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33% GROWTH FOR COSTA CRUISES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: ALMOST 9 MILLION PASSENGER MOVEMENTS IN 2011

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Genoa, March 14 2011 – Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s no.1 cruise company, has confirmed its undisputed leadership in the Mediterranean; this region, which enjoys one of the highest growth rates in the global cruise industry, will be the focus of attention at Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami 2011. It is estimated that this year, with about 2,800 calls in 92 destinations,  there will be almost 9 million passenger movements in Mediterranean ports for the ships in the Costa fleet, all of which are Italian-flagged; this amounts to a 33% increase compared to 2010.  Italian ports will benefit most from the cruise traffic generated by Costa Cruises, with almost 4 million passenger movements, 50% more than last year.  Costa’s ships will carry more than one third of the 11 million passenger movements (source: Agenzia Cemar) expected in Italy’s ports in 2011. After Italy, the Mediterranean countries expected to see the most Costa passenger movements are Spain and Greece, each one with more than 1 million passenger movements, and France, with more than half a million.  Costa’s ships will be calling at a total of 92 Mediterranean ports, including 21 in Italy, 17 in Spain, 11 in Greece and 9 in France. Costa’s expansion in the Mediterranean in 2011 will be supported by the new flagship Costa Favolosa (114,500 gross tonnage and 3,780 total Guests)


Additional Cruise Ship Orders for SAM Electronics

Hamburg-based SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, has received orders to supply four NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command systems for new cruise ships currently under construction in major European shipyards on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and Costa Cruises for delivery in 2011 and 2012. Ships to be equipped with the NACOS systems include Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Magic being built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy


Cruise Ships Cancel Tunisia Calls in Wake of Islamic Terrorists Attack

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 Cruise lines like Holland America, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Star Clippers, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Aida Cruises have canceled all port stops to Tunisia for the rest of the year following the jihadist terrorist attack and massacre in the capital March 18th.   Seventeen cruisers from Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises ships visiting Tunis for the day were killed in Wednesday's attack, which took place at the city's Bardo National Museum. More than 20 other cruisers were wounded.


Costa to Double Presence in Asia

Encouraged by the positive trend of its cruises in Asia, Costa Cruises will increase its presence by positioning a second cruise ship in the region, beginning in March 2009. Costa Cruises was the first international company to schedule regular cruises in China and Asia. Its operations began on July 2, 2006 with the Costa Allegra, which flies the Italian flag. A year and a half later, following the success of the product marketed both in China and internationally


Costa Victoria in for a Facelift at Lloyd Werft

Radical changes are imminent for Costa Victoria, one of the nine members currently comprising the Costa Crociere fleet. On January 6, next year, at the end of her New Year's Eve cruise, the ship will leave the port of Savona bound for Bremerhaven in Germany, where it will arrive after 5 days at sea and undergo work at the Lloyd Werft shipyard. During Costa Victoria's stay in the yard, which will last approximately 30 days, it will be dry-docked for routine maintenance work


Four Costa Ships in Drydock

Costa Crociere continues to make investments to keep its fleet operating at the highest quality standards. Between November and December 2007 no less than 4 ships in the Italian company’s fleet, Europe’s biggest and most modern, were placed in dry-dock to carry out technical maintenance and restyling operations worth a total of 15 million euros. The works were carried out in the dry-docks of the ports of Genoa and Palermo: the Costa Victoria (from 13 to 23 November) was the guest of


Costa Fortuna Leaves For Sea Trials

Costa Costa Fortuna has taken to the open sea for the first time. Costa Crociere’s new flagship which, with her 105,000 gross tonnage, is the largest cruise ship in the history of Italian seafaring, today left Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards, where her fitting out is nearing completion, bound for the builder’s Palermo yard. This crossing will be used to carry out sea trials. On the way from Genoa to Palermo Costa Fortuna will be subjected to various preliminary operational tests


Costa Serena Cross Section Arrives

The fore end section of the Costa Serena arrived in Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa recently. The Costa Serena is the second of Costa Crociere’s three new sister ships due to enter service over the next four years. The fore end section of the new building is about 91 m in length and 3,200 gt. It left the Palermo yard, where it was assembled, on February 1, and will now be placed in the building graving-dock at the Sestri Ponente yard; there


