Cruise Ship News

18 Apr 2019

CAT Targets Cruise for MEO, AI

Caterpillar's Multi-Engine Optimizer.

Caterpillar is touting its Multi-Engine Optimizer (MEO) as a solution for existing cruise ships to burn less fuel, run cleaner, keep uptime and reliability high while keeping costs down.Caterpillar's MEO is designed to lay over the top of a vessel’s existing power management system, us-ing proprietary performance maps and control algorithms to advise the system on which engines to operate and at what load. The second, Asset Intelligence (AI), is a total vessel monitoring solution that collects and analyzes data from onboard systems, then provides recommendations on when and how to take action.

18 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Enables Innovative Simulation Hub

The new simulation centre will be located at the Lakeside North Harbour business hub, near Portsmouth, UK. Copyright: Lakeside North Harbour

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation center being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The center is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover, England.

17 Apr 2019

New Cruise Ship Terminal in Queensland

Image: Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Brisbane has launched the construction of the new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland's economy.The $158 million project is scheduled to open in October next year, with the potential to more than double Brisbane's cruise industry.Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk said: "Building this one piece of infrastructure flows through our entire economy. Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane's Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal.

16 Apr 2019

Carnival Fantasy Helps Rescue 23 People

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/Released)

Carnival Fantasy assists the Coast Guard in Rescuing 23 Individuals on the High Seas.The Coast Guard and the crew of the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy rescued 23 individuals on the high seas, 130 nautical miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, The Coast Guard received a report at 1:15 a.m. from a Cuban national stating his brother and 22 other individuals were adrift aboard a disabled sports fisher. It was reported that 22 Cuban nationals started their voyage from Cuba to Mexico on a…

14 Apr 2019

Norwegian Sun Is Back to Port Canaveral

Norwegian Sun at Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 10 (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Norwegian Sun has returned to call Port Canaveral its homeport for another year. Also returning are the popular all-inclusive cruises to Cuba.Starting today (April 15), the Norwegian Sun, which in 2018 became the first homeported cruise ship to sail from Port Canaveral to Cuba, will offer four-, five- and seven-day cruises to Havana, Cuba, with select sailings also calling to Key West during its four-day cruises.Ports of call during the Sun’s five- and seven-day voyages include Key West…

12 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Supplies Transverse Thrusters for Cruise Ships

The power rating of up to 5500 kW provides the Wärtsilä WTT series of thrusters with the thrust needed for outstanding manoeuvrability. Image: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has received orders to supply more than sixty of its transverse thrusters for twelve new cruise ships being built in four shipyards on behalf of six different owners during the past year.This represents the dominant share of newbuild vessels within the cruise sector during this period. The efficiency and performance of Wärtsilä’s transverse thrusters is particularly important for large cruise ships, since manoeuvring and mooring in often crowded harbours…

10 Apr 2019

Ponant Adds Newest Cruise Ship

Photos: Ponant-Philip Plisson

French cruise company Ponant has received its new cruise ship, Le Bougainville, bringing its fleet to eight vessels.The ship, which is the third in the Ponant Explorers series, left Søvik in Norway on the morning of 8 April and she is currently sailing to Spain to start her maiden cruise on 15 April from Malaga.Le Bougainville will be officially inaugurated on 4 June.“A dream, firm beliefs, energy and boldness were what created Ponant. It is by drawing on those roots and our expertise that Ponant is preparing today to meet the challenges of tomorrow, to surprise and delight our guests.

10 Apr 2019

ABB to Equip Lindblad' New Icegoing Vessel

National Geographic Endurance rendering. Image courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc

Swiss-Swedish tech giant ABB  is to supply power, automation, propulsion and digital systems for the second icegoing cruise ship to be built for Lindblad Expeditions by Ulstein Verft shipyard.Destined to take exploration cruise guests sustainably and safely on voyages deep into remote polar regions, the Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel will be built by the Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft to an Ulstein Design & Solutions design as a sister ship to National Geographic Endurance…

02 Apr 2019

Wesmar Equips National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance under construction in Norway (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions)

Lindblad Expeditions' new vessel National Geographic Endurance, billed as the world’s most advanced polar expedition ship, is currently under construction at Ulstein in Norway.The new expedition cruise ship features a range of state-of-the-art technologies that will help it to navigate safely through some of the world's most remote locations, including several planned cruises through Arctic and Antarctic waters.Wesmar’s EV860 sonar was chosen for the vessel for a variety of reasons…

28 Mar 2019

Steel Cut for Saga's Spirit of Adventure

Photo: Saga Cruises

Saga Cruises has held the steel cutting ceremony for its second new-build cruise ship at a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.Spirit of Adventure, which launches in 2020, is the sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, which sets sail in July this year."The event took place yesterday (March 27) at the Meyer Werft shipyard, to mark the start of construction of the 999-guest vessel," said a press release from the British based cruise line, a division of the Saga Group.

27 Mar 2019

Viking Sky: Low Lube Oil Triggered Shutdown

(Photo: Erik Johan Landa / Norwegian Maritime Authority)

The engines of a luxury cruise ship that narrowly escaped disaster during a storm off Norway on Saturday failed because of relatively low levels of lubricating oil in the engines, the Norwegian Maritime Authority said on Wednesday.The Viking Sky, with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 metres of land.

27 Mar 2019

2019 Shipping Season Opens at St. Lawrence Seaway

Image: Chamber of Marine Commerce

As the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened for business yesterday (March 26), U.S. Great Lakes ports are predicting the shipping season will mirror last year’s stellar performance.In 2018, many U.S. Great Lakes ports recorded their highest cargo totals in recent years, with strong volumes of iron ore, petroleum products, construction products and international grain exports. This coming season, road salt shipments should also be strong as cities replenish their reserves after a long, difficult winter.

