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Renaissance Cruises Appoints Manfred Ursprunger As Chief Executive

Renaissance Cruises announced today that its board of directors has appointed Manfred Ursprunger as Chief Executive. Ursprunger joins Renaissance Cruises from Celebrity Cruises, where he was one of the two key senior executives. On April 20, 2001, Renaissance Cruises announced that Malvern Maritime, led by Norwegian shipowner Peter Gram, has become the majority shareholder of R Holdings, the parent company of Renaissance Cruises, through a major investment in the company. The Company also announced the decision of Richard L. Kirby, former president and Co-CEO, to resign in order to pursue personal interests. Under Ursprunger's leadership, Celebrity Cruises has earned top travel industry honors for lodging and service quality. Responsible for Total Guest Satisfaction, Ursprunger was in charge of overall product development and delivery, including all onboard services, hotel operations, shipboard concessions, onboard entertainment and pre-post guest operations for the premium cruise line. Prior to joining Celebrity Cruises, Ursprunger served as vice president Hotel Operations with Costa Cruises. His experience in the cruise industry has included assignments at Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line and Norwegian American Cruises.

Genting Acquires Crystal Cruises

 CRYSTAL SERENITY at sea, courtesy of Crystal Cruises

 Crystal Cruises has been sold for $550 million to the owner of Asia's largest cruise line and a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.    Crystal's parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha has sold the line to Genting Hong Kong, which owns Star Cruises. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.   The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.  The announcement said that "with the support of GHK’s

Port of Seattle’s Cruise Season Underway

Photo: Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.   “Each of these cruise ships contribute $2.5 million to the local economy, which comes out to over $400 million for this cruise season,” said Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman

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.

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

China's Largest Cruise Ship Set for Maiden Voyage

Henna in Former Paint: Photo credit Wiki CCL

HNA Tourism Cruise & Yacht Management unveils mainland China's largest cruise ship 'Henna'. The Henna previously P&O Cruises' Pacific Sun, has a length of 223m, a width of 31m and 739 rooms for 1,965 passengers, and will make its debut on the Sanya-Ha Long Bay-Da Nang route. Cruise route planning is mainly based on short-term needs and short distance tours, with Sanya and Tianjin serving as home ports and Vietnam and South Korea as destinations.

New Puget Sound Cruises

American Spirit: Photo courtesy of ACL

American Cruise Lines announce new 8-day roundtrip Puget Sound cruises from Seattle aboard 'American Spirit' American Cruise Lines announce the addition of a new itinerary for 2013 – Puget Sound and San Juan Islands . Offered aboard the 100-passenger American Spirit, roundtrip cruises from Seattle will showcase the most beautiful inland waterways on the West Coast. Puget Sound, which will include the San Juan Islands

Cruise West Announces Adds Ships, Itineraries

Cruise West announced that it has acquired the Yorktown Clipper and the Nantucket Clipper previously part of the Clipper Cruise Line fleet. The 138-guest Yorktown Clipper and 102-guest Nantucket Clipper are U.S.-flagged coastal cruise ships that will join Cruise West's fleet of American-owned vessels. The new ships will sail the 2006 itineraries on the East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America that were already published by Clipper Cruise Line

Report Outlines Strong Cruise Industry Prospects

Source: Ocean Shipping Consultants

According to the latest publication from U.K.-based market consultants Ocean Shipping Consultants – “World Cruise Ports and Shipping” – the global cruise sector is forecast to exhibit dynamic growth in the period up to 2025, taking annual passenger demand up from around 20.9 million in 2012 to approximately 24m passengers by 2015, 29.7m by 2020 and 36.4m by 2025. This represents an overall forward expansion of 74%.

Allee to Lead Cruise and Tourism at Port of New Orleans

Don Allee (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Port industry veteran Don Allee will assume control of the Port’s Cruise and Tourism Division in January, following the retirement of current Director J. Robert Jumonville. Jumonville, who will retire in January after 25 years at the Port, oversaw the planning and construction of all three Julia St. Cruise Terminals, including the present consolidation of the two terminals into one modern terminal completed in 2011

Zarmati joins Fathom

Maurice Zarmati

  Fathom has engaged 44-year cruise industry veteran Maurice Zarmati to work with the burgeoning company. Fathom, which provides a different kind of cruise that combines travelers’ love of travel with their desire to make a difference

Carnival Corporation Adds Third Berth to Cozumel Pier

the official opening ceremony today in Cozumel

  Carnival Corporation & plc today officially opened an all-new, highly anticipated expansion of its operations in Cozumel, Mexico, adding a third berth to the company's pier at Puerta Maya, the most popular cruise destination in the Caribbean.

Indonesian Ports to Allow Foreign-flagged Cruise Ships

  Indonesia’s government has given the go-ahead for foreign-flagged cruise ships to stop over in five of the country’s largest ports. Previously, such vessels could only dock at one port, Benoa Bali, and passengers who wished to travel to other ports had to go back to

First Cruise Ship of the Record Season Arrives Auckland

Diamond Princess. Photo: Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 Auckland’s bumper cruise season has officially kicked off with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega liner Diamond Princess into port today (October 08).   New Zealand's tourism sector can expect a big boost, with a record breaking cruise season ahead.  

Woman Medevaced From Cruise Ship off Virginia Beach


  The Coast Guard medevaced a 30-year-old woman Tuesday from a cruise ship approximately 165 miles east of Virginia Beach. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to medevac a woman suffering abdominal pain aboard the Brazilian cruise ship Norwegian

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Pitbull (Photo: NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.   On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary godfather and headline performer at a

Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

Photo Credit:  SRAS

 Russia is building an “arc of steel” from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea said a NATO commander, in the same vein as Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain metaphor.   Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, who commands NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, and U

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

Cruise Critic Awards Best Cruise Lines of 2015

Photo: Viking Oceans

 Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its annual Editors' Picks Awards for 2015, revealing the industry's top performers in a variety of different categories.   The winners, which are selected by the online cruise guide's team of experts

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship off SouthWest Pass

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew  came to rescue of the woman

  The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old woman from a cruise ship 225 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard District 8 received a call at approximately 9 a.m., requesting a medevac for a woman who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Saga Cruises Orders New Ships

Image: Saga Cruises

 Saga Cruises has placed an order for a new cruise ship to be built by Meyer Werft in Germany with the delivery date of Summer 2019.    The deal comes with an option for a second new ship to be delivered in 2021. The 55,900 gross ton vessels will span approximately 234 metres in

Four CMA Cadets Awarded Crowley Scholarships

Left to Right: CMA cadets Griffin Sims, Alex Leonard, Bonnie Claire Muchnick and Crowleys Victoria Ellis (Photo: Crowley)

Four California Maritime Academy (CMA) cadets were awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships from the Crowley Maritime Corporation. The scholarships were presented to cadets Andrew Leonard, Griffin Sims, Bonnie Claire Muchnick and Alex Yonkman by Crowley’s manager for marine

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