COSTA Ships Debut in Dubai

Starting from December 2006 the Italian Costa Crociere SpA, which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The official announcement was made during a series of official meetings, set to take place in Dubai on February 1 and 2, 2006, between a delegation from Costa Crociere – headed by Costa Crociere SpA Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Crociere President Gianni Onorato


HAL's Westerdam To Be Transferred To Costa Cruises

Carnival Corporation announced that its Holland America Line unit will transfer its 1,494-passenger Westerdam to sister company Costa Cruises in spring 2002, at the conclusion of the vessel's winter Caribbean cruise season. The vessel will then immediately reposition to Europe where it will undergo a short drydock for minor interior renovations and exterior modifications followed by a program of Mediterranean cruises beginning in June 2002.


Crowley Adds New Container Shipping Service

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Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it is launching a new weekly fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica.   The service’s two containerships will call at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Terminal


AIDA Cruises Sets Its Sights on the Chinese Market

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American/British owned German cruise line AIDA Cruises has launched its first marketing campaign on the Chinese market. From April 2017, with AIDAbella, AIDA Cruises will, for the first time, deploy a ship in China all year round and, in close cooperation with Costa Asia


RINA Awards Carnival Maritime with Environmental, Safety

Certification Ceremony (Photo: RINA Services)

RINA recently awarded Carnival Maritime GmbH ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 certificates.   Now the Carnival Maritime office in Hamburg as well as 26 ships in Carnival Maritime’s fleet have been awarded environmental management ISO 14001 and occupational health and safety management BS


Seaboard Marine Expands Services from U.S. Gulf

Seaboard Marine Vessels at the Port of New Orleans Photo Seaboard Marine

Seaboard Marine will launch a new weekly service commencing on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from New Orleans connecting U.S. exporters to Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica in addition to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.  The expanded service


Portugal PM Warns Lisbon Dock Workers to End Strike

Portugal's prime minister warned Lisbon dock workers on Friday that his patience was running out after a strike that has lasted a month, paralysing the city's ports. Lisbon is Portugal's second largest port and the dock workers have warned they would continue their stoppage until June 16 if


Costa Cruises Renews Its Communications Network

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Telecommunications firm Italtel has been selected to renew the communications network of British/American owned Italian cruise shipping company Costa Cruises. Under the contract, Italtel will implement a updated integrated communication system


Fincantieri Bags 5 Cruise Ships Order from Carnival

Fincantieri, leader in cruise ship design and construction, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, have finalized the contracts for the construction of five next-generation passenger ships.

Following on a March 2015 agreement and a memorandum of agreement last December, Fincantieri, a leader in cruise ship design and construction, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, have finalized contracts for the construction of five next-generation


Hamburg Gives Cruise Ships Easier Access

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Carnival Maritime to use services of HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center   The Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC) has expanded its portfolio to include cruise ships, now providing support for Costa and AIDA vessels when they call at the Port of Hamburg.  


Tourist Boat Sinks off Nicaraguan Island Killing 13 Costa Ricans

Admiral Marvin Elias Rodriguez Corrales  Courtesy Nicaragua Navy

Thirteen people died on Saturday after a small tourist boat sank amid strong winds off a remote island in the Caribbean sea, Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said. The victims, all from Costa Rica, died when the "Caribbean Queen" sank near Little Corn Island


Carnival Corp. Appoints Chairman in China

Roger Chen (Photo: Carnival)

25-year veteran Chinese executive charged with overseeing Carnival Corporation’s presence in China and facilitating the company’s long-term growth plans for cruising in the region   Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that Roger Chen has been appointed chairman in


Carnival Maritime Opens in Hamburg

Jens Lassen and Michael Thamm at the unit’s opening (Photo: Carnival Maritime)

Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit


Svitzer Bags 30-year Towing Deal in Costa Rica

Svitzer has entered a 30-year terminal towage contract to provide marine services for the new APMT Moin Container Terminal in Costa Rica, starting from the third quarter of 2017.   In addition to supplying marine service, Svitzer will provide three 70TBP ASD tugs (two with FiFi 1)


APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks


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


Cruise Season Kicks Off in Portland, UK

Eurodam (Photo: Portland Port)

Portland Port celebrated the launch of its 2015 cruise program receiving more than 4,000 passengers over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.   Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Serenade of the Seas made her inaugural call on the Saturday and Holland America Lines’ Eurodam returned






 
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