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InnerSea Discoveries Purchases Two Vessels

InnerSea Discoveries LLC, the Seattle-based parent company of high-end American Safari Cruises, announced the purchase of two vessels for its new small-ship adventure cruising brand, marketed under the same name as the parent company. Designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of young-minded, adventurous and experiential travelers, InnerSea Discoveries will operate at a lower per diem cost and will debut in Alaska’s Inside Passage in May 2011. Formerly owned by Glacier Bay Cruise Line, the 157-ft, 66-guest Wilderness Adventurer was purchased for $201,240, and the 170-ft, 80-guest Wilderness Discoverer was sold for $314,760. Both boats are moored in Seattle, and InnerSea Discoveries will begin an extensive refurbishing program in Ballard boatyards next year using local marine vendors and specialized contractors. With the InnerSea Discoveries product, they’ll appeal to travelers seeking comfort while participating in physically challenging adventures in the wilderness of the Last Frontier. Among the included activities will be moderate-to-strenuous hiking, cave exploration, extended kayaking, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding and exploration by skiff; a la carte adventures on fully outfitted professional fishing boats and specialty programs such as heli-hiking and jet boat river tours will be at added cost


News: PWF Welcomes Ocean Voyager

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) of Wailuku, Hawaii recently welcomed the Ocean Voyager, to its fleet of excursion vessels. The all-aluminum catamaran, constructed by Kvichak Marine of Seattle, Washington, is the third catamaran constructed by Kvichak for PWF. Constructed to USCG regulations for 149 passengers, and based on Pacific Whale Foundation's 23 years of marine research and leading high quality marine ecotours, the Ocean Voyager is a Crowther Multihulls design


Cruise West Takes Delivery of Two Boats from Demaree

Demaree Inflatable Boats Inc. (DIB) has delivered two 19-ft. Ship-to-Shore boats to Cruise West, a small-ship cruise line based in Seattle, Wash. Cruise West purchased these USCG-approved, inflatable hull, rigid deck boats to transport passengers and equipment ashore during winter and spring excursions from California to Mexico. Each boat is powered by a single Yanmar 36 hp outboard diesel motor. Cruise West already owns four DIB boats purchased in 1998


MV Northern Adventure to Undergo Refit

The MV Northern Adventure will undergo a refit from May 9 to 19 at the company’s Deas Pacific Marine facility in Richmond. The MV Northern Adventure has been experiencing some issues following its initial introduction to the BC Ferries’ fleet. BC Ferries wants to make sure these matters are fully addressed prior to the start of the busy summer season. The mid and north coast will be served by the Queen of Prince Rupert during this period


FMC Commissioner Comments on Key Shipping Issues at LA Forum

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle spoke to the Global Shippers Forum in Los Angeles and discussed Ro/Ro price fixing matters; the newly approved cooperation agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; the first PVO company to take advantage of the alternative bonding mechanisms; China VAT; Commission's 6 (g) Analysis, and the Suez/Panama Canal routes. Extracts from the Commissioner's address at the Forum follow:


Shipyard Boss Abseils Down Drydock

Peter Child: Photo A&P Falmouth

UK shipyard, A&P managing director, Peter Child tested his nerves when he joined a dozen others to abseil down the largest dry dock on the UK’s south coast to raise money for charities. Mr Child and Adrian Richards, Chief Executive of BF Adventure in Penryn, were the first to test the ropes 50 feet above the huge dry dock at A&P Falmouth, which is 40m wide and 253m long – the size of two Wembley football pitches.


Icebreaker Frees Trapped Cruise Ship

An Argentine Navy ice breaker battled to free a U.S.-operated cruise liner with 186 people aboard which is trapped in a field of ice off the coast of Antarctica on Jan. 31. The Clipper Adventurer, carrying 115 passengers and 71 crew, was sailing through the Straight of Matha west of the Antarctic Peninsula, about 900 miles south of Tierra del Fuego, when a change of wind unexpectedly dragged ice around it, the Argentine Navy said.


Image Marine To Build 'True North'

Image Marine has announced a contract for a live-aboard adventure vessel for North Star Cruises.The repeat contract demonstrates the confidence the client has in Image Marine’s expertise in this specialist field. North Star Cruises took delivery of its first live-aboard, the Image Marine-built ‘True North’, in January 1999. With capacity for 28 passengers in 14 cabins, the 34.5 metre vessel has proved hugely successful cruising the remote Kimberley region of North Western Australia and led


Fred. Olsen's ‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’

‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’ all in Summer of 2015

  Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to introduce a very unique cruise experience for Summer 2015, aboard its 880-guest ship Boudicca, the like of which guests will never have seen nor heard of before! Fred. Olsen will be offering an exclusive sailing, created around secrecy and suspense, with Boudicca’s 16-night D1516 'Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise', departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 10th July 2015


MSC Cruises to Debut Seaside Class in 2017

Image courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises announced that the first of its next generation Seaside class of ships, set to debut in November 2017, will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. Following the first ship's delivery from the shipyard, MSC Seaside will make her way to Miami for MSC Cruises' first ever christening ceremony in the U.S. to take place in late 2017. "The Seaside class of ships is part of MSC Cruises' $5


French Cruise Company PONANT Signs GAC UK

PONANT’s ‘Le Boréal’ will be seen at ports around the UK and Ireland under GAC UK’s agency in May & June 2016

PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions has appointed GAC UK as its agent for all United Kingdom and Ireland port calls in 2016. PONANT’s 142m and 132 cabin megayachts Le Boréal and L’Austral will cruise around the British Isles and Ireland, including the Scilly Isles


Seven Seas Explorer Spaciously Intimate

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 The cruise ship being billed as "the most luxurious ship ever built" will also feature some of the largest cabins  and balconies afloat.   The suites on the Seven Seas Explorer, a cruise ship coming next summer, will be distinguished by some of the largest balconies at


Carnival Ramping Up in New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream embarks from the Port of New Orleans Erato Street Cruise Terminal. The 130,000-ton ship is the port’s largest year-round cruise ship and sails seven-day itineraries to eastern and western Caribbean destinations. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Carnival on track for record year from Port of New Orleans in 2015; expects to embark 3 millionth passenger post-Katrina next year   New Orleans’ number one cruise operator Carnival Cruise Line continues to expand its presence at the port and expects to carry a record 400


MSC Cruise to Homeport in China

MSC-Lirica. Photo: MSC Cruises (USA)

 MSC Cruises has announced that the MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese cruise market, through a strategic partnership with CAISSA Touristic Group.   The 2,600 passenger MSC Lirica will home port in Shanghai from May 2016 following a 60-day round the world Grand


Coast Guard Medevacs Mariner near Valdez

A mariner was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, boatcrew and a Valdez Fire Department emergency medical technician from the Valdez Narrows near Valdez, Tuesday morning.   The station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a local EMT transferred the mariner to


Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong 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.  


Carnival Faces Penalties Over ADA Compliance

Carnival Breeze (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Carnival Corp. Over ADA Violations by Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises   The U.S. Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have reached a comprehensive, landmark settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities


First Cruise Ship Docks at Teignmouth Port

Hebridean Princess moored at ABP Port of Teignmouth.

  History was made at ABP’s Port of Teignmouth with the visit of its first ever cruise ship. The Hebridean Princess, a luxury cruise ship, arrived from Dartmouth carrying 50 passengers. They were welcomed by the town officials before embarking on a day trip around Teignmouth


Carnival’s Costa Brand Orders Two LNG Cruise Ships

Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Turku, Finland (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Costa’s two new cruise ships will be the largest ever built based on guest capacity; Costa will join sister brand AIDA Cruises in building the first-ever cruise ships powered at sea by liquefied natural gas   Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its Italian brand


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for


Cruise Industry Wins Key Norovirus Judgment

Maria Pittordis (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.  The case, which involved an outbreak of gastroenteritis onboard the “THOMSON SPIRIT”


First 'Halal Cruise' to Sail from Turkey

Image: Fusion Tour

To tap devout Islamic believers, Turkey will launch its first Muslims-friendly 100 percent halal cruise on the Aegean Sea next month for religiously observant travelers in the country.    The country’s fist halal cruise was announced by the Antalya-based Fusion Tour company as a


Carnival Announces Leadership Changes

Carnival Corporation names Michael Ungerer to new Chief Operations Officer Role for Asia, also appoints Felix Eichhorn as President of AIDA Cruises   Carnival Corporation & plc announced that Michael Ungerer, currently President of Germany-based AIDA Cruises


Norwegian Cruise Line, Port of Seattle Ink 15-year Lease

Photo: Port of Seattle

Cruise contract is port’s largest ever, cruise line homeports at Seattle's Pier 66 for 15 years   The Port of Seattle signed a 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Clipper Round the World Race Begins

As anticipation builds for the start of the tenth edition race, the long awaited opening of the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, London. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The 12 Clipper Race yachts left the Gosport Marina and will perform a parade of sails alongside the Spinnaker Tower before heading off to London.   As the boats left the marina, other crews waved goodbye and wished them luck for their quick journey to the capitol where they will have






 
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