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Superlative Cruising Encounter

BCS Media, Manuel Lebowsky (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Cruise Center)

A fleet of seven cruise ships attract 600,000 visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. It was ‘time to say goodbye’ to the Deutschland and AIDAstella last Sunday, not only for the cruise passengers, but also for the many visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. For three days the city was totally consumed by the laid back maritime cruising atmosphere that prevailed along the four-kilometre length of the event area. Blessed with midsummer temperatures, 12 cruise theme islands between HafenCity and Altona provided a range of sporting, artistic and cultural offerings as well as a highly diverse entertainment program. Taking centre stage at the event and a real marvel for the around 600,000 visitors were the seven cruise ships: the AIDAluna and AIDAstella (both AIDA Cruises), the DEUTSCHLAND (Reederei Peter Deilmann GmbH), MS Delphin (Passat Cruises), MS EUROPA (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), the MSC Magnifica (MSC Cruises) and the Gann. A unique atmosphere also engulfed the spectacular Hamburg Cruise Days parade, the absolute highlight of the event. To the awe of the visitors and accompanied by individual firework displays, four of the cruise ships sailed down the Elbe in front of the harbour, which was spectacularly illuminated in blue by artist Michael Batz. The response of Gerd Drossel, managing director of Hamburg Cruise Center e.V


U.S. Economy Gained $42 Billion from Cruise Industry in 2012, Study Finds

Photo: Carnival

The North American cruise industry continued to be a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy in 2012 according to an independent study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The study shows that CLIA’s 26 North American member lines and their passengers and crew contributed over $42 billion in total U.S. economic impact, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. In addition, the cruise industry generated 356,311 jobs, paying a record $17


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


Cruise West Awarded Entries into Nat’l Park

Cruise West, the small-ship exploration cruise line, has been awarded by the National Park Service eight cruise ship entries to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  The cruise line also holds two tour vessel permits that allows 105 entries of its smaller vessels. This is the highest number of tour vessel entries allocated to one cruise line.  “Cruise West is unique as we hold both kinds of ship permits – a cruise ship permit for the Spirit of Oceanus (over 100 tons)


Ambassadors International to Acquire American West Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the membership interests of American West Steamboat Company LLC and related entities ("American West Cruises") from Oregon Rail Holdings, LLC. American West Cruises is one of North America's premier river and coastal cruise companies operating unique, historical and nature-oriented cruise itineraries on the Columbia and Snake rivers, Alaska's Inside Passage


Ambassadors Cruise Group Appoints Moore Senior VP

Ambassadors Cruise Group has named cruise industry veteran Diane Moore Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Windstar Cruises and Majestic America Line. Moore will report to David Giersdorf, President, Ambassadors Cruise Group. The appointment is effective April 2007. Ambassadors recently purchased Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line. Moore will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all


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


Larsen Named Director at CLIA

Bo Larsen will serve as Director of Port Engagement and Business Development

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the establishment of a Global Ports Committee as well as new regional committees in the Americas, Australasia and Asia in addition to the regional committee already operating in Europe. CLIA is now focusing more on engaging directly with port communities around the world both on operational and strategic issues. Port partners will now have increased opportunities to engage with CLIA member lines through this newly established Committee


Royal Olympic Takes Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Blohm+Voss GMBH delivered of the new fast cruise ship, Olympia Explorer, to Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. The vessel immediately sailed from the Blohm+Voss shipyard to the Port of Piraeus in Greece. Royal Olympic Cruises' CEO, Yiannos Pantazis, said that the delivery of the Olympia Explorer "made us all proud." The Olympia Explorer, together with her sister ship, Olympia Voyager, are the fastest cruise vessels of their size, performing unique cruises at speeds of up to 30 knots


China Homeport for RCI Cruise Ship

Mariner of the Seas: Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The largest cruise liner in Asia, 'Mariner of the Seas' docks in new homeport, the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District, Shangai. After two months of renovation costing US$20 million, the Mariner of the Seas sailed in April from the United States to Shanghai., informs Shanghai Daily. From June to October, Mariner of the Seas and other cruise ships will  set sail from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, with South Korea as the main destination.


