Celebrity Edge Arrives in Port Everglades

The Celebrity Edge has officially arrived at the new home at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, Fla. following her trans-Atlantic crossing. 

Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Richard D. Fain, said: “The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises. It’s the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life. A new era is truly upon us.”

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Royal Caribbean Buys Silversea

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio, majority owner of Silversea Cruises, today announced an agreement for Royal Caribbean to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises.

Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion.  

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Posidonia 2018 welcomes the world

Greek Prime Minister Mr Alexis Tsipras presided this evening over the official opening ceremony of Posidonia 2018, the world’s most prestigious biennial shipping event and one of the longest standing international maritime trade shows, which this year celebrates 50 years since its inception in the late 60’s.

Addressing an international audience comprising heads of states, European Union officials, Greek cabinet members, foreign maritime ministers, board members of the Union of Greek Shipowners, chairmen of international organisations as well as 1.500 VIP guests, the Greek Prime Minister said: “Greek shipping owns the largest international commercial fleet operating 20% of the global and 50% of the European capacity. This economic activity is responsible for a significant portion of the gross domestic product of Greece. It is worth noting, that the 2017 receipts from Greek shipping activity exceeded the Euro 9 billion mark, showing an increase of 20% compared to 2016.

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Posidonia 2018 Sets the Course for Global Shipping

A total of 1,920 exhibitors from 92 countries and territories will participate at Posidonia 2018 as the world’s most prestigious shipping trade event is getting ready to celebrate its half-century anniversary.

Marked by an all-time record in the number of participating companies and floor space, the event has raised the organisers’ expectations regarding the anticipated number of overall visitors to the exhibition, scheduled to be held from June 4-8 at the Athens Metropolitan Expo.

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Norwegian Bliss Sets Panama Canal Record


The Panama Canal yestarday welcomed the NCL's new Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the waterway, according to a statement. 

“The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes that this distinct milestone is made possible by the Canal Expansion, as well as the experience and efforts gained in the two years since its inauguration,” said Deputy Canal Administrator Manuel Benítez.

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Carnival opens Miami fleet operations center

Carnival Cruise Line held a dedication for its new fleet operations center (FOC) in Miami, where it will be able to track its ships 24/7 around the globe, Carnival president Christine Duffy said.

At 35,000 square feet, the center is the third and largest operated by Carnival Corp., which has two others in Seattle and Hamburg, Germany.

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Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

Carnival Cruise Line yestarday unveiled its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami.

The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line’s 26 cruise ships.

It joins FOCs in Seattle and Hamburg.

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Lutoff-Perlo: ‘We Are The Culinary Brand’

A new main dining concept and all new specialty venues along with some innovative technology will greet guests aboard Celebrity’s new Edge when she debuts in Port Everglades this November.

“Culinary is in our DNA,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of the company.The story starts with the ship’s main dining rooms, four of them, which are spread across two decks. Each offers a unique concept.

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Celebrity building the Flora, a small ship for Galapagos cruises

Celebrity Cruises has designed a new ship for use in the Galapagos, a rare newbuild in the market and at 100 passengers the smallest ship parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has ever built.

Celebrity president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said that only in a market with such high demand and limited supply would the economics of building a ship of that size make sense for a brand like Celebrity.

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Cunard getting new ship

Cunard Line will get a new ship in 2022, increasing its fleet to four ships for the first time since 1998.

The 113,000-gross-ton ship will be built at a Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will fit in size midway between Cunard's two smaller 90,000-ton ships and its 151,800-ton flagship, Queen Mary 2.

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Norwegian Bliss going big with upgrated go-cart track

Ritz-Carlton gets into the cruise business

Ritz-Carlton will debut yacht product in 2019 in what the brand calls the first cruise operation by a luxury hotel operator.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will start service on the first of three 623-foot vessels that will accommodate as many as 298 passengers in 149 suites, each of which will have private balconies. The new vessels will also have two 1,485-square-foot penthouse suites, a restaurant, a spa and a wine bar.

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Ponant underwater lounge to be called Blue Eye

Ponant provided further details about the first-of-their-kind underwater lounges that are being designed for its next four luxury expedition ships.

The multi-sensory lounges will be located beneath the water line on the four Explorer-class ships.

