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Costa Cruises to Grow Capacity by 43 Percent by 2021

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 Costa Cruises is continuing to expand and renew its fleet of ships flying the Italian flag. At Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, construction has begun on a new 135,500-ton ship with 2,116 cabins, due for delivery in 2020. Like its twin Costa Venezia, it will be designed specifically for the Chinese market.

MSC Cruises Plans MSC Seaview Christening on June 9

Photo: MSC Cruises S.A.

 In just over two weeks, MSC Cruises will christen their newest cruise ship. MSC Seaview.  MSC Seaview is the second Seaside class ship from the cruise line.    With just 15 days until the Christening of MSC Cruises’ new state-of-the-art flagship MSC Seaview, the leading cruise company in Europe announced 

Global Ports to Run Havana’s Cruise Ship Port

Photo: Global Ports Holding

Independent cruise port operator Global Ports Holding announced that it has signed a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban company Aries S.A., for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba.Under the terms of the Agreement, the Group will from June 21, 2018 manage all of the cruise port operations over the life of the agreement.

Steel Cut for P&O Cruises' New LNG-powered Ship

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 P&O Cruises marked a construction milestone last week as it cut the first piece of steel for its newest ship being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.  The steel cutting ceremony was attended by P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow; Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein and managing director of Meyer Werft, Tim Meyer.

Panama Canal Welcomes Biggest-Ever Passenger Ship

Norwegian Bliss. Photo: NCL Corporation Ltd.

 The Panama Canal welcomed the Norwegian Cruise Lines-operated Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger vessel which to ever transit the waterway. The vessel weighs more than 168,000 gross tons and can carry nearly 5,000 passengers   "The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes

Silversea Orders Another Ship at Fincantieri

Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio with Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono at the launch of Silver Muse in 2016 (Photo: Fincantieri)

Monaco based cruise line Silversea Cruises has ordered another new ship from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.The $382 million contract for the construction of luxury cruise ship Silver Dawn follows Silversea's September 2017 order for sistership

Skentelbery Drives Grand Bahama Shipyard

Dave Skentelbery, CEO, Grand Bahama Shipyard (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

We visited Grand Bahama Shipyard CEO Dave Skentelbery, who updates us on his shipyard and the cruise shipping industry.How do you see the market today?In terms of the cruise ship market, it is very healthy. As a business, we are growing the amount of work we do on each of those projects. We’re doing more complex scopes of work.

Seabourn Ovation Christened in Malta

Seabourn Ovation godmother Elaine Paige gets a special bridge tour from the ship’s Captain, Stig Betten (left), and Staff Captain, Stefan Tsvetkov. Ovation was christened in front of Seabourn guests in Valletta, Malta. Photo by the company.

Carnival Corporation's luxury cruise brand Seabourn introduced its newest vessel with a naming ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in the harbor of Valletta, Malta.Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by hospitality design icon Adam D.

Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

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Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. 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. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC

Shipbuilding: Fincantieri Floats Out Viking Jupiter

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has floated out the sixth ocean cruise ship in a series for owner Viking Cruises.The new vessel, Viking Jupiter, which is under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, will now undergo interior outfitting before its scheduled delivery in 2019.As its sister ships,

TUI Approves New Ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Europe’s largest travel and tourism group TUI Group said it had approved construction of another cruise ship for its Hapag-Lloyd cruise business and that summer trading was good as it reported second quarter results.The group reported a narrower operating loss of 125 million euros ($148 million) for the quarter,

Meyer Turku Investing Profits in its Shipyard

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Coming off of three straight profitable years, Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku said it is using its profits to finance a 200 million euro ($237 million) investment program at its Turku shipyard.The cruise ship builder reported its 2017 revenue was 807.7 million euros ($959 million) compared to 2016’s 787.

MSC Cruises Raises EUR 8million for UNICEF

Photo: MSC Cruises

 MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise company and leading cruise line in Europe and South America, has announced today that to date it has raised more than €8 million for UNICEF thanks to the generous contributions of its guests.    The funds raised are used to provide malnourished

Fundraising Cruise Raises $100,000 to Help Save SS United States

(File photo courtesy of the SS United States Conservancy)

A fundraising cruise dedicated to saving America’s Flagship has raised $100,000 for the cause.Once America’s fastest and most glamorous ocean liner, the SS United States has spent years away from her former glory in an escalating state of disrepair, at dock in Philadelphia, out of commission and relying

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