cruise ships

Achille Lauro hijacking: A tragic example of maritime terrorism

SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.

New hybrid cruise ship successes sea trials

Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship called “MS Fridtjof Nansen” has completed sea trials and will be ready to voyage earlier than expected, ahead of the planned April 1st inaugural voyage.

Carnival welcomes guests with sensory needs and disabilities

In line with its goals on making cruise vacation more accessibly and diverse, Carnival Cruise Line is the first cruise operator to be certified “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory needs and invisible disabilities. 

Costa Esmeralda successes LNG propulsion trials

Costa Esmeralda successfully conducted its sea trials powered by LNG, being the first cruise ship to join the company that runs on LNG, representing an innovation in the cruise sector and highlighting the industry’s efforts in becoming greener and more sustainable.

Cruise ships emissions rise in Port of Reykjavik

Cruise ships visiting Reykjavik harbour cause more emissions than the entire fleet of year-round fishing ships at the same port, according to the port authority’s data, revealing that cruise ships released 14,300 tonnes of emissions at the port, a 50% increase from 2016.

Cruise ship runs aground off Phi Phi Island, Thailand

A Belgium-registered tourist cruiser ran aground on rocks near Phi Phi Island while it was on its journey from Lanta Island to Phuket, on Monday November 25, and was later towed to shore. The passengers had 77, French passengers onboard, who were safely taken to shore, and there were no injuries reported.

Celebrity Cruises to sail with all-female bridge crew

In efforts of improving the gender gap in the shipping industry, Celebrity Cruises announced an industry’s first; Sailing with an entirely female bridge and officer team. This comes in line with the company’s plan on boosting female presence in the cruise industry, given that it still is a male-dominant sector.

Savona’s cruise terminal reopens after renovation

Costa Cruises and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority have now reopened the Calata delle Vele cruise ship quay and Palocrociere Terminal One in the Port of Savona, Italy, after an extensive renovation process. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority invested €17 million to conduct modifications to the quay.

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