They will be called Blue Eye, and will have two large observation windows, one on each side of the ship, shaped like a whale's eye.

Ponant said wall-mounted digital screens will project images filmed live by three underwater cameras strategically placed to capture spectacles.

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Infrastructure improvements and China’s vast feeder potential hold key to Greece’s success in the sector

 The Greek government has signaled its intentions to adopt a public private partnership model drive in order to improve critical port and air infrastructure required to help the country optimize its full potential as a destination of choice for global cruise liners and passengers.

Speaking at the opening day of the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Greek Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, said that Greece is prepared to launch a concessions campaign in order to encourage international cruise liners operating in Greece to invest in relevant infrastructure projects.

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Cruise CEOs love it when a plan comes together

Seatrde Cruise Global 2017 - State of the Industry -- The cruise industry has found a sweet spot that has been years in the making, a panel of CEOs concluded at the state of the industry debate during the 2017 Seatrade Cruise Global convention.

A strong economy and stock market, novel and appealing ships, a better understanding by the public of what cruising is all about and a calm geopolitical environment are fueling record cruise sales, they said.

"For a long time we've been expecting this," said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "All of a sudden the understanding of the cruise offering has really taken hold. We're seeing in the U.S. tremendous consumer confidence, but we're seeing it in Europe as well and Asia is exploding."

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Norwegian Cruise Line shows new ship design

   Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled a rendering of a new class of ship it plans to build starting in 2022.

No other details were released at a Norwegian news conference at the Seatrade Cruise Global convention that mostly covered other topics.

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Celebrity Edge to take guests on Magic Carpet ride

 Celebrity Cruises lifted the veil from its much-awaited Edge class of ships, the first new design for the premium brand since the Solstice class was created in 2006.

While not all of the features were revealed, media and key trade partners were briefed on the ship's accommodations and some high-profile amenities that will surely be among the most talked about innovations.

High on that list is the Magic Carpet, a traveling platform capable of seating 90 guests for dinner that will be cantilevered off the side of the ship and move between decks.

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Royal Caribbean breaks ground on Miami terminal

 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. executives joined PortMiami and Miami-Dade County officials on Wednesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking on RCCL's new terminal at the easternmost point of the port's cruise ship row.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the project will create 4,000 jobs and push the port past the 6 million level for annual passengers after it opens in November 2018.

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MSC Cruises rolling out personalization technology

  MSC Cruises will debut a digital wayfinding, guest experience and concierge service on the MSC Meraviglia, a ship scheduled to start service in the Mediterranean this summer.

The concept will be called MSC for Me and will involve fitting the ship with 16,000 points of connectivity, 700 digital access points and 114 interactive screens as well as allowing lock access to 2,244 staterooms.

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MSC to sail Meraviglia-class ship in Miami

MSC Cruises will station a third ship in Miami starting in 2019, the company's executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago told an audience at the Fincantieri shipyard here.

The ship will be a Meraviglia-class vessel. MSC will introduce the first ship in that class in June, when the MSC Meraviglia is christened in Le Havre, France. The 4,500-passenger ship is scheduled to sail in Europe.

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Carnival Cruise Line to get third Vista-class ship in 2019


Carnival Cruise Line will grow and update its fleet in 2019 via a ship swap with sister brand P&O Cruises Australia.

Carnival will add a sister ship to the Carnival Vista, a vessel that was originally designated for Carnival Corp.'s P&O Cruises Australia brand. The Carnival Splendor, which was delivered in 2008, will be transferred in 2019 to P&O Cruises Australia in conjunction with the change.

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Work starts on MSC Seaside's future Miami home

  Construction has begun on PortMiami's Terminal F, which will be expanded and renovated to accommodate the MSC Seaside, a ship due to enter service next December. Terminal F will also be home to the MSC Divina.

Miami-Dade County is funding the $38 million project, which will enable the terminal to manage embarkation loads of up to 6,000 passengers, according to the county. The MSC Seaside will accommodate 4,140 passengers at double occupancy but will have a maximum of more than 5,000.

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Celebrity Marks Steel Cutting for New Celebrity Edge

STX France today cut steel for Celebrity's 2018 newbuild, now named Celebrity Edge, which will be the first of four Edge-class vessels for the brand. The ships are 117,000 tons and 2,900 passengers. The second ship in the class, following in 2020, will be named Celebrity Beyond.

