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Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

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The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation. The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier. Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the Guests of Honour.

Tajikistan to Use Caspian Sea

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Tajikistan is interested in supplying cargoes to international markets through the Caspian Sea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to Azerbaijan to Azerbaijan Soli Rustam said during his visit to the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACS). ACS Chairman of the Shipping Rauf Veliyev informed the guest about the activities, carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of maritime transport, the successes, achieved in the process of updating the fleets, and the contribution of AZerbaijan to the development of transport corridors.

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

Four Carnival Brands to Debut New Ships in 2018

Nieuw Statendam, a new cruise ship under construction for Holland America Line brand at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Carnival Corporation & plc will roll out four new ships in 2018 across four of its 10 global brands, as the company will add 18 new cruise liners to its fleet between 2018 and 2022. The new vessels to set sail in 2018 will be for Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn and AIDA Cruises, and follow three new ships debuted by Carnival Corporation in 2017. “Our fleet enhancement program enables us to manage the overall fleet by aligning new ship deliveries with our strategy for measured capacity growth over time…

MV Werften Cuts First Steel for Crystal Endeavor

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay pushes the button to start the first steel cut (Photo: MV Werften)

Shipbuilder MV Werften said it has begun building Crystal’s new luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, with first steel cut on January 15 at its shipyard in Stralsun, Germany. Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be Crystal’s largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, and adventure in polar regions and other remote destinations. Employees and guests watched as the flame cutter was launched by Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO…

Royal Caribbean Delays Nordic Empress, Cancels Upcoming Cruise

Royal Caribbean International announced that Nordic Empress would delay its return to Philadelphia from Bermuda due to a storm that hit Bermuda Thursday night with wind gusts of 80 miles per hour. Royal Caribbean also canceled the next Nordic Empress sailing, scheduled to depart Sunday, October 14. Nordic Empress was docked at Bermuda's West End when the storm struck. made to delay the ship's normal departure from Bermuda, which would have been Friday morning. Nordic Empress is expected to depart Bermuda Saturday morning and arrive in Philadelphia by noon Monday. "The safety and comfort of our guests is always our highest priority," said Jack Williams, president of Royal Caribbean International. Guests booked on the cancelled October 14 cruise will receive a full refund.

Smart-Ship 'Quantum of the Seas' Readies

'Quantum of the Seas': Rendering courtesy of RCC Ltd.

Tech-savvy modern travelers will be wowed by Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', which incorporates unprecedented levels of technology to amp up the vacation experience, say owners Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. A brand new venue onboard Quantum of the Seas, 'Bionic Bar', is set to make waves with robots at center stage. Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails. Boatloads of bandwidth keep guests connected says the cruise line…

Holland America Line Hype on Suite Life

From cosy inside cabins to grand luxury suites. Holland America Line has them all

From cozy inside cabins to grand luxury suites, Holland America Line offers a variety of stateroom options to suit every desire. For guests looking to indulge, the suites on Holland America Line ships range from comfortable Vista Suites with floor-to-ceiling windows to sprawling 1,296-square-foot Pinnacle Suites. And despite popular belief, not every suite is a budget-breaker. To make cruising in one of these spacious accommodations even more affordable, guests who book a suite…

Holland America Line Offers ‘Explore 4’ Early Booking

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Holland America Line knows the trend for savvy travelers is to book vacations well in advance. To encourage those early bookings the line is returning with its popular “Explore 4” savings program that is better than before with four exceptional offers on select 2015 and 2016 sailings. The “Explore 4” benefits include a free Signature Beverage Package and free Pinnacle Grill dinner for guests booking an ocean-view and higher category stateroom, free or reduced cruise fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom on select sailings and 50 percent reduced deposits.

Carnival Launches New Online Embarkation Portal

Carnival is launching a new online embarkation portal which will go into effect on December 15. To comply with the new data-gathering requirements by the U.S. cruise. The new system will be launched Nov. all Carnival departures beginning Dec. 15, 2003. embarkation process. track" through embarkation when they arrive at the cruise terminal. of printing their own "FunPass" once the registration process is complete. for all U.S. guests prior to the departure of the voyage. Non-U.S. cruise. and most efficient manner possible. said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Holland America Line's Enticing Offers for Cruise Vacation

Special promotional offers for National Cruise Vacation Week

Holland America Line is planning special promotions for National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW), which runs Oct. 6-13, 2014. Organized by Cruise Lines International Association, the weeklong event features promotions and online opportunities to give consumers a perfect opportunity to book a cruise vacation while taking advantage of special savings. “Each year National Cruise Vacation Week highlights cruising as a vacation choice, and we are celebrating by offering special promotions to entice travelers to book their dream vacation…

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017, Silversea Cruises said. As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions. When sailing Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, the guest complement will be restricted to 200.

E-Crane Holds Technology Showcase in New Orleans

E-Crane was well represented at the WorkBoat Show. (Photo: E-Crane)

E-Crane agents and special guests attended the E-Crane Technology Showcase in New Orleans during the first week of December in conjunction with the International WorkBoat Show (IWBS). The three day event consisted of a dinner reception and presentations on the evening on Wednesday, December 3, as well as two site visits on the following days to see actual E-Cranes in operation. E-Crane guests and attendees were also given special access to the WorkBoat Show, and were able to attend the exhibit hall throughout the week.

