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Norwegian Cruise Line Approved to Sail to Cuba

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017.   All three of the company’s brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to visit the country on select sailings starting next year.    The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017 with select Caribbean itineraries featuring calls on Havana. Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April 2017. Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that will overnight in Havana in May 2017.     “We are tremendously excited to have all three of our award-winning brands receive approval from the Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that one of Oceania’s vessels will be our company’s first to sail to Cuba. This is truly a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait for our loyal guests to experience the sights and sounds of my hometown of Havana and get to know its rich culture and its warm and welcoming residents


Rolls-Royce to Equip Five New Cruise Ships

Promas System (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has announced a new deal to provide propulsion and deck machinery to five cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone and Ancona Shipyards in Italy.   The firm orders are to supply a Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear to two vessels being built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The contract also covers steering gear and deck machinery for a further vessel under construction for Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Sauleau Rejoins Silversea Cruises

Christian Sauleau has rejoined Silversea Cruises as executive vice president of fleet operations, overseeing marine, technical, hotel, crewing, entertainment and land programs.  He reports to the company's CEO, Amerigo Perasso.  Sauleau was the line's senior vice president of operations in the mid-1990s, and was instrumental in developing the award-winning company's exceptional reputation for personalized service and hospitality.  He will be based in the office.


Vancouver Port Recognized for Eco-friendly Vessels

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Port Metro Vancouver announces 11 Blue Circle Award winners Port Metro Vancouver is proud to honour 11 recipients of its Blue Circle Award for 2010. Launched last year, this award recognizes the most eco-friendly vessels that call at the Port. The Blue Circle Award acknowledges industry commitment to Port sustainability by recognizing the extraordinary environmental achievements of ships that participate in Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program for Shipping


Repeat Order from Prestige Cruise for Wärtsilä

  Two vessels have been added to the five-year maintenance agreement that was signed between Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, and US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (Prestige), the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The agreement now covers eight vessels with a total of 35 Wärtsilä engines. The tailor-made agreement that was signed in 2012 with Prestige is one of the most comprehensive


Montague named Prestige Cruise President, COO

Jason Montague

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) announced today that Jason Montague has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. effective today, following the resignation of Kunal S. Kamlani.   Montague was instrumental in launching Oceania Cruises in 2002 and is widely regarded as one of the original co-founders of the company. "As we continue to refine the future organization


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

Caribbean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23 sailing was originally cancelled because of an oil spill in Houston harbor, but has decided to go ahead with a shortened four-night cruise.


BOS Provides 2-5% Fuel Savings

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With consistent results of 2-5% fuel savings, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) said that it has proved that emulsified fuel can bring significant fuel savings adding to the well established NOx reduction, if done correctly. The patented BOS Emulsified Fuel System (EFS) is designed to improve combustion efficiency by improving the injector fuel atomization. In addition to the measured fuel savings


Superlative Cruising Encounter

BCS Media, Manuel Lebowsky (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Cruise Center)

A fleet of seven cruise ships attract 600,000 visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. It was ‘time to say goodbye’ to the Deutschland and AIDAstella last Sunday, not only for the cruise passengers, but also for the many visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. For three days the city was totally consumed by the laid back maritime cruising atmosphere that prevailed along the four-kilometre length of the event area


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

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 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


Norwegian, Alibaba Partner in Chinese Cruise Market

Norwegian Joy (Photo: NCLH)

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it has partnered with online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group for its entry into the Chinese cruise shipping market.   Alibaba operates the world’s largest online and mobile marketplaces


Steel Cut for Hapag-Lloyd’s New Expedition Ship

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The first steel cut on May 9, 2017 at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania marks the official start of the construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first of two new-build expedition ships.   In an official ceremony Karl J. Pojer, CEO of the luxury cruise operator


Baltic Index Gains On Firmer Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched higher on Thursday helped by stronger rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Meyer Werft Lays Keel of Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Andy Stuart and MEYER WERFT managing partner Tim Meyer at the keel laying for Norwegian Bliss. (Photo: NCL

A keel laying ceremony was held for Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) new cruise ship Norwegian Bliss at the shipbuilder Meyer Werft’s facility in Papenburg, Germany.   During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building


India to be Global Hotspot for Cruise Shipping

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 The government of India is working on a policy to make India a global destination for cruise shipping and efforts are on to identify such circuits, besides a slew of steps, to boost infrastructure, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.  


China-bound Norwegian Joy Sets Sail

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 Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday


Gercke to Christen AIDAperla

Lena Gercke will christen AIDAperla, the 12th member of the AIDA fleet, in Palma de Mallorca on June 30, 2017. Photo: CopyrightProSieben/Felix Kruger

Lena Gercke will christen AIDAperla, the 12th member of the AIDA fleet, in Palma de Mallorca on June 30, 2017. In Germany, Gercke is among the most famous and successful models and presenters. The skyline of the old city of Palma will form the perfect backdrop when the night sky above AIDAperla is


USS Gerald R. Ford Completes Sea Trials

USS Gerald R. Ford. Photo by United States Navy

 The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea.  During this initial at-sea period, Ford's crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding


Viking Ocean Cruises Extends Order at Fincantieri

Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two.   The new builds will be sister ships to the six already ordered and will enter Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Rates Sag

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 16 points, or 1


Piraeus Targets Cruise Sector

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Piraeus Port, Greece's largest, aims to increase its cruise traffic from 1 million passengers a year up to 1.5 million in the short-term and to 3 million long-term, its managing director, Fu Cheng Qiu, said on Friday.   COSCO Shipping


Indian Navy Fires Brahmos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

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 Indian Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship on 21 April 2017.    This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was fired from Indian Naval Ship Teg, a Guided Missile Frigate, on a target on land.   


AIDAperla Delivered to AIDA Cruises

Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, with Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO MHI (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of the 12th vessel of its fleet, AIDAperla, from Japanese shipbuilder Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).   The vessel was commissioned April 27 at a ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan in the presence of Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group; Felix Eichhorn


Norwegian Joy Delivered for NCL

Norwegian Joy (Photo: NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s 15th ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. The vessel is due to arrive in China in June.  


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






 
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