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Harmony of the Seas is christened

The Royal Caribbean International ship was named Nov. 10 in Fort Lauderdale in an event that included cameo appearances by an aerialist and one of the ship's robotic bartenders, as well as a musical performance and the christening itself by Teach for America educator Brittany Affolter.

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LNG, fuel cells to power Royal Caribbean’s new class of ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) disclosed plans for a new class of ship starting in 2022 that will be powered by alternative fuels.

The company said it has a memorandum of understanding with the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland to build the ships for Royal Caribbean International, which will be designated Icon class.

Few details are ironed out, an RCCL statement said, except for the power plant. The ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will introduce fuel-cell technology.

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MedCruise destinations in the centre of attention at Seatrade Cruise Med 2016


Hosted by the MedCruise member Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Seatrade Cruise Med 2016 took place from 21 to 23 September at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In aggregate, more than 130 MedCruise member representatives travelled to Tenerife to participate at this major biennial cruise event, representing more than 70 MedCruise members, 34 of which also joined the MedCruise Pavilion as exhibitors.

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Seatrade Med 2016: Tenerife looks to US cruise source market

           Airam Diaz Pastor, Commercial Director/Director, Projects & Studies, Puertos de Tenerife/MedCruise welcomed delegates to Seatrade Cruise Med 2016, which opened yesterday in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, with a rallying call to cruise lines to bring more passengers to Tenerife.

Mr Pastor said: “We are delighted to announce that there will be a direct flight from New York to Tenerife by the end of 2016 which will enable us to better tap into the vast North American source market of nearly 12 million passengers annually.” Currently those numbers account for just 90,000 annually visiting the island by cruise ship.

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Cruise Lines International Association Hosts Cruise Industry’s Leading Event for Port & Destination Community


Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) hosted its third annual Port & Destination Summit in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, bringing together 225 delegates from the global cruise industry representing 27 countries on 20 September, one day ahead of Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise industry gathering in Europe. 

The Port & Destination Summit, featured networking opportunities and open dialogue on topics of crucial importance to port authorities, port agencies, tourism organizations, destination management companies and cruise lines. Topics centered on the port and destination community’s role as it relates to the growth of the global cruise industry, highlighted by the popular Interactive Itinerary Planning Workshop which fostered conversations and understanding about the challenges of ship deployment in different regions of the world.

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Largest ever Posidonia exhibition highlights importance of Greek shipping for global economy

  Posidonia 2016, the world’s most prestigious shipping event, was inaugurated this evening by the Prime Minister of Greece Mr Alexis Tsipras and attended by heads of states, European Union officials, Greek cabinet members, foreign maritime ministers, board members of the Union of Greek Shipowners, chairmen of international organisations as well as some 1.500 exhibitors and delegates from around the world.

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Posidonia sets size record as global maritime community sets sail for Greece

   The organisers of Posidonia, the world’s most prestigious maritime exhibition, have confirmed a 15 percent growth in size for this year’s event, as the committed total of over 40.000 square metres of exhibition floor space together with a record 40 conferences and new sporting events make the 2016 edition the biggest in the event’s almost 50 year-long history.

Over 1.800 exhibitors from 89 countries will participate at Posidonia 2016 which opens its doors on June 6 for a week that will see intense networking and business dealing between the world’s most prominent shipping industry executives who will converge at the Athens Metropolitan Expo for the biennial maritime show.

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Holland America puts bigger ship size to good use

  Caution has always marked Holland America Line’s approach to bigger ships. Even though Koningsdam is HAL’s largest vessel at 2,650-passengers, other lines have led the way in the “big” category, so size doesn’t seem to define Koningsdam.

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Fathom's historic cruise sets sail for Cuba



 To a double water gun salute from three accompanying tugboats, Fathom’s Adonia set sail from Miami for Havana at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

The departure marked the first time in the history of the modern cruise industry that a ship has journeyed from the U.S. to Cuba.

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Carnival takes delivery of its largest ship

   Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday took delivery of Carnival Vista, its largest ship at the 133,500 gross tons and a capacity for 3,954 passengers at double occupancy.

The Vista has some unique features, including the cruise industry's first IMAX theater; a brewery that will make three kinds of beer; a suspended cycling attraction called the SkyRide; and the Seafood Shack, a specialty restaurant selling traditional New England fare such as fried clams and lobster rolls.

