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Cruise ship hits pier in Norway after moorings fail in high wind

Jun 26, 2018

There was a big drama today in the port of Honningsvag, Norway when the cruise ship “Mein Schiff 3” broke free from its moorings due to strong winds. The incident happen around 8:15 pm when sudden strong winds with speed of 49 knots hit the vessel operated by TUI Cruises. The cruise ship collided with the pier and caused damage both to the docks and the ship itself.

Virgin Cruise Ships To Be Powered By ABB

Jun 25, 2018

The Swiss engineering group ABB has announced an order to power the new Virgin Voyages fleet. Each of the three 110,000 gross tons cruise ships will be equipped with ABB systems including the ABB propulsion, as well as it's electric generators and remote control systems for maneuvering. Virgin Voyages vessels will be equipped with two Azipod XO units, a combined propulsion power of 32 MW (43,000 HP).

Princess cruise ship to serve as floating hotel for Tokyo Olympics

Jun 25, 2018

During the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, Princess cruise ship will serve as a floating hotel to ease a shortage of accommodations. The 260 meters long vessel Sun Princess, with a maximum capacity of 2272 guests, plus crew will be docked at Yokohama Port during 2020 Olympic Games. Sun Princess will be chartered by the Japanese Travel conglomerate - JTB during a period of 19 days.

Drones to Monitor Cruise Ships Sulfur Emission

Jun 21, 2018

Norwegian Coast Guard started testing drones in order to detect sulfur emission levels from cruise ships arriving in the Norwegian fjords. The new method of monitoring the sulfur level is conducted by state of the art Lockheed Martin Indago drone with a price tag of $123.000.The specially made sensor, developed by the Danish company Explicit, provides detailed measurements of sulfur content in the exhaust. Everything is transferred wirelessly to the controller in real time.

Cruise ships Arriving in St. Petersburg During FIFA World Cup 2018 Football Matches

Jun 21, 2018

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is currently in full swing, and fans from all across the world have come in to support their national teams. Most of them have spent hours on multiple planes just to get to eleven host cities. However, Russia biggest port city Saint Petersburg, is unique, with fans also arriving on cruise ships to see the FIFA World Cup matches at Krestovsky Stadium.

Largest Sushi Roll at Sea Created Aboard Holland America MS Koningsdam

Jun 20, 2018

Holland America Line celebrated the International Sushi Day, by creating the Largest Sushi Roll at Sea made by Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda while he sailed aboard the cruise ship MS Koningsdam on a special Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise in Norway. Dubbed the "World Mega Roll," the sushi roll measured 49 feet long (15 meters) before getting rolled, 3.3 feet (100 centimeters) wide and used 70 pounds of sushi rice.

MSC Cruises will have a fleet of 25 cruise ships by 2026

Jun 20, 2018

MSC Cruises announced the expansion of its fleet with a fourth cruise ship order by the company. With three ships being simultaneously built in the shipyard at Saint Nazaire, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line announced the order of the fifth Meraviglia class vessel. The new order signed by MSC and STX France will be adding a 900 million euros investment from nearly 11,000 million already announced by the shipping company in its ten-year investment plan.

Croatian shipyard is building a cruise ship that does not need refueling for 40 days

Jun 20, 2018

The expansion in the cruise global market has led passengers to find new destinations by choosing to travel to unexplored marine areas. However, in some regions, there are no suitable points of supply for ships with the necessary equipment for their uninterrupted operation.

Royal Caribbean is buying Silversea Cruises for $1Billion

Jun 14, 2018

Royal Caribbean Cruises is buying a majority stake in luxury rival Silversea Cruises for $1 billion. The agreement was announced today by Royal Caribbean and majority owner of Silversea Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio, to acquire a majority stake in the privately-owned Silversea Cruises. With this deal, worth $2 billion including debt, Royal Caribbean will take a 67 percent stake in Silversea Cruises. 

Norwegian Pearl Missing Crew Member Found Safe

Jun 13, 2018

The cruise ship employee who was the subject of a missing person alert after he failed to return back onboard Norwegian Pearl was located by Victoria police, and he is safe. Lloyd Takana age 36, was reported missing on June 2, when he disembarked while the cruise ship was in Victoria, British Columbia.

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