Manpower Software Lands Myriad of Cruise Contracts
Manpower Software plc (MSW) today announces the award of two contracts for the sale of its Maritime Crew Administration product to Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCCL) and Sun Cruises Limited (SCL), the subsidiary of Airtours plc. These contract awards follow on from the recent sales of MSW's Crew Task Scheduling product to RCCL and the Access Control product, "Souls on Board," to SCL. MSW was also granted two contracts for the sale of its Workforce Planning product to Guinness UDV Limited (part of the Diageo group of companies) and BP Shipping Limited (a division of BP plc). The initial value of the four contracts is in excess of $2.2 million. RCCL has purchased MSW's Maritime Crew Administration product as part of an enterprise-wide program of improvement.
Royal Caribbean To Offer 10 Million New Shares
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) reportedly plans to market a proposed public offering of 10 million new shares of common stock. RCCL officials said the company will use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditure. The offering will be made to investors in Europe and the United States.
Competition for Princess Cruises Heats Up With Arison Entry
Despite the less-than-stellar performance by the cruise industry during the last part of 2001, the industry more than had its fair share of newsmaking events — aside from the September 11 terrorist attacks — which ultimately exposed the fraility of this leisure sector. Beginnning with the demise of Renaissance Cruises almost immediately after the attacks, the industry suffered an additional blow in October when American Classic Voyages’ (AMCV’s) subsidiary U.S. Lines filed Chapter 11 — causing the dream of American cruiseship building to cease before it could even begin. These events, which were almost reminisicent of the faltering cruise industry of the 1970’s…
TTS to Deliver for World's Largest Cruise Ship
TTS Ships Equipment AB, a subsidiary of Norway’s TTS Group will deliver specially designed and built cargo access gear for installation aboard the Ultra Voyager cruise vessel, currently under construction at the Kvaerner Masa Yard in Finland. At about 160,000 grt, the new vessel will be the largest cruise vessel ever built. This is the first of the Ultra Voyager Class of cruise liners built by Kvaerner Masa, TTS Ships Equipment having supplied similar systems to all five of the previous Voyager Class, also built at the Finnish Shipyard. Under a turn-key contract, originally signed in January, TTS is building side shell doors, hatch covers and lifting platforms for the vessel, which was ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) last year.
Giant Cruise Ships Call on Naples
Royal Caribbean will make 30 calls and Celebrity 32 in 2006. Royal Caribbean will operate in the Mediterranean in 2006 with Voyager of the Seas the largest cruise ship to operate in the Mediterranean and Splendour of the Seas in order to give the market the new products it is requesting. Lina Mazucco general manager of RCCL-Italia said “Cruise in Italy is becoming more and more a mass market as a result of the constant increase in capacity and the continuing pressure on prices. This is no doubt positive and enables more people to take a cruise. In addition as the market matures space is created for a different type of product aimed at the medium/high level of the market.
Royal Caribbean Commits To Environmental Endeavors
Today's era of stringent environmental policy marvelates that cruise lines must work to achieve good environmental practice. The marine industry in general, the cruise market in particular, have continually worked to project the image of environmental friend. However through high profile cases of negligence and/or abuse, significant new layers of rules and regulations are entering force to ensure shipping companies are truly committed to protecting the valuable environment within which they operation. Royal Caribbean (RCCL) — following a year in which it was levied record fines of $18 million for its poor environmental practices — has since established a compliance program called Above and Beyond Compliance (ABC) — in addition to its environmentally-sound Save The Waves Program.
RCCL Names Pimentel President & CEO
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) has announced the appointment of Larry Pimentel to the newly created position of president and chief executive officer of Azamara Cruises. Pimentel will have responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the deluxe brand to ensure its continuous growth and success. He will report directly to Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of RCCL. Pimentel has more than 25 years of travel industry experience catering to the high-end consumer. Most recently, he served as president, chief executive officer and co-owner of Seadream Yacht Club and was previously president and chief executive officer of Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Classic Hawaii.
