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MARAD Offers Cruise Passenger Stats

Cruise lines carried 11 percent more passengers from U.S. ports in the first quarter of 2003 than they did in the first quarter of 2002, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported. Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International maintain the largest market share among the top 10 cruise lines, accounting for 32.7 and 26.4 percent, respectively. The statistics are part of a new statistical series issued by MARAD on U.S. cruise passenger traffic, which covers the 10 major cruise lines operating cruise ships with a capacity greater than 750 passengers. The cruise lines included in the database are Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Costa Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line. Cruises in the 6-to-8 day category had the largest share of both cruises and passengers, accounting for 64 percent of the total passenger-days during the first quarter 2003. Miami and Fort Lauderdale were the departure ports for 49.2 percent of the total traffic, while the western Caribbean was the most visited destination, accounting for 43 percent of the passengers. For calendar year 2002, the data identifies 3,575 cruises and 7.6 million passengers carried by 10 cruise lines. MARAD's new data product will provide the industry with a new source of timely and accurate market information, useful not only for industry analysts


Carnival Assigns Previously Ordered Vessel to P&O Cruises

Carnival Corporation & plc has assigned the newbuild slot for the previously announced 116,000-ton cruise ship to U.K.-based P&O Cruises. To be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the vessel is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008. The new 3,100-passenger vessel will become the largest cruise ship specifically built for British cruise service and continues Carnival’s ongoing European expansion strategy. An itinerary for this vessel has not been announced


Port of Houston, Princess Cruises Lock Two More Seasons

The Port of Houston Authority reached an agreement with Princess Cruises to make passenger calls for two additional cruise seasons, in addition to the sailings that will kick off later this year in November at the state-of-the-art Bayport Cruise Terminal. The agreement, which was approved by the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority today, calls for Princess Cruises to sail from the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas, during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 cruise seasons.


American Cruise Lines Wins WTA Award

Queen of the Mississippi: Image courtesy of American Cruise Lines

Operator of riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, American Cruise Lines, has been voted this year’s leading North American cruise line by travel excellence organization, World Travel Awards. (Referred to as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal). Long established in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide attention as the first to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America


Norwegian to Buy Prestige Cruises in $3b Deal

Photo: Prestige Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH.O) said it would buy Prestige Cruises International Inc from its owner Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) in a $3 billion deal to expand its high-end luxury cruise offerings. Shares of Norwegian Cruise, the world's third-largest cruise operator, were up 13 percent at $37.57 in early trading. Prestige, which in January registered with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering


Cruise to Take Center Stage in Hamburg

(Photo Credit: Richard Grable) Cruise vessels will take center stage at the SMM 2004, 21st Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology, International Trade Fair Hamburg, which is to take place at the Hamburg Fair site from 28 September to 2 October. Cruising and cruise vessel construction have had to maneuver in difficult waters in the past year. The very active ordering activity of recent years has slowed down to become steady, dependable growth


Shanghai's New Cruise Terminal Plans FTZ Link-up

Cruise termina construction: Photo credit Baoshan District

Shangai's Baoshan District Committee aims to see the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal become the flagship cruise terminal in China and even in Asia, by proactively connecting to the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Ultimately, the developers of the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal, Baoshan District, say they intend to expand the definition of what is meant by 'cruise industry', by making the terminal the pioneer of the cruise industry in China.


New Orleans’ 2014 Cruise Passenger Total Tops Record

The 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn berthed at the Port of New Orleans Julia Street Cruise Terminal in November 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1 million cruise passengers in 2014 for the first time in its history. For the 12 months, embarkations and disembarkations totaled 1,014,325, an increase of more than 2.6 percent over 2013, a fourth straight record year for the port.   Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange, said, “The total represents a 180 percent increase in cruise passengers since 2001 – the year the Port began in earnest marketing itself as a premier


Hamburg Cruise Center to Promote Seatrade

The Hamburg Cruise Center e.V., together with the cruise terminal operator UNIKAI Lagerei- und Speditionsgesellschaft mbH will promote the destination Hamburg at Seatrade. Together with five other German cruise destinations the cruise location Hamburg will present itself under the headline “Destinations Germany.” Hamburg becomes more and more important as a cruise location for shipping companies as well as for passengers. During the 2006 season 68 cruise ships called


