Crystal Cruises Announces 2007 Fuel Surcharge
Crystal Cruises has announced that, due to the continual rising cost of fuel, and the impact on Crystal Cruises’ daily operations, effective July 17, 2006, the cruiseline will institute a fuel surcharge of $5.00 per person, per day on all 2007 voyages. The cruiseline will protect any 2007 bookings that are made and paid prior to July 17, 2006, at the current fare, without the fuel surcharge. There will be no change to the current fuel surcharge of $4.00 per person, per day that is currently in effect for all 2006 voyages.
Poly Shield Launches New Sulfur Treatment System
Poly Shield Technologies Inc. announced the launch of its DSOX-15 system. The system, with its new approach to sulfur removal, is expected to enable ship operators to efficiently and economically comply with the new 2015 emission regulations set to take effect in January 2015. Poly Shield intends to enter into a limited number of certification installation agreements with well-known operating companies to showcase its technology in three specific maritime sectors: Cruiselines, Freight/Cargo and Tankers. Poly Shield saqid it is currently engaged in negotiations and will update the public upon the solidification of any agreements.
New Cruiseline Opens Offices in Seattle
The Majestic America Line, specializing in river and coastal cruising, has opened offices in Seattle. The newly formed line is operated by Ambassadors Cruise Group LLC, a subsidiary of Ambassadors International Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif. Majestic will have a staff of roughly 800, though only about 50 of them will be based in the line's headquarters at Fourth Avenue and Blanchard Street, company officials said.. The group was formed by merging Portland-based America West Steamboat Co., which was acquired in January, and New Orleans' Delta Queen Co., bought in April. It is expected to provide 75 percent of the annual revenue for Ambassadors International, which also operates a travel-and-events division and a marine-services division.
Cruise Ship Lists, Passengers Injured
The Crown Princess, Princess Cruises’ 947-ft. vessel that was launched in June, listed heavily yesterday after leaving Port Canaveral, injuring several passengers. CNN reported that at least 93 passengers, 16 of them seriously, according to the Cape Canaveral Fire Department. Before reentering the port, reports said that the Port Canaveral captain issued an order to the ship to stay offshore until inspectors determined if the vessel was safe to enter the port. The Coast Guard said all passengers and crew were accounted for. Though the cause of the list has yet to be determined, Princess Cruises is “investigating the cause of the ship's sudden list. The cruiseline terminated the cruise in Port Canaveral, and made arrangements for passengers to return home.
NTSB to Assist in Cruise Ship Fire Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent an investigator to Jamaica to assist in the investigation of today's fire on board the Bermuda registered cruise ship Star Princess. The United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) will lead the investigation. "This is an important industry for the United States because every year millions of Americans enjoy their vacations on board cruise ships. We appreciate the opportunity to work closely with the MAIB in this investigation," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. The NTSB will participate in the investigation under the provisions of the International Maritime Organization's Code for Investigation of Marine Casualties and Incidents. All information regarding the investigation will be released through the MAIB.
Experts say Cruiselines Defend Security Plans
AP reported that was the real-life situation the crew and passengers of the Seabourn Spirit found themselves in off Somalia last weekend. With piracy common in some areas and terrorism fears present after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, cruise lines say they train their crews and have security measures to respond effectively to these threats. But security experts say that despite all the preparations, cruise liners are vulnerable to attacks like this one or the deadly bombing by al-Qaeda-linked militants of the USS Cole in Yemen five years ago. Cruise industry officials said the Spirit's successful efforts to repel the attackers validate security plans that all ships must have in place under U.S. and international law.