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Norwegian Bliss Delivered in Germany

(Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton cruise ship Norwegian Bliss from shipbuilder Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period.Norwegian Bliss is the third vessel in the line’s Breakaway Plus class and the first cruise ship specifically designed for Alaska cruising.The ship features a two-level competitive electric-car racetrack that sits at the top of deck 19; it is the largest at sea and a first for any North America-based cruise ship.

P&O Cruises' Ventura Gets a Facelift

P&O Cruises Ventura completes two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest Photo Damen

The P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura has completed a two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest. Launched in 2008, this was the first visit of the 290-metre, 116,000 DWT vessel to the yard, where she underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works. Major features of the maintenance program included the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers, for which Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) designed, manufactured and installed a seachest. While the Ventura was in DSBr’s Drydock number 3…

USCG Medevacs Elderly Cruise Ship Passenger

Photo credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an 81-year-old man from the cruise ship, Norwegian Getaway, Monday approximately 44 miles southeast of Marathon, Fla. The crew of the Norwegian Getaway notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sunday of an 81-year-old man aboard the cruise ship suffering from heart attack-like symptoms. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew who arrived on scene, embarked the individual and transferred him ashore to awaiting local emergency medical services.

Plibrico, NMBS Partner for Cruise Ship Repair

Photo: Plibrico

Plibrico, an industry leader in monolithic refractories, and maritime repair specialist Nordic Made Boiler Services, Inc. (NMBS), announced a global strategic partnership to deliver retrofit supplies and services to the world's cruise ship operators. With the partnership, NMBS will use Plibrico's Plico brand refractories in the retrofitting of cruise ship boilers and waste incinerators needed to ensure passenger safety and comfort. "Partnering with Nordic Made Boiler Services…

Carnival Horizon Delivered to LR Class

Carnival Horizon (Photo: Lloyd’s Register)

In March, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its new 133,500 GT cruise ship, Carnival Horizon, designed and built to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class. Constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its yard in Marghera, the 323-meter Carnival Horizon has a capacity of 3,960 guests, plus 1,450 crew. The ship is the 26th in Carnival’s fleet and second in the Vista-class following Carnival Vista delivered in April 2016. The Vista-class’ third vessel, Carnival Panorama, is currently under construction and scheduled to enter service from Long Beach, Calif. in December 2019.

PortMiami Approves Norwegian Cruise Line Terminal

Image: Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc.

Miami-Dade County has given the green light for construction to begin on the sleek new terminal for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) terminal, designed by Miami-based architecture firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners. The county will invest up to USD 100mln to build 166,000-square-foot terminal at PortMiami, augmented by funds coming from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Commissioners also agreed to advance project costs not to exceed an additional $65m. The terminal will be able to accommodate ships with up to 5…

Up to Nine Hurtigruten Ships Will Switch to Hybrid Power

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

Norwegian cruise ferry operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce to upgrade up to nine vessels to hybrid power.The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas power, and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system.The deal comprises the supply of equipment to six existing passenger cruise vessels, with an option for a further three. The ships will completely change their power system with the installation of new Rolls-Royce liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines as part of a new hybrid system.

Kiel Cruise Ship Visits Up 10%

The 2011 cruise shipping season in Kiel ended today with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. The port was visited 120 times this year by nineteen different ocean-going luxury liners. Some 375,000 cruise ship passengers embarked or disembarked in the port. Compared to last year, this is another 10% increase. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said “we are looking at a successful season. Although there were slightly fewer ship calls this year compared to last, the number of passengers continued to rise. The average size of cruise ships calling at Kiel in the 2011 season was 65,000 GT for the first time - five times more than the average cruise ship size ten years ago.

Senator Dick Durbin Introduces Clean Cruise Ship Act

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to help protect the world's oceans and the from damage caused by cruise ship pollution. The legislation, known as the Clean Cruise Ship Act, raises current pollution control standards by creating coastal zones in which cruise ships are prohibited from dumping waste, strengthening standards for waste treatment, and increasing surveillance to ensure cruise ship compliance with anti-pollution laws. Durbin says these measures are needed to keep pace with the challenges posed by today's cruise ship industry, whose fleets include larger and larger vessels each year. "In one week, a large cruise ship generates 500…

Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards

Photo: Nordic Yards Wismar GmbH

Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector. The purchase from Nordic Yard is expected to be funded by internal resources of the group, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The purchase of the three shipyards, along with Lloyd Werft last year, enables Genting Hong Kong to realize its global cruise ships fleet strategy over the next decade for its three brands - Crystal…

GE Aeroderivative Marine Gas Turbines Log more than 320,000 Service Hours

GE announced that its fleet of 25 aeroderivative marine gas turbines has accumulated more than 320,000 hours operating aboard 16 cruise ships. GE remains the only gas turbine manufacturer to have its engines in service on cruise ships, the company reported today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention. "We are setting a new reliability standard in the cruise industry for propulsion and onboard power," said Karl Matson, general manager of GE Transportation's marine business, Evendale, Ohio. The GE gas turbines now in service are configured in two different types of arrangements: 16 LM2500+ gas turbines are the basis for a COmbined Gas turbine and steam turbine integrated Electric drive System (COGES) used aboard four Celebrity Cruises and four Royal Caribbean International cruise ships…

Majesty of the Seas Returns From Renovation

Less than a month after aging cruise ship Majesty of the Seas went off to drydock in the Bahamas to be refurbished, the new, improved Majesty sailed back to Miami on Feb. 8th to resume its schedule of three and four night cruises. When the 74,000 ton Majesty was put into service in 1992, the ship -- with its seven-story atrium -- was one of the largest, most modern cruise ships afloat. There are 68 cruise ships in service larger than Majesty, with Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas boasting more than twice the gross tonnage. And beyond the size, the newer ships -- with their specialty restaurants, rock-climbing walls, surfing pools, bowling alleys and boxing rings -- have made cruise ships like Majesty appear to belong to a generation past.

