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'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas, will measure 227,000 tons, eclipsing its two record-size sisters by more than 1,700 tons.   Royal Caribbean confirmed that a cruise ship it has on order for delivery in 2016 will be the largest ever built.   The 16-deck-high cruise ship will hold a record 5,479 passengers at double occupancy, nearly 100 more than the two earlier Oasis class vessels, the line says.   The first two Oasis class ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, made waves in the cruise industry when they debuted in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and are by far the largest cruise ships currently afloat. Chock full of dozens of eateries, bars, showrooms and deck-top fun zones, they each measure 225,282 tons and carry 5,400 passengers at double occupancy.   Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said that the company is the middle of ushering exciting new concepts and innovations meant to strike the perfect chord for the most adventurous vacationers.   He added that the MV Harmony of the Seas will have new features that were not found on the MV Allure of the Seas including seven district neighbourhoods, three multi-story waterslides


Discharges From Cruise Ships Have Minimal Impact in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released a Report


Color Line, Aker Yards Sign for Cruise Ship

Color Line AS and Aker Yards signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the order of a second ship, a sister vessel to M/S Color Fantasy, the world's largest cruise ship with car decks delivered from Aker Finnyards the 3rd of December 2004. The contract value is at the same level as for M/S Color Fantasy, approximately EUR 300 million. The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including Color Line and Aker Yards board approval


Cold Ironing Exploration Gets "Green Light" at Port Everglades

Port Everglades got the "green light" from the Broward County Commission to begin exploring the possibility of installing shore-side power, commonly called "cold ironing," at the new Cruise Terminal 18, which will be the year-round homeport terminal for Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships. If deemed fiscally and operationally feasible, Port Everglades will become the first seaport on the East Coast of the to install cold ironing.


STX Europe, MSC Cruise LOI for Newbuild

STX Europe’s subsidiary, STX France SA and MSC Cruise has signed a letter of intent for the construction of a new large cruise ship at its St. Nazaire shipyard in France to be delivered in mid - 2012. The new cruise ship will be a sister ship of MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, which were delivered from STX France's St. Nazaire shipyard in December 2008 and July 2009, respectively. The new vessel will be the 9th cruise ship built in St. Nazaire for MSC Cruises.


Britannia sails into Southampton

New cruise ship Britannia Credit: P&O

 Britain's newest ever superliner Britannia has arrived in its home port Southampton ahead of its official naming ceremony. It’s the largest cruise ship built for the British market.   It will bear the same name as the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 50 years of service. The Queen will officially name the vessel in Southampton on 10 March.  


Schat-Harding Takes Over Mulder & Rijke

Lifeboat and davit specialist Schat-Harding has taken over Dutch lifeboat builder Mulder & Rijke. Schat-Harding will continue to manufacture Mulder &Rijke lifeboats for the cruise and ferry market and will provide a global after sales service for all Mulder &Rijke SOLAS products. The production of Mulder & Rijke totally enclosed lifeboats for the merchant shipping and offshore industry has been discontinued. "This is a great opportunity for Mulder & Rijke clients, who can now benefit


MSC Cruises Order Two 154,000 gt Cruise Ships

Seaside rendering courtesy of MSC

MSC Cruises informs it has signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of two new cruise ships with an option for one more. The two ships will join MSC Cruises' 12 strong cruise ship fleet. The contract was signed at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri in the presence of MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and CEO Gianni Onorato, and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono.


Port Everglades Updates Master/Vision Plan for Future Growth

Map of Port Everglades

  Port Everglades is planning for the year 2033 with an updated roadmap for future growth over the next 20 years that identifies $1.6 billion in capital investments to improve productivity for cargo, cruise and petroleum businesses that operate at the South Florida seaport. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners, which governs the Port as a self-funded enterprise fund, approved the Port Everglades 2014 Master/Vision Plan today during its regularly scheduled meeting


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 Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard.   “I am very happy to receive Anthem of the Seas from Meyer Werft Yards,” said Richard


Another Megaship to Join Royal Caribbean Cruise Fleet

Anthem of the Seas passes newly enhanced Explorer of the Seas as she departs on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK. Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean has ordered a fourth ship for its Quantum Class family of ships from Meyer Werft. The ship will be delivered in 2019.   With two Quantum-class vessels already delivered and a third under construction, Royal Caribbean Cruises on Thursday announced plans to order a fourth


Busan Port to Meet Thriving Cruise Demand

Busan Port unveils plans to fuel booming cruise sector; Korean government backs national cruise industry   In response to Northeast Asia’s rapidly growing attractiveness as a cruise destination, South Korea’s port of Busan is bringing new facilities on-stream this year and has


Carnival Orders New Cruise Ships to Stuff Approx 7,000

Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc

 Carnival Corporation has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world.    The four new ships will be the cruise industry's largest yet—but only in head count, not in size.   


World's Largest Cruise Ship Takes to the Water

Harmony of the Seas. Pic: Royal Caribbean International

 The hulking shell of Royal Caribbean’s “Harmony of the Seas” — the world’s largest cruise ship — entered the water in France on Friday. It’s expected to take its maiden voyage in 2016.  


India to Make Cruise Tourism Sail

Image by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala

 With its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, India may get some fillip in cruise tourism in the months to come.   A report in Business Standard says that a high-level meeting of the Bureau of Immigration


British Queen to Name New Ship

Britannia (Photo by P&O Cruises)

 Queen Elizabeth II will christen P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia in Southampton, England, on March 10. She will be accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.   The naming ceremony of the new 141


Thordon Bearings COMPAC System for Britannia

P&O Cruises Britannia features a water-lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings seawater-lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft system given royal ‘seal’ of approval    P&O Cruise’s new flagship Britannia was officially christened by the Queen yesterday at a naming ceremony in Southampton, U.K.  


Lerwick Sees Cruise Season Boom

Lerwick Harbour gets set for the boom in cruising shipping

  Lerwick Harbour’s cruise season launches at the double this week, with the arrival of the first two vessels of the year on Wednesday (18 March), bringing 1,850 passengers to Shetland. En route from Andalnes, Norway, to Torshavn, Faroe


MSC Cruises to Debut Seaside Class in 2017

Image courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises announced that the first of its next generation Seaside class of ships, set to debut in November 2017, will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. Following the first ship's delivery from the shipyard


New Study to Provide Insight into Passenger Ship Comfort

Rob Grin

Comfort is considered to be a crucial factor on board passenger ships as it largely determines passenger satisfaction, on board expenditure and passenger return levels. However, comfort is subjective as people are very different. Where one passenger complains about discomfort


Cruise Industry Seeks Fortune in China

Quantum of the Seas under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard. Credit: Meyer Werft

Builders, Operators Teaming to Fill Voids In Rapidly Growing Chinese Market After an uneven couple of years punctuated by struggling economic factors worldwide, maturing markets and some highly publicized accidents and illnesses, the cruise industry is hoping to find a little “double


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


Cruise Port Business Redefined

Cruise ships berth at the Port of New Orleans Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

New Orleans builds enviable cruise traffic on top of a carefully crafted business plan.    It may surprise you to learn that, on the lower Mississippi River, cruise traffic now accounts for over one fifth of all revenue at the Port of New Orleans, a major cargo hub


NZ Ports to Turn Away Cruise Liner

Ovation of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Radio New Zealand says that ports of Auckland is set to turn away one of the world's largest cruise ships after agreeing with its council-owner not to build one of two planned wharf extensions.   It said, without the extension, it could not berth the Ovation of the Seas


Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Britannia (Photo courtesy of Intertek)

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor the condition of Britannia’s engines and other oil lubricated systems.  






 
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