Royal Caribbean Predicts Bright 2001
Royal Caribbean Cruises predicted on cruise booking levels for 2001 would match or beat last year's figures. "We think we will do as well as we did last year, and may even do better," Richard Glasier, chief financial officer at RCCL said. He said that so far booking levels have surpassed the previous year's and the number of cancellations was not increasing in spite of the U.S. economic slowdown. New products, new harbors and new destinations would increase demand, Glasier said. RCCL has a fleet of 19 ships, with 10 more being built. Four ot these new ships will be delivered in 2001. - (Reuters)
RCL Shares Jump In Oslo Following Report
Shares in Royal Caribbean Cruises leapt seven percent after positive broker analyses of the group and on hopes for positive news when corporate leaders visit Oslo on Wednesday, traders said. Shares in the Miami-based group were up 16 Norwegian crowns ($1.83) at 241 at about 1250 GMT on the Oslo bourse. The total share index of the Oslo bourse was up 1.1 percent. In just over a year, RCCL shares have ranged from a low of 152 in June to a high of 446 in January 2000. Analysts said that several recent "buy" recommendations for the stock were helping RCCL after the company reported last month that 2000 earnings per share rose 16 percent to a record $2.31.
RCL Profits Rise, Shares Fall
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), the world's number two cruise group, said on Thursday that profits rose 16 percent to a record in 2000 but predicted stiff competition in 2001. RCCL shares dipped 13.5 Norwegian crowns ($1.50) to 239.5 on the Oslo bourse after trading around 250 just before the results, which were slightly below analysts' forecasts. The group said earnings per share rose to $2.31 in 2000 from $2.06 in 1999, or net earnings of $445 million from $384 million. But fourth quarter earnings per share fell to $0.16 from $0.19 on net earnings of $38 million versus $30 million. Revenues for the fourth quarter were up to $642 million from $584 million. The EPS for the full year was just below expectations in a Barra survey of 20.87 Norwegian crowns ($2.32) for 2000.
Lawsuit Accuses RCCL of Bogus Taxes
A lawsuit filed on Friday is claiming that Royal Caribbean Cruises and subsidiary Celebrity Cruise Lines overcharged passengers at least $150 million in fraudulent taxes. "We are outraged by the actions of the attorneys filing this suit," said Lynn Martenstein, vice president, Corporate Communications. "We actually pay more in government taxes and fees than we charge our guests," she explained, citing a preliminary analysis of guest charges and payments made to government. Using actual figures paid by two of the plaintiffs as examples, the RCCL said they were charged $26 and $40, respectively, for government taxes and fees. The company, in turn, paid approximately $45 and $58, respectively, to cover such taxes and fees.
Royal Caribbean Wins Marine Environment Protection Award
At the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s annual Awards dinner, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (which includes Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises), the world’s second largest cruise company, was the recipient of NAMEPA’s 2011 Marine Environment Protection Award. The award was presented following NAMEPA’s seminar on Corporate Risk Management, which focussed on the need of the maritime industry to evaluate risk in a challenging operating environment. "It is an honor to be recognized by NAMEPA for our commitment to protect, conserve and support the environment. This award is for all the many Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean
MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet. The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support. The vessels Grandeur of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas – both equipped with four x 12V48/60 MAN engines – will be retrofitted with 16 x TCA55 turbochargers…
World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail
The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered to owner Royal Caribbean International. The immense floating town has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. At 66 metres (217 feet), it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-metre length makes it 50 metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. Barcelona will be Harmony's home port for the next few months – it has 34 seven-night voyages scheduled…
KIMS Installed on Allure of the Seas
Dragutin Radobuljac, the Chief Electrical Engineer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s mega cruise ship the Allure of the Seas, has described the new Kongsberg Information Management System (KIMS) as a “Revolutionary upgrade,” with significant influence on vessel operations. KIMS is a state-of-the-art, customized data management system that operates over a global, secure and highly scalable infrastructure. KIMS features a suite of applications within a single web portal providing high level vessel data access to engineers and management.
Meyer Werft Delivers to RCCL
The most recent addition to Royal Caribbean's (RCCL) fleet of vessels is the 90,090-gt Serenade of the Seas, which was delivered to the cruise line by Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on July 30, 2003. The third member of the Radiance-class fleet, Serenade, along with its sisterships, is a luxury cruise vessel boasting a very slim, yachtlike design with extensive use of glass on the outside, as more than 80 percent of the vessel's cabins are designated as outside cabins. Serenade features advanced technology designed to make the ship efficient, and to ensure it is as quiet and vibration free as possible. To this end, it features an advanced gas turbine propulsion plant, and its 15 decks employ the latest in sound dampening technology.