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MSC Cruises Orders Up to Four New World-Class Ships

 MSC Cruises is making waves again as it signs a letter of intent to build up to four new World-class ships. Two orders have already been locked in with the STX France shipyard, and another two options are pending – bringing the company’s total future ship orders and options up to eleven through 2026.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises orders fifth ship

 Regent Seven Seas Cruises said it has ordered a version of its 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, which will add a fifth ship to its fleet.  

The line said it reached an agreement with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri to deliver the ship in 2020 at a price of about $480 million.

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Norwegian's ship in China to feature many firsts at sea

 David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' China operations, revealed some of the features that will debut on the Norwegian Joy, a ship being built for the Chinese market. 

Herrera made the announcement here during a keynote address at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld China.

Although Joy is a sister ship to the Escape, it will offer several “first-at-sea” features related to activities, hotel, service and gaming.

Some attractions — a formal tea room and an upper-deck Serenity Park — are what one might expect on a ship built for Chinese guests.

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Crystal Cruises to build polar yacht

   Seatrade Cruise Global 2016: Crystal Cruises will add to its growing stable of luxury travel options by building a 200-passenger yacht with polar capabilities.

The 600-foot, 25,000-gross-ton Crystal Endeavor is scheduled to debut in August of 2018.

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Disney Cruise Line orders two ships

  Disney Cruise Line has entered a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to build two ships, to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

Disney said each ship will be 135,000 gross tons, slightly larger than the 130,00-gross-ton Dream-class ships the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, which entered service in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Like the Dream-class ships, the new vessels will have about 1,250 staterooms.

Design plans, ship names and itineraries have not been decided.

Disney currently has four ships in its fleet: the Dream, Fantasy, Magic and Wonder.

ICCS Corp. at Seatrade Cruise Global 2016

 Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry's premier global event, will bring together all facets of the international cruise business -- including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners -- for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation and education. The epicenter of the international cruise industry, Seatrade Cruise Global, today announces that registration is now open for the revamped 2016 conference and exhibition, which will be held March 14-17 in a new convenient location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

     ICCS Corp. following the tradition to participate of more than 25 years will be there, this year at Pavillion #535 supporting two dynamic and crucial ports & destination of S.E. Mediterranean, the Thessaloniki Port and Port of Souda, Chania Crete.

Princess, Costa Asia and P&O Australia getting new ships

    Carnival Corp. signed a memo of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for another Royal-class vessel for its Princess Cruises brand and two Costa Asia ships to operate in China.

A fourth ship was ordered to sail for P&O Cruises Australia. Deliveries of the ships are expected in 2019 and 2020.

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MSC Cruises' private island to have pier, amphitheater and restaurants

 MSC Cruises confirmed it will acquire use of Ocean Cay, an island about 20 miles south of Bimini, for a private cruise ship destination and that it has budgeted $200 million for the project.

MSC said that it will be called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie and MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago signed a 100-year lease agreement in a ceremony on Dec. 16, MSC said.

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MSC Seaside bookings open

      MSC Cruises said it has begun accepting bookings from repeat customers for MSC Seaside, a new ship that will be based in Miami.

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Robot to interact with guests on Costa and Aida cruises

  Cruise lines Costa and Aida will have robots that interact with guests on its ships, starting in the spring of 2016.

Costa Crociere, the Carnival Corp. division overseeing Costa and Aida, said it signed an exclusive contract worth more than $1.1 million to use the “Pepper” robots developed by Aldebaran, a subsidiary Japan’s SoftBank Group.

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2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, revealing global cruise travel is continuing to grow and evolve at a record pace. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly 24 million passengers expected to sail in 2016, a dramatic increase from 15 million just 10 years prior (2006), or even 1.4 million when CLIA began tracking passengers in 1980.

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MSC building Cirque du Soleil theaters for Meraviglia ships

MSC Cruises has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to create shows on four of its new ships, which will be exclusive to MSC and debut on its Meraviglia-class vessels starting in 2017.

The shows will be staged in a custom-built theater that will be co-designed by the acrobatic theater troupe.