AAPA Announces 2015 Cruise Award Recipients

The St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of the APAA)

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will honor two 2015 Cruise Award recipients at the group's 2015 Cruise Seminar, the APAA announced today. J. Robert Jumonville, former cruise and tourism director for the Port of New Orleans, and René Trépanier, executive director of the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association, will receive the awards during the group's biennial seminar, which will take place from February 10th to February 12 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six


Costa Concordia Used For Mafia Drug Smuggling

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 The doomed Costa Concordia was carrying a huge shipment of Mafia-owned cocaine when it set off on its final voyage, AP reports quoting investigators who have collected evidence.   Authorities have collected phone and tape recordings that show the ‘Ndrangheta Calabrian criminal


Port St. John to Install KleinPort System

The Port of Saint John (photo courtesy of Port Saint John)

  Klein Systems Group Ltd. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to install the KleinPort Port Management Information System at Port Saint John, New Brunswick.   The Port will be using KleinPort to manage and track its operational activities and cargo data


Viking Enters Ocean Cruise Industry

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced it took delivery of Viking Star, marking the company's official arrival into the ocean cruise industry.   The delivery ceremony took place on March 28 when the ship was presented at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy


Palfinger Chooses NAMJet Waterjets

Photos courtesy of Palfinger

Netherlands-based Palfinger Boats has launched the first of two Damen-designed FRSQ 1200 fast-rescue/oil response vessels.   Built in Harderwijk, Netherlands, the 12-meter (40-foot) vessel is powered by dual 440-horsepower (hp) Yanmar diesels mated to twin NAMJet TJ431 HH waterjets.


VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

    The VIKING LifeCraft (Image courtesy of VIKING)

  This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships.   The concept was presented to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ships Systems and


NYC Ferries: Gladding-Hearn Building Three New Vessels

Photo courtesy of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has begun construction of the first of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Inc., in New York City. A keel-laying ceremony at the Somerset-Mass., shipyard in January


Becker Marine at Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems product presentation at the dutch Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo will put a strong focus on environmentally-friendly technology for the marine industry like the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL.  


Royal Caribbean Sets to Sail to Tianjin

Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class ship (Royal Caribbean International)

 Royal Caribbean International will deploy yet another big ship in China, with the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas joining Quantum of the Seas in the Far East.   The Miami-based cruise company takes delivery of Ovation in April 2016 and it will head straight to China rather than


Viking Sets to Sail to Ocean

Viking Star (Courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises)

 With Viking Ocean Cruises officially has its first cruise ship, the group has embraced a new strategy intended to split its growth more evenly between river and ocean cruising.   “Viking Star”, the first of three cruise ships which Fincantieri is currently building for


Puerto Rico Readies for Largest Cruise Ships

Image by Puerto Rico Tourism Company

 Thanks to a pier expansion and enhancement, Puerto Rico will welcome the two largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, in 2016.   This announcement is part of the commitment made under the administration of Gov


Carnival Sails to Profit

Image:  Carnival Corporation & plc

 The world's largest cruise company Miami-based Carnival Corp reported a net profit of $49 million, or 6 cents per share in the first quarter ended Feb. 28.   That compared with a loss of $20 million, or 3 cents per share, in the 2014 quarter


Smoke: Cruise Ship Evacuates Passengers

Carnival Liberty. Picture by Carnival Cruise Lines

 A number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of Carnival Liberty cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten.   Later the line stated that there was no fire


Holland America Line Ships Score 100

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  On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100.  


Carnival to Add Nine Ships to Cruise Fleet

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Carnival Corporation enters into strategic partnerships to add nine cruise ships to its fleet over a four-year period starting in 2019; shipbuilders Fincantieri and Meyer Werft to each build next-generation cruise ships for Carnival Corporation through two separate, long-term partnerships  


US Cruise Industry Preparing for Cuba

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  U.S. cruise lines are preparing to enter uncharted waters -- Cuban waters.   Although U.S. tourists are still technically banned from visiting the Caribbean country, one of the world's last remaining communist states, the process of normalizing relations between the U.S






 
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