New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship. Yangtze River No. 2, the third luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, is dubbed the largest river cruise ship. It can accommodate up to 452 people and has a swimming pool, a theater as well as luxury suites equivalent to a five-star hotel.

USCG to Address Cruise Ship Security Regulations

Photo: Cruise Port of Miami

The U.S. The proposed rule would amend USCG regulations on cruise ship terminal security by implementing amendments that provide detailed, flexible requirements for the screening of all baggage, personal items and persons—including passengers, crew and visitors—intended for carriage on a cruise ship. The proposed regulations would standardize the security requirements of cruise ship terminals and would eliminate redundancies in current regulations that govern the security of cruise ship terminals.

Divers Inspect Cruise Ship after Suspicious Activity

According to reports, Coast Guard divers inspected the hull of a cruise ship docked in Long Beach Harbor after several people reported having seen a small, suspicious boat floating nearby, authorities said. Cruise ship officials called the Coast Guard, after one of four people in the 18-ft. skiff went into the water and pulled himself back out, Coast Guard spokesman said. It is illegal for unauthorized people and boats to come within 100 yards of a docked cruise ship. The regulation was implemented to avoid possible terrorist attacks on cruise ships. The small boat and its occupants were no longer at the scene by the time police, firefighters, lifeguards and Coast Guard officers arrived.

Tug & Barge Puncture Cruise Ship Hull

Coast Guard marine safety inspectors from Sector Key West, are investigating a collision between a cruise ship and a tug and barge this morning in the vicinity of the Hilton pier in Key West, Fla. Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas was moored at Pier-B when the tug Huey L. Cheramie collided with the ship at approximately 8 a.m., leaving an 8-foot puncture along the side of the cruise ship's hull above the water-line. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Alstom To Build P&O Cruise Ships

Alstom won an order from P&O for two 1,000 cabin, 88,000 ton cruise ships. Although a price was not given for the deal, based on the current price range for cruise ship tonnage it is safe to estimate that the cumulative price is from $750 and $800 million. Alstom said it now had 13 firm and two optional orders for cruise ships in its order book.

Alstom To Build P&O Cruise Ships

Alstom won an order from P&O for two 1,000 cabin, 88,000 ton cruise ships. Although a price was not given for the deal, based on the current price range for cruise ship tonnage it is safe to estimate that the cumulative price is from $750 and $800 million. Alstom said it now had 13 firm and two optional orders for cruise ships in its order book.

American Cruise to Build New Coastal Cruise Ship

Photo: American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest cruise ships in the United States, announced today that it has begun construction on a new coastal cruise ship, yet to be named. The news of this addition is the most recent in a series of announcements pertaining to American Cruise Lines’ continued expansion of their all-American made fleet. The ship is scheduled to begin cruising in spring of 2017. With a capacity of 170 guests, this new, slightly larger ship will maintain the exclusive signature design and intimacy of the line’s current…

Port of Kiel's Cruise Season is Underway

Photo courtesy of Port of Kiel

The cruise shipping season got underway in the Port of Kiel in the early hours of today with the arrival of the season’s first ship AIDAluna at the Ostseekai Terminal. The cruise ship is coming in after from a transfer trip from the Caribbean and will be based in Kiel – as will the AIDAvita and the AIDAlaura - for the whole of the summer season. During an on-board reception, Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow, representing the ship, its passengers and crew, was given a cordial welcome to Kiel by PORT OF KIEL Managing Director Dr. Dirk Claus.

AMCV Signs with Ingalls for Luxury Cruise Ship Construction

Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., and American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV), Chicago, have signed a contract for the construction of the first major cruise ships to be built in the U.S. in more than 40 years. Under the terms of the "Project America" contract, which has a potential value of $1.4 billion for three ships, Ingalls will initially build two 1,900 passenger cruise ships for AMCV, with an option for a third vessel. As many as six ships could ultimately be built in the Project America program. These will be the largest cruise ships ever built in the U.S., with the first scheduled to enter service in early 2003. Ingalls delivered the last American-built large cruise ships, SS Brasil and SS Argentina, both of which are still in service.

Port of Kiel Presents Berth Project

Visual presentation of Cruise Shipping Berth 1 project - PORT OF KIEL at Cruise Shipping in Miami. Kiel’s plan to create a big berth facility for cruise ships is steadily taking on more shape. For the first time, the PORT OF KIEL is presenting a visual display of the new Ostuferhafen Cruise Shipping Berth 1 project to an international audience at the upcoming Cruise Shipping Trade Fair in Miami from March 12th to March 15th. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG, said “we are investing long-term in the expansion of our capacities.

S&P Lowers Cruise Ratings

Standard & Poor's lowered its ratings on the class A and B notes issued by Cruise Ship Finance Ltd. to triple-'B'-minus from triple-'B' and removed the ratings from CreditWatch with negative implications, where they had been placed on Jan. 25, 2001. The rating action reflects Standard & Poor's Jan. 22, 2001 downgrade of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s (RCL) corporate rating to triple-'B'-minus from triple-'B'. As the underlying obligor on the receivables held by Cruise Ship, RCL is a supporting rating to the transaction. In its analysis of the consequences of RCL's downgrade, Standard & Poor's took into consideration the fact that in a situation where RCL is in default, Cruise Ship's noteholders have access to the sale proceeds of the ships that are the object of the receivables on RCL.

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