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Saturday, October 1, 2016

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 joint venture, financing and other key terms. As part of the new MOA, Carnival Corporation’s cruise joint venture in China agreed to order two new cruise ships to be built by a newly formed China-based shipbuilding joint venture between China’s largest shipbuilder…

Travelers Appoints Bill Queen as President of Ocean Marine

Bill Queen

The Travelers Companies, Inc. announced that Bill Queen has been named President of Travelers Ocean Marine. In this role, Queen is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Travelers Ocean Marine business. "Bill's extensive management experience has prepared him well for this role," said Jim Chapman, President of the Travelers First Party Group. Since joining the First Party Group four years ago, Queen has become increasingly involved with the Ocean Marine organization.

Travelers Names Ray Martino President of Ocean Marine

Raymond T. Martino, President, Travelers Ocean Marine unit

HARTFORD, Conn., August 11, 2011 – The Travelers Companies, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond T. Martino as the President of its Ocean Marine business unit. Martino is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Travelers Ocean Marine, which provides highly specialized property and liability insurance products for maritime-oriented risks including commercial hulls, cargo, luxury yachts, port authorities, shipbuilders and numerous other specialized exposures.

Fincantieri, CSSC Ink Chinese Cruise Ship Deal

Courtesy Fincantieri

During the 11th annual “China Cruise Shipping and International Cruise Expo”, which started today in Tianjin, Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), signed a non-binding agreement with Carnival Corporation and CIC Capital Corporation (CIC Capital) for the construction of the first new cruise ships to be built in China for the Chinese market. The understanding is subject to several conditions, including the closing of the joint venture and the financing. As envisaged by the agreement…

Cuba Opens Up for Carnival Corp. Brand

MV Adonia (Photo: Carnival Corporation)

Carnival Corp. granted U.S. Carnival Corporation & plc said that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic. Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural…

Massport Launch 2013 Cruise Season

With Friday’s Bermuda sailing of the Norwegian Dawn, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) launches the 2013 cruise season at Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston. New this year, Massport is offering travelers free wireless Internet access at the cruise terminal to meet traveler’s expectations to be mobile enabled. More than 80% of vacation travelers bring at least one device, such as a smartphone, e-reader or laptop with them on vacation and 65 percent of travelers have used free wifi in an accommodations lobby or common area, according to a national electronics retailer. Cruiseport Boston’s free wifi service is supported by advertising and sponsorship programs.

Travelers Develops New Marine Construction Insurance Package

Whether building piers and docks, repairing bridges or retrofitting port facilities, construction contractors experienced in working along the waterfront are in demand. To help construction contractors manage both the marine and non-marine exposures that come with working in and around the water, Travelers has developed the Marine Construction program, an insurance package that combines specialized underwriting, risk mitigation solutions and claim services. “Construction contractors who work around the waterfront face a number of complex risks when managing marine, non-marine and contractual liability exposures,” said Virginia Cameron, Chief Underwriting Officer, Travelers Ocean Marine.

DonJon Marine Completes Atlantic Traveler Salvage

On May 11, the 70-ft fishing boat Atlantic Traveler sank after hitting the South Jetty of Manasquan Inlet off Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Three crewmen onboard were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel sank outside the south Jetty in an Ocean Environment in an upside down position. After more than three weeks of inclement weather, Donjon  Marine was able to mobilize its 400-ton capacity Derrick barge Columbia, NY  from its home base in Port Newark, New Jersey to perform the wreck removal  of the vessel.

Crystal Cruises Condé Nast Traveler Best Cruise Line 2012

'Crystal Symphony': Photo credit NYK Line

Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) for 2012. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world. A record 46,476 readers voted this year, ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ activities/facilities, staterooms, crew/service, design/ship layout, food/dining, itineraries/schedule, and shore excursions.

DHS System of Records – US-VISIT RFID Tags

The Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice stating that it is establishing a Privacy Act system of records entitled the Automated Identification Management System (AIDMS). The AIDMS consists of the reports from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that will be issued to aliens traveling to the United States. The RFID tag will be linked to biographic and/or biometric data for that traveler. The RFID tag will then be used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at land border Ports of Entry (POE) to verify the identity of the traveler and track entries and exits. This new program is not directly related to the maritime community, except for foreign mariners that might be joining or departing a vessel in the United States.

CMA CGM Invites Passengers Aboard Marco Polo

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, announced that passengers cabins are now available on board the massive CMA CGM Marco Polo containership (16 020 TEUs). These original cruises offer travelers the possibility to live a unique experience by discovering oceans, seas and continents to the beat of international trade and involving themselves in the life on board by sharing the crew’s everyday life. The CMA CGM Marco Polo includes 5 double modern cabins of 20m2 each, a lounge with TV equipment, a library, a fitness room and even a swimming pool.