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LGBT-dedicated cruise line launches

Costa getting two LNG-powered cruise ships

Costa Cruises said it will receive two of the four ships that Carnival Corp. is buying that will be equipped with liquid natural gas (LNG) capability for power generation.

The two Costa ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland, with delivery in 2019 and 2020. Each vessel will exceed 180,000 gross tons, offering more than 2,600 passenger cabins and a total capacity of 6,600 passengers.

Costa said the ships will have the largest guest capacity of any in the world.

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Crystal an apt name for a luxury brand

Crystal Cruises has built a loyal following with its two ships primarily by delivering a great product. Now under new ownership, Crystal will try to transform itself from a luxury cruise brand to a luxury brand.

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Princess Cruises to deploy another ship to China

The Golden Princess will sail seasonal cruises from Tianjin in 2016, joining the Sapphire Princess in China.

The Sapphire Princess has been sailing seasonally from Shanghai since 2014 and will start sailing year-round from the port in 2016. Both ships carry about 2,600 passengers.

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Carnival Corp. to build second cruise terminal in Barcelona

Carnival Corp. has received approval to build and operate a second private cruise terminal in Barcelona, Europe’s busiest cruise port.

The cruise company said it will spend more than 30 million euros (about $33 million) on the project. Carnival said construction is slated to start in 2016 and that the facility could open as early as 2018.

The terminal, to be built at the port’s Adossat wharf, will be one of Europe’s largest at nearly 125,000 square feet, Carnival said.

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Crystal expansion includes three new ocean ships, yacht and river cruising, jet tours

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades.

Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.

The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said. The minimum size of the cabins on the ships will be 400 square feet.

The first ship is due for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters, Crystal said.

It also said 48 residences ranging from 600 to 4,000 square feet will be sold on each ship. The residences will  be situated on the top decks, have 9-foot ceilings and come with their own restaurant and other amenities.   

Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez and Genting Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok made respective announcements on the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony on cruises to mark the line’s 25th anniversary.

In addition to the new ships, the executives announced plans to expand the Crystal brand beyond ocean cruising. Plans call for a super-yacht, the Crystal Esprit, to begin sailing in November.

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MSC to sail cruises from Cuba

MSC Cruises said it will deploy the 2,120-passenger MSC Opera on weeklong cruises from Havana, beginning Dec. 22.

The cruises will include two nights and two-and-a-half days in Havana, and also visit Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Georgetown in the Cayman Islands. The seasonal schedule will end in April.

Shore excursions will be offered through Cubanacan, a Cuba-based travel group.

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Carnival's new Fathom brand to sail to Cuba

Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand has already received permission from the U.S. government to mount cruises to Cuba and it plans to start next year.

Fathom’s Cuba cruises are scheduled to begin in May 2016, a month after the brand launches its inaugural social-impact travel experiences in the Dominican Republic. Carnival said the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments have signed off on the cruises, which will qualify for exceptions in the law that prevents general travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens.

“We are excited about receiving U.S. approval as the very important first step to ultimately take travelers to Cuba under the existing 12 criteria for authorized travel,” Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said in a statement. "We look forward to working with the Cuban authorities for their approval to help make the social, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between U.S. citizens and the people of Cuba a reality.”

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TUI Cruises orders two ships

TUI Cruises, a German line owned jointly by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI Group, has ordered two ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland.

The ships are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and 2019 and will replace ships that previously sailed for Royal Caribbean and now sail for TUI as Mein Schiff 1 and 2. Those vessels, in turn, will be passed onto the U.K. market’s Thomson Cruises, another brand in the TUI Group.

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Silversea orders ship to be delivered in 2017

Silversea Cruises has ordered a 596-passenger ship from Fincantieri that the luxury line is calling its new flagship vessel.

To be called Silver Muse, the 40,000-gross-ton ship is expected to be delivered in the spring of 2017. It will be Silversea's largest ship and the ninth in its fleet.

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MSC unveils details of Miami-based ship

A bowling alley and nine restaurants will be among the amenities aboard the MSC Seaside, the first vessel that MSC Cruises will move directly from the shipyard to the U.S.
MSC CEO Gianni Onorato revealed new details about the 154,000-gross-ton, 4,140-passenger ship during the steel-cutting ceremony on Monday at the Monfalcone, Italy-headquarters of shipbuilder Fincantieri. The Seaside is scheduled to arrive at PortMiami in December 2017.

