Cruise industry

Florida Governor proposes $258 million in relief for Florida ports

  Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis sent a proposal to the Florida Legislature for COVID-19 relief for the ports under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. DeSantis proposed to the legislature that $1.4 billion be allocated for immediate use in the state and in total he outlined $4.1 billion for state programs for economic …

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Crystal to launch first North American large ship cruises since the pandemic

  NASSAU AND MIAMI – In a joint virtual press conference with the Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism & Aviation for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Crystal Cruises announced its plans yesterday to restart cruising with new close-to-home Bahamas Escapes beginning July 3, 2021 with a series of 16 seven-night, round-trip cruises from Nassau …

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Vard delivers second expedition cruise vessel to Coral Expeditions

  Following successful delivery of the sister ship Coral Adventurer in 2019, Australia-based Coral Expeditions ordered a second VARD 6 01 Expedition Cruise Vessel as part of its fleet expansion.  The brand new Coral Geographer is now ready to sail, arriving from Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. Unlike many of the cruise ships that …

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Port Canaveral becomes North America’s first LNG cruise port

  New Q-LNG 4000 LNG articulated bunker barge arrives at Port, stands ready to fuel the next generation of cruise ships Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral marked a historic milestone yesterday in the safe, reliable transportation and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America as the Q-LNG 4000, a cutting-edge ship-to-ship articulated tug and bunker …

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Hurtigruten victim of a cyberattack

  The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten, already in difficulty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced on Monday that it had been the target of a cyber attack. According to the company’s head of technology services, Ole-Marius Moe-Helgesen, “This is a serious attack,” “Hurtigruten’s entire global IT infrastructure appears to be affected,” he added in a …

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Another hard blow: ban of cruise vessels in all Canadian waters extended until Feb. 28, 2022

OTTAWA – In light of the ongoing global pandemic crisis, federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra today announced a one-year extension of temporary measures until  February 28, 2022 prohibiting pleasure crafts in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters. As a result, adventure-seeking pleasure crafts are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters; passenger …

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MSC Virtuosa leaves Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the midst of the pandemic (in French)

Paris, France – MSC Croisières a pris livraison hier du MSC Virtuosa, nouveau fleuron de la Compagnie, et symbole de l’investissement de long terme du Groupe MSC, et plus particulièrement de MSC Croisières, en France. La cérémonie de livraison officielle du MSC Virtuosa a eu lieu en petit comité au Quai Penhoët à Saint-Nazaire, crise sanitaire …

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Canada extends cruise ban to February 28, 2021

OTTAWA – Considering the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors, Transport Minister Marc Garneau today announced the extension of measures pertaining to cruise ships and pleasure craft until February 28, 2021.  “The extension of these temporary measures for cruise ships and other passenger vessels in Canada reflects …

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P&O Cruises takes delivery of its new LNG-powered flagship

  At an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on Friday october 9, P&O Cruises took ownership of Iona, the latest addition to its fleet and the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market. At 185,000 tonnes, 345m in length with 17 guest decks and setting new ground for …

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New X-Bow cruise ship launched in China

SunStone’s new expedition cruise vessel, the Ocean Explorer has been launched at the CMHI shipyard, China, on Wednesday 12 August 2020. The ship is number four of six in the Infinityclass of X-BOW expedition ships, all designed by Ulstein and built at CMHI shipyards. The six ships are owned and managed by Miami-based SunStone Ships and are available for charters …

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