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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.


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


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


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 Companies Slump On EPA Report

Cruise shipping lines, which were already weathering a slump to start 2000, were smacked with more bad news on Wednesday when it was revealed that six cruise ship companies -- Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines - were cited for emitting illegal amounts of smoke in scenic areas of Alaska, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. Princess Cruises reportedly plans to review the allegations and to request a conference


Royal Caribbean - Amaral Dir. Brazil Ops

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected Brazilian cruise industry veteran Ricardo Amaral as managing director of its operations in Brazil. In the newly created position, Amaral will oversee all commercial and operational activities for three of the company's brands, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Amaral will assume his new position in January. Amaral has 17 years of experience in the cruise industry


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%.


MTN Lands Cruise Line SatCom Contracts

Windstar cruise ship: Photo courtesy of the owners

MTN Communications (MTN) says that three cruise operators around the world have selected the company for its passenger, crew, corporate communications and content services. Details as follows: The following operators have contracted with MTN:


Fred. Olsen's ‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’

‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’ all in Summer of 2015

  Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to introduce a very unique cruise experience for Summer 2015, aboard its 880-guest ship Boudicca, the like of which guests will never have seen nor heard of before! Fred. Olsen will be offering an exclusive sailing, created around secrecy and suspense


Holland America Line Offers ‘Explore 4’ Early Booking

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  Holland America Line knows the trend for savvy travelers is to book vacations well in advance. To encourage those early bookings the line is returning with its popular “Explore 4” savings program that is better than before with four exceptional offers on select 2015 and 2016


USCG Assists Stranded Charter Vessel

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews are assisting a disabled passenger vessel approximately 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification at approximately 4:30 p.m., that the 83-foot passenger vessel Cetacea had a line entangled in


Crystal Cruises to Sail Elusive Northwest Passage

Crystal Cruises Northwest Passage

  The “World’s Best” Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style  voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle)


Pier Damaged at Port Canaveral

North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 (Photo courtesy of Port Canaveral)

Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates   The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday. No injuries occurred and cleanup continues today.


Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

Bulk carrier bow: File photo

No tankship orders noted the past week by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, but no lack of orders in the dry bulk carrier market, all from Far East shipbuilders. Dry bulk carriers Foremost Maritime are understood by Clarkson Hellas to have added a further four 180


Concordia Expected to Reach Genoa Saturday

The Costa Concordia wreck is expected to reach Genoa Saturday (Photo courtesy of Titan Salvage)

The Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary TITAN Salvage and partner Micoperi have confirmed that the Costa Concordia – the Concordia class cruise ship that wrecked along shores of Giglio Island, Italy, in January 2012 – has been refloated and has begun its final voyage to an assigned berth


Travel Aboard One of the World’s Largest Containerships

CMA CGM container cruise

  CMA CGM Group is now offering genuine cruises aboard its biggest vessels, the new 16,020 TEUs containerships, such as the CMA CGM MARCO POLO or the CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT. These giants of the seas (365 meters long, which is equivalent to more than 4 soccer fields)


Royal Caribbean Profit Jumps on Higher European Demand

Oasis of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's quarterly profit beat analysts' average estimate as demand for its European and Chinese cruises increased and passengers spent more on board, helping it raise its full-year profit forecast. Shares of the world's second-largest cruise operator rose as much as 9


Hall Joins Bouchard Transportation

Brian Hall

Retired Active Duty Coast Guard Commanding Officer Brian Hall has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., the nation’s largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, as Southern Port Captain / Vetting Manager. Hall brings with him more than 25 years of experience in marine


Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

MV Jane Merrick: Photo credit Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane Merrick is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft


ISS's Innovative Series of New Travel Apps for Cruise Industry

New innovative series for travel apps

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider, has launched an innovative series of travel apps for the cruise industry in Greece, covering the major ports and islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu and Syros


Port Canaveral Initiates FDLE Probe

  As a result of an internal investigation prompted by concerns raised from employees and in follow-up to prior internal suspicions, the Canaveral Port Authority in May requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to probe improprieties in its parking operations.


Marseilles Fos Reports Mixed First Half

Photo: Marseilles Fos

First-half container traffic at leading French port Marseilles Fos totalled 583,287 teu – up 7% on the first six months last year - marked by a 10% increase at the deepsea Fos terminals. Dry bulk and cruise passenger volumes also rose significantly, the port announced today






 
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