26 Mar 2019

Can the Cruise Shipping Boom Continue?

MSC Cruises, the industry’s largest privately owned company, is in the midst of a $13 billion expansion which will bring its fleet, following the delivery of MSC Meraviglia in 2017, to 25 vessels by the mid 2020’s. Still on order are four Meraviglia class ships. Photo: MSC

As the global cruise industry enjoys it most robust period of growth ever, the question invariably becomes: How long can it last?Cruising, which is a blend of the hospitality and maritime businesses, continues to grow at a historic pace. The Cruise Trends & Industry Outlook publication from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) projects a passenger count of 30 million in 2019 – up nearly 2 million from the previous year. By year end 2019 CLIA members – a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the largest brands – will have 272 vessels…

26 Mar 2019

BSCS Wins Cruise Ship Management Deal

Photo: BSCS

Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BSCS) was awarded technical management of Jalesh Cruises’ new vessel, MS Karnika. (formerly Pacific Jewel).The 70,285-ton, 2,000-passenger Crown Princess-class cruise ship is presently undergoing comprehensive refurbishment at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore prior to entering service from Mumbai, India in mid-April 2019. MS Karnika will operate cruises from India and Dubai for the duration of 2019.BSCS Managing Director Les Royle and Deputy Managing Director Martin Springer worked closely with Jalesh Cruises on the new partnership.

26 Mar 2019

ABB Propulsion for China-Built Cruise Ship

Azipod  propulsion installed on a cruise vessel (Photo: ABB)

China’s first domestically built cruise ship, to be built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS), will feature a power and propulsion package from ABB.From ABB's perspective the deal includes two Azipod steerable propulsion systems for the 323m vessel, due for delivery in 2023. The ship will be built to accommodate 5,000 passengers and is designed to suit the tastes of Chinese cruise travelers whose numbers are expected to rise to 8-10 million annually by 2025, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).In addition to the Azipods…

25 Mar 2019

Cruise Ship Reaches Port after Casualty, Rescues

Viking Sky (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com / © Michael Thomas

A luxury cruise ship that had set sail with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard arrived at a port in Norway on Sunday after narrowly escaping disaster when its engines failed during a storm.The Viking Sky sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 metres of land.Rescue services airlifted 479 people, hoisting them one-by- one on to helicopters, before the weather subsided on Sunday and a tow could begin. Many of them were senior citizens.A total of 1…

24 Mar 2019

Nearly 500 Airlifted from Stricken Cruise Ship

Rescue services had airlifted 479 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and began towing the vessel to a nearby port.The Viking Sky, with 1,373 passengers and crew on board, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted towards land in the Norwegian Sea.The airlift of passengers, many of them elderly, from the Viking Cruises ship by helicopter was halted on Sunday morning as two tugboats started steering the vessel towards the nearest port.Founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen, said he hoped the vessel would arrive at the port of Molde on Norway's west coast by Sunday afternoon."They've had a bit of a shocking experience…

21 Mar 2019

NCL Plans Crew Training facility in Manila

Pic: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

The third-largest cruise line in the world Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)  announced plans for the development and construction of the Norwegian Cruise Line Center of Excellence, a new shipboard seafarer training facility near Manila in the Philippines.The Center, which will serve both new and existing crew and provide training for various service-related jobs, is due to open in late 2020, said a press release from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.Norwegian said the facility will be "designed to provide trainees with realistic work and living experiences aboard a cruise ship…

20 Mar 2019

Damen bags First Cruise Contract

Photo courtesy  of Damen Cruise

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the recent signing of a contract with Oslo, Norway-based SeaDream Yacht Club. The contract marks a historic moment, being Damen’s first for a cruise ship. SeaDream will operate the 155-m Mega Yacht on luxury voyages all over the world.The Mega Yacht, a purpose-built ship, will be prepared to operate in destinations, including polar and tropical, around the world. As such, the vessel will boast ice class Polar Code 6 credentials.The international shipyards group launched its new venture, Damen Cruise, in 2018.

18 Mar 2019

Shipyard Fire at Meyer Turku

(Photo: Eric Haun)

A fire broke out on board a cruise ship currently being built at Finland's Meyer Turku Shipyard, the shipbuilder said on Monday.Welding operations reportedly sparked a fire to stored equipment on deck 15 inside the Costa Smeralda at approximately 4:45 p.m. local time, forcing workers to evacuate the vessel, the shipbuilder said.The shipyard's firefighters were the first on scene and started firefighting measures, followed shortly after by local responders. The blaze was extinguished quickly and work on board was able to resume by 6:15 p.m.

18 Mar 2019

Fincantieri Starts Work on New Viking Ship

Photo: Fincantieri

The steel cutting ceremony of the seventh ship which Fincantieri is building for Viking took place  at the shipyard in Ancona, Italy.The new unit, whose delivery is scheduled in 2021, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. As its sister ships, she will have a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The first of the series, “Viking Star”, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, “Viking Sea”…

18 Mar 2019

Meyer Turku Floats LNG-Powered Costa Smeralda

Image: Meyer Turku

Finnish Shipbuilder Meyer Turku has floated out Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet."The float-out of LNG powered 180 000 GT cruise ship, marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for this Italian style beauty engineered and constructed in Finland," said a press release from the shipbuilding company located in Turku.She will be finalized at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019…

15 Mar 2019

MSC Orders Four Cruise Ship

Image: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri  signed the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships.The announcement follows the initial signing of a memorandum of agreement between the two parties in October 2018. The contracts, subject to shipowner financing, have a total value exceeding $2.2 billion.As per the terms of the agreement, the first of the four ships will be delivered by Spring 2023. The remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.Pierfrancesco Vago…

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