the facts
who are following?
List is based on situation Sept. 2000 until this moment. Dates are the first
date, that financial trouble came into publication. Some of the bankruptcs are
described in detail on the page News or Archive.
PREMIER CRUISE LINE - USA:
COMMODORE CRUISE LINE - USA:
RENAISSANCE CRUISES - USA :
Sept. 25 - 2001
AMERICAN CLASSIC VOYAGES - USA:
19 - 2001
REGAL CRUISES Inc. -USA:
SUN BAY - CRUISES -GERMANY:
Sept. - 2003
OCEAN CLUB CRUISES
- MARSHALL ISLANDS:
Jan. 10 - 2004
FIRST EUROPEAN/FESTIVAL CRUISES-
GREECE/FRANCE; March 8-2004
- GERMANY: June 26 - 2004
ATW CRUISES -SAFEZONE - AUSTRALIA:
Dec. - 2004
ROYAL OLYMPIA CRUISES - GREECE:
Jan. - 2005
KREUZFAHRTEN - GERMANY
WINDJAMMER BAREBOAT CRUISES -
Oct. - 2007
CLUB CRUISE - THE NETHERLANDS
Febr. - 2009
VISION CRUCEROS - SPAIN
10 - 2009
JUPITER CRUISES INC.
April - 2009
INDIAN OCEAN CRUISES -
INDIA April - 2009
ADRIATIC CRUISES - CROATIA
May - 2009
TRANSOCEAN TOURS - GERMANY
Sept. 2 -2009
WEST - USA Sept. 18 -2010
Delphin Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Delphin Cruises GmbH and related Hansa Kreuzfahrten -
Polar Star Expeditions/Karlsen Shipping
May 18 - 2011
Caspi Cruises - Israel
July 4 -2011
Cruises - Spain ceased operations Sept.24-2011
CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES -
KRISTINA CRUISES -
ALL LEISURE GROUP STOPT CRUISES - UK
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