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Carnival Corp. records $222 million in net income in Q2

Carnival Corp. reported $222 million in net income in the second quarter, up more than 126% from second quarter 2014. Revenue for the quarter, the company said, was $3.6 billion, compared with $3.63 billion in 2014.
Carnival said its net income in the quarter included unrealized gains on fuel derivatives of $34 million and $7 million on restructuring expenses.
Net revenue yields rose 4.1% in the quarter on a constant-dollar basis, beating the company's estimate of increases in the 2% to 3% range; gross revenue yield decreased 3.5% due to changes in currency exchange rates, it said.

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Virgin Cruises to launch from Miami with midsize cruise ship

Virgin Cruises will set sail from Miami in 2020 with a new, 2,800-passenger cruise ship constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

Two additional 110,000-gross-ton, 2,800-passenger ships will follow in 2021 and 2022, Virgin said.

The announcement took place at a media event here in Miami, held to make waves for the new cruise brand  (#letsmakewaves was the Twitter hashtag for the event). Of course, this being Virgin, it wasn't just an ordinary press conference. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, sporting a skipper's hat, arrived in downtown Miami's Museum Park via helicopter and a cloud of Virgin-red smoke.


Carnival Corp. mega ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas

 Carnival Corp. has inked a deal with the Meyer Werft shipyard for four megaships, each with a maximum capacity of 6,600 passengers, that will be the first vessels in the industry to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The company said that two of the ships will sail for German line Aida Cruises and did not say which brands would get the other two.

The multibillion-dollar deal is part of the memoranda of agreement Carnival Corp. signed with Meyer Werft and Fincantieri to order nine ships to be delivered between 2019 and 2022.

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State of the Cruise Industry: 2015 to see robust growth

A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year.  Cruise lines are enticing travelers with nearly 1,000 ports of call in new, exotic locations, especially in the fast-growing Asian market. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015 for a total investment of more than $4 billion.

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Largest cruise industry event moving to Fort Lauderdale

The Cruise Shipping Miami convention, which attracts 10,000-plus delegates each March, is moving to the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale for three years, starting in 2016.

The event has been held at the Miami Beach Convention Center almost since its inception. It is the industry’s biggest annual gathering.  

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Carnival Vista to sail from Miami

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a new lease for Carnival Corp. at Port Miami that stipulates the Carnival Vista will use the port after it is delivered next year.

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Carnival Corp. in preliminary deal with Chinese group

Carnival Corp., the biggest cruise line worldwide, signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants Group (CMG) to pursue a possible domestic Chinese cruise line and to develop cruise ports.

Carnival said it formalized a strategic partnership with CMG at a signing event at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou.

CMG is already developing a flagship port called Prince Bay Cruise Terminal in Shekou. Carnival said the partners would work to have cruise ships sail from this flagship port, while also developing other cruise destinations across China and northern Asia.

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Welcome to European Maritime Day 2015

The European Maritime Day is celebrated annually in Europe on 20 May. This annual platform welcomes Europe's growing maritime community joining policy makers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, are at the heart of the discussions.

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Cruise Shipping Miami 2015, Miami FL, USA

(March 16-19, 2015)

Cruise Shipping Miami is the epicenter of the global cruise industry and the only event guaranteed to bring together every facet of the business including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.

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ICCS llc will participate presenting the full range of dedicated services for the cruise industry. Come and meet us at Pavilion #1065 (Greece) and at Pavilion #659 (Spain) in cooperation with ICTS Europe.

ICCS Corp and ICTS Europe announce their collaboration

ICCS Corp.  and ICTS Europe announce their collaboration presenting new innovative and sophisticated safety & security services dedicated to the cruise lines needs, covering the vessel, the guests and the crew (January 23, 2015).



Cruise Ports Environmental Impacts, European Union Program - CESAPO Italy & Greece, April 2014

Published by Chris Nicolaides, MBA, PhD

Despite these challenging times in Europe and in Mediterranean, the cruise tourism is making an increasingly significant contribution to Mediterranean countries economy, by sustaining jobs in European shipyards, jobs onboard cruise ships, related to cruise tourism employment (technical, provisions, services), creating employment in Mediterranean ports and acting as a catalyst for European tourism.

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