Meyer Turku Cuts Steel for New Carnival Cruise Ship
The cruise ship builder Meyer Turku started the production of a 5,286-lower berth cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line.According to German shipbuilder, the ship will be the first North American-based cruise ship to run on iquefied natural gas (LNG) and will also be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever built with 180,000 gross tonnage (GT).With the first steel cutting the physical form of the ship will start to takeshape. The new Carnival ship will offer a variety never-before…
Cruise Ship Rescues Fishermen in Distress
A cruise ship came to the aid of a small fishing vessel that was adrift after running out of fuel about 25 nautical miles from Barbados.At approximately 10 p.m. on August 29, Carnival Fascination responded to a distress signal from two fishermen while on a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed San Juan on August 26.The two Barbadian men, ages 43 and 51, were rescued by the cruise ship and taken on board where they received medical assistance, a hot meal and accommodations.
Carnival Plans $200 Mln Cruise Ship Makeover
Carnival Cruise Line will spend nearly $200 million on a major makeover of the 1999-built Carnival Triumph. The bow-to-stern renovation will add a number of new Carnival branded food, beverage and entertainment options, as well as updates to all staterooms.The nearly 20-year-old ship will enter drydock in Cadiz, Spain for a two-month-long refurbishment staring March 1, 2019. Afterwards, the ship will join Carnival’s Sunshine class and will be named Carnival Sunrise.Christine Duffy…
Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center
Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.
Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Horizon
Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the 26th ship in its fleet, the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Carnival Horizon was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera as a sister ship to Carnival Vista delivered in Monfalcone in April 2016. Carnival Horizonhas a gross tonnage of 133,500 tons, is 323 meters long and accommodates more than 6,400 people onboard, including staff. The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona…
Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship
Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction. The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed, built and operates Carnival Vista in a manner that exceeds current maritime statutory environmental regulations. Lloyd's Register (LR) established a set of voluntary standards that vessels can seek to achieve that exceed regulations established by the International Maritime Organization and other national and international regulatory agencies.
133,500-ton Carnival Horizon Unveiled
Carnival Cruise Line has announced that their next and 26th cruise ship in the fleet will be called Carnival Horizon. The 133,500-ton 3,936-passenger ship is currently under construction in the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The Carnival Horizon will be the line’s second Vista-class ship and scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. “The name Carnival Horizon not only reflects the ship’s unique connection with the sea with so many spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces but also the boundless array of options that guests of all ages are sure to enjoy…
Cruise Leaders to Meet in New Orleans
More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Local elected officials and tourism leaders will meet with cruise executives from FCCA’s 19 Member Lines, along with key cruise tourism stakeholders, to update them on New Orleans' tourism economy, infrastructure and attractions. Presenters include Gary LaGrange…
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.
Carnival Sends Two Ships to China
Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to commit two ships to the China cruise market: Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor. Both ships will be based in China year-round, with Carnival Miracle to begin China sailings in spring 2017 and Carnival Splendor to begin in spring 2018. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, gave the following statement: “Carnival is the world’s most popular cruise line and our style of cruising appeals to guests of all ages and particularly families. "Multi-generational families also choose to vacation with Carnival more than any other cruise brand.
Market Growth to Bring More Carnival Ships to China
The Chinese cruise market, expected to become the world’s largest based on surging demand for cruise vacations by Chinese travelers, will see the arrival of two additional cruise brands in 2017 as Carnival Corporation & plc further expand its operations in the nation. Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises will join Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises in the Chinese market, making Carnival Corporation the first company to operate four brands in China, the company said today in announcing its plans for further development in China.
Phillips Named Sr VP Of Human Resources, Carnival Cruise
Ron L. Phillips has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources – Office of People and Potential for Carnival Cruise Line. In this capacity, Phillips will oversee shoreside and shipboard human resources for the world’s largest cruise line, including talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development, human capital planning, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and performance management. Phillips begins his new role effective October 19 and will report to Carnival President Christine Duffy.
Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA
Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015. Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015, former CLIA president and CEO, Ostebo will oversee CLIA domestic and international operations, working directly with CLIA’s senior leadership team. Ostebo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new role, joining CLIA from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he served as Rear Admiral.
Carnival Expands Fleet with Larger, Newer Ships
Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016, those seeking weeklong Caribbean cruises will have the new Carnival Magic as an option. Carnival Victory will replace the Sensation, providing the three-and-four-day Bahamas itinerary with a 34-percent larger vessel that offers a greater variety of on-board features and amenities, including more than 500 balcony staterooms. In addition, Carnival Magic will reposition to Canaveral, giving access to the line’s newest class of ship and features such as a WaterWorks aqua park, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and SportSquare outdoor recreation area.
Duffy Named President of Carnival Cruise Line
Christine Duffy has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation & plc. announced today. Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will assume the new role on February 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. Duffy has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia at McGettigan Partners. As CEO cruise industry trade association CLIA…
Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts
In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment. “CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies that improve overall environmental performance,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The industry takes its responsibility as caretakers of the environment seriously. Working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
WSS Joins CLIA Global Executive Partner Program
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has strengthened its links to cruise industry owners and operators by becoming a member of the Cruise Lines Industry Association’s Global Executive Partner Program. WSS counts some of the world’s biggest cruise operators among its clients, providing port agency, safety and technical support services to 279 cruise ships on a global basis. Joining the CLIA Global Executive Partner Program as a member of the Technical and Supply Chain group will enable WSS to build closer links to cruise customers and access the latest thinking about how these services are evolving. Justin Scholl, Key Account Manager, WSS said…
U.S. Polar Vortex Gives Boost to Cruise Sector
The freezing weather that swept the United States in the first two months of the year led to a surge in cruise bookings as winter-weary holidaymakers headed south to warmer climes. "Many companies have recorded their best booking month ever in January," Christine Duffy, head of trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), told Reuters at the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin. Large parts of the United States have been gripped by freezing temperatures and snow storms since the start of the year as a series of Arctic weather systems swept the country.
Cruise Industry Poised for Global Growth
The global cruise industry and its fleet of increasingly large, ultra-modern ships is projected to continue its steady growth in 2014, powered by growth overseas, particularly in the German market, as well as the adoption of faster, stronger and generally better satellite communication technology that is moving toward the level of seamless, cost-effective communication connections that can be expected at a land-based vacation destination. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)…
CLIA President Comments on Government’s Cruise Report
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today issued a statement from President and CEO Christine Duffy on the recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 and cruise industry safety practices. Below is Duffy’s statement in full. “We are pleased the GAO concluded that cruise lines are complying with the requirements of the CVSSA, and implementation of the law is progressing as intended.
U.S. Economy Gained $42 Billion from Cruise Industry in 2012, Study Finds
The North American cruise industry continued to be a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy in 2012 according to an independent study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The study shows that CLIA’s 26 North American member lines and their passengers and crew contributed over $42 billion in total U.S. economic impact, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. In addition, the cruise industry generated 356,311 jobs, paying a record $17.4 billion in wages to American workers.
Cruise Industry Adopts Passenger Bill of Rights
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its Board of Directors approved the adoption of a Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights detailing CLIA members' commitment to the safety, comfort and care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry. The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S.
CLIA Welcome 'Whodunit' Proposals
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international standards for crime reporting, cooperation between governments, evidence preservation and care for victims. CLIA first offered the proposal to the IMO in 2011, marking the continuation of the Association's efforts to have such standards adopted globally. In addition to CLIA, other co-sponsors were the United Kingdom, the International Federation of Shipmaster's Associations, and the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police. The proposal was also supported by the United States.