Eurodam Tops in USPH Inspections

Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam achieved a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This achievement marks the seventh consecutive perfect score for the ship.   The unannounced inspection of ms Eurodam was held Oct. 22, 2014, during a call at Boston, Mass. The ship recently repositioned cruise to Fort. Lauderdale, Fla., for its Caribbean season.  “To earn a score of 100 on any given

  Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam achieved a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This achievement marks the seventh consecutive perfect score for the ship.  


Cruise Shipping: RCL's 'Quantum of the Seas' Delivered

Photo: MEYER WERFT

First Ship of New Class for Royal Caribbean MEYER WERFT delivered the 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas to the U.S. cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. yesterday in Bremerhaven. According to the builder, the first ship of the Quantum class sets new standards in terms of


L-3 MSI Supplies Navigation for the Oasis Class

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

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation system, including an integrated dynamic positioning system, for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Oasis class


Quantum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

Quantum of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard, at an official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany attended by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D


AMS Presents 2014 Safety Awards

Bouchard Transportation Company, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine Corporation, Patriot Contract Services and U.S. Shipping Corporation receive 2014 Maritime Safety Awards (Photo: AMS)

Nonprofit maritime trade association American Maritime Safety (AMS) held its 25th Annual Membership Meeting at The Yale Club of New York City on Thursday, October 23, honoring five member companies with Maritime Safety Awards in recognition of their dedication to promoting safe vessel navigation


Sea-Fire Systems Aboard Niagara Falls Tour Boats

Photo: Sea-Fire Marine

When it came time to retire the iconic Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls tour boats, Hornblower Niagara Cruises sought replacements that would raise the standard of forward-thinking performance, without sacrificing safety. The two new 86' x 36' catamarans built by Hike Metal


Damen Lands Cruise Ship Repair Work

MSC Magnifica (Photo courtesy of Damen)

MSC Magnifica arrives at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) has been awarded a cruise repair and maintenance contract from MSC Cruises. Built in 2010, the MSC Magnifica is 293 meters long and has a capacity for more than 2


Maritime Terrorist Attacks ‘Increasingly Likely’

Shipping in general and oil tankers in particular should increase levels of security to counter the threat of an increasingly likely terrorist attack, maritime security company MAST has warned. The company issued the warning after Al-Qaeda insinuated it could execute strategic attacks on


Costa Diadema Presented in Marghera

Costa Diadema

  Costa Diadema the fifteenth ship and new flagship of Costa Cruises fleet, was presented today by Costa Cruises and Fincantieri. Costa Cruises has invested a total of around 550 million euro in the construction of the Costa Diadema at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.


Containers, Cruises Help Boost Marseilles Fos

Photo: Marseilles Fos

Container throughput at French port Marseilles Fos reached 876,711 teu for the period January to September, an increase of 6% on the first nine months last year. The performance - driven by a 9% rise at the Fos 2XL deep sea terminals - was two points better than the trend at other French ports


Holland America Line & Seabourn names Kammerer is V.P

Mark Kammerer

  Mark Kammerer has been named vice president, international marketing and sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn. In this role, he will be responsible for the companies’ sales offices in the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia


Cruise Ship Returns to Texas after Ebola Concern

Carnival Magic (Photo: Carnival)

The Carnival Magic cruise ship was en route back to the United States on Saturday with a passenger from Texas who might have handled specimens of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States but is considered at low risk, a company spokeswoman said.


World’s 1st LNG Hybrid Barge Christened "Hummel"

Dr. Monika Griefahn christens world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge in Hamburg

  The world’s first LNG hybrid barge of Becker Marine Systems was christened with the name "Hummel" on October 18, 2014, at Grasbrook Quay in HafenCity Hamburg. The godmother of the inaugural event for the floating LNG power plant for environmentally friendly energy supply of


Obama Appoints Ebola 'Czar'; Texas Health Worker Isolated on Ship

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press after a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the governments Ebola response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Oct.15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday as the global death toll from the disease that has hit mostly three West African countries rose to more than 4,500. Amid growing concerns about the spread of the virus in the United States


Kiel's 2014 Cruise Shipping Season Ends

Photo: Port of Kiel

Expanded terminal capacities created at Berth 1 This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel closes on the evening of October 18 when the AIDAcara sets sail for the Canary Islands. Dr. Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG), said






 
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