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Royal Caribbean Cuts Steel, Names Ships

The steel cutting took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built. Pictured here are (from left to right) Jan Meyer, Managing Partner, Meyer Werft and Harri Kulovaara, EVP, Newbuild and Design, Royal Caribbean International.

Cruise Line Celebrates Project Sunshine milestone, Steel Cutting and Reveals Names of Newest Ships.    Royal Caribbean International took a major step this week in the development of the cruise line’s next generation of cruise ships when the first piece of steel was cut for the first of two Project Sunshine ships. The steel cutting took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built.   To celebrate the milestone, Royal Caribbean announced the names of the two new ships – Quantum of the Seas, set to debut in fall 2014, and Anthem of the Seas, which will follow in spring 2015. They will be part of the Quantum class of ships and will build upon Royal Caribbean’s legacy of revolutionary ship design and bold innovation.   “We are extremely excited to celebrate this important milestone for our first Project Sunshine ship. After three years of design and advance planning this is the first step of the construction of the ship and I look forward to seeing it all come together in the coming months,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The new ship will be such a leap forward in terms of vessel design and guest experiences that we thought the name Quantum of the Seas was perfectly appropriate.”  


Royal Caribbean Declares Dividend

The Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has declared a quarterly dividend of $.13 per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on December 19, 2000, payable on December 29, 2000. This is the 29th consecutive quarter Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors has voted to declare a dividend to shareholders.


Royal Caribbean Declares Dividend

The Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has declared a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on December 16, 2005, payable on December 29, 2005. This is the 49th consecutive quarter Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors has voted to declare a dividend to shareholders.


Royal Caribbean Fined $6.5 Million For Spill

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world's second-largest passenger cruise line, was fined $6.5 million on Oct. 21 for dumping oily bilge water and other pollutants into Alaskan waters. "I find the circumstances of this case truly egregious," U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said in handing down the sentence. "What happened is inexcusable. A company this big, with this many resources, should be able to avoid, to weed out the kind of behavior that occurred here."


RC Receives Extension on Options for Radiance-Class Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it has deferred options to purchase a fifth and sixth Radiance-class ship. The options involve ships scheduled for deliveries in 2005 and 2006. Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft shipyard, of Papenburg, Germany, builder of the Radiance-class ships, agreed to extend the options to September 19, 2003. Under the terms of the extension, Meyer Werft has the ability to terminate the options upon giving adequate advance notice to Royal


Royal Caribbean Disappointed Over EU’s Merger Decision

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. expressed disappointment over the clearance by the EU Commission of Carnival Corporation's hostile bid for P & O Princess Cruises. Chairman and chief executive Richard Fain said he was also surprised at the outcome, which accorded neither with Royal Caribbean's own analysis of the cruise industry in Europe nor with earlier reports of the EU inquiry's own findings. With almost four weeks remaining in the legally scheduled timetable for the enquiry


Sovereign Of The Seas Docks In Fort Lauderdale After Partial Power Loss

The Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Sovereign of the Seas made an unscheduled stop at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning, to end its cruise due to a partial loss of electrical power at approximately last night. The ship was scheduled to terminate its cruise at 9 a.m. this morning in Port Canaveral. "All of our guests and crew are safe and comfortable," said Jack Williams, president of Royal Caribbean International


Williams Named President and Chief Operating Officer Of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. named Jack Williams president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. In his new role, Williams, previously president of Royal Caribbean International, will manage the day-to-day operations of both cruise lines. The two lines will continue to operate independently under Williams. Williams' appointment follows an earlier announcement that respected cruise veteran Richard Sasso, president of Celebrity Cruises


Anthem of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

Anthem of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean International took delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas.   Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany.   Anthem of the Seas will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where the ship will homeport through October and sail to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands


P&O Princess Rejects Carnival’s Offer

The Board of P&O Princess states that, at the end of last week, Carnival conveyed its interest in a possible transaction with P&O Princess. Carnival's proposal is subject to several pre-conditions including regulatory approval and financing. After consider Carnival's proposal and reviewed it with its financial and legal advisors. Based on this review, the board has concluded that the proposed dual listed company transaction with Royal Caribbean remains the most attractive alternative for


Royal Caribbean Will Return to New Orleans

Vision of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International announced it will return to New Orleans with a seasonal home-based cruise ship in late 2018. The 915-foot Vision of the Seas will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula from the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street


France Could Nationalise Saint-Nazaire Shipyards

The French state is considering nationalising the Saint-Nazaire shipyards before selling it to new investors if no deal can be reached with Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri, Le Monde newspaper said on Friday.   Shipbuilders MSC and Royal Caribbean have already expressed an interest


Port Everglades, Royal Caribbean Sign MOU

Broward County's Port Everglades has negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides the framework for a new long-term business agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCL) that will include complete, customized renovations of the Port's Cruise Terminal 25 targeted for


Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge

“The Retreat” is an ultra-exclusive private utopia reserved exclusively for Suite Class guests featuring a luxurious pool and sun chairs for ultimate relaxation. Photo: Celebrity Cruises

 Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new category of ship that, among other transformational design moves


Royal Caribbean cuts South Korean Ports from China Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will remove visits to South Korean ports from its China cruises, the firm said in a statement, amid rising tension between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.   In a post on its Chinese website, the U.S


Miliaras tapped for Carnival Maritime Post

Minas Miliaras has taken on the role of Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution at Carnival Maritime, the Marine Service Unit of the Costa Group (AIDA, Costa) in Hamburg.   Minas will head the fleet teams and the maintenance development team for all AIDA Cruises


GPH to Acquire cruise terminal

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (“GPH”) on the acquisition of stakes in companies managing cruise terminals in Italy. Specifically


Royal Caribbean Sets Sail for Strong 2017

Harmony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd forecast higher-than-expected adjusted earnings for 2017, helped by a strong start to bookings for Caribbean cruises, putting the No. 2 U.S. cruise operator on track to beat its own forecast of doubling profit from 2014.  


Grand Bahama Shipyard Reports Busy 2016

RCCL Liberty of the Seas (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

Caribbean ship repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) reported a busy 2016 for retrofit, refurbishments and repairs to vessels from the leading cruise lines.   GBSL said it performed work on 20 cruise vessels during 2016, with scope of works included significant propulsion and


MSRC Opened for Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary General Kitack Lim has officially opened the new Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) at the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom.    In his inaugural address


Cruiseport Boston Closes Out 2016 Cruise Season

Anthem of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

As Cruiseport Boston closes out its successful 2016 season, 2017 is already shaping up to be a record year with 151 calls scheduled for next cruise season. The 2016 season saw 115 calls by a record 32 unique ships with ten maiden calls to the port


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


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


Wärtsilä Powers the World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, featuring Wärtsilä engines, propulsion equipment, exhaust scrubber systems, Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum navigation and dynamic positioning systems, as well as Wärtsilä CCTV systems and various electrical &


Thomson Cruises Acquires Second Royal Caribbean Ship

Legend of the Seas. Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has entered into an agreement to sell Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises in the UK.    Legend will depart Royal Caribbean’s 25-ship fleet in March 2017 and immediately transition to its new owner.  






 
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