cruise ships

Norwegian Cruise Line homeports cruise ship in Amsterdam for the first time

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it is homeporting a ship in Amsterdam for the first time with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl. With this move, the brand expanded its presence to six vessels in the area. On June 8, Norwegian Pearl’s Captain, Paul von Knorring, and the ship’s officers were given a plaque and key to the city of Amsterdam.

Norwegian cruises return to Canaveral port after Cuba ban

The Norwegian Sun cruise vessel sailed back to Port Canaveral, June 7, some days after the US Department announced the ban of US cruise ships from making stops in Cuba. It was diverted on June 4, an hour after it had left Key West.

Infographic: Cruise industry in numbers for Asia in 2018

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report, which analyzes the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets in Asia. The report noted a record-breaking 4.24 million ocean-going cruise passengers in 2018.

US bans cruises to Cuba

As Reuters reports, the Trump Administration applied heavy restrictions including banning cruises from the US to Cuba, as Cuba supports Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro. The US no longer permits visits to Cuba through passenger and recreational vessels. 

The use of data in a marine accident investigation

Following the crash of the giant cruise ship ‘MSC Opera’ at the dock on the Giudecca Canal in Venice earlier this week, Mike Travis, Principal Inspector of the UK MAIB explained how technology can help accident investigators determine what happened.

Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million under probation deal

A federal judge in Miami ordered Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million in fines regarding its cruise ship pollution, under a plea deal after the world’s largest cruise operator violated the terms of its probation from a 2016 criminal conviction. Before this decision, a US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation.

Cruise ship’s lifeboats stuck during lifting operations

According to local sources, the Costa Mediterranea cruise ship experienced a technical problem while docked at the port of Stavanger, Norway. Specifically, the cruise ship suffered problems during an exercise routine, as two lifeboats were stuck, as the seafarers tried to lift them up.

East Med’s cruise sector calls for infrastructure improvements

Representatives of the cruise industry in the East Mediterranean highlighted some of the obstacles the sector faces, such as regional volatility and small available pool of cruise-ready ports. The Greek Minister of Tourism, Thanasis Theocharopoulos, noted, during the 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum in Athens that the challenges will not be surpassed if the cruise infrastructure won’t improve.

Spirit of Discovery completes conveyance across the Ems river

Spirit of Discovery completed its conveyance across the river Ems on May 26 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. After sailing through the Ems barrier, the ship reached the Emden sea lock, with the help of tugs. The cruise ship is the first of two vessels ordered from Meyer Werft by Saga Cruises. It has an overall length of 236 meters and a width of 31.2 meters.

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