World's First LNG-Powered Cruise Ships: Shell to Supply Fuel
Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) signed a supply agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc (Carnival) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel two of the world’s largest passenger cruise ships. Under the agreement, Shell will supply LNG for the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ships due to start sailing in northwest Europe and the Mediterranean in 2019. This will be the first time LNG in dual-fuel engines will be used in the cruise industry to power ships both in port and at sea.
Europa 2 Set for Maiden Voyage to New Orleans
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 vessel’s captain. “New Orleans consistently ranks atop the world’s top destinations for visitors and cruise lines see the Port of New Orleans as an attractive call on their itineraries,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO.
Carnival Splashes Out US$300-M on Reliability & Comfort Program
Carnival Cruise Lines implements enhancements to emergency power capabilities, fire safety technology, & improved operating redundancies across its fleet. The cruise lines say that this enhancement program, is to cost more than $300 million, and rapid upgrades have already begun. The actions by Carnival Cruise Lines will expand the availability of hotel services for the comfort of its guests in the rare instance of a shipboard event that involves the loss of main power. In addition, the plan will reinforce key shipboard operating systems to further prevent a potential loss of primary power.
Carnival Uses Intersleek 900
International Paint completed a hull coating project on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Victory. The seven-year-old Italian-built vessel, one of a fleet of 23 passenger liners, was coated with Intersleek 900 during a recent drydocking in the Grand Bahamas Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in late 2007. Carnival Valor is was due to be coated with Intersleek 900 in early 2008. Intersleek 900 was chosen following a long evaluation of the Intersleek 700 foul release system by Carnival Cruise Lines.
Carnival Vista Construction Begins
Carnival Cruise Lines said that construction is officially underway on the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, which is slated to enter service in spring 2016. Following the initial construction start-up, workers will begin building out the 4,000-passenger ship which will feature a variety of dining, bar and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative as well as several innovations unique to this vessel. Carnival Vista will be the 25th vessel in the Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet.
Carnival Exercises Option for New Ship
option for a new 130,000-ton ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. The new vessel, which will have 3,652 lower passenger berths, will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone yard at an estimated all-in cost of 565 million euros. The ship is scheduled for delivery in summer 2010. The vessel will be a sister ship to a previously announced 130,000-ton ship slated to enter service in fall 2009 that will begin a new class for the line. The two sister ships will be the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Lines. 13,284 total lower berths. order - - 13 of which are being constructed by Fincantieri.
Carnival Cruise Lines Founder Dies
Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, reportedly died of a heart attack on Oct. 1 in Tel Aviv at the age of 75. Arison, listed in Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest men, made most of his fortune in the United States and had vast business interests in Israel. He assumed management of a passenger shipping company in Miami, Florida, soon after retiring there in 1966, and started Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972 after buying his first liner, Mardi Gras. Miami-based Carnival Corp. is now the world's biggest cruise operator with 45 ships and lines including Cunard and Holland America. Arison's son, Micky, is chief executive of Carnival.
Carnival Sets Up Safety & Reliability Review Board
Carnival Cruise Lines has appointed four esteemed maritime and transportation industry experts – Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Rear Admiral Joseph F. Campbell, Ray Valeika and Dr. John K. Lauber -- to the company's new Safety & Reliability Review Board. As part of Carnival's comprehensive fleetwide technical enhancement program, the review board was created to provide independent third-party perspective and to drive continuous improvement across the line's fleet. The core objectives of the board are to review Carnival Cruise Lines' current policies…
Carnival Cruise Lines Founder Dies
Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, reportedly died of a heart attack on Oct. 1 in Tel Aviv at the age of 75. Arison, listed in Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest men, made most of his fortune in the United States and had vast business interests in Israel. He assumed management of a passenger shipping company in Miami, Florida, soon after retiring there in 1966, and started Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972 after buying his first liner, Mardi Gras. Miami-based Carnival Corp. is now the world's biggest cruise operator with 45 ships and lines including Cunard and Holland America. It recently reported third quarter 1999 net income of $415.1 million.
Carnival To Deploy Larger Cruise Ships To New Orleans
Citing strong performance and growing consumer demand, Carnival Cruise Lines today announced its’ largest and newest line of ships will sail from the Port of New Orleans beginning in April 2014. First, Carnival will deploy the 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine to New Orleans Nov. 18, replacing the current 2,984-passenger Carnival Conquest. The Carnival Sunshine recently underwent a massive $155 million transformation. The Carnival Sunshine will sail regular seven-day western and eastern Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans through April 2014 – when Carnival will reposition the 3…
Fincantieri Delivers 'Carnival Breeze' at Monfalcone, Italy
Of 130,000 gross tonnes, and at 306 metres long and 37 metres wide, the “Carnival Breeze” is sister to the “Carnival Dream” and the “Carnival Magic”, which Monfalcone delivered in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The Carnival Breeze is the thirtieth cruise ship to be built by Monfalcone yard. Present at the ceremony were the President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, Gerry Cahill, while Fincantieri was represented by both the company’s CEO, Giuseppe Bono and the Chairman, Corrado Antonini.
Carnival Takes Delivery of Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines has taken delivery of the new 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest. Billed as the largest "Fun Ship" ever constructed, the Carnival Conquest’s official ceremonies were held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Carnival Conquest is the first in a new series of ships for the line and becomes the 18th vessel in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet. today's discerning consumers," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. U.S. homeport of New Orleans the week of Nov. 11. Following an on-board black-tie charity fundraiser benefiting the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area Nov. 14, Carnival Conquest will sail on its maiden voyage, a four-day cruise to Cozumel departing Nov. 15.
Kvaerner Wins Carnival Deal
Carnival Cruise Lines is reportedly ordering a $375 million cruise vessel from Kvaerner's Masa Yards unit in Finland.
Carnival Cruise Lines Takes Delivery of Carnival Spirit
Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival received its newest fun ship – the $375 million, 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit, during the traditional "hand-over" ceremony at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, where the 2,124-passenger vessel was built. The Carnival Spirit, the 15th vessel in the company’s fleet and the first in a new class of ship for the line, will depart Helsinki Thursday, April 12 on its transatlantic crossing and is expected to arrive Miami on Tuesday, April 24. Carnival Spirit will begin its inaugural season with a 16-day Panama Canal cruise departing Miami April 29 and arriving in Los Angeles May 15. The ship will then launch a summer program of week-long Glacier Bay and Glacier Route Alaska voyages…
ALSTOM Wins Carnival Contract
The Power Conversion Business of ALSTOM has been awarded a multi-million euro contract by Fincantieri to supply electric propulsion systems for two new cruise ships, one for Carnival Cruises to be built at the Marghera yard and one for Costa Crociere at the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa. Both ships are to be delivered in the first half of 2007 and are the sister ships of Carnival Liberty and Costa Concordia, currently being built at Fincantieri - with an ALSTOM electric propulsion system - and expected to be delivered in Summer 2005 and Summer 2006 respectively. The new ships will be used for year-round worldwide cruising. The Carnival cruise ship will carry 3,710 passengers and the Costa 3,800 passengers.
Four New Ships for Carnival Corporation
Carnival Corporation reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise ships worth more than $2 billion, along with options for two additional vessels. The agreement calls for the construction of four new vessels (one each for Costa Crociere, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises); the two additional vessel options are for Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line. Including the four new vessels, Carnival Corporation’s capacity growth for 2008 and 2009 is now expected to be 8.2 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively. The company’s order book now includes 16 new ships, 13 of which are being constructed by Fincantieri.
Carnival Passengers Protest After Millennium Cruise Problems
About 200 passengers on a millennium cruise to the Caribbean protested at dockside in Nassau on Tuesday, complaining that engine problems on the Carnival cruise ship Paradise had turned their celebration into a nightmare. Paradise, carrying 2,600 passengers, developed an engine problem after leaving Miami on Sunday for a seven-day cruise, forcing Carnival Cruise Lines to cancel visits to islands in the eastern Caribbean in favor of stops in the nearby Bahamas and in Mexico. Passengers expressed concerns about the safety of the ship and complained the change of itinerary disrupted planned meetings with family and friends, crimping their millennium celebrations.
Cruise Line Execs Carpeted by Senate Committee
The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships, reports AP. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama. Citing Carnival Cruise Lines President Gerald Cahill evidence to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, AP reported that Carnival is working to add more emergency generators to its two dozen ships as well as to install newer sprinkler systems.
New Carnival Cruise Ship to be Powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines to supply five medium-speed 48/60CR engines to power its next-generation diesel-electric propulsion cruise liner which is to be built by Fincantieri. With a gross tonnage of about 133,500 tons and a passenger capacity of about 5,000, the ship will be the largest vessel in the Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet. Its construction represents the introduction of a brand new class of ship that will be powered by five MAN Tier-II-type engines – 2 × 14V48/60CR + 3 × 8L48/60CR types – capable of delivering 62,400 kW.
Two Big Cruise Ship Orders for Fincantieri
Carnival Corporation & plc orders new ships, one each for Its Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines brands. A memorandum of agreement has been signed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a 2,660-passenger ship for Holland America Line scheduled for delivery in fall 2015 and a 4,000-passenger ship for Carnival Cruise Lines scheduled for delivery in winter 2016. The total cost for the two vessels combined, which includes the U.S. dollar denominated contract price and all owner's costs, will be approximately $195,000 per lower berth. The memorandum of agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including execution of shipbuilding contracts and financing.
Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Vista
Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the fleet of Carnival Cruise Line, brand of the Carnival Group, was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. The ship was presented yesterday evening during a ceremony which was attended, among others, by the President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani and the mayor of Monfalcone, Silvia Altran. The shipowner was represented by Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc and Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, Fincantieri by its CEO, Giuseppe Bono.
Coast Guard Responds to Bomb Threat Aboard Cruise Ship
Coast Guard Los Angeles joined Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Harbor Patrol, and Customs and Border Protection in responding to a bomb threat made against the Carnival cruise ship Paradise Friday afternoon. The threat was phoned into the Carnival cruise line reservation center and reported to the Coast Guard by company security officials. Cruise ship Carnival Paradise is following its comprehensive security plan to include security sweeps of the ship and reinspection of all cargo and passenger luggage. The Coast Guard is working closely with partner agencies and the cruise line to ensure the safety of the ship's passengers and crew.
Carnival Reports Financial Impact of Katrina
Carnival Corporation announced that the severe weather caused by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent port closures resulted in the cancellation of one voyage and the shortening of two voyages, as well as other voyage disruptions and related costs, for the company's Carnival Cruise Lines brand. In addition, Carnival Cruise Lines has two vessels, the Carnival Conquest and Sensation, which homeported out of New Orleans. Given the tremendous damage to New Orleans, the company does not expect these ships to operate from New Orleans for an extended period of time. The Carnival Conquest will relocate indefinitely to Galveston, Texas. Carnival Cruise Lines has chartered three vessels…