World’s Largest Cruise Ship Launched
The first of three ultra-sized cruise vessels for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Freedom of the Seas, was floated out recently at Aker Yards in Finland. "Seeing a new ship floated out for the first time is a momentous occasion", says CEO and Board Chairman of RCCL Richard D. Fain. "Aker Yards challenge is to ensure innovative customer focus", says Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards and responsible for Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards. "We are proud to build this cruise ship with spectacular inventive features for RCCL," he said. Freedom of the Seas is like a floating urban community with own energy and drinking water production as well as waste management. There is 16.5 hectares of deck space for in all 5,740 passengers and members of the crew.
New Ship Simulator Training Modules by Transas
Transas reflects upon 2012 as being a successful year of high-fidelity cruise ship modelling for various clients. The year began with the development of several in-service vessels for the Resolve Maritime Academy, in support of their training programs for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). This included the Celebrity Solstice, Freedom of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and TUI Mein Schiff 1. Each was painstakingly developed and validated to ensure the highest level of realism when compared against the equivalent operational vessel.
RCCL Takes Delivery of Serenade of the Seas
The Serenade of the Seas’ atrium is among many of the exotic features aboard the latest addition to the RCCL fleet. The third of Royal Caribbean's Radiance-class ships, Serenade of the Seas will be named in NYC on August 22. At a ceremony today in Eemshaven, Netherlands, Royal Caribbean International added Serenade of the Seas to its fleet. The 2,110-guest ship, built at Meyerwerft Yard in Papenburg, Germany, will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail an inaugural season from New York City, as well as the first to offer Canada itineraries from The Big Apple. "Serenade of the Seas is one of the most beautiful ships we've introduced to date," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer for Royal Caribbean International.
Carnival Gives RCCL A Run For Its Money
Exactly one month to the day that P&O Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines announced that they would merge to form a $6 billion cruise corporation, Micky Arison's powerhouse Carnival Corp. approached P&O with a $4.59 billion proposal. As reported in today's Wall Street Journal, P&O Princess, which initially rejected Carnival's offer, has now reconsidered and is currently weighing all its options of a possible merger with the "world's largest cruise line," - quite possibly leaving Royal Caribbean hanging out to dry. Despite these new developments, Royal Caribbean still stands firmly on its initial agreement with P&O Princess, according to Richard Fain, RCCL's chairman and CEO.
From Madison Avenue To The Heat Of Miami
Since beginning his cruise industry career as Royal Caribbean's first ever marketing director — Roderick K. (Rod) McLeod has been an instrumental force in the cruise industry. He now heads up what is arguably the world’s most watched cruise ship newbuild program. Having a discussion with Rod McLeod is like talking to an old friend that you haven't been in touch with for awhile. Even though you may have not spoken for months — or even years — you always manage to find enough to talk about. That was the case when McLeod recently spoke with MR/EN regarding his current endeavors as president and COO of AMCV, as well as his past experiences — both professionally and personally.
Shipowners are constantly faced with ever-changing laws and guidelines they must abide by. If they don't adhere - or even are not aware of these environmental requirements and regulations - they may not only risk losing their upstanding place in the maritime industry, but could face stiff fines and possibly even jail time. Ever since the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster in 1989, vessel owners and masters have since become wary of already-established and new guidelines (such as OPA '90) exerted by IMO and SOLAS for safe and clean waters. Everyone from captains on the largest cruise ships in the world - to the master of a small tugboat fall into this category. But, alas, there are always a few who think they are above the law or are just - in plain English - negligent in their decisions.
Meyer Turku Builds Big
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently visited Finnish shipbuilding giant Meyer Turku, whose sights are set on building bigger. It is safe to say that when shipbuilding commenced in the town of Turku, Finland in 1737, the company building wooden boats at the time could not have envisioned the enormous vessels that would eventually be built by the site’s current occupant, Meyer Turku. The Meyer family, operator of the German shipbuilding company Meyer Werft, took over the…