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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


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


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


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.


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 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


Port of Galveston Contributes to Cruise Industry

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The Port of Galveston ranks as the fourth busiest cruise port in the U.S. based upon embarkation according to a recent study prepared by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA) for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). In 2012, the Port of Galveston, Texas’ only major cruise port, welcomed 863,000 passenger and crew, which is 4 percent of all passenger and crew visits at U.S. ports. With over $1.2 billion in direct spending and almost 20,000 jobs paying nearly $1


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


TMR Unit MarCom Integrates with MCP

Frode Støldal

Telenor Maritime Radio’s (TMR) business unit for the commercial maritime communications market, MarCom, integrates with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP).   The internal transfer in Telenor, effective from June 1, 2015, strengthens MCP with expert competence on maritime


SCH Services Anthem of the Seas in Southampton

An SCH operator loads stores on the new Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Anthem of the Seas

Terminal operators Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) are utilizing their considerable experience in handling cruise vessels to service the biggest cruise ship to call in the port of Southampton. Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas has marked her maiden call in the port with


Rotork Acquires Masso

Image courtesy of Rotork

Rotork announced it has acquired Masso Ind s.p.a., a manufacturer of shipboard valve remote control systems (VRCS), to enhance its range of flow control products and services for the worldwide marine and offshore industries.   Masso VRCS solutions include hydraulic and electro-hydraulic


EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time, cosmetic repairs and modernization work were carried out on board: the Sansibar and the Sushi Restaurant Sakura


Seminar to Cover Port Waste Facilities

Image: NAMEPA

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is set to host an Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Seminar Series to focus on Port Waste Reception Facilities. The seminar, to be held in Norfolk, Virginia on April 16, will include speakers and discussion from regulators


Anthem of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

Anthem of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean International took delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas.   Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven


AIDA Cruises’ New Flagship Receives Signature Paint Job

Photo: AIDA Cruises

At the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, the new flagship of AIDA Cruises is now receiving its beaming smile.   At the end of March, preparatory work began on the 300 m long white hull of AIDAprima to apply the painting to the bow that is typical for AIDA: kissing lips, eyes, and waves


Anthem of the Seas Officially Delivered to RCL

 Royal Caribbean’s 2nd Quantum Class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was officially delivered to the cruise line by Meyer Werft in a signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.   Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain officially received the 16-deck-high vessel from


New Cruise Ship Terminal Plan for Cockenzie

The proposed cruise ship terminal in artists imagination by Paul Welsh Architects

 To take advantage of the global increase in on-board touring holidays, the Firth of Forth is planning a new cruise ship terminal.   Developers hope to secure permission for the first purpose-built terminal on the Scottish mainland at site of the decommissioned Cockenzie power station


ABB to Equip Entire AIDA Fleet with SEEMP

ABB EMMA Onboard Tracker - Main View

  ABB will deliver energy monitoring and management system EMMA to German-based cruise operator AIDA’s entire fleet consisting of 10 vessels. The EMMA advisory suite, already installed on six of AIDA’s cruise ships, is a decision-support tool to minimize the overall energy costs


Carnival Expands Fleet with Larger, Newer Ships

Carnival Victory and Carnival Magic to provide new options from Central Florida   Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016


First Steel Cutting for Seabourn Encore

Seabourn celebrated an important milestone today with the cutting of the first steel for Seabourn Encore.

  The plate-cutting ceremony was held today at the Marghera shipyard for the "Seabourn Encore", the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri will build for Seabourn, brand of Carnival Corporation. “Seabourn Encore”


Thomson Cruises Names New Ship

Thomson Discovery. Pic: Thomson Cruises

 Thomson Cruises’ newly acquired Splendour of the Seas will be renamed Thomson Discovery when it joins the company’s fleet in summer 2016 and it will homeport in Palma.   Before setting sail under the Thomson name, the ship will undergo a re-brand and refurbishment.


Royal Caribbean Cuts Profit Forecast

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd cut its adjusted profit forecast for the year, citing a jump in fuel prices since its January forecast and a strong dollar.   Shares of the world's second-largest cruise operator, which also cut the higher end of its full-year net yields forecast, fell 9


Anthem of The Seas Christened in Southampton

Anthem of the Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean

 Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was named in Southampton, U.K.,  in a spectacular ceremony.   U.K. travel agent godmother  Emma Wilby named the 4,180-passenger ship with the words: "I name this ship Anthem of the Seas






 
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