Carnival Splendor – Update

At approximately 6 am Monday morning, Nov. 8, (U.S. Pacific Standard Time), a fire was detected in the aft engine room aboard the cruise ship Carnival Splendor. The fire was extinguished. There were no injuries to guests or crew. The ship has been operating on auxiliary generators and engineers have been unable to restore additional power to the vessel. Thus far, one tug boat has reached the ship and has begun towing with additional tugs en route to expedite the vessel’s return. Given the ship’s speed and current position, we have decided to take the vessel to San Diego where it is expected to arrive late Thursday. Additionally, we are in the process of making all the necessary hotel and flight arrangements for our guests.

MTN to Provide WiFi Services to Holland America

Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), of Miramar, Fla., has signed an agreement with Holland America Line to provide complete wireless technology to its existing fleet of eleven vessels and as well as Holland America’s newest vessel, the Oosterdam, which enters service in August. Under the agreement, MTN will provide wireless Internet capabilities in the public rooms surrounding the Internet Cafés of Holland America’s fleet, in addition to the state-of-the-art communications and Internet services for Holland America guests and crew that MTN already provides. The process of equipping Holland America’s fleet with the new WiFi technology would be completed in May.

Cruise West Announces Adds Ships, Itineraries

Cruise West announced that it has acquired the Yorktown Clipper and the Nantucket Clipper previously part of the Clipper Cruise Line fleet. The 138-guest Yorktown Clipper and 102-guest Nantucket Clipper are U.S.-flagged coastal cruise ships that will join Cruise West's fleet of American-owned vessels. The new ships will sail the 2006 itineraries on the East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America that were already published by Clipper Cruise Line, but under Cruise West ownership and management. Cruise West is the largest American small-ship cruise line and will now be operating 10 vessels accommodating 70 to 138 guests on itineraries in Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, on the Columbia River, in California Wine Country, the South Pacific, and Japan.

Holland America Line Creating Marine Protection Awareness

To Build a Global Ocean Refuge System

As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line has created a new program that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world. Developed with the team at Marine Conservation Institute, the program will educate guests and crew through on-board presentations by shipboard personnel. Topics will cover what a marine protected area is and how to visit one without causing harm to the habitat and wildlife. This information can be enhanced through participation in featured shore excursions.

Carnival’s Costa Brand Orders Two LNG Cruise Ships

Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Turku, Finland (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its Italian brand, Costa Cruises, has placed orders for two new cruise ships as part of an agreement with Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. Today’s announcement follows one from Carnival Corporation in June indicating that the other two ships included in this multibillion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. The four-ship contract with…

MSC Cruises, Marlink Enhance Guest Connectivity

MSC Cruises, a privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa announced that it has worked together with Marlink – the pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments – to launch a next-generation connectivity for MSC Cruises’ fleet with multi-band VSAT services. Working with Marlink, MSC Cruises will provide dynamic bandwidth to its 12 existing ships as well as the next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. No matter the itinerary of the ships, the bandwidth will be able to accommodate seasonal fluctuations…

Royal Caribbean Cruises Implements Fuel Supplement

In an effort to deal with the sharp increase in fuel prices, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the implementation of a fuel supplement of $5 per guest per day for sailings that depart on or after February 1, 2008. The company has taken measures to soften the impact of this decision. For example, the company will not apply the supplement on any bookings where the guest has already paid the full cost of the cruise. In addition, guests who were booked before November 16, and who do not agree to pay the supplement, may cancel their reservation prior to December 7, 2007, for a full refund of all monies they have paid to the company, and they will not be subject to any cancellation charges that would normally apply.

Hapag-Lloyd Increases English-Speaking Guests by 230%

MS Europa 2 (by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises )

German line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the number of English-speaking guests on its newest ship, Europa 2, increased 230% in 2014. The company, which operates four ships in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, also recorded a 52% in the number of international guest across its whole fleet. Hapag-Lloyd has made a push to broaden its appeal in North America, particularly on Europa 2 and its Hanseatic expedition ship. They are also marketed to English speakers in the U.K., Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Australia.

Harris CapRock to Provide Communications Services for Carnival

Photo: Harris Caprock

Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments, has signed a five-year contract with Carnival Corporation to provide communications services onboard more than 100 cruise ships in its 10 cruise line brands. The dual-band satellite communications solution will enable the Carnival brands to reach dramatically improved bandwidth levels to meet the performance expectations of guests and crew onboard. “At Carnival, our most important goal is to give our guests a great experience.

Archbishop Tutu to Lecture Aboard MS Amsterdam

Desmond Tutu: Photo Wiki CCL

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town and one of the greatest living moral icons of our time, is scheduled to lecture on a segment of Holland America Line's 2014 Grand World Voyage on ms Amsterdam. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will sail March 28 to April 2, 2014, from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. Tutu will address guests at two speaking engagements onboard about his role as the first black African to serve as archbishop of Cape Town and about his work forging racial equality throughout the world.

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