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Channel Island Cruises Choose Teknicraft Catamaran Design

“I’ve been on this hull in San Francisco, New Zealand and Fiji,” says Alex Brodie of Channel Island Cruises in Ventura, Calif., of the extensive research that went into the company’s selection of the Teknicraft catamaran design for their new build, “And what appealed to me was the hull’s combination of sea-keeping at speed.” Brodie’s company, which has a transportation concession for the Channel Islands National Park, currently operates four single-hull 49-passenger boats. The new 149-passenger 65- x 24-ft. Cummins-powered catamaran Islander, delivered in mid March, will replace two of the smaller vessels. The new vessel features a range of environmentally friendly features such as high boxes around the fuel filler fittings to catch overspill. It also has non-toxic high polish bottom paint. Aluminum boat builder All American Marine, of Bellingham, Wash., has a partnership with Auckland, New Zealand’s naval architect Nic de Waal for the exclusive building rights to his unique Teknicraft catamaran designs on the U.S. west coast. Each of the twin Teknicraft hulls or sponsons employs a combination of symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. The symmetrical bow-sections ensure directional stability in short swell conditions and following seas, while the asymmetrical amidships and aft sections ensures softness of ride and reduced wetted area which enhances comfort and economy


Cruise Ship Runs Aground

The MS Mistral cruise ship carrying 1,139 passengers has run aground off the Caribbean island of Nevis. "The passengers are still aboard, and they are in good shape," a member of the Coast Guard for Saint Kitts and Nevis said, adding few other details were immediately unavailable. The 47,000-ton ship, built in 1999 and operated by Festival Cruises of Greece, caters to Europeans and regularly travels the Greek Islands and the Caribbean. The ship carries a crew of about 500. - (Reuters)


AMCV To Acquire MS Nieuw Amsterdam

American Classic Voyages (AMCV) has reached an agreement with Holland America line to buy MS Nieuw Amsterdam for $114.5 million, contingent upon various conditions expected to be resolved by this coming fall. A unit of Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line is scheduled to transfer the 1,214-passenger cruise ship to AMCV during fall 2000. AMCV plans to re-document Nieuw Amsterdam as a U.S.-flag vessel, complete with American crew


Grand Cayman to Build Cruise Ship Dock

The island of Grand Cayman, which has long resisted building a cruise ship dock out of concern about environmental damage that would result from dredging a channel into George Town Harbor, has now decided to start development of a dock for four ships, according to Cruise Ship Report. The initial phase, an environmental impact assessment, has just started. Currently, cruise ships anchor off George Town, and tenders ferry their thousands of passengers back and forth to town


Celebrity Eclipse Makes First Appearance

Photo courtesy Celebrity Cruises

The third in Celebrity Cruises' $3.7b Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Eclipse emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Feb. 28. Celebrity Eclipse will enter service April 26 and, following two short break cruises, will offer a series of Canary Islands, Scandinavia/Russia and Spanish Mediterranean sailings roundtrip from Southampton, England. The new vessel will present Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Miami beginning in November.


Costa Chooses Saipem to Scrap Concordia

Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project

Costa Cruises has chosen a consortium including oil service company Saipem to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner which capsized off the Tuscany coast in 2012, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The green light from the Italian government is still missing, the sources added. Besides Saipem the consortium includes Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio, one of the sources said.


Propeller Club Port and NYMAR Host NYC Harbor Cruise

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Fundraiser for Japan Relief on May 4th April 22, 2011—Statue Cruise’s M/V Respect will be the venue for a joint Propeller Club and NYMAR 2011 New York Harbor Cruise.  Passengers will embark from Battery Park at 6:00 on May 4th for a close up of the spectacular Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Manhattan views, dinner and drinks.  Proceeds from the event will go to relief in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. 


Panama Canal Cruise Season Starts Today

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200 Plus Transits Expected.           The Panama Canal cruise-line season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 5, and runs through the middle of next year. More than 200 transits of these passenger vessels are expected.  The transit of Princess Cruises Island Princess will mark the beginning of the season, traveling for 14 days from Los Angeles, California, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Crystal Cruises Condé Nast Traveler Best Cruise Line 2012

Crystal Symphony: Photo credit NYK Line

Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) for 2012. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world. A record 46,476 readers voted this year, ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ activities/facilities, staterooms, crew/service, design/ship layout, food/dining


Aberdeen Harbor Welcomes First Ship

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Aberdeen Harbor welcomed its first cruise vessel as it prepares for 12 expected visits to the city during the summer season. The arrival of the cruise vessel Island Sky, famed for its large suites and spacious outside decks, signals the start of the season when it arrives tomorrow (May 21) for the first of what will be three visits as it tours the Scottish Islands and Scandinavia over the course of the summer. Many of the cruises scheduled on such vessels this year will start and end in


Holland America Line Wins Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Courtesy Holland American Line

  Holland America Line won top honors in four categories in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The premium cruise line took first place in Best Dining (large-ship category) for ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Best Value-for-Money (mid-sized category) for ms Zuiderdam


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.   


China's Maritime Advances Worry US

Image: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 The Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James Clapper, has expressed his concern at the progress of China in maritime zones it shares with its neighbors, accused China of expanding its outposts in the South China Sea in an “aggressive” effort to exert sovereignty.  


'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas


Record 6 ships docked at Port Canaveral

Image by Port Canaveral Authority

 Port Canaveral was jammed Sunday with both spectators and cruise ship passengers as, for the first time ever, six cruise ships tied up at the port’s docks.  “It’s just a sign of things to come,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said


Anthem of the Seas Ready for Float-Out

Anthem of the Seas Photo By Meyer Werft

The latest cruise ship under construction - Anthem of the Seas - will leave building dock II of Meyer Werft shipyard in Northwestern Germany on February 21.   The 168.600-gt cruise ship Anthem of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ship in the world


Carnival's $85M DR Facility to Begin Receiving Guests in October

The site plan for Carnivals Amber Cove facility (Photo courtesy of Ambercove.com)

Carnival Corporation today announced it will begin welcoming guests at its new $85 million Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic beginning in October 2015. The facility, which represents the largest cruise industry investment ever made in the Dominican Republic


Artificial Islands Boost China Regional Power

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows Chinese progress in building an island at Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands. (Credit: CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/HIS)

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.


New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years


Japan, China to Resume Maritime Talks

The Senkaku Islands - by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

 Japan and China plan to resume security talks with focus on maritime issues as early as April after a four-year hiatus amid simmering tensions over territorial disputes, AFP reports.   A meeting planned for Tokyo, which would be the first since January 2011 in Beijing


Asian Maritime Battle Heats Up

Chinese vessel building project in the Spratly Islands (Image by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

 New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea, reports The Australian.   Intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions, the images show a ¬dra¬matic expansion in China’s construction of


India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

Image by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala

 With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come.   A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration


USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

Photo courtesy USCG

  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.


MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

Photo: Antonio Ferrer

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers.   As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter






 
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