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'Queen of Mississippi' to be Christened, Set Sail

Queen of the Mississippi Photo credit American Cruise Lines

 American Cruise Lines announces that the first authentic paddle-wheeler in 20 years will set off on first cruise after christening. “The christening of Queen of the Mississippi is a meaningful way to celebrate the official launch of American Cruise Lines service on the Mississippi River,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. “Guests now have access to the industry’s best amenities aboard an authentic paddlewheeler with a historic appearance.” The christening in Nashville, will be performed by Phyllis Dale , a nationally-recognized travel agent and small-ship cruise expert. Then Queen of the Mississippi will set sail at full capacity on an eight-day voyage from Nashville to St. Louis. Queen of the Mississippi offers guests a brand new way to see the longest river system in North America and explore the remarkable port cities that line the way. Most of the ship’s spacious 300-square-foot staterooms—the largest in the industry—offer private balconies while an all-American staff and crew cater to passengers’ every need. Daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by. Construction of Queen of the Mississippi was completed in June by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., making it, says American Cruise Lines, the most luxurious, fully-functioning, authentic paddlewheeler in the industry

American Cruise to Build New Coastal Cruise Ship

Photo: American Cruise Lines

 American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest cruise ships in the United States, announced today that it has begun construction on a new coastal cruise ship, yet to be named.    The news of this addition is the most recent in a series of announcements pertaining to American Cruise Lines’ continued expansion of their all-American made fleet. The ship is scheduled to begin cruising in spring of 2017.  

Cruise Lines Contribution to Economy Boosts

The North American cruise industry generated $20.4 billion in economic activity within the United States in 2002 – nearly a ten percent increase from 2001 – according to an annual study by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). Commissioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), the study details cruise lines’ economic contributions and examines the extensive links that cruise lines have with major U.S industries.

Zarmati Named President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America

Maurice Zarmati has been named president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America. Zarmati, who is currently vice president of sales for Carnival Cruise Lines, will assume his new role beginning March 31, 2008. An accomplished sales executive, Zarmati has been with Carnival Cruise Lines since 1972, leading one of the largest and most successful sales teams in North America. In his new role as president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America

Job Openings at American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines logo

American Cruise Lines, which claims to be the largest cruise company in the United States, says it is hiring an additional 52 people to fill positions throughout various departments. Headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut, the company is interviewing candidates for marketing and sales positions, including supervisors and trainers, as well as shore side operations positions, including directors of hotel and marine operations

Drowning at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay by Disney

 Police are investigating the apparent drowning of an American cruise ship passenger off at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas - Castaway Cay in the Abacos. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, and a lot of details are not yet known about the situation.    According to reports by the Tribune, on Thursday afternoon, a 38–year-old man from New York man who was a passenger onboard a cruise ship moored at Castaway Cay drowned while swimming.   

United States Lines Floats Again

American Classic Voyages has acquired one of the most storied and renowned names in the history of ocean-going passenger transportation - United States Lines - to be used for its fleet of cruise ships being developed under the company's Project America initiative. Known as one of the most prominent names in passenger shipping throughout the era of the trans-Atlantic crossing - a period that spanned from the early 1900's through the early 1960's

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Cruise Ship ADA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to foreign cruise ships that embark passengers at U.S. ports. A decision is expected this summer. Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., No. 03-1388 (HK Law).

Holland America Line & Seabourn names Kammerer is V.P

Mark Kammerer

  Mark Kammerer has been named vice president, international marketing and sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn. In this role, he will be responsible for the companies’ sales offices in the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia, as well as Holland America Line and Seabourn’s growing international business.   Kammerer will report to Joe Slattery, Holland America Line’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales.  

CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report today and is once again projecting industry growth in 2015.   A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015

Five P&O Cruise Ships Meet in Sydney

Photo: P&O

 Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the harbor city.    Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea then sailed toward Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions

First Cruise Ships Dock at Abu Dhabi’s New Stopover

Luxury cruise liners―Island Sky and Seaborne Sojourn― make maiden calls at Island as part of international itinerary Credit : Abu Dhabi Ports

  Abu Dhabi Ports─the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has started welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover in Abu Dhabi. Two prominent luxury cruise vessels made their maiden calls

Pressure on Container Market Akin to 2008 Recession: UASC

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 A marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has exacerbated the pressure on shipping lines already struggling with massive over capacity, Arabian Supply Chain quotes United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) as saying.  

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

Norwegian Escape  Photo Norwegian Cruise Line

  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable

Carnival Confirms Chinese JV Cruise

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 In an industry first, the Miami-based  Carnival Corp. will develop a multi-ship domestic Chinese cruise brand with Chinese partners.    Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, formed a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp

MSC Silvia Joins Fleet


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company today took delivery of the MSC Silvia, the latest of a brand new class of 9,400 TEU container ships from the leading ocean carrier. Following today’s inauguration ceremony in Shanghai, MSC Silvia will join the Empire service between the Far East and US

Port of Kiel: Cruise Shipping Sets Passenger Record

AIDAcara in the port of Kiel (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Press release- This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel was ending on Tuesday October 20th with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. Overall the port registered 133 calls this year by 25 different ships with a total tonnage of more than 8.6 million GT (an increase of 19.4% over last year)

No Cruise Ship Tendering In Cayman Islands

Image: Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Moses Kirkconnell, the Cayman Islands’ minister of tourism said that future off-shore tendering of cruise ships is out of the question in lieu of building a $150 million cruise pier and terminal in the Cayman Islands.   Given that in 2014 approximately 82% of Cayman’s

Carnival Sends Two Ships to China

Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

 Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to commit two ships to the China cruise market: Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor.    Both ships will be based in China year-round, with Carnival Miracle to begin China sailings in spring 2017 and Carnival Splendor to begin in spring

Diebenow Joins Fathom

Bill Diebenow joins Fathom as director of sales, affinity and special accounts Photo linkedIn

  Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, has named industry veteran, Bill Diebenow as the company’s director of sales, affinity and special accounts. In this role, Diebenow will lead a robust sales team and focus on new

ABB Azipod Propulsion for Carnival’s New Ships

Azipod XO (Photo: ABB)

Power and automation technology group ABB announced it has won a repeat order worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plants and Azipod XO fuel-saving electric propulsion systems for Carnival Corporation’s two new cruise vessels.

Port of New Orleans Riding High

Gary LaGrange, president & CEO of the Port of New Orleans, speaks at the 29th Annual State of the Port Address hosted by International Freight Forwarders & Custom Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO).

The Port of New Orleans has surpassed the half-million mark for twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) handled in a 12-month period for the first time, announced Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange during the 29th Annual State of the Port Address hosted today by the International Freight Forwarders

Sembcorp Upgrades of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria for P&O Cruises

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden - Concurrent repair and upgrading of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in November 2015. Photo:  Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in cruise ship repair, refurbishment and conversion work, has successfully upgraded the Pacific Eden (formerly Statendam) and the Pacific Aria (formerly Ryndam) at its Admiralty Yard.    The concurrent drydocking of these two cruise vessels at the

Barnett Promoted to Director, Holland America Line

Amy Barnett Director Division Sales

Holland America Line has promoted Amy Barnett to the position of division sales director for the East.   In her new role, she will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing sales programs, as well as analyzing and implementing strategic and tactical initiatives to increase sales

South Africa Ports Gear Up for Cruise Season

South Africa’s ports are ramping up for a bumper cruise season with at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities.  

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