Crystal Cruises Voted World's Best in Reader Survey

Photo credit Crystal Cruises

In recent months, Crystal say it has spent $40 million on redesigns of its award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and $100 million in a little over five years. "While we have delighted travelers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry," says Crystal President Gregg Michel. The Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Award joins several other high-profile honors bestowed upon the luxury line since the end of 2011…

Carnival to Sail to Cuba with All Travelers

Adonia (Photo courtesy of Fathom)

Carnival Corporation announced it will sail as planned from the U.S. to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company’s week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival worked with Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations to Cuba, starting with its historic inaugural voyage on May 1, 2016. Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba.

Stena Reports Losses After Abolition of Duty-Free Sales, Remains Optimistic

The chief executive of Swedish ferry operator Stena Line AB shrugged off fears of losing sea travelers as fares rise and more bridges and tunnels are built, saying that he was still optimistic about the future. With the loss of duty-free sales in Europe since July 1, Stena has already seen a drop in on-board retailing and slashed 660 jobs. To add to its woes, a bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark is being built, reducing a potential market for Stena. "We've taken a lot of the pain already to adjust to the abolition of duty-free," said Stena CEO Bo Severed. "I'm not satisfied with the results level, and we need to improve on that. ... Stena Line posted a pre-tax loss of $27.9 million for the first six months of 1999 versus a loss of $63.5 million in the 1998 period.

Zarmati joins Fathom

Maurice Zarmati

Fathom has engaged 44-year cruise industry veteran Maurice Zarmati to work with the burgeoning company. Fathom, which provides a different kind of cruise that combines travelers’ love of travel with their desire to make a difference, will tap Zarmati’s extensive knowledge of the cruise industry to augment its already robust tools designed to support travel professionals in marketing this one-of-a-kind travel experience. “Maurice has been a trusted advisor to Carnival Corporation and me for more than four decades…

Record 19th World’s Best Award for Crystal Cruises

Female-server-line-up in Crystal Cruises vessel

For an unprecedented 19th consecutive year–and with its highest score ever–Travel + Leisure readers have voted Crystal Cruises the “World’s Best” Large-Ship Cruise Line in the prestigious magazine’s 2014 annual survey. Recognized as a T+L Hall of Fame winner, Crystal is the only vacation experience–cruise line, hotel or resort–to have been voted #1 in its category every year since the awards’ inception. Thousands of jet-setting readers rated cruise lines on service, itineraries/destinations…

Carrnival Continues Cruise Talks with Cuba

(Photo: Carnival Corporation)

Carnival Corporation & plc said it is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing its 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship to Cuba every other week starting on May 1, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba. Carnival Corporation also announced that it is accepting bookings on its 10th and newest brand…

Duty Free Ends in Europe, but Tax Differences Remain

Duty free shopping in Europe dies at midnight on June 30, heralding an end to one source of cheap alcohol and cigarettes for travelers and lower profits for many transport firms.

Digimarc to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing

Digimarc Vice President of Public Policy Tom Gann will testify at the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Hearing on Frequent Traveler Programs, appearing as an industry expert on ID security. Gann will present the positive results from the U.S. Department of Transportation digital watermarking pilot in the State of Nebraska and demonstrate how proven digital watermarking-based solutions can be implemented as a cost-effective means of authenticating driver licenses presented as proof of identity at U.S. borders.

SeaMobile Buys MTN for $168m

According to reports, SeaMobile, a Seattle company that provides cellular and wireless service on cruise and cargo ships, acquired a Florida-based competitor, Maritime Telecommunications Network. The $168m all-cash deal, announced, will boost SeaMobile's position in the growing market to keep travelers and industry connected using the same devices they carry on shore. Maritime Telecommunications Network has satellite-based broadband networks deployed on cruise ships that provide several types of media in addition to wireless communications. source: Seattle Times

Costa Classica Debuts in Dubai

The Costa Classica made its debut in the Port of Dubai this past weekend. Costa Crociere is the first international cruise company to homeport from Dubai, offering travelers uniquely rich itineraries throughout the Gulf region. The new cruises from Dubai will be offered throughout the 2006/2007 winter season, with additional capacity offered in the 2007-2008 season.

Duty Free Ends in Europe, but Tax Differences Remain

Duty free shopping in Europe dies at midnight on June 30, heralding an end to one source of cheap alcohol and cigarettes for travelers and lower profits for many transport firms.

SNAME Releases Ferry Report

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has released a report titled, Ferry Transit Systems for the Twenty First Century, which is a survey of the social, economic and environmental effects of ferry systems. With the all-time high level of vehicle traffic congestion, many municipalities and regional transit authorities are debating new ferry systems. According to SNAME, waterborne transit by ferry has proven a success in motivating commuters and other inner-city travelers to leave their vehicles behind. The Society's report is modeled to facilitate these discussions by defining and clarifying relevant issues.

 

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