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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

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.  

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.

Ovation Of The Seas Sets Sail From China

Ovation Of The Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean

 Royal Caribbean christened their third Quantum class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, to huge fanfare in a ceremony in Tianjin, China.   The event marked the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has been named in China, and actress Fan Bingbing became the company’s first ever Chinese “godmother”.    The celebrations culminated with the maritime tradition of breaking a Champagne bottle on the hull of the ship

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.

Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards

Photo: Nordic Yards Wismar GmbH

 Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector.     The purchase from Nordic Yard is expected to be funded by internal resources of the group, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.     The purchase of the three shipyards, along with Lloyd Werft last year

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

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

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

Delay of Shipping SOx Law Could Endanger 200K Lives -Study

Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology.

 The implementation of a global low-sulphur fuel law for ships in 2020 would prevent 200,000 premature deaths globally, a health study by a group of researchers from the United States and Finland reveals.   A report in the Guardian quoting an unpublished International Maritime

Finnish Shipyard wins Ship Deal from Royal Caribbean

Courtesy Meyer Turku

Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Meyer Turku shipyard signed a memorandum of agreement for two next generation cruise ship orders to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. The around 200,000 gross ton large cruise ships under the project name “Icon” will

Europa 2 Set for Maiden Voyage to New Orleans

An aerial view of the Europa 2 at sea (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

More than 500 cruise passengers aboard Europa 2 will spend a few days in New Orleans next week, as the luxury cruise ship makes her maiden voyage to the Port of New Orleans Julia Street Cruise Terminal Monday, where port officials will host an onboard ceremonial plaque exchange with the

Cruise Season at Lerwick Ends on New Highs

Photo Courtesy Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Harbor has logged its best cruise season yet, with the Shetland port setting four new records in 2016 – and three expected to be broken again next year. The season closes tomorrow, Thursday 6 October, with another visit by the Cruise & Maritime Voyages-operated Marco Polo

Carnival Signs MOA for First New Cruise Ships Built in China

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The MOA is subject to several conditions including closing of the

Carnival Orders Two Ships from Meyer Turku

Courtesy Carnival Corporation

Meyer Turku (Finland) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the world’s largest cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation & plc for two new, 180 000 GT, cruise ships. The Ships will be built for Carnival Cruise Lines with delivery dates expected in 2020 and 2022

Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights

Biggest Cruise Ship to Enter Lerwick Harbor

Celebrity Silhouette  Photo Celebrity Cruises

The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Today (Sunday) when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14-nights British Isles Cruise. On her maiden call at Lerwick, Celebrity Cruises’ 122

Harmony of the Seas Equipped with PALFINGER Crane

Harmony of the Seas (Photo: PALFINGER MARINE)

The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is equipped with a PALFINGER MARINE foldable knuckle boom crane. A follow-up order for an identical crane and cruise ship is already received.   The vessels was built at STX in St

Genting to Invest in Werften

Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong Ltd will invest 100 million euros in its German shipyard, MV Werften to focus on building new large ships.   The three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April would be named MV Werften, be managed in Wismar.  

Broadband Upgrade for MSC Cruises

Photo: MSC Crusies

Intelsat S.A. has been selected by Marlink to deliver fast, high quality Intelsat EpicNG broadband connectivity to Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) cruise ships. At the end of May, MSC Cruises began to apply EpicNG’s high throughput connectivity aboard the MSC Divina

Lerwick Port Set to Receive Largest Cruise ship

Courtesy Lerwick Port

Lerwick Harbour’s record-breaking cruise season will hit the first of several milestones this season on Thursday (30 June) with the arrival of Azura, the largest cruise ship yet to enter the Shetland port. The P&O Cruises vessel will arrive from Akureyri, in north Iceland

ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons

Genting HK Orders 10 Cruise Ships Worth $4 bln

Genting chairman Lim Kok Thay, third from left, at Wismar, Germany at the signing ceremony for the fleet order. Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong, a unit of Malaysia's gaming giant Genting, is building 10 cruise ships worth 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion) in anticipation of higher demand from the Chinese market.   Genting has signed an order for 10 ships with the Lloyd Werft Group

World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered to owner Royal Caribbean International.   